The online book club I belong to, The Lit Lodge, on consensus, had chosen “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes for October 20-November 20 read. I was quite happy since I was looking for a chance to read this.
The story is about a 26-year-old Louisa Clark, affectionately called Lou, who has been hired by Mrs. Traynor, the town magistrate, to look after her 35-year-old quadriplegic son William or Will. Lou has no ambition in life, she just wants to live a simple life, earning only to sustain her family.
At first, Will and Lou didn’t get along (which is quite common in romantic stories). Will is moody, angry and resentful. He hardly speaks to her, always intends to keep her at an arm’s length. Poor Lou has no other choice but to continue with the job even though she too hates Will; the pay is good enough to run her family. Soon she learns by eavesdropping Mrs. Traynor’s conversation with her daughter Georgina that Will intends to go to Dignitas (a non-profit organisation in Switzerland that helps people with severe mental and/or physical injuries in assisted suicides) and that he has already tried to kill himself. Mrs. Traynor has asked for a six-month time period to prepare herself. That’s when Lou realises that Will hates not her but the post she’s been given, a suicide-watch.
Lou decides to bring a change in Will’s life, giving him a reason to live. She plans outings, some of which were successful while some were disasterous. She does bring a change, a change in Will and also in herself. But Will does not change his decision….

Will had a justified reason to be moody, bitter, resentful. He used to be a free bird; he loved taking risks, he loved adventures, he loved to explore life. But one accident, takes away everything… His career, his wanderlust, even the love of his life Alicia, who goes on to marry one of his closest friends Rupert. The way Moyes draws the picture through her words, I can’t help but feel for Will. As I read, I kept picturing myself in Will’s shoes and I could feel exactly what trauma he was going through.

At the same time, I do empathise with Lou. She tried to do her job, to be Will’s carer. She did nothing to deserve Will’s wrath. She was unknown to the tempest that Will’s psyche was trapped in.

Jojo Moyes did an appreciable job in portraying various characters, there are separate chapters to project the POV of characters like Camilia Traynor (Will’s mother), Stephen Traynor (Will’s father), Nathan (Will’s medical attendant) and Katrina Clark or Treena (Lou’s younger sister); majority of the story was from Lou’s POV. I wish I could be exposed to Will’s POV too. I wanted to know more about him.

I loved the chemistry between Will and Lou. Love needn’t always be physical or sexual. That’s what Moyes has portrayed. Lou expressed her love by trying hard to make Will happy and make him realise there’s still something life beyond his paraplegia. Will expressed his love for her by endearingly forcing her to explore life, to be fearless, teaching her that there’s no harm in being selfish at times, teaching her to believe in herself. They had a platonic, beautiful but romantic relationship and Jojo Moyes has done a fantastic job with her words.

I cried for the first time in my life  reading a book. A new experience. The ending was heart breaking. I wish Will had changed his decision but again it was hard for him…

My rating: 4.5 ⭐/5

Now I would like to answer the discussion questions thrown at me by my book club

1. How did you initially respond to the theme of the book? (Euthanasia/Mercy Killing)

Ans: Mercy killing is heartbreaking. A person wants to kill himself/herself, that means, he/she has undergone such turmoil that there’s nothing this world or his/her life can offer that can calm him/her down or wipe away the turmoil that is why he/she wants to end his/her life to get the peace he/she deserves.

2. What would you have done if you were in Louise Clark’s place?

Ans: Maybe even I would have given my best efforts to give Will some normalcy, some hope towards life.

3. Do you think Will made the right decision? What would you have done if (God Forbid) you were in his place?

Ans: From Will’s POV, I think his decision was a justified one. Being unable to move one’s limbs, or eat or even regulate one’s own body temperature is a torture, there’s no characteristic of living left. Had I been in his place, I would have chosen Dignitas as well.

4. Mrs. Traynor exhibited a very cold and aloof nature throughout the book. Was it only because of Will’s condition and the impending decision or did her relationship with her husband also a play a vital role?

Ans: We see Mrs. Traynor mostly as a mother in the book. I feel she’s not aloof, she’s trying hard to be strong and be prepared of what’s coming next (her son’s irrevocable decision). Maybe her tense relationship with her husband had given way to the coldness but it solidified further as an attempt on her part to survive an almost broken marriage and her child’s death wish.

