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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Blog Tour: The Last Gambit

**Tour hosted by Garima Om**
The Last Gambi
by Om Swami
Genre: YA Coming of Age
Release Date: February 2017
Harper Element (Harper Collins)

The Last Gambit was an inspiring book about chess.

Success by design is infinitely better than a win by chance. Vasu Bhatt is fourteen years old when a mysterious old man spots him at a chess tournament and offers to coach him, on two simple but strange conditions: he would not accompany his student to tournaments, and there was to be no digging into his past. Initially resentful, Vasu begins to gradually understand his master’s mettle.

Over eight years, master and student come to love and respect each other, but the two conditions remain unbroken – until Vasu confronts and provokes the old man. Meanwhile, their hard work and strategy pay off: Vasu qualifies for the world chess championship. But can he make it all the way without his master by his side?

I enjoyed this book.  At first, I was hesitant because I don't play chess, but this book didn't disappoint.

Vasu was a very interesting character to read about.  He was raised in a strict home and chess was considered a waste of time.  One day, Vasu meets this older man who offers to coach him.  The training is rigorous, but promises to make Vasu a chess champion.

I really liked the life stories the Master told to Vasu. They were really interesting and inspiring.

There was a subtle romance in this story.  I loved how Vasu handled it and how it was just in the background and not the whole focus of his life.

The ending was amazing.  I loved how Vasu became the young adult his master wanted him to be.  It was heartbreaking yet joyous what happened at the end, but I won't spoil the end.
The Last Gambit is full of life lessons.  The Indian setting is full and rich, and the author brings all of the characters to life.  I give this a 4.5. star rating, and recommend that everyone reads it.

About the Author 

Om Swami is a monk who lives in a remote place in the Himalayan foothills. He has a bachelor degree in business and an MBA from Sydney, Australia. Swami served in executive roles in large corporations around the world. He founded and led a profitable software company with offices in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Sydney and India. 

Om Swami completely renounced his business interests to pursue a more spiritual life. He is the bestselling author of Kundalini: An Untold Story, A Fistful of Love and If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir. 

His blog is read by millions all over the world.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: Mirror Me

Mirror Me Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed reading Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre.

Hannah is a teenage girl with a troubled past. She used to be careless and is now regretting it. Hannah refuses to look at her self in the mirror anymore. But when strange things start happening, Hannah has to think about more than her self. What is going on?

I would just like to start by saying that I don't usually read books like this. Genre benders usually aren't my thing, and I am picky about fantasy. That aside, this was a really good book. I had enjoyed the authors first book, Just A Few Inches, so I was excited when she contacted me about reviewing this one.

I really liked Hannah's backstory. She was a teen who had been reckless in her old school. When she finally gets in trouble for it, she is moved to a new school in a new area. Her mom becomes very strict and Hannah finds a more studies group of friends to hang out with. This whole part of the story was so realistic, and I was happy to see the mom actually play an active part in the story.

This story was pretty creepy. Strange things keep happening to Hannah, and she doesn't know why. She is supposedly doing stuff that she has no recollection of. As the story progressed, it just got spookier and more mysterious.

I have to be honest, I sometimes found myself getting confused about what was happening to Hannah. Maybe it's just me, but I have a hard time keeping up with this genre and type of book.

This whole book was written very well. I liked Hannah as a character, as well as her friends. This whole story flowed well.

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