Friday, July 31, 2015

2 Year Blogoversary Celebration Giveaways!!~ 2 Giveaways, 5 Winners and Over $170 in Prizes!!!


Thanks to all my fabulous followers and readers who have supported me and helped me make this blog what it is today. 2 years have flown by and I have enjoyed every second of this very adventurous journey where I met talented authors, supportive and helpful bloggers, cool readers and dedicated publishers and publicists.

It's been a memorable experience. I have read so many great books and met and befriended book lovers and authors from all over the globe. 


Wish I could send each one of you a prize! But with the help of some very talented and cool authors, I have come up with 2 Mega Giveaways so you can win over $170 worth of prizes including Bestselling Books, Gift Cards and Paypal Cash.


All the best and I hope you continue liking and supporting the Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff! :)



2 Year Blogoversary Celebration Giveaways!!



~India Only Giveaway~



2 Prize packs - 2 Winners

Prize Pack 1: 

Rs 200 Flipkart Gift Voucher by Njkinny
Signed Paperback Copy of The Girl He Left Behind by Shilpa Suraj

Prize Pack 2: 

Paperback copy of Kingdom Come by Aarti V. Raman,
Signed Paperback copy of Rescued by Love by Shilpa Suraj
1 Ecopy of The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan

Open to Indian residents only.


Ends 31st July.


Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Flipkart.com Gift Card and have a valid postal address in India. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded.No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Nikita (Njkinny) from Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.



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3 Prize Packs - 3 Winners


Prize Pack 1: 

Signed US hardcover edition of Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
Ecopy of Her Sister's Shoes by Ashley Farley,  
a Paperback copy of either Among the Joyful or The Balance, or Kindle copies of both books by Erin Eastham
$10 Amazon Gift Card by R.P. Dahlke
Boxset of Darcy Walker series (4 ebooks) by A.J Lape
Paperback copy of It's Your Move, Wordfreak by Falguni Kothari
$10 Paypal cash by Jackie Weger

Prize Pack 2: 

1 Kindle book of Saving O' Connell by Anke Van Zweel
1 Ecopy of The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan
1 Ecopy of Million Dollar Question by Ellie Campbell
$10 Amazon Gift Card by Ellie Campbell,
1 Audible copy of Crossing Danger: A Shelby Nichols Adventure by Colleen Helme
1 Ecopy of Unexpected Valentines by Summerita Rhayne

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1 Kindle book of Saving O' Connell by Anke Van Zweel
1 Ecopy of How To Survive Your Sisters by Ellie Campbell
1 Ecopy of No More Mulberries by Mary Smith
Boxed set of the 1st three of the Dead Red Mystery Series by R.P. Dahlke
1 Ecopy of Siren's Call by Debbie Herbert
Paperback copy of Bootie and the Beast by Falguni Kothari
1 Ecopy of Saved in Sri Lanka by Devika Fernando
1 Ecopy of Trouble Has a New Name by Adite Banerjie

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Book Review and Giveaway: Descendants of Rose (A Selby Jensen Paranormal Mystery #1) by Juliette Harper


Descendants-of-the-Rose-Blog-Tour Welcome to my tour stop for Descendants of the Rose by Juliette Harper! This is the first book in the Selby Jensen Paranormal Mysteries series and the tour runs July 20-31. Check out the tour page for more information.

Descendant of the RoseAbout the Book:
Selby Jensen’s business card reads “Private Investigator,” but to say the least, that downplays her real occupation. Let’s hear it in her own words:
“You want to know what I do for a living? I rip souls out. Cut heads off. Put silver bullets where silver bullets need putting. You think there aren't any monsters? . . . I have some disturbing news for you. You might want to sit down. Monsters walk among us. I'm looking for one in particular. In the meantime? I'm keeping the rest of them from eating people like you.” In this debut novel of her new paranormal mystery series, Juliette Harper, author of The Lockwood Legacy books and The Study Club Mysteries creates a cast of characters, most of whom have one thing in common; they don’t have a pulse. The dead are doing just fine by Selby, who is determined never to lose someone she loves again, but then a force of love more powerful than her grief changes that plan. Join Selby Jensen as she and her team track down a shadowy figure tied to a murder at a girls’ school. What none of them realize, however, is that in solving this case, they will enter a longer battle against a larger evil.

