Book Review#16: The Balance of Heaven and Earth

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

I have been unable to write a judgement that does not seem to offend my conscience, or indeed Heaven, in some manner. Because I do not wish to influence your thinking unduly, I have destroyed all my personal papers and notes in regard to this dispute, preferring you to start afresh. Forgive me for this. All I ask is that you consider and examine Jade Moon most carefully before coming to a decision. I find her fascinating and unsettling in equal measure, and fear the consequences of a wrongful judgement. I will say no more.

My sincerest best wishes to you and your family,

Magistrate Qian
Fifth District, Chengdu Prefecture
1st day of the 2nd Moon, 1085

So ends the letter of welcome (and of warning) to Magistrate Zhu, newly arrived in the remote border town of Tranquil Mountain. He has travelled far from his extensive family estates on the outskirts of Kaifeng – the glorious Song Dynasty capital – hoping to find atonement for past mistakes.

Yet he quickly discovers that Tranquil Mountain is anything but tranquil. The town is beset with simmering tensions since the death of his predecessor. Before Magistrate Zhu even has time to accustom himself to his inexperienced and wayward constabulary and the lowliness of his new surroundings, there is a mysterious murder, rumours of ghosts and blood-thirsty bandits out on the streets, and a disturbing kidnapping to solve – as well as the tragic and tangled legal circumstances of the local heroine Jade Moon to unravel.

For the balance of Heaven and Earth to be maintained, and to prevent catastrophe coming to Tranquil Mountain, Magistrate Zhu is well aware that not a single injustice can be allowed to stand. As he struggles to reach the correct judgements, he realises he has no choice but to offer up his career and perhaps even his own life for the greater good. And, in so doing, he discovers that as Jade Moon’s fate rests in his hands, so his fate ultimately rests in hers.

REVIEW:

#balanceofheavenandearth by#laurencewestwood is a mystery book about Ancient China where magistrate and constables replaced detective and policeman. This book is set in the Tranquil Mountain; a town in China (in 1085), and revolves around the two main characters of this book Magistrate Zhu and Jade Moon. Magistrate Zhu just arrived to the Tranquil Mountains from his home town for his new job. He accepted this new position just to remove the word “DIS” in Dishonored from his reputation, but less he know is that Tranquil Mountain is anything but Tranquil and that his arrival will set the things in motion.

Within sometimes he found himself in heaps of paperwork and had to face the blood-thirst bandits, rumors of ghost, tangled circumstances of Jade Moon to unravel, and to solve the unsolved murder mystery.

For the balance of Heaven and Earth Magistrate Zhu have to prevent any injustice for the sake of Tranqil Mountain and to prevent the upcoming catastrophe, and for doing so he can offer his job or even his life for the reatee good; BUT, less he know that his fate is in Jade’s hand and so does Jade’s fate rest in his hand.

PROS AND CONS:
I love this book for the following reasons:
1) I absolutely love the concept of this a beautifully pen-down mystery book.
2)The characters were well built.
3) The world building was intensely realistic.
4) The writing style was distinct and we’ll developed.
5) The book shows the clear image that how deeply the author have researched for the book.
6) The book offers immersive experience.
7) The book have the tint of the crime shows (-they are mine Favourite).
8) This book shows all the elements of a crime fiction, whether it’s about the characters, place, victims, infact everything; and this shows how well researched the book is, and TBH I love this fact as if your writing a book then you should know about everything especially related to timezone.
9) Even the book was well researched but the story was slow paced and I found it kinda dragged at some points.
10) I personally think that the author would have done better if he could made the Magistrate Zhu’s character a bit more interesting and Jade Moon’s character a bit more prominent.

CONCLUSION:
Over all this book is worth reading, Laurence had done a wonderful job in creating this world , a world that is reincarnated to a time that seems to lost, He had paid his finest attention to ever big and little details and it shows how much Laurence love China.

Recommend:
Recommend to the lover’s to crime fiction/ thriller, who want to read ancient history of China, and to those who want to read something different.

Rate:4/5

SPECIAL THAKS TO THE AUTHOR FOR SENDING ME THIS BOOK THAT I ADORE THE MOST (P.S: I JUST LOVE THIS GLOSSY COVER)

Book Review#15: Train To Impossible Places by P.G.Bell

“From Trollville to the five corners of reality, my dear. No package too big, no postcard too small. Come rain, shine or meteor shower, the Impossible Postal Express will deliver.”

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

A nonstop middle-grade fantasy adventure, The Train to Impossible Places by debut author P. G. Bell is as fun as it is full of heart, and the first book of a planned trilogy.

A train that travels through impossible places. A boy trapped in a snow globe. And a girl who’s about to go on the adventure of a lifetime.

The Impossible Postal Express is no ordinary train. It’s a troll-operated delivery service that runs everywhere from ocean-bottom shipwrecks, to Trollville, to space.

But when this impossible train comes roaring through Suzy’s living room, her world turns upside down. After sneaking on board, Suzy suddenly finds herself Deputy Post Master aboard the train, and faced with her first delivery―to the evil Lady Crepuscula.

Then, the package itself begs Suzy not to deliver him. A talking snow globe, Frederick has information Crepuscula could use to take over the entire Union of Impossible Places. But when protecting Frederick means putting her friends in danger, Suzy has to make a difficult choice―with the fate of the entire Union at stake.

“A broad mouth, as wide as a toad’s, was pulled into a sneer beneath it, while two small yellow eyes squinted at her over the top. This strange face was set in a round, bald head, with skin as dark and knotted as old tree bark. A huge pair of pointed ears stuck out on either side. Even more grey hair sprouted from inside them.”

REVIEW:

#traintoimpossibleplaces by @pgbellwriter .This story is about a twelve year old girl named Suzy, Who’s a budding physicist. One night Suzy got awake due to some noises from the living room, her world turns upside down. And from here she embarks on an adventure into the Impossible Places, places that defy her knowledge of reality but are real nonetheless, perhaps that’s because she knows about physics, but not fuzzics, the fuzzier laws of the natural world that rule in the Impossible Places. After sneaking on board, Suzy suddenly finds herself Deputy Post Master aboard the train, and so her real journey begins, where you’ll witness unbelievable character’s, intriguing plotline, a frog in a snow globe, a bear in yellow color, ghosts and trolls and witches and many more IMPOSSIBLE things.
I absolutely loved the idea of this magical train that truly did the impossible, whether it be the ability of transforming houses for a railway or through the ignorance of gravity. Add on trolls and I was caught hook, line, and sinker. This impossible journey made me curious throughout the book I couldn’t made the right assumptions throughout my read, whatever I thought got wrong. A page turner book by the author. A book that is entertaining, interesting, absorbing, engaging, gripping and enthralling. A book full of action and suspense. I absolutely loved this book thank you @usborne_books @usborneya and @n.k_literarynerd for the book.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

I absolutely loved the idea of this magical train that truly did the impossible, whether it be the ability of transforming houses for a railway or through the ignorance of gravity. Add on trolls and I was caught hook, line, and sinker. This impossible journey made me curious throughout the book I couldn’t made the right assumptions throughout my read, whatever I thought got wrong. A page turner book by the author. A book that is entertaining, interesting, absorbing, engaging, gripping and enthralling. A book full of action and suspense. I absolutely loved this book thank you @usborne_books @usborneya and @n.k_literarynerd for the book.

Recommend:

It’s a middle grade illustrated book that is full of action with the touch of magic. You’ll be on the board throughout the book. A gripping tale. You’ll fall in love with the illustrations and it’s cover.

Rate:

5/5

Book Review#15: Crossing The Lines by Laura Wilkinson

AMAZON’S SYNOPSIS:

Yorkshire, 1983. Miner’s wife Mandy Walker lives a quiet life. She’s hopeless at everything apart from looking after her boys and baking. Life is fine. But she knows it could be better. Her husband’s a drinker, and her best friend Ruth is busy with a teaching career. Mandy dreams of a different life – an impossible, unachievable life. Only Ruth’s husband Dan believes in her but, after serving during the Falklands war, he has problems of his own.

When the men come out on strike, Mandy joins a support group. She finds friends and strength in surprising places. And secrets and enemies where she least expected them.

Mandy must decide which side of the line to stand on.

REVIEW:

#crossingtheline by #laurawilkinson is a warm-hearted and perceptive novel about the life of Miner’s family during miner’s strike of 1983/5. It’s. A tale of young lady who’s a miner’s wife and a mother of four children, Laura beautifully pendown the difficult and hard lives of the Miner’s and how their wives cope up with the situations at the time of the strikes. The main character of this book is Mandy Walker. Mandy with the help of her friends gradually learned things and enhanced her character to support her family in difficult days. A character developing guide in form of a story character will lead you in to lighting in your dark days.

