About Me

Ritesh KalaHi everyone and welcome to my book review blog. As you may have guessed by
now, my name is Ritesh Kala. I live in Mumbai, India and work in investment banking. It can be quite hectic sometimes, but I always try to find time to read.

I love to read all sub-genres of fantasy and sci-fi, either YA or adult, but am also open to most other genres. I DO NOT read romance/erotica/religion/non-fiction.


This means that I am not taking any review requests, and will not be doing any other posts as well. So, please don’t send me any review requests as I will not be able to look at them. I will only accept review requests from authors whose books I have previously reviewed.

There are more details available here:


Update: I am now reviewing and blogging at Alexia’s Chronicles. Head of over there  to check out the new blog and send us a request! (This means that we now review a lot more genres!)

For Authors, publishers and agents

Please know that I will post an honest review, which means that if there’s something I don’t like about the novel, I will mention it. Also, there’s a chance you might not get a 5 Star rating. I understand and respect how hard you’ve worked at your novel and it’s amazing to have accomplished this but please be prepared for some constructive criticism. I will always be polite,respectful and sincere in my reviews.

I give priority to ARCs and books given to me by publishers. If you would like me to review your book by a certain date, please let me know in advance and I could make an exception and move it up in my review queue.

I am always happy to interview authors, participate in blog tours and host giveaways. I also do ‘Featured Author’ weeks. This includes a biographical write-up on the author, a post on the author’s books/series, my review of one of the books by the author, an author interview and a guest post. If you’d like to be featured on my blog, please contact me. I will require one copy of the book to read and review as well as one or more copies to give away during the week. This blog feature requires a lot of commitment and cannot be completed on short notice. So, please keep that in mind when contacting me with a particular date.

While sending a review request, please make sure to include the book name, blurb, a cover and link to Amazon or any other place it is available for purchase. Please also include links to your website and blog. It would be nice if you could mention how you came across my blog.

I prefer reading ebooks more than paperbacks. However, if you do plan on sending me an ebook, please send me a kindle version. I really don’t like pdf files, but may read them if nothing else is available. Please remember to talk to me first before attaching an ebook to your request.

If you like something, please share it with your friends. If you don’t like something, send me a comment telling me why. You can comment on my reviews and disagree with them or trash them if you like. I just ask you to be civil about it.

Finally, if you’d like to contact me or send me a review request, please send me an email on riteshkala.bookreviews [at] gmail [dot] com.

Thank you for visiting my blog! I really appreciate it!


40 responses to “About Me

  1. Hey, Ritesh. I’ve got an updated .mobi of Bleedover. I’d like to send it you. It’s got some minor polishing and formatting edits. Let me know, and I’ll send. Thanks. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  2. Hi Ritesh! This is so cool…I wish I was as passionate as you are about reading!

  3. Thanks yaar .. have some time on my hands right now. Have started reading again after almost 2 years.

  4. Good morning Ritesh:
    I would like to submit ALIAS THOMAS A. KATT for a review, It’s a fantasy, cozy, thriller with dollops of humor and written in first person from the cat’s POV. I call it “feline noir.”
    The elevator pitch: A cat switches bodies with his mistress’ boyfriend only to discover the boyfriend is a serial killer.
    The webpage pitch: A freak accident propels a cat into the body of his mistress’ boyfriend only to discover the boyfriend is a mob enforcer/serial killer, although known as one of New Orleans’ best detectives. The cat must solve the problems of being human – opposable digits are the devil’s own invention – while protecting Mallory. Always, there is the danger the two will switch bodies again, leaving Mallory in grave danger. The book is written in “feline noir,” from the cat’s point-of-view.

    The book was published in September by Solstice Publishing as an ebook.
    My website is http://www.writerbobstewart.com
    My email is rcs1738@aol.com

    May I send you a copy of review?

    Thanks for your time, and I did enjoy your other reviews.
    Bob Stewart

  5. Buddy…You are an asset to the Society. Yr reviews, thoughts, are super super nice and super super liked. Keep Em Comming. May I please request you to also pitch in a Mgmt Book Review if and when…..

