Review: The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan

About the Book:

If you’re looking for books like Hunger Games, then this dystopia romance, The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer is it. 

To become herself she has to turn her back on everything she ever knew 

When her best friend is kidnapped, Ruby will stop at nothing to rescue him. 

Criminals run the streets of Bombay. Jam-packed with the worst degenerates. The city is a shell of the pride and joy it used to be. 

Ruby knows something must be done, but it isn’t until her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Braganza that she knows that she and she alone must save city, save her best friend, save the world from total destruction. 

Armed only with Vikram, a cop-turned-rogue they are about to embark on a road they may never return from. 

If you’re looking for fast-paced books like Hunger Games or dystopia fiction like Angelfall, the Ruby Iyer series is perfect for you. 

Price: Rs 150 (Paperback) | Rs 59 (Kindle) 
I got mine as a review copy.

About the Author:

She almost died. But when dystopia romance author Laxmi Hariharan had a near death experience, she was told to write. Laxmi is the creator of dystopian romance series, RUBY IYER SERIES (The MANY LIVES OF VIKRAM ROY - FINALIST Indie Excellence Awards, the bestselling The RUBY IYER DIARIES , The FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY, The SECOND LIFE OF RUBY IYER & VIKRAM ROY, PANKY's FIRST LIFE), and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner, The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). If you're looking for books like Divergent and Angelfall, you'll love the RUBY IYER SERIES.

Laxmi writes books similar to Hunger Games while listening to electronica & progressive rock, and downing innumerable cups of extra sweet ginger-chai. She is also an avid photographer of street art and believes she was a tree -- a redwood -- in her past life. London is where she creates. Bombay is what fires her imagination. 

The Review: 

It was during the earlier months of this year when an India Readathon of self-published authors was organized, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on Laxmi Hariharan's The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer. For one, the blurb had really intrigued me - and given that I am a sucker for YA novels - I wanted to read one that was based in India. 

The story is set in dystopian Bombay, and maybe because I've loved reading The Hunger Games and The Divergent series, I was naturally curious to see what India would look like in the imagined future.

I really loved the character of Ruby. She is not perfect, but that's what drew me to her: her imperfections. This made her completely human. And relate-able. 

When her best friend Panky goes missing, she teams up with the cop (who becomes a rogue by the way), Vikram Roy, and together they race against time to save Panky. 

I loved the way Laxmi narrates the tale. It did not take much effort on my part to follow the scenes and watch them play out in my head. She had made me look forward to the series. 

Only, I got so caught up with life, I did not get time to read her further works. Neither did I find the time till today, to post the review. 

Oh, something funny I must mention. Since I'd signed up to receive this book in the ePub format, Laxmi and I had exchanged nearly half a dozen emails, with her "tweaking" the storyline a little. I was only allowed to load it onto my Nook Book and read it when she sent me her final mail. 

Laxmi Hariharan is probably India's answer to the fast-blooming authors of the West in the dystopic genre. 

P.S. One last reason as to why I LOVED Ruby....she loves tea. And I love people who love tea! :D

The Rating:


Don't pass up the chance to read this book if you like dystopian stories. 

Isn't the cover so very interesting? :)






Author Interview: C.G. Salamander

  Remember when I'd reviewed Palm's Foster House for Peculiar Tales? Well, I had promised an interview with the author C.G. Salamander himself. We finally got talking and here is the result of our interview:

Author: C.G. Salamander 

 1. First things first: how did you take up writing? 

I started writing for a living in the year 2012, I’d just graduated from college and I’d promised myself the option of following my dreams as a sort of a graduation gift to myself. And I guess that was that, I’d take up writing as a career, and I’ve doing it ever since.


2. What was your very first attempt at creative writing?

I remember writing my own TV episodes when I was about five or six. We didn’t have cable TV back then, and the only time I ever got to watch cartoons was during the weekends, I can still remember the shows -- Thundercats, The defenders of the Earth, so on and so forth. In retrospect I think I wrote those episodes to keep me occupied throughout the week.

3. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

A couple of years ago, my dog Hazel and I were taking a stroll along the beach side. It was just an average sunny Chennai day, so instead of running around pointlessly (like all the other humans and their dogs) Hazel and I decided to take it easy and relax a bit. But just as we were about to sit down on our blanket, we found a dolphin beached on the shore. Hazel at once ran towards the dolphin and I in turn followed her, and to our surprise, the dolphin communicated with us -- through its blowhole!

