Beast #BookReview

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Author : Krishna Udayasankar

Publisher : Penguin India

Genre : Fantasy

Source : Publisher

Rating : 3 Stars

Summary : When Assistant Commissioner of Police Aditi Kashyap is called upon to solve a gruesome triple homicide in a Mumbai suburb, she is dragged into the terrifying world of the Saimhas — werelions — who have lived alongside humans, hiding amongst them, since ancient times.

Faced with the unbelievable, Aditi has no choice but to join hands with Prithvi, an Enforcer called in to hunt down this seemingly otherworldly murderer.

But can Prithvi overcome the nightmarish burdens of his dark and violent past to unravel the mystery hidden deep within this secret world of werelions? Can he be trusted to save lives, or will he choose to serve a different, more powerful, master?

As a greater conspiracy unfolds and the very survival of humankind is placed under threat, Aditi and Prithvi must race through the dark underbelly of Mumbai — from quiet suburbs to gritty brothels, from forgotten colonial tunnels to the lights and glamour of the inner city — in search of a dangerous truth.

In search of a monster.


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Magical Women #ShortStories By Sukanya Venkatraghavan

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Author : Multiple

Editor : Sukanya Venkatraghavan

Publisher : Hachette India

Genre : Fantasy

Source : Review Copy

Rating : Nil, Each story will be rated individually

Summary : A weaver is initiated into the ancient art of bringing a universe into existence. A demon hunter encounters an unlikely opponent. Four goddesses engage in a cosmic brawl. A graphic designer duels with a dark secret involving a mysterious tattoo. A defiant chudail makes a shocking announcement at a kitty party. A puppet seeking adventure discovers who she really is. A young woman’s resolute choice leads her to haunt Death across millennia. . .

A compelling collection of stories that speak of love, rage, rebellion, choices and chances, Magical Women brings together some of the strongest female voices in contemporary Indian writing. Combining astounding imagination with superlative craft, these tales will intrigue and delight readers in equal measure.

The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary #BookExtract

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Author: Nancy Wagaman
Publisher: Applied Conscious Technologies, LLC
Genre: Nonfiction
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Requested Time Frame: on or after June 4 release date
Summary:

Dream meaning is so powerful that one dream can change your life. Discover 11 keys to interpreting your own dreams in this book from the author of The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary. With these practical tips, translation tools, and analysis techniques, you’ll be free to explore your dreams and unlock their transformative power:

– Symbolism shortcuts
– Intuition as a dream translator
– Step-by-step analysis tools
– A concise dream dictionary
– Subconscious influences
– Nightmares
– Dream tips, answers, and how-to’s

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The Craftsman By Sharon Bolton

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Author : Sharon Bolton

Narrator : Nathalie Buscombe

Publisher : Orion

Genre : Horror, Thriller

Source : Borrowed copy

Rating : 3.5 stars

Summary : Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago in a small village in Lancashire. Like something out of a nightmare, the victims were buried alive. Florence was able to solve the mystery and get a confession out of Larry before more children were murdered., and he spent the rest of his life in prison.
But now, decades later, he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Is someone copying the original murders? Or did she get it wrong all those years ago? When her own son goes missing under similar circumstances, the case not only gets reopened… it gets personal.
In master of suspense Sharon Bolton’s latest thriller, readers will find a page-turner to confirm their deepest fears and the only protagonist who can face them.

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Sunrise Moonrise #PictureBook

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Author : Trishla Jain

Illustrator : Kirstin Eggers

Publisher : Puffin Books

Genre : Childrens book, Picture book

Source : Publisher

Rating : 4 Stars

Summary : ‘What does it mean to pray?’
the moon once asked the sun.
The sun smiled and replied,
‘I’d like to show you, come.’

Praying can come in all shapes and sizes. Some people pray in temples, while others meditate.

Travel with the sun and the moon in this heartfelt picture book to find out how people from different cultures and faiths pray. Read Sunrise, Moonrise aloud to spark a discussion with your young ones about the meaning of prayer and what it can do for us.

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The Near Witch by VE.Schwab

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Author : V.E.Schwab

Publisher : Bloomsbury India

Genre : Young Adult, Fantasy

Source : Publisher

Rating : 4.5 Stars

Summary : The near witch is a story told to frighten children. The wind is Lonely and always looking for company. There are no strangers in the town of near. These are the truths lexi has heard all her life. But when a stranger appears in near, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true. Then children start disappearing from their beds and as the hunt for them intensifies, lexi discovers that the witch might be more than a bedtime story.

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The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

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Author : Nadia Murad

Translator : Jenna Krajeski

Publisher : Virago

Genre : Autobiography

Source : Own copt

Rating : 4 Stars

Summary : A Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the first Goodwill Ambassador the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations and winner of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, Nadia Murad is a courageous young woman who has endured unimaginable tragedy (losing eighteen members of her family) and degradation through sexual enslavement to ISIS. But she has fought back.

This inspiring memoir takes us from her peaceful childhood in a remote village in Iraq through loss and brutality to safety in Germany. Courage and testimony can change the world: this is one of those books.


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Shelter by Jung Yun

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Author : Jung Yun

Publisher : Picador Books

Genre : Literary fiction

Source : Purchased copy

Rating : 5 Stars

Summary : Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he and his wife, Gillian, have lived beyond their means. Now their debts and bad decisions are catching up with them, and Kyung is anxious for his family’s future.

A few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighbourhood, surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. He can hardly bear to see them now, much less ask for their help. Yet when an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes, and Kyung is compelled to take them in. For the first time in years, the Chos find themselves living under the same roof. Tensions quickly mount as Kyung’s proximity to his parents forces old feelings of guilt and anger to the surface, along with a terrible and persistent question: how can he ever be a good husband, father, and son when he never knew affection as a child?

The Fallen by David Baldacci

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Author : David Baldacci

Publisher : Pan Macmillan

Genre : Thriller

Source : Publisher

Rating : 4 Stars

Summary : Amos Decker, David Baldacci’s unique special agent with the gift of a remarkable memory, returns in The Fallen. Small towns which have seen better times are not unusual. But the mysterious events in Baronville, Pennsylvania, are raising the highly-tuned antennae of agent Amos Decker and his FBI partner, Alex Jamison. What was supposed to be a relaxing vacation turns into a murder investigation when two bodies are found in a nearby deserted house. With the body count rising, Decker and Jamison dig deep to uncover a sinister truth in Baronville, which could be the canary in the coalmine for the rest of the country. But even the duo’s skills and Amos Decker’s infallible memory may not be enough to save this town, or them, from becoming the next victims.


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Murder In The Monastery

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Author :  Barun Chanda

Publisher : Rupa Books

Genre : Crime, Thriller

Source : Publisher

Rating : 2 stars

Summary : Ace detective Avinash Roy arrives at a sleepy Hill station in Sikkim in the fervent hope that holidaying at a secluded Buddhist monastery up in the mountains will work as a perfect antidote to his jaded, city-weary nerves. And surprisingly, it does. The crisp mountain air and Long walks through undulating valleys not only rejuvenates him, but also rekindles his libido, much to the pleasure of his wife. On their last night, Roy is faced with a strange request from the head Lama of the monastery. Apparently, a rare invaluable manuscript, the very existence of which is a secret, is missing from the underground vaults of the monastery. Could Roy retrieve the treasure without others knowing anything about it? As Roy agrees to help the senior monk, he soon realizes that the serene ambience of the place could well be just an illusion. Beneath its placid surface lurk intrigues, conspiracies, unbridled passion, ambition, religious extremism and elemental fear. Worse, Roy’s very life is in grave danger, hanging by the proverbial thread…