Book Review of Unlocked – Historical Tales in Verse by Sonia Dogra
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Book Review of Unlocked – Historical Tales in Verse by Sonia Dogra

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The fourth post in the series is Book Review of Unlocked – Historical Tales in Verse by Sonia Dogra

Title: Unlocked – Historical Tales in Verse

Author: Sonia Dogra

Genre: Poetry, Non-fiction

Format: E-book

Rating: 5/5

About the Author:

Sonia Dogra worked as a teacher and a reporter for a children’s newspaper before she decided to switch over to freelance proofreading services. Her random ramblings on her blog ‘A Hundred Quills’ turned into serious writing as she began to pen for various online portals. She has been part of an anthology, ‘Poems from 30 Best Poets’, published in 2019 by Literatureslight. She also has a collection of poems titled ‘Life, Women and Everything in Between’ on Juggernaut. Sonia can be caught napping on Twitter @SoniaDogra16 or slightly proactive at A Hundred Quills

About the Book:

When I was in school, I hated History. As it was all about mugging up the historical events, their dates, and years, I found it boring and always wondered why it was even taught to us and what we were going to do with the killer, savior, traitor, and ruler details. Does it sound familiar? I am sure, many of you can relate to me. This book is an attempt by Sonia Dogra to dispel the myth that history is always tedious. The book starts with an opening poem where history speaks to us. It depicts what is in store for us in the book.


Unlocked – Historial Tales in Verse is a collection of historical tales served to you in the form of poetry. The book is divided into 2 parts – “The famous and The Infamous” and “Epoch making episodes”. In the first part, Sonia has shared about various famous as well as not so famous personalities from history. I loved how she has picked an event from every personality’s life and described it in a story so creatively. Every story gives you an idea about the personalities life, their attitude and reputation. A few names about whom you would read include Adolf Hitler, Theodore Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, Fidel Castro, Genghis Khan, Blaise Pascal and many more. You would read some unknown and unheard stories that will surprise you, for instance, how a beard and a nose created history. And how things could have been different if Hitler’s childhood was different.

The second part of the book is a potpourri of few significant and few unknown events of the past. Some of them include the formation of the Radcliffe line and the birth of Pakistan, Nagasaki bombing etc. My favorite piece in the book is the chapter about the drowning of the Titanic and how it could have been saved. Without being a spoiler, I end my review here. You need to read the book to decode what I am saying.

This well researched book will definitely pique your interest and make you believe that History can be engrossing too. It will leave you wanting for more.


The concept of the book is pretty unique. The title is apt and clearly conveys what the book is all about. I love the book cover as its beautifully designed. You can take a quick quiz to recognize the historical figures on it. The language is simple and easy to understand. Another key point of this book is that every chapter has its epilogue and prologue. It makes its easier for the readers to get a background of the story and understand it better.

The footnotes in every tale guide the readers who have no or little knowledge of the subject about the events and terminology used in the book. I would definitely recommend this book to every child who finds history mundane and to all those adults (like me) who hated this subject and read it just for passing the exams.

The only thing in the book that needs improvement is the font size of the footnotes, I think it could be a little bigger.


This book was published as a part of Blogchatter E-book Carnival 2019 and was available for free download for a limited time. As of now, its not available, however, I really hope Sonia uploads it on Amazon so that it can reach a wider audience.

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Sonia Dogra
October 12, 2020 6:09 pm

Thank you so much Vartika for this kind gesture. Your belief in the book even after I’ve put it away. Will certainly think of an Amazon launch. Thanks again.

Sivaranjini. A
October 13, 2020 6:49 pm

No doubt your book made history interesting with poems and it is an awesome book.

Afreen Ansari
Afreen Ansari
October 14, 2020 1:24 pm

The book seems quite interesting and informative as it captures the historic events. Will definitely read it soon basis your review

Sindhu Vinod Narayan
October 14, 2020 8:36 pm

This definitely sounds an interesting read. Will wait for it. #tmmreads

Mayura Amarkant
October 15, 2020 7:40 am

I have read Sonia’s book and reviewed it too. I must say that your review is bang on. Its a great book and a must read. I visited your blog for the first time, thanks to MFA, must say that your content is very interesting. Keep writing :).

Jyoti Jha
Jyoti Jha
October 15, 2020 8:01 am

I have read the book, loved it and had the honor of sharing my thoughts on the book too. I couldn’t agree more on your beautifully penned and eloquently explained review. Awesome!

Lancelot Quadras
October 15, 2020 9:32 am

Wow, this indeed is one epic style of writing a book. I too share your hatred while in school thinking of the use of history. Hopefully this book might change that thought.

Modern Gypsy
October 15, 2020 9:49 am

This sounds like such an interesting book! I think I missed it while it was available in Blogchatter. Let’s hope Sonia decides to bring it back on Amazon!