My dog and I stared at the strange creature, and at the holographic images levitating a few centimeters above its skull. At first we didn’t understand what the dolphin was trying to tell us, but once we noticed that all the images above its head were that of ice cream, it became pretty obvious. All the dolphin wanted was some ice cream.

Every Saturday evening, at about 7 pm, my dog and I visit the beach with three cones of ice cream. And in return for our kindness, the dolphin projects strange and exotic three-dimensional stories out of its blowhole.  Hazel and I record these stories with our camera and then we sit and write about them.

4. What in particular, gave you the idea for your current novel?

I’m not sure about the entire book, but I know for a fact that Nigel the Last Brit in India was born in a Madras coffee shop. I was sitting around with a couple of friends (Hashir and Chang), and it was that time of the day where conversations could go from ‘so what’d you think of that movie’ to ‘wouldn’t it be funny if there was an Englishman who was slightly misinformed’. Everything else about the book I made up sitting in my room by myself.

5. Do have particular schedules or writing routines when it comes to your work?

Not exactly, but I mostly prefer to write during the nights. As a matter of fact the time is exactly 12:18 am right now! I guess this might have something to with 1) my sleep cycle, and 2) it’s more quiet during the night, and thereby it’s tougher to get distracted.

6. A lot of authors are taking the indie publishing route. What’s your view about it?

I think it’s a good in the sense that it allows you to explore the publishing industry and figure out how things work, and I think that it’s especially effective when it comes to making comics/graphic novels. But at the end of the day, traditional publishing makes more sense, mainly because it allows you to focus more on your writing.

7. If your story got turned into a movie, who would you like to see star as leads?

I’ve always had trouble answering this question, mainly because I think my book would do better as a play than a movie.

8. What are your future plans for writing? Can you give out a teaser or two for your readers?

Right about now, I’m trying to write some children’s fiction. And I’d love to add more to the Nigel, and Gayatri universes, but all in good time.

Apart from that, I’m looking to dabble with a bit of nonfiction, and work on as many comics and graphic novels as I can.

9. Do have any particular authors who inspire your work?

Yes, there’s just so many of them. But I guess the top three would have to be Margaret Atwood -- who taught me how to tie up a story, Salman Rushdie -- who taught me how to write colloquialisms, and of course Sir Terry Pratchett -- who taught me everything else about writing. There’s also Warren Ellis, and Neil Gaiman for comics; Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft for horror; Shel Silverstein, Kurt Vonnegut, Dr. Suss, and Kafka for letting me know that it’s okay to write whatever I want to write.

10. What would your advice be to aspiring authors?

It takes up a lot of your time, the pay isn’t that great, and there’s going to be plenty of rejections coming your way, so get into it only if you have to. Get into it only if you have something to say, get into it because you have to and not because you want to, get into it if the thought of office spaces nauseates you, get into it if you can deal with nauseating office spaces (you might have to write in an office), get into it if you have the time to read everyday, get into it if you can write everyday.

11. What would be an ideal gift for you?

A cow! Preferably a white one with black spots and a pink snout. I also like science fiction and comics books. A cow with a science fiction comic book tied to its neck is beyond perfect!

12. And finally, if there was a book you could turn into a movie, what would it be and why?

I think it has to be Ubik by Philip K Dick! Trust me when I tell you this, it will blow your mind into tiny little pieces! if you’re on this blog and thinking about buying my book, by all means go ahead and buy it, but add Ubik to your cart. And if you’ve only got enough money for one book, then as much as it pains me to say this, buy Ubik. I’m afraid I can’t tell you why I’d like to see it made into a movie, though, I think doing so would ruin it.

C.G. Salamander's first book 



Review: Milan - A Wedding Story by Simi K. Rao


Book Blurb:

Milan (A Wedding Story)

When a daughter turns marriageable age, what should a responsible father do? Easy--wed her to the most suitable boy who comes knocking on the door. Jai Bharadwaj, Mili's father and owner of The Serenity Tea Estate in the idyllic Nilgiris would've probably liked to do the same, but being who he was, he had to ask her first. What would she say?


Book Details: 

(I got mine as a review copy)

About The Author: 

Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in both northern and southern India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. She is the author of multicultural contemporary romantic fiction.

The inspiration for her books and other creative projects comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances.

Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life.

Much of Rao's down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world.

