Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Review: Haveli by Zeenat Mahal

Title and Author: Haveli by Zeenat Mahal
No. of Pages: 93
Publication Date: June 2013 (Indireads)
Genre: Romance, South Asian Writing
Language: English

Book Review:

Having already read and loved The Contract by Zeenat Mahal, I already loved the author's writing style. The Contract had a strong and sensual romance more to do with strong feelings that any physical acts and this was what had me loving Zeenat Mahal's style. 

But when I read Haveli, I realized that she has so much more to offer. I absolutely loved the romance, the feisty heroine, the struggles that she threw to make the story more appealing and the whole emotional play that had my heart soaring and then also wrenching as I happily followed the heroine, Chandni.

The cover is nice but I think it could have been more appealing to complement the stunning story. The blurb is interesting and will interest the readers.

The author's writing style is balanced. She writes simply sometimes and then suddenly throws in the flair to go along with the story which is noteworthy. She flawlessly recreates the Pakistani high society culture of the 1970's with all its pomp and show. There are royal descendants, big Palaces (Haveli), the royal etiquette and manners and then the clash of the old with the modern.

The characterization is admirable. I loved the bratty, spoilt but still naive with a heart of gold and a mouth so foul that it can singe you, heroine, Chandni. Her craving for love, belonging and acceptance had me teary eyed. She has created a wall of brattiness around her so she can hide her true soft and loving self. Taimur had me swooning and falling in love with him. His maturity and yet the knack of rubbing Chandni the wrong way put so much fun in the story. They bickered but still felt attracted towards each other and their chemistry is hot! Chandni's grandmother who she calls "The Broad" remained an enigma to me. She is strict but still one can see that she loves Chandni and although she never shows it but cares for her well being. The other characters are also a varied mix of personalities and very entertaining to watch. All the characters in this book are people I loved meeting and learning from. The author truly has the knowledge of human character which she shows here by creating a variety of characters with different personalities.

The story moves quickly and I loved the whole experience. C aka Chandni's journey of finding her true self is funny, thrilling, sad but very entertaining. The romance is hot, conflict filled with many memorable moments.

While I completely loved the book, I still felt that the ending left a few queries in my mind like 

What happened to the absconding-but-then-returned Father?
What happened when everything came to light in front of him?
Were the differences between C and her brother resolved?

All in all, Haveli is an entertaining and a memorable book that I can re-read again. 4.5 out of 5 to it and strongly recommended to everyone. Had the end left me completely satisfied, I would have happily given it 5 stars. Zeenat is a talented author and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

I received the book from the author and I am very thankful to her. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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~Read my Review of the other books by Zeenat Mahal~

The Contract by Zeenat Mahal: My Review
She loves me, He loves me not by Zeenat Mahal: My Review

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #10

I stacked a very interesting and varied collection of books to my TBR this week and can't wait to read and review them! :)

Now about this meme. Read the below introduction to know more about it. :)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's all about sharing books you've added to your shelves be it physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store, or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books got from author or publishers, gifts, and of course eBooks.

~Books received for review~

Jay Walking by Tracy Krimmer

Loved the blurb. The book will release on 4th August. Can't wait to start on it.

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Tell Me You Love Me by Nimmu

Loved the cover which is absolutely gorgeous and the blurb. Will be starting on it soon.

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Hope in every raindrop by Wesley Banks

I really liked the blurb of this book!

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A Very Merry Superhero Wedding by Kitty Bucholtz

The title, cover and the blurb sold this book to me and who doesn't like Superheroes!

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Finding You by Viola Estrella

I loved the cover and was intrigued by the blurb. Having read the book, I can say that it is positively awesome and a real entertainer with romance and magic!

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Only Wheat not White by Varsha Dixit

The sari in the cover caught my attention and the loved the blurb which promises a feisty heroine with an intense romance.

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Goody One Shoe by Julie Frayn

I loved Julie's writing style and this new release of hers promises another amazing adventure.

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~Books I Bought~

She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal

I loved Zeenat's previous books and just had to buy this one which has an intriguing title and an equally intriguing blurb which reminded me of fairy tale romances!

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The Cinderella Body Club Boxset

I just loved the third book in this series, Second Chance Cinderella and knew that I had to buy these Cinderella retellings. Amazing stories that I just loved reading, will be posting my review soon!

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Pines by Blake Crouch

I am totally hooked to the Wayward Pines TV series which is based on this book trilogy. When I came to know that the TV series was based on a book series, I just had to buy the first book to read myself and I am so happy to say that I just loved it! Review coming soon...

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What books did you add to your shelf?

