A Way to the Infinity World (The Left Roof #1) by Narendra Singh Nathawat, Vishvendra Singh Nathawat

 

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Published: April 24th 2017

Publisher: Partridge India

Read date: February 28th 2018

Genre: Science-Fiction / Fantasy

Pages: 184

Stars: 2.5/5

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Alfred Riston is a twenty-two-year-old college student who is heartbroken by his mother’s abandonment of her family. As he attempts to grapple with his pain, he begins experiencing strange visions and hearing a voice that seems to come from nowhere. There is no question that an unseen force is attempting to make contact with Alfred. Now all he has to do is determine who or what it is.

After he and his best friend, Khushahal, decide to investigate the weird comings-and-goings surrounding his old family home, they unwittingly confront hostile guards who seem to be protecting some sort of bizarre chemical experiment. But when he contacts his father to ask him what he knows, he is quickly pushed away without explanation. Now as a series of bizarre clues are slowly unveiled, Alfred embarks on a journey into the past where he learns the truth about his birth that will change everything, not just for him, but for the infinity world.

In this gripping fantasy story, a college student on a quest to learn the truth about himself and his family soon discovers that nothing is certain when it comes to the universe. 


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A Way to the Infinity World was a science-fiction fantasy novel, first in series, narrated in third person that revolved around main character- Alfred, his family, and Infinity world. The book is about the Infinity world explaining the logic/imagination behind creation of this universe and how it works, technologies, family drama, and friendship.

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Alfred– I don’t what to think about this character. He was 22-year-old college boy who still couldn’t get over his parent’s divorce (That was 7 years before). He most of the time acted like 13 old teen. If Author have created this character as teenage boy I probably won’t have any problem with his behavior. There were pretty clear truths about his birth and his family but till climax he didn’t want to accept it! Even at the end of the book I feel like he’s not accepting the reality and he still is doubtful about all things! There was almost no development in this character and he sounded whiny. 

Only character that I liked was not even a character but an invention (kind of robot) – Misonzae. 

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The Infinity world and concept was pretty good. It was properly explained how characters traveled from Earth to Infinity World and the logic behind it. I liked creatures, history of Infinity, their working system, time zone and places, politics, and technologies- all had lengthy description leaving no room for doubt. 

The world and characters were imaginative and interesting. People of Infinity looked like elves (you seeing that elfish ears in cover) but they were not elves, totally different race. Infinity world has mix race, people from different planets were living together on Infinity.  

The family history of Alfred was interesting. It started nice arising all the questions making readers curious to know more about the things going on around Alfred, his parents and their family house.

I liked the questions raised by characters in the book on what happens after death and who controls the birth and death cycle, is it god or there some other entity behind it. it was central topic of the book. Parts of the book on those questions and the answers that was given in imaginary Infinity world was most interesting for which only I have given half of the stars. There were many twist and turns, had surprising elements. Events unfold very quickly once Alfred enter the Infinity world.

At first I didn’t like length of chapters looking at the table of content. One chapter was almost 30 to 40 pages long. But I liked that each chapters were divided into different scenes that made it quick read. Climax was good and book ended nicely.

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Initially the story was narrated like a play (you know like ‘character 1 :…’ ‘character2: …..’ and then a scene) but suddenly after 2 chapters it turns to normal third person narration. I don’t know why it was like that! It could be written in either of the style.

Major problem I had was character and emotions. As I mentioned above character was not acting according to his age and there was no development (which I can overlook as I know this is just first book of the series, kind of introductory, but it still bothered me). You all know how much I hate whiny characters.

I didn’t feel any emotion. There is a difference in I personally watch a movie and when someone else narrates me that movie to me, it feels differently. Book was like later one, someone just told me the story and I liked the idea and theme but I couldn’t feel it.

That family drama of Alfred’s parents and how the house was in their possession was still a mystery. Sex scenes and that nudity in ceremony was totally not required. This book could come out clean and more likable without those scenes.

Though the setting and main character was American, it totally sounded Indian. Even few things, the terminology about Infinity world sounded Indian! An Indian anyone can tell it in just few minutes in the book, so why not make it in Indian setting!

