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The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Vikrant Khanna – Book Review

Hello friends!

As said yesterday in the call out for writers/poets/authors with their entries for the anthology, I am back with a book review!

The book that I am up to review now, is The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Vikrant Khanna. The book is provided by Arudhaa Club in exchange for a genuine review.

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Blurb:

Can true love bring someone back from the dead?

Akshara is left devastated by her mother’s death and spends most of her time in solitude at the local park. One day she meets a man named Harry, who, to help ease some of her pain, recounts to her a story about the miraculous reunion of a young woman and her dead boyfriend. The story makes Akshara hopeful that she can perhaps see her mother again.

But she soon realizes that Harry isn’t what he seems to be. Even the characters in his story seem dubious, almost unreal. So what is he hiding? And why? Is there any truth to his story at all?

In this darkly suspenseful romance mystery, Akshara is left facing a truth that will make her doubt not just Harry but also herself. . .

Review: 

The first thing about the book that caught my attention was the cover. The lonely girl walking on the wooden ramp did leave me intrigued and made me go ahead and read the blurb. 

P.S. I do not judge the book by its cover, but yes it always helps when it stirs up some curiosity! 😉

The blurb was indeed one to excite me and trust me, I wasn’t disappointed. 

The story starts on a very subtle note, with the interaction between a child in pain after losing her mother. Her loneliness and sorrow is well described. Just as another sensitive and concerned passerby, Harry’s eyes fall on her and he knows she is in pain. The little talk they have makes her smile and cry. A sweet friendship is seen blossoming between them, while Harry narrates a story to Akshara.

All seems set for a simple story, right? Well, of course not! The story isn’t so simple. Harry starts telling her a story which he believes will help her too. His story is about Sahiba, her boyfriend Sidhu and himself. A little revelation by Harry is made to Akshara as well as the readers and we are all left wide eyed. As his story moves ahead in the book, it leaves us wondering at many things. For an instant you really don’t know if you should believe it, or just drop it off as a big leap of faith. Anyhow, it wasn’t going to make me stop, and I am so happy I didn’t.

Gradually as Harry’s story reveals few more secrets of his, we start liking the spirit and character of Harry. And as his story ends, he has all our emotions in his favour. But as the story ends, Akshara like us, is seen questioning a lot of things. And her queries do not surprise us, for the same seem to be looming in our minds. She is seen in doubt about the story Harry narrated to her. She has doubts over his existence. She has doubts on her own self!

Can someone be brought back from dead? Does true love really exist? Can true love bring someone back from the dead?

These questions are not to be easily answered. Rather I am sure we all are just not equipped to answer them. Yet, they are there, looking right into your eyes and waiting for you to search for them!!

The book is really a good one to read. 209 pages that keep you hooked till you turn to the Author’s Note.  Though it wasn’t really an unpredictable one for me, I still had a nice time reading it. Reading on those lines earlier has made me a good guesser, I guess!

The story is set with real people in real situations but then the events that follow are quite unrealistic. A few light moments are added up to make the book ‘a feel good one’. It may feel like a ‘leap of faith’ kind of story, a miracle that we all are sure doesn’t happen, neither does it really sound convincing yet the curiosity makes you go on till the end.

Another area I found myself unsteady was when Harry’s story was going on. It just confuses you a bit if you read too quickly. I mean the timeline of his story jumps back and forth without prior warning. Yet this didn’t take away the fun that I had while reading it. 

An appreciable thing about the book is the simple language. Akshara and Harry stand out while the characters of Harry’s story – Sahiba and Sidhu – sound too unbelievable or too cliche!

However it is an entertaining book you just can’t put down unless you read the last line!

I give it a 4 star for giving me something to think on and wonder at, for the lovely time I spent relishing the story of Akshara and Harry!

Do order it here on Amazon.in 

 Well, that’s about it! Hope to be back sooner with a review or my write up.

Keep writing and sharing, I am trying hard to read all your works, lots still left to check out on!

Lots of love and best wishes for all….

Syeda

 

 

Calling for submissions for Anthology! #poetry #shortstories

Hello all! 

I am back after an unintended break. Some issues that cropped up regarding work and spouse health had kept me extremely busy. Soon will be up with a book review, but today I’m here to announce about an anthology!

This is open to all writers out there. Even international poets and authors can send in their entries. There are no hidden charges, for it is a genuine way to make dreams come true. 

Do send in your entries. Kindly spread the word so that all of us who dream and aspire to get published might just see it happen for real. 

P.S. Yours truly in involved in this, so friends let the entries come in abundantly!! 😉😍 Waiting to read your work!!

Lots of love and best wishes!

