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Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Genre: Classics, Romance
Book Name: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Pages: 373
Publication Year: 2013 (first published 1813)
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd

No words are needed to describe Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen. It is an evergreen book (published in 1800s and still very popular), not very ambitious and was written during Regency period.

The book is cast in a chronological timeframe (as I have read in many articles, lovers of books usually prefer books written in opposite way – to and fro as per the need which stimulates their thinking capability). However, the background is described so eloquently that you can hear the characters speaking out loud in their typical manners. Of course, it helped since I had seen the Bollywood version of the movie, read the book previously and seen the Hollywood movie in that particular order. The re-reading was still charming to say the least.

Do read this classic. It needs to be read at least once in your lifetime, if not already done so! But for ardent supporters of feminism, do avoid. And unromantic people can skip a few pages in between, but they will still be able to understand the story.

Book blurb:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Austen’s best-loved tale of love, marriage and society in class-conscious Georgian England still delights modern readers today with its comedy and characters. It follows the feisty, quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet as her parents seek to ensure good marriages for her and her sisters in order to secure their future. Through the irrepressible characters of Mr Collins and Mrs Bennet and the sensitivities and nuances of the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth, Austen’s skill and artistry as a writer shines.

About the author:
Born in 1775, Jane Austen published her many novels anonymously. Her work was not widely read until the late nineteenth century, and her fame grew from then on. Known for her wit and sharp insight into social conventions, her novels about love, relationships, and society are more popular year after year. She has earned a place in history as one of the most cherished writers in English Literature.

Rating: 9/10

Book Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit
Book Name: The Undomestic Goddess
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Pages: 404
Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback

Bright the sun
Fresh the air
Bright should be the mood
Around the year

Sophie Kinsella’s books have always reminded me of the above poem. When I had first read one of her books a few years back – the first of Shopoholic series, I was totally hooked to such simplistic writing. Especially, when simplistic writing is not so easy and many writers have floundered there. I again picked one of her books today – The Undomestic Goddess and found her book still a delight to read. This blog post is all about The Undomestic Goddess.

Spoiler alert. It is a happy ending. “Happy” is the keyword here. Boy meets girl, and they live happily every after. If for nothing, one is allowed to fantasize a happy end. Keep dreams and movies on the roll and don’t be so realistic all the time. All work and no play makes Jack (Samantha) a dull boy (girl)!

As is mentioned towards the end of this book, feminists may not like (ok, hate is the word) the end. But what’s wrong in being happy the way one chooses – be it professional or personal. Dip into this book to forget the routine drudgery work and enjoy Sophie’s writings. And here’s a fan speaking!

The book is worthy of my well spent 3 hours where I even sacrificed my afternoon sleep on a weekend, so that definitely qualifies for an entertaining read.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.

Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer–and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope–and finds love–is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.

But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?

About the author:
Madeleine Wickham is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her own finances. Throughout the entire series, her obsession with shopping and the complications that imparts on her life are central themes.

Twitter: @KinsellaSophie
Facebook: @SophieKinsellaOfficial
Website: sophiekinsella.co.uk

Rating: 9/10

Read reviews of Sophie Kinsella’s other books on this blog – Cocktails for Three.

Book Review: I was a Bitch by Emily Ruben

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | I was a Bitch by Emily Reuben

Genre: YA
Book Name: I was a Bitch
Author: Emily Ruben
Pages: 508
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Inkitt.com
Notable: Winner of the Grand Novel Contest at Inkitt

Love Young Adult (YA) genre? Or, have too much free time at hand? Or, got bored with reading making-sense books and just want to dip into totally non-serious chick lit genre of books? Well, here is the one for you!

I was a Bitch, written by Emily Ruben, has all the recipe of what teenagers feel like, to expand any seemingly innocuous thing into drama and movie like panorama. Here, the main protagonist loses two years of her memory. Will she get it back? Or the story will be like the K-series drama that unfolds on melodramatic Indian television?

