Thursday, 31 May 2018

Review: Hot Target



Hot Target by April Hunt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads: 

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS . . .

How did a nice girl like Rachel Kline end up in a jail cell in Vegas? Don't even ask. She came to Sin City to find her missing friend and accidentally got swept up in a police raid. Even worse, she's being bailed out by the last man she wants to see right now: the irresistibly sexy, infuriatingly cocky Alpha op who rescued her a year ago. What are the odds?

Logan Callahan is six-and-a-half feet of solid muscle and Texas charm, a hard-fighting ex-Marine with a soft spot for Rachel. He's more than obliged to hang up his cowboy hat and help her out. But when someone takes a shot at her, he knows there's a good chance what happens in Vegas won't stay there. With targets on their backs and killers on their tails, it's one high-risk game they're playing. And it's not just their hearts that are on the line . . .

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Honestly speaking I had selected this book by just for the cover. Judge me all you want for this but bleh by the title and blurb it felt like there would be intense action and drama inside and it was really good. By the first impressions without reading I felt it would be another Alpha Male / Bad Boy or some mafia turned lover boy stuff inside but to my surprise it wasn't as expected. I liked the narration, the plot twists, the drama and action that was going on inside. This is a 4th part in the series but it can also be read as a stand alone and I must say, I really wish I could review first 3 books over the blog as well.

I loved the character of the Alpha operative aka the ex-marines sniper. To be frank I didn't expect the lead to be a commando turned agent at all. But well this turned out to be a real good one. Well you'll say Goodreads blurb really says all about Logan. But here's the catch, while reading I just pickup the book and let it surprise me with the contents inside. Apart from that it was up in the TBR list for a long time now. Despite the naming being done as 'ALPHA' he wasn't douchy, sex hungry or rude character at all. It was really enjoyable character since the traits were funny, caring and loveable types. Usually I don't talk much about the characters because for most stories if you talk about characters you can give away the whole story, here I can talk about them without giving much of the story.

Rachel's character was pretty much as I had expected no surprises here but when they combined together it was a really fun combo. The bonding with the characters was awesome and you just can easily dive into the story and imagine it happening inside your brain.

I like how the story had turn and twists and sudden mood changes like from hectic and fast running tension phase to cocky and sensual romance to sudden and unexpected comedy. It was overall a really fun and entertaining read with deep serious moments and funny light moments. I'd surely recommend this to all who like romances or are sucker for Alpha male style of books. Even if you are not into the Alpha trend like me, its totally worth reading. It is also a quick read so if you are someone who can't really stand to read and finish super lengthy books this can fit you totally. There wasn't any drag and story felt properly paced, not too fast not too draggy.

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Review: Brutal Terminations


Brutal Terminations by Cherith Baldry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

When a female skeleton is unearthed by workmen digging the foundations for a library extension at St Clement’s College, Gawaine St Clair, a reluctant amateur detective and former undergraduate of the college, is called in to investigate. Arriving in Oxford, Gawaine is informed that the body had been buried for 30 years, and the woman had been pregnant at the time of her death. Gawaine also discovers that a don, Richard Templeman, is missing, to be later found dead.

Gawaine’s suspicions fall on men who were in college thirty years before, and are still there: Stephen Verner, who was then about to marry a socially advantageous woman; Father Gerard, the celibate college chaplain; Heatherington, the creepy head porter; Colonel Morrison, the Bursar, who appears to have no motive; Dr Porteus, whose Fellowship depended on his unmarried status.

A letter gives Gawaine clues to the identity of the woman and her lover, and he finally finds the killer. But is he right? And will he survive long enough to prove it?


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This book had got me interested from the blurb but as I started reading it, it wasn't as I had expected. The cover is nice and mysterious and goes with the theme. The book uses quotes at beginning of chapters which was nice if you are a quote person, overall gives a nice theme to it. The mystery was sort of building, but at the same time I had a hard time getting into the story.

If you are someone who cherishes reading old English then this book might suit your taste. But I didn't find story gripping as such. I had to take a few minutes here and there in midst to get back to book. Being a mystery lover it was weird for me, personally I don't like when I need to check dictionary often while reading, it hampers the whole experience. That's just me though, if you are someone who loves old world references along with quoting then you might enjoy the writing style.

A few things that I liked about the book were the narration and writing style. If you are an old school English lover and like reading that kind of writing style then you'd surely love it. But if you are someone who is adapted to YA and modern writing style then you might not like it. Apart from that as much as old world references are interesting but they start getting annoying when you have to look up into a dictionary several times while reading. But that's totally personal opinion. I had a hard time getting into the story though.

The characters didn't feel compelling enough, like the story gave me a feel like something is going on that's all. I didn't know what and why? Since I keep my reviews spoiler free I am not gonna give out the story. You'd need to check out the book yourself if this this book has got your curious. On my part the story could've been much better. but I'd keep it at 3 stars for nice narration and interesting cover. I feel this book can be a good assignment read for literature class. This book can be a hit or miss for you.