Manas Mukul
October 15, 2020 10:00 am

I read and reviewed the same and I totally agree with most of the points you have mentioned. Its a unique book with poems on historical figures and events and makes for some interesting reading especially for kids who are in school. I too wish Sonia ji launches it on other platform for it to have a wider reach. Great review. keep the good work going. All the best.

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October 15, 2020 1:37 pm

Indeed Sonia’s “unlocked – historical tales in a verse” is one unique read where she brings history alive in her poetic style. History this way I had never seen ever, it made history lessons so interesting to read, keeping my interest alive. I so wished if my history teacher would have taught in some rhythmic way too. Perfect review of a great book.

Pooja Priyamvada
October 15, 2020 2:04 pm

Sonia’s work has been exceptional your review is fair and how it should be

October 15, 2020 2:47 pm

Can I agree more with your verdict Vartika, I have read most of the chapter and yes it makes us fall in love with history

Harjeet Kaur
October 15, 2020 3:53 pm

This is a glorious review Vartika. I liked the dates in History 🙂 Used to remember all the wars. And history in verse sounds really interesting. Will surely try to grab it.

Rashi Roy
Rashi Roy
October 15, 2020 4:30 pm

That’s a very well written review and even I wish Sonia makes it available again. By reading your review one can clearly get an idea what the book is all about and it surely is an interesting book. Keep sharing such awesome reviews.

Ruchi Nasa
October 15, 2020 5:27 pm

Sonia Dogra is one of my favorite bloggers …and this one is definitely on my tbr.. have heard good reviews about it from others as well

Ritu Bindra
October 15, 2020 6:39 pm

One of my favorite books from the ebook carnival from one of my favorite writers. You have reviewed her book perfectly. Looking forward to exploring more book reviews from you.

Gunjan Upadhyay
October 15, 2020 6:40 pm

I have read couple of Sonia’s work, I am sure the book would be worth reading, gonna check it for sure.

October 15, 2020 6:59 pm

Sonia please let us know when we can read it again! I used to love history at school!

Anahita Irani
October 15, 2020 7:28 pm

History has been my favorite subject. I have majored in history. This book has got me interested to read and learn more.

Chinmayee Gayatree Sahu
October 15, 2020 9:39 pm

This is a very comprehensive review! I have myself read the said book & reviewed as well on my blog. I love History myself and Sonia’s book made the bond all the more strong. I so wish the book reaches more audience of all age groups.

Mandavi Jaiswal
October 16, 2020 7:34 am

I think this will really help my daughetr understand the Indian history, I am going to look this up too

October 16, 2020 10:54 am

I heard so many good things about the book. Read some of the poems during A2Z and they were brilliant. Look forward to the book going live on Amazon.

Ninu Nair
October 16, 2020 3:34 pm

I read Sonia’s posts during the AtoZ campaign and have heard such great reviews of this book. Truly she made history so interesting!

Ruchi Verma
Ruchi Verma
October 16, 2020 6:03 pm

I am really interested in getting this book after such honest review

Yogita Joshi
October 16, 2020 8:11 pm

Wow this seems a great book. I love reading poetry and I m surelt downloading the book. Thanks for the review

Dipika Singh
October 16, 2020 9:10 pm

I really like Sonia’s writing, will check out the book for sure. Thank you for the crisp review,

Nazish Kondkari
October 18, 2020 11:52 am

I loved the way you also mentioned about book cover, very few reviewers do that. Your review of the book makes me feel it’s worth a read even if someone is not into historical reads. Thanks for sharing.

Mayuri Nidigallu
October 19, 2020 5:47 am

Such a unique theme/concept! Sonia is a fabulous writer and you have done complete justice to her heard work by reviewing her book so gracefully. Thank you to the both of you.

October 19, 2020 7:33 am

Interesting. Am intrigued by the title itself. Will check out this book.

October 20, 2020 4:50 pm

History served in the form of poetry. Interesting!

Richa Mina
October 24, 2020 3:04 pm

I’ll definitely like to see how has someone turned a boring topic like history interesting. Thanks for sharing review with us

Aesha Shah
October 24, 2020 3:53 pm

That is certainly a unique way of sharing historical facts. I would like to download it.

Mandavi Jaiswal
October 24, 2020 5:18 pm

Historical tales as a verse is a really cool concept. Very refreshing and fun to read, esp with kids

Felicia Nazareth
October 24, 2020 6:50 pm

This book seems really interesting and I love your review. Wish to read it someday.

Manisha Garg
October 25, 2020 11:39 am

The dates made it really difficult otherwise I really enjoyed history. This book surely looks very interesting will check it out.

MeenalSonal Mathur
October 25, 2020 12:48 pm

History retold in poetry form will be good to read and remember, shall check this book.

October 26, 2020 8:52 am

A collection of Interesting and unheard stories from the history sounds intriguing. And ‘whatifs’ applied to history is indeed a unique take.

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