The book is very very easy to read, which one can read, sleep, wake up, and the story will still be pacing around at almost the same slow pace. But this book finds its innocence in its characters, and the seemingly fluttering romance where monkeys jump. Slangs are kept at the minimal, however the book trying to explain a lot of stuff (with a sense that it went through censorship) was quite exhausting.

Ok as a one time go. And again, repeating, read my first para to understand who does this book really cater to!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
What if you forgot the last two years of your life?

After a horrific accident Lacey Jones wakes up from a two month long coma only to realize she’s lost all memory of the last two years. In that time, she turned from a wallflower into the Queen Bee of her high school: Gorgeous, popular, girlfriend of the hottest jock, wanted by every guy, and feared by every girl.

She became The Bitch, but has no memory of it.

Together with the mysterious and attractive Finn, she starts to put together the pieces of the puzzle that was her life.
Will she go back to being a bitch or will she turn her life around?

About the author:
Emily Ruben, a 20-year old French writer, have been writing since she could hold a pen. She loves to write the stories people wouldn’t automatically expect, with twisted plots or unhappily ever afters. As of right now, she is a student at the Panthéon Sorbonne University, a music lover and an avid eater of sweets.

Twitter: @emiisotherside
Email: ruben.emily@gmail.com
Website: emilyruben.com

Rating: 6/10

Book Review: Legacy by Hannah Fielding

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Legacy by Hannah Fielding

Genre: Sultry Romance
Book Name: Legacy
Series: Andalucían Nights Trilogy
(Book 3)
Author: Hannah Fielding
Pages: 484
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: London Wall Publishing Ltd

Legacy by Hannah Fielding, the third and last book in the Andalucian trilogy series is an extension of the two previous books and is a story of the third generation. With lot of time at hand during Dussehra holidays, the book was an easy read, a page turner.

Written in the similar manner as author’s previous two books, this book, however, felt to be more repetitive in terms of exploring sensual and sexual adventures or be it in terms of describing an emotion. But would it be made into a movie in future, the actors will definitely have a lot of descriptive content to rely on. The love story was average. The book is named as Legacy, but there is not much character sketch or role play of previous generations. I wish there could have been focus on the non-protagonists involved and a better in-depth story rather than only exploring the romance.

Recommended for romantics and for those looking for another aspect of beautiful Spain.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
A troubled young journalist finds her loyalties tested when love and desire unearth secrets from the past.

When Luna Ward, a science journalist from New York travels half way across the world to work undercover at an alternative health clinic in Cadiz her ordered life is thrown into turmoil.

The doctor she is to investigate, the controversial Ruy Rueda de Calderon, is not what she expected. With his wild gypsy looks and a devilish sense of humour, he is intent upon drawing her to him. But how can she surrender herself up to a passion that threatens all reason; and how could he ever learn to trust her when he discovers her true identity? Then Luna finds that Ruy is carrying a corrosive secret of his own…

Luna’s native Spanish blood begins to fire in this land of exotic legends, flamboyant gypsies and seductive flamenco guitars, as dazzling Cadiz weaves its own magic on her heart. Can Luna and Ruy’s love survive their families’ legacy of feuding and tragedy, and rise like the phoenix from the ashes of the past?

Legacy is a story of truth, dreams and desire. But in a world of secrets, you should be careful what you wish for…

About the author:
Hannah Fielding is a multi-award winning romance author who has written Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy (Andalucían Nights Trilogy), Burning Embers, and The Echoes of Love, which won the Gold Medal for Romance at the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Silver Medal for Romance at the Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book Awards. She has also won Gold and Silver medals for romance at the IBPA Bejamin Franklin Awards (Indiscretion and Masquerade). She is a member of the association Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her website and blog can be found at www.hannahfielding.net

Read reviews of other books by Hannah: Indiscretion and Masquerade

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Indiscretion by Hannah Fielding