5. Mr. Traynor comes across as an unfit father figure. Do you hold any sympathy towards him or is he too selfish to be sympathised with?

Ans: There’s not much about Mr. Traynor in the story to make any comment. I don’t think he’s selfish or an unfit father figure. He kept his extramarital affair aside for his son, he spends time with his son to make him feel better. He has supported in everything that has given at least a speck of hope of saving his son. He’s not as passionate as his wife is but he’s done his part in some way at least.

6. Katrina  (Treena) Clark was an imposing and a daunting character. Do you think she was in any way responsible for Louisa’s low self-esteem?

Ans: Treena has been the more pampered one among the siblings. She’s considered to be the most intelligent, all-knowing in the family. Lou has been the butt of all jokes in the house. For Treena, the world revolves around her. Maybe that’s why Lou had become suppressed and lost her self-esteem.

7. Louisa’s parents constantly put her at butt of all jokes whereas she was the only responsible one. Why do you think Treena always had the advantage over Lou?

Ans: It’s very common in families having more than children, the youngest one happens to be the most pampered one. The youngest one never really grows up in the eyes of the family. That’s why Treena had the advantage over Lou.

8. In what light do you view the Clarks as parents?

Ans: The Clarks are like the conventional middle class parents, I find them somewhat similar to my parents too. They are doting, caring.

9. Do you think Treena going away to college and letting her parents and Lou work for her course fees makes her a bad person? Was she only doing what she saw fit for Thomas’s future? Or were the reasons purely for her own benefit?

Ans: Treena, though she’s a mother, she hasn’t really grown up. Being the youngest in the family, she has been treated like a kid, she has been the centre of everyone’s attraction. Consequently she has become self-centered, self-obsessed. I think she doesn’t even realise that. That doesn’t make her a bad person.
10. The character of Louisa shows great personal development as the book progresses. Is only Will to be credited for it or other factors are also engaged?

Ans: Will helped Louisa a lot in her personality development. Not only that, but Louisa’s working as a carer to a quadriplegic has brought about a development in her.
11. The sibling rivalry is pretty evident in the Clark and Traynor side. Do you think a. It’s normal b. One is dominant and other submissive c. The tension of the situations make it worse?

Ans: I feel the sibling rivalry is more or less common. In the Traynor side, the situations adversely affects the relationship more.
12. Patrick is a jock who only wanted Lou waiting in the wings for him while he went out and fulfilled his dreams.Do you agree?

Ans: Yes, definitely. Patrick is a self-obsessed jerk.
13. Georgina Traynor, Will’s younger sister didn’t want to be bothered stuck and caring for a grumpy man because she had better, fun things to do. Agree or Disagree?

Ans: I do agree. At one point, she herself says it to her mother.
14. Which character in the book, apart from Lou and Will, stood out for you the most? (Negative or positive, their character and it’s depth lingered on and made you think even after you had finished the book.)

Ans:  Mrs. Traynor. She is this woman who is entangled in the tension of her marriage and her son’s condition. She is trying hard to be rock solid for her son which is taking her a toll on her but she does not share it with anyone.
15. Picking up such a sensitive topic, do you think Moyes was able to change your previous view about Mercy Killing?

Ans: I always hold this belief that if life becomes too painful to handle, its better to opt out of it. No one deserves incessant suffering. This belief was with me while reading this book.
16. Whichever particular scene (except the ending) stood out for you?

Ans: Alicia-Rupert’s wedding when Lou and Will danced together for the first time with Lou on Will’s lap. That scene was beautiful.
17. This was  a potential contender in the banned books category. Do you think books with such topics should really be banned or should be highlighted and promoted to make people aware of the sufferer’s point of view?

Ans: People should be aware of what’s happening to people around us. At times, when life gives us lemons, we feel dejected and defeated. Books like this one reminds us that there people who suffer zillion times more than us.
18. Would you read such a book again?

Ans: Maybe yes.
19. Would you read such a book again were in it a non fiction genre minus the love story?

Ans: Maybe no. I may not be able to handle it.
20. If it all comes down to perspective, then everyone is right and everyone is wrong. In the context of the theme of the book, do you agree?

Ans: Yes. In this book, I felt both Lou and Will were right and wrong at the same time from their respective perspectives.
21. How did you find Jojo Moyes’s writing style?

Ans: Its vivid, engrossing, touching.
22. The sequel, After You, is out. Would you want to read that or was the end of Me Before You the best possible closure to the story?