Looking at this long list of ‘I don’t like’ part I was confused whether to rate it 2, 2.5, or 3. So finally settled in between- 2.5 (hey, the idea was good and cover was cute).

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Overall, it was not that good. One time read. Honestly, I won’t read it again and won’t  continue the series.


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Author:  Narendra Singh NathawatVishvendra Singh Nathawat

Buy Here: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

*** Note: I won this copy in Goodreads Giveaway. ***

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3 DAYS, 3 QUOTES TAG

Hello Book Lovers!

I thank Rendz @Reading With Rendz for nominating for this wonderful 3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag that I kept seeing all over the blogosphere this whole month. I hope you all got a chance to participate in it, if not well consider yourself nominated. And don’t forget to visit Rendz’s blog, I’m sure you will find it interesting.

Rules

• Thank the person who nominated you

• Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)

• Nominate 3 new bloggers each day

Three quotes instead of one, because it’s hard to choose just one when you’re looking for Percy Jackson quotes!

Quote: 1

“You deal with mythological stuff for a few years, you learn that paradises are usually places where you get killed.” 

― Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth

“It’s hard to enjoy practical jokes when your whole life feels like one.” 

― Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian

“In a way, it’s nice to know that there are Greek gods out there, because you have somebody to blame when things go wrong. For instance, when you’re walking away from a bus that’s just been attacked by monster hags and blown up by lightning, and it’s raining on top of everything else, most people might think that’s just really bad luck; when you’re a half-blood, you understand that some devine force is really trying to mess up your day.” 

― Rick Riordan, The Titan’s Curse

I tag∼

Holly @ Dressed To Read

Rebecca @ Rebecca Reads

Ramona @ Ramona’s Read with Love Blog


Have you read Percy Jackson series? If so which are your favorite quotes from this series? Share it in the comment-box below. 

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3 DAYS, 3 QUOTES TAG: DAY 1


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (19)

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Hey Book Lovers! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great week. 

Last week I read and reviewed∼∼

A Quest for Spring by Monica Mujumdar Dixit

The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book 2) by Ed Duncan

Saturday Short-Story Review: Cap Series 1&2: A Birdy Adventure & Oodhi Baba by Hemdiva Dev

I also read a beta version of a book which was amazing. I read sample chapters of that book before and when author offered to read full book, I couldn’t resist. I’m honestly not good at it. I don’t know what I was supposed to do so I just review it like I normally do and sent it to author! *you can laugh* 

Currently reading∼∼

A Way to the Infinity World (The Left Roof #1) by Narendra Singh Nathawat , Vishvendra Singh Nathawat

35023866Alfred Riston is a twenty-two-year-old college student who is heartbroken by his mother’s abandonment of her family. As he attempts to grapple with his pain, he begins experiencing strange visions and hearing a voice that seems to come from nowhere. There is no question that an unseen force is attempting to make contact with Alfred. Now all he has to do is determine who or what it is.

After he and his best friend, Khushahal, decide to investigate the weird comings-and-goings surrounding his old family home, they unwittingly confront hostile guards who seem to be protecting some sort of bizarre chemical experiment. But when he contacts his father to ask him what he knows, he is quickly pushed away without explanation. Now as a series of bizarre clues are slowly unveiled, Alfred embarks on a journey into the past where he learns the truth about his birth that will change everything, not just for him, but for the infinity world.

In this gripping fantasy story, a college student on a quest to learn the truth about himself and his family soon discovers that nothing is certain when it comes to the universe. 

Finally I’m going to read books that I won in giveaways. 

Next this week∼∼

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5) by Iain Reading

25402938Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces is the eagerly anticipated fifth instalment of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency book series. This series features the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot and amateur detective Kitty Hawk as she continues in the footsteps of Nancy Drew and Amelia Earhart on her epic flight around the world. 

After meeting up with an old friend in the eternal city of Rome, Kitty Hawk unexpectedly stumbles (almost literally) into a bizarre mystery involving creepy disembodied voices, secret hidden rooms, unbreakable mathematical codes, ominous chain-smoking strangers and an array of plundered artworks by such famous masters as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh – all of it wrapped up and entwined in an enigmatic riddle hanging in plain sight right in front of everyone’s noses. 

