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Aru Shah and the Song of Death

(Pandava #2)

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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 ...more
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Published April 30th 2019 by Rick Riordan Presents
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Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
The amount of love I have for the entire concept of this series ❤️ loved getting to see more characters from the epics in this one and the overall hilarity and awesomeness of these characters! I've said it before and I'll say it again, representation means so so much 🥺💗 Really excited to see how the story develops in the later books and for more Pandava sisters!! ✨ ...more
megs_bookrack
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: believathon
Somehow, Aru Shah and the Song of Death was even more fast-paced than the first book in the series. How the heck did Chokshi work that kind of magic!?



In this installment, the second in the Pandava Quartet, evil is afoot in the Otherworld.

The God of Love's bow and arrow have been stolen and the thief is using it to create a heartless zombie horde.



The Gods suspect Aru of the crime, but she had nothing to do with it. Seriously, she is telling the truth this time, but they need her to prove it.

She i
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Tova
YOU SHALL NOT LEAVE THE SLEEPER OUT OF THE NEXT BOOK ROSHANI CHOKSHI! Full review available here!

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*chants* BHIMA. BHIMA. BHIMA.

Is it just me or does that creature look like the crab from Moana who is obsessed with shiny things (but like with Maui's hook thing)?? I love this cover though.
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Ashley Nuckles
I don’t know what more to say other than HECK YES! I absolutely loved this second installment in the series and can’t wait to pick up book three! Aru is so snarky, and between her and the new characters introduced, Brynne and Adrian (and obviously the beloved Mini), there’s so much adventure and so many hilarious golden moments!
Mango
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mayz-craze, favorites
“Remember, in one light something may seem monstrous, and in another it is perhaps not so terrible after all.”

Before starting the review, I have a couple things to say:

-This was a reread. Previously, I did review this book. However, back then I was clueless on how to write reviews. But if you really want to read my first review, brace yourself and scroll down to the very bottom.

-This review will contain spoilers from "Aru Shah and the End of Time." Read at your own risk.

With that out of the
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Taylor
"The song of death was like ice creeping across a windowpane, and a warning shout unleashed a second too late, and water closing over your head, and the silent chime of a moment that has been forgotten forever. It was impossible and painful and, ultimately, inevitable."

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Oh, how I love this colorful, heartwarming middle-grade series.

Aru Shah and the Song of Death is the second book in the Pandava Quartet, and a wonderful sequel to Aru Shah and the End of Time. I can't say a lot about this secon
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Alexandra Elend Wolf
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 2019
3.5 stars

"The song of death was like ice creeping across a windowpane, and a warning shout unleashed too late, and the silent chime of a moment that has been forgotten forever. It was impossible, painful, and ultimately, inevitable."

After reading Aru Shah and the End of Time last year and enjoying it deeply I was more than excited to get my hands into this one.

Interestingly enough, the story resumes a very short time after we left Aru the last time. I thought this was gonna spend some y
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Ashley
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Star Rating : 5 STARS!

I’m doing my happy dance. I can’t. stop.

I loved this so much. Literally. So. Much.

RTC so much to say ! So much to love ! Plus I’m too busy singing and dancing with glee.

vvv THEBEST vvv [the instant the first WORD to this lyric was said, I think I died of happiness. After singing it through, of course. Three times. One of my favorite parts of Mulan😊]

We must be...
Swift as the coursing river,
With all the Force of a great typhoon ,
With all the Strength of a raging fire ;
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Sahitya
I’ve been so excited to read this sequel since I finished the first book a couple of weeks ago. It was such fun and I completely fell in love with the characters and I’ve been waiting to know what happens to them next, and this book was just as spectacular.

While the previous book gave us an introduction to this world of reincarnated Pandavas and prophecies and the Otherworld, we get to go deeper into it in this one. The plot is slightly different this time around, because the characters are more
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rachel ☾
#1) Aru Shah and the End of Time ★★★★★


Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

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Jude: The Epic Reader
I think I liked this one better than the first one but mostly because of the addition to the cast. I can't wait to see who gets added to the next book! ...more
Maëlys
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aoc
☆ 4 / 5 ☆

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Book 1): 4 / 5

“Once a story stops being told. it dies. Unless people find pieces of it later, polish them up, and breathe new life into them.”

In this instalment, Aru has to clear her name from the theft of Kamadeva’s bow and arrow. The thief is using them to create an army of Heartless zombies and men keep disappearing in the mortal world. To save these people and escape eviction from the Otherworld, Aru and Mini have to ally themselves with their new P
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Cory Marie
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Roshani Chokshi can really do it all. The humor in this is so on point, and even though there was some pretty stressful action scenes, this wonderful book was so full of perfectly woven mythologies and endearing friendships. “Rick Riordan Presents” books are a gift to readers everywhere, and I can’t wait to get my hands on even more of these beautifully diverse stories!!
Obsidian
Not too much to say here except that this was fun ride with Aru. I think that Chokshi did a great job with the adventure story-line while still giving a fun flavor to old stories that Aru, Mimi and the newest additions have heard about. We also had a great set-up into the next book as well.

'Aru Shah and the Song of Death" has soul sisters Aru and Mimi trying to track down a thief who stole the god of Love's bow and arrow. Coming across someone that they believe stole it, Aru and Mimi come across
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Caidyn (he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

4.5/5

1. Aru Shah and the End of Time – 4/5

If I thought that the first book was good, I was blown away by this one!

