Monday, July 9, 2018

MMGM--Aru Shah and the End of Time

There is a reason that I was absent from MMGM last week, and that is because I was finishing up this book, Aru Shah and the End of Time, by Roshani Chokshi. 

(I know that it's a common thing for me to ramble about how awesome book covers look, but look at this one!! It's GORGEOUS!)

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Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at her private middle school. While her classmates are jetting off the exotic vacations, she'll be spending her autumn break in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture that her mom curates. Is it any wonder 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'll never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon who is intent on awakening the God of Destruction. Her classmates and 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 Pandava brothers and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man Pajamas supposed to do that?




I have been a fan of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series since I was twelve, so when I heard that there would be more authors telling stories about kick-butt demigods, I was thrilled! And let me tell you, this book did not disappoint. Aru Shah and the End of Time is absolutely magical in every way. The characters are well-developed, the plot is complex, and the writing is *hilarious* (I'm kind of a sucker when it comes to humorous books).

After Aru accidentally awakens the Sleeper, she is forced to team up with Boo, a talking pigeon (who doesn't want to read a book with a talking pigeon!?) and her fellow Pandava reincarnation, Mini. I absolutely adore all of these characters--Boo, because he acts as a mentor to both the girls, and at first is reluctant to find that the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of two middle-school age girls. However, as the story moves forward, Boo starts to actually care about the girls' well-being--not that he would ever admit it to anyone. When it comes to Boo, there is much more than meets the eye . . .

Mini is the kind of girl that I feel like I would end up being, should I ever end up in a book. *Looks around for a fictional character to take me into their world* No? Okay. Mini is a book-smart girl by any definition--she even taught herself to count to ten in fifteen different languages, a fact that both Aru and Boo tease her about, but ends up saving all three of them. And, you know, the world. Always armed with intelligence and a backpack equipped for any occasion (and sometimes Oreos), Mini makes an amazingly loyal friend, who is willing to do just about anything, "For science!!!" (pg.172)

Aru is the kind of girl I wish I could be like. She can stay cool and collected in just about any situation, and has the talent to trick her way out of all kinds of trouble. She had a sharp wit, and always has the perfect come-back or insult ready on the tip of her tongue. But don't let her snarky exterior fool you--Aru is a loyal and brave friend down to the bone, and wants nothing more to be accepted. Even clothed in her Spider-Man pajamas, Aru Shah is ready to take the world by storm. (Plus, she gets to live in a history museum, how cool is that?!)

I loved just about everything about this book, especially the *awesome* chapter headings. Ex: "My Home, Not Yours! No Touchie!" "#1 On Mini's Top Ten Ways I Don't Want to Die List: Death by Halitosis" "The TV Started It" "Why, Why, Why? Stupid Words" (I could go on all day.)

You can find Roshani Chokshi's website HERE and you can read a free excerpt of Aru HERE

Happy Reading!

18 comments:

  1. This book sounds really fun! The combination of humor and a good plot makes me want to try it. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  2. I've had my eye on this one since I first saw the cover. Your review brought it to life and I've added it to my future read list.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this book with us for MMGM. I agree with you about the cover -- it's beautiful.

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    1. I know right! I know that people "aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover" and all, but I admit that I have bought books solely because the cover was pretty. XD

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  4. I am also a fan of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books. This one sounds fun as well. Thanks for the review. I will check it out.

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    1. Thank you--I love reviewing books! I hope you like it!

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  5. I keep hearing about this one but thinking it sounds too similar to other books I've read. Your description of the characters (including the talking pigeon!) makes me think it might be worth checking out after all!

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  6. You are right -- it is a fabulous cover and will draw many readers to this fun story. Enjoyed your thorough review as it really gave me a sense of the entire story. Thank you!

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  7. I so agree with you on the gorgeous cover, and the story has my palms itching to pick it up! Thanks for the recommendation, and happy (belated) MMGM!

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  8. The cover is amazing! I like your descriptions of the characters — makes me want to hunt this one down to read.

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    1. Thank you, Andrea! I 10/10 recommend this book.

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  9. Ooooh, this book looks interesting!

    (I have recently discovered a downside to being a book blogger: you have to add like 92 books to your TBR every day. Wait - is this a downside or a perk? XD)

    But I’ll add it to my TBR anyways!

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    1. This book is definitely worth checking out!

      I *think* it's a perk. Although I have now officially run out of shelf space for my books--they're starting to pile up on carpet now. XD

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