With the help of friends both old and new, Kitty Hawk follows a trail of cryptic clues that leads her on a breathless tour across a quintessentially European landscape – from ancient Roman Italy to the darkest corners of Germany, Austria and beyond. 

As with the previous books in the series, this new installment is perfect for firing the imaginations of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history, this exhilarating adventure will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they attempt to help Kitty Hawk try and solve the extraordinarily bizarre Mystery of the Masterpieces. 

This one is last in series and it is going to be difficult to see this series end.


What are you reading this week? How was your last week? Have you read any of these books before or planning to read in future? What do you think about them?? Share your thoughts in the comment-box below.

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Saturday Short-Story Review: Cap Series 1&2: A Birdy Adventure & Oodhi Baba by Hemdiva Dev

Hey Book Lovers! I hope you all are having great weekend. Today’s short-story review is Cap Series 1&2: A Birdy Adventure & Oodhi Baba by Hemdiva Dev.

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Published: October 29th 2017

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Read Date: February 24th 2018

Pages: 128


CAP 1: A Birdy Adventure

Stars: 3.5/5

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38490927It’s a story of two girls who are just 7-years-old who forgets to finish their assignment that they are supposed to submit next day. To avoid scolding from teachers and parents, they venture out in night plans to purchase some stationery and thought they will finish it before school next day. Unfortunately their nightly shopping turn to horrible adventure. They encounters mysterious figure in the forest and now they are in lot of danger. How they reach in forest and who is that mysterious figure? Will they able to return home safely?


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Chinky was brave girl who had solution to most of the problem. She was smart and I likes that she could remember her mother’s advice at the time of need. While Pinky was timid girl. Their mother were exactly of same nature.

I liked the story line and concept. Chapters ended with suspense. Twist were good and unpredictable. What happened to Chinky and Pinky in forest was horrible, it can have thrilling effect for children.

Story had few messages for children like, not to go out in night without parents, not to take anything from stranger and not to even trust them, you can eat ice-cream later once you’re done with the work at hand. 😉

This was very short story, I finished it in an hour or less. Children can go through the book very fast. Writing was smooth and they won’t have any difficulties with the language as well. It was fun and refreshing for children below age 9.

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I don’t know if I read finished version or not but if it was finished it needed some polishing, there were few grammatical error and as this is first in series I wanted some more description about girls and other characters like their nature and look. What said above about characters was what I guessed from story, but it would be better for children if it was described. Otherwise story was good.


Cap 2: Oodhi Baba

Stars: 4/5

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38491074After school, Chinky and Pinky are waiting for their moms to pick them up. While they are waiting, a scary dog comes from nowhere and scare them out of their wits. In fright they leave the school gate and run away from the dog blindly. When they stop, they don’t know where they are and how to find way back. They see two boys of their school in alley heading towards a shop. They have to do something to find their way back, so they follow the boys. At the shop they suddenly meet Oodhi-the kite. And here starts their weird adventure and also drag their poor mother into it. Who is this Kite man? Will they able to find their way back to home?


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I read and reviewed this story before but as I received the combined e-copy and I wanted to see if there was any addition or deletion, I reread it. The story was the same as I remembered except there were pictures added to the story which were simple and good-.

I liked innocence of two girls. Chinky little brave and Pinky the sweet one, they were so lovely. Caring nature of their mother and extent to which mothers go to save their children was amazing. Characters and their bond with each other was nicely represented. Story line is simple and easy for children to understand.

I liked alternating chapters from mothers’ and girls’ point of view. Moral of the story about friendship, courage, and not to trust any stranger was nicely depicted by author. Parents will enjoy reading the book with their children and can read as bedtime story too.

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It had the same errors that I found in the previous edition. Like the first book this one too need little polishing. But this one was better than first book.

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Overall both the stories were thrilling book, had a horror element and morals to learn that every child would love to read. Little editing will make both the stories better.


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Author: Hemdiva Dev

Buy Here: Amazon.in

*** Note: I received an e-copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author for giving me a chance to read this book. ***


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The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book 2) by Ed Duncan

The Last Straw

Published: November 25th 2017

Publisher: Creativia

Read Date: February 23th 2018

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Pages: 229

Stars: 5/5

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The Last Straw by Ed Duncan, is a suspenseful crime thriller. This is the second book in the Pigeon Blood Red series. If you missed my review on the first book of the series you can check it out here ⇒ Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan

I suggest to read it in order.