  6. Hi Ritesh,
    I would like to send you a copy of my paranormal urban fantasy book, New Blood, for a possible review. I have both pdf and kindle versions.
    Let me know if you would be interested!
    Thanks, Donna

  7. Hi,

    I recently put out an ebook of my writing, called ‘The New Death and others’. It’s a collection of short pieces, mostly dark fantasy.

    I was wondering if you’d be interested in doing a review on your blog.

    If so, please email me: news@apolitical.info. Let me know what file format is easiest for you, and I’ll send you a free copy.

    You can download a sample from the ebook’s page on Smashwords:


    I’m also happy to do interviews, guest posts, or giveaways. Just let me know what you’d prefer.


  8. Hi Ritesh,
    You recently entered a giveaway of my novel, River in the Sea (http://amzn.to/n9QZLi) on Amy Manemann’s blog and you won! Please contact me so we can work out how to get the ebook to you. TY!

  9. Hello, Ritesh!
    I love your blog and reviews.
    Very interested in your reviewing my new novel. It’s a mystery/thriller GOLD TRAIN, set in Russia, although it does include a mystical/paranormal element. Ebook Launch: 12/19/11.
    NOT your usual style, I guess, but I do believe your point of view would be very interesting. Plus, you like economics/finance and there is an element of that, together with geopolitics.
    Let me know if you’d be interested in being one of the first reviewers!

    Thank you!
    Lada Ray
    Read description/excerpt: LadaRay.com
    Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/user/LadaRay?feature=mhee#p/a/u/0/Ndg5RQy8axc

    BTW, I followed you on Twitter @LadaTweets 🙂

    Let me know on Twitter or @ jade.snow(at)yahoo(dot)com!

  10. Hi Ritesh,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog regarding guest posts. Drop me an email at katlb82 (at) hotmail (dot) com. I’d love to have you guest post at The Aussie Zombie!

  11. Hi Ritesh

    Nice blog! I’m writing to ask if in your busy schedule you are available for a book review? I have recently published my book called Wrought Iron, part I of my epic fantasy novel Drawn Breath. It explores the warlike nature of man, the possible advancing of our minds and physical abilities as well as the thin line between sanity and insanity. It is free on Smashwords to download and view the full book description: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/111492

    Part II is also linked on smashwords if you want to see the blurb for that as well.

    So if you are interested, send me an e-mail! I shall be following your blog and twitter @Yusufu_Shehu

    Best Wishes


  12. Hi Ritesh: i saw from your Twitter bio that you are interested in interviewing indie authors (I’ve listed you on my Reviewers) and would love to send you a review copy of either my short story collection COLOURED AND OTHER STORIES if you are interested.


  13. Hello Ritesh,
    I have enjoyed your blog very much. I’d like to talk to you about perhaps writing a guest blog post for us at http://www.IndiesUnlimited.com. Please contact me at ksbrooks@ksbrooks.com.

  14. Ritesh,
    I found you on Twitter and decided to check out your blog. I enjoyed reading your book reviews.
    I am currently seeking reviews of my thriller, “The Monkey Toy” and my latest book, a mystery, entitled “Souls of the Desert.”
    I have listed my website below for you to see more about my books. If you’re interested in reviewing either of these, or both, I can supply you a kindle or pdf version if you will let me know which you prefer, and give me a current e-mail address.
    Website: http://www.robertsnovels.com
    E-mail: robertroberts66@yahoo.com

  15. Hi Ritesh

    I came across your blog through Goodreads and was wondering if you would be interested in a review copy of my epic fantasy, Rise and Fall. I’ve included a description about the book below as well as a link to my blog where you can read the first three chapters if you like. My email address is joshuapsimon.author@gmail.com.

    Thanks for the consideration!

    An ill-prepared queen, a soft-hearted mercenary, and a crippled warrior struggle as a kingdom falls and an empire rises.

    For years the High Mages of Cadonia have maintained an uneasy peace among the nobles disgruntled with the rule of the king. In the aftermath of a tragic event, Elyse, the king’s daughter, is thrust into a role she is not ready for. As queen, she must now determine who to trust while struggling to keep the kingdom from collapsing around her.

    The Hell Patrol, a legendary mercenary outfit commanded by Jonrell, finds itself disenfranchised with their current employer. Recalling a promise he made over a decade ago, Jonrell breaks his contract in order to right the wrongs of his past.

