Sunday, December 28, 2014

Natural Elements by Tracey M.Hook

No.of pages : 344
Published on :May 22, 2014
Publisher : Createspace
Genre : Young Adult
Book links : Goodreads, Amazon

My Review 

Geeta is a happy-go-lucky girl who enjoys life on her terms.She has everything in life, good friends, nice family and great parents.But what bothers her is her dark complexion since a majority of her family members are very fair.Even if she does not mind, some one or the other in her own family will bring up the topic and criticize now and then.

Her bestie who was not in ville parle for many years, has returned from Kerala, expresses her concern over Geeta for her dark complexion.She becomes upset and heartbroken. This makes her cut friendship with her long term friend, Sharmila. In her view, in India, 50% of people are dark.Then why the hell people criticize about her black complexion?She has no answers.It is as if she has been cursed or something.

Her life goes smoothly with her two friends, despite being the odd girl among her family members and others because of her complexion.She faces all her troubles and turmoils boldly with the moral support of her two friends, Lalita and Ganesh.

Natural elements is about Geeta. She is just an ordinary girl like us.But what makes her unique is her dark complexion.Why her life is different than the people who are fair.The first half revolves around her, her friends, her relatives and her new boyfriend, Joseph.

The second half revolves around her mother.How she got married to her father, Shiva and what problem did they face when they returned from Trinidad. I felt the English they spoke there, very intriguing.Instead of her, him , us, she, he, and we were used.I was absolutely glued on to the second half because of their language.The first half of the novel was written from Geeta’s point of view.On the other hand, the second half was written from her mother’s point of view.

The turning point of the novel was Geeta’s aunt, Cynthiya who came from port of Spain, her mother’s native place.She does not come alone, she has brought a secret with her that she and Marlene(Geeta’s mother) hid years ago.If Geeta knows she will be shattered into pieces.

But how long will they hide it.Somehow the truth has to come out. Geeta must know it.Her mother has deep fears that her daughter when she knows the secret she, Cynthia and her friend June has hid long ago, how will Geeta react ?As it involves Marlene and her dignity.What if her husband and her in-laws find out?

There are lot of grammatical errors which could have been avoided by proper proofreading as it is one of the main drawback.In the second half of the book I found the writing apparently different than the first half.It was written in Trinidad English.

My verdict-I will strongly recommend it to all my friends due to the down-to-earth character of Geeta.The setting of the novel is near perfect.I was able to learn about North India and many other foreign places.

Rating 3/5

Friday, December 26, 2014

Feature & Follow friday

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and ayou must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to Wordpress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don't have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed.

This week's question

What book did you give other people this holiday season?

Secrets from the past and A woman of substance by  Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

101 Tips for Parents of Children with Autism: Effective Solutions for Everyday Challenges

No.of pages : 192
Book published on :January 2014
Publisher :Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Genre :Self Help
Book Links : Goodreads Amazon

My review

101 tips for parents of autistic children is a source full of valuable assets not only to struggling parents with an autistic child, it is also for all parents who want to lay a solid foundation for the sake of growth and development of their children.

The book discusses everything starting from what is the difference between autistic child and a normal child having trouble with communication.A normal child may experience certain sort of difficulties while speaking to others, maybe, that’s because his or her parents speak dual language.If that is the case, it delays the ability to speak effectively in a child.Well said.

101 Tips for Parents of Children with Autism: Effective Solutions for Everyday Challenges

Without a doubt, the book is a real page turner.It has noteworthy dialogues that helps a mother to tackle her problematic child with utmost care.Parents of children having difficulties in communicating with others will find this book very educating.Why Miller Method is the best?

How to reduce stress of your child and induce communication with photographs, What a parent must do when the child with disorder is aggressive?Why an autistic child needs attention than a typical child?When to use sign languages? etc.

Of course, there is a special implementation that must always be adopted to deal with an autistic child.Parents must make sure, the effort they undertake to deal with their autistic child doesn’t go in waste.For this reason only, effective solutions for every day challenge that a parent must undergo because of their special child are stated clearly by means of Tips.

Verbal or nonverbal autistic child, both have to be treated using different methods.For example, in Tip #85, the authors have explained why repetition of the words help some apraxic kids speak.Definitely, the dirt song will be amusing to the ears of an autistic child.We can create more such songs to help a child with autism to speak.

Finally, this book helps the parents to grasp the strategies and techniques which include the do’s and don’ts when proved that their children sure has some form of autistic disabilities.It also instills their confidence and hope.

Rating 4/5

Disclaimer I received the book in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Promo Blitz~Satellite by Lee Davidson

Series:The satellite trilogy
Genre:Young Adult Fantasy
Published on: May 2013

Book Blurb

Grant Bradley was never meant to survive cancer or live happily ever after with his fiancée, Tate. Before he was born, his destiny to become a guardian angel was decided by the life-planning Schedulers.

Despite having what his new peers deem as a great position in the afterlife, living in utopia with a merciless mentor and looking after strangers doesn't change the way Grant feels about losing out on his life with Tate. Refusing to accept his destiny, he finds a way to visit his lost love. However, keeping their connection alive and, most importantly, secret, will end up costing Grant more than he could ever imagine.

Written in a style that appeals to young men and women alike, Satellite, The Satellite Trilogy, Part I has a broad likability that will reach any fans of the sci-fi, fantasy genre's recent outings. The 2012 ABNA calls this fantasy "captivating" and "an epic love story." Inspired by the idea that everything happens for a reason and that even the most tragic of deaths can be instrumental in forming the future of the living, this novel delivers surprising depth behind its charming exterior.

Tagline -Grant Bradley has just one thing standing in the way of his happiness: Destiny.

About the Author

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Lee Davidson received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Lindenwood University. She lives in Missouri with her husband and three sons. Her 'on-the-clock' time is spent as a graphic artist designing great big things. Satellite, Lee's first novel, was selected as a quarter finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

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