A practicing physician, Rao lives in Denver with her family. Her published works include Inconvenient Relations and The Accidental Wife. She is currently at work on her next release.

The Review:

I read Milan in one sitting from 4 am to 7 am, much to my mother's displeasure. But as I began to read the story of Ahaan and Mili, and I got deeply engrossed in their world and just had to find out how the story would end. 

Perhaps one of the reasons I liked the title characters so much is because they reminded me very strongly of Jasmine and Veer (the first characters I had created). I understand that Mili behaves pretty much like a child, but she's only 24 and forced into getting married and her reactions to certain situations are completely natural. Ahaan, on the other hand, is patient and kind and tries to the strong support that Mili might need in her life. 

I wish the author had told us a little bit more about the friendship between Mili and Annie, and what had actually led to Ahaan dropping Mili home in the torrential rain - and why had someone taken a picture of that? 

It is a rollercoaster ride of a wedding, with some hilarious moments in between. The author tries to find a place where arranged marriages are still relevant. While I do agree with her that arranged marriages work out, I also do not believe that they are necessarily better than love marriages. Marriage is not a bed of roses and it requires nurturing from both sides, irrespective of previous expectations. 

Coming back to Milan it is a thoroughly entertaining story with very believable characters (maybe because I am the kind that tests everyone's patience like Mili does or I have a tendency of writing similar characters) and Ahaan is the handsome, perfect gentleman that everyone secretly desires. 

I got interested in reviewing the book after I read the Spotlight post I hosted that narrated the backdrop of the story. I loved how the author interwove all those brilliant settings into the story. 
Read this story if you are in the mood for a quick, happy, lovey-dovey novella. 

Rating:


Spotlight: The First Life of Vikram Roy by Laxmi Hariharan


About the Book:
His family is being held to ransom by a deadly mastermind. 

Vikram never should have left his family, but when Vikram's father brings his half-brother Vishal home, life will never be the same. Vikram thinks things will be better now that he's gone. He's met the love of his life, his future looks bright and then everything is shattered. Now, his family's life is hanging in the balance, and only Vikram can do what needs to be done to save them. From the bestselling dystopian fiction author with over 200 reviews and ratings of her dystopia books across Goodreads, Amazon and other retailers. 

If you’re looking for books like Hunger Games, then this dystopia romance series, The Ruby Iyer Series is it.




Book Links:
Goodreads I Amazon


An exclusive excerpt and GIVEAWAY from The First Life of Vikram Roy
The Ruby Iyer Series—by Laxmi Hariharan

Ash and I have agreed whoever shows up late for cricket practice has to roll out the pitch—and roll it back up after practice. And so, here I am, on the pitch— just rolled out by Ash—ready to bat. I watch her run in for the next ball. When she raises her arm her shirt stretches firmly across her chest, outlining her breasts. I can't see the shape of her nipples at this distance, but torture myself for a second imagining what they would look like, if she wasn't wearing that shirt. The ball hits the uneven pitch and bounces at me. I manage to duck just in time so it flies over me rather than at my face. I look up to find Ash grinning. 
"Well played." She gives me a thumbs-up sign.
"You mean well avoided, right?" I walk across the pitch to hand over the bat and the batting pads we wear to protect our legs. "I don't get why we don't wear helmets during practice?"
"Scared, Vik?" She dares me to contradict her. 
She likes pushing me to my limit. Constantly testing me. As if she's seeing how much I can take before I hit back. It turns me on. Or maybe I just like being tortured by her. 
"No. Just being careful," I reply.
I take the ball from her and grip it between my fingers the way she's been teaching me. 
"Wow, you sure like to live by the rules, don't you?" Her voice is bored.
"No, just don't want to be stupid." I try to raise an eyebrow at her. It's something I have picked up from Tenzin. I've seen him use the same expression with great effect. It makes him look cool and aloof, yet sexy. Or so I've heard the girls whisper.
"What are you trying to do?" She looks confused.
"Uh! Nothing." I obviously need to practise more in front of a mirror. I walk to the end of the clearing in preparation for my run-up. "Ready?" I yell to where Ash is taking guard. 
When she nods, I run onto the pitch and bowl. The ball bounces off a rough patch and goes full tilt at her. Ha! Ash is getting a taste of her own medicine.
The next moment, I am running towards her fallen figure. The ball has grazed her head, before flying over the wickets and into the woods beyond. No. No. I didn't mean for that to happen. I hope she's okay. Please, please let her not be hurt. My heart is beating so fast now I can hear the blood pump in my ears. 
"Ash!" My voice comes out all choked. 
Dropping to my knees, I pat her cheeks lightly. Is she unconscious? She's not dead, is she? A thin stream of blood trickles from her temple. I bend closer, bring my face parallel with hers and place a finger below her nose. When I feel her warm breath brush over my skin, I heave a sigh of relief. 
"Ash. Ashley, can you hear me?" I ask again, with more urgency, patting her cheek again. She doesn't move. 
Should I try giving her the kiss of life? Not that I know how to do that. Or perhaps press down on her chest? I place the heel of my right hand in the centre of her chest. 
"What are you doing?" I feel the rumble of her voice through my palms.
"Ash!" I cry in relief. 
She looks at my face, then down to where my palm is still resting on her chest.
"Oh!" I remove my hand. "Sorry, I thought you were dying."
"You are such a pussy, Vikram."
"What do you mean?" My face warms at her words. 
"Here I was hoping for some mouth-to-mouth … You know?" She blinks her eyelids at me coyly.
It only maddens me further. "You mean like this?" I touch my lips to hers, and desire slams painfully into my groin. 
Giggling, she pushes at me, so I sit back on my heels. 
"Too late now, dummy." So saying, she springs to her feet, dirt clinging to her jeans, her white T-shirt splotchy with grass stains. Bits of mud stick to her braid. That's when I completely, utterly, crush on her. 
"Ash …" I whisper.
"Come on." Still smiling, she holds out her hand, and taking it, I rise to my feet. "Let's head back, shall we?" 
We're still holding hands as we enter the school building.
Dad was right. I really do need to work on my timing.


