Black Coffee by Priyanka Nawalgaria Book Review.

Black Coffee- ‘Dark and Strong’ by Priyanka Nawalgaria has a cool looking cover and tagline. Initially, when I read the blurb, I thought this book to be motivational and Inspirational story of a women. Read on below to know what I actually think about the book after completely reading it. 

Author: Priyanka Nawalgaria

Book length: 140 pages.

Price: 189/- (Free Delivery)

Genre: Romance

Publishers: Half Baked Beans.

Blurb:

Meet Tamanna, a young ,beautiful and fun loving girl who marries Saarthak, rich, introvert and simple. Sounds fine, right? No, not really. Reason being Raj. Years later, she accidentally bumps into Raj . His short visit into her life only increases the vacuum that he had created ages ago. This void is then filled by a sudden entry in her life in the form of Aadil who sweeps her off her feet. They both fall for each other but in an entirely different manner. Frustrated by the various emotional and heart-breaking twists and turns, she finds solace in a beautiful and unexpected friendship. But before anything can happen a series of misunderstandings manage to ruin everything in Tamanna’s sweet little world . What happens that makes all of Tamanna’s relationships sour? What is it that makes her break all her ties ? Walk into Tamanna’s shoes to experience her transformation to Black Coffee- Dark and Strong.

What is it about? 

Black Coffee is a story of a girl named Tamannah who has big dreams. Dreams such as marrying the love of her life, becoming a Chartered Accountant. But destiny has other plans for her and she gets married to Sarthak. Can first love be forgotten so easily? What happens when it appears again after few years, things are surely to be different then, especially if you are married. Join Tamannah in her journey of finding herself, and her ambitions. 

LazyScoop Review:

The book started of well with an interesting prologue where Tamannah is asking for a black coffee and explaining how her personality is changed over the years due to whatever she has gone through. How she has become strong and dark, thus building the reader’s expectation that the story which is going to unfold later is going to be moving, and totally inspiring. 

But, 

“Expectations are root cause of hurt.” they say, and that’s pretty much what happened when I read this book till the end. Maybe expected it to be really amazing, so I was disappointed. Though, the story isn’t bad. Actually story is average, short and simple. But it totally lacks depth, the writer says that the incidents happened, but actually doesn’t potray it. 

E.g – ‘We shared a different chemistry altogether, and with time, our friendship was also blossoming and flourishing’ is what is written about a character in the book. But, how that chemistry was different? How was their frienship blossoming isn’t potrayed in the book. Which makes the narrative shallow. 

If the story had been written with more depth and characterization, it would have really connected well with the reader. I wouldn’t have minded if the book was a thick one with profundity.

The initial story of how Raj and Tamannah meet for the first time is written well and was interesting to read. In the ending chapters, I felt Tamannah’s character untrustworthy. No matter how much love you’ve got for your first love, you can’t cheat your husband and claim to be strong. The writing loses it’s grip after few chapters. 

LazyScoop Verdict:

Black Coffee is a book which should be read with open mind and without expecting any motivational content, it’s a good one time read which is fast paced and can be a decent read while travelling.

Cover: 3/ 5 stars

Entertainment: 2.5/ 5 stars

Narration: 2/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 2/ 5 Stars

Story: 2.55 stars

LazyScoop Rating: 2.5/ 5 Stars

The Black Coffee, recommended by LazyScoop only if you like to read an average one time readable book. 

You can buy the book from this link by clicking here. Happy Reading! 
Upcoming Book Review: White Smoke by Nikhil Mahajan. Stay Tuned! 

Advertisements

The Best Seller She Wrote by Ravi Subramanian-Review

First of all, I would like to thank BlogAdda for giving me this opportunity to review this amazing book. The Best Seller she wrote is one of the highly awaited books from Ravi Subramanian since it’s his first romantic thriller and readers (especially fans like me were super eager to read this!)

41OMsGXJHML._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_

 

So, Let’s begin!