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Excerpt:
Here’s the set up. My business card says “Private Investigator.” Johnny foots most of the bills. He made money in ‘29. Enough said about his investment skills? Since the Internet, he’s become the great-great-great-granddaddy of day traders.If I feel a need to make an extra buck or cover up what we really do? I drag out the telephoto, grab a box of Krispy Kreme, and take pictures of some married guy with a hooker through a motel window. Helps the the wife score big in the divorce, and it’s good sport. Helen calls it shooting dicks in a barrel. Those gigs make me look just sleazy enough and just legit enough that the cops leave me alone.What we really do is kinda paranormal pest control. Most shapeshifters and vamps and things that go bump in the night are just minding their own damn business. I have no problem with what goes bump in the night until bump comes to shove. Truth be told, this “monster” business is pretty racist when you get right down to it.Look at it this way. They get a better cable package than we do. Better reception. We spring for a few premium channels so we don’t miss Big Love. But the monsters tune in the Deluxe Metaphysical Sports Package. But what they’re broadcasting? Pure basic. The monsters like to stay off the radar.

Book Review:
I discovered Juliette Harper when I read their book, Langston's Daughters and I just fell in love with the authors' writing style and their expertise in bringing alive a story. Descendants of Rose is another enjoyable read from this author duo and with this book, they have proved that they are good writers capable of switching genres without losing that edge in their writing.

I loved the blurb of this book and it was this along with Juliette's name that had me picking this book up to read. The cover is also catchy but the best thing is the blurb.

This is a paranormal mystery unlike any other. There are dead people walking here but despite this their is a really brain teasing mystery at play. 

Juliette's writing style is engaging and had me glued to the book right till the end. The scenarios, events, practices and the characters all look so real and despite knowing in my mind that they are fiction, I could imagine a world with them in it!

Selby is determined, quirky and sassy. I loved her independent spirit and enjoyed her adventures all through the book.

However, despite all the entertainment I need to warn you that this book questions religious institutions and if you don't feel comfortable with books having these themes then this one is not for you.

All in all, I loved reading Descendants of Rose and strongly recommend it to everyone. 4.5 out of 5 stars to it. Go grab and enjoy this book!


Juliette Harper is a talented author pair and I am definitely going to checkout more of their books in the future.

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. Descendants of the Rose is the first installment of Harper’s debut Selby Jensen Paranormal Mystery series. 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. Juliette Harper is also the author of The Lockwood Legacy, a nine-book chronicle of the lives of three sisters who inherit a ranch in Central Texas following their father’s suicide. Four of the novels are currently available: Langston’s Daughters, Baxter’s Draw, Alice's Portrait and Mandy’s Father. And don’t miss her hilariously funny “cozy” Study Club Mysteries, a light-hearted spinoff of The Lockwood Legacy. The books, set in the 1960s, take on the often absurd eccentricities of small town life with good-natured, droll humor. The first book, You Can’t Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet is available with the second, You Can’t Put a Corpse in a Parade, coming in Summer 2015.
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Giveaway:
One (1) winner gets a $25 Amazon gift card (INT) & one (1) winner gets the Lockwood Legacy books, Langston's Daughters, Baxter's Draw, Alice's Portrait and Mandy's Father (US)
Ends August 5th
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Friday Feature and Follow #57 ~ARC I would love to have!



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I would love an ARC of any mystery by Agatha Christie. I just love her books and wouldn't it be something to get atleast an ARC of one book if not all! :)

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book Review: The Christmas Bouquet (Chesapeake Shores #11) by Sherryl Woods

Title and Author: The Christmas Bouquet by Sherryl Woods
No. of Pages: 294
Series: Chesapeake Shores #11
Publication Date: MIRA (1 October 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Language: English

Book Review:
Caitlyn Winters is dedicated towards her goal of becoming a Doctor and then touring the poorer countries so she can help the underprivileged but her life changes right from the moment she catches the bridal bouquet!
She suddenly finds that she is pregnant and her hopes of helping those people in Africa starts looking like a faraway dream. Add her boisterous family that still doesn't know of her affair with the resident Doctor, Noah, let alone the unplanned pregnancy, her life, as she knows it, is changed forever.
What will Caitlyn do?
Will she succumb to Noah's plans of getting married and settling?
Will she give up her dream of serving the poor in some faraway country?

