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Game of Stars

(Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  787 ratings  ·  118 reviews
When the Demon Queen shows up in her bedroom, smelling of acid and surrounded by evil-looking bees, twelve-year-old Kiranmala is uninterested. After all, it's been four months since she last heard from her friends in the Kingdom Beyond, the alternate dimension where she was born as an Indian princess. But after a call to action over an interdimensional television station a ...more
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Published February 26th 2019 by Scholastic Audio Books
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halfirishgrin
So Princess Kiranmala is back!! And she has to save Prince Neel from where he has been kidnapped by the Serpent King by competing in Who Wants To Be A Demonslayer? a new reality TV show in the Kingdom Beyond.

I really enjoyed the first book of this series, The Serpent's Secret, but this book took everything that was great about book one and made it better! The worldbuilding is both fantastic and hilarious, the characters become more complex (and can I just say I am absolutely in love with t
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Stephanie
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-fiction
Book One in this series, The Serpent's Secret, was one of my very favorite books in any genre last year, but I think Game of Stars is even better, which is saying a LOT.

This series is filled with so much exuberant, over-the-top, 100% delightful FUN and silliness and true heart, along with really dazzlingly imaginative scenes. In this book, Kiranmala is thrown into a reality TV show in the Kingdom Beyond that's been organized by her evil birth-father, the Serpent King. She's forced to fight again
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avaa
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I don't know if it was my insane sleep deprivation or whatever but this book is sO FUNNY PLEASE READ THIS SERIES
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
I freaking love this series. Its such a fresh diverse middle grade series! Kiranmala is just so damn smart, caring and adventurous. I adore just how smart she is! She just keeps leadnjnf and tackling each challenge as it comes. I also love incorporating like...a "Survivor" game into a book. Its just so random but fun.
Bina
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book 2, such a wild ride! It was super fun, I loved the riddles and all the characters as well, especially the pink Sari resistance skateboarding girls! Excited for book 3!
Lisa
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful romp through the Cosmos! I really enjoyed this second story of Kiranmala and her adventures. The pace is quick and the action is almost non-stop. There is much nonsense in the book that students seem to enjoy. The creatures of myth and the odd characters really keep readers on their toes. I have students reading these books and they are laughing at antics and thrilled by the action. I can't wait to read the next one!!
Devann
A great sequel to the first book! Kiranmala is such a fun character and it's cool to read a series that has mythology I am not very familiar with [and I also love that the author includes notes on the origins of some of the elements in the story at the back]. This book focuses more heavily on Kiran than the first book, with Lal and Neel taking a definite back seat. But there are plenty of cool new characters to help Kiran out and it looks like Lal and Neel will be more front and center in the ne ...more
Cande
This is such a wonderful middle-grade series and I need everyone to read it. Like seriously read it! It's fun, adorable, magical, a little bit bittersweet and all-time amazing. It tackles racism and colorism, it has a big theme of family and friendship, and one of a kind characters. This series would have meant so much to me as a kid, a confident and messy main character who loves astronomy and wants to do good, even if she doesn't always know-how. But she tries so hard, learning from her mistak ...more
Alice
4.5 stars

This surpassed the 1st book by quite a bit!
Michelle Leonard
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Princess Kiranmala is back home in plain old New Jersey, trying to readjust to normal middle school life. Just four months ago she was battling her birth father, the Serpent King, in the Kingdom Beyond, the alternative dimension where she was born. When the demon queen shows up at school and tells her she must find her way back to Kingdom Beyond to save Prince Neel from the Serpent King, she has no choice but to join the reality TV show Who Wants to Be a Demon Slayer? and attempt to rescue him.

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Cara (Wilde Book Garden)
Still a fun series, but I didn't enjoy this one as much as book 1!

For one thing, my favorite character was barely in the book.

I also wasn't wild about the plot--it took a while to get to the main event (the competition), which was then barely in the book in favor of other plot stuff, but then that other plot stuff also didn't seem to matter that much in the end? The story in this one just felt mostly like filler between book 1 and book 3.

Also I feel like the writing and humor was less fun and mo
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Julia (Shakespeare and Such)
3.2/5 stars, full review to come! I think this series is so cute but for some reason I felt less invested than I did in the first book. There was just SO MUCH going on that I'm still not sure how some of it tied together. (view spoiler) It seems to me that Kiran doesn't actually do that much problem solving, more like she realizes what's going on a little bit too late and then does her be ...more
Teagan B
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I absolutely love this book and can not wait for #3
Melanie
This was such an entertaining sequel! I loved that the book was focused on the demons/monsters' side and I particularly liked the plot of the sequel more than the first one!

