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review 2019-02-04 19:32
The Many Lives Of Ruby Iyer
The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer - Laxmi Hariharan

I couldn't get into The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, and I've been struggling to find out why. Ruby gets electrocuted and while she's physically okay, from that moment she feels the power of the electricity through her body.

After that things start to get confusing. The setting is Bombay, which is very nice since you don't often read about it, but it is also very unknown and chaotic. The writing here also starts to get more confusing as bad guys and Ruby and her sort of cop buddy are running loose and it is difficult to see what the end game is going to be. I also couldn't connect with the characters, which will not have helped. It seemed interesting but in the end wasn't for me.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-05-15 14:29
Review: The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer
The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer - Laxmi Hariharan

I received a copy from Netgalley.

Not for me. Unfortunately DNFing at 27%. The idea of this one got my attention immediately. