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Book Review: Yes Sir by Girish Aivalli

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Yes Sir by Girish Aivalli

Yes Sir, have not we all said such to our bosses time and again, not because we agree, but because it is the right thing to do at that point in time to advance in one’s career? That is corporate life. And in this book, we get lots of gyaan (powerpoint style to-do/action-items in bullet points) without inclining towards being a self-help book (I hate those books).

The book is a humorous take on corporate life and office politics without being preachy, hey it is fiction after all. Though the character sketches are pretty generalized and Girish, the namesake and protagonist being the best of the lot, it is an all-enjoyable read and takes just 2 hours to complete. Perfect, right? Short and crisp – to the point. However, I will give it a few minus points for grammatical errors, but overall worth picking up for fun and gyaan, especially for MBA aspirants and MBA-goers.

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Book blurb:
Charlie a management trainee has to pass through a corporate maze of presentations, conference calls, business trips, off site meetings as well as deal with HR, Accounts – and his bosses before he gets confirmed as a manager. Surprisingly, it’s his future boss who helps him maneuver through this maze. This book is a laugh-a-minute record of their journey.

About the author:
Girish Aivalli was born and brought up in J&K. He received his education at Tyndale Biscoe School, Kashmir; Mayo College, Ajmer; St Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore and Management Development Institute, Gurgaon – institutions and cities which have given him much in life. Girish has worked as a management professional in multiple companies (Dabur, Cargill, Olam, Yes Bank, ADM, Rural Agri Ventures and Intello Labs) across roles and functions.

LinkedIn: @girishaivalli

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Office Politics
Book Name: Yes Sir
Author: Girish Aivalli
Pages: 156
Publication Year: 2015
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Book Review: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

And I had thought Hercule Poirot series was the best since last year I had read almost 20-25  books back-to-back, but it was more to do with my laziness in selecting a new book or a new character to mould my mind to. But this next book – The Wise Man’s Fear was my deliberate pick for I had loved the first one – The Name of the Wind, part of The Kingkiller Chronicle.

The detailing of friendship among Kvothe, Simmon and Wilem reminded me of Bollywood movies – Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara but with better connections with the audience. And yes, there was magic, ample magic but linked to physics/chemistry; probably if our times get so much advanced in sciences, it may prove true. Take for example, energy cannot be created or destroyed; hence if you link two similar items and pick one item, the second item also gets lifted but energy required is double; however, if two very dissimilar items are linked together through sympathy (this is the word referred to in The University), the energy required will be much higher.

Or talk about the romantic lines, again it is not too cheesy in the book, perfect for my tastes:

We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In my ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.

Only if the pages and pages of Felurian sex could have been cut to 1-2 pages, it would have been all for the best. As for me, during that phase, I left this book mid-way and completed two other books (chick-lits) and only when my friend suggested to skip those pages and continue, did I again go back and glad I did that! Let me not give anything more away, because you as a book-reader need to pick this book even after its few misgivings.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.

So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view — a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King’s Road.

All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived … until Kvothe.

In The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

About the author:
Patrick Rothfuss is the bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, won the Quill Award and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Though it has only been out since April 2007, it has already been sold in 26 foreign countries. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. Pat lives in Wisconsin, where he brews mead, builds box forts with his children, and runs Worldbuilders, a book-centered charity that has raised more than six million dollars for Heifer International.

Website: www.patrickrothfuss.com
Twitter: @patrickrothfuss

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Fantasy
Book Name: The Wise Man’s Fear
The Kingkiller Chronicle #2
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Pages: 994
Publication Year: 2011

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

So right now, I am heavily invested in chick-lit, the sort of light reads to keep myself happy. But you know searching for light reads which are not too too much romantic and ignoring erotic genre at the same time is not that easy. So since my mood is such, I have curating an easy list for you. You simply need to filter on Chick Lit on my blog 🙂

I came across this writer Rainbow Rowell during my search through good romances of non-classical variety, but found the famous ones being written on teenagers, that is so not what I wanted to read. And then I found out Attachments. How cool is that? Have not we all at some point or the other collaborated in funny banters and gossips on office mails/ chats or forwarding some funny response another one sent us? That is what this book is about, but keeping a person at the helm who reads this chat. Creepy? Yes, although the person reading the mail and the protagonist writing thus fall in love with each other, albeit for different reasons. Sweet! So what you holding on to? Pick up this book for 3 hours read and enjoy!

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained and captivated by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

About the author:
Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park and Fangirl). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

Twitter: @rainbowrowell
Website: rainbowrowell.com

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Chick Lit
Book Name: Attachments
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 323
Publication Year: 2011

Book Review: Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding

Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding was just the right book I needed for my hyperactive imagination to unroll in a book. That imagination which you can see on a movie screen with you and the other people you know acting out in a real-life situation, all of your-own-making. Just kidding! I know not everyone is like that, and even if one is, they do not act such all the time.

