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BOOK TOUR | Book Review: The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman

BOOK TOUR | Book Review: The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman

Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to participate in the book tour for The Ivory Key written by Akshaya Raman, hosted by the UK publisher Hot Key Books. The Ivory Key is out today and you can purchase it from your local bookstores & online retailers- links to some of which are mentioned below.

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BOOK TOUR | Book Review: The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to participate in the book tour for The Jasmine Throne written by Tasha Suri, hosted by Caffeine Book Tours. The Jasmine Throne is out in the world already and you can purchase it from your local bookstores & online retailers- links to some of which are mentioned below.

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Books with South Asian protagonists feat. recs by some South Asian bloggers

Hi everyone! In today’s post, I bring you some book recommendations featuring some amazing brown protagonists. I have always been frustrated at seeing the minimal representation of South Asians in books or even movies. Nowadays, there’re lots of books featuring us brown girls as the heroine of the story. Our stories are not ones of suffering- not always- but are of celebration. We are in Pride and Prejudice retellings, contemporary romances where sometimes the parents’ are playing matchmakers, we are in stories about heists “National Treasure” style. If you’re looking for books with South Asians at the helm, then what are you waiting for? Check out the list of recommendations compiled with the help of some of my Crazy Amazing Indian blogger friends.

Books with South Asian protagonists feat. recs by some South Asian bloggers

Sahitya@My World of Books recommends these three books:

Unmarriageable by Sonia Kamal

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

“It’s a retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan and I felt the original story translates beautifully into a desi story with a lot of cultural elements from the subcontinent.

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

“It’s a wonderful and super fun exploration of identity of an Indian American kid, who is scared to embrace their culture and just wants to fit in.”

The Takeover effect

The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma

“A tropey ‘Mills and Boon’ style fun adult romance novel with desi protagonists, it has an intense love story, a great group of characters and also some mysterious corporate espionage.”

Charvi@Not Just Fiction recommends four books:

Amal Unbound by Aisha Said

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

“A beautiful book about a small girl who learns to fight for her freedom, education and a better world for herself and her community while being exposed to the bitter realities of life.”

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Internment by Samira Ahmed

“It is a fiery and eye-opening read that discusses Islamophobia and really makes the reader think.”

Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Singh

Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Singh

“A richly crafted book that dives into various timelines while exploring the story of Chanakya in the past and a rising politician who undertakes Chanakya niti to bring a change in the system.”

From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon

From Twinkle With Love by Sandhya Menon

“A really cute and fluffy book about friendships and passion as well as discovering your true self. We get to follow the determined Twinkle as she goes down on her journey to becoming a film director and maneuvering relationships with family and friends.”

Abantika@hjbookblog highly recommends this book:

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Night Diary is a tragic yet beautiful book that tells you the story of the Partition through the eyes of a 12 year old.

Above all, the book explores the search for home and identity of an young girl in a world that has been divided into fragments by narrow domestic walls.”

Simant@FlippingThroughthePages highly recommends this wonderful book:

The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena

The Beauty of The Moment by Tanaz Bhathena

“Wonderful story with wonderful and diverse characters. It shows you what it is like to find to find your own identity in a new place among new people, what it takes to pursue your own dreams rather than what your parents have decided for you.”

Pragati@The Inked In Book Blog highly recommends this wonderful book:

Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

“It’s a very amazing rom-com with lots of Bollywood feels.”

The Gilded Wolves

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

“National Treasure, but better, as the author herself puts it. What more reason do you need?”

A Spark of White Fire

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

“The Mahabharata retelling of everyone’s dream. You really need to read it!”

If you’re still short of recommendations, I’ve got some books in mind for you:

Books with South Asian protagonists feat. recs by some South Asian bloggers

I loved reading Tiger at Midnight, which is a beautifully written Indian fantasy. We follow the story of a spy, Esha, who is determined to avenge her family after a royal coup. Meanwhile, she’s also being tracked by Kunal, a dutiful soldier who believes Esha killed his general. I haven’t yet read either Symptoms of a Heartbreak or A Match Made in Mehendi but I’m so very excited to read them.

Books with South Asian protagonists feat. recs by some South Asian bloggers

Do you love bookish lists? I hope you liked this book recommendation list featuring South Asian works. Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? you have any among these 15 books in your TBR? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Mini Review | Should you buy Dark Circles ​?

Cover image of Dark Circles

Synopsis:  Ronojoy’s mother dies alone in the Ashram she had abruptly retreated to twenty-eight years ago, leaving him – then only twelve- to fend for the emotional needs of himself and his six-year-old brother. 

When the cremation rites are complete, Ronojoy is handed a letter from his mother that is not so much a farewell as a confession. As before, it is left to him to decide whether to share the disturbing contents with his brother, whom he has always sought to protect.

Thus, begins another tumultuous cycle in the lives of the two brothers who already carry deep scars from their childhood; their fragile minds ever at risk of succumbing to the dark.

Written in spare, stark prose, Dark Circles deftly weaves past and present, offering tantalizing glimpses of bottled truths buried deep in the recesses of repressed memory; brilliantly exposing the dark undercurrents that swirl under the seemingly placid lives of families.

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Review:​ The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi


Synopsis: Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

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