It picks up, roughly, where the first book leaves off. There are slight spoilers for that ending, but not for the general plot of the first book.

After Mini and Aru go through their first adventure after finding out they’re reincarnations of the Pandava brothers (this time, Pandava sisters!) they discover the third one of their bunch. Brynne. A
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Nicole
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Aru Shah fights Otherworld monsters and saves the day again - this time, without the Spider-man pajamas. Now with double the friends!

I liked the second installment in the Pandava Quartet, but only after I embraced all the modern-day meme references and general wackiness that was most of the dialogue. Aru Shah and the Song of Death is a good sequel, but you have to get into the fact that this book is childish since it's aimed at childr
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Niharika✩
“There are certain horrific moments in life when the only way to fix an awkward situation is to be awkward.”


4.95 stars

OH MY GOD
Is there a Fantasy book I've loved SOOO much? NO! Is this a new favourite? IT WAS ALWAYS A FAVOURITE! *deep breath* I gotta calm down.

Plot
Aru Shah and the Song of Death is based on the Mahabharata, an old Sanskrit poem. Each character is based on one of the Pandavas. Namely, Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva.

The main character, Aru, is a reincarnation
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Lata
Total fun. Since book one already introduced the idea that Aru and Mini are essentially reincarnations/manifestations of two of the Pandava brothers, I was already comfortable with Roshani Chokshi's myth-based world. And since I had also read child's versions of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana at least 20 times each, many of the gods, demigods, rakshasas and other beings were familiar.
This time, we have two more kids along for a new quest. The story picks up shortly after book one, and it's ag
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Fanna
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
May 5, 2020: This book is perfection and not just because it gives me a middle-grade fiction woven with Hindu myths & legends that I have grown up reading or listening but because it is written in a way that the young audience and a vast majority of adults too can easily see important themes like body shaming, bashing gender stereotypes, accepting pronouns that an individual chooses, and bullying from a right lens. Full review to come!

This book counts for Asian Readathon [featuring an Asian char
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Mila
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great sequel to an already great first book and I'm officially in love with this series. I loved all the characters, the story was full of adventures and I personally found the jokes to be very funny. So this book was all kinds of awesome and I can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Jenny Baker
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. It's so much fun! Great audiobook narration. It's a shame this series is so underrated. I highly recommend it! ...more
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
Overall, lots of fun and laughter. I’m fully immersed into the Hindu mythology that’s filled with gods and myths that I’m not familiar with. I love that we’re exploring so many new places and learning about the stories pertaining to each gods and goddesses. It’s fascinating. I loved the meanings that can be derived from the Pandavas. They’re learning about love, about trust and about themselves. With two new characters into their gang, they’re trying to figure out how this team would work out.

Br
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Queen Cronut
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley, arcs
Wow, this book was so much fun to read- I liked it a lot more than the first book.

In the second installment of the Pandava Quartet, Aru Shah and the Song of Death, we get more character development, mythology that is beautifully portrayed and of course, humor.

While I liked Aru and Mini in the first book, they grew on me in this book as through their character arcs and I loved them even more. Also, I liked the introduction of new characters, Brynne (cooking fanatic/sarcasm expert/likes girls and
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Brenda Waworga
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
After being disappointed with "The Gilded Wolves", "Aru Shah and The Song Of Death" restored my trust for Roshani Chokshi

What i love so much about this series is The Hinduism Mythology story combine with adventure and humors! (about Pandava Brothers) its like learning and adventuring at the same time

Now talking about the Villains, i love how Roshani wrote them with tragic background stories, it makes me feel the story have mo depth

If you love Middle Grade Fantasy and also love to learn more abo
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Rebecca
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait for this book to come out! 😊 Roshani, I really hope you would have people pre-order it so we read it on April 15 (the day before the book comes out) I can't want OMGSH ...more
baileyyy (firebreathingreader)
Ya’ll I loved this one too. Review to come but lemme just say these books have truly touched my heart in a way no book has before and I wish my younger self had had these when she was going through identity crisis after identity crisis over being biracial and not belonging to anything.

Review:

My review of the first book includes a lot of my continued thoughts about the books: fun, whimsical, and in general fantastic.

I was a little concerned at first because I couldn't connect/care about Aiden an
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unknown pokemon
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
3.71/10

i’m so disappointed, i don’t want to talk to anyone.
Lee
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Aru and Minnie are on a new adventure. Together with two new friends, they must battle demons as they travel through the serpent realm the god of love's stolen bow and arrow.

This was a fun sequel. I loved getting to learn more about the mythology and see Aru and Minnie grow. The new characters were a welcome addition to this novel. Aiden and Brynne are wonderful characters and I can't wait to see them more and see how they grow along with the other two main characters. They both offer something
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Taylor Ramirez
Sep 29, 2018 marked it as series-i-won-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
9/29/18: "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."

*sighs* So Aru Shah is the love thief.
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Becky
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The ending of this made me very sad.
(view spoiler)

I really enjoy Aru's voice.
The book is SO full of pop-culture references I can't help but wonder at how it will age. Already the references to Despacito are dated (hating that song was SOOO 2019).

My complaint about the first book was that it spelled out the life lessons in excruciating detail; there was no subtly and the growth did not feel natural. This book did a little bit be
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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 duolo ...more

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