Vibrant lights

“Where glowing embers through the room Teach light to counterfeit a gloom”

-John Milton

Okay, so these aren’t actually glowing ambers, but these did add to the cheer. We reached Udupi right during the festivities at Shri Krishna Math. A big tent was built to hold the cultural activities, and the roof was decorated with the above string of lights. These lovely lights  delighted me as much as the rest of the celebration.

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Book Review: The Magician’s Doll

Book: The Magician’s Doll

Author: M.L. Roble

Paperback:318 pages

Genre: Upper Middle Grade

Rating: 4.2/5

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The Magician’s doll starts with 12 yo Natalie rushing home to pull down her mum’s board. Whenever her mum opens her psychic shop, Natalie has to endure more bullying.

But, that is the least of her problems. Her only friend, Philip, has been distant since, his father disappeared. She herself has started to see things, she doesn’t even want to. Is she losing her mind?

In spite of all this, Natalie is excited about the circus coming to their town. In her delight at the magician’s show, she volunteers to help with his act—the living doll. And all Natalie’s hopes of being normal are dashed.

Though I didn’t much like the prologue, the book grabbed my attention from chapter one till I finished reading.

The lead character Natalie makes a wonderful heroine. As a twelve-year-old, she has a lot to deal. She really wants is to blend in, and be normal. No wonder she is scared when her abilities start to show up. Though she is afraid of the changes in her life, Natalie is a strong girl who stands up to her bullies, and defends her friends.

Unlike her, Philip is excited about his abilities. He feels, they’ll help him find his father. Natalie’s new friend Louisa is a sweet girl, though there is something strange about her. The Magician’s doll is full of quirky secondary characters, who add to the fun of reading.

The author, M. L. Roble, has woven a gripping mystery with magic, and fantasy elements. As the mystery unfurls, the book keeps the reader glued to the pages wanting to know more. The author is wonderful with descriptions; her vivid imagery, and details brought life to the joys of the circus.

Magic, suspense, an eerie undertone, along with some delightful moments–The Magician’s doll would enthrall the kids.

Plot Description:

Life is hard enough for twelve-year-old Natalie whenever her mother opens shop as a psychic.

But when Natalie herself starts to “see” things, it gets even harder.

Now she has to deal with losing control of her mind and body when information she does not seek comes to find her. Now people won’t stop asking her questions when all she wants to do is bury her head in the sand and pretend she has a normal life.

But then a big top circus rolls into town bringing with it Beausoleil the Magician, his daughter, Louisa, and his mysterious doll. Strange things are afoot with Beausoleil and his ilk, and in their wake, an eerie storm is brewing. Soon Natalie must decide whether to keep her head in the sand or whether to embrace her abilities and face the growing threat that will change her world forever.


The Magician’s doll is a fantastic thriller with a spooky undertone which will delight the children. I highly recommend it to the older kids who love magic, fantasy, and mystery.

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  • I received a review copy of the book from the Publishers via NetGalley for an honest review.

Book Review: The Bestseller She Wrote

Book: The Bestseller She Wrote

Author:Ravi Subramanian

Publisher:Westland (October 2015)

Paperback: 392 pages

Rating: 3.2 stars

Book cover: The bestseller she wrote


He was a bestseller… She wanted him to make her one. The Bestseller She Wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption.

THE BESTSELLER SHE WROTE is my first novel by Ravi Subramanian. I started the story with great hopes. My reaction was mixed. Ravi Subramanian weaves the characters, and action together like a master storyteller, but at times it seems like he is groping in the dark searching for the story.

Aditya Kapoor has everything a man could wish for. He has a successful career both as a banker and an author, and a loving wife. Shreya Kaushik is reckless, ambitious, and a go-getter.

The Bestseller She Wrote starts when Aditya visits IIM Bengaluru as an honoured guest, and Shreya, a student there gets into an argument with him during his speech.

Later, she reads his books, and turns from a skeptic to a fan. He meets her again at his book reading, and at campus recruitment where he helps her get a job at his bank. Aditya is attracted towards her youth, Shreya towards his glamour. She wants him to help her write a bestseller.

Is it really possible to love two people at a time? Can Aditya help Shreya turn her book into a bestseller? Can love survive when pitted against ambition, or betrayal?

A best-selling author writing about a best-selling author should be intriguing, right? Continue reading Book Review: The Bestseller She Wrote

Book Review: Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

Book: Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

Author: Tania del Rio

Publisher: Quirk Books (November 2015)

Hardcover: 224 pages

Rating: 5/5

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Warren the 13th is an orphan living under the care of his lazy uncle in a decrepit hotel. He has lost his father at the age of seven, and is proud of the hotel, his father’s legacy which he’ll inherit at the age of 18. He works hard trying to maintain the hotel in good condition though there is no other staff, or anyone to help him. In addition, his wicked aunt Anaconda is bent on making his life miserable. She believes that the hotel holds an all-powerful treasure called an All-seeing eye, and will stop at nothing to acquire it. If Warren wants to save the hotel, he has to find it before her.  Chaos ensues when the word about the treasure leaks out, and people flock at the hotel to look for it. Continue reading Book Review: Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

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Lei: A wreath for your soul—Book Review

Book: Lei: A wreath for your soul

Author: Somali K Chakrabarti

Kindle Edition: 133 pages


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Book Review: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

Book: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

Author: Max Wirestone

Publisher: Redhook Books

Paperback: 320 pages

Rating: 5/5

Book Cover: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

Book Description:

The odds of Dahlia successfully navigating adulthood are 3,720 to 1. But never tell her the odds.

Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. Unemployed broke, and on her last bowl of ramen, she’s not living her best life. But that’s all about to change.

Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own she’s offered a job. A job that she’s woefully under-qualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).

Turns out unfortunate decisions abound, and she’s just the girl to deal with them.


As the queen of making unfortunate decisions, the title “The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss” caught my interest. The novel lives up to the expectations raised by the title. It had me laughing so loudly that my family darted suspicious glances at me. Requesting the book on NetGalley is one of the best decisions I made. Continue reading Book Review: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss