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Smith’s One Line Reviews

Hello everyone!!

I am not getting much time to write book reviews these days.So, I have decided to start a section where i will be posting one line reviews of three books at a time.It will give you a very concise idea of the type of book it is and whether you want to explore it further.Hope you like it!

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman : Winsome and sad, a must read for everyone.Its a beautiful book.

One Arranged Murder by Chetan Bhagat: Old wine in a new bottle.Not entirely bad,but read only if you are big fan.

44 Charles Street by Danielle Steele : The perfect book for a solo coffee date on a rainy day ๐Ÿ™‚


Review of THE FLAME MUST BURN by Beena Khan

I wish you would read me like you read your books every day”

Beena Khan, The Flame Must Burn

Mystique and poignant, Beena Khan’s novella The Flame Must Burn is yet another of her beautiful masterpieces that tugs at your heartstringsโ€ฆ.

After having lived caged all her life,Cyrah has finally been able to breathe.She has come to a small town in Canada on a scholarship for a study abroad programme.But her freedom won’t last long.At the end of two months,she will have to return to her homeland Iran where her orthodox father is waiting with a marriage proposal of a boy of his choiceโ€ฆ
With no exposure to the world outside the four walls of her house,Cyrah is slow to acclimatize herself with the modern world.She is naive and innocent and everything is new to her,even falling in love.

Ryder is a carefree boy from the town who wants to become a software developer.He falls for Cyrah the minute he sees her.He is mesmerized by her,just like he is by the magnificent ocean.
When she deflects all his approaches,he resorts to writing letters embedded with beautiful poems for her – a gesture that touches Cyrah’s heart.One thing leads to the other,and eventually,Cyrah too falls in love with Ryder.But time is shortโ€ฆ

Will Cyrah stay back for Ryder?Or will Ryder have to let the love of his life,his Blue Eyes, slip away from himโ€ฆ

An ethereal beauty strings this novel together.Beena Khan transports us to a mystical world with the magic of her pen.
Her occasional use of Farsi and Urdu words adds a certain sparkle to her writing.
And man! Her breathtaking descriptions of the sky and the oceanโ€ฆits as if she paints pictures with her words.

“Cyrah gazed out at the gentle blue ocean as she sat on the soft, light brown, sand. The sun was just setting at the horizon. There were beautiful smudges of pink, coral, and a fiery orange. It was a messy, colorful paintwork. The sun shone off in the rippling water. The golden light reflected onto the cool, endless blue. The surface of the ocean rose and fell with rhythmic ease. The waves were
her pulse now. A warm feeling of freedom overwhelmed her.”

– Beena Khan, The Flame Must Burn

The Aesthete Blogger Award

I feel so honoured at being nominated for this beautiful award. Heartfelt thanks to The Reading Platter for nominating me.

Also, thank you Ashmita for creating this wonderful award.This is one of the best awards in my opinion.

Rules โ€“

โ—Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.

โ—List the rules.

โ—Show some love to the one who nominated you!

โ—Mention the creator (Ashmita@ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.)

โ—Tell me a something about this world that you admire.

โ—What is your favourite form of creativity?

โ—Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!

โ—Ask your nominees 4 questions.

โ—Share something you created. (can be anything!)

And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

Tell me a something about this world that you admire.

Ans: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

What is your favourite form of creativity?

Ans: Creativity has myriad facets to it.It encompasses such a lot of forms, that it is really difficult to choose one.Creativity in any form is vivacious and beautiful. Having said that, creativity in any form of the written word is my favourite.

Share something you created. (can be anything!)

Ans: I am sharing a poem I wrote –


Letโ€™s answer the questions:
1.What aesthetic you are most attracted to other than your own?
Ans: Skatercore and Baddie

2.You have to choose only one single colour for your whole room decoration. What will it be?

Ans: Blue,definitelyโ€ฆ

3.Describe your life in one word starting from โ€˜Rโ€™?
Ans: Ridiculous

4.If you could go 5 years in past what advice would you give to yourself?

Ans: I would tell myself to work harder and to focus on my studies. In today’s world, career comes before everything elseโ€ฆsometimes even before love.

Here are my questions:

  1. What is your aesthetic?
  2. Which is your go-to book or song whenever you are sad?
  3. What is your favourite colour?
  4. What is your spirit animal?

People I nominate:

  1. Poetry When It Comes
  2. HappymessHappiness
  3. Swallows and Ink
  4. Lifesfinewhine
  5. Cup of Books
  7. calmkate

Well,that was fun!! Hope you will enjoy it too…

Review of THE NAME OF RED by Beena Khan

“He brought up her old scars again, and now he couldnโ€™t leave them on the shelf like books to gather dust.”

– Beena Khan

It is a rainy winter night in New York. A sudden downpour has led some pedestrians to take refuge in Kabir’s restaurant ‘Ferdaus’.Among them is an enigmatic woman, looking strikingly beautiful in a sleeveless red dress.She makes her way to the bar and sits there quitely,reading a book she was carrying with her.Everyday after that,she comes to the bar in the evening, and drowns herself in her drinks and books till the restaurant closes.She remains oblivious to everything around her and carries an air of sadness around her.

Kabir is a pragmatic and sensitive man.He wants to know more about this mysterious woman who visits his restaurant everyday.He weaves a unique plan of approach.Everyday,he leaves a new book at the bar with a note in it for the mystery woman.The plan works,for the woman too starts leaving her own books with notes for Kabir.This unique conversation continues for some days,until one day the woman catches Kabir just as he was leaving the book.Kabir comes to know the woman’s name is Elif.They become good friends,and gradually get to know more about each other. Elif is carrying a deep pain from her past and she is unable to cope with it.Until Kabir comes into her lifeโ€ฆ

The ending moved me to tears,it was absolutely unexpected.I applaud the writer for her dexterous writing skills.I could almost see most scenes unravel in front of my eyes.

At times, the book felt a little too lengthy.A bit more crisp editing would have done the trick in my opinion.

The protagonists discuss a lot of books in the beginning chapters.If you are a bookworm like me,I am pretty sure that you will find quite a number of books that you have read already.And you will also end up adding more to your tbr lists.

All in all, Beena Khan’s debut novel “The Name of Red” has been a pleasant read for me.I will definitely be looking forward to more books from her.

Review of FIGHTING WORDS by Taylor Danae Colbert

โ€œ๐‘ซ๐’๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’๐’†๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’š๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Œ๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’•๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’‡๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†.โ€

โ€” ๐‘ญ๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘พ๐’๐’“๐’…๐’”, ๐‘ป๐’‚๐’š๐’๐’๐’“ ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’† ๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’ƒ๐’†๐’“๐’•.

Taylor Danae Colbert has done her magic yet again.

In an ugly episode from their past in which he suffered the irreparable loss of his beloved sister, Wyatt Mills had turned Maryn’s life upside down. Maryn hates him. And yet, whenever they meet, she feels things she is completely unprepared for. The two of them are like a knife and a whetting stone – each incomplete without the other.

This isn’t your typical enemies to lover story. Its much more than that. The chemistry between Wyatt and Maryn is oh-so-good…it will leave you in a mess. 

The author traps you in her web from the very beginning and makes you crave for more.

Honestly, I have fallen in love with the book. And I hope you will too.


I was a firm believer that those “nights of passion” people talk aboutโ€”like when they refer to one-night stands or extramarital affairsโ€”don’t really exist. Getting “caught up in the moment” doesn’t really happen. It’s just an excuse for a bad decision. And I don’t have time to waste on decisions like that. Now, itโ€™s my time to shine in the real world. Iโ€™m moving on, never looking back on the painful past my family and I have been trying to rebuild from.

That is, until I runโ€”full-speed, I might addโ€”into the man responsible for wrecking our lives all those years ago.

And then it happensโ€”that bad decision. And wouldn’t you know it? I can’t stop myself. Wyatt Mills is a deadly force that Iโ€™m not ready for. And to be honest, I donโ€™t think he was ready for me, either. Thatโ€™s what five years of pent-up hate energy will do to you, I guess.

But Wyatt is the same guy who wrongfully accused my father of a crime he didnโ€™t commit. Taking away everything. Putting our family through turmoil. I hate his living guts.

But I got caught up in the moment.

And I want to do it all over again.

Review of RIOT HEARTS by Livy North

Livy Northโ€™s adroit writing shines brilliantly throughout her impressive debut novel โ€œRiot Heartsโ€.

๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ ๐๐จ๐ฎ๐›๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐„๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐œ๐ซ๐š๐ฌ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐›๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐. ๐–๐žโ€™๐ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฎ๐ฌ. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž. ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ๐›๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž.”

Emory Lauder, nineteen, has recently lost her family in a plane crash.Being the only Lauder left, she inherits a vast fortune along with the responsibilities of Lauder Inc. With her parentsโ€™ death, the cityโ€™s business scene is volatile. All eyes are on Emory as she shall be playing a pivotal role now that she is in charge of her parentโ€™s company. Emory is mature, smart, sassy, cunning and ambitious. She tackles her new responsibilities with elan. There is no one who can bother her much. Except River. Heir of Sinclair Corps., the archrival of Lauder Inc., River Sinclair is in one word, mysterious. No one can penetrate his facade โ€“ except his childhood rival Emory. They hate each other. Or so they think. After all, the line between love and hate is thin.
The story ends in a cliff hanger and leaves the reader wanting for more.

The characters have been well-developed and gracefully sculpted. The plot deserves praise and so does the artful portrayal of the sizzling chemistry between Emory and River. Livy North makes you feel things…..

All in all it was an engaging read. The plot was taut and makes you keep turning the pages. I really liked the book and am eagerly waiting for the next in the series.