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Book Review: Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

When you unexpectedly get a book as a gift, that too without an occasion, it proves you just have the right set of friends. Just kidding, it only proves that your friend is awesome. It so happened that in my reading group, an acquaintance of mine had mentioned that he had received a book as a gift from someone, and since there is only one friend of mine Kshama (my school-time friend) who have till date given a book to me without any occasion, it was my duty to tag her to remind her to do the same again. Mean of me, no? But she is so nice she actually couriered one to me and I clicked the pic as a proof as soon as I received the same. And hear this, she had not even read the book and sent to me for my feedback, so she can buy later on. And the mean girl I am, I asked her to keep up this spirit and keep on sending me books out of her big TBR.

Now, since I am on a no shopping spree for book, a gift of physical book was just the right gift for me. So, hey you all, who know me, if you want your name mentioned on my blog and be popular, please do do do send me a book asap. See see, I have put all this in bold, so that no one misses this point.

Now, back to the book, I like the way, it starts with a non-fictional touch to this fictional story. And the way Nicholas Sparks writes, as you all already know, with a big dose of romance, my heart was set to completing it in the exact right pace, no hurry hurry, but just slow and sweet. Sample these lines (ah, I am falling in love with the writer):

Falling in love is the easy part; making that love last amid life’s varied challenges is an elusive dream for many.

Meeting you and falling in love with you was an experience I would relive a thousand times in a thousand different lives, if I was ever given that chance.

I have not yet completed the book, but I am so hooked that I just wanted to pen down my thoughts. If I change my views by the end of this book, I will add a edit note at the end of this review.

Keep watching my blog for more book reviews.

Book blurb:
In the romantic tradition of The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with a story about a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals — transcending decades, continents, and the bittersweet workings of fate.

Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she’s been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family’s cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future.

Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother’s early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable . . . but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.

Illuminating life’s heartbreaking regrets and enduring hope, Every Breath explores the many facets of love that lay claim to our deepest loyalties — and asks the question, How long can a dream survive?

About the author:
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), and the list goes on. Many of his books have already been adapted into movies.

Website: nicholassparks.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/NicholasSparks
Twitter: @NicholasSparks

Rating: 9/10

 

Genre: Romance
Book Name: Every Breath
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Pages: 408
Publication Year: 2018
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Book Review: The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

Genre: Romance
Book Name: The Guardian
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Pages: 400
Publication Year: 2003
Format: Kindle

There comes a time when you read so many books, one after another that penning down book reviews becomes difficult especially for the first book that you had read. That’s what happened with me for this book The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks, while on a holiday trip to Pachmarhi.

However, I distinctly remember having the feeling of first few pages having read somewhere. Probably because I had actually read it before or it seemed similar to other Nicholas Sparks books who usually writes on the agony of separation of one of the partners. But but but. The story took a twist for the better and I concluded that yayyy, this is a virgin book and I hadn’t read it before.

Brilliantly written, although a little predictable, the story takes you through the 3-angle love predicament or not so while the protagonist struggles to choose one of the two – a friend or a stranger, both supposedly head over heels over her. So, who do you guess would win? Read it and find out! Oh but I forgot to mention the title of the book is named after the pet dog, so the book is recommended for every pet lover with a heart.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Julie Barenson’s young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died: a Great Dane puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years have passed. Still living in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina, 29-year-old Julie is emotionally ready to make a commitment to someone again. But who? Should it be Richard Franklin, the handsome, sophisticated engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband’s best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she’s had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire.

About the author:
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), and the list goes on. Many of his books have already been adapted into movies.

Website: nicholassparks.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/NicholasSparks
Twitter: @NicholasSparks

Rating: 8/10

Imagine

For such as you and I
Anyone we can imagine
We can be anything in reality
And not in pretense

For such as you and I
Any existence we can support
If only we imagined the same
At the same time

For such as you and I
Why can we not be free
And not be so small
And not so constrained either

For such as you and I
That I do not know
What we will become
And I fear I cannot guess!

Gone Girl

Oh how I sometimes miss
The beach story and the kiss
Of rainbows and waves over the rocks
Making them mellow to their shouts

I often miss those times
When I really saw you for the first time
The way your sensitive touch was all over me
Making me melt in your arms

Oh how I really miss
When you called me your best friend
And then blamed me for everything
Of finding excuses for every single actioning

I watched you change and grow old
With the woman of your dreams in your home
And all your friends cheering you
On your golden wedding anniversary

Who said I miss anything now
It’s my dreams gone awry
For I know you always find a new one
To keep you company!