MY PRESPECTIVE:

I received this e-book from @accentpress in exchange of an honest review. TBH I love how gradually the main character Mandy who’s such a realistic character and such a believible one, you’ll love how by the time she grew herself stronger for the sake of her family with the help of her friend Ruth, who’s a strong character from the beginning and a tricky one as she knows who to get her things whenever she want, and you’ll be amazed by her transformation by the end of this book, like I was. Mandy’s mother Doreen who’s the support system of her daughter. And we can’t forget Ethel the fearsome woman of this novel who gives way to success to Mandy. This book is well written and well researched with popping up character’s, a gripping book that will hook you up till the very end.

This book is took some time to get along as the story proceed because I feel that chapters are missing some parts but it makes sense as I proceed further,it’s moderate pace novel with a little bit humor and much learning facts. A book that’ll take you into 80’s and if you’re from the 80’s then it’ll make you relieve your days.

RATE:
4/5

QOTD:

What are your current reads??

Book Review#14: Unfettered Wings by Sana Munir

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

A collection of short stories about Pakistani women, from different walks of life and different social backgrounds.

REVIEW:

#unfetteredwings by Sana Munir is a book that defines the title #feminism in it’s stories miraculously. This book comprises of short stories based on the courage and strength of women and how they faced every situation. These stories are shows women’s suffering all around the world 😢. Be it Habiba (the girl having the topaz eyes) who was killed on a mere doubt of honour killing, or be it Reena who faced betrayal from her loved one. Every story will make your heart bleed. Each women’s story is a battle that you have to endure it, it’s not only the woman in the story it can be anyone. This book is a lesson to every woman, girl, or a lady.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book comprises of 9-10 short-stories. Every story is different and more beautifully written, and have more impact on you then the first one. Sana Munir had done a fabulous job in the form of this book, a book that’ll cherish throughout my life. I literally cried while reading Habiba’s story, like how can do like this with a girl. Mine favorite story was Habiba’s one and my mum love the story of Nazia. After #saltandpepper by Maria Akhanji this book is the one that made my cried, these stories really have such great impact on you that you’re forced to cry your heart out. Marvelous!! This book is a must read book.

RECOMMEND:
Recommended to those who love family drama, who love to read books based on feminism. This book belongs to all group age readers. Do Read It guys, you’ll thank me later!!

RATE:
5/5

Book Review#13: Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer by Ryan Suvaal

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

Seventeen gruesome killings across the United States, within a span of six months and there was one clear connection among victims. They were all book authors. While media was decorating the murders with sensationalist stories, and law enforcement was playing catch-up, the homicidal maniac remained elusive and secretive. Things got very interesting, however, when one day she decided to appear on an internet talk show for an honest fireside chat. Her reason for being on this show was not a quest for fame, but something much more disturbing.

REVIEW:

Fire-Side Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer by Ryan Suvaal is a short book comprises of only 28 pages, I read it last night for a change. This book is majorly written in the form of an interview that is held on dark-net, fireside chat held interviews with the criminals. This time it’s the serial killer who is 30yrs old woman and murder those authors whose books are not proofread and are published and contains alot of grammatical errors.

MY PERSPECTIVE:
This book is dark as the way the murders are plotted that is very disturbing for the readers This book is really good if you’re okay to read the violating scenes.I enjoyed they way author ends the book, a hint leading to another murder. I really wish that this book would be a little longer.

RECOMMEND:
Recommended to those who live mystery and murders.

RATE:
3/5

Book Review#12: Time Crawlers by Varun Sayal

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

Alien Invasion, Dark Artificial Intelligence, Time-Travel, High-Tech Hindu Mythology, Djinn Folklore, Telekinetics and life-consuming Cosmic Entities are some major themes in my book which has 6 tightly-knit, fast-paced Sci-Fi stories. A quick look at the stories:

1. Nark-astra, The Hell Weapon
The weapons he possesses make him the destroyer of worlds, and he burns for revenge. A high-tech take on ancient Indian mythology.
2. Death by Crowd
The dark desires of the masses; darknet websites fueled by a crypto-currency. What lurks in the background – an advanced artificial intelligence?
3. Genie
He rubbed a lamp alright, but what he got was the shock of his life. An entirely sci-fi take on the djinn myth.
4. Time Crawlers
There are individuals who exist in multiple time periods at once, and there are those who know about them….
5. Eclipse
No attacks, no blood-shed, yet there was an invasion and a conquest. Who are these shapeshifter aliens being hounded by an eclipse?
6. The Cave
The fate of an advanced imperial race hangs in balance as a dark celestial entity meets a legendary protector.

REVIEW:
It’s a collection of short stories by the author Varun Sayal. This book is comprise of 6 tightly-knit, fast-paced Sci-Fi short stories, raging from Alien Invasion, Dark Artificial Intelligence, Time-Travel, High-Tech Hindu Mythology, Djinn Folklore, Telekinetics and life-consuming Cosmic Entities.

