Book Review: The Last Round by Emmy L. Montez

Title: The Last Round
Author: Emmy L. Montez
Review:
This relatively short book highlights the the journey of a couple’s relationship through fame and it’s dark consequences. Presented in alternating point of views of the main couple Julian and Natalia Rios, the story is about their separation and subsequent journey back to each other while also presenting their back story when fame hadn’t hit them. And though back stories normally disrupt the flow of a story, here no such thing happens due to the amazing writing skills of the author.

The characters are realistic in their actions, instincts and thoughts and except a minor bump in this regard (which was probably done to mention yet another plot point that was never really followed up on), the story is like the perfect backdrop for a movie. The words flow smoothly through the pages, suspending the reader in some place between being a third person observer and the first person character who is actually going through all this. And the position is quite comfortable for me.

The reason I picked up the book was the very simple reason that the main quote on the book cover interested me.

I have faxed the toughest men in the ring. But I never thought my biggest challenge would be to win her back.

Now, isn’t that interesting?

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Book Review : Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3) by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman

Title: Their Fractured Light
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound Trilogy book 3

Review:
Carrying on the momentum of the story built in the previous two books of the series, this book brings the core storyline to the front in the form of personal vendetta of both the new main characters of this third story. The two, Gideon and Sophia, also have to deal with their own issues as they work to expose the dark side of the ever-growing LaRoux Industries.

The story is set on the planet of Corinth this time and the initial chapters are full of events that pull you back into their world without giving you a headache because of the information overload. The initial spark is there in both the characters but they are still apprehensive of each other, recognizing the fact that they both hold several secrets from each other. And as they uncover what could potentially be LRI’s plan for galaxy domination, they set loose a chain of events that none of the six main characters saw coming. And then, stopping the tortured creature that had been imprisoned for so long from wiping out humanity becomes their main task, even as the couple of this book deal with their choices and actions that has brought them to this point.

Choice becomes ultimately the central theme of the story as all the six lead characters, though scarred and hurt by one man, define their futures with their choices. And it is the ability of choose that they offer to the ‘others’ that helps define the future for everyone alive.

A special mention also for the snippets that help piece the entire series together from ‘their’ perspective.

Book Review: One Hundred Names by Cecilia Ahern

Title: One Hundred Names

Author: Cecilia Ahern

Summary:

Scandal has derailed journalist Kitty Logan’s career, a setback that is soon compounded by an even more devastating loss. Constance, the woman who taught Kitty everything she knew, is dying. At her mentor’s bedside, Kitty asks her, “What is the one story you always wanted to write?”

The answer lies in a single sheet of paper buried in Constance’s office—a list of one hundred names—with no notes or explanation. But before Kitty can ask her friend, it is too late.

Determined to unlock the mystery and rebuild her own shaky confidence, Kitty throws herself into the investigation, tracking down each of the names on the list and uncovering their connection. Meeting these ordinary people and learning their stories, Kitty begins to piece together an unexpected portrait of Constance’s life… and starts to understand her own.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

This book makes one wonder. It has been more than ten days since I finished this one and still I find myself thinking about it at random moments. ‘Has our mindset changed the world that we seek sensational stories instead of real ones?’ Well, through the amazing character of Constance, Cecilia Ahern answers this affirmatively. Continue reading