BOOK REVIEWS


  • BOOK REVIEW – Red, White & Royal Blue
    . What will happen when two superpower countries’ peace and harmony are in question because of this union? Would the world show acceptance to a same-sex relationship even if it is between the two most influential people?
  • BOOK REVIEW – We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko
    The chaos has reached Virko, the industrial hub of the kingdom of Voulhire, where people have little to no faith in either magic or God. Will the desire for supremacy destroy every innocent soul in Virko? Matthew Tysz’s book – “We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko,” the second installment in the “We are Voulhire” series, will be a perfect read for any sci-fi, epic fantasy enthusiast. Click on the picture or title for the full review.

BOOK REVIEW – Red, White & Royal Blue

by Casey McQuiston

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Queer fiction
Romance Novel
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Book Name: Red, White & Royal Blue

Author Name:  Casey McQuiston

Book Published on Date: May 2019

Genre: Romance Novel, Fiction, LGBTQ+ Literature, Queer Fiction

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A few of my favorite moments from this book:

“Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some.”

“Sometimes you just jump and hope it’s not a cliff.”

“Someone else’s choice doesn’t change who you are.”

“You see, for me, memories are difficult. Very often, they hurt. A curious thing about grief is the way it takes your entire life, all those foundational years that made you who you are, and makes them so painful to look back upon because of the absence there, that suddenly they’re inaccessible. You must invent an entirely new system.”


Brief Summary:

The story is about the romantic relationship between Alex (the first son of the United States) and Prince Henry (the Prince of Wales) and their struggles and courage. What will happen when two superpower countries’ peace and harmony are in question because of this union? Would the world show acceptance to a same-sex relationship even if it is between the two most influential people?

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Queer fiction
Romance Novel
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Review:

This book is my first LGBTQ+ read, and I loved it. The book has every element of a perfect romance novel in proper proportion. The witty dialogues, the beautiful locations, and the light-hearted plot make this book a perfect one. Though there are a few cliché moments in the book, the engaging narrative style keeps you hooked to the story. The language used is simple yet captivating. Most of the narrative takes place in the White House and Kensington Palace, while there are a few scenes that include other locations. The contemporary scene setup makes the characters and story so relatable.

My favorite parts are the quotes mentioned in every letter exchanged between Alex and Henry. The emotional turmoil of the characters because of society and the courage they showcase in facing them makes this story laudable. Their unconditional love for each other and the way they express it will make your heart skip a bit every time.

The vivid scene descriptions will make you feel like being teleported to the world of Alex and Henry. The rib-tickling humor balances the tension in the story or any sad moments. The US election details, the Royal Palace architectural details, history of the artifacts in the Royal Museum, and other specifics show the considerable amount of effort the author has put in their research.

I highly recommend this book to all the readers who want to enjoy a good romance novel, while I let the feeling of finishing the book too early sink in. As a hopeless romantic myself, I dig plots where the characters choose love over societal norms, and this book satisfies that desire of mine. However, I would recommend this book to a mature audience because of the frequent use of strong language and erotic scenes (that mainly portray their intense longing for each other).



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BOOK REVIEW – We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko

by Matthew Tysz

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Book Name: We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko

Author Name:  Matthew Tysz

Book Published on Date: January 2019

Genre: Sci-fi, Epic Fantasy

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As a sci-fi, epic fantasy enthusiast, I absolutely enjoyed the first book, We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies. Hence, I was excited to read We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko. The We are Voulhire series comprises eight books, and this is the second installment. I feel we should read this book in order as part of the series, for continuity.

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In the first book, We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies, we see that the Riva Rohiva, a local rebel group, mercilessly slaughters the entire family of Lord Eldus as a revolt against the reigning King Wilhelm. Meanwhile, Lord Meldorath, a powerful mage imprisoned for practicing illegal magic on the people, escapes from confinement and wreaks havoc.

