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Our Phenomenal Love By Garima Khurana

Hearty Congratulations To Garima Khurana For Her Upcoming Debut Novel!

Love is the most beautiful feeling in this world. But it springs in with infinite phases. Rarest of rare manage their journey through all ups and downs. Same electrified feeling was experienced by Aman and Anvi, two different personalities sharing their initials also planning to share their lives. 

“Break up simply means to be with the other person and create new beautiful memories to replace the former ones. But the moments created with your first love cannot be replaced by anything in this universe”. Does break up really means to never see each other again?

“Love is above everything” we have heard this phrase for a million of times by now. But there are certain mistakes which cannot be healed by.

‘Garima Khurana’ is from the land of battles, Panipat, India. She believes in spreading love around her. She is a fun loving person and loves to live in the moment. She has done her graduation from Chandigarh and is pursuing post graduation from Chandigarh itself. She loves to observe nature and her only purpose is to serve humanity.

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Impatient me…….

New to the blog world, confused as ever. Trying to get the hang of the site… So in a way, I’m trying to unbox this site. 

Even though I’ve a long wait for my first ever subscription box.  I’m impatient, restless,and excited. Can’t wait for the month of August, so I can discover the mystery that hold in my subscription box.. So Mr. Postman get my box soon.  
Until next time. Keep reading and be you

 

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Introduction

Hi people!

Just a quick introduction about myself and what my blog is going to be about. Well, I’m Tracy from the beautiful place Goa who loves to read and try new beauty products…

So what’s my blog going to be about…

Well, few days back I’m was bored to the core and was browsing through YouTube where I came across a video about unboxing subscription boxes. Well that got my attention. I’ve seen lot of wellness and beauty subscription box, but not about books.

So getting to my point, I’ve decided to do subscription boxes about books, maybe beauty as well. And share with you guys my honest review about the box. Next month I will be receiving my first ever subscribed box. Can’t wait for it.

Until next month. Keep reading and be you..

 

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEW |Caraval by Stephanie Garber

‘Remember It’s All A Game…

PUBLISHED  DATE  : 30/11/2017

PUBLISHER : Hodder Paperback

PAGES : 304

ISBN : 9781473629165

GENRE: Fantasy Fiction

 Blurb : 

Remember  It’s All A Game.

What Happens Beyond This Gate

May Frighten Or Excite You, 

But Don’t Let Any Of It Trick You ‘.

Once a year the infamous Master Legend hosts Caraval – open only to those who have been invited. This year the week-long game is on Legends glittering Isle de Los Suenos, where the winding streets are an elaborate snow-covered maze and the people are never who they seem.

At midnight on the first day, the snow begins and the visitors become players. Each of them is vying for the coveted prize: a single wish. All they must do is unravel the mystery of Caraval. But in a game where danger hides behind every charming smile, winning isn’t without loss, and their wish might be their last.

REVIEW :

We begin the book with letters from little Scarlett to the Caraval Master Legend. Finally, after many year’s,  Scarlett receives the long awaited  invitation to Caraval for her sister Donatella aka Tella, her fiancée and herself.  As Scarlett and her sister never left their Isle of Trisda, it’s an adventure they couldn’t t pass over. Since it was a  key to their freedom from their abusive father. As they make it to Legends private island for the Caraval, Tella has disappeared or kidnapped by Legend. Scarlett has been advised that nothing is real and not to be carried away in the game. In order to find Tella, Scarlett must follow the clues before the game comes to an  end.

Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.

What I think  about the book:

The Caraval has been around quite some time and I had been introduced to this book through instagram last year. The book was on  everyone’s feed with mixed reviews. So, finally I decided to read it this year. 

Loved the way, the author has narrated the storyline. She created a world of mystery and adventure. Every chapter or most of the chapters  I  was introduced to a new character or something  would happen. I felt,  I was part of the game and not a mere audience or a reader in this case. I tried to figure out what was going to happen to a character or figure out what’s going to happen in the next chapter. That was  not the case here. I found out things along with Scarlett. I was to expect the unexpected with every turn of the page. 