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Saturday, 19 May 2018

My Experience with Udacity in Google India Challenge Scholarship


A few months back you could've found me jumping and excited sharing the news with my best friends. Well yep It was our lunch break in college and I was going through my notifications as I usually do to check up on what's happening around. There was this one email that caught my attention and left me with a blast of happiness. I had been chosen for Phase I of the Google India Challenge Scholarship ( Android Developer Track).

I don't exactly remember when and where I had filled this form up, but I remember about getting a email from Udacity about some scholarship course which was about to begin. I had studied the basics in Android Development from the Udacity itself and now wanted to learn it much more professionally and in detail. I had filled up that form and then had forgotten totally about it.

The course began on 14th feb 2018. Pretty much pumped up for whats coming ahead, I began the course on the first day itself. The course was filled with a lot of information where some of the topics were already familiar enough while others where deep down filled with details. There was extensive use of Github with the Android studio to pull the source codes and push the finished ones. It was quite fun working out in all these months.

Apart from super informative video tutorials, there was a slack workspace dedicated for the members in this course. The community feeling and the feeling of teamwork was awesome. Even after each one of us was working on our own courses the team work feeling while being on slack was overwhelming. For any difficulty or doubt you could just go on to the workspace channel and post your questions. There were dedicated forums for this course along with that.

It was a wonderful time learning new things and some older known things in much detail by the people who had much more experience in this regard. The workspace mods and admins were super responsive to all queries and thing that you might need help with.


It was such a wonderful experience that I felt I wasn't able to give and dedicate enough time for it, since I was doing it along with my college schedule which notoriously ate upto 12hrs of my day. I so wanted to talk and discuss thing around more. Hope I get another chance for it. Right now the course is over and we all are awaiting the results. Only selected ones will get chance to get in phase II. So here I am awaiting for the Phase II joining email.

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Discounted Deal - The Mystic Soul at 82% off


A few months back I had reviewed a Book by Jyoti Patel which you can read by clicking here.
Recently she sent me a message stating that the book is available for 9 Rs under promotional offer on Amazon.in till June 1, 2018. So if you are someone who loves romantic poems and don't wanna miss a good deal, then follow the links below and grab your copy!

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Review: Defiant Souls


Defiant Souls by Kathleen Chadwick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

When Kyle Chase accepted his Aunt Cindy’s invitation to spend his summer vacation with her, he thought they would be exploring old caves, looking for arrow heads, and honing his skills as a young Archeologist. He never dreamed the fate of the world would rest on his small shoulders. Kyle, his aunt and a small group of travelers have been imprisoned by a mad-man.

Man’s arrogance has opened a doorway of evil and it’s up to Kyle to close it. He will need to trust in his sixth sense, strength, and intellect to escape and find the one man who can help him destroy the evil that holds them captive.

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I had this book on my TBR list for a long time so finally I decided to grab a read. Genre wise I'd say its more of a Dark Fantasy mixed with Science fiction as a sub genre. Though it gave me more of the mytho-fiction vibes. Both being my favourites, I was expecting something from this book already. The cover and title didn't grab much of my attention as the blurb did. Like imagine you being going on an adventure and stuck with something totally unexpected? Surely would be lot of fun right?

I had expected it to be more of like the Jurassic park style beginning from the blurb but well it turned out to be different? I'd say if you have read the bible or have faint idea about it then it won't be confusing for you as many of the things in the plot hint towards that. You'd just probably miss on those hints and might not be that interesting for you as it might get you confused. There was magical, angel devil and sci fi styled stuff.

I kinda liked the way story began but on reaching the middle it went on just being predictable. Like it was enjoyable but just nothing wow that I wouldn't have expected it to be. The book has 75+ chaps excluding the prologue and epilogue so yeah its quite a long read. I am more into reads which are quite apt, not too long and not too short. The build up was nice, plot and characters felt like placed nicely. I enjoyed the sci-fi influence over the mythological stuff that was happening. Then the rescue adventure at the end.

I'd recommend this if you like long reads, or like fantasy/sci-fi that's somewhere has connections with history or mythology. It needs some prior knowledge to enjoy it fully, not for the ones who want's to try a sci-fi or fantasy for the first time.

I also enjoyed the writing and language flow. Apart from that the choice of words was quite impressive throughout the text. Overall if it had that wow factor it could've been a 5 star but for now I feel its a good one at 4 star ranking.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Green Army - Maharashtra Government Initiative

Yesterday I read a notice on my college's notice board and decided to know more about this. The title Green Army itself had me curious hence all my findings in this post. I felt this is something that can be shared and more the participation better the results.

