The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr #BookReview

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr #BookReview

I had never read this author till I read the blurb in one of Penguin’s newsletters.  And the blurb pulled me right in.  I am grateful to Penguin who provided me a reader’s copy.   So, here is the blurb.

Blurb

I call her Bella because she is the dark side of me. Its’ Ella but not. Its Bad Ella. Bella. I thought of that a few years ago and it made it a bit better because before that I called it’s the Monster. Anything is a tiny bit better when it has a name.

Bella is better than the Monster.

Bella is desperate to own the whole of me: I am alert and battling all the time. Sometimes, I have to let her out before everything explodes, but after that happens I feel calm and peaceful and, I think, kind of happy.

I liked .. 

The blurb held good promise.  I thought of it to be a novel of psychoanalysis with insights into schizophrenia.  The girl Ella is a seventeen year old school living a normal life in UK.  Everything is picture perfect.  But,  the initial chapters tell us that it is not so.  Ella she has a dark side to her which she keeps hidden from all.  She has her alter ego Bella in her head who threatens her and forces her to do bad things.  So far so good.  The real story starts when her parents whiz her away from school to leave their life behind and to start a new life in Brazil that things change.  Ella, is a typical teenager, rebellious and attracted to the unknown.  When her parents try to protect her from an unknown evil,  she rebels.  She escapes into the night with some teenagers she meets at the hotel she stays and has loads of fun.  She feels her parents do not trust her.  They are over protective.  And never let her be alone.

Its when she knows the real reason why they want to protect her,  that she runs away fro m her parents.   For the first time in her life,  Ella finds herself living alone on the streets with no money.   This is in complete contrast to the life of privilege she is used to.. The book further shows how she survives living in the favelas / slums of Brazil so that she can hide from her parents.  She makes some glaring mistakes as she is not practical.  This is something I see in the current generation of kids  They know the internet,  the mobile phones and computers.  They sound very confident when you ask them something.  But, when it comes to life skills,  I see them lacking.  It was a good reflection on the generation now.

I did not like..

  • that Ella fell in love with the perfect guy.  It absolutely defies logic that she falls in love with a boy at first sight and he is such a perfect boyfriend.  No,  it may happen in some romance.  But,  they also have flawed and humane characters.  But, this guy is God.  No.  I do not take it.
  • The end.  The story started off at high steam..  It kept it up with its twists and turns.  But,  the end becomes just mundane.  A bit more of thrill would have made this perfect.

Overall, its a good book but do not expect it to me a memorable one.

Lolita by Rubina Ramesh

Lolita by Rubina Ramesh

 

Print Length: 246 pages
Publisher: Indie published
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance
Love or Stardom? Was there even a doubt what Lolita wanted?
 
Though what Lolita wanted and what she got were two different things. When notoriety, that came along with fame, was too much for her to bear, she seeks refuge in the luscious greens of Panchgani. 
 
But a chance accident changes her life forever… 
 
Advait Rana was a workaholic and a single dad. And balancing the two roles was not easy. The guilt of neglecting his 10-year-old, motherless child made him decide to become a better father than he was. Taking a leave of absence from his work, he heads towards Panchgani little knowing that fate had some other plans for him. 
 
A chance accident that changes his life forever… 
 
Born in simplicity, shunned for her ambition by her family, shamed for her choice in men, Lolita is exactly the kind of woman Advait doesn’t want his daughter to be acquainted with. Little does he know that it is this attitude of his which makes him a target for the darling of the silver screen. 
 
For she was born to win over hearts!!!
 
Editorial Review #1
From Sundari Venkatraman, Bestselling Author of Tied In Knots and many more:
“With an unapologetically badass heroine and a super-hot dude who loves his little daughter more than anything else in the world, Lolita makes for an unputdownable romance; not to miss some truly hot scenes. “
 
Note from the Author:
This is a standalone novel and is not carried over to the next part. 
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.
 

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Small is Big by Rafaa Dalvi  #BookBlitz

Small is Big by Rafaa Dalvi #BookBlitz

Blog Tour: Small is Big: A collection of 100 micro tales by Rafaa Dalvi

 

 
SMALL IS BIG:
A Collection of 100 Micro Tales
by
Rafaa Dalvi
 
Blog Tour: Small is Big: A collection of 100 micro tales by Rafaa Dalvi
 
Blurb
 
Have you always wanted to read more, but you could never finish that one book?
You kept putting it off, hoping you would find some free time, only to find out that months or even years went by and you saw little progress.
 
That’s about to change!
 
With Small is Big, Rafaa Dalvi has created a potpourri of 100 diverse micro tales (140 characters or less) that will provide you a rich experience in easy-to-digest fragments and urge you to read one page after another before you finally finish the book.
And the best part is that there’s a story for everyone, including YOU!
 
If you’re a romantic at heart, this micro tale is for you-
She kissed his cheek as he smiled back. Nothing had changed much since two decades.
Her husband called her.
She hid the photo in the closet.
 
If you love happy endings, this micro tale is for you-
You rested on my lap, opened yourself before me and shared your fantasies with me.
Then the stories ended and you turned back into a book.
 
If you are a big fan of word play, this micro tale is for you-
They’re lying in bed. 
“You’re the one,” he says; he’s lying. 
“I never doubted it,” she says; she’s lying. 
They’re lying in bed.
 
And if you like thrillers, this micro tale is for you-
There were two of us and one vacant position.
He would die for this job and I would kill for it.
No wonder it worked out just fine for me. 
 