Synopsis:

It started with a run-of-the-mill carjacking.  An inner-city kid with no priors and no experience with a gun fumbled the ball, and the driver ended up dead.

A teenage girl witnessed the whole thing, and now a target has been placed on her back. The carjacker’s father, a notorious crime boss, is willing to move heaven and earth to prevent her from testifying, even if that means hiring a hitman to kill her.

Richard “Rico” Sanders, the best in the business, was his first choice for the job.  But there was a problem.  He was a “killer with a conscience” and a killer with a conscience doesn’t murder teenagers.  The crime boss reluctantly turns to someone who has no such qualms, John D’Angelo.  There was bad blood between him and Rico, so knowing that Rico had passed on the job, he eagerly accepted it.

Rico and the girls lawyer, Paul Elliott, form an uneasy alliance to try and protect her from the hitman. As the long-simmering feud between Rico and John D’Angelo reaches boiling point, bodies start to pile up in rapid succession… and old scores will be settled.


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The Last Straw was character driven gangster thriller that revolved around Rico, Paul, and Sandy and the case in which she was a witness that again brought both Paul and Rico face to face. Blurb says it all about the book and what’s in it.

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Rico was professional killer, hit man, a bad guy but had his ethics and principles in his line of work who cared about none but his girlfriend. He was intense and left good impression with least use of words. I loved his crisp dialogues in the book. I’m so happy to see little changes in him because of Jean.

Paul was lawyer and was protective for his girlfriend, Evelyn, who he met a year ago at Honolulu on vacation where both Evelyn’s husband and girlfriend were shot by Rico. Paul was great throughout the novel, I liked his skills and was so practical than Evelyn.

Evelyn was bit irritating compared to first book. She wasn’t over what happened a year ago and was constantly edgy and angst, arguing with Paul regarding his recent habit of carrying gun. The way she argued I was shocked that she wasn’t lawyer. I couldn’t understand her point, why she had a problem if Paul was being hero tried to protect his, her and Sandy’s life! She was totally being silly and got plenty of eye-rolling from me, but what she did for Sandy was remarkable and deserves appreciation.

New characters in the book were great. They all were realistic and likable to an extent and played their part nicely in the story.

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Beginning of the book was engaging- attack on Rico’s girl and then his hunt for the man. It was refreshing to see Rico back in action. I loved his style and it was kind of cute to see his caring side in the book.

It was third person narrative from the perspective of all important characters. Conversations and the events were realistic. Switch between the perspectives, flow of the story, and writing was smooth. Book pointed out the prejudice and stereotype nature of people at that time and how it affected life of characters.

I forgot to mention this in characters above. Most admirable character of the book was Beverly– she was strong, independent and influencing lady. I loved the way she carried herself and how she kept her dignity in the past. I totally respect this woman. And another strong character was Sandy, the way she handled the toughest situation of life was remarkable. I would have loved to read her thoughts more.

“Brave people are frightened all the time, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t brave. What makes them brave is standing up for what they believe in or risking their own safety despite being scared.”

Most interesting part of the book was the backstory of new characters especially of Beverly and the story Rico told about his history with his arch-enemy, D’Angelo and reason behind their enmity. The small twists in the story were interesting and made me read more in the story. It was not that hard to predict the story and I knew early in the book what will happen but still I wanted to see how it was going to end. What happened to Forester and his wife Diane was surprising. I couldn’t see it coming.

Climax and the turning point was full of action. All the actions were vivid and sounded plausible. I like the end and epilogue.

I couldn’t find any negative point in the book. Predictability never bothered me much and overall I liked the story so it deserves full star.

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Overall, intriguing gangster thriller with strong developed characters. I strongly recommend this book to all who love this type of books.


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About Author:

ED DUNCANEd Duncan is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH and is at work on the third installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red series. To learn more, go to http://eduncan.net/

Readers can connect with Ed on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Buy Here: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

*** Note: I received review copy of this book from the author via Kelsey @book publicity services, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author and Kelsey for giving me chance to read this book. ***

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