For Environmental protection forests are important and they are equally useful to fulfil different needs of human beings. Forest are directly and indirectly connected to daily life of human like as fresh air (oxygen) and forest produced. So that purpose increase of Forest cover, Conservation of forest area , wildlife conservation and protection these three things are important and Forest department set an agenda to work upon. Forest are one of the natural prosperity of human. It can be possible revival the forest cover but requires a best forestry Management practices. Forests are made up of land, trees, animals, small living creatures. These component of the forest work as complement to each other if any one of these component change or reduce it will affect and disturb whole environmental cycle. These components helps and make balance of biodiversity and environment.
  1. To create a social platform to involve the citizenry in activities relating to forest & wildlife (conservation, protection and preservation).
  2. Increase in effective Public participation
So what is Green Army?

Under Article 48A of the Directive Principles of State Policy, The State shall endeavor to protect and improve the environment and safeguard the forests and wild life of the country. In addition, under 51A(g) of the Fundamental Duties of India it shall be the duty of every citizen to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures. The State Government of Maharashtra has taken up the 50 crore plantation program intended to increase the forest cover in the state from the current 20% to the nationally mandated 33% of Maharashtra's land area. Insufficient manpower with the Forest Department call for the initiative of Green Army.

To ensure partnership from people of all walks of life, an initiative has been taken for an on-line channel for public engagement, partnership, sharing and dissemination.

Who can Join Green Army:

Individuals:
  1. Every Citizen of Maharashtra State can be a member of Green Army Maharashtra
  2. Students from schools
  3. Students from colleges/Universities
  4. Women
  5. Government Employee/ Officers
  6. Employees/Officers from Private organization
  7. Self-employed
  8. Senior Citizens
Organizational
  1. Organization/Institution/NGO can be a member of Green Army Maharashtra
  2. Non Government organizations
  3. Cooperative Societies
  4. Industrial Institutes
  5. NGO's etc.
How to Join Green Army-
To Join Green Army (Maharashtra) members need to register on the official portal of Green Army Maharashtra: www.greenarmy.mahaforest.gov.in

Documents required for registration (Individual/Organizational)
  1. Aadhar Card
  2. PAN Card
  3. Driving Licenses
  4. Electoral Voter ID Card
  5. School/College ID card
  6. Passports
  7. Organization Registration Number
For Further details you can click here to visit the official website. Do share this post with your friends and family so that this initiative gets the response it deserves.

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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Indian Book Blogger Community

I had this thought for quite a long time in my mind to connect all the bloggers or reviewers from the Indian market specifically. On social media I have come across many groups where either all posts there are spam or people are inactive ( dead ). Hence after a lot of thinking and no-yes-no inside my head, I decided to give it a go. So here it is, I have created a group for Indian Book Blogger/ Reviewers where they can join in and connect with each other.

This group is social-media independent hence you won't be needing anything else apart from an email address to join in. So if you are interested then just click here to join. Also do share this post so that interested ones can join in.

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Thursday, 3 May 2018

Review: Somewhere In A Song



Somewhere In A Song by Kavya Janani U.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

Emma Justin, a young hypnotherapist, is obsessed with a song composed by independent musician Kevin Roberts. There are two reasons for her obsession.

The song has a haunting tune that sounded so familiar.

The singer, Sarah Jane Davies, sounds exactly like her.

But Sarah Jane has disappeared without a trace after recording the song. No matter how hard she searches, Emma could find no detail. Meanwhile, Kevin reveals something startling in a TV interview. How does that affect Emma?

Join Emma Justin on her journey to find the truth behind her obsession, battling depression and basking in success simultaneously

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This is quite an interesting story in itself. The concept was something or I can say totally new from the things that I've been reading from past few months. It was quite a refreshment in terms of plot idea, the way it was written. This book had sci-fi influence I could say. Why? because it had my most favourite part i.e. the Time Travel.

Time travel being most part in this story piqued my interest in this story and well I wanted to read more but there wasn't more to read..... I know it's weird but well I emailed author about this like did she kept low information about the time travel on a purpose or it was a ignored part? To which replied that It was not written in detail on a purpose, since its a short read adding more details would not have it a short story anymore. Plus it would then lay close to the boundaries of science fiction hence the way it is.

I really liked the idea how the time travel was taking place, certainly a new method thought about the concept of time travel. Generally there is some sort of physical device to travel through time, be it a fantasy or sci-fi influence. Here it was a totally different concept, I won't say that because then it'd be a spoiler. For that you need to read the book.

The things I liked in this book were short and crisp read, nice concept overall, to be honest the plot idea was impressive. But the execution somewhere disappointed me. I actually wanted to know more and read more while the book turned its last pages. Ah.. that cliffhanger feeling you know :P

Only if there had been more clearances on the plot idea and more of fine details about the things happening around it could have been even 4 or a 5 star depending on how fine and impressive the descriptions are. Since It felt short of read but yet interesting content I decided to go for 3 star on this one.

Other than time travel I liked the Journey of a musician shown here, how the industry and its factors influence any artist. Like there was a part where She was dying for a chance to get a break and then the magic of time happens and it turns out to be a total surprise.

Overall its a good read if you are looking to read something short. But lemme warn you it might make you feel like there could've been more to this.


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