Ans: When I came to know there was a sequel, I thought in the end of this book, Lou will be successful in changing Will’s decision, but no, that didn’t happen. Now I’m intrigued what’s more left in this story that prompted Moyes to write the sequel. That makes me want to read After You.
23. Has this book/genre widened you reading scope?

Ans: I have read books like this before, those that deal with unfinished love stories, loss of love because of some medical condition. From that aspect, no, it didn’t my reading scope. But it’s the first I’ve read about Euthanasia. So, from that point of view, yes, it has.






My rating4/5

The author, Twinkle Khanna, is known to be a witty, funny, opinionated lady.  That’s what one can find in this book. To me she is somewhat Chandler Bing. This book is a collection of four stories. All of them are based on issues that people do not much talk about, and do not dare to venture into.

The first story is about a girl, Lakshmi Prasad, who, for the welfare of the girl child started a ritual of planting 10 mango trees everytime a girl was born. The second story is about a 68-year-old lonely widow who falls in love with her 50-ish year old yoga teacher and is bold enough to be in a live-in but platonic romantic relationship. The third story is about a commitment-freak woman who marries multiple times but at the end prefers living alone and ultimately meets a tragic end. The fourth story is about a man who loves and cares for his wife so much that he passionately takes it on his head to solve his wife’s menstrual flow management and goes to manufacture sanitary napkins at affordable rates (this story is based on real-life event).

The characters are head-strong, unbashedly feminists and they’re unconventional. I love Mrs. Khanna’s writing. Some of her choicest words put me into splits of laughter–describing someone’s figure like a “coke-a-cola bottle”, or usage of some hindi words in between like “chakar”, “harami”– how Indians generally talk. Like her first book, “Mrs. Funnybones”, this book was a total entertainer. Once you start reading, you can’t stop till you reach the last page.





From the time I watched the movie Bajirao Mastani, I have become a fan of the story. I know, it was a huge injustice to Bajirao’s first wife Kashibai, she had to suffer for no fault of hers — a woman’s husband all of a sudden brings another woman is a brutal assault to her dignity, her self-respect, but the film left me intrigued. A bibliophile as I am , I wanted to read up on this story. I looked up on the internet about the love saga, that’s when I came across this book called “The Peshwa: The Lion and the Stallion” on The reviews were good enough. I thought lets read about the person and then delve into his love story.

This story deals with the Peshwa’s life before Mastani’s entry–his teenage years training with his father, the previous Peshwa (or Prime Minister), who taught him about battle at the battlefield itself, his friendship and romance with his childhood companion Kashibai (who was the daughter of the Chief Justice of the Maratha empire) and their marriage, Bajirao’s father’s death, the dirty politics with the succession of Peshwa-ship, the King or Chhatrapati’s fulfilment of his promise to his dear friend Bajirao’s father which lead to Bajirao being the next Peshwa and then how Bajirao went on to reign his kingdom and the great war with the Mughals.

It’s a very interesting read, once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. It’s not too slow-paced like some of the classics nor is it too fast-paced like many of the thrillers. Though its history I wasn’t boring. It’s a story not just some facts with dates and names that we have in our painfully boring history textbooks.

Bajirao has a very close knit relationship with his father, as we see in the book that his mother is no more (in the film it’s the opposite). He accompanied his father to his court, to the battlefield. That’s why inspite of being very young compared to the contenders for the position of the Peshwa, because he had first hand experience from his teenage years.

Also, he loved Kashibai dearly. They had amazing friendship and love between them. When Bajirao was setting forth for his first great war, Kashibai made him promise that he wouldn’t fight, only supervise. He tried his very best not to break his promise until he had no choice but to break it, but he did carry great remorse in him till Kashi forgave him. I don’t understand why did he get attracted to Mastani. How can one fall in love with two people at a time?

I had a good time with this book. I recommend this book to those who want to know about Bajirao.

My rating: 4/5

P.S. I did imagine Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra as Bajirao and Kashibai *shyly smiles*

P.P.S: I got so excited that I went and bought the books “Mastani” and “Rau“. I’m yet to read them.




Easy by Tammara Webber


I began 2016 reading challenge hosted by Popsugar  with this book.I was looking for some books that I could read for the challenge. I came across this book on some of the websites and I found appreciative reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. So I gave it a try.

