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- 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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- Lending: Enabled
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think this was a free Kindle offer, so I wasn't expecting much. It turned out to be a well-written novel that blended familiar human v vampire plot lines with intriguing new... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Eni
Anu is a guardian of New York, meaning she keeps the vampires away. Thos that get too close disappear for good. Read morePublished 15 months ago by JBronder Book Reviews
This book can draw attention only by its title. The fiction part is so so... Ok for reading.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was pleasantly surprice. Exciting with a sense of humor. Charming characters.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this book. It was something different but yet it captured me from the first page.Published 23 months ago by Christy
The book starts at a promising note however falters along the way. The middle and end could have been more gripping.Published 23 months ago by Kamal Batra
*I received this book for free through Goodreads First Read and I am reviewing it after giving it a thorough reading. Read morePublished on August 19, 2014 by Alexsia Wilson 'SoggyEnderman'
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