The Hundred Secret Senses – Amy Tan

Titlethehundredsecretsenses: The Hundred Secret Senses

Author: Amy Tan

ISBN-10:  0143119087

ISBN-13: 978-0143119081

Paperback: 368 pages

The Plot:

Olivia Yee is only five years old when Kwan, her seventeen-year-old-half-sister from China, comes to live with the family and turns her world upside down. She is bombarded day and night with Kwan’s stories from the world of Yin – romantic tales of ghosts who were once bandit maidens, strange accounts of missionaries and mercenaries from another world. Olivia just wants to lead a normal American life.

For the next thirty years, Olivia unhappily endures visits from Kwan and her ghosts, who appear in the living world to offer advice on everything from restaurants to Olivia’s failed marriage. But just when Olivia cannot bear it anymore, the revelations of a tragic, hundred-year-old family secret gives her the opportunity to reconcile these ghosts from the past with the dreams of her future…

With a sharp eye for the tragi-comedy of those whose lives are caught between two cultures, Amy Tan weaves an extraordinary and inspiring tale. In prose which blends the deceptive simplicities of fairy tales with vivid characterisation and a sly, poignant humour, she proves once again that she has no rivals – Amy Tan is the quintessential storyteller.

Review:

Another amazing book by Amy Tan. A beautify story narrated equally well with a mix of humour and emotion, it was an amazing read. Parts of it made me chuckle while parts were heartbreaking. I loved the characters, especially Kwan and her stories of distant lands and times.

As with her previous novels that I have read, ‘The Valley of Amazement’ and ‘Saving Fish From Drowning’, what I loved about this book was the way the story of the characters comes full circle, making the end all the more satisfying. A highly recommended read!

Links:

Buy the Book From: https://www.amazon.com/Hundred-Secret-Senses-Novel/dp/0143119087

Find Out More About the Author: https://www.amytan.net/

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The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman

The Light Between OceansTitle : The Light Between Oceans

Author : M.L. Stedman

ISBN-10 :  1451681739

ISBN-13 : 978-1451681734

Paperback : 352 pages

The Plot :

Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife, Isabel, live a quiet life, cocooned form the rest of the world.

Then one April morning, a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant – and the path of the couple’s lives hits an unthinkable crossroads.

Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day – as the baby’s real story unfolds…

Review :

The story is mesmerizing, the details and descriptions are lovely and the characters so endearing. All in all it is an amazing read. It makes you question what is right and wrong. It gives you a look at how our actions can set into motion such a chain reaction and affect so many people around us.

What I loved about the book is how the main premise of the book is about choices that we make. Some are big, some are small but that doesn’t mean they won’t have repercussions that can be so magnified beyond our imaginations. I particularly loved the ending which I found was very satisfying for such an elaborate story. Highly recommended.

Links :

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/Light-Between-Oceans-Novel/dp/1451681755/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408948774&sr=1-1&keywords=the+light+between+oceans

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.randomhouse.com.au/authors/ml-stedman.aspx

The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

The Lost SymbolTitle : The Lost Symbol

Author : Dan Brown

ISBN-10: 1400079144

ISBN-13 : 978-1400079148

Paperback : 656 pages

The Plot :

The third book in the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, ‘The Lost Symbol’ is a fast paced thriller set in Washington D.C.

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is invited to give a lecture at the United States Capitol by his mentor, Peter Solomon, who is the head of the Smithsonian Institution. He requests Langdon to bring a small, sealed package which he had entrusted to him many years ago. When Langdon arrives at the Capitol, however, he learns that the invitation he received was not from Solomon, but from Solomon’s kidnapper, Mal’akh, who has left Solomon’s severed right hand in the middle of the Capitol Rotunda.

The kidnaper then contacts Langdon, charging him with finding both the Mason’s Pyramid, which Masons believe is hidden somewhere underground in Washington D.C., and the Lost Word, otherwise he will execute Solomon. Langdon is then met by Trent Anderson, head of the Capitol police, and Inoue Sato, the head of the CIA’s Office of Security. Sato claims that Mal’akh poses a threat to the national security of the US, and that his capture is more important than Peter’s rescue, although she refuses to elaborate.

