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    review; a crown of wishes

    Title: A Crown Of WishesSeries: The Star-Touched SeriesAuthor: Roshani ChokshiGenre: YA, fantasyType: E-bookPublisher: St. Martin’s Griffin An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer… She is the princess of Bharata – captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a…

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    review; there’s something about sweetie

    Title: There’s Something About SweetieSeries: The Dimple-verseAuthor: Sandhya MenonGenre: YA, contemporaryType: HardcoverPublisher: Simon Pulse Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so… sucky. After he’s dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up. The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl – under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work? Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track…

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    review; an ocean of grey

    Title: An Ocean Of GreyAuthor: Kamalia HasniGenre: PoetryType: E-bookPublisher: Meraki Press I could find peacein an oceanof all the shadesof the colour grey An Ocean of Grey by Kamalia Hasni explores the pain and aftermath of a love that was promised a forever but had ended too soon. The collection of poetry and prose also includes beautiful illustrations by the author’s friends who had helped her through her healing. A short poetry book full of wonderfully raw and vulnerable poems on heartbreak and healing. It was simply written – there were a number of wonderful turns of phrase throughout the poems – and easy to follow. I liked that it…

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    review; the bone witch

    Title: The Bone WitchSeries: The Bone Witch TrilogyAuthor: Rin ChupecoGenre: Young Adult, fantasyType: E-bookPublisher: Sourcebooks Fire In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price. When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. In her new home, Tea puts all…

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    review; aru shah and the song of death

    Title: Aru Shah And The Song Of DeathSeries: The Pandeva QuartetAuthor: Roshani ChokshiGenre: Middle Grade, fantasyType: E-bookPublisher: Rick Riordan Presents Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good. But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone. Along with her…

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    sarc2020 starter kit; where you could begin

    A while back, I realised I was not reading as many South Asian stories as I would have liked. Maybe because growing up I couldn’t get my hands on many. The shelves of bookstores and libraries near me were filled with internationally published books – and almost all of them were white. So it was a nice change when more South Asian stories started to be published in the ‘mainstream’. The first time I read a story that mentioned a myth I grew up hearing – the book was Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen and the myth was the story of Harnakash and his son Prahlad – I had to…

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    review; aru shah and the end of time

    Title: Aru Shah And The End Of TimeSeries: The Pandeva QuartetAuthor: Roshani ChokshiGenre: Middle Grade, fantasyType: E-bookPublisher: Rick Riordan Presents Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur? One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a…

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    review; realm of ash

    Title: Realm Of AshSeries: The Books Of AmbhaAuthor: Tasha SuriGenre: Adult, fantasyType: PaperbackPublisher: Orbit The fate of an empire rests in the hands of a young woman with magical blood and nothing left to lose, and an outcast prince determined to save his family at any cost, in this “dark, melodious, and memorable” new fantasy (Library Journal, starred review) from the author of the award-winning Empire of Sand. The Ambhan Empire is crumbling. A terrible war of succession hovers on the horizon. The only hope for peace lies in the mysterious realm of ash, where mortals can find what they seek in the echoes of their ancestors’ dreams. But to…

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    review; the sword of kaigen

    Title: The Sword Of KaigenSeries: A Theonite War StoryAuthor: M.L. WangGenre: Adult, fantasyType: E-bookPublisher: M.L. Wang A mother struggling to repress her violent past,A son struggling to grasp his violent future,A father blind to the danger that threatens them all. When the winds of war reach their peninsula, will the Matsuda family have the strength to defend their empire? Or will they tear each other apart before the true enemies even reach their shores? High on a mountainside at the edge of the Kaigenese Empire live the most powerful warriors in the world, superhumans capable of raising the sea and wielding blades of ice. For hundreds of years, the fighters…

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    review; milk and honey

    Title: Milk And HoneyAuthor: Rupi KaurGenre: PoetryType: E-bookPublisher: Createspace ‘Milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. ‘milk and honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.  Some of the poems seemed more impactful on Instagram than when I was reading the ebook. The formatting of the copy I got from the…