Brief Summary:

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In this second book, the chaos has reached Virko, the industrial hub of the kingdom of Voulhire, where people have little to no faith in either magic or God. Demetrius, Rowan, and Galen Bray arrive at Virko to arrange for more iron to aid their business, and hence they meet the ailing Lord Hrelek, the founder of the city of Virko. However, during this encounter, they discover that Lord Hrelek’s son, Folcro, is a threat to the people of Virko, despite his contrasting calm and harmless demeanor. Meanwhile, Lord Meldorath has already started implementing his grand plan of seizing the Holy Land of Yamon Soul. Will the desire for supremacy destroy every innocent soul in Virko?

Review:

The language used is crisp and engaging. The author has beautifully woven the multiple plot lines together. The detailed descriptions of the building structures, attires, and scene sites repeatedly establish the author’s visual storytelling ability. He successfully makes the readers virtually experience the world of Voulhire.

This book effectively accomplishes the plot twists, scene transitions, and character developments. The characters like Galen Bray, Demetrius, Rowan, Folcro, Lord Kayden, and Lord Meldorath show significant character development. Their individual background stories make them more believable and relatable, and it surely tops my list of things I like in this book.

The frequent witty remarks by Rowan and Demetrius partially help to lighten the somber tone of the story. The proper pacing in the narrative captures the required emotions in a balanced manner. Overall, it is a well-edited book with minimal errors. The unpredictable plot changes and captivating storytelling overshadow all flaws in the book and keep the readers at the edge of their seats until the end. Hence, for me this book gets a perfect score.

It is a perfect read for all sci-fi, fantasy enthusiasts. However, I would recommend this book to a mature audience because of the frequent use of profanity, many gory death scenes, sexual references, and mention of sensitive topics such as rape or dealing with demons.



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BOOK REVIEW: Fear Killer

 A cautionary Tale by David Burton

Book Review - Fear Killer: A Cautionary Tale

Psychological thriller, Crime Fiction, Murder Mystery
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Book Name: Fear Killer: A Cautionary Tale

Author Name:  David Burton

Book Published on Date: 2nd edition (8 November 2013)

Genre: Psychological thriller, Crime Fiction, Murder Mystery

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, none of these subjects is unknown to the current world. However, we hardly put much effort into understanding the long-term psychological impact it has on the victim.

Brief Summary:

This story is about Emily Perrit, who lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her constant fear overshadows her existence because of her traumatic childhood and an abusive husband. One night when her husband is out-of-town on a business trip, she gets attacked by an intruder. In a dramatic turn of events, she shoots the guy in self-defense. Initially, this newfound courage prompts Emily to avenge her neighbor, Rachel Strickland. However, she becomes obsessed with torturing and killing men for sexual satisfaction by witnessing terror in their eyes. Because of these brutal homicides, they appoint Detective Martha Newton to investigate these murders. The biggest challenge was the insufficient evidence and lack of knowledge of connection in these murders. Despite clues hinting at Emily being the perpetrator, her timid appearance lets her stay under the police radar. The author successfully conveys the damage that abuse causes to the mental health of the sufferer. The repressed anger and terror of the central character, Emily Perrit, and other female characters in this story, are portrayed rather thoughtfully. This novel also highlights the ramifications of toxic masculinity on society.

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Book Review - -Fear Killer: A Cautionary Tale

 Psychological thriller, Crime Fiction, Murder Mystery

Review:

The title and book cover does justice to the plot. Though sometimes the scenarios are predictable, the captivating narrative won’t allow your mind to wander around for comparisons. The character of Emily creates fear not only in her victims but also affects the readers. The monologues by Emily were spine-chilling. I feel the recurring dialogues displaying her obsessive personality make the scenes more impactful. Every character plays an equally relevant role in shaping the narrative. The moment from their introduction to their last appearance in the novel makes us understand their choices, thoughts, and emotions, thus making them more believable.

The language used for narration is simple and easy to understand. Grammatically, it is a well-edited book with negligible error. Each scene transition and dialogue complements the serious theme of the story.

This book is suitable for a mature audience because of the frequent use of profanity, graphic violence scenes, and explicit erotic sequences. However, people who are sensitive to the topics of child abuse, domestic violence, or any form of sexual abuse might reconsider before reading this one.

Overall, for me, this book gets a perfect score for its impressive storytelling.



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