I love Sherryl Wood's books and picked up this book because of three reasons. First, it was a Sherryl Wood novel. Second, the cover is just so pretty and third, I just loved the blurb apart from the catchy feel-good, Christmassy title.

The first thing I loved right from the start was Noah. He is mature, so understanding and deeply in love with Caitlyn. His patience and his perseverance when trying to make Caitlyn realize that their love and the baby is not a mistake and definitely not a hurdle in her path towards her goal. He is just so sweet and definitely a dream man for every woman.

Cait, on the other hand, had me feeling sympathetic towards her in the beginning when she first learned of her unexpected pregnancy but her later actions had me wanting to shake her until she got her senses back. Who pushes away a caring man and almost overworks themselves when they know that they are pregnant? She was just plain stupid in the later part of the book.

Her family is a mix bag and I loved each one of them with their boisterous, interfering but very caring natures. Caitlyn's sister intrigued me and I would love to read her story.

Sherryl's writing is her usual charming self but I felt the execution could have been better. Caityln somewhat failed in getting across her reasons of concern to the readers while Noah gained all our sympathy.

Despite being part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone.

All in all, The Christmas Bouquet is an entertaining read and makes us feel the love of a very persistent and completely in love man and the selfless love of one's family. 3.5 out of 5 to it and recommended to all romance lovers.



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

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12 Inspiring Quotes from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam that will change your life!

APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, a visionary, the "Missile Man" of India and an inspiration to people all over the globe left this world on 27th July but his golden words will continue to inspire us.




These are 12 Inspiring Quotes from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam that will change your life!

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough." -Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

 "Small aim is a crime, have great aim."-Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

 'Believe that 'I will became captain of problems, defeat them and succeed', and you will become unique."-Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

 "To become 'unique' the challenge is to fight the hardest battle which anyone can imagine, until you reach your destination."-Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

"Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life." -Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

"Ignited Mind of youth is the most powerful resource on earth, above earth and under the earth." -Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

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My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people-Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Movie Review--> Ant-Man : Big Entertainment in small packing ~ Loved this movie!

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I have to confess, I just love Superhero movies and have diligently followed all the movies till date. But when I heard about Ant-Man, I was a bit skeptical. I mean a small, ant sized hero didn't quite give me the confidence that Captain America with his eight pack abs gives me. How would such a tiny hero fight his enemies who surely wouldn't be ant sized?

Not having read the comics, I wasn't really interested in watching this movie in a theater but I am so happy that I did. Ant-Man took me by surprise with the amount of entertainment it provided me. There is an engaging plot, noteworthy acting, good comic timing which had the viewers laughing and then some amazing stunts with an ample dose of knowledge about the ants provided.

The underdog hero whose lucrative career with a respectable standing in life goes in the dump, the day he robs his own company which is engaged in shady business, is expertly played by Paul Rudd. He is funny, seemingly good-for-nothing but a very slippery and capable cat burglar, a caring father who is determined to turn his life around for his daughter and then suddenly the superhero we love so much!

Michael Douglas with his smooth and captivating voice plays the role of Dr. Hank Pym well while Evangeline Lilly plays the role of his estranged daughter to perfection. She is strong, independent, skilled and in every way as formidable as any superhero with her great ant skills, pro martial arts skills and a sharp brain.

Corey Stoll as the evil and very unhinged Darren managed to frighten and instill fear in me.

But the character that takes the cake, in my opinion, is Michael Pena as Luis, Scott (Paul Rudd)'s silly and comedian comrade in crimes and his cellmate in jail. His comedy had us laughing every now and then and his acting made me a fan of his. He is calculatedly funny, silly, then loyal and finally shifting seamlessly to daring. His facial expressions, voice modulation and overall dialogue delivery brought out the 'laugh-out-loud' laughs all through the movie.

