Thursday 29 September 2016

Is ‘The Girl You Left Behind’ a remarkable book? Review from Angelica Urbas


Romantic stories are loved by all types of readers irrespective of the age or taste. However, if you are looking for one of the best romantic books of recent times, I would name ‘ The Girl You Left Behind’ by Jojo Moyes. Here, Angelica Urbas discusses why this book is considered worthy to read.

Why the book is different from others of same category?

Although the book is categorized as ‘Romantic’, while reading this, you will understand it is completely different from other creations in the same category. The story mainly centers on life of two girls of two centuries. The story starts at 1916, at the time of first World War. at the very beginning, we meet Eduoard, a french artist, had to leave his wife Sophie alone in the town for joining the French Army. When the Germans occupied their town, just like other citizens , Sophie too required providing the German soldiers everything they needed. Suddenly, she got noticed by a local commandant because of her portrait drawn by Edouard. Later, we see that Sophie is ready to risk everything for meeting her true love.

Angelica Urbas says that the author, Jojo Moyes created a nice twist here, by giving a pause to the story of Sophie and starting that of Liv. Liv, another girl of 2006, lives in London and has recently lost her husband, David. On their honeymoon, Liv received the portrait of Sophie from David as gift. After passing away of David, Liv falls for another man, Paul, who is an investigator of the artworks stolen by Germans and returning them back to legitimate owners. Later the readers will come to know that currently Paul is in search of the portrait of Sophie. It again brings twist in Liv’s life.

As per Angelica Urbas, the book is not just a romantic story. Rather the author has connected two different centuries making it unputdownable for historical novel lovers too.
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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Tips To Write A Book Review


When you are involved in book reviewing, you must know that the function is not just summarizing the entire matter. You should go through an analytical reading and provide a strong opinion about the book through your personal responses. Here are some suggestions from Angelica Urbas regarding the book review.

Go Through And Take Notes:  You must go through the entire book and take notes. You can write them down or use a voice recording for documenting some parts of the story. It is required for the brainstorming purpose and the notes need not be organized in nature.

Understand The Genre Or Field:  Try understanding the field of study or the genre of the book. If required, you can use the sources from outside to get yourself familiar with the genre. For example, if you are reviewing any non-fiction book, you can go through some other non-fiction books to get yourself accustomed.

Understand The Style Of Author:  You need to understand the writing style of the author and whether the style will suit the target audience or not. Depending on the same writing style, the author can even express different views.

Evaluation Steps:  According to Angelica Urbas, you are required to create the draft review in different steps. For the first step of the draft, you need a heading. If you have not been directed for a special format, you can use a standard heading like the publication place, date of publication or the number of pages in the book. After that, comes the introduction, and summary of the book. Finally, you can conclude your own opinions or the evaluation.

After completing the review, you must go through and re-read them. Angelica Urbas suggests that you can submit the best work only if you revise and get feedback, if possible. The feedback can come from your friend or any of your family members.
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Thursday 15 September 2016

Why ‘The One Man’ is the best novel by Andrew Gross


Adventurous stories are favorite to almost everyone of us. But, not each one of these stories give us a glimpse of old days along with a thrilling reading experience. However, Angelica Urbas considers that ‘The One Man’ by Andrew Gross falls under the above stated category. This books give valuable information on the miserable condition of Polish during the Nazi time. On other hand , this book also describes the adventurous experience of Alfred Mendl. If you still not read this book, know from Urbas, why you should not miss it.

The story starts in 1944 when one of its main characters Alfred Mendl and his family was brought to the concentration camp. Just after arriving the Camp, Alfred, who was a professor of Physics, was separated from his family and all his works were burnt into fire. Although the Nazi guards considered him as just another prisoner, actually he was one of those two people having knowledge to start or terminate a war. When Mendl was brought to concentration camp, the other one was already working for Nazis. Angelica Urbas states that the author has brought a nice twist in the story by introducing Nathum Blum, who in Washington DC, was assigned to a mission by the US government. The mission was about entering the Concentration camp and escaping with a person who can help Allies to win the war. Clearly, it was probably the most dangerous mission for Blum. But, still he was agreed to do it. As the story proceeds, as per, it becomes more and more thrilling.

On reading the story, you will realize the author used both real facts and lots of twists in the storyline in excellent way. The description of concentration camp and how people used to live there is so lively that sometimes it might seem terrifying to the reader and thus, Angelica Urbas considered it as the best creation of Gross till now, read more.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Reviewing: The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins


If you love reading psychological thrillers , then you have must heard of the best book of 2016 under this category i.e.‘ The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins. Still if you have not gone through it, know from Angelica Urbas why is it worthy to read.

The story is written from the viewpoint of three woman- Rachel, Anne and Megan. But you will find that it mainly centers on Rachel who is a divorced woman. Because of her intense addiction to alcohol, Rachel experience frequent memory lapses too. Every day, she rides on the same train for traveling to London and visit the locality where she used to live once with her husband. Apart from her ex-husband and his family, Rachel observes another couple, Jason and Jess, whom she considers as ‘perfect couple’. But, soon Rachel realized that the life of her ‘perfect couple’ are not at all perfect after murder of Jess whose real name is Megan and she involves directly the investigation. As the story proceeds, Angelica Urbas states that along with Rachel the readers start to realize some shocking truths and see how Rachel is putting herself into more and more complex situations.

As per Urbas, although the book is just debut of Paula Hawkins but after reading this, your perception about others lives will change forever. The author described all the incidents from narration of Rachel. All the incidents, from the very beginning to its twisted ending are put together perfectly so that you will not get bored. Use of three different types of characters- alcoholic and obsessed Rachel, perfect housewife Anna and Megan who has a troubled past has made the story unique. Finally, Angelica Urbas states that the writing style of Hawkins is quite interesting and cinematic. But sometimes you might find it Hitchcockian which made the book unputdownable.
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