My blog Life as Freya Note: I received this book from the author via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Cover: Eye-catchy blue!
NarrMy blog Life as Freya Note: I received this book from the author via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Cover: Eye-catchy blue!
Narration: Easy on the ears. :)
Readability, language: Easy on the mind.
Anomalies was my third sci-fi dystopian audio book, and I’m enjoying myself. It’s like I’m on a roll!
A WORLD OF PEACE
Anomalies is set in a future world with no war, discontent and disease. People who survived the great war, now live in skill-based communities with their intended partners, governed by the Global Governance.
The book explores a world where people are happy, there is no illness, humankind is complacent, pliable and peaceful. This has been achieved by Sorbek Vesely, who heads the Global Governance that keeps citizens in check with advanced technology.
At fifteen children are sent to Monarch Camp where they meet their perfect partners and then go on to lead perfect lives in a perfect society. But there are anomalies, those who do not have perfect partners and who do not fit into the system. Keeva, the female protagonist is an anomaly.
The male protagonist is Calix, Sorbek’s son who he is grooming to be his heir. Calix hates his father, his methods and all he stands for, yet he is powerless to stop him.
NARRATION AND STORY
I can’t say more without giving up the story but I enjoyed listening to Anomalies on Audible. Lucinda Clare’s narration is excellent. At no point does the speech get monotonous and Lucinda Clare uses her voice well to switch between characters so each is distinct, she was a pleasure to listen to.
The authors have done an excellent job with world building, building slowly and in detail, so in my mind’s eye I could see this world as if it were real. Two characters’ POV also meant seeing this world from two extremes, the eyes of the oppressor and the oppressed. There are a lot of characters in the book, each one well fleshed out so I could associate with them as if I knew them.
The world at first glance seems great, but the peace and happiness is utopian and comes at the price of individuality with forced conformity. It made me sit back and question the value and importance of free will. Then there were Sorbek’s methods which while dishonourable and depraved, achieved peace, so does the end justify the means?
There’s more to the story than this of course, there’s another ancient race, a resistance and lots of action. The story sets a good pace and doesn’t let up right to the end. It’s 8 hours of listening and I found myself distraught at the end, wanting to continue and know more. I can’t wait for book 2.
THE SHORT & SWEET
I enjoyed Anomalies; if you’re into dystopian sci-fi, this book comes highly recommended. The audio book with Lucinda Clare’s narration is especially recommended, I absolutely enjoyed listening to this book....more
Surpanakha plays an important role in the Ramayana tale by being that butterfly tFirst Reviewed on My Blog: Life as Freya
WHY I PICKED LANKA’S PRINCESS
Surpanakha plays an important role in the Ramayana tale by being that butterfly that flaps its wings leading to a world of destruction. She is the instigator of Ravana, her little sisterly act leading to war and the downfall of Lanka. Apart from that very little is told of her in the epic.
But how does Surpanakha get to that point of anger, hatred and revenge, where she wants to kill Ravana and will go to any lengths for it? What in her life led her to here? It was these questions that made me pick up Lanka’s Princess.
Lanka’s Princess is the story of a girl, youngest in the family, named Meenakshi for her beautiful eyes. A beautiful girl marred by life and situations, that bring out the worse in her, and bring forth Surpanakha, one who is hard as nails.
MY TAKEAWAYS FROM LANKA’S PRINCESS
Kavita Kané’s books usually have lead female protagonists who haven’t been given much voice in the telling of the epics. This is a first though, where the lead is an antagonist. Surpanakha as we know her has no redeeming qualities, by the end there is no good in her. But Kavita Kané explores the paths she takes though life showing the various little incidents that shaped her mind and soul into the demon she became, leaving me with mixed feelings in the end – animosity and sympathy for another woman dealth a bad hand of cards.
Writing mythological fiction must be challenging, these are age old stories that must be retold as new, with facts and timelines already fixed and the story well known. And yet, Lanka’s Princess got me to see a much neglected character in new light, her trials, her outlook and her choices that made her who she was.
In Lanka’s Princess, Kavita Kané explores Surpanakha’s character in deep detail, not holding back on her angst and negativity that fills the book. She shows up the importance even a dark skinned society gives to beauty and fairness, with Kaikesi, Surpanakha’s mother being the most vocal one, and the impact unkindess can have on a child’s mind and how far reaching it’s impacts are.
Through the book she also delves into the superficiality of Ravana’s love for his sister, Kumbha’s pure heart and his true love for his sister, the wrong that had been done to Surpanakha by Laxmana and the stereotyping of women done by men even back then.
THE BOOK ITSELF…
Lanka’s Princess was an apt title as it was in her becoming the princess that she became Surpanakha, the hard one. The cover is lovely with an image of a girl in red and yellow contrasting well with the black background. The beauty of Meenakshi is captured in the eyes while her nails remind you of Surpanakha. The blurb grabbed me instantly.
The story begins with one of the rebirths of Surpanakha as a humpbacked woman and ends with another that explains her role in the cosmic cycle. In-between Kavita Kané has set the story in three parts and places, starting with Meenakshi’s childhood in the forest where her transformation to Surpanakha begins, the move and stay in Lanka where she truly becomes Surpanakha, and the forest of Dandak where she returns to start the war and take her revenge.
My biggest complain were the typos, grammar errors and missing words. Another proofread before publishing would have been so helpful. I enjoyed the story but the errors were a put off, and I really felt like knocking off a star for it. :( But I haven’t because the story is that good. :)
Lanka’s Princess is a well written story from the POV of much troubled and hated character, following her tale up to her death, telling a story not heard often. Kavita Kané sets a good pace with easy language that makes the book an enjoyable read. A sure recommendation if you are into mythological retellings and feminist writing....more
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Apart from being the name of Shea’s bike shop, Iron Goddess theDetailed Review on Life as Freya I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Apart from being the name of Shea’s bike shop, Iron Goddess the title is also a metaphor for the strength she must find in herself. I quite liked the cover with its rugged colour tones and graphic. The blurb is a good test of what to expect in the book.
I found the plot new and different, I haven’t read a story like Iron Goddess before. Dharma Kelleher surprised me constantly, I kept guessing what would come next but she always had an ace up her sleeve. I like books that keep me on my toes.
I’ve never been to America or Arizona where this story plays out but the descriptions of the mountains, valleys, city roads, traffic, sudden rains and more, made it all very real for me.
Shea’s strength and will to fight was something I admired but her stubbornness to not stay out of trouble got to me a few times. And then there was her sister and the chauvinistic men who really got my goat. Iron Goddess has a varied cast of characters and I enjoyed the diversity in the book. The characters of Iron Goddess feel real, their emotions and reactions easy to associate with.
Dharma Kelleher uses simple language that makes for fast reading and the story is fast paced too. The climax is good but unexpected and took me a while to accept.
Overall, Iron Goddess was an enjoyable read and I recommend it if you are looking for a fun, action-packed diverse book. I learned a thing or two about American Bike Culture too!...more
I took a long time to finish this book, between life and the trappings of a play it was slow progtess, but, I'm glad to have read it.
After the last boI took a long time to finish this book, between life and the trappings of a play it was slow progtess, but, I'm glad to have read it.
After the last book and especially the sappy ending, I had felt it would be best if no more was written on HP but the play has made me rethink.
This installment of the story explores some very adult issues - the shadow of a celebrity father, the pressure to performance because of your name, love and it's abuse, friendships and the unlikely places you find them, and more.
Over all, it's a good book, it kinda saves face for the last book's sappy end but the play format takes some getting used to and for a play, the book was whoa expensive Rs.899 hardcover/Rs.799 ebook....more