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About the origins of Ruby Iyer:
Growing up in Bombay, my daily commute to university was inevitably nightmarish. It's just how public transport is here. The man behind you on the bus will brush up against you. You know you are going to be felt up on a crowded train platform. All you can do is accept it and get on. Or so you think. I did too, until, a young photojournalist was raped in the centre of Bombay in broad daylight.  It made me furious. Nothing had changed in this city in all these years. Then, I had a vision of this young girl who would not back down; who would follow her instincts, stand up for herself regardless of consequences.  Thus Ruby Iyer was born. Make no mistake, Ruby’s her own person. She leads. I follow. You can download the RUBY IYER DIARIES, the prequel novelette in the series free HERE






About The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer
2015 Readers' Favorite (Bronze) YA Action
 YA Finalist 2015 IAN Book of the Year Award
Finalist 9th Annual Indie Excellence Awards

When her best friend is kidnapped, Ruby will stop at nothing to rescue him. 

Criminals run the streets of Bombay. Jam-packed with the worst degenerates. The city is a shell of the pride and joy it used to be. Ruby knows something must be done, but it isn’t until her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Braganza that she knows that she and she alone must save city, save her best friend, save the world from total destruction. Armed only with Vikram, a cop-turned-rogue they are about to embark on a road they may never return from. If you’re looking for fast-paced books like Hunger Games or dystopia fiction like Angelfall, the Ruby Iyer series is perfect for you. 


DOING MY BIT
All SEPTEMBER earnings from the RUBY IYER SERIES will be donated to SAVE THE CHILDREN: SUPPORT CHILD REFUGEES OF SYRIA. All the RUBY IYER books with their brand new covers, are on SALE all this month at 99p/c & Rs 69/49. Click HERE to buy them. 

YOU can also donate to SAVE THE CHILDREN directly HERE 


About the Author:
She almost died. But when dystopia romance author Laxmi Hariharan had a near death experience, she was told to write. Laxmi is the creator of dystopian romance series, RUBY IYER SERIES (The MANY LIVES OF VIKRAM ROY - FINALIST Indie Excellence Awards, the bestselling The RUBY IYER DIARIES , The FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY, The SECOND LIFE OF RUBY IYER & VIKRAM ROY, PANKY's FIRST LIFE), and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner, The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). If you're looking for books like Divergent and Angelfall, you'll love the RUBY IYER SERIES.

Laxmi writes books similar to Hunger Games while listening to electronica & progressive rock, and downing innumerable cups of extra sweet ginger-chai. She is also an avid photographer of street art and believes she was a tree -- a redwood -- in her past life. London is where she creates. Bombay is what fires her imagination. 

