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“Shopaholic and Sister” by Sophie Kinsella

This book is about a girl, Becky bloomwood, who is the only child of her parent, and is married to Luke Brandon, a businessman who works at Arcodas group. At the beginning of the book, she is with her husband on honeymoon around the world. Then they decide to go back home in England. Becky lives an expensive life. When they were at Milan, she bought an angel bag, which is a rare edition worth two thousand dollar. With the help of a man called Nathan Temple, she got the bag without being at the waiting list. Her husband didn’t know it. When they return to England, her parents were shocked to see her and were hiding something from her. She was surprised to see them hiding away from her. Next day she went to attend the christening of her best friend’s twins, Susan commonly known as Suze. There she realizes that Suze has another friend, Lulu. From their first meeting Becky and Lulu dislikes each other. When Becky and Luke were on honeymoon she bought a lot of things like furniture, decorations etc. There were two trucks of things and Luke got angry with her. Luke asks her to sort things out. She secretly sells some of the things in eBay and accidentally sells Luke’s 20 tiffany clocks and he becomes angry with her.At that time Becky’s parents comes with news, and they didn’t wanted to tell it before because they wanted her to settle or else she will be shocked. They tells her that she has a half sister from a previous relationship of her father’s. her name is Jessica, commonly Jess. Becky always wanted a sister.  She becomes excited and imagines going shopping together, enjoying girls night in and having a new best friend to replace Suze. When she meets Jess for the first time, she becomes very disappointed that her new sister is a skinflint and hates shopping. Jess and Becky suffer a falling out when they realize they have nothing in common. She also suffers one with Luke when he discovers that she had arranged a meeting for him to see Nathan Temple whom he’s not happy about seeing and the fact Becky had gotten an Angel handbag. Both spend a few days arguing as he reveals that he thinks Jess is more helpful than she is because he’s been trying to win over Arcodas. They had an argue and he goes to Cyprus without her. After that when Becky and Jess were talking Jess mentions her rock collection and Becky laugh and taunt her for being boring in collecting rocks. This hurts her and quarrel each other.  After some days she realizes her mistake and decides to meet Jess and learn from her. When she goes there, Jess asks her to go back to London. But she didn’t go back. She meets Jess’s neighbor and shopkeeper, Jim and tells everything with him. He shows compassion and let Becky stay at his friend’s hostel. Jess didn’t talk to her. When she decides to go back, Jim advised her to attend the environmental meeting with them. At the meeting, Jess talks to Becky alone that they didn’t conduct the DNA test. She says that they might not be related and Becky becomes heartbroken by this. She go back to the hostel and packs her bag to go back. At that time Robin and some other environmental workers meets her and they doesn’t want her to go. She says she have to go and asks Jim to do a favor in delivering a necklace she bought for Jess. He asks her to come along to deliver it to her house. On their way she says that Jess is boring and passionless. Jim decides to show her that she was wrong about Jess.

Jim takes her to her house and shows her real passion in a cupboard which is as same as her shoe cupboard. It contains rocks ranging from normal rocks to rare rocks. She also realizes that they have something in common. As Jim was telling the story, she felt guilty that she told Jess that her rock collection was boring. Jess was on a mountain climb that day and Becky decides to go meet her and apologize her.  But she was not in a proper dress and the weather was not good also. She finds her and Jess was surprised to see her. She asks her not to come forward because the place were very dangerous but she took a step forward and fell so hard that she broke her ankle. Jess takes care of her and shares their hobbies each other. Then she gives Jess the silver bean tiffany necklace and she loves it and Becky finally saw her real weakness aside collecting rocks. The book concludes as Becky and Suze helps Jess conduct a protest against a new shopping mall (which turns out to be Luke’s new client). She later discovers that she is not only pregnant, but also the public had been misinformed by Robin when Luke explains that the Arcodas Group had no intentions of building a shopping mall in a wildlife area that is protected and instead has been planning to restore an old building.

I rate this book 4 on 5. I recommend this book to all.

