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Tied To Deceit By Neeha H. Brar – Digital Reads Blog Tour

Hey booknerds! So I’m part of Digital Reads Blog Tour and this time we bring you Tied To Deceit by Neeha H. Brar.

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So here’s the synopsis:

On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh.
As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her.
Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.

Read on for a short excerpt:

Dr. Rajinder Bhardwaj, the owner and the head physician at Lifeline Hospital, Sanover, had showered after his brisk morning walk and joined his wife for an early morning tea. Gayatri Bhardwaj sat with her second cup of ginger tea on her favourite old, worn, woven chair on the verandah which overlooked their front garden: a tapestry of blooming carnations, marigolds, roses, and chrysanthemums. She longed for a clear, bright day and the dazzling blue sky of summer.

It was her favourite spot to sit in the mornings; a place from where she could witness the brilliant dawn streaking half of the sky coral; raindrops soaking everything wet during the monsoon; specks of silvery snow falling from the sky during winter. She could take in everything from the serene mountain peaks and the forest to their house—its roof, windowpanes, and the pebbled driveway that snaked its way criss-cross toward the outside big iron gate. She would sit there until Dr. Bhardwaj joined her after his daily ritual of a brisk morning walk.

They had done this for years despite the changing seasons and the changing equation of their marital relationship. They had spent endless mornings of their initial married years there, when their hearts were still giddy with the feeling of young love, and they would talk about everything and nothing. She’d been a bride at barely twenty, young and naive. He’d been ten years her senior, already on the way to establishing himself as a successful physician, the younger son of a landlord aristocratic family with old wealth. He had swept her off her feet then, and was all charm and charisma but then the magic slowly diminished and finally died due to his secret betrayals over time. Thousands of little resentments had replaced the early warmth. But their hearts, although heavy with bitterness and anger at the failed expectations, had gotten used to the solace of each other’s company that often comes with years of living together, and they never stopped performing this morning ritual of their married life.

Praise for Tied to Deceit:

“A remarkable whodunit that’s as sharp as it is concise. Brar enhances her taut murder mystery with an engaging setting that effectively incorporates the local culture. The smart, believable denouement will have readers looking forward to Brar’s next endeavour.”
-Kirkus Reviews
“A literary mystery saga that includes far more depth and psychological and cultural insights than your typical murder mystery’s scenario.”
-D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

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Neena H. Brar lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, two children, a highly energetic German Shepherd, and a lifetime collection of her favourite books.
A hermit at heart, she’s a permissive mother, a reluctant housekeeper, a superb cook, and a hard-core reader.
Tied to Deceit is her debut novel.

For more information and social media:

Website: http://neenabrar.com

Instagram: @bookaddictnwriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NeenaHBrar/

Links to buy the book:

Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/Tied-Deceit-Neena-H-Brar-ebook/dp/B07CZSVFX7/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tied-Deceit-Neena-H-Brar-ebook/dp/B07CZSVFX7/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tied-Deceit-Neena-H-Brar/dp/1775158039/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tied-to-deceit-neena-h-brar/1128485082?ean=9781775158028

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/tied-to-deceit

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Arcacia by T.A. Barua eARC Review – Digital Reads Blog Tour

I was sent an eARC of Arcacia by T.A. Barua to read as part of the Digital Reads Blog Tour.
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Rating: 3/5

Here is the synopsis:

When a beautiful sorceress-queen, Selina, spurns Setanor, a powerful, jealous northern warlock, an invasion of Western Arcacia begins. To save her newborn triplets from death, they are cast down a magical river to the New World, a place called, ‘London, England.’
Thirteen years later in a cold, Victorian London attic… The future of Sophie, an impoverished orphan looks bleak but everything changes, to her astonishment after a young witch arrives through her bedroom window with an incredible message and a warning. So begins her life in a beautiful, enchanted ancient world…
How do Sophie and her four friends summon the tremendous courage to rescue her long lost family while restoring Arcacia from dark, ruling forces? Mystical beasts, sceptres, powerful witches and daemon-trolls are just some of their challenges. Meanwhile, the dreaded terrifying warlock, Setanor and his witch-consort Lilith have sent a secret enemy to plan their downfall…

This is a debut novel by T.A. Barua but before I even begin with the actual book can we just appreciate how beautiful the cover is! It’s what attracted me to the book in the first place!

