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Aru Shah And The End Of Time - Roshani Chokshi (55)

  • ASIN: ‎ B075MWXNQ6
  • Publisher: ‎ Rick Riordan Presents (March 27, 2018)
  • Kindle: ‎ 11865 KB
  • Print: ‎ 366 pages




Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about twelve-year-old Aru Shah, who 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 lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again. But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it's up to Aru to save them. The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?


Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that draws on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series includes The Star-Touched Queen duology, The Gilded Wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which was recently optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.



REVIEW:
I've had this on my list for so long it was looking a little silly. Then Amazon had it for Prime members and I felt lucky to be finally able to read it and take it off my list.
I didn't really know what to expect. I knew it was an adventurous story, but that was the extent of it really. It definitely lived up to the adventure part too! With Gods and battles and quests.... the whole bit.
This was my introduction to Indian folklore. I knew of some of the Gods, such as Shiva, but that was pretty much it. I had no idea the rich lore and history India has. So that was pretty interesting to me. Some of the terms or names were hard to enunciate but I got through it. 
It was a good middle grade story. It didn't blow my socks off though. I can't put my finger on exactly why, but it was probably because I felt so green with the ideology behind it. So this became an intro into the mythology and not so much intensity and excitement. Maybe the second book will do that for me now that I know more about the culture.


3/5





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