Receive a free copy of THE RUBY IYER DIARIES when you sign up to her Newsletter 


GIVEAWAY
The First Life of Vikram Roy, The THIRD book in the RUBY IYER Series, launches this month. To celebrate the launch of the FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY I am giving away a $30 gift card. Winner will be drawn, Oct 1, 2015, and announced in my next newsletter.

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank you, Varsha, of Words Are Magic Galore, for nominating me for this award. 





The rules are:


Thank the blogger who nominated you and add a link to their blog in you post.

Answer the questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate ten other bloggers.
Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.

My Questions From Varsha are: 


1. Why did you start blogging?



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I started blogging seriously from 2013, right after I had completed my MA in Comparative Literature. But as my blog, Aniesha's Musings, developed a very personal tone - I decided to shift all of the bookish wonderfulness to another blog and thus was created Bibliotheque in 2015. 

2. Summer or winter?



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Winter. (The reason being my Winter wardrobe is way better than my Summer clothes. :P)

3. Favorite Disney character?



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Anna from Frozen. 


4.  If you had to recommend only one book (other than HP) for the rest of your life, which one would it be and why?



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Grimms' Fairy Tales. Because...it is never too late to start believing in miracles. 

5.  What has been the best part of your day so far?



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Getting drenched to the skin in the rain with my best friend. 

6.  Do you read multiple books at once, or do you usually read one book at a time?



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I binge read books. So usually it's a process where I finish a book in one sitting and take up another, without more than fifteen minutes break in between. I have weird reading habits. 

7.  If you could rewrite the ending of any book, which one would it be? Your reasons?



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No such book comes to mind. I wished for a really different ending to Mediator. But there's Reunion coming out next year in February. So that's penciled down in my calendar. 

8. Are you in the habit of naming your favorite inanimate objects? Like your Laptop, phone, Kindle, etc? If so, what are the names?



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I live with five cats. And I struggled to come up with their names....so have not named my laptop, my phone or my NookBook. 

9. Ultimate fictional crush?



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Rusty from The Room on the Roof. I have crushed on him since I first read him back when I was in class VII. 

10. Have you ever regretted reading a book? if so, which one and why?



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*Goes crimson* I'd rather not talk about it. 

My Questions and Nominations: 


The last time there was a pass it on an award like this, I had nominated bloggers who took the badge and did not write a post. Instead wrote the answers as comments to my post. 


I refuse to let History repeat itself. So I refuse to think of a set of questions and tag bloggers to it....as of now.

Spotlight: Milan by Simi K. Rao


Simi K. Rao 

‘Behind the scenes at an Indian Wedding’

Indians in general are deeply rooted in tradition. Our culture gives us our identity. Most of us (especially those living away from the homeland) cling to it, even though several aspects in these particularly modern times, make no sense at all. Why do we do so? Perhaps because it brings us together as a community and provides us comfort in a foreign environment. The same I think applies to immigrants from all over the globe.





Marriages in India, in particular Hindu marriages are long drawn intricate affairs fraught with age old tradition. Little has changed over the centuries except for certain embellishments due to modernization. To non-Indians these ceremonies appear just that—elaborate colorful rituals flavored with plenty of pomp and show.



In the following story I take my readers on a ‘behind the scenes' tour at a traditional Indian wedding. I’ve tried to illustratethe proceedings from engagement to the wedding ceremony with “generalized” Indians---my characters, and have also made an attempt to expound on the emotional upheavals that occur in the background and often aren’t spoken out loud. Milan is more of a ‘short story’ concept where it shows the before/during and after of an event than it is a ‘long novel’ about characters with hopes and dreams and goals. And its purpose is exactly that, to show the emotions Indian couples go through during the process of a wedding. This story may help the reader get a better insight into the culture of marriage in India.

The Setting of MILAN:



Whenever I travel back to my homeland, I prepare for a culture shock. The crowds, the noise, the pollution have all increased several fold as the country races forward at breakneck speed to catch up with the rest of the world. There are very places left where it still seems like life goes on as it did a few decades ago, where people are laid back and nature is not at war with mankind.