    On the continent of Hesh, the Blue Island Clan has long been ignored by its neighbors. Tobin, a warrior and son of the Clan’s ruler, struggles as an outcast as he watches his brother Kaz lead his father’s army to glory. Emboldened by a new friendship with a mysterious shaman, Tobin finds himself gaining the respect he always wanted.

    An epic fantasy tale, Rise and Fall is the first book in the Blood and Tears Trilogy.


  16. Hi Ritesh,
    Following you on Twitter, and would like you to consider doing a review of my fantasy short story, Wrath: Prequel to Tredan’s Bane. In Wrath, A retired Enchanter battles a powerful magician to keep a dangerous spell book from falling into the wrong hands. It’s available for FREE on Smashwords at:


    Thank you for your consideration.

    Lita Burke

  17. Hi Ritesh,
    I’d like you to consider reviewing my YA urban fantasy novel Two Halves. Please let me know of your availability and thank you for your consideration.
    Kind Regards,

  18. Hi Ritesh,

    Looking for a review for my new zombie survival horror book–Mountain Man. Would you be interested?

    Please drop me a line if you are.

  19. Hi Ritesh! I’ve been speaking to Anjana Vasan and she recommended I speak to you! I’m putting together a blog tour and would love to speak to you.

  20. Hi Ritesh 😀

    I see that you interviewed my friend Curtis Hox, great interview by the way. I would love to be a guess on your blog, get interview by you and or If you have time I would love to send you 2 of my books their both scifi/dystopia books Post-Human: http://www.amazon.com/Post-Human-Trans-Human-ebook/dp/B006CVI6O8/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AZC9TZ4UC9CFC
    and Trans-Human: http://www.amazon.com/Trans-Human-Post-Human-ebook/dp/B006CEXYTM/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AZC9TZ4UC9CFC

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

  21. I would be delighted if you decide to review my science fiction novel Twin-Bred, available in paperback (Amazon, B&N) and ebook (Amazon, B&N, Smashwords). I can supply you with a Smashwords coupon, a .mobi file or an .epub file. You can reach me at kawyle@att.net.

    Teaser for Twin-Bred: Can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb? After seventy years on Tofarn, the human colonists and the native Tofa still know very little about each other. Misunderstanding breed conflict, and the conflicts are escalating. Scientist Mara Cadell’s radical proposal: that host mothers of either species carry fraternal twins, human and Tofa, in the hope that the bond between twins can bridge the gap between species. Mara lost her own twin, Levi, in utero, but she has secretly kept him alive in her mind as companion and collaborator.

    Mara succeeds in obtaining governmental backing for her project – but both the human and Tofa establishments have their own agendas. Mara must shepherd the Twin-Bred through dangers she anticipated and others that even the canny Levi could not foresee. Will the Twin-Bred bring peace, war, or something else entirely? . . .

    Please let me know if you are interested or if you have any questions. Thanks!!

  22. Hi Ritesh – I’d like to offer up my crime fiction/dark humor anthology, ONE BAD TWELVE for your review. I’d also be thrilled to get involved via interview, giveaway, or guest blogging…whatever you have time and energy for.

    Please let me know what formats you require and any other specific needs (cover image, synopsis, etc.)…I’ll be happy to send them along.

    Thanks for your efforts in reviewing and supporting indies!

    Matthew Iden

  23. Hi

    My name is Candice Broom and on behalf of Severn House, I would like to offer you advanced copies of ebooks in the historical mystery genre to review.

    Please let me know if you would like to receive a review copy and post a review/feature about any of the historical mystery ebooks summarized below.
    When the blog post is live, we can promote it on our twitter and facebook pages (@HistMysteries, @SevernHouse, and https://www.facebook.com/severnhouse )

    Have a wonderful Friday!