There’s  a love story or romance, as  you call it. It was not your instant – love. But a slow one, that didn’t hit you  right in your face. It didn’t weigh down the plot at all, which I liked too. The character of Scarlett was my favourite. Yes,  she was bit annoying but  became more than that. A strong headed girl who finally made decisions for herself. Overall good character and plot built up. 

Can’t wait to read the sequel to this book, which is coming out in May, 2018 titled ‘Legendary’.  

I would recommend this book, for those who love fantasy and adventure. This is the book for you. 

Rating : 4/5⭐’s

The Night Circus Review

Le Cirque des Reves!

Published date: 2012

Publisher :Random House

Pages: 496

ISBN :9780099570295

Format : Paperback

Synopsis /Blurb :

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign painted in white letters, that hangs upon the gates, read : Open at Nightfall, Closes at Dawn. 

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entire of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears, Le Cirque des Reves, The Circus of Dreams. 

Now the circus is open. Now you may enter.

Review

The Circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It was simply there, when yesterday it was not. 

I went reading this book,  without knowing as what the book is all about. I have heard high praises about the book, so finally  decided to read it.  The book didn’t disappointed me, I was entranced in the magical world that Erin Morgenstern, the author had created. 

Let me tell you what the book is all about without giving out any spoilers for those who haven’t read it yet. Firstly, this book is not about circus per say. But it’s about the illusions surrounding the circus. Not your typical circus, wherein  you see of acrobatics, and animals jumping around and other circus performances. Secondly, it’s not about romance, the instan_love kind. No, such thing but there is a bit of a love story evolving.  Also not a game or competition between two rival circus companies. It’s a bit more complicated than that. There is no murder to be solved, but there is some mystery in the air. 

This was a slow paced book where the author keeps you hooked right from the beginning, as she built-in  the anticipation of the circus and everything evolving around it. The characters are enchanting and mysterious in a way. Every character was on point. I loved every page turn of the story – line. I would highly recommend reading this book, because once you start, you wouldn’t want the story to end. 

People see what they wish to see

My rating :⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ⭐’s

Until next time, keep reading and be you. 

Excerpt Reveal of Caught Out by Leesa Bow

TITLE:- Caught Out

AUTHOR:- Leesa Bow

GENRE:- Contemporary Romance

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Ava Walters never expected her ex-boyfriend and Indian superstar cricketer to walk into her restaurant six years after she left him. The break up almost ruined her but she refused to deny him his dream of playing International cricket for Australia. With her life on track as co owner of a fashionable restaurant, and supporting her five year old son alone, Ava cannot risk falling for his charm a second time.

After the initial shock of seeing her again, Jardine Kumble is determined to win Ava back. His gut tells him it’s more than ‘playing hard to get’ and he intends to get answers to why she is pushing him away…

Caught Out By Leesa Bow

Melbourne is one of my favourite cities with its trendy cafes and fine restaurants, and just happens to be the fashion capital of Australia. The pang of jealousy I felt in my chest because my boyfriend lived here temporarily, to train with the Australian cricket team, stemmed from my own desirousness. The city streets, heavy with traffic and the ever-sounding car horns, somehow made me feel even more alive. Ever since turning sixteen, and developing some sense of style, exempt of influence of my mother’s strict Catholic upbringing, I’d daydreamed about shopping here. Taking in every storefront, admiring quirky boutiques and designer shops, I wish I had more money to play with, just like other eighteen-year-olds at the end of their Year 12 schooling. At least it helped take my mind off the future.

Last night I avoided all conversation with my parents, excusing myself to bed after dinner because of my early flight. It granted me time to ponder life choices and the sacrifices that I needed to make.