MILAN is set in one such place;Coonoor-- a hill town located in the Nilgiri Hills, about 56 kms from the Coimbatore Airport, in the southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu. It is part way from its more well-known cousin Ooty.I spent some time there during my last trip and was so enchanted that I chose to use it as a setting for my story. Known for its tea plantations, Coonoor is a lovely, rustic little town. With its abundance of greenery and quaint architecture it is a throwback to India as it used to be. The temperate climate and serene environment help the restless soul to relax and take a few breaths of peace.When you are there, don't forget to take a ride on the Nilgiris meter gauge train, as well as a personalized tour of the tea estates.

I want to thank Debdatta for giving me this opportunity to express myself and for hosting this blog tour. I also want to thank all the bloggers who are participating in this tour and have made space for my book on their blog. Your time and generosity is much appreciated.

Please visit my website http://simikrao.com/ for more info on me and my work. You can also connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/simikrao and twitter https://twitter.com/simikrao
Happy Reading!

Simi K. Rao

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Book Review: Tales To Tell


Book Blurb: 


While one story glorifies the bravery of men we tend to ignore, the other speaks of our dreams and fear of demons and death. A funny tale of a lost professor, an emotional tale of bonding with grandparents, a tale of revenge for a death, a story of paper and pen, "Tales-To-Tell" celebrates life as we know if in just 500 words. In today's world when we are slowly and steadily moving towards everything short and crisp, Kolkata Bloggers and BEE Books joined hands to launch a book of short stories with illustrations. 

20 short story tellers and 20 illustrators have come together for the first time to bring a collection of short stories. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did making it. 

Anirban Saha
(Founder, Kolkata Bloggers)
Esha Chatterjee
(CEO: BEE Books) 

Book Details:

Publisher: BEE Books
ISBN-10:  938092528X
Edition:   1
Number of Pages:  120
Publication Year: 2015
Language:  English
ISBN-13:  9789380925288
Binding:  Paperback
Price: Rs 80 (I got mine as review copy)

Book Link: Flipkart 

The Review: 

One would think that reading an anthology of 20 short stories would take a lot longer than just a couple of hours (even with the blurb warning you that each story is no more than 500 words). Once you finish reading the book; you'd be left wondering about each of the short stories and look again into each of the illustrations...because suddenly you can see the details you'd missed out before reading the story. 

I have never reviewed an anthology before and while I know that it's the norm to review each of the stories - it is difficult to review the 20 stories indivually and not reveal what the stories are about. Therefore I choose to write about the anthology as a whole. It is the surprise and the mixed genre of stories that makes "Tales-To-Tell" a truly unique read. 

Yes, the book might have a few typographical errors but one should remember that the book was made by humans. As humans, we are all allowed to make mistakes. (Remember J.K. Rowling's epic mistake in The Goblet of Fire? When Harry and Voldemort's wand connected, it was supposed to bring back echoes of all those who Voldemort had killed in reverse order. Therefore, Harry's mother should have emerged before his father did. But in the first print, she made the mistake. However, that being J.K.Rowling's mistake fans got excited that there might be an epic plot twist. In subsequent editions, Rowling made that changes and accepted that it was a 'human mistake'.) 

The stories featured in Tales to Tell were chosen through a competition that had been announced back on 16th January 2015. And I have to say the winners truly deserved it. The judges did a good job picking diverse tales: and not one tales is like the other. 

I am looking forward to the next edition of Tales To Tell. Till then, pick up a copy of the book and read what tales the talented young minds have come up with. You will not regret it! Happy Reading.

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P.S. - I got the two masterminds behind Tales To Tell to agree to an interview. Keep an eye on the sister blog Aniesha's Musings for the same. 

The 1989 Book Tag



I saw this tag over at Words Are Magic Galore and as a Taylor Swift fan, I immediately wanted to be a part of this. It was created by review from a Bookworm and what we need to do is match books to the lyrics from Taylor’s latest and fabulous album 1989. So here we go:

Welcome To New York

“ You can want who you want,
boys and boys and girls and girls.” ♫ 

1. A book with LGBT themes


I had picked up this book when I began to binge on John Green novels. Will Grayson, Will Grayson  was a brilliant read. If you pick up a copy of this book, I swear you will not regret it. 


Blank Space

♫”You can tell me when it’s over
if the high was worth the pain.”♫

2. A book that hit you right in the feels…but was totally worth it.


I began reading this story in the train journey back home from Ajmer. And I continued reading it when I got back home. I still remember the tears streaming down my face as I finished the book. It hit me right in the feels. But it was totally worth it. 


”I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream”
3. A book that you hated but you loved the cover.

