If you think your job is challenging or that your boss is demanding, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger would redefine the meaning of those words forever, and perhaps, provide you with a newfound tolerance for your workplace. When twenty-three-year-old Andrea interviewed for a junior assistant position, she could not have possibly fathomed what she was signing up for. How could she? Everybody spoke highly of Miranda Priestly, her prospective boss, the editor-in-chief of Runaway (a famous fashion magazine). In fact, people worshipped the ground Miranda walked on. However, little did she know that Miranda Priestly would single-handedly destroy her relationships, consume her mental peace, and claim every breathing second of her life. The biggest irony was Andrea didn’t even like fashion, and yet, she lost every ounce of her personality for a job that screamed fashion day and night.
“We are frightfully concerned with our own deaths, sometimes so much so that we forget the real purpose of our lives.” – Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
Noah’s Ark by Jay DeMaarten is a dystopian novel that transports the readers into the Queer Nation. The LGBT population made up for a majority of this society, while heterosexuals were demeaned and called as breeders. Under these circumstances, Milan struggled with his attraction toward Susanne, a heterosexual woman. The concoction of his confusion and the shame of possibly being a heterosexual was tearing him apart from the inside. So, in his quest for answers, he decided to visit Arktown, the rural community of heterosexuals.
Danger in the Rain: A Ted Danger Mystery by Douglas Boatman is a detective mystery with hypnotizing twists, literally. When Nicole Vavul, aka Nicky, entered Ted’s office with a photograph of a man and her daughter (Haley), both stark naked on a beach, he couldn’t have possibly imagined the toll it would take on his life and the secrets it would unleash. The case seemed simple enough: Nicky wanted Ted to find out the identity of the naked man who was in the photograph. Yet, it turned out to be anything but simple.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, the genius storyteller, pulled out yet another masterpiece from her magical hat of creativity: Sister of My Heart. Even though Anju and Sudha are cousins, their love for each other surpasses that of the real sisters. Anju — the outspoken, straightforward, and rebellious one — balanced out Sudha — the beautiful, soft-spoken, and compliant. Since their fathers died before the girls were born, they were raised in a matriarchal household under the watchful eyes of their mothers and their aunt.
This review of Turtles All The Way Down by John Green has been written by John Adams. To know more about him, scroll to the end of the post. I, on behalf of the readers of Mojito with a Twist, thank John Adams for submitting this detailed critique of the book.
John Green has always been one of my favorite writers in the area of young adult fiction. I have read all his publications, but I particularly enjoyed ‘The Abundance of Katherines’ and ‘Paper Towns’. His writing style is undoubtedly unique; the stories are primarily written in the first person, which is always a troubled or challenged teenager. A substantial portion of every book describes what is going on in the head of the protagonist.
Croissants, Caramel Clusters & Catastrophes by Vanessa Newman is a humor fiction that follows a thirty-five-years old Tatiana, a former Cardio Queen, as she hopes to reinvent herself as a pet-sitter. When Frances offered her a job, Tatiana didn’t even know what kind of job she had in mind. However, one minute into the interview call revealed that Frances and her friend, Gerty, were leaving for Mexico, and she wanted Tatiana to pet-sit four of their cats. As the initial shock subsided, she decided to take up the job offer. Ever since her days of fame ended prematurely, she had been struggling with her finances. So, she had no other choice than to give it a shot. Although her boyfriend, Blake, had enough money, she wasn’t even sure where their relationship was headed. So, taking his help was out of the question anyway. Little did she know her new job prospect was a backdoor to a phone sex operation. By the time she found out the truth, the hell had broken loose.
Small Talk and Simple Things: Real Life Stories that will inspire you to take a chill pill towards “Arranged Marriage” by Meryl Mathew is a curation of twelve short and sweet real-life stories with the central theme of arranged marriage. One of the short stories, The Unaware Mistress revolves around Rahul and Maya. After just a couple of dates, they clicked. While Maya dreamed of a beautiful future together, Rahul kept disappearing every now and then. Since he was not on any of the social media platforms, the normal convenience of locating anyone with a couple of clicks was not available to her. Finally, when she got a hold of him, she insisted that he talk to his parents about her and that they get married. Her parents had already begun their search for a suitable partner for their daughter by creating her profile on a matrimonial website.
The Strangest Woman – The Past and Passed By by Lydia R. Outland is a fiction novel in fantasy subgenre. The protagonist, Kyana, avoided humans like plague. Hiding in the deepest forests, she hunted animals for food and reminisced the old times. One fateful day, unknowingly, she saved the life of the king of Neira kingdom. It was during this fight that she got a deep gash on the side of her stomach. The grateful king, Damian Lystad, took her to Castle Lyist to cure her wound. The moment she gained consciousness, she wanted to leave the castle and go back to the safety of deep forests. This, however, was not meant to be. Days went by and she made connections with the knights, handmaids, and the king himself.
When Hiranyakashyap, the king of Kashyapuri had gone to Pataal to disperse the ashes of his brother, Lord of Devas, Indra, attacked the city. He only intended to show off his power and terrify asuras; however, in a twist of events, a Simha from his army killed Kayadhu, Hiranyakashyap’s wife. Ever since that fateful day, Hiranyakashyap made his mission to avenge the death of his wife. What followed was an endless war between devas, asuras, and their allies.