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Masquerade by Hannah Fielding
Rating: 7/10

Book Review: Indiscretion by Hannah Fielding

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Indiscretion by Hannah Fielding

Genre: Sultry Romance
Book Name: Indiscretion
Series: Andalucían Nights Trilogy
(Book 1)
Author: Hannah Fielding
Pages: 497
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: London Wall Publishing

Having already read Book 2 of Andalucian Series – Masquerade, I was a little sceptical to read Book 1 – Indiscretion; Not because I did not like Masquerade, but because it had references to the previous story. Even after all this, I was happy that this book did not disappoint me as it has a better storyline set in exotic Spain and described in full bloom. Inclusion of Spanish language made the reading more enticing and romantic like the uncanny appeal of French language.

Hannah had beautifully set the plot and with the protagonist Alexandra discovering herself in the process in the midst of family drama, we too get mesmerized in the saga of seeing a passionate Hollywood movie by just reading this book. Also, how can Spain be described without the mention of bullfighting, which in the book was threaded to act as an interconnection between few characters? However, there were many parts left to the imagination of the reader where other characters except Alexandra were left unexplored, for example – “Why Salvador kept on tangling himself with Isabel even after having intense feeling for Alexandra?”

Recommending this book for romantics. Get ready to be swept off your feet into a historical romantic era!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
A young woman’s journey of discovery takes her to a world of forbidden passion, savage beauty – and revenge.

Spring, 1950. Alexandra de Falla, a half-English, half-Spanish young writer abandons her privileged but suffocating life in London and travels to Spain to be reunited with her long-estranged family.

Instead of providing the sense of belonging she yearns for, the de Fallas are riven by seething emotions, and in the grip of the wild customs and traditions of Andalucía, all of which are alien to Alexandra.

Among the strange characters and sultry heat of this country, she meets the man who awakens emotions she hardly knew existed. But their path is strewn with obstacles: dangerous rivals, unpredictable events, and inevitable indiscretions. What does Alexandra’s destiny hold for her in this flamboyant land of drama and all-consuming passions, where blood is ritually poured on to the sands of sun-drenched bullfighting arenas, mysterious gypsies are embroiled in magic and revenge, and beautiful dark-eyed dancers hide their secrets behind elegant lacy fans?

Indiscretion is a story of love and identity, and the clash of ideals in the pursuit of happiness. Can love survive in a world where scandal and danger are never far away?

About the author:
Hannah Fielding is a multi-award winning romance author who has written four novels, Indiscretion and Masquerade (the first two titles in the Andalucían Nights Trilogy), Burning Embers, and The Echoes of Love, which won the Gold Medal for Romance at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Silver Medal for Romance at the 2014 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book Awards. Indiscretion was named the Gold winner in the ‘Fiction: Romance’ category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards.

Hannah is currently working on her new book, Legacy, the final title in the trilogy, which is due to be published in Spring 2016. She is a member of the association Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her website and blog can be found at www.hannahfielding.net

Rating: 8/10

Book Review: Masquerade by Hannah Fielding

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Masquerade by Hannah Fielding

Genre: Sultry Romance
Book Name: Masquerade
Series: Andalucían Nights Trilogy
(Book 2)
Author: Hannah Fielding
Pages: 442
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: London Wall

Being a comparatively a heavy book to read (I still prefer physical copies), this book is a sequel to Indiscretion published last year itself. No problem if you haven’t read the first book. Hannah Fielding has beautifully interspersed the previous book’s story wherever required. A sensual story with an equally sensuous background (gypsies, high society and the seducing Spain), the story is a must read for romantics.

Love, with just the right mix of suspense that makes up this genre of books perfect is what reminded me of Mills and Boons I used to read in pre-graduation days. The only problem is now, I can hardly manage this sort of description. There were sections where I just browsed the pages but did not skip any page so as to not miss Ms.Fielding’s way of writing.

Still a romantic? In love? You should read it. Or gift it to the one you know who is in love!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire.

Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo.

Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro – but almost the gypsy’s double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.

 Luz must decide what she truly desires as glistening Cádiz, with its enigmatic moon and whispering turquoise shores, seeps back into her bloood. Why is she so drawn to the wild and magical sea gypsies? What is behind the old fortune-teller’s sinister warnings about ‘Gemini’? Through this maze of secrets and lies, will Luz finally find her happiness… or her ruin?

Masquerade is a story of forbidden love, truth and trust. Are appearances always deceptive?

About the author:
Hannah Fielding is a multi-award winning romance author who has written four novels, Indiscretion and Masquerade (the first two titles in the Andalucían Nights Trilogy), Burning Embers, and The Echoes of Love, which won the Gold Medal for Romance at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Silver Medal for Romance at the 2014 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book Awards. Indiscretion was named the Gold winner in the ‘Fiction: Romance’ category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards.

Hannah is currently working on her new book, Legacy, the final title in the trilogy, which is due to be published in Spring 2016. She is a member of the association Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her website and blog can be found at http://www.hannahfielding.net

Rating: 8/10

Off the Shelf

Image Courtesy: SurrealAberrantYour hello was my sin
Life just tricked me thin
The miseries grew off the shelf
With the time passing all by itself

I want to be a simple girl
With her prince at her side
Prince charming to hold her hand
And walk the million miles beside

Of the sort of attention I got then
I felt to be in a whirlwind fix
Am I performing a roadshow
Or walking on the ramp giddy?

No one asks me what I want
They tell me this time it’s different
But every fall they leave me
After promises and their vows

Craving for a simple straight life
Your hello became my sin
But why I am the one to pay
With every single fling!!

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Note: One of the few times I want to actually write for someone else. This one is dedicated to my friend.

Quintessence

Image courtesy: SurrealAberrantLove is not so simple
Love makes you do crazy stuff
My love for you baby
Your love for me is different

To squeeze you and keep you in my pocket
To chuck life and fix you in my locket
Or to make you a diamond on my ring
Or simply my priceless teddy, prince

Your love is the sweetest type
Mine is the violent, right?
Of the sort of emotions you stir in me
You keep me in a whirlwind fix

With the sweetest romance
It turns into the dangerous road, slip, kill
My hatred seeping in you
Making your life a living mold

Those seemingly innocuous words of yours
Make me cringe and think of all messy floor
The ancient past and what not
Of being no love then, sheer stupidity

And then you sway me the other side
Of being away from you, I cry
Scared of taking you along with me
I hit my own abyss and dry

All in an hour the emotions fleeting
You move from edge of the frame to the centerpiece
But why does it still feel wrong
Even though I was left out on my own

And then you cast your usual jizzy-jazzy magic
In a quick entail, I forget all the shame
Seen through my fudgy prism
You become my quintessence

Longing

LongingDo you know what I want?
It’s the longing for the simplest of stuff
A mere hug from you to make me feel safe from myself
And just relax in your arms wrapped around my waist.

Is it too much to ask of you?
To have a feel of home with you.
The distance is not much, if you ask me
You just have to knock my heaven’s door

The door is ajar only for you
The magic will only let you slide through
Though the question still remains
Are you ready to take those simplest of steps?

(whisper) And say I will be there for you.

Pick me up

ringsPick me up
Oh baby, just put me down
Give me a whirl
Baby just come around.

Dance with me
Oh yes, this way and that
And sing with me
Aaah the tuning up and down.

Hold me tight
Sunshine, kiss me crazy
Join me in bed
Oh just let me make you lazy.

Forget all the signs
And simply make me yours
Propose me with that slip of a ring
Don’t ask, just say yes, I do
Make love to me like every time you do.

The truth and the lies
The anxiety and the frights
Let it all lie low for this night
And the day after that
And the day next to next after that.

Shhh, don’t interrupt
Let me live for the first time in my life.

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