Mailbox Mondays (9th May)

It is high time I got back to writing my book reviews. I start almost everyday and then am dragged away by not quite unforeseen developments taking place around me.

And yes, I know it is no longer Monday but I realize that I also no longer have the luxury to wait for appropriate moments. It is more a policy of carpe diem from now on and so it shall be.

I received these books almost 6 months ago in Bangalore and held them in my hands only at the beginning of this month (or possibly the end of the last one – my already shy memory cells have almost lost the battle and completed retreated from the brain map nowadays). Since then, I have managed to finish all three books because reading is something I refuse to give up even for those closest and dearest to me. It might be amusing for others to know when and where I managed to read during these few weeks but that’s a story for another day (or blog).

Silver in the Blood is the first in a new fantasy series by Bloomsbury India. Jessica Day George was a new author for me and I found myself appreciating her style quite a bit.

The blurb from Goodreads says  –

Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely knew. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and—most terrifyingly – learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate… or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might.
With a gorgeous Romanian setting, stunning Parisian gowns, and dark brooding young men, readers will be swept up by this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives.


From the offices of Pan MacMillan India I had received the much awaited fifth installment of the Harry Clifton chronicles by Jeffrey Archer named ‘Cometh the Hour‘.

The blurb from Goodreads says –

Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia.

Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?

Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy, and can see no way out of her financial problems, until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who’s in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot.

Sebastian Clifton is now the Chief Executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic, whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Priya, a beautiful Indian girl. But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry. Meanwhile, Sebastian’s rivals Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor are still plotting to bring him and his chairman Hakim Bishara down, so they can take over Farthings.

Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia, following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe. But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated.

Also, from the same house, ‘Do you know any good Boys?‘ by Meeti Shroff-Shah. This book is high on the agenda of the book club ladies this month. Anything related to marriage and its difficult to stop the curiosity of the average Indian female.

The Goodreads blurb reads –

So Meeti do you cook? Sometimes Pasta. How about nice round rotis? If I were a little kid this could be the moment I flung a toy car at his face. When Meeti Shroff-Shah recruited her parents to find her a husband she didn t think she d have to meet more than forty men before she was married.As she waded through biodatas signed up on matrimonial sites frequented astrologers dealt with meddling aunties and made her way through the terrifying arranged-marriage jungle she discovered within herself a rare kind of perseverance and the very vital ability to laugh at most things. In her outrageously funny book Do You Know Any Good Boys? Meeti guides the reader step by step latte by latte on how to brave the process of the modern Indian arranged marriage and emerge triumphant with spirit intact and ring finger appropriately bedecked

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2 thoughts on “Mailbox Mondays (9th May)

  1. The Claw? The Wing? The Smoke? Hmm. I’m not sure that would be suitable bedtime reading for a tiny new person… : )

    I definitely liked the Jeffrey Archer book cover the best, and my favorite line by the reviewer was: “Anything related to marriage and it’s difficult to stop the curiosity of the average Indian female.”

    Glad to hear you’ll be resuming your excellent book reviews, my dear Malvika, and I do hope you and TNP are doing well! : )

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    1. Yes, we are (apart from the harrowing experience of taking her for vaccination). And I am trying hard to strike some balance between looking after her and a bit of ‘me’ time. I loved the claw,the wing and the smoke story best btw. Thank you for checking in as always.


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