1- Nark Astra- The Hell Weapon:

This story is written describing a battlefield, as how to just avenge the family prestige one can seek help from the technology, this story basically describes the 3 major weapons and their uses as how they are a life-saver and a curse at the same time.

2- Death By Crowd:

This story revolves around an interview of a CEO of the online show of the dark-net called “Death By Crowd”. Where people are being paid for burning themselves alive, if they are ill, or they are done with their lives, the money is being delivered to their family when the person is dead.

3- Genie:

This short story is retelling of Alladin but on a scientific turn. Genies now a days are being so sassy, they reward you when you praise their beauty 😂. They Grant you three wishes along a huge book to read as it contains all the terms and conditions, they can cancel your wishlist anytime 🤣, they have kids and live in a mention.

4- Time Crawlers:

This story is also written in the format of an interview, where it describes about the people that are present in multiple dimensions at a time and are known as The Time Crawlers.

5- Eclipse:

This story is totally based on scientific evidence, it introduced us to a race called “Fordan”, where it describes about the race of 4D, 3D intelligence and paranormal activity among humans, and shapeshifter aliens.

6- The Cave:

This story describes the mechanism of telekinetic and paranormal activity in the form of a cave that is sucking energy from it’s surrounding as in actual it’s a spacecraft that was crushed 1200yrs ago.

MY PERSPECTIVE:
Overall this book is a light read dealing with scientific technology. I enjoyed this book as it’s a fast paced one, the writing style of the author is different as compared to what I read in a good note. The story I loved the most was The Genie, I really loved the sassiness of the Genie the most, and time Crawlers was the least I enjoyed.

RECOMMEND:

This book is recommended to all the lovers of science fiction out there.

RATE:

3.5/5

Book Review#11: Bright Lights From A Hurricane by Grace Mcginty

BOOK DETAILS:

*) BOOK:

BRIGHT LIGHTS FROM A HURRICANE

*) AUTHOR:

GRACE MCGINTY

*) PAGES:

328

*) GENRE:

YOUNG ADULT

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

Olivia Jefferson has always been a good little automaton. At least, that’s what her best friend Angela had always told her. She was a dutiful daughter, straight A student, and a devoted friend.
But when Angela dies at seventeen of terminal brain cancer, Olivia’s automaton life gets turned upside down.

She made a promise that she would finish Angela’s bucket list for her.
But number one is to go on the scariest ride at the County Fair, The Hurricane, and number two is to go on a Grand Adventure. Both seem impossible. 
So when a pretty, blue eyed carnie boy offers her a place on the carnival for the summer, she couldn’t possibly go, right?

Deciding to abandon her well planned future, Olivia follows the carnival along the bottom States, from Florida to LA. What she learns as she works her way through Angela’s bucket list will make her reexamine her dreams, her beliefs and make her really question: Who is Olivia

MY REVIEW:

This book took us on the journey along Olivia who’s life motive is to fulfill the promise, given to her by her friend Angela before her death, which is to complete all the wishes from Angela’s bucket list, which lead Olivia to her carnival ride known as “The Hurricane”.
The journey of Olivia since the day Angela died is full of twist and turns & ups and downs, just to fulfill her friend’s bucket list she had to faced the family Dynamics, experience new phases of life, overcome the hurdles, sho away all the hesitations, made new friends, add lights in her dark times, enjoy her life life and above all experience love and became a person that she was meant for.

MY PERSPECTIVE:
I not just only enjoyed this book I loved it, and the reasons are as follows:

1. I love how the author build up Olivia’s character as the story proceed.
2. I love the massage she forwarded it to her readers on friendship.
3. I love how she progress Olivia and Dallas’s relationship.
4. I loved the fact as how author fixed me to enjoy every adventure of Olivia’s as if it’s mine.
5. I loved it when despite being the cutoff with her family Olivia didn’t disowned her friend’s promise
6. I love the fact how gracefully author pen down every emotions in this book.
7. I loved it for the carnival ride, it was the best.
8. I loved how Olivia accomplished her goals.

RECOMMEND:

The storyline of this book is worth a read. The author has poured her heart in this novel. This novel is one of the most enjoyable read in 2019. I recommend it to all those readers who want to read about friendship and bonus to this it encloses a beautiful take of love in it. I am sure you’ll love this book as much as I do so grab this book asap as it will be out this 14th of February, so buck up guys!!

RATE:
4.5/5