Baisakhi Chatterjee

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  • Hollywood and Wine on May 21, 2012

    Linda McLane is a shy timid young girl of 17 who lives in constant threat of her abusive Uncle Justin. her fortune, however soon changes when her Hollywood movie-star aunt summons her to America. Delighted, Linda begins her journey, and along the way she makes new friends, has new experiences and grows into a confident passionate woman. Soon enough, she falls in love. But not all is rosy is Linda's life, as Linda discovers, when remnants of her past life come back to haunt her. These events slowly start to take a toll on her health and we get to experience, first hand, the author's talent as she deals with the sensitive issues with the utmost finesse. Set in a time of Hollywood starlets, social prejudice and racial tension, Hollywood and Wine is a fast-paced page-turner with just enough romance and suspense to keep you on the edge. There are a few (okay a lot of) places where the writing needs flourish, and some events where it seems that the author was, for a lack of better expression, simply bored with the scene and was doing her best to make it good by adding Hollywood clich├ęs. The 'suspenseful thriller' of attack-and-chase of Mafia suffered greatly as a result. The sex scenes were also very awkward sounding. It felt almost, clinical. Not at all what I expected. I also couldn't really get myself to like Alex. His character failed to attract me. (view spoiler) Maybe it's just me. He has his moments, I know, but from the start, I couldn't really like him. Sorry. But the book redeemed itself at the end when Ms. Pala demonstrated her knack for dealing with highly sensitive topics. I would love to rave about this part, but unfortunately that would fall in the spoiler category. Loved characters of Justin and Roe. They were the perfect villains. I loved to hate them. Justin inspired the perfect blend of hatred, nausea and fear in me. Kudos for that! To sum it up, a good book; really loved the portions dealing with Linda's familial history. Did not really care for the movie-type 'action scenes' or the 'speedy-romance'. But nonetheless, likable.
  • A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood Series #1) on May 21, 2012

    Have you ever shared your life with someone, say a sibling for example. Imagine that sibling is your complete opposite in every way, annoys the hell out of you and you hate her. Now imagine she shares a body with you! Liora's life wasn't always this complicated. As a half-human, half-demon or demion, she had a charmed life. By day she made friends and played with humans, and by night she had fun with fires of hell....literally. but all that changed when a curse by another demon caused her soul to be ripped into half - Liora, the human and Lucky - the demon. Where Liora is sweet, compassionate and smart, Lucky is sarcastic, funny and crazy with not an ounce of common sense. they do have one thing in common though, they can't stand each other. Written hilariously, Penelope King imagines a world where our greatest dreams and darkest nightmares come true - and karma isn't just a concept. It's a gown-wearing Justice Demon having fun. Temptation has a name and hell hounds love to party. But not all is fun and rosy in this land. Trouble soon comes knocking, and both Liora and lucky soon discover just how complicated it can get when love and lust finds them, especially when they do not refer to the same person. King has a wonderful imagination and the world she has created fills me with awe. It is a land I really don't want to leave, especially to return to school! What I really love though is the Liora and Lucky's relationship. They may claim to despise each other, hell that is inevitable when you are guided by the timeline of a complete opposite personality, but at the end of the day, they know they aren't really mad at each other. They are just worried that they may never get back to how they truly belong. They may never be whole. Filled with hilarious commentary (more of Lucky's that Liora's) and awesome characters (I loved Tatiana and Corrine - I would love to see more of them), A Demon Made Me Do It is a book you don't want to miss.
  • A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood Series #1) on May 21, 2012

    Rating: 3.5 Have you ever shared your life with someone, say a sibling for example. Imagine that sibling is your complete opposite in every way, annoys the hell out of you and you hate her. Now imagine she shares a body with you! Liora's life wasn't always this complicated. As a half-human, half-demon or demion, she had a charmed life. By day she made friends and played with humans, and by night she had fun with fires of hell....literally. but all that changed when a curse by another demon caused her soul to be ripped into half - Liora, the human and Lucky - the demon. Where Liora is sweet, compassionate and smart, Lucky is sarcastic, funny and crazy with not an ounce of common sense. they do have one thing in common though, they can't stand each other. Written hilariously, Penelope King imagines a world where our greatest dreams and darkest nightmares come true - and karma isn't just a concept. It's a gown-wearing Justice Demon having fun. Temptation has a name and hell hounds love to party. But not all is fun and rosy in this land. Trouble soon comes knocking, and both Liora and lucky soon discover just how complicated it can get when love and lust finds them, especially when they do not refer to the same person. King has a wonderful imagination and the world she has created fills me with awe. It is a land I really don't want to leave, especially to return to school! I do have an issue, however, with Lucky's freezing up every time she needs to fight. For a supposedly great fighter, she panics a lot. What I really love though is the Liora and Lucky's relationship. They may claim to despise each other, hell that is inevitable when you are guided by the timeline of a complete opposite personality, but at the end of the day, they know they aren't really mad at each other. They are just worried that they may never get back to how they truly belong. They may never be whole. Filled with hilarious commentary (more of Lucky's that Liora's) and awesome characters (I loved Tatiana and Corrine - I would love to see more of them), A Demon Made Me Do It is a book you don't want to miss.