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Rea and the Blood of the Nectar

(The Chronicles of Astranthia #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  297 ratings  ·  159 reviews
For fans of Aru Shah and The Chronicles of Narnia, this middle-grade fantasy is about twelve-year-old Rea Chettri, who portals into an otherworldly realm to go on a secret quest to find her missing twin brother Rohan. The clock is ticking in this adventure rife with evil creatures, a ruthless villain, and unforgettable friendships.

It all begins on the night Rea turns twelv
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published June 15th 2021 by Mango and Marigold Press
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May 04, 2021 marked it as on-hold
Staring this today. I’m super excited!


Set in India?
I am sold.

Thank you.
An adventure across realms. A missing sibling. Secrets transpiring through generations and an evil queen desperate for power. This debut brings magical creatures and an otherworldly portal to a life of family, friendship, and prophecy.

Rea and the Blood of the Nectar is a middle grade fantasy that thrills through a secret quest and explores family dynamics.

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of a hill station of Eastern India, Darjeeling, this middle grade fiction swings through love for family
May 04, 2021 marked it as to-read
Indian representation? Check.
For Narnia fans? Check.
For Aru Shah fans? Check.


Oh and also...this book is being published by Mango and Marigold Press. This just makes me want it more XD.
Payal Doshi
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
REA AND THE BLOOD OF THE NECTAR release date: June 15, 2021

Order your copy here! https://www.payaldoshiauthor.com/books (Or wherever books are sold!)

I might be extremely biased, but REA AND THE BLOOD OF THE NECTAR is a great book! It also is a wonderful way for Indian kids to see themselves as the protagonists of a book as well as for kids from all parts of the world to get a glimpse into Indian culture while solving a fun, thrilling, and secret fantasy mystery of Rea's twin brother's disappeara
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it

Tell me one book other than this where the Indian protagonist actually lives in India. They mostly butcher the stories and all they show is America. Well wake up. There is world outside that.
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A huge thanks to Netgalley for providing me with the eARC for my perusal!

This book is one of the most memorable reads of this year. I connected to its world on a big level. And yes, there are several reasons for it. First and foremost I would like to talk about the cover! This cover features Rea, who is a south-Asian character, or I would like to informally call her as my desi girl on the cover. You know she looks just like me and that’s a big thing for me. Growing up, I have rarely seen POC cha
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
read full review on my blog!

I wanted something fun and easy to read, given how messy the past week was for me and Rea and the Blood of the Nectar was just that. I’d missed how much fun MG books could be, despite not being the target audience for it. It has adventure, family secrets, sibling rivalry and bond and strong friendships.

First, my heart swelled with the Indian rep in this book. I wish I had books like this in my school library back when I was a kid. From the terms used, to the setting,
why did I not have this when I was 10?

Rea and the Blood of the Nectar is definitely an amazing fantasy that proudly cherishes Indian culture whilst also introducing us to a world full of magic along with a brave young protagonist and amazing female friendship.

This book follows Rea, a 12-year old girl whose twin brother, Rohan goes missing on their 12th birthday. But he isn't in Darjeeling, he is held captive in the land beyond the banyan tree, Astranthia. It is up to Rea and her best friend Lee
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Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via Lonely Pages Book Tour and the Author as part of the Blog Tour. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.

You want to know why representation is important in books?

Because I am 30 years old and it is only now that I have found a book that I find my young self,
a young Indian girl with caustic and sarcastic attitude who is willing to go to any lengths, no matter how i
Natalie  all_books_great_and_small
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Rea and the blood of the Nectar is an beautiful #ownvoices read for children about a young girl (Rea) and her relationship with her brother, who gets a magical adventure in a place called Astranthia.
Rea learns much in this story such as love, family, friendship and her own abilities and power.
This book is as fantastic as the cover depicts and will definitely encapture the ima
Pine Reads Review
“‘The time is upon us now for our history to be rewritten.’”

On her twelfth birthday, all Rea Chettri wants is to beat her twin brother Rohan in a cricket match. But when she sneaks out to do just that at the midnight match, Rohan doesn’t make it home. With Rohan nowhere to be found, her Amma acting like he’s gone forever, and her grandmother behaving strangely, Rea has no choice but to turn to the practically ancient fortune-teller in their small town of Darjeeling, India. Following clues from t
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After Rea's twin brother goes missing on the night of their 12th birthday, it's up to Rea and her friend Leesi to go find him. But Rohan's not lost in thier hometown of Darjeeling, nor in the tea fields in which their mother works, but in a land beyon the Banyon tree, a fanstasical place called Astranthia.
As Rea goes searching for her lost brother, she discovers that she and her family are not who she thought they were.
What follows is a fast-paced, exciting adventure, full of magic, villians, a
Sam Subity
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an easy 5 of 5 stars from me. Rea's struggle to be seen next to her brother who everyone loves establishes her from the start as a character that you want to cheer for. I loved the beautiful setting in the Indian foothills of the Himalayas, but then Rea goes through a portal to an even COOLER magical kingdom called Astranthia where she encounters serpent-lilies, blood-sucking banshees, and blue lizard-men as she races against the clock to save her brother from an evil queen. I think kid ...more
Jun 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Rea and the Blood of the Nectar takes you on dizzying flights of imagination. I had such fun exploring the realm of Astranthia with Rea Chhetri, the rebellious and bitter girl who discovers that there’s a whole new side to her family.

The strength of this book lies in the world-building and the sensitive portrayal of complicated familial ties. Astranthia is a beautiful, foliage-themed realm and Doshi’s descriptions are a treat to read.

