Review: Tarikshir: The Awakening

Tarikshir: The Awakening by Khayaal Patel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :
A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne.

But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm.

As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, dark secrets will be uncovered that will disrupt life as he knows it.


I received a copy of this book through the BOOK GENIE REVIEW PROGRAM.

This book is begins its story with the ancient legend of Ramayan. Later it takes you into the 19th century British Raj. It is quite an adventure filled historical fiction. I love as the mix of adventure, fantasy, and history takes place in the plot. The characters were well blend together and felt real to life. It felt as if I was reading something that has actually happened in the past. I loved the way story begins with the Ramayan. As the vanar, gets hold of the gem. It gets interested further as the plot gets deep in the Rajasthan. I really enjoyed the writing style and the narration has your interest in the plot throughout the read. It was quite a long read but you never feel the story was dragged or boring. It holds your interest throughout. Somewhere I felt the characters were explored a bit less. I know there were too many characters in the plot and it’d be tough to give a backstory or explore them all together in one book. But I felt even if the main characters like the Royal family could’ve been explored in better manner. I don’t count that as a flaw but something that could’ve been done. I feel the end was a bit abrupt. As the mystery and fantasy had a nice build throughout the book and the end was bit of a not so good way to end. Maybe because this book will be having a sequel? It can be read as a nice stand alone book for sure. If you are someone who loves reading something fun, based of history and mythology, this can be surely a fun read for you.

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Review: The Diary on the Fifth Floor

The Diary on the Fifth Floor by Raisha Lalwani
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :

A woman leaves her infant at home but finds her on a busy street in an unexpected turn of events.
Another woman wakes up in a flight hours later, befuddled, in the strangest circumstance.
A fascinating tale of a twenty-five-year-old woman that takes hold of us from the moment she enters the fifth floor of a hospital; more precisely, the psychiatric ward. Visibly terrified, she clutches at her clothbound diary, caught in the horns of a terrible dilemma—whether or not to hand over the diary to the doctor. She fears that she will be declared insane if her tangled web of thoughts unspooling in dark mysterious stories is read by the dissecting eye of a doctor.
What does this diary contain? As the novel progresses, we are drawn into characters and stories that are toe-curling, strange, and haunting in their raw intensity. What is the story of this woman? What secrets lie in the pages of her diary? And most importantly, what happens on the fifth floor?


I really loved the cover. There are really few books where I liked the cover. The editing and formatting was nicely done. Apart from first impression, I found the blurb to be quite misleading. I assumed it'd be some thriller having some mystery and things going in background but it wasn't like that. It was a totally different scenario. I'd say it was more of a collection of little nicely written pieces. There was very minute story line to it. Although, I liked reading it as it was nicely penned down. There's not much to tell about it without giving out spoilers. Its a nice read for a deep thinker. As there are many nice topics to be read. Its overall a short and sweet read.

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Review: Never Fear the Reaper

Never Fear the Reaper by Ashley Pagano
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :
She’s been to the other side and back again . . . But she’s never met anyone like him.

He can see things no one else can . . . But he only sees her. 

From the moment he witnesses her do the impossible . . . he is obsessed. 

When Chase hires the mysterious ghost exterminator, Ryder, to cleanse his house from a pesky poltergeist he gets way more than he’s paying her for… There’s just something about Ryder that has him mesmerized.

Is it the fact that he’s witnessed her do the unexplainable? Or the fact that she’s absolutely breathtaking? Or perhaps it’s that eerie familiar feeling that they’ve met before, perhaps in another lifetime. 

Chase desperately tags along with Ryder on a whirlwind of life threatening adventures in exchange for a few precious moments of alone time with her. With the Grimm Reaper’s Scythe as their defense, Chase developing some supernatural gifts of his own, and an intense crush developing between them what crazy supernatural force will target them next?


I really enjoyed the book throughout! I wish it could've been much longer with more story. It felt like a quick an hour's read for me. I liked the way characters had been placed and their chemistry wish there was more to it. It felt really short read. But a good one none the less. I liked the concept of having a strong female lead instead of a damsel like most others. It gets boring reading those books constantly. This one had a fresh idea to it and wish it was more story within the book. It was overall a really nice read.

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