I had previously seen Bridget Jones’s Diary – one of my few first movie during teenage years and I found the lead actress fat and too sulky. Of course, I do not remember the exact feeling, but it was trepidation that I picked up this book and found it quite interesting, interesting enough to take a break from the second part of The Kingkiller Chronicles. However, the character Olivia Joules, I found to be too much – too much to be real (am I so? *wink *wink). Do pick up this book to break boredom and if you are looking for a light chick-lit, but do not expect much. See, I did not give any spoilers away, even when it was too tough while writing review of this book.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era…Move over 007, a stunning, sexy-and decidedly female-new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules (that’s “J.O.U.L.E.S. the unit of kinetic energy”) and she’s ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination.

How could a girl not be drawn to the alluring, powerful Pierre Ferramo-he of the hooded eyes, impeccable taste, unimaginable wealth, exotic international homes, and dubious French accent? Could Ferramo really be a major terrorist bent on the Western world’s destruction, hiding behind a smokescreen of fine wines, yachts, and actresses slash models? Or is it all just a product of Olivia Joules’s overactive imagination?

Join Olivia in her heart-stopping, hilarious, nerve-frazzling quest from hip hotel to eco-lodge to underwater cave, by light aircraft, speedboat, helicopter, and horse, in this witty, contemporary, and utterly unputdownable novel deluxe.

About the author:
Helen Fielding was born in Yorkshire. She worked for many years in London as a newspaper and TV journalist, travelling as wildly and as often as possibly to Africa, India and Central America. She is the author of four novels: Cause Celeb, Bridget Jones’ s Diary, Bridget Jones:The Edge of Reason and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination, and co-wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget Jones’s Diary and the sequel based on The Edge of Reason. She now works full-time as a novelist and screenwriter and lives in London and Los Angeles..
Facebook: @BridgetJonesBook

Rating: 7/10
Genre: Chick Lit
Book Name: Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination
Author: Helen Fielding
Pages: 305
Publication Year: 2003

Book Review: The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

When I started reading The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, I never expected it to engage me into such a fantasy world that I would have started liking it comparable to Harry Potter series. Although in the start I found the book a slow read, wondering why my pen friend – turned – real friend – turned back to pen friend (life changes friendship) recommended to me for reading, in between taking a break with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, I found the book totally captivating.

I mean what’s there in the book not to like – a child prodigy, perfect family, a villain character (similar to one-who-must-not-be-named), struggles of life, the apt dose of romance (not inclining towards being too cheesy for my tastes) and The University with plenty of books in its library and  (again similar to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry).

Let me give you an example of some of the romantic quotes – those are simply perfect:

Her voice twinning, mixing with my own. Her voice was like a portrait of her soul: wild as a fire, sharp as shattered glass, sweet and clean as clover.

If you can find someone like that, someone who you can hold and close your eyes to the world with, then you’re lucky. Even if it only lasts for a minute or a day. 

Please do not mind my gushing over this book more and go and pick up this book to proceed on an adventurous journey.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

About the author:
Patrick Rothfuss is the bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, won the Quill Award and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Though it has only been out since April 2007, it has already been sold in 26 foreign countries. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. Pat lives in Wisconsin, where he brews mead, builds box forts with his children, and runs Worldbuilders, a book-centered charity that has raised more than six million dollars for Heifer International.

Website: www.patrickrothfuss.com
Twitter: @patrickrothfuss

Rating: 9/10

 

Genre: Fantasy
Book Name: The Name of The Wind
The Kingkiller Chronicle #1
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Pages: 662
Publication Year: 2007

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Why should you read the book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine? This is a question one may want answer to for this book or for that matter, any new book one picks up. With respect to this book, it is because each one of us has his/her own low moments at one point or the other, while Eleanor has many and if she can turn her life around, so can you? Right? If it takes for you to go for a shopping spree, do it. If it takes for you to mix with strangers and make new friends, do it. If it takes for you to visit a doctor (psychiatrist/ psychologist), do it as well. And if it takes for you to simply be alone, do it too but not for long to go into a depression. Just do anything that can make you feel normal because there are some books based on parts of real-life stories and this is one such.

So pick up this book whenever you do not feel good and think life has turned out worst  for you while things seem to be working in a natural flow for everyone else. Totally recommended for other times as well to be hopeful of times to come.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

The only way to survive is to open your heart.

About the author:
Gail Honeyman wrote her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, while working a full-time job, and it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. She has also been awarded the Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award 2014, was longlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She lives in Glasgow.
Twitter: @GailHoneyman

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Fiction
Book Name: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Pages: 327
Publication Year: 2017

Book Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Who has not heard of Neil Gaiman? Or Sandman series? In fact, a while ago, I was reading The Japanese Lover by Isabel Ellande, where the first few pages of the novel referred to works of Neil Gaiman and Tolkien (hush hush, that book is still a work-in-progress and I hope to write a book review of that also soon).

I am not really sure if my book review – this post – will give due credit to the likes of such contemporary authors having a huge fan base. But frankly, this one is my first book by Neil Gaiman, and selected especially because I remembered seeing a movie by the same name ages ago approx 10 years back when I was in college and had lot of free time at hand. Time has changed and while I was wondering which book to pick next, somehow this book’s recommendation showed on my page and I was like why not! A proper fantasy tale is what I had not indulged in a long time (I am an absolute no for cheesy rom-coms, but otherwise I am good to try any book which is not too boring in the start).