Syeda

Begone 2016, Embrace 2017!

As the clock ticks slowly, we all await the new year!

The calendar will change in the morning, the date will go back to being 1st. The year 2016 will slowly fade off and the new 2017 begin. We’ll keep scratching the 6 off and rewrite 7 for the first few days. And then slowly we’ll get accustomed.

The year ends and as all are busy partying or celebrating, I am left thoughtful. Another year passed by and what have my deeds been! Another year passed and did I make any dream come true?

Well, I did! 

And that didn’t happen suddenly! It has been a long journey all along.

From losing touch with the creative side and writing just speeches for students at events, to the thrill of touching my name on the paperback, that was a slow process, a metamorphosis!

It all started with me creating this blog. The time frame between 1st and 2nd post was nearly a year. And then a Facebook page happened! I wrote little bits for my friends there, while we discussed books and our writing skills.

The next thing I knew, I was pushed to blogging on a regular basis by my dear friend-mentor-guide-bhai(brother)-critic-support-beastie Josh.

And then I made some really good friends and met some really inspiring people here.

Sarah, my muse, has always made me come out of the safe box. She always challenged me with her sketches and paintings to write.

Ana Spoke, a dear friend who writes beautiful stories. I always loved her writing, her stories and her spirit. A warrior in herself!

Sumit, another friend-brother who has always been supportive and kind to me.

Elaine, a wonderful poetess and indeed an inspiration for me.

Lion, he isn’t around here these days but I learnt a lot from him and loved the spooky and scary feelings his writings brought me.

I met some lovely people, like Jenny, Josephine, Tam, Christopher, C theHappyMeerkat, Cathleen, Cynthia, and many many more! Fact is I don’t know them by names so here is it for allllllll of you! All of you who are reading this and I sincerely apologize if I am missing out someone.

And their constant support and guidance, their words of appreciation made me take that leap! I went ahead and got my poems in one place and released it as an eBook on Amazon Kindle. 

A couple of months later, it was selected by Woven Words Publishers to publish in paperback in India.

And now it is available internationally!!!

Well that gives me an opportunity to share the links for ordering. 😋😋😋

Kindly purchase or gift to someone you love!

Maybe it won’t find many readers, maybe it won’t reach zeniths. Maybe it won’t find homes around, but my 1st stepping stone has made me confident enough!

Amazon.com paperback

Amazon.com kindle

Amazon.in kindle

Amazon.in paperback

Every letter of the words I receive in comments gives me new hopes and strings new wings to my dreams. Motivating me to write my next one soon.

So, on a happy note and prayers on my lips, I wish the coming year brings in new joy and success to all of us. May the year 2017 bring prosperity and peace to all of us!

With lots of love and best wishes!!!

Stay happy and blessed my friend

Syeda

*Author* Cover Release*Announcement* 

Nothing makes you feel good than to be able to share the dreams of others. 

Such an opportunity I have here too! I am gonna share with you all, the excitement and good news of another dreamer whose dream of becoming a published author comes true.

This is Woven Words’ new book that will soon hit the markets. 

Do check out the publishing house website if you have dreams likewise. Maybe your manuscript will be next to be selected for publication. So here comes the cover. The cover reveal was done today on Facebook.

Do check out these important links.

For the Event page where the cover reveal happened!

The Cover reveal

 The book is on amazon.in for Preorder. Do check it out! For the international readers it will be coming up shortly.

Do spread the word and share it with your friends, let’s join in the author’s dreams! 

Love and best wishes!

Syeda

Join the #WovenWords_Dream_Team!

​After a shout out calling for authors and writers to join Book Bank on Facebook, for book reviews and other pre and post publishing activities, I am here to share a wonderful opportunity with all my friends who love to review books.

We all know how difficult it is to write a full fledge novel. Then reaching out to the agents or publishers is a totally different ball game. Keeping that in mind, I feel that as reviewers how we could probably play an important role in a writer’s journey in becoming an author. A published author! 

So, this is one new initiative which I wish to see my friends join as a team while we strive to fulfill more dreams! 

Here is the formal announcement about it!

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Calling all bloggers/social media markets/youtubers etc.

As everyone is gearing up for the holiday season and awaiting the silent transition from 2016 towards 2017, we are working towards making some dreams come true. 

In this journey, we are looking to create a team of individuals who want to play a role in fulfilling these dreams. 


* Anyone who blogs and reviews books can join us. You’d be hosting events on Facebook and help to spread the news.

For more details, please log on to Woven Words website!

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Feel free to reach out to me or the website mentioned to know more and register yourself in the #WovenWords_Dream_Team

Hope to see you all coming along :):)

Best wishes!

Syeda