Book Review: Letters for Scarlet

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Title: Letters for Scarlet

Author:  Julie C. Gardner

Pages: 272 pages

Plot: Pain can take a lifetime to heal, but hope lasts even longer…

Corie Harper is twenty-eight years old when she is first visited by a ghost—in the form of a graduation letter she forgot she wrote. Although she spent a decade burying that desperate girl and her regrets, each page resurrects the past, dragging Corie back to a time when all she craved was Scarlet Hinden’s friendship and Tuck Slater’s heart. But she couldn’t keep them both and keep her word.

Scarlet is haunted in her own way, by memories of Corie and of a night that left her wishing she were dead. But Scarlet is not only alive, she’s carrying new life: a baby she never wanted and is terrified to have. Convinced she would be a disastrous mother, she questions whether or not she deserves the love of any man. Especially the father of her child.

“Letters for Scarlet” traces one friendship from deep roots to branches torn by broken promises and loss.

Letters for Scarlet is a women’s fiction novel which brings out the elements of friendship, love, wrecked trust and past mysteries. The book is narrated from two point of views of Corie and Sacrlet; two ex best friends, our main leads. Corie is a school teacher, with a suppressed dream of becoming a writer. She is married to Tuck, a childhood friend of both Corie and Scarlet. Scarlet is a successful lawyer with serious trust issues. The trio; Corie, Scarlet and Tuck were joint by the hip in their early days until the day when Scarlet finds out that Corie and Tucker have feelings for each other and their friendship goes down the drain from there.

Can you imagine wanting to share so much with your best friend and not being able to? Corie feels exactly like that and finds herself guilty for the entire situation. So she starts pouring her heart out by writing letters to Scarlet, which she never posts.

There is a beauty in imperfection of each and every character. They are complex and flawed, making it easy for the reader to empathize with them. Inspite of being transported to the past from time to time, the flow of the book is pretty smooth. The story beyond the final page is open to one’s imagination unless the author decides to come up with a sequel.

This book is poignant tale about friendship that will keep you intrude until the end.

Ratings: 4/5

PS: – Thanks to the author for sending a copy of the book for an honest review.

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Book Review: Red Queen

 

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Title:  Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Pages: 383 pages

Publication: HarperTeen

Plot: This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart

Favourite Quote: “Words can lie. See beyond them.”

This book was on my to-be-read list since the time the book won the Goodreads Choice Award 2015 for the Debut Goodread Aurhor. I finally got around and finished the book in three days. With so much of violence, betrayal, plots twists and death of loved one, it was truly an intense read.

The world is divided in red and silver blood. The Silver’s are the royals with super powers and the Red’s are the commoners who serve the royals. Our protagonist Mare is a Red girl trying to make a living by stealing in the market. She lives with her family in a Red village with her parents and sister, while her brothers are sent off to fight the war for Silver’s. With turn of events Mare finds herself a place in the Silver palace and the story picks up.

With the world divided in royals with superpowers and mistreated commoners, and the protagonist being a downtrodden, the book holds resemblance to many books and movies. I have to admit that the plot is not totally unique but what keeps the reader going is the writing style. The way the book unfolds is quite captivating.

The revelation towards the end was a major twist and I can’t wait to read the sequel ‘Glass Sword’. The movie rights of the book have been bought by Universal Pictures and I would love to watch the motion film.

Ratings: 4/5

Book Review: Never Never Part Three

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Title:  Never Never Part 3

Author: Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Publisher: Hoover Ink

Genre: Thriller, Romance

Length:  92 pages (Kindle Edition)

Plot: New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.
Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

Favorite Quote: “Fate is a magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with”

Never Never part 1 & 2 had built a great hype amongst the readers. I was eagerly awaiting the third part. I rejoiced the moment when I heard the announcement of the book being published. The first two parts had built a great amount of excitement and speculation. I literally was cursing the publication house for dividing the book in three parts. Let me tell you, I had a lot of expectations from the final book and it was a disappointment in a lot of ways.

The book picks up from the exact spot where the last book ended. (The way the last book ended was really cruel on the readers :P) The book is short and seemed too rushed towards the ending. The writing style of this book is pretty similar to the previous two books which is a good thing.

I wasn’t completely convinced with the justification given by the authors for the memory loss. What about the clues found in the first two parts? The mystery trail was more interesting then the suspense itself. I was expecting a sensible, more convincing and an elaborate explanation. Apart from that, in the first two parts the moments shared between Silas and Chalrie made me go ‘awwwwww’. Personally for me, the third part lacked the same chemistry. I was looking forward for some more heartwarming moments.

The novella series seemed a bit stretched. I still don’t understand the reason for prolonging the book into three parts. One or at the most two would have sufficed the need. If you have read the first two parts and need some sort of a closure only then will I recommend this book to you.

Ratings: 2.5/5 (</3)