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Feature & Follow #52

Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community. 
If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers. But you have to know, the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

Question of the Week:  

Is there a book that you were required to read in school that you actually loved? - Suggested byNatalie Hearts Books
I loved "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", "Treasure Island", Shakespeare's plays like Othello, Midsummer Night's Dream, Tempest etc. It may be because I just love reading that I loved almost everything that was given to me to read including my text books, much to the relief of my parents...LOL

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

FREE Alert! No Perfect Fate by Jackie Weger (25-27 June)

Jackie Weger's bestselling Romance, No Perfect Fate is FREE on Amazon on June 25, 26 & 27!
Grab this must-read book while it is free, don't miss this chance to read Jackie's soulful writing and meet a new favourite author! 

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Cleo Anderson’s people skills are hesitant and her life broken, yet she is determined to leave her past behind. Alone is good and she is finding her way. On a whim, she parks her Play-mor in a fish camp in the wilds of the Okefenokee Swamp, where gators yawn, bears slumber, and snakes slither. The camp pace is slow, the owner kind, and the people friendly. Cleo encounters Fletcher Freemont Maitland and his goddaughter, eleven year-old Katie. Cleo didn’t know her life was about to unravel yet again, her heart would shatter, and that Fletcher Maitland would help her mend. But Cleo is about to find these things out the hard way. Both Fletcher and Katie will change her life and if Cleo does not learn to accept that life is bountiful and fate imperfect, she will lose both forever.

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~Meet the Author~

Jackie Weger has been writing novels for thirty years. She enjoys destination travel--going to new and strange places, meeting the natives, learning their customs, their foods, how they survive good times and bad. She lived part of one winter with trappers in the Louisiana Swamps, volunteered at a sister of Mercy Mission in Panama--and had one of the most interesting conversations in her life with an old man and his dog as they sat on a bench waiting for a train in the Village of Versailles. Jackie loves books, coffee, tea, cats, gossip and all things Southern.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway--> You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet by Juliette Harper

Welcome to the blog tour of You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet by Juliette Harper! This is the first book in A Study Club Mystery series and it's now available for sale on Amazon and Smashwords for only .99 cents!
This tour runs June 15-26 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

About the Book:
Wanda Jean Milton discovers her husband, local exterminator Hilton Milton, dead on her new shag carpet with an Old Hickory carving knife sticking out of his chest. Beside herself over how she’ll remove the stain, and grief-stricken over Hilton’s demise, Wanda Jean finds herself the prime suspect in the case. But she is also a member of “the” local Study Club, a bastion of independent Texas feminism 1960s style. Club President Clara Wyler has no intention of allowing a member to be a murder suspect during her administration. Aided by her younger sister and County Clerk, Mae Ella Gormley; Sugar Watson, the proprietress of Sugar’s Style and Spray; and Wilma Schneider, Army MASH veteran and local RN, the Club women set out to clear Wanda Jean’s name — never guessing the local dirt they’ll uncover in the process.

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~Book Review~
Having read Juliette Harper's The Lockwood Legacy series, I am already in love with their writing style. Their books are fast paced, entertaining and capable to keep the reader bound until the very end.

Here too, the same can be said to be true. I loved this very funny, cozy mystery revolving around women that are members of the local Study Club. Wanda Jean is accused of her husband's murder but she was away buying groceries when he was stabbed with her carving knife. Bewildered, grief stricken and still not fully aware that her husband is dead, I was somewhat sorry to see her worrying about the loss of her new shag carpet which was ruined when her husband died on it rather than feeling the loss of her husband!

Filled with characters having confusing names (I was really confused who was who), You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet had me laughing at the antics of these ladies who are sticking together to help their study club comrade prove that she is not the killer. Slowly as they progress, it was interesting to see how a seemingly ideal town gave way to a place where people had secrets and dirty laundry hidden.

The writing style is simple, conversational and engaging. I enjoyed reading the book but still I feel that this book could have been made better. At some places, I just felt irritated with the characters who often seem to be trying too hard to be funny to the reader. Add their confusing names to the list. I was at a loss to make a picture in my mind about who was who.

The mystery is good and I loved the way the authors planned when to release the clues. 

All in all, You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet is a light, funny and cozy mystery that can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere. 3.5 out of 5 to it and recommended to all lovers of cozy mysteries.

I received the book from the authors and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

About the author:
Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. You Can’t Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet is the first installment of Harper’s debut cozy Study Club Mysteries, an hilariously funny look at the often absurd eccentricities of small town life. The second book, to be released in coming months, is called You Can’t Put a Corpse in a Parade.

The droll series, set in the 1960s, is a light-hearted spinoff of Harper’s Lockwood Legacy a nine-book chronicle of the lives of three sisters who inherit a ranch in Central Texas following their father’s suicide. Three of the novels are currently available: Langston’s Daughters, Baxter’s Draw, and Alice’s Portrait. The fourth book, Mandy’s Father, will appear in Summer 2015.