    Candice Broom
    Digital Strategist
    Digital Power and Light

    The Ely Testament, by Philip Gooden

    Third in the highly-acclaimed nineteenth-century ‘Cathedral’ mystery series When Mr Lye, an elderly partner at Tom Ansell’s law firm, drops dead at his desk, Tom is dispatched to Ely to search for Mr Lye’s will at Phoenix House, the home of his brother, Ernest. At the same time, Tom’s wife Helen has been commissioned by New Moon magazine to write a piece on a town with ‘inner beauty’ – and what better place than Ely? But shortly after they arrive at Phoenix House, their host is arrested for murder – and Tom and Helen find themselves at the centre of an ever-deepening mystery. Publication date: 1 February 2012

    Grounds for Appeal, by Bernard Knight

    The third in the Dr Richard Pryor forensic mystery series from author of the ‘Crowner John’ books – Home Office pathologist Doctor Richard Pryor is pleased when forensic biologist Angela Bray is able to return earlier than expected to their new and thriving private forensic consultancy, following the quick recovery of her mother from a stroke. Together, they are able to persuade locum doctor Priscilla Chambers to stay on a few weeks longer, and Priscilla’s flair for anthropology comes in handy when a new case shakes up the quiet resort town of Borth – a body, found in the bog, with its hands tied and the head missing . . .
    Publication Date: 1 February, 2012

    Bloodstone by Paul Doherty

    An intriguing new Brother Athelstan historical mystery – December, 1380. When the corpse of Sir Robert Kilverby is discovered in a locked room, Brother Athelstan accompanies the King’s coroner to investigate. For Sir Robert had in his possession a priceless relic, a sacred bloodstone, which has now disappeared. Did Sir Robert die of natural causes or was he murdered? Athelstan is sceptical of rumours of a curse hanging over Sir Robert, but when it is discovered that a second old soldier has been gruesomely slain on the same night, the rumours no longer seem so far-fetched . . .
    Publication date: 1 March, 2012

    Airs and Graces by Roz Southey

    A Charles Patterson mystery – January, 1737. Snow blankets Newcastle Upon Tyne. With plans afoot to build new Assembly Rooms for concerts, musician sleuth Charles Patterson is more concerned with the murder of an entire family. It looks an open-and-shut case – the murderer was the fashionable Alice Gregson, who’d upset several neighbours with her snobbish London airs and graces. But where is she now? And why is her sister convinced of her innocence? Patterson must solve the case before the snow clears, allowing the murder to escape the town . . .
    Publication Date: 1 March 2012

    Blackstone and the Great War, by Sally Spencer

    The new Inspector Sam Blackstone mystery . . . – France, World War One. Inspector Blackstone thought he was done with army, but when a general he served with requests he investigate the brutal murder of his grandson – a young British officer in the trenches – Blackstone feels he can’t say no. Surrounded by young men over half his age, Blackstone must face the horror of modern warfare, and the prejudices of the officer class, if he is to gain justice for the murdered man.
    Publication Date: 1 March 2012

    September Song by Colin Murray

    Set in 1950s’ London, the gripping new Tony Gerard thriller – Reluctant jazz-loving sleuth Tony Gerard’s laid-back lifestyle is dealt a major blow when he receives three separate requests to track down three missing people on a single day: a long-lost daughter, a missing piano player and Hoxton Films’ latest leading man – the good-looking but feckless Philip Graham. But there is more to each case than meets the eye, and Tony finds his investigations are attracting the attention of some seriously dangerous individuals. Soon, events take a murderous turn . . .
    Publication Date: 1 April 2012

    Silent Court by MJ Trow

    Second in the thrilling new Kit Marlowe historical mystery series – November, 1583. Desperate not to let the Netherlands fall into the hands of Catholic Spain, the Queen’s spymaster orders Cambridge scholar and novice spy Christopher Marlowe to go there to assist its beleaguered leader, William the Silent. However, travelling in disguise as part of a troupe of Egyptian players, Marlowe encounters trouble even before he leaves England. When the players make a detour to perform at the home of Dr John Dee, one of their tricks ends in tragedy – and an arrest for murder . . .
    Publication Date 1 April 2012

  24. Hi Ritesh,
    I hope you’d be interested in reviewing PERIGEE, a near-future techno thriller set in the world of commercial spaceflight:

    A revolutionary globe-spanning airliner is stranded in orbit, with no way home before the air runs out…

    At hypersonic speed, Polaris AeroSpace has become the premium choice for rapid travel around the world. When a veteran crew’s flight is marooned after a series of baffling malfunctions, they must try to stay alive knowing that help may never arrive.