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This movie is different from the other Marvel movies in terms of the action. This one is not as action packed as the Avengers. It has a balance of comedy, story, emotional play, daring situations, shocking scientific inventions and then a final fight which despite the action was also comic and had the viewers laughing along with feeling scared and gasping.

The Ant-Man's transitions from tiny to normal are fluid and the graphics here noteworthy. Nothing seems artificial. It all looks real and very possible right from the ants to the tiny Ant-Man to the other realm. The 3D effects are few but well timed.

Overall, Ant-Man is a unique and entertaining Superhero flick that is total paisa vasool (worth every penny spent). Go watch it and enjoy! :)


I loved every second of the movie and can't wait for the next part to release. 

PS: Stay till the end of the movie so you don't miss the secret ending! :)

My tribute to APJ Abdul Kalam~ A visionary, inspiration and a dreamer

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A.P.J Abdul Kalam inspired me right from the first time I heard his speech to students on TV. I was young and after having heard speeches, mostly by Politicians who came as Guests in my school to present awards, had formed a rather unimpressive opinion about them. Speeches symbolized hours of boredom to me but hearing this speech was different.

This man was different. He was dynamic, enthusiastic, simple and yet so compelling that he ruled the stage as soon as he got on one. While I never had the good fortune of meeting him in person, I religiously followed his speeches, any new quotes and read everything written by him whether it be books or articles.

Beloved to people all over the world, APJ Abdul Kalam stood for the common man who had faced difficulties, dire challenging situations, been crestfallen, fought against rejections and still persevered to get where he is today. He was born in a poor family and even sold newspapers to support his education. He dreamed of becoming a pilot but he could not clear his physical exam. Despite this, he never lost hope and went ahead to become an Aeronautical Engineer, a Scientist eventually earning the title of the "Missile Man" and then the President of India and an inspiration to millions.

He always said that success and failure will be there in life, and you have to defeat the fear.  

"If four things are followed-having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work and perseverance then anything can be achieved." ~ APJ Abdul Kalam

The news of his sudden and tragic death had me shocked and heartbroken. Visionaries like him are rare and losing him is a huge loss. 

Trying to better the world even in his last moments, he was still interacting with the Young minds when he suddenly collapsed in IIM Shillong and was rushed to the hospital where he took his last breath on 27th July. 

Like he once said,  "Ignited Mind of youth is the most powerful resource on earth, above earth and under the earth." 

He was still igniting minds when he died and will continue to do so even after his death. I pray that his soul rests in peace and hope his golden advises continue inspiring and motivating people always.


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A small incident from the life of APJ Abdul Kalam:


Kalam said in 1941: I was 10 years and studying in class-V. Whenever my science teacher Subramanium entered the class he radiated knowledge and purity of life. One day he drew a sketch of a flying bird and explained how bird flies. 'That day I not only learned how birds fly but my aim in life changed- I wanted to fly.'
I was an aeronautical engineer and I tried to be a pilot, but there were only nine seats and I was at the tenth place, I could not clear the physical exam.
"Sometime you don't get what you want."
In 2002 Indian leaders asked me to be president-I said OK. In 2005 when the chief of air staff came up to me I told him about my unfulfilled dream of becoming a pilot. The air chief asked me to go through the training and finally I flew for 30 minutes in April 2007.

The message is "If you dream and aim in life, gain and acquire knowledge and do hard work, defeat the problem then you will succeed," said Kalam.    
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"My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people."
 
-Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

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My words are weak and not enough to praise a man like APJ Abdul Kalam but still I try. A man like him comes once in a millennium. RIP Sir. You will be missed!


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Review--> Tell Me You Love Me by Nimmu


 #BookReview: Tell Me You Love Me by Nimmu
Title and Author: Tell Me You Love Me by Nimmu
No. of Pages: 400
Publication Date: February 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Indie Author, Indian Writing
Language: English

Book Review:
Tell Me You Love Me by Nimmu is the poignant story of true love between two people wanting completely different things in life and how their life changes with their decisions. Do they get their happily-ever-after or do they lose the battle of love due to their decisions in life?

This is the first book by Nimmu that I have read so when I picked up the book, I had no preconceived expectations from the book. The beautiful cover caught my eye and had me stopping to go back and check out the blurb which then sealed the deal.

