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Review: Take Me With You by Tara Altebrando

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I don’t often review psychological thrillers because they definitely give you the creepy vibes that make you want to look behind your shoulder when you’re home alone. This book certainly gave me those vibes and I was not a fan. In all fairness to the book, that’s a me problem, because I’m a weenie. Ultimately, this psychological thriller/mystery will really give you something to think about, and make you wonder if all those technological advances are really good for society. The premise was fascinating, and all those different points of view give you different perspectives and little insights as to how these teens are reacting to the situation around them. If you’re looking for a book to give you those summer chills and thrills, this one might be for you!

So let’s get into the bones of this story. We have four teens: Eden, Eli, Marwan, and Ilanka who don’t really know each other outside of maybe a class or two they’ve taken together. When they all get called to the empty music room after school one day, they find a small cube on a desk. It’s pretty harmless…until it lights up and tells them some rules. They can’t talk about the device, don’t leave it unattended, and they must take it with them..or else. The teens will soon find themselves in a web of mind games where disobeying can have dangerous and even life-threatening consequences.

My initial thoughts are that this story has a very interesting plot. I definitely want to know more about how this cube wound up in the classroom, and why these particular teens were chosen to participate. Tara Altebrando’s writing is very atmospheric, which lends itself well to giving this book that creepy undertone that you want when you’re reading a thriller. However, I was a little disappointed in her characters. I wanted to know more about Eden, Eli, Marwan, and Ilanka, but I felt like I only got to skim the surface of their true nature. The other issue was that we don’t really get all of the characters points of view all at wants, it keeps switching between two before finally adding in the rest. It got a little confusing in the middle, but for the most part can still be followed along without too many issues.

The box was such an enigmatic little thing, and it definitely freaked me out. It’s learning as it goes along, and changes the rules on the teens every so often. You’ll want to know where it came from and what the ultimate objective is, because truly, it is menacing. Which for once in my life was frustrating for me. I think it’s mostly because books that play a lot of mind games and mess with characters psychologically are not my cup of tea. I tend to lean more toward fantasy personally, which is nothing against this book. Like I said, I’m a weenie, and I don’t like feeling creeped out while reading. (But if you love it, then this is perfect for you!)

Honestly, this book moves very quickly and I loved that, but I felt that the big reveal at the end was a little disappointing. I can’t give any spoilers, but I’d love to know your thoughts on it if you decide to pick this up. Something else that I wasn’t quite so sure about was about the cast. I definitely loved the culturally diverse cast, but a couple of times it felt like it bordered being a little stereotypical. Again, another thing I’d love to discuss with someone else who’s read this book!

Overall, this story was good. It’s not the kind that makes you fear the things that go bump in the night…but it makes you think about other dangers that we’re inadvertently creating as we advance technologically. I can’t say it’s a fun ride necessarily, but I was certainly on the edge of my seat for a couple of days afterward. Definitely add it to your TBR and maybe read it somewhere sunny while practicing some excellent social distancing.

Take Me With You is available from Amazon, Book Depository, and other good book retailers.

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Rajasthan Political Crisis: Six ‘BSP MLAs’ Move Supreme Court, Seek Transfer of Case on Merger With Congress From HC

Six MLAs who had won in the 2018 Rajasthan assembly elections on the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket moved the Supreme Court on Saturday seeking the transfer of the case against their merger with the Congress to the top judicial body.

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Jaipur, August 8: Six MLAs who had won in the 2018 Rajasthan assembly elections on the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket moved the Supreme Court on Saturday seeking the transfer of the case against their merger with the Congress to the top judicial body. The proceedings in their case is currently underway in the Rajasthan High Court. BSP Twist to Rajasthan Political Row: Mayawati’s Party to File Plea in HC Tomorrow Against Merger of Its 6 MLAs With Congress.

The six legislators – R Gudha, Lakhan Singh, Deep Chand, JS Awana, Sandeep Kumar and Wajib Ali – had joined the Congress en masse in September 2019. Speaker CP Joshi had approved their merger as the entire legislature party of the BSP in Rajasthan had switched camps.

The BSP, led by former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, moved the High Court on July 28 with a plea challenging their merger. The party claimed that since it is registered as a “national political party”, such a merger could be validated only if all state units of the BSP merge with the Congress.

The case filed by BSP in the Rajasthan HC was preceded by a whip issued to the six MLAs, directing them to vote against the Ashok Gehlot-led government in the state in case of a trust vote.

If the High Court order annuls their merger with Congress and rules that the MLAs still belong to the BSP, they would be required to adhere to the party whip. If the legislators violate the whip issued to them in case of a trust vote, their membership of the House could be cancelled.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Aug 08, 2020 05:44 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Video of snakes resting on a tree as the water level in River Tunga increased due to heavy rain in Shivamogga has gone viral. Heavy rainfall in Karnataka has to lead to a flood-like situation in the state.

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Video of snakes resting on a tree as the water level in River Tunga increased due to heavy rain in Shivamogga has gone viral. Heavy rainfall in Karnataka has to lead to a flood-like situation in the state. Video of snakes gliding on trees to save themselves from the flowing water is being widely shared on social platforms. Snakes were seen coiling around stems to avoid the river banks. The video shows two snakes on a brand as water gushes beneath them. The clip further shows the river which is overflowing its banks. Karnataka Rains: Temple Submerged in Water Due to Overflowing of Hemavathi River in Hassan (Watch Video)

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Snakes Taking Shelter on Trees as River Water Rises in Karnataka:

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Kochi, August 8: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Saturday announced that people who were engaged in rescue operations at Kozhikode

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Kochi, August 8: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Saturday announced that people who were engaged in rescue operations at Kozhikode Airport should go into self-quarantine. The official added saying that the State Government of Kerala will conduct the COVID-19 tests of everyone who were involved in humanitarian assistance at the accident site. “All those who were involved in rescue operations at Kozhikode Airport should go into self-quarantine. State Government to conduct coronavirus tests of all”, KK Shailaja said.

The people who have been asked to go into self-quarantine are the ones who were engaged in the rescue operations at the Kozhikode airport after Air India Express flight skidded off the runway on Friday. The flight that had a crash-landing had returned from Dubai under the Vande Bharat mission. There were 190 people onboard of which 18 people have died so far, including two pilots. Reports inform that the plane plunged 35 feet into the valley below, as it landed on its second attempt amid heavy rain in the southern state. Air India Express Plane Crash Update: 18 Dead Including 2 Pilots.

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All those who were involved in rescue operations at Kozhikode Airport should go into self-quarantine. State Government to conduct #COVID19 tests of all: KK Shailaja, Kerala Health Minister (file pic) pic.twitter.com/Lldp3G7xwd

— ANI (@ANI) August 8, 2020

The Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) has been recovered from the aircraft while the floorboard is being cut to retrieve Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official said.

In the wake of the incident, investigating officials from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), top officials of Air India and Air India Express have reached Kozhikode from New Delhi on Saturday. The officials will probe the cause of accident at the Kozhikode airport where an Air India Express plane skidded and fell into a valley killing 18 passengers, including the two pilots and injuring many others on Friday evening.

(The above story first appeared on onhike on Aug 08, 2020 10:52 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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