--- I have to leave this one blank because I've never judged a book by its cover. Unless the blurb appealed to me, I have never got the book.----

”I’ve got a blank space baby
and I’ll write your name.”

4. Your latest book boyfriend/girlfriend


Two words: Augustus Waters. 
Enough said. 

Style
”We never go out of style”

5. A timeless classic you love.


Mad Hatter: I'm completely mad, aren't I? 
Alice: Yes, you're completely bonkers. But I'll tell you a little secret: all the best people are. 

Out of the Woods

”The rest of the world is black and white,
but we were in screaming color.”

6. A book which had vivid world buildings.


I remember vivid descriptions of District 13.


”The monsters turned out to be just trees”

7. A book where things weren’t exactly how they seemed.


I was really, really shocked as the story progressed. It's one of my favorite books; but does not stop the fact I was completely freaked by it. 


All You Had To Do Was Stay

♫”You were all I wanted
but not like this”♫

8. A book you were eagerly anticipating, but ended up being disappointed by.


The woman who created Jesse De Silva & Michael Moscovitz....this one just did not cut it for me. :(

 Shake It Off

♫”The haters gonna hate..♫

9.  A book/series that everyone seems to love but you can’t help but hate.

--- Once again, keeping a Blank Space for this one---

10. A book series you love but everyone seems to hate.


I guess mostly because it's vampire fiction? 

I Wish You Would

♫”I wish you knew I’ll never
forget you as long as I live”♫

11. A book/series you know you will always love.


Jesse De Silva! <3 


♫ “I wish you were right here,
right now”♫ 

12. An upcoming release you wish you could have right now.


Because people I love very much are part of this book! ^_^

Bad Blood

♫ “Now we’ve got bad blood
you know it used to be mad love”♫ 

13. A character you once loved but grew to hate.


Tanveer Bhattacharya. I used to love him.
The I saw him without my rose tinted glasses. 
Began to hate him.


♫”Did you have to do this
I was thinking that you could be trusted.
Did you have to ruin
what was shiny now it’s all rusted.♫

14. An author you haven’t forgiven for the things they did to your favorite characters/books.


Where do I even start? Sirius, Dumbledor, Dobby, Snape, and FRED WEASLEY.
 J.K. Rowling, I cannot ever forgive you for killing Fred :'(


Wildest Dreams

♫”I can see the end 
as it begins”♫

15. A book that was far too predictable.


Girl loses best friend. 
Girl finds new friends. 
Girl crushes on guy.
Guy has a distant girlfriend. 
Girl kisses guy.
Guy breaks up with his old girlfriend.
Girl find her best friend.
Girl and guy get together. 
-_-
See? 

♫”Nothing lasts forever
but this is getting good now”♫

16. A book/series that you wish could’ve gone on forever.


More than anything, I wanted to see the Famous Five grow up. I wanted to know what Julian became, and if Dick ever became maure. I want to know if George became Georgina. And who finally got to married Anne or did she change from the gentle girl she was...


How You Get The Girl

♫”That’s how it works,
that’s how you get the girl.”♫

17. One of your favorite books where they ‘got the girl’


This is as offbeat YA fiction can get.
And yes - he gets the girl!

This Love

♫“In darkest screams,
in wildest dreams,
I never dreamed on this”♫

18. A book that completely shocked you. 


Ths is a must read....and you'll know why this book shocked me. 


I Know Places <3

♫”Love’s a fragile little flame
it could burn out.”♫

19.  A book you thought you loved but quickly came to hate.


I love Meg Cabot. But sometimes, the stories just do not sit with me. :(


♫”Something happens when everybody finds out.
See the vultures circling dark clouds.”♫

20. A book you didn’t want to be seen reading.


It was aimed at a much younger auidence...so...oh well...ahem....


Clean

♫ “The drought was the very worst,
when the flowers that we’d grown together died of thirst.” ♫

21. When the wait between books made you forget everything that happened.


I have to read the first one again, before I begin the sequel :-/


♫ “By morning, gone was any trace of you,
I think I am finally clean”. ♫

22. A book/series you wiped from your memory.


This. Book. Was . Too. Real. 
It. Broke. Me. 
So, I forgot it. 
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Oh wow. That took a very long time to put together. But it was fun I've never made posts like these before. I might just do a few more. Let me kniw if you're going to be writing a post on the 1989 Book Tag in the comments section below! :D