Falling For Sarah

Falling For Sarah (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County #2)

Author: Cate Beauman

Book – CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 384 pages

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Source: Review Copy

“Falling for Sarah” is the second book in “The Bodyguards of L.A. County” series but you don’t need to read them in order, always a plus but after reading it you’ll want to go out and pick up the rest of the series. Cover of the book is really appealing, it has a blue tint which works with the fact that the madman leaves blue chips and blue roses and the Hollywood sign shows not only where it is set but also reveals that Sarah is the photographer to the stars.

 We met Sarah Johnson in the first book where her husband had been killed in Afghanistan the day after she delivered their daughter. Now a widow, Sarah Johnson struggled to pick up the pieces after her life was ripped apart. After two years of grieving, she’s found contentment in her thriving business as photographer to Hollywood’s A-list and in raising her angel-faced daughter, Kylee… until bodyguard and long-time friend Ethan Cooke changes everything with a searing moonlight kiss.

Sarah’s world turns upside down as she struggles with her unexpected attraction to Ethan and the guilt of betraying her husband’s memory. But when blue roses and disturbing notes start appearing on her doorstep, she has no choice but to lean on Ethan as he fights to save her from a stalker that won’t stop until he has what he prizes most.

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Book Speaks:

Cate Beauman can spin a wonderful tale of suspense, emotional angst, anger, fear and passion; passion for life and love. This book is no different, it has something for everyone, and book has lots of twists and turns and shocking revelations. It was hard to put this one down. I highly recommend this to everyone. Book Speaks gives it 3.5 for great story, characters and writing style.

About Author:

05 Cate Profile Pic 1International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Deceiving Bella, the eleventh novel in her popular Bodyguards series.

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The Last of the Firedrakes

The Last of the Firedrakes (Avalonia Chronicles #1)

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Author: Farah Oomerbhoy

Book – Wise Ink Creative Publishing, 488 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Review Copy

 Story Line

“A fantastic adventure story that will transport you to a dazzling world of myth and magic.”

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.

MapAvalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.  Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

About the Author:

Farah Oomerbhoy low-resFarah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel is The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles.

For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. When she was pregnant with her first child ten years ago, a story popped into her head she could not ignore. “I was at my grandmother’s house, and as I looked at the image of a beautiful forest with a castle in the distance on a tapestry hanging on the wall, I imagined myself being whisked away into another world,” she said. It was at that moment the world of Avalonia, with its powerful mages and fae and the evil Queen Morgana, was born. Farah Oomerbhoy’s debut novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, was released in the summer of 2015.

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Book Speaks

The Last of the Firedrakes is a wonderful book with a compelling story, diverse characters, and great plot, packed with magic a perfect read for a fantasy lover.

A fast read filled with drama, entertainment and good pacing. Beginning is really great but somewhere in the middle it becomes little loose but author did a great comeback to make overall experience of reading this book well. A lot happened in this book, Aurora’s journey is a long and twisted one, and that makes the book always changing and going in new directions. There is romance but not an easy love at first sight but one packed with tension and difficulties which was great, somewhere I found Aurora little too dumb but it was refreshing. Magical world created by author is also quite interesting especially a winged horse which belonged to a magical race known as “pegasus” which was quite cool.

Favourite quotes from ‘The Last of the Firedrakes’

“Everything happens for a reason, and nothing is an accident. It is all part of a much larger divine plan,”

“I had to stop running. I had to turn and face my life head on. It wasn’t enough being like everybody else; I had to be the best, and I was going to show everyone what I was truly made of. I was done with being a terrified princess, constantly waiting to be saved. I was going to be a queen, and, like Vivienne said, I had better start behaving like one.”

Overall rating for The Last of the Firedrakes is 3 actually 3.5, it is a nicely written book with good plot and characters but somewhere story is pushed a bit more to get the predictable actions which is annoying at times. If you like fantasy you will surely enjoy this one. We are looking forward for next book in the series.

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The Palace of Illusions – Review

Book: The Palace of Illusions
Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Year: 2008

About the Author:

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 anthologies. Her works have been translated into 20 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew and Japanese. Two of her books, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into movies.

Chitra currently teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the Univ. of Houston. She serves on the Advisory board of Maitri in the San Francisco Bay Area and Daya in Houston.

About the Book:

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The Mahabharata is an epic tale and is certainly not a new story to many of us. Most of us are familiar with it either by reading, by stories told by our parents or by TV serials, it’s no doubt one of the most renowned tale in India.

Mahabharata tells the story of the five Pandava and the Great War they’re destined to fight, ‘The Gita’ lessons and yes, Lord Krishna. This epic tale has given us many larger-than-life heroes, inspiring virtues, life lessons, stories-into-stories and even business lessons. Our culture has drawn a lot from the pages of this epic.

But for ages there was no voice that tells the tale about women of this era and that’s what Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni came up with.

“This is Panchaali’s Mahabharata”

The novel traces the princess Panchaali’s life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father’s kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India. Meanwhile, we never lose sight of her strategic duels with her mother-in-law, her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna, or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands’ most dangerous enemy. Panchaali is a fiery female redefining for us a world of warriors, gods, and the ever-manipulating hands of fate.

Book Speaks:

I was totally swept over by Chitra’s prose, mesmerized by the conviction with which she writes the story of one of the most complex characters of Mahabharata. Draupadi’s version of Mahabharata, capturing the essence of the epic in the form of a story but most importantly it gives a new perspective to the old story.

As the story begins Draupadi emerges as any mortal being, flawed by vices in the most realistic ways – egocentric, unpredictable, displaying regular acts of anger, confusion, insatiable yearnings, her hidden desire for Karana. All this being the cause of one of the most disastrous battles in the history but as book progressed, she showed her other side of being wise, passionate, head-strong and heroic.

It shows how difficult and horrendously life treated her. Her oppressed childhood, forced polygamy and everything she has had to endure tore my heart to pieces. This poignantly told story changed my views about the epic and specially Panchaali’s character.

Author no doubt did a wonderful job of trimming, condensing, and restructuring the story through Panchaali’s eyes.

Overall rating: 4

Clearly, BookSpeaks enjoyed this book as it touched our hearts.

You know there are books that somehow soak deeper into your being. The kind you enjoy, but you can’t point to the one thing about them that makes them so spectacular. The Palace of Illusions was one of those books.

Which book has unexpectedly ended up staying with you long after you’ve read it’s final words? Share with us – it’s Your Turn now.