Reviewed by Suryasree

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‘Bye bye Blackbird’ by Anita Desai

index-1Bye – Bye blackbird is a novel, authored by Anita Desai.  The story showcases the life of the immigrants, who suffers a mixed feeling of love and hate towards their adopted country, in an alien society. It examines the plight of Indian immigrants in London. The term blackbird used in the title of the book is referred to the immigrants to whom the people of London want to say goodbye.  The author explores the adjustment and feelings that the people from India face their.

The author had divided the story totally into three parts-Arrival, revelation and perception and finally abandonment. The book has given immense proudness  and happiness to the writer as she got Sahitya Academy Award for this book. The author describes about the beautiful London and the busy lives of the people there. The characters of the book are not so real but it truly undergoes the real problems, the immigrants face in the country. The story revolves around three characters – Arecent immigrant refusing to fit in and looking at those who do with scorn, an immigrant trying to belong and loving everything about the new place. And a ‘native’ who marries an immigrant. The story is a kind of not so interesting but still it contains a beautiful meaning in it.

The readers will definitely find a resemblance with their own life those who stay outside their own country, especially Indians.

I rate this book 3/5. I loved reading this book and I hope that you would also like the idea that the book would provide.

Reviwed by Anagha Anil

 

‘The Fault in our Stars’ by John Green

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‘The Fault in our Stars’ is John Green’s dedication to Esther Earl, belonging to the Earl family to which the writer is very grateful for their generosity and friendship.

The story is about and is narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, who has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist, Augustus Waters suddenly appears at ‘The Literal Heart of Jesus’ Cancer Kid Support Group, which Hazel attends due to the constant force from her parents, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

The book describes how Hazel and Gus’ friendship blooms into a love affair and how that relation gets shattered and still remain untouched. The book has numerous striking quotes, and is, without any doubt, a page- turner, with a nail-biting finish. Green’s writing style is simple, and I suppose, suitable for readers of all ages. I recommend the book to all those who admires goodness and loves reading.

Reviewed by Nyma Nazreen

‘At Bertram’s Hotel’ by Agatha Christie

41cKjt0G1IL._SX314_BO1,204,203,200_‘At Bertram’s Hotel’ is a novel framed by Agatha Christie. Bertram is a old traditional London hotel. This novel features a beloved character Miss Jane Marple……

The story starts with Miss Jane Marple who reaches London for a vacation, after a very long time and feels nostalgic about being at Bertram’s hotel which still has not changed much and looks like as traditional as before.
She is pleased to know that the staff Miss Gorrigne even still remembered the room she stayed and the food that she used to love.
The twist starts here when the chief inspector Davy comes to the hotel to investigate regarding a robbery that happened close by and comes to know that a guest from one of the rooms has been missing for a while. So now where is the guest? What has it got to do with the robbery? Inspector Davy and Miss Jane Marple starts answering every questions and continue to solve the mystery. The character which I liked in the story is Miss Gorrigne because her character was well portrayed and personified. There was clarity in every sequence where she used to come which I liked.

Reviewed by G.R.Vishnupriya

‘W.A.R.P. 1: The Reluctant Assassin’ by Eoin Colfer

Riley is an orphan taken in by assassin Albert Garrick. When they are out on the job where Riley will kill someone for the first time, he encounters the target and then gets transported forward into the 21st century. This is when special agent Chevron Savano enters the mix; an underage agent who is American but ends up in London working with WARP (Witness Anonymous Relocation Program) after an assignment goes wrong. Her boss, Felix Smart, son of Charles Smart (Riley’s target), who built the time traveling WARP pods, gets fused with Garrick on a mission to the past. They travel across modern London, escaping from the currently super smart assassin, Albert Garrick, who is also a quantum man. Then Garrick forces them to go to the past, along with the last Timekey. Chevie must find her way back to the present before Garrick destroys the Timekey.

This book is followed by W.A.R.P. 2: The Hangman’s Revolution and W.A.R.P. 3: The Forever Man. My favorite character was Riley because he was resourceful enough for a boy from the Victorian age who landed n the modern age. While the book was good, it wasn’t as good as the Artemis Fowl series. I would recommend this book to young readers.

I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5.

Reviewed by Girish V. S.