From the moment I woke butterflies took residence in my
stomach with every thought of Jardine. The fluttering remained even now as I walked toward the Melbourne cricket oval. The crowd thickened as I approached the gate. I pulled out my old iPhone and read Jardine’s text again.

Go to the southern gate member’s ticket booth. Your ticket will be there in an envelope with your name on it. Not sure of the procedure after the game. I’ll text you when I can. Hopefully we can meet up for dinner. I love you xx.

I regretted not having my friends here with me. Cleo had
already committed to a social event, and Oliver was working in his family’s restaurant. He may be my best friend but Oliver and Jardine do not share the same friendship as me, and I know Jardine would be opposed to Oliver being my plus one at his game.

After collecting my ticket, I walked in a robotic state, immersed in the crowd, toward the stadium seating. The grandstands filled quickly with the estimated 90,000 fans expected to attend today. Unlike my previous experience at the gentleman’s game, I dressed up for the occasion in a black knee- length skirt, a pale pink blouse, and black heels. It was the only clothing in my budget that made me look like a lady. I found my seat among strangers. I smiled at the lady beside me and a young boy on her other side. I twisted in my seat, taking in the anonymous faces around me, searching for Jardine’s parents. Locating the corporate area with seats behind a glassed window, I let out a sigh of relief knowing Mr Kumble would be seated in the VIP section. The way my fingers trembled at being here, I knew I couldn’t face his parents today.

The crowd roared and I turned to see a line of men dressed in all white strolling onto the field. I craned my neck, searching for Jardine. I found him at the back of the line of players, taking in the atmosphere, and the sheer number of spectators. The sight of him rendered me speechless. His dark hair and skin a contrast against his white shirt and trousers. He was theyoungest on the team but he oozed confidence with every long stride, and his expression held no fear. Green and yellow flags waved madly in front of me, intermittently blocking my view.
Gazing around the grounds Aussie flags dominated the blue of India but India was still well represented going by the cheers when two batsmen took to the field.

“You missed the toss, dear,” the lady next to me said.

I gave her a nod, not really wanting to get into a conversation. I was here to watch Jardine, and only him.

The crowd settled when Australia took their places around the field. I didn’t know much about the team except my boyfriend was the rookie. Admittedly, I should have taken more interest instead of kidding myself into believing that the less I know, the less involved I would be. The first bowler up was a pace bowler and he finished the over without a wicket. The second bowler didn’t have a long run-up, so I knew he was a spin bowler. Jardine mentioned that spin bowlers were skilful and smart in the way they delivered the ball to the batsman. The spin on the ball caused the batter to swing and misjudge the delivery, leading to being bowled out. Or if they hit the ball it
would often be awkward and help to being caught out. Despite a few gasps from the crowd he also finished the over without a wicket. Jardine was next to bowl. I heard a few people around me making comments about ‘the rookie.’

I held my breath and crossed my fingers, praying silently for
Jardine. He was inexperienced and I hoped the batsman took
pity and not hit a six. I didn’t want him to look bad. I also knew what it meant for us if he played well. I swept the thought away. Playing against India in his first ever international game meant a lot to Jardine, considering it was his grandfather’s home. I loved him and wanted him to embrace his dream as much as he did. I wanted the world to see the brilliant man I loved with all my heart.
My stomach leapt to my throat as he walked away from the
pitch marking out his approach. He rubbed the ball along his
groin, spun it in the air and caught it. The same routine I’d
witnessed before. Then he took off, building speed as he
sprinted toward the pitch. He leapt into the air, landed, and
hurled the ball toward the batsman at lightning speed. The
Indian batsman swung and missed. The ball struck the wickets.

I sprung out of my plastic seat.

Holy fuck!

Jardine clean bowled the batter on his first ball! The crowd
roared and cheered. Flags waved high. Players from around the oval sprinted toward Jardine and jumped on him, ruffling his hair and patting his back.

I felt a foot taller knowing what was behind his big smile.
Swiping the tear from my cheek, I remained standing like
everyone else and clapped enthusiastically. It was a magical
moment and something I knew I’d remember for as long as my heart allowed.