The story begins with a college girl Jacqueline with whom her boyfriend Kennedy wants to break up so that he could see other girls in college. That at a frat shemeets with an unfortunate incident– Kennedy’s sex starved frat brother tries to force himself on her when some random guy comes and beats the shit out of the rapist.Later she realises that her saviour is her classmate Lucas. The story circumnavigates around Jacqueline and the two men she meets — Lucas and her Economics tutor Landon.

After reading the book, I’M IN LOVE WITH IT… A Romantic story is basically the chemistry between the lead couple and in this book, it was bang on!! My heartbeat would speed up with Jacqueline and Lucas’ proximity as if I’m in Jacqueline’s place, dating Lucas (I wish I could 😍😍).
Like Jacqueline I too am head over heels in love with Lucas. He’s a flawless mixture of perfection and flaws. He’s worthy of true love. He has a wonderful physique too. He’s very protective and moving towards Jacqueline (When will I get my Lucas????).
Also, Jacqueline is a very strong character. She’s headstrong, she does not go around showing off her power, she can feel weak at times but she knows to overcome the weakness and get back at the wrong and get justice.

A couple with two strong individuals always keeps me at awe.

This book bravely and aptly puts forth the evil of sexual harassment in the society and how we women should be prepared to protect ourselves through the characters.
The story is dreamy with touches of reality. That’s what I really enjoy.

My Rating : 4/5⭐

Whoever likes to read romance novels, I would definitely recommend this book.

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Lyrebird is a story of a girl, Laura Button, hidden from the world among the wilderness who has a unique talent to mimic every sound she hears; it’s her way of connecting to the world around her. She is discovered by a documentary team who tries to give her an identity in the modern world that she’s been deprived. Laura who wants to come out of the isolation and wants to be near the sound engineer of the documentary team, Solomon, agrees to leave her familiar hills and goes to Dublin to participate in a talent hunt show. She receives an overwhelming from the audience from around the world and show producers alike. She also tastes her share of criticisms too. The story chronicles Laura’s journey into the competitive, unforgiving, modern world.

This book has given me a whole new perspective to the world I too am a part of, there were instances where I was disgusted the way the world operates. Laura’s way of connecting to the world, her perspective did not for once fail to mesmerise me while I was reading the book. We are so busy in our lives that we overlook the intricate details of the nature, of our immediate surroundings.

Laura and Solomon’s relationship is innocent, sweet, passionate and that touched me.

Bo, the director and producer of the documentary team and also Solomon’s ex, got on my nerves. She doesn’t think how her decisions would affect others. She wants Solomon to support her but she wouldn’t listen to his advice if it’s not in her favour. She wants to do whatever she wants and no one can defy her. Because of her brilliant idea, Laura gets exploited. I don’t get irritated generally by book character but Bo, like her name, is a unique piece altogether.
Overall reading this book was a refreshing, exotic experience.

My Rating : 4/5⭐



Heartless by Marissa Meyer

HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

4 of 5 stars

Fairy tales have taught us, people are either good or bad. But no, there’s nothing like Black or White, we’re like the Yin-Yang. Circumstances drive some people to become unemotional, Heartless, cruelty of the world makes people cruel. And that’s what happened to our Queen of Hearts.

No one brings out the flip side of fairy tales better than Merissa Meyer. Reminded me of the movie Maleficent.

I adored the love story of Cath and Jest, no wonder she chose the court joker over the daft King of Hearts. But, unlike what fairy tales taught us, it wasn’t a happily ever after.

The havoc that Jest’s loss caused to Cath. I could literally feel the pain, the angst of all the injustices that led to the tragedy, the hunger for revenge. Not all tragedy needs to followed by pools of tears, often it leads to a volcano of anger towards the injustice by fate.

The book’s unconventional, storytelling is remarkable and I’m glad I chose this book as my first read of the year.

After You by Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)After You by Jojo Moyes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I missed Will in the entire book.

The storytelling was commendable. I liked how Lou-Lily relationship bloomed; though I got the shock of my life when Lily appeared and claimed to be Will’s daughter.

Its true what a little carelessness in parenting can cause to a young mind. That’s been projected, I’m glad, parents should keep that in mind.

It was kind of hard to digest seeing Lou moving on with Sam, but one also cannot deny the fact that Will had chosen his freedom over Lou’s love. So she has the right to move on.