This book is a story with magic and a fun adventure. It has family love, friendships and coming of age.

The story starts with thirteen year old Sophie, who’s grown up in an orphanage in London, when she discovers that she actually comes from a magical land and is the daughter of a sorceress-queen. She gets taken to Arcacia and finds out she has a brother and sister and that the land is being ruled by an evil warlock, Setanor.

We travel with her as she discovers the new land and finds out about all the magical creatures that live there from trolls, elves and goblins to witches and wizards. She also attends a school for people with magic and then decides to go in search for her parents and siblings. So the main story is in her finding them and saving the land from the evil Setanor.

I really liked the plot and the world that the author created but the story felt a little jarring and didn’t flow well which did make it harder for me to truly enjoy the story.

There was plenty of characters from the kids that Sophie befriends and adults who help Sophie along the way which I liked as it gave the chance for the kids to be the heroes but also get support from the adults to help them. But I wish there had been more character development. They felt a bit one dimensional and the story while good could have been great with more complex characters and more development as the story went on.

The story had a lot going on which made it a fun read but I do wish there had been more plot twists or obstacles in which the characters had to overcome as I felt everything happened too conveniently.

Overall I enjoyed the story and it’s a fun, faced read for anyone who enjoys travelling to magical worlds.

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The Worlds Worst Zoo by Robbie Yates – Digital Reads Blog Tour

Hey Booknerds! I am taking part in the Digital Reads Blog Tour and I am here to share with you all a brand new children’s book called Daniel Daniels and the Worlds Worst Zoo by Robbie Yates!

Read on for the synopsis and an extract from the book!

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Synopsis:

Daniel Daniels spends most of his time doing one of two things:
  1. Avoiding the school bully, or
  2. Hanging out with his animal friends.
Unfortunately, Daniel’s animal friends all live at The World’s Worst Zoo, run by the cruel and crabby Mr Gregory.
One day, an unfortunate incident with some ointment at the zoo leaves Daniel with a few special tricks up his sleeve‌—‌tricks that he can use to save the animals, and teach Mr Gregory a lesson.
Curious, witty and sweet, this adventurous chapter book will charm and thrill the young and the young-at-heart!

And you can also read an short excerpt of the book here!

I’d once seen Mr Gregory try to teach the monkeys some tricks. I suppose he had been hoping that it would attract more customers to the zoo.
He was gesticulating wildly as he shouted commands. He was trying to get them to catch balls and clap their hands. The monkeys, of course, were not cooperating.
One monkey seemed to have figured out what Mr Gregory wanted them to do, and the cheeky fellow was doing the opposite. When Mr Gregory told them to go left, he scuttled right. When Mr Gregory said, “Jump!” he sat squarely on the floor. When Mr Gregory said, “Catch the ball!” the monkey simply watched as the ball arced over his head and landed in front of him. It was hilarious.
Mr Gregory didn’t think so. His response was to hold an enormous, luscious banana in front of the cage. Slowly, he peeled back each section of its skin. Before long, every single monkey’s eyes were fixed on the banana. Mr Gregory took one bite, groaned in satisfaction, chewed, and swallowed. Then, he yanked the rest of the banana out of its peel, dropped it on the ground, and stomped on it, grinding it into the dirt.
The monkeys were heartbroken. They hadn’t been fed for days.
One day, someone had complained about the birds squawking too much. Mr Gregory responded by eating his lunch in front of the aviary for a whole week.
“That’s not too bad,” I hear you say. Except that Mr Gregory’s lunch that week was chicken drumsticks.
“This chicken is delicious,” he had murmured. “I do love poultry. So tender and tasty.”
The birds got very quiet after that.

You can find more about the author and his books here:

Hipster breakfast egg characters with mustache, beard, black bowler hat and glasses. Creative design holiday poster eggs cups. drawn gentleman faces vintage style. gray background.Author Bio: Robbie Yates is an author based in the vibrant city of Melbourne, Australia. He enjoys the crunch of autumn leaves, and eating tasty snacks from his childhood.
In his free time, Robbie likes to read the stories of Roald Dahl, Paul Jennings and J.K. Rowling. Robbie also likes to go geocaching, play board games, and have water-balloon fights.

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