I settled back in my seat when the next batsman took the field. Jardine walked to the same spot, rubbing the ball on his white pants, and tossing it in the air twice before taking off, building speed like a cheetah running down its prey—only the prey was the Indian batsman. Jardine leaped into the air with a little skip before propelling another ball at the wicket. The batsman blocked the ball, but it hurled off the bat at a funny angle. Jardine dove, arms reaching out in front to catch the ball.

He landed and raised his arm with the ball in his hand. I shook my head in disbelief. Jardine had taken his second wicket on his second ball. Surely this was some kind of record, especially since he was only eighteen. The crowd applauded, chants taking over the screams. “Jar-dine, Jar-dine, Jar-dine.”

Joy, and relief rocked through me as the players once again ran to him. I turned to the big screen in time to see the camerazooming in on his beautiful face. I stared at him, larger than life. A smile so wide it made small creases near his eyes. Eyes the most beautiful colour of caramel that twinkled under the sunlight, and when close enough you could see darker flecks of coffee in irises that revealed emotion.
And right now he was sitting on the peak of Kangchenjunga.

In a moment of understanding his thrill, part of my heart
cracked, knowing Jardine had found his destiny. The words his father had said to me a few months back hit hard.

“I know you two have become close friends…Jardine will be
moving on with his life. I hope he has explained that to you?”

I pushed his meaning out of my head, sat tall in the hard,
orange chair, and watched the love of my life play the game of his life.

For the remainder of the day, I savoured every moment,
wanting to keep the memory with me forever. When the game drew to a close, I knew this would be one of the last times I’d see Jardine. No way would the Australian team drop him from the squad now. Jardine was unique, and I knew that better than anyone.

I could feel my heart sinking with every wicket he took, as if burst of wind in his sails was sending him further away from me.

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At eighteen, Ava is sure she has found her soulmate in Jardine. Convincing their friends and family that what they have is more than just a crush, however, is an entirely different story. Jardine’s parents have his life mapped out with plans that don’t include Ava. 

Their plans to get into med school and start their future together crumble when cricket sensation Jardine is selected to play for the Australian team and expected to spend most of the year touring internationally. Ava knows since they agreed to follow their dreams, no matter the cost, she has to let Jardine go.

Ava also discovers a new inspiration to move on with her life. But can she keep it a secret from Jardine? If he discovers the truth, everything between them could be destroyed.

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Leesa Bow

Leesa Bow is a best selling author who began her writing journey years ago when her daughter fell ill. Falling into writing for therapy Leesa now can’t imagine doing anything else. Thankful to be following her passion for romance, she is living out her own happy ever after with her husband in Brisbane, Australia.

In her spare time Leesa enjoys watching sport, having beach days with the family, catching up for coffee with girlfriends, and taking long walks.

Leesa is a member of Romance Writer’s of Australia (RWA)

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To New Beginnings & New Resolutions… 

Hey reader’s

Happy  New Year!! ⭐️ 2017, has been an incredible year for me. I started bookstagram page @unbox_the_book also blogging, which I never imagined I would do.

Reading has always been my passion and I didn’t get to share  with anyone. I do have reader friends, but they aren’t into reading as much as I am. So I didn’t have anyone or any medium to share my love for books. I had limited book introduction, that is until I joined  Instagram and found fellow book lovers who are as passionate about books as me. Bookstagram introduced to different gener of books, new releases, classics which I haven’t heard about. So I am grateful for the year 2017. 

Reading at the moment…

Now begins a new year, new resolutions which I plan to keep or try to keep. What are they? You may ask. Well, first of all,  I plan to be more active in my blogging. If I have to review a book, to do it within  4-5 days after reading the book. Inorder not to forget what I liked or didn’t about the book. Secondly, to finish or lessen my TBR (to be read) shelf books of 2017. To read more classics, or at least one book per month. To complete my Goodread challenge of 40 books (which is the first time I have taken a challenge). 