In fact, there are 100 such small tales that will have a big impact on you.
 
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About the author
 
Rafaa Dalvi, 26, is a vibrant mess of innumerable thoughts, quotes and movie dialogues who tries to escape from the mundane with words. He dreams about changing the world, one smile at a time. When he’s not busy befriending the voices in his head, he can be found in cosy corners, sipping green tea from a wine glass. As for everything else in between, there is food.
 
An alumnus of NMIMS Mumbai, he wants to be a versatile writer following in the footsteps of his role models Michael Crichton, Charles Dickens and Roald Dahl.
 
Already published numerous times, his stories can be read in the anthologies – Curtain Call (editor), Terribly Tiny Tales Volume 1, Kaleidoscope, Myriad Tales and Her Story. His first solo book ‘Small is Big’ is a collection of 100 micro tales. He’s the recipient of Indian Bloggers League Booker Prize 2013, the winner of Melonade 5 and a Select Writer at Terribly Tiny Tales.

 

 
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Book Blitz : Piece Keeper by Antwan Floyd Sr.

About the Book:
Teresa Prince, a small town girl with a big
heart, had dreams of working in law enforcement her goals put on pause in the
worse way possible. Will she overcome this tragedy and emerge triumphant with
her mind and soul intact? Or will the mental anguish be too much for her to
bare? 

James, a twisted soul with ideas of love and
grandeur with a woman that doesn’t feel the same for him, at least not yet.
That will all change if he has anything to do with it. Also, her old flame has
stepped into the picture. Will James be able to win her over and make her the
love of his life before the flame is rekindled between her and her ex? Or will
he be left in the cold while they live happily-ever-after?

Black Love was always a white collar kind of guy
more so than a gangster when an unfortunate incident occurs in a small town in
Illinois he rushes to the side of his ex-fiancé to attempt to save the day. It
does not take long to figure out that not everyone wants to see justice served.
On top of that, his feelings for his past love may not only cause conflicts in
the case but also add a rift to his new relationship. Will Black put his past
behind him and find out who violated Teresa? 

In this fast-paced tale of pain, misguided
passion, and lost love we follow these three souls as they embark on a journey
of romance, rape, and retribution. When there’s no one to count on but yourself
will you stand and deliver? Or bend and break? Each will face that question in
the midst of what they once thought was true. They all find out that when love
turns to war, someone has to be the Piece Keeper!

 
Book Links:
Piece Keeper via Amazon   Piece Keeper via Barnes & Noble   PieceKeeper Paperback
Read an Excerpt:
Prologue
The
streets were desolate and cold. James shook off the chill that shot through his
bones as he pulled the skull cap slightly down over his eyebrows not leaving
very much of his face to be seen. He took his time moving to the ATM machine.
He had transferred a small portion of his money from the offshore account to
his account in the states. He had been in Burr Ridge for almost a week now.
Nothing or no one, other than Witherspoon, was connecting him to what happened
to Teresa or the others he’d dumped in the river over the past year. He knew
Witherspoon would never speak and their employer had no idea who it was and
didn’t want to know. He felt bad about not trying to bring Teresa. He
contemplated that she was better off without him. He slid the bank card into
the machine, keyed in the code followed by the amount he wanted to withdraw,
and then waited for the machine to spit the bills out. Once the money was out
he retrieved his cash and card and went back to his car. He had nothing to
worry about yet he still felt compelled to get out of Illinois. He wanted to
see his sister before he left because he didn’t know when he would see her
again. As he climbed into his car and started the engine, he heard the sound of
a click behind his head.
“You
can have the money and car,” he said. The person behind him remained silent.
James
spoke again. “It doesn’t have to end badly. I haven’t seen your face so you can
just take the cash and go. Everyone’s happy.”

 

“This
isn’t just a robbery,” the woman’s said as she pulled the trigger.
About the Author: 
 
Antwan Floyd
Sr. is a Publisher, Author, and Reviewer. He publishes Crime Fiction novels
under his publishing company Maleah Solange Books. He has released two titles
in the Black Love Detective Series: Piece Keeper & Cannibal in the City. He
has also written Dope Fiction and Dope Fiction pt. 2 “Greed Between the
Lines”. Originally from Chicago, IL he currently resides in Indianapolis,
IN where he is penning his next novel.
 
 
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Book Blitz : Matsya by Sundari Venkatraman

Book Blitz : Matsya by Sundari Venkatraman

 

Print Length: 38 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: March 11, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited 
Genre: Mythology, Short Story, Kidlit 
Lord Brahma is highly disturbed when the four vedas are stolen from him the moment he goes to sleep at the end of the kalpa. It’s Asura Hayagriva who’s gotten away with the sacred scriptures.
 
Lord Vishnu offers to go to the creator’s rescue and takes the guise of Matsya, the fish.
King Satyavrath lands up with a tiny gold fish when he’s offering prayers to the Sun God one morning. Is the fish all that it appears to be?
 
How can Satyavrath help the fish?
 
Read more to find out the reason for Lord Vishnu taking the avatar on earth as Matsya. 
 
*This is a straightforward story of the first avatar of Mahavishnu, retold in simple English just the way it’s written over the ages. The target audience is the youngsters, children, who don’t know all that much about Indian mythology. It’s also for those parents who are keen to read aloud stories to their children and are looking for suitable books on mythology. 
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

This is the first foray into the mythology genre for the author and also the first book that she’s written for children. 
 
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 26 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
 
Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 
 
Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 
 
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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