It was also a funny book and made me really excited to read the third book!
Gail
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-readers
I read this one aloud to my kids. I liked it and I think I would have liked it even more if I had read it first before reading it aloud (like I did with book 1).
Moriah
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5

It was good! It wasn’t my favorite story, but I liked it and had to keep listening. I’m invested now!
LuminescentFirefly
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some of the parts were pretty predictable, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It was a good book and I recommend this to everyone I know. If you like books like Aru Shah and Percy Jackson, you will like this.
Michael Kott
Sep 02, 2019 marked it as indefinite-dnf  ·  review of another edition
With apologies to the author, I am temporarily putting this book aside. The barrage of unfamiliar terms (made up or of another language) makes reading this difficult. I will probably come back to it in the near future. 9/2/19
Tammy
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came upon Game of Stars by Sayantani DasGupta after reading the first book, The Serpent’s Secret. The story continues with Kiranmala. This book focuses more heavily on Kiranmala than the first book. There are new characters to help Kiran out. The demon queen shows up in Kiranmala’s bedroom and tells her she must find her way back to Kingdom Beyond to save Prince Neel from the Serpent King and attempt to rescue him. After watching some intergalactic television, Kiranmala sees Lal, who pleads he ...more
Tim
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have never driven an auto rikshaw through a rip in the fabric of space-time created by two giant, hippopotamus-sized birds, I strongly recommend wearing a bike helmet when you do so. And if your rikshaw doesn't have a seat belt, you should probably consider duct-taping yourself to the seat. Because I have never been on such a bumpy, upside-down, mentally and emotionally disturbing ride in my life. And I've been on some doozies.

This story is not as complicated to follow as the first on
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Shivani
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Choice book 2 Quarter 3

INTRO:
Game of Stars is the second book in the “Kiranmala and the Kingdom of Beyond” series by Sayantani DasGupta and is a fantasy-fiction novel.

SETTING:
This book takes place in Parsippany, New Jersey and the Kingdom of beyond(land of the 7 seas) and Sesha’s Kingdom.

CHARACTERS:
KIRANMALA(protagonist): Just recently Kiran got hit with a whole lot of information. She’s a princess, was born in a different dimension, and her biological parents are Sesha and the Moon Maiden. Kir
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Julia
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Magic and moral complexity and monsters and pink-sari-wearing resistance fighters on skateboards... oh my!
What a fun middle-grade adventure.

This is a great follow-up to the first book, and it sets up the next one quite nicely.

I guessed a key plot twist fairly early on, but that in no way diminished how amusing the adventure was.
And [spoilers] any book that ends, after a major magical climactic battle, with our heroes shouting "To New Jersey!" [/spoilers] is a book well worth reading. Heehee.
Tova
Jul 03, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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mytaakeonit
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't love it as much as the first one, but still fun!
American Mensa
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Princess Demon Slayer? No one had called me that before, but I kind of liked it.”
Kiranmala, dubbed by the Kingdom Beyond as Princess Demon Slayer, is their only hope while the multiverse hangs in balance in the second installment of Kiranmala And The Kingdom Beyond.

Following The Serpent’s Secret, Kiranmala feels all the more distant and forgotten as none of her pals from the Kingdom Beyond seem to be keeping contact with her as promised. All the while Kiranmala struggles to comprehend her ever
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Summer Meyers
Caroline reads too many books for me to keep up with her. So we have had quite a few conversations about what is ok to read, what to look out for if it's a new book, and to come talk to me if she feels uncomfortable. This was the first book she has brought to me, saying she wasn't sure about.

Full disclosure, I did not read the first book. Caroline really loved it and so we bought it for her for Christmas. When she brought me this book to check for her, I felt awful. What did I get my baby into?
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Ami
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought Game of Stars was a good, fast-paced sequel to The Serpent's Secret. It's been a while since I've read the first book, but I remember it being choppy and the plot is more concise in this one.

I like the fusion of Bengali folktales about demons and monsters in this series and I love that we're seeing more and more of other cultures in kids' books these days.

Game of Stars has lots of adventure, action, and girl power. I loved the Gulabi gang reference (a real-life female empowerment gro
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Ms. Yingling
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Kiran has survived her ordeals in The Serpent's Secret, and is back in Parsippany, New Jersey. and is trying to settle back into school. However, Neel's mother, the burping, rhyming demon queen, finds her at school and says that Neel is being held captive by Kiran's serpent birth father, and only she can rescue him. With the help of a portal that appears on the school soccer field, she travels to the underground hotel/prison, but is unable to rescue her friend. Not only
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Mark Buxton
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
My name is Kiran, and I know the Demon Slayer contest is probably a trap set by my evil Serpent King father. He says the contest will reunite the Chintamoni and Poroshmoni Stones for the Kingdom Beyond or the Serpent Kingdom, but I still think there's more to it. I can't believe the thousands of people determined to become contestants and young girls idolize me. Giant posters say there's romance between Prince Lal and myself, but Prince Neel is imprisoned and says I shouldn't trust his brother. ...more
Becky B
Kiranmala is kind of miffed she hasn't heard anything from her friends in the Kingdom Beyond. She thought they were cool. When her parents get their cable from the Kingdom Beyond working, she finds out there's a huge new reality TV show "Who Wants to Be a Demon Slayer?" starring Lal that's somehow sponsored by a weird teamup between her evil biological dad and Lal and Neel's dad. And the signage for the show has a girl on it that looks an awful lot like her. But she can't go to the Kingdom Beyon ...more
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