Betrayal

​Stop it
Please don’t do it again
It hurts every single time you cheat!
I am the rain drop that you let go
To fall from such great height into the dirty stinky po
I was the pop tart you left your ex for
And I am the one who you left for your wife.
Sitting in an empty room, facing the walls
I sob with hurt at your indifferent stance.
I am who sang a romantic song
When my mind wanted to hate you more.
Why o why
I am the one always left behind?
Why o why
I am hoodwinked all the time?

Thank you

Thank you so much
The time I needed you
You couldn’t be found
You were busy in your own tinsy happy little town

Baby, the same holds true for you
You were doing the same thing too
Right or wrong, who the fuck cares
For you were there in your own chosen world, my fair

Thank you so much
I finally got us right
We were just two parallel lines
Destined to meet, but yes, till infinite times

Book Journey: The Bestseller She Wrote

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | The Bestseller She Wrote by Ravi Subramanian

Genre: Romance, Thriller
Book Name: The Bestseller She Wrote
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Pages: 391
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: Westland Ltd

So now Ravi Subramanian also attempts to dig into the chick-flick genre which is easy to read. Not bad! However, the book becomes part of a mass crowd, with nothing to set it apart. Having read previous books of Ravi set in more intense backgrounds, this seemed to be lacking of a character built up.

Written in racy style, the romantic thriller indulges one looking for a simple read and pass time. I, for that matter, picked up this book at 10pm in the night and finished it in flat 4 hours by 2am. The mention of people one already knows – Chetan Bhagat, Anurag Kashyap, Nirav Sanghavi, etc. makes it more relatable to backdrop set in present times. And you could actually giggle when Shreya, the female protagonist tells her publisher, “I don’t want a Chetan Bhagat quote. He might have seen today’s newspaper article and jumped onto the bankdwagon for some quick publicity.

However, with movies like Page 3, Fashion, Heroine, etc. setting the trend and giving viewers the camera-shot of what goes behind the screen, this book is an eye-opener at publishing industry with Bollywood touch and ample tips thrown in between for a new aspiring author. Will it work or not in real life? Try and let me know as well!

Oh yes, forgot to mention, unless you, my dear reader would not have noticed already in the book cover, it’s written “Soon to be a Motion Picture”. Have I read the plot before? Some parts, definitely. Have I seen the plot before? Oh yes, again as part of different movies put together.

I will consider my review of this book comparatively harsh since I have always had high expectations from Ravi’s books. It is not for nothing that he is called John Grisham of Banking industry, or “was”? Let’s wait and see. Hope to see a better book soon!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Paperback king Aditya Kapoor’s life is straight out of a modern man’s fantasy. His literary stardom is perfectly balanced by a loving wife and a spectacular career. With everything he touches turning to gold, Aditya is on a winning streak.

Shreya Kaushik is a student with a heart full of ambition. Young, beautiful and reckless, Shreya speaks her mind and obsessively chases after what she wants. And what she wants is to be a bestselling author.

What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can real ambition come in the way of blind passion? Can trust once broken, be regained?

Master storyteller Ravi Subramanian, delves into the glitzy world of bestsellers and uncovers a risky dalliance between a superstar novelist and his alluring protégé.

The Bestseller She Wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption.

About the author:
Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. Four of Ravi’s seven bestselling titles have been award winners. With this book, he has taken a significant departure from his usual fare, this is Ravi’s first book on romantic intrigue.

Rating: 8/10

Ache

Post: EtherealJinxed | Poem: Ache | Image Courtesy: Alok GunjanText
A little part of me loves a whole lot of you
and it always aches for more.

And it ain’t no, no for me
to make out tonight.

And it ain’t no place for me
to hide out tonight.

Moods

Post: EtherealJinxed | Poem: Moods | Image Courtesy: Alok Gunjan
Text
You used to lighten up my mood
With your voice relax and cool
Now all you do is screw it up
Like the nuts loosening up

Rhapsody

Post: EtherealJinxed | Poem: Rhapsody | Image Courtesy: SurrealAberrantThank you for so many up and downs
Every time I feel happy, you make me frown

There is that little thing
Your so called hiding nothing from me
Only give me shocks to bang my head on the rocks

You are the chocolate I cannot have
Or so, said one of your fans
I had the chocolate
And ever since I rued my decision of getting addicted

Thank you for so many up and downs
Every time I feel happy, you bring me down

Thanks to those very specks of dirt
Turning the winds in a way
To settle on everything I had on hold
Making me realize the folly on my own

‘Cause that was a folly to be ignored
For it was a thing withering on its own
‘Cause life was such
As time run faster than I could have mold

Oh really, thank you so much for all up and downs
When what I feel, matters no more!

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