    While they struggle with dwindling life support and increasingly desperate passengers, their colleagues scramble to mount an audacious rescue. Racing against time, they will face shocking betrayals in a fight to save their friends.

    As they unravel a web of industrial espionage, the truth will reveal itself to be worse than imagined. And one man will discover that escape may demand a terrible sacrifice.

    The Amazon link is here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006PNL48I/. I can also send a pdf if you’re interested.

  25. Maggie Stroud

    Hello Ritesh,
    I am writing this on behalf of Nadia Scrieva, who is an up-and-coming author with a new book out called “Drowning Mermaids”. She is really looking for some feedback and would greatly appreciate anytime you could give to reading and reviewing her work. If you are interested I can send you the file to you. Thank you.

  26. Barbara Gaskell Denvil

    Hi Ritesh,

    I have a Dark Medieval Fantasy that I would love you to review for me, if you could please send an email I would be very happy to send you more information and/or a copy of the book – Thanks very much, Barbara

  27. HI Ritesh, Great in-depth blog. Im a Samoan author writing and blogging in New Zealand. I would love to have you read/review my YA Fantasy/Mythology ‘Telesa;The Covenant Keeper’ which was released in October. Its been on the Top Rated Fantasy Romance list on Amazon for the last six weeks and it would be great to get your feedback on it. I can be contacted at LaniWendtYoung@hotmail.com. Thank you!

  28. Thanks for a great blog!
    Would you be willing to review ON MESSAGE, the first mystery in the Jillian Hillcrest series. On Message is a mystery involving a corporate communications executive, Jillian Hillcrest, at a small Silicon Valley biotechnology company who encounters murder and helps track down and identify the killer. For more information, http://joycestrand.com; or e-mail me at joyce@joycestrand.com. Available as an e-book for Kindle, Nook, or IPad, etc. or paperback.

  29. I’d love for you to review my novel. The links are below.
    Though, it’s only available in ebook format at amazon.com and smashwords.com, I hope this won’t be an issue.

    I’m already up and running on goodreads.com, so feel free to leave feedback there as well. The information and links are below. Please let me know if you prefer an emailed version.

    Thank you and enjoy,
    Adrianna Stepiano



    100% off coupon: TL67Y


  30. Hi Ritesh,

    I’d love to hear what you think about my book “The Roads to Baldairn Motte.” It was published by L&L Dreamspell and you can buy it on Amazon, amongst other places.(http://www.amazon.com/Roads-Baldairn-Motte-Garrett-Calcaterra/dp/1603183124/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328535074&sr=1-1)

    It’s a mosaic novel, written by three authors, with three interlinked novellas dealing with a war of succession from non-traditional points-of-view.

    Plunged into a war of succession, the captain of the Black Wind is forced into the service of the powerful Earl. To the north, the commander of the Titan Guard, the elite fighting force of Lord North, travels to the edge of civilization to enlist the help of barbarian giants. And a crofter hunts for his missing sons at the peril of his life and honor.

    And struggle as they might, all roads will lead them to the ruins at Baldairn Motte.

    Please email me at ahikerp at yahoo dot com to request an ebook, if you’re interested. Cheers!

  31. Pedro L. Alvarez

    Hi, Ritesh.
    I’d love for you to consider my fantasy novel Dragon Fire for a review. You can reach me at paraysia@gmail.com and I can make it available to you. Dragon Fire will also be available for free starting 2/15 – look for my tweet.


    Pedro L. Alvarez

  32. Ritesh –
    I wonder if you might be interested i reading my novel, The Last Man on Earth Club: An SF story about a therapy group for six survivors of six separate apocalypses.
    More info on Goodreads (and a sample): http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11601752-the-last-man-on-earth-club
    And here’s my contact email: prh.books@googlemail.com


  33. Hi Ritesh,

    I was wondering if you’d like to review my eBook The Fourth Eye?

    The story is about in a hidden town, a twelve-year-old genius will determine the future of our world: quantum evolution or the destruction of humanity. This fast-paced novel rockets the reader through Kidd’s world and into a future where not even his own DNA is safe.



  34. Ritesh,
    I was on your FB page and followed you over here. I think it’s great that you are reviewing Indie authors and giving them an avenue to be read where others have not.