As Langdon deals with the events into which he has been thrust, Mal’akh destroys the Smithonsonian-sponsored laboratory of Dr. Katherine Solomon, Peter’s younger sister, where she has conducted experiments in Noetic Science, in the process ambushing and almost killing Katherine in a cat-and-mouse chase, but Katherine manages to escape and meet up with Langdon. Together they try and find the Lost Word in time to rescue Peter Solomon.

Review :

Overall the story is amazing and impossible to put down. The book is gripping from the very first page to the very last. It takes the reader through a journey across Washington D.C. in a race against time. I highly recommend the book to anyone looking for a fast action packed thriller. If you liked the Da Vinci Code you will love this book.

Links:

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/The-Lost-Symbol-Dan-Brown/dp/1400079144

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.danbrown.com

Find Out More About the Movie : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1422137/

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and parkTitle : Eleanor and Park

Author : Rainbow Rowell

ISBN-10: 1250044995

ISBN-13 : 978-1250044990

Paperback : 320 pages

The Plot :

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.

Park is the bot at the back of the bus, black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor… never to Eleanor.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you are young and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love–and just how hard it pulled you under.

YA Fiction is not often the genre I would pick up and read but this was a book my friend recommended I read. I was sceptical when I started reading and was sure I would not like it. To my surprise, halfway through the book I was hooked and wanted to know what happens next. I loved the characters and was rooting for them throughout the book. It’s ideal for a quick read on a lazy Sunday. All in all I would recommend you read this book if not for anything but a nostalgic trip down memory lane about being in love at 16. Looking forward to the movie adaptation in 2015.

Links:

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/Eleanor-Park-Rainbow-Rowell-ebook/dp/B007KLKFSO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389576691&sr=1-1&keywords=eleanor+and+park

Find Out More About the Author : http://rainbowrowell.com/blog/

 

Revenge Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

Revenge Wears PradaTitle : Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

Author : Lauren Weisberger

ISBN-10 : 1439136637

ISBN-13 : 978-1439136638

Paperback : 433 pages

The Plot :

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger is a sequel to her best seller The Devil Wears Prada. This book starts 10 years after where the previous one ended. For those who didn’t read the previous book or see the movie, it was the story of Andrea Sachs, a fresh graduate looking for a job in publishing. She meets the much feared Miranda Priestley, the editor in chief of Runway, a high end fashion magazine, who makes her life a living hell with her outrageous requests.

We see Andy trying to make sense of the fashion magazine world that she finds frivolous. The only reason she sticks around is because it is well established fact that a single recommendation from Miranda would guarantee Andy her dream job. Just one year with Miranda doesn’t seem that bad to her but all that changes from day one of working for her.

Losing her identity and mirroring Miranda in her behaviour and attitude towards using people for personal gain, Andy is pushed to the limit in her relationships with people around her. Finally she decides to take a stand for herself and drops the F bomb on Miranda and lands up getting fired and starting afresh. Here ends the previous book at a hopeful note.

In Revenge Wears Prada, we meet Andy 10 years after she was fired from Runway. In the 10 years, she has managed to start her own magazine called ‘The Plunge’, with Emily Charlton, a co-worker from her Runway days and now best friend. Both Andy and Emily suffer from nightmares from their Runway days, working for Miranda and this gives them a common topic to bond over. Emily is now married and Andy is engaged soon to be married as well.

On her wedding day Andy, wakes up with a horrible feeling in the pit of her stomach that Miranda Priestly is back in her life.  Truly enough, Emily and Andy get an offer from the publishers of Runway, to buy their magazine. The offer is unbelievably good but comes with one catch. They both have to work under Miranda for a year during the transition phase. Emily is all too happy to go back to working for Miranda but Andy is adamant she won’t go back. With everyone around her convincing her to take the leap and sell to Miranda, Andy starts alienating all the people around her.

I was excited to read this book just to see what more ridiculous things Miranda Priestly has in mind for Andy and Emily but sadly in this book we see very little of her. The bubbly and likable character of Andy seems spoilt and ungrateful. Emily is still as entertaining. We also see the charming side of Miranda Priestly, which was a fresh perspective. The book ends with a predictably happy end for everyone. Over all I wasn’t very happy with the book. It did not live upto my expectations. It is a fast read like the previous book but the story seemed a little tired.

Links:

Buy the Book From : http://www.amazon.com/Revenge-Wears-Prada-Returns-ebook/dp/B00AYDVK0W/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Find Out More About the Author : http://www.laurenweisberger.com/