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  • File Size: 758 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Apeejay Stya Publishing (April 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C7CYQWM
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By Stacey on April 7, 2013
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Tantra is actually an Indian version of magic. Anu Aggarwal is on a mission to avenge the death of her lost love, so she moves to India to track down the vampire caused it. Throughout the twists and turns in the plot, she finds that India is far different than New York, and also realizes that there is always more than one potential for love.

I really loved the rich and detailed descriptions of India and the Indian lifestyle and traditions. I also enjoyed the fresh perspective on the typical vampire story. This book is definitely one of a kind, and unique not only to this genre, but to anything else I have ever read. I give it a well deserved five stars.
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I am so glad this book was free--I probably would have bought it anyway, as I am fascinated by India. However, this book tells the reader almost nothing about real-life India. Also, I am not fascinated by obnoxious, know-it-all heroes who don't listen to anyone but herself. It's hard to tell which is worse--the arrogant hero or the endless pages of discussion of obscure Indian (Hindu?) rites and tokens. And leave us not forget the hero's amazing emotional resilience. She comes to Delhi to avenge the murder of the "love of her life," yet here, 4 short months later, she is attracted to every man she meets and is falling in love with one of them. Now, that's fast action!
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading about an Indian vampire slayer getting in touch with her cultural and slayer roots. Anu's auntie is cutely everything I would've expected. The juxtaposition of her cultural struggles and "professional" ones made for an very interesting read. There were a lot of elements in the book that I felt could've used more development, and that's mainly why I don't want to give it more than a 3. But it's very entertaining. Kudos to Adi for casting an Asian American female as his lead!
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As someone who still enjoys watching old espisodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, I was really hopeful about this book, which starts off so strong. The idea of a beautiful Indian (East Asian) gal who puts her body into hyperdrive (the "shift" the book mentions so often) to kill blood suckers, while fending off her family's efforts to arrange a traditional Indian marriage for her - great.

Then the book gets bogged down in murky Indian mysticism, and our heroine supposedly accumulates magical powers by reciting some phrase a few thousand times. None of this is explained briefly and clearly, and pretty much destroys the book's early impact. A lot of long speeches from her spiritual mentors, and not much explanation of what exactly is the evil she's fighting with magical words, rather than tactical know-how. I had to force myself to finish this book, and won't be looking for sequels. Glad I got it for free.
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This book is a unique twist to the normal vampire/vampire hunters novels you have read before. Set in India, it integrates an Indian version of dark/light magic called tantra. Anu is a hunter, who just lost a lover in New York and moves to India to find the vampire who killed him. Instead she finds that things are not as black and white as they were back in New York. As any fantasy novel does, the book has two hot guys vying for Anu. However the book also opens your eyes to Indian traditions like arranged marriage.

A definite must read for all fantasy and vampire lovers out there. I have never read anything like this before, its nice that the generic vampire is not present in this book. I am sick of reading about sunlight, coffins and crosses. In addition reading about the Indian culture, brought in a new twist. I loved reading about Anu's arranged marriage meetings! Can't wait for the next book!
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First off, I had great expectations from the book. I read the plot summary and was excited because it appealed to me - but it started to go downhill as soon as I started reading it on my Kindle.

What's wrong with other reviewers? Even the author knows he should have done better. I struggled very hard to keep reading the book - and wanted to finish it just because I got it for free on Amazon. The author is a Stanford and Harvard graduate - and I really expected better standard of English. I know my English is bad but there are sentences in book that doesn't make any sense! Here's an example: "She was dealing with another level of vampire" !!
Now if you are not the average Indian - you would wonder what this means. The author meant that the 'other' vampire had superior powers and was in a 'league' of its own. The author's attempt at humor - well, isn't humorous and appears very inappropriate in some circumstances.

The book is clearly targeted to be a plot for a Bollywood movie (the movie industry in India from Mumbai). It's a feeble attempt at mixing 'vampire' stories , Western and Indian cultures, Hinduism and a plethora of stuff that simply doesn't 'gel' and is incoherent at best. As some reviewer has already mentioned - its WEIRD.
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This is by far the darkest piece of Indian fiction I've picked up for a while. A paranormal thriller with thrills and chills galore, it has that peculiarly Indian feel to it. The author doesn't seem to want to come out publicly, simply going by the nickname 'Adi', obviously the short for 'Aditya', an everyday Indian name.

Anu, the main characater, is a young woman who can look after herself. Recently arrived in Delhi from New York, she's no sheltered Indian princess. She's walked on the wild side since she was young, having the unique gifts and training which make her a vampire hunter. She stalks the night in black leather with an impressive array of weapons hidden about her person, not to mention the ability to shift and give chase across rooftops in the dead of the night.

But now, the East/West culture shock kicks in. Her aunt insists she do the 'dekhan dekhai' custom like a good Indian girl and meet eligible young men from 'good' families (whatever 'good' means), with a view to settling down. The heat is too much. She's forced to ditch the black leather in favour of black kurta pyjamas. What's even stranger, is the fact that in India, the lines between good and bad are blurred. Back in New York, the vampires were the bad guys and always the target. In India, things are slightly different. The vampire hunters and vampires are inclined to do deals here, being very often on the same side. I'm not sure if that's so strange. As a reader who occasionally reads paranormal, I'm familiar with the tortured vampire hero who isn't bad at heart but who tries to keep his need to feed limited to preying on the scum of the earth, the wicked, underworld members of society who prey on innocents. But for Anu, it's something of a culture shock.
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