A story that started simply and even started looking like the stereotype bubbly girl and serious boy falling in love saga, it went conventionally for the first half but then picked up speed and twisted into a story that had me sitting up and furiously wiping my eyes while my glazed eyes stayed glued to each page.

The first half of the book sets the base of the story but is slow and had many grammatical errors like error in tenses and repetitive phrases which sometimes had me getting bored but I am so glad I didn't stop reading because the second half is absolutely soulful and so engaging that it made this book a memorable one for me.

The author's writing style is simple without frills but she needs to work on flow which was hampered by incorrect usage of tenses in this book. The settings, scenarios and emotions are admirably brought out by her and I loved how she got me completely engrossed in what happened next with the protagonists. In the later part of the book, I felt like everything was happening to me and while I feared I had guessed the climax, still I prayed that my guess be wrong. 

I loved Rishab. The only thing I kept wanting to shout out and shake the heroine into listening was to grab him because guys like him came once in a lifetime. He is mature, sincere, a good friend and most of all that selfless and devoted lover, found so rarely in life. He loves Trisha and is willing to give up anything just to see her happy and he does exactly this. He stays true to his promise of waiting for her to come to him when she is successful. I laughed, cried, felt that intense pain of longing and then that deep rooted grief with Rishab. His love for Trisha had me wanting to hug him. He is a good son too and his love for his mother had me wishing for a son just like him.

Trisha has seen her father beat her mother each day and she is determined to leave everything behind and make a happy life with her mother away from her abusive father. Bubbly, happy and determined to make big money, she looks childish but is very sure that she never wants to fall in love. Sometimes I liked Trisha while the other times I just didn't understand her actions. How can someone ignore a love like the one Rishab had for her? She taught me some valuable lessons in this story. It is always better to choose love and affection over inanimate things that give happiness only for a short while.

I was impressed by Rishab's mother who is strong, devoted to her son and independent. Despite getting abused by her husband, she has not lost her confidence and is determined to leave that unhappiness behind, now that her husband is dead. Her affection towards Trisha and her open welcome to Trisha's, battered and barely hanging there, mother had me feeling proud of her.

Trisha's mother stands for the typical Indian woman. She is beaten by her husband whom she loves despite all his abuse and has never even dreamed of standing up to the torture or thought of leaving him. She plays peacemaker and turns a blind eye to facts that are right in front of her because she knows that she has no support from her own family and will not be supported by the society if she leaves her husband. So she is depressed and tries her best to play the dutiful wife, all the while hopeful that her drunkard husband will finally leave his abusive ways and all will be well.

I despised Trisha's father and just didn't understand his motivations for his actions. His remorse is not played out in detail so he is forgotten soon.

The poem in the book is so beautiful and heartfelt that it wets our eyes leaving a yearning for love in our hearts. I could feel the emotions and tears of the writer who had written it like they were my own.

'Tell me you love me...come back into my arms

Tell me you need me too for I am unable to stay strong.

You walked into my life like a gentle breeze

My heart bloomed with love where only anger had held its siege...'

This is just a portion of the beautiful poem that I absolutely loved. The author shows her prowess as a poet in her book, proving that she is multi-talented. Kudos to her. :)

All in all, this is an engaging story of love, devotion and sacrifice not only between a boy and girl but between a mother and her children. Tell Me You Love Me is a book I absolutely loved because of its strong second half which made it a memorable book for me. I recommend it to all romance lovers. 4 out of 5 to it and had the first part been given more pace and made crisper with elimination of the grammar errors, this would have been a 5 star rated book from me.



I liked Nimmu's style and will be checking out her books in the future. Till then you grab this one to read and I guarantee that you'll love it! :)

I received the book from the author and I am very thankful to her. This review was done as a part ofhttp://theindiareadathon.weebly.com/.  The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Friday Feature and Follow #56



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. 
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Question of the Week:  What is your favorite movie? - Suggested by

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I am a movie buff and have so many favourites that naming just one is so difficult. I usually watch movies according to my mood. I especially love animated and Disney movies and never miss one when it is in theaters. The most recent that I watched and loved was Minions. :)



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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway--> When The Crows Fly Low by V.J. Patterson

Welcome to my tour stop for When the Crows Fly Low by V.J. Patterson. When the Crows Fly Low by V.J. Patterson is a historical romance and the tour runs July 13 - July 24 with reviews only. Check out the tour page for more information and the full schedule.