So,  what’s your  resolution for the year 2018? It doesn’t have to be bookish. It can be anything you would like to do, which you haven’t had the time to do in the past. This is the chance, you can start something new, my friend. Because life is too short, just take a leap and see where it lead you to. 
Until next time, keep read and be you… 

Unboxing :The Adventure of Hogwarts book box

Hey reader’s

Another amazing book box from ‘The Booklingscrate’. I mean this is my third box with these guys and they never fail to amaze me. By far,  this the cheapest book subscription box in India. So let’s go into the details of the box, shall we.

The theme for the month of November is Adventure to Hogwarts. That’s right, if you are Harry Potter fan, then keep reading. 

  • The Golden Snitch Necklace
  • Gryffindor Sword Pen.
  • Flying key bookmark
  • Hogwarts fridge magnet
  • Deathly Hollows eardrops
  • Hogwarts Banner
  • Key pagemarker
  • Wizard pin badge
  • Postcards
  • BOTM : Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend.

    About the book:

    Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrisons Crow  by author Jessica Townsend is her first book. The next book will be releasing in 2018. It’s fantasy / children’s fiction book.

    Synopsis :

    Not only does Morrigan Crow’s curse mean she’s blamed for all bad luck, she’s also destined to doe on her eleventh birthday. She bravely accepts her doom, but in a very surprising twist of fate before the clock strikes twelve on eventide and the howling shadow wolves arrive, she’s whisked away by a remarkable man called Jupiter North and taken to the secret city of Nevermoor.

    Morrigan cannot believe her luck when she’s given a once -in-a-lifetime chance to join the Wundrous Society – a place of mystery, magic and protection.

    Only first she must pass four impossible trials using an expectional talent (which she doesn’t have). Racing against time, can Morrigan claim her place in this wild, Wundrous city before the shadows catch up with her?

    I’m yet to read this book, will update later on. 

    Until next time, keep reading and be you… 

    Unboxing review : The Unlimited Joy Box (October box) 

    Hey reader’s

    Today I got another unboxing review for you. This one is  for the month of October, 2017. The theme of the month was Halloween. This is my second box with them, the previous one being Book Only Box. I had ordered the premium box. Yes, I know we are past Halloween, never the less it’s always exciting to unbox and share with you.

    So let’s get it started, shall we.

    The first item in the box was, the Vampire Dairies Necklace. It’s a beautiful silver tone necklace  with a small ruby tone stone which can also  be opened.

    The second item was an exclusive design badge  by @bookishaniket (from India),with the words Trick or Treat. This one I’ll be definitely be using for next halloween.

    Then we have  customer made lapel pins by @offbeat_magick. They are these two cute little pins of a ghost and jackal lantern. But I would have loved,  if the pins were bit neater at the edges, nevertheless my girls are excited to have them.

    Next we have a postcard and two Halloween sticks from @the.aesthetic.shop. Loved the design and the theme on the postcard as well as the sticks. Even though  I am not  a fan of stickers, I will make use of them later.

    What can I say about these two pretty, oh I might say faboolous bookmarks. The colours and the print is beautiful. Do check her on her instagram page, @kitaabee.keeraa.

    Oh did I mention also received a full size funko pop. It’s the Night King from the The Game of Thrones. He is creepy looking guy, apt for the Halloween theme.

    Lastly, we have finally arrived to the Book of the Month. It’s from the no. 1 New York Times best selling author Leigh Bardugo. Yes, it’s ‘The Language of Thorns‘, Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic. The illustrations by Sara Kipin are very well executed. Loved the design and the colours  which has used.

    I did forget to mention, there was an eat able, that is chocolate, which my girls have already shared among themselves, so I don’t have pic.

    Overall this was a good box, even though I received it quite late in the month. Will be definitely getting future boxes. Do check them on instangram @tuj_bookbox.

    Until next time, keep reading and be you.