Mr. Trainer just pissed me off. I felt really awful for Mrs. Traynor on her first appearance in this book.

Death affects the loved ones more than the deceased. Everyone, except Georgia, was seen to be living with a void in their lives.

There was another character who just pissed me off — Tanya Houghton-Miller, a self obsessed, bitch who calls herself a mother.

It was a good read but Will…. You were missed…


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoy books that have kickass female characters. Women are not always supposed to be damsels in distress, they too can be knights in shining armour.

Celaena has become a role model for me — she feels scared but she knows how to come out of it and win in life. She is witty and fast, she is everything I want to be.

I wish Dorian could be more headstrong. If he’s against his father, he should have the guts to stand up for his own opinions.

Though Chaol is just a guard, he still carries a slight air of a Lord. Nehemia looks timid but she’s no less powerful.

That’s what I loved about this book, the female characters are no less, at times even better, than the males.

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.


Ruined by M.C. Frank

Ruined (Regency Retold #1)Ruined by M.C. Frank

First of all thank you M.C. Frank for giving an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Beatrice had been a mystery throughout the story and that pulled the story forward. Though there were two central characters but the entire focus was on the lady. It’s a modern retelling of Jabe Eyre but I’m thankful it’s not slow paced as classics tend to be. Inspite of being archaic, the language approach is simple. But there were instances where things got very confusing. And also I did not find any significant wow moments this book.

I continued to read cause I wanted to know the mystery of the central character. Portrayal of Beatrice is commendable but this fainting on demand thing was overdone.

Paris for One and other Stories by Jojo Moyes


My rating: 4/5⭐

First of all thank you so much Penguin Random House- Michael Joseph Imprint for the e-ARC through NetGalley.

It’s my third Jojo Moyes read and as usual I enjoyed it. The different stories deal with different facets of life and inter-human relationships and emotions  — love, regret, jealousy, betrayal— and these have been so beautifully depicted. Some stories were romantic, some deep, some funny. I wish the short story “Between the Tweets” was a little longer, I think more of suspense could have made the story better.  Otherwise, i enjoyed it.

I’m so glad I got to review this book.

The Origin of Martin Krooger by Sameer Kumar


* I had received an ARC in exchange of an honest review.* Thank you Half Baked Beans for the ARC.


In the land of Gods, the arrival of a vigilante stormed the silence. He was brutally used and harassed by Gods. His emotions and sentiments were toyed with.

The most powerful god, Agusthus, feels crippled before him. He targets everyone responsible for his state. He drains Agusthus by slaughtering his son. He exhausts Moira, daughter of Agusthus, by killing her brother before her eyes. He breaks Castle Gray, the only one capable of stopping him, by cursing his love into a cold bloodless stone. He weakens the powerful Queen Iris, Gray’s mother, and enslaves her husband. He certainly has no opponent.

However, no one targets him. He is so silent and precise that no one buys the fact that the vigilante, who was cursed and killed long ago, is somehow back. Hence, the time waits for the birth of the last hope left to save the world from the wrath of the demon. Time waits for ‘Martin Krooger’.


I was literally disappointed reading this. The book neither stands up to it’s genre nor it’s title. The title is “The Origin of Martin Krooger” but the mention of Krooger is only in the concluding chapter. The genre mentioned at the back cover is Thriller, but the tempo is too slow for it to be a thriller. To be very honest, there’s no thrill at all. Too many diversions from the main story. The author has desperately tried to make it a sci-fi, by inserting some thermodynamics concept from physical chemistry, some mentions of algorithm concept from computer science. Tries to make the Heavens and the “Gods” tech-savvy. Makes the story of creation a science experiment and says evolution is something that the “stupid” humans believe. This is acceptable to some extent. But all of a sudden, some love story pops out. Too many unnecessary charcterisations.

In short, this book is A TOTAL NO-NO for people who appreciate the REAL ESSENCE of literature.

Books like this spoil the reputation of Indian Literature.


2.5/5 (I thought of giving a 3 but I’m too pissed and disappointed)

According to one of his interviews, he confessed, he has never read a single novel. How is this possible? How can anyone become a novelist without reading a novel?? It’s like being a doctor without studying biology. Being a tree without roots.

On a positive note, the author should be applauded for attempting this genre (fantasy-thriller) for his debut book, which debutants generally avoid.