And don’t miss Harper’s first foray into the world of the supernatural, Descendants of the Rose, Book 1 in the Selby Jensen Paranormal Mystery series. The second Selby Jensen book, Lost in Room 636 is also scheduled for a Summer 2015 release.

Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan, worked as a journalist and university history instructor before becoming a full-time freelance writer in 2002.

One (1) winner gets a $50 Amazon Gift Card (INT), one (1) winner gets Langston's Daughters, Baxter's Draw and Alice's Portrait in paperback (US) and one (1) winner gets Descendants of the Rose in paperback (US)
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A letter to my Father!


Dear Papa,

I may not have told you this very often but "I Love You". You have always been that guiding light in my life which has kept me on the right path and prevented me from straying numerous times. Your patience, wisdom and positive outlook towards life lifted me from the dark pit of negativity I was falling into when I could not find my calling after leaving that "lucrative" job. Had you not listened to me rant and rave and then patted my back and told me to buck up and go with my heart even if it meant going into the unknown, I would not be the sane and happy person I am today!

Do you remember those days when all I could think about was my failure to learn how to ride a bicycle? Given the number of helpful neighbours and friends that I had injured while they helped me learn how to cycle, it was your confidence in me and your commitment to take me out each day to try and learn that I was able to ride my first bicycle which then led the way to my first Scooty. Thank you for believing in me when even I had lost that faith in myself.

We have faced the happy times together and then braved the challenging ones. You had my back even through the sad times and this feeling of being cared for has always been my strength. I learned humility from you. Even when you were thrown a curve ball, you always had this belief that “something good is about to happen”. Even when people betrayed your trust and backstabbed you, you always had only good intentions towards them. “Being good and doing good” is something I learned from you.

While I may be living away and we may not meet every day, you are always in my thoughts. Your words of advice when I am confused and even your rebukes when I have done something wrong are the beacons that light my path towards being a good and hardworking person. All the success that I have achieved in my life is because of your sacrifices. While I may have never told you this but I did notice the sacrifices you were making when you had me entered in the best school in the city even when you knew that the fees was way above your paying power and when you took a loan so I could study engineering in a prestigious college. You gave up so much to make me what I am today and I hope I always make you proud.

Thank you for your love and your faith in me. I promise to cherish your love and never do anything that will make you ashamed of me. I love you, Papa.

Your loving daughter,

This father’s day, I am expressing my love towards my dad by participating in the #HugYourDad activity at BlogAdda in association with Vicks.

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#ProductReview: Lakme Absolute Bi-Phased Make-Up Remover

Review: Lakme Absolute Bi-Phased Make-Up Remover

Do you face problem removing stiff makeup?
Have you also encountered the problem of itchiness, redness and rashes after struggling to remove your makeup?

If yes, then I have the perfect solution for you. 
  • 2-in-1 oil and water formulation - oil lifts out makeup and water refreshes the skin.
  • Gently but thoroughly removes all kinds of makeup.

I bought this product on a recommendation and absolutely loved it.

I tried it to remove eye makeup like removing the thick kajal, eyeliner and eye shadow; and was so happy with its effectiveness.

A good makeup remover is one which works effectively on the sensitive parts of our face like the eyes and this one got an A+ here.

The oil in the formula, effortlessly removed the makeup around my eyes without leaving them puffy, eye and itchy. 

Having aced in the eye makeup removal act, I tried it to remove the makeup from my face and here, too, I was very satisfied. Without causing any unnecessary rubbing, the makeup was removed easily and I was left with no rashes or redness to show that I had makeup on earlier! :)


1) Easy to use. Just apply a little on a cotton bud and swipe on the makeup applied area.
2) Doesn't adversely affect the skin by leaving rashes, redness, puffiness and itchiness.
3) The oil and water formula makes it quite effective and it works beautifully even on the sensitive areas of the face.
4) Has no smell.
5) Best makeup remover that I have used till date.
6) Value for money.

 Review: Lakme Absolute Bi-Phased Make-Up Remover


1) A bit greasy due to the oil. So when applied in bulk to remove the makeup, we may have to go and wash our face with facewash to remove the oiliness. However, this doesn't usually happen because only a small quantity is enough to remove the makeup.
2) Has to be shaken thoroughly before each use, so the oil and water mix to give the best results.


I absolutely loved this product and strongly recommend it to everyone. If you are looking for a value for money product which removes makeup easily and doesn't harm your skin, then  Lakme Absolute Bi-Phased Make-Up Remover is for you. This is the best makeup remover that I have used so far.

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