Stardust is the description of fantasy faerie world but not in the sense of goody good children’s book. Haven’t you as an adult wondered how it would be like to be on a real cloud with that one person, simile of being in love to be on cloud number nine. I know I once was! Old times. But why not? One should feel happy while living in practical world and just for some time go back to those happily ever after moments. Did you feel like that after reading this book? Please let me know in comments and suggest which book I should pick up next.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall – named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s most beloved tales, and the inspiration for the hit movie.

About the author:
Following the publication of his groundbreaking series ‘Sandman’, Neil Gaiman has become established as one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages.  He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama.

Gaiman is active as a television and screenwriter. He wrote the screenplay for the original BBC TV series of ‘Neverwhere’ (1996); the feature film, ‘Mirrormask’ (2005), the script to Robert Zemeckis’s ‘Beowulf.’ He has written and directed two films: ‘A Short Film About John Bolton’ (2002) and ‘Statuesque’ (2009). He is also an established writer for children. His work for young readers, The Graveyard Book was published in 2008 and won the UK’s Booktrust Prize for Teenage Fiction and the Newbery Medal, the highest honor given in US children’s literature, as well as the Locus Young Adult Award and the Hugo Best Novel Prize. The awarding of the 2010 UK CILIP Carnegie Medal makes Gaiman the first author ever to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal with the same book.

Website: www.neilgaiman.com
Twitter: @neilhimself

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Fantasy
Book Name: Stardust
Author: Neil Gaiman
Pages: 248
Publication Year: 1998

Book Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Crown | Selection #5 by Kiera Cass

The five-book series ended and I am so sad for I have to be on the lookout of another book. Not that, it should matter much because there are so many amazing books to explore, but tell me how do you select one to suit your palette.

So here goes my musings on completing The Crown. But first my rap on the point that even if something is bad, it gets so addictive over time, that you cry yourself hoarse once it ends because you are scared for the future, for yourself, like how will you live after that one goes away. And you know what happens later – you miss out on so many amazin experiences. The Selection series started as an easy-peasy book to read, then slowly progressed to something I would not have picked up otherwise. However, I have to say that the protagonist of the last two books, Eadlyn was hundred times better than America. And that love can be found in most unlikely of places where one least expects and especially when one is not trying at all. So, in conclusion enjoy the series till it lasts and all the best for you finding your one true love!!

Keep watching my blog for reviews of more books which I pick up at random unless someone really really recommends it. Cheers!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

About the author:
Kiera Cass is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

Twitter: @KieraCass
Website: www.kieracass.com

Rating: 7/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The Crown (The Selection #5)
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 278
Publication Year: 2016

Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Heir | Selection #4 by Kiera Cass

The first three books had pretty girls romping the palace grounds, but this one only had one such but with 35 suitors to be selected as prince/king. It is not too much to imagine, if you know the concept of swayamvar, the practice of choosing a husband, from among a list of suitors, by a girl of marriageable age, practiced in India in ancient times. Want more examples from Indian epics – Rama-Sita, Arjun-Draupadi etc. But here in this book, it was like the suitors were parading like fools.

If you had thought Ms.America was a bitch, be welcome to meet her daughter, who is even more haughty having grown up as a princess, or as it would seem to the outside world. There is nothing wrong in not wanting to marry since one has not yet found her prince charming, or think that none such exist, but extending it to one complete book was too much for me. However, the character sketch of different suitors was pretty good and if the book had a little more substance, I would have rated it higher than the first one of this series – The Selection.

Keep watching my blog for reviews of more books which I pick up at random unless someone really really recommends it. Cheers!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

About the author:
Kiera Cass is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

Twitter: @KieraCass
Website: www.kieracass.com

Rating: 7/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 323
Publication Year: 2015

Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The One | Selection #2 by Kiera Cass

If you want to know my preference of the 3 books part of The Selection series, I will rate the first one the best followed by third one (this book The One) and then at the very bottom is the second book (The Elite).

So finally in this book, Ms. America overcomes her indecisiveness over her love interests, but she still does not let go of both options till the very end. I mean why. How much more bitchy you can be. I really hate such girls. But had I been one such once? Shhh…

But I will tell you what – I will recommend this series for the truly young adults – which means below 20 years of age or if you still live in a bubble wrap world where it is okay to play with someone else’s feelings with no entanglements. And if you think you are grown up, then pick it at your own peril. I for one, have grown up from such stories, for example 2 States, a Bollywood masala movie based on Chetan Bhagat’s book which was too much for me to digest four years back and has crossed all limits now.

Keep watching my blog for reviews of more books which I pick up at random unless someone really really recommends it. Cheers!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

About the author:
Kiera Cass is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

Twitter: @KieraCass
Website: www.kieracass.com

Rating: 6/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The One (The Selection #3)
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 323
Publication Year: 2014
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