P.S. I would like to suggest the author PLEASE read a few novels. You could ask me, if you need book suggestions.

UNNS- The Captivation by Sapan Saxena


P. S. I have received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.75/5 ⭐

To be honest I was skeptic about this book. Actually, after many disappointing experiences, I tend to think twice before reading contemporary Indian Writing, apart from the critically acclaimed ones.

It was a bit predictable to me since I watched a Bollywood with a somewhat similar storyline. But then things took a turn. It’s an interesting read.

For a RAW agent, Atharva is too emotional. And Meher too self centred. He kept falling for her despite knowing that all he’d get is pain. But that’s the essence of this book. Love without terms and conditions apply.

The chapter names are quite unique. Though I couldn’t quite get it. It’s somewhat explained within the story. But I would like to know more about it.

In the ending, I felt some loose ends still remained. I want to know more about the ending, how did Meher change the plan and saved Ayaz and Atharva.

Thank God, my instincts proved wrong this time.

Pishacha — Book Review

P. S. I would like to thank my Kaffeinated Konversations boss Kavita Singh for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about a demon, who did not get peace in his human life that couldn’t be obliterated even after his death – – unrequited love, ambush, betrayal – – didn’t let him gain salvation. He’s back for his lady love,  who obviously does not remember him after her rebirth, and also for revenge.

The plot is quite interesting – – though it’s quite common in Indian cinema – – rebirths, love triangles, mysterious locations, fantastical stories are so Bollywood – –  but the book wasn’t stereotypical or superficial like our cinema tends to be.

I was quite a dilemma, whether I should abhor the Pishacha for the evil that he is. Or should I empathise with the man who suffered in life and also in death.

It was a creepy, mysterious, saddening, a little scary read.

This book has multiple sub – plots. Stories with more than two sub plots have a chance of getting messy. But I’m this book, the author has obliterated intricately handled all the strings and all the ends were timely tied at the end.

Rating: 4/5⭐

The First Trillionaire — Book Review

The First TrillionaireThe First Trillionaire by Sapna Jha

My rating: 2 of 5 stars




P.S. I had received this book in exchange for an honest review.

The storyline sounded interesting. But where’s the sense in sidelining the main plot and filing the book with unnecessary backstories of characters who are not even important in the plot? Why would anyone be interested in the history of hired assasins or the sidekick of a gangster? What is the need in knowing how an immigrant turned into a mafia, when the main plot is supposed to circumnavigate around a village girl who becomes the world’s first trillionaire? Minimum 10 pages is dedicated to the protagonist’s maternal uncle and his NASA research ventures. I mean, seriously?

Here the protagonist is kidnapped, there’s hardly mentions of her conditions. I would rather read more pages and chapters about the protagonists rather than not so important elements

The main focus should be on the main plot and the main characters — the protagonists and the antagonists and the detailings should be to enhance the plot and not sideline the plot.
The book just tried to test my patience. I read 70% of it. And I’m just deleting the ebook from my kindle. 

Six of Crows — Book Review

After starting a book account on instagram (@pia_divergent_nerd), I keep checking out other book accounts to see what my fellow bookstagrammers are reading, which books are trending in the bookstagram circle. Six of Crows was one of the most talked about books, so I too gave it a try

Six Dangerous Outcasts, One Impossible Heist

I could feel the action in the book, pumping through me. Kaz is a brilliant strategist. His plans are always fool-proof and if the plan is in danger, he always has alternatives up his sleeves. Inej is a terrific compliment to Kaz. She amazes me — her aura is that of a shadow or the breeze — silent, untraceable but she is so strong.

I found myself in constant anticipation about what’s gonna happen in the next page. I enjoyed that feeling immensely. The mission impossible, the magical elements, the desperation, the insecurity, the ambiguity, the enmity, corruption, kept me on my toes (my brain toes actually).

Most books, irrespective of the genre and plot, there are love stories in it, romance scenes. But this book didn’t. Kaz-Inej and Matthias-Nina don’t say to each other but a lot can happen beyond words. Matthias and Nina hate each other — it’s not only personal but communal as well. But even in that hatred there’s care, there’s certain weakness. That makes the story more interesting.

But the end is making me impatient to read the Crooked Kingdom. There were two characters in the first chapter — Joost and Anya. I wonder what happened to them. I hope I get the answer in the sequel.


My Rating : 4/5