About the Book:
When the crows fly low…rain is coming.

At eleven-years-old, Will Lawson discovers that Hell isn’t just a place for demons. It exists on earth in an act so evil it rips away a part of his innocent soul. In its place; bitterness, hate and a vow for revenge.

Consumed by darkness, Will descends into a life of reckless living; booze and women the outlet for his guilt and despair. But meeting Sarah a beautiful young woman running from her own ghosts, changes everything. Finding his salvation in her, Will wades into the unfamiliar waters of love. Just when happiness is within his grasp, a familiar face returns to Will’s hometown of Doyle, Tennessee. A wicked twist of fate forces Will to decide between the girl he loves and his need for revenge. Is love enough to save Will from the darkness that endeavors to unravel his sanity?

In this debut romantic drama, When the Crows Fly Low weaves a story full of suspense, loss, and love. It is sure to stay with the reader long after the final page.

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Book Review
When The Crows Fly Low is the first book by the author that I have read. Right from the start this book intrigued me. The title is so unique and unconventional that had it not been recommended to me, I would never have checked this book out! I mean, what can one make out of the title?
But now that I have read the book and totally fallen in love with it that I know how apt the title is!

The blurb again is good but still doesn't catch that essence of the story and if you don't have an idea of the story beforehand, the blurb is not that appealing. The cover is intriguing but still creates a picture so different than the actual story. The true importance of the cover, title and blurb is truly understood only after you have read the story.

Having said this, I absolutely one hundred percent loved this book and think that this story is one of the best that I have read this year! The plot, settings, execution of the idea, characterization and the emotions this story managed to elicit had me feeling deeply affected and left me with a deep impression even after finishing the book. I can still feel the remnants of the intense emotions I felt while I read the book, even though I finished it days ago!

The story takes place in a small town of Doyle and manages to move from the present to the past before the Second World War. The shifts in the times is so fluid that I was easily transported to those times of army marches, flying confetti and the general simple lives of the people. Even though, I have only had experience of that era through TV and books but still I felt as if I was there and could feel the energy in the air, the fear of the losses in War, the determination of people to brave all odds and amidst all this adversity, bloomed a love story that shook me with its intensity and left me feeling as if I had borne all those hardships.

The characters are so beautifully sketched that I just could not help but fall in love with them. Sarah and Will had my heart in my mouth the whole time. I sat at the edge of my seat, praying to God that they get their happily-ever-after while tears ran freely down my cheeks. Their story is one that I know will haunt me forever and which left me feeling gratitude for all that I have in my life. The other characters are also memorable people, I will always remember because of their various sacrifices and all the lessons they taught me in one story.

The settings are beautifully described. Be it the town of Doyle which is so beautiful that it made me want to go there sometime. The contrast in the town's settings with time are also very vividly described and I could feel the sadness of the heroine as she walks along the road to see so many old, Victorian houses like hers now sitting empty and abandoned. The scenarios of the war, the hardships of the farmers waiting for rain and the joy of a romantic meeting at a secret location containing waterfalls and river banks had me sighing and smiling like a hopeless romantic that I am.

I loved the author's writing style. She made me cry, laugh, feel happy, satisfied and then forever in love in this one book. A very talented author, I will be checking out her other books and keeping a lookout for her future releases.

All in all, When The Crows Fly Low is a must must read. I don't have words to explain all that I felt while reading this book but will say this, I absolutely loved this book and think this is one of the best books that I have read this year and all my life!


5 super shiny stars to it from me and strongly recommended to everyone. Go read this beautiful romance, travel to the time of the Second World War, meet the peaceful scenery in the beautiful town of Doyle and follow Will and Sarah as they weave a love tale full of magic, passion, sacrifices and above all devotion to each other.

I received the book from the author 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:

V.J Patterson lives in Tennessee with her husband and two children. She grew up listening to her grandfather's stories, one of which inspired her first novel, When the Crows Fly Low.

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