I could relate to Rea’s emotional tug of war in her relationsh
Belles Middle Grade Library
Jan 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
What dark & magical adventure! Loved this! Rea did get on my nerves with how rude & mean she was throughout the book. I can’t even imagine talking to my mom the way she does in the beginning-I wouldn’t have been able to sit for a week lol There are of course reasons why she’s this way, but it’s only natural to kind of not like her all the same. The way her mom makes her feel, her dad being gone with no answers, etc….you get angry for her. She struggles with this & trying to be better throughout ...more
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
*** Disclaimer : I received e-copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author and publicist. ***

Rea and the Blood of the Nectar was interesting and well written middle grade fantasy that revolved around Rea’s journey to find her missing twin brother that unearthed family secrets. The story was about lies, betrayal, manipulation, friendship, loyalty, and family.

Rea was flawed and complicated. I could understand her feeling being lonely, for how her family treated her an
Jemima Pett
The blurb certainly tells you all about the plot. Payal Doshi has written a beautiful book. She contrasts the atmosphere of an Indian village, with an amazing otherworld. Everyone will be familiar with the back-biting and competitiveness of the schoolkids.

Rea and Leela make an excellent pair. First they get over the hurdle of 'a girl like her would hardly want to be friends with me.' Then they make a really good team. Rea's moods and temperament swing about a great deal, but this is understandab
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As an adult with young kids, I still love reading middle-grade books. It makes my inner child happy. AND it helps me to find some amazing reads so that our bookshelf is stocked to the brim when my young ’uns reach middle-grade age and can actually read them. It’s also extremely important to me to support OwnVoices books and OwnVoices authors and diversify their bookshelf even before they are ready to read at this level.

I always love when I find middle-grade books that suck me in and make me feel
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley for giving me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Actual rating: 7/10

Plot: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Characters: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Writing: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Romance: -
Diversity/Rep: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Does it get explicit?

Nope. Not at all,

How intriguing was the first chapter itself? Did it set the tone/pace for the entire book?
oh the first chapter was short and sweet and certainly enough to capture the eyes of any curious young reader. Rea and her relationship with her twin brother Rohan is rela
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A compelling MG fantasy adventure, with gorgeous, evocative language and highly-imaginative elements. Rea and her twin brother Rohan are about to turn 12 in Darjeeling, India. They live with their mother (Amma) and grandmother (Bajai) and life is sometimes difficult. Amma and Bajai seem to pay more attention to Rohan, and Rea is jealous. On the night of their 12th birthday, their mother and grandmother warn them to stay in the house, but Rohan slips out to meet his friends, and Rea follows him, ...more
Ava Shah
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve had the opportunity to preview some of Payal’s work and let’s just say it’s nothing short of magical. You are instantly transported to this world of wonder, mystery & adventure. She has such an incredible ability to suck you in as a reader and captivate you through each twist & turn.

Can not wait for her debut book and for the series!
Jennifer Adam
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A charming story about bravery, loyalty, and friendship. The worldbuilding is vibrant and richly detailed, and young readers will love watching Rea and her friend Leela solve the mystery of Rea's twin brother's capture. ...more
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

Review coming soon!
Bibliophilic Richard
I received an e-ARC of this book via Books Forward and will not affect my opinion/review in any way.

Hazzel (howtoescapereality)
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book and for giving me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This books is the kind of book I read when I was a child. One of the books I couldn’t put down, true first few chapters are a bit slow, but once the plot started unravelling I was hooked. The author’s writing is wonderful, descriptive and informative. I was impressed by the Indian references, I had so much fun reading this and the Indian cu ...more
Eleennae Ayson
Apr 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love MG books even though I have long aged past their target market because they are not afraid to discuss difficult and sensitive topics in life without taking away the fun, adventure, and magic. Rea and the Blood of the Nectar is a great example of that, and it shows in the love and attention given to developing the themes and characters.

Read full review on my blog: https:
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to have read the e- ARC and simply put, I couldn't put the book down!
This is a beautifully told story of a 12 year old girl who goes on an adventure to find her missing twin brother on the night of their 12th birthday. More importantly, this is also a story about family secrets, sibling rivalry, friendships and 12 year old Rea's attempt to right the wrong.
The Author’s prose is so magical, it made me feel like I was alongside Rea on her quest and could literally visualize all the be
Jessica Vitalis
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The gorgeous cover tells you everything you need to know: this is an #ownvoices story set in India (and a fictional country called Astranthia) filled with adventure, heart, and magic. I loved the realistic portrayal of the main character's relationship with her brother in a small village in India as much as I loved the whimsy and magic of Astranthia. Add the main character's exploration of friendship, family, and her own power, and you've got a middle grade story well worth reading! ...more
Reem Faruqi
Aug 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great and inspiring and imagination filled fantasy! I can't wait to read more from this talented author. Rea is a character you will root for ...more
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Ellen Whitfield from Books Forward for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

Trigger/Content Warnings: Attempted Suicide | Physical Assault

A middle grade portal fantasy set in India? Yes please we need more of these kind of books on the shelves.

We follow Rea who feels alone and rejected on her birthday. Because her twin brother Royan doesn't want to celebrate it with her. After a midnight escape from the house from both of the
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Payal Doshi has a Masters in Creative Writing (Fiction) from The New School, New York. Having lived in the UK and US, she noticed a lack of Indian protagonists in global children’s fiction and one day wrote the opening paragraph to what would become her first children’s novel. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and two-year-ol ...more

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