    I’d like the opportunity to have my Sci-fi/Suspense/Thriller: Dark Side of the Moon, reviewed. I’d also love a chance to be interviewed and guest post.

    I look forward to hearing back from you, thank you for your consideration, and keep up the hard work.

    Ahmad Taylor

  35. Hi Ritesh,

    I would love it if you would review my military fantasy book, Cleanse Fire. It’s the first book of the Kinir Elite Chronicles but can stand on it’s own. Here is the back cover blurb:

    Complete the mission, no matter what…
    Captain Derac Vidor has served Kinir for nearly twenty years. It’s his life, his blood, his soul. And then his Commander betrays everything Derac holds dear. Now he has to focus on his own life and his team instead of saving the citizens of Kinir.

    Treason is only the beginning…
    Fueled by rage, the team chases the source to their Commander’s betrayal – a powerful wizard bent on revenge. The wizard seeks to destroy the Kinir Elite, in both mind and body. No place is safe, even among their allies.

    The past holds the key…
    Derac’s tragic past may be the key to saving the team. But can he face the gruesome nightmare in time?

    You can also read a sample at Smashwords or Amazon.


    Please email me at avpergakis@gmail.com and let me know what format you’d like; it is available in all e-book formats.

    Thank you,
    Anastasia V. Pergakis

  36. Found my way here via your wonderful interview on The Indie Exchange. I have a YA fantasy novel that I would like to submit to you for review consideration.

    A brief synopsis follows:
    High school senior, Lydia Hawthorne, is less than grateful when Oberon has her snatched from the mortal world and she finds out she’s actually Fae. And not just any Fae, but a trueborn with enough inherent magic to tip the balance between Oberon and Titania’s warring Bright and Shadow courts.

    But that’s their game and she doesn’t want to play by their rules. Together with Clive Barrow, a Bright Court Fae with embarrassing family ties to the mortal world, Lydia fights to regain her old life, fueling her magic with the very human power of love and loss, challenging the essential nature of Faerie itself.

    The book is available in all eBook formats. If you are interested, please contact me at lisa@ljcohen.net

    Thank you very much,

  37. Hi, Ritesh,
    I am the author of 80 pubbed juvenile/young adult novels, TO DIE FOR is my first novel to be pubbed exclusively as an eBook. It is currently available FREE at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/121093

    Seventeen year old Larkin Quinn has just received a heart transplant and is looking forward to leading the life she has always wanted. So why is her mysterious donor trying to contact her? Is he seeking revenge? Is he furious because she has his heart? Or is it something more sinister?

    If you are interested in reviewing this YA paranormal thriller, please contact me at betsy.haynes@att.net

    Thanks for your considertion.

  38. Brabim karki

    hi ritesh,it will be my pleasure if you take inreview to promote my book http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13436198-osin-fisher

  39. Hi, Ritesh

    I’m hoping you’ll have time to take a glance at BIRDIE DOWN, a scifi adventure, and maybe review it. It is a free-to-read on smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/134591

    It is my second story, the first in a break-out series from a novel called ‘Scat’. I wrote it in Hong Kong, where SciFi is a little known and appreciated genre, hence I am seeking opinion here and elsewhere on how Birdie Down reads, before pushing on with the sequel.

    The blurb:

    The Outer-Rim rebellion stumbles into its second day – and in the wrong direction. Can it survive a third?

    Extended description

    The third generation residents of the resource-rich New Worlds are seeking to throw off the yolk of corporate rule. Ex-Resource War veteran, Sebastian Scatkiewicz and his colleague, Andrew ‘Birdie’ Goosen, have dared to take on the biggest company of them all. Hot from attacking the Lynthax Corporation head offices on Trevon and then on G-eo they’re planning to attack a third. But there’s friction in the rebel camp. Scat’s ignoring the advice of colleagues. His personal beef with Jack Petroff, Lynthax’s head of security, is affecting his judgement; his friends and political masters are doubting his motives; and the loyalty of the newest recruits is far from certain…

    Republibot.com took a look and said ‘this is the best amateur SF novel I have read.’ I’m hoping you’ll like it.

    Kind regards
    Jim Graham