Rating: 4 stars
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Kalu, kidnapped from an orphanage at the age of fourteen and trained to pick pockets, is forced into a gang of thieves in Bangalore. When Babu, their ruthless gang leader, murders his best friend Ramesh, Kalu – fearing for his own life – runs away to Kolkata. While still being pursued by Babu he meets and falls in love with Tanya, a stunning and gifted career girl from an upper middle-class family.
This powerful novel presents life in contemporary India with vivid realism. Evocative and beautifully written, with a love story at its heart, it embraces a wide range of human emotions and has many intensely dramatic scenes.
My take: Oh, I love the ingenuity of this book! Who would have thought that it’d be in the form of a letter and not just any letter but one addressed to the Prime Minister of India and from a Street Urchin nonetheless. I love Kalu’s honesty and what hurt me most as I read this was how he took me along those streets in India, the hopes of children, the hurt and betrayal they experience at the hands of adults, the corrupt police and I was even angered by how the depiction of politicians in this book rings true for most of those in my country, Kenya. Same goes for the police!
Rating: 4 stars
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Amongst the chaos of the magical kingdom of Draeguard being attacked by strange dark magic, fae princess Dana discovers she has mysterious powers. To save her, the king begs her to leave him to his fate.
Now Dana must unravel the mysteries of her powers while fending for herself in a land she thought she knew all while finding a way to save her father and the kingdom.
My take: A fae princess is thrust into a world outside her comfort zone and all she has going for her is the desire to know about the blue magic she wields in her palm and who is attacking her kingdom. I love an adventure and this first book gives that and promises more. So, let’s just say that I was bummed that I have to read book two to have all my questions answered. The pace is fast and it’s got a bunch of mythical creatures from fae to shifters to elves and goblins.
I also added two new titles to my shelf because I couldn’t resist them, so sometime this month I’ll have to read these two:
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