Fight For The Kingdom

What an awesome story! I was transported back to my childhood where I grew up reading about fairies, dragons and princesses.

The plot revolves around two brothers and a camp. I can't reveal more except that it is a fantasy if that is your genre. On thee whole, the book is a definite must read.

The language is simple and the narrative is compelling. There are no breaks in the narration and that is the best part. There are loads of imageries, visual, aural, tactile. These mental pictures when replicated, on the big screen or the television as a series, would create a blockbuster for sure. Writing for children is not an easy task. Victoria writes while retaining the childlike innocence of all its characters. Hence, kudos to her for penning a story that transports the reader to the lands of magic and fantasy.

Besides Aiden and his brother, there are many other characters. Thankfully, they support the storyline and enhance the plot. The characters have been etched out clearly. Even th…

Great Cape O' Colours

When you notice a book by one of your favourite authors you can't help but read his writings instantly. I have been reading Karl's stories not only for the sake of reviewing them but also as a mother. My children love to listen to his stories. The fact that they respond positively while hearing them is yet another bonus.

This book revolves around the concept of colours and careers. What I loved about this book is the way Karl has presented varied colours to young readers by using careers and cultures as metaphors. You must read it to appreciate what I mean.

The writing is really simple. The book is bilingual as in it presents a Spanish translation as well. Though English works for me and my kids, however, Karl's writings are a good way to teach a foreign language. The illustrations are bright, colourful, apt and definitely appeal to the eyes. Each page represents a colour and a career. It would be wonderful to see an animated version of the same for a visual effect. The p…

Mannethorn's Key

I have been on a reading spree since past two months though I haven't been able to post reviews as frequently as I wanted to. Notwithstanding this, I begin with one of my favourites on my reading list Mannethorn's Key.

This book is the first story in a triology called The Key of Life. It is an epic fantasy, hence the story is set in a world of fantasy with magic, mystical creatures and enchanted lands. The plot revolves around a man transported to a world called Between, a wizard and their travails together. For further details you need to read the entire story, and trust me, you wont regret it one bit if fantasy is your genre.

The language is almost lyrical, as in it has the power to transport the reader into an altogether different world. The narration is a bit slow in the beginning but it picks up pace as the story progresses. Kudos to Simon for use of a descriptive narrative that is neither overbearing nor jerky. The writing justifies the plot at every paragraph, every sc…

Greek Mythology: Beyond Mount Olympus

Firstly, I loved the concept of 60 minutes learning. The past few months have been busy for me to actually concentrate and read pages and pages. So, when I had the time to read I found two gems, one being this and the other is Ivan the Terrible which I will review separately.

Coming back to this nonfiction, it gives a peek into the world of Greek mythology. Now it would be unfair both to the writer and the wondrous world of mythical Greece if I say this book does not give details. Honestly, I am glad it has enough content to pique my interest in greek mythology so that I research upon them at leisure. I think that was precisely the aim of In60Learning.

To be honest, I am not an avid historian and have limited knowledge thanks to my exposure to history in my school. Yet, being a student of psychology, I do realise that mythology plays a great role in shaping up personalities and influencing behaviours. And greek mythology has relevance not only for its roots in ancient Greece, it can …

Piece Keeper

It has been a long time since I posted a review. But that hadn't stopped me from reading. I begin with a review of Piece Keeper. This book is definitely not for those who have a weak heart.

The book deals with a serious subject and hence is dark. It is about a rape, rather gangrape of a young intern. Her personal space and dignity is violated when she is not in her senses. To add to her woes the entire investigation is done by her ex-lover. Sure its not a happy scenario and does deserve five stars for the seriousness of the subject. However, there were a few issues which I felt affected my rating.

First of all, hats off to the writer for a story concept that revolves around an issue that plagues the world in general and women in particular. Rape is not only a heinous crime, it shakes the very belief of goodness in humanity. But what shook me was the graphic details and the violence. The description was too intense for me. Hence, the language leaves no gory details to imagination.…