The book’s Cover designed by – ‘Think WhyNot’ looks extremely attractive, the cute face of a girl and a dude’s face on the right wearing those author-like spectacles looks new and appealing. Even the background colour, which is Yellowish Mango colour, makes it look yummy. (That’s the right word, consciously chosen)

 

As you open the book, you see Ravi Subramanian’s Note saying –

20151219_193027-1

which brings a smile onto your face.

The Plot:-

The bestseller she wrote begins in a packed auditorium of IIM, Bengaluru, where a branch director of National Bank, an alumnus of the same institute, and yes, of course, an author who has four books to his credit, has come. His books have sold four million copies and two have also been made into a movie. In short, he’s a super successful author!

Shreya, is an ambitious girl who is beautiful, outspoken, young and reckless, who always aspires to become a successful author. Somehow, Aditya and shreya end up in a verbal spat, strangely or so, their anger soon turns into love/ attraction/ infatuation. This happens when shreya actually reads Aditya’s books that she feels attracted to him. Their worlds intertwines and the magic of love spells. Aditya who is enchanted to her is actually married to a loyal, devoted woman- Maya.

After some romance between shreya and Aditya, we realise that Shreya is actually quite self-centered and is only using Aditya for realising her dreams. We realise this by the way she brings out the topic of manuscripts and dream of writing amidst some romantic moments.

Maya, Aditya’s wife (Whom you pity while reading.) gets infected with a deadly disease. And, when she is dealing with this trauma, she gets another shock of her life when she discovers something fishy in Aditya’s phone and thus gets to know his unfaithfulness towards her.

Soon, Aditya realises his mistake of cheating his devoted wife. He asks for her forgiveness and tries to end his demeaning relationship with Shreya. Shreya is aggravated with this and threatens him to destroy his career. How? You’ll know when you read.

Will Maya accept Aditya’s apology and will the both be together? Or the love story of Shreya and Aditya will take a new positive turn? Will  shreya be successful in publishing her book? Will Sanjay a family friend of Aditya, help him get out of this mess? Will Shreya destroy Aditya’s career?

You’ll get all the answers when you read the book.

20151219_193056

You can read this synopsis on the back cover.

My opinion:-

The cover page might make some readers misjudge the book to be a romantic love story, but NO! It’s not just a romantic love story, of course, there’s romance, but it’s a thriller too! Like every Ravi Subramanian novel, this one has many twists and turns. The characters play with your brain, you trust a character in one chapter and they betray you in another chapter.

Thus, I being a fan of the narrative style of Ravi Subramanian with many thrilling twist and turns, wasn’t disappointed at all. This one has romance, betrayal, redemption and hidden greed all coated with surprising thrills which make it a perfect read!

What I liked:-

  1. The interesting story.
  2. The way Ravi Subramanian has introduced all the characters, all seem to wearing a mask. Their true faces are revealed as you read.
  3. Though a romance novel, Ravi sir has kept the thrill element alive.
  4. Fast paced. Ravi sir doesn’t waste time describing unimportant things like the colour of the clothes or what the characters are eating. He writes to the point and keeps the readers glued to the book.
  5. All the current affairs are mentioned like, Ebola, Blogadda, Iphone-6, Twitter trends, which makes the story seem fresh and new!

What I didn’t like:-

  1. Some characters needed more in-depth information. e.g Melvin. Yes only one negative point, otherwise this book is too awesome.

By the way, In one of the recent TOI contests, I had asked Ravi Subramanian sir one question about this book, and this is what he had to say:

image

So, has he successfully won his challenge? Yes, he has come out with flying colours.

Publisher- Westland Ltd.
Pages- 391
ISBN- 978-93-85152-38-2
Genre- Romantic Thriller
Fiction

MRP- Rs. 295

Though you can get it from Amazon with a discount at just Rs. 180/-

LazyScoop Rating:

4.5 /5 stars

Get your copy ASAP!

Ravi Subramanian’s autograph :

image

I am reviewing ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ by Ravi Subramanian as a part of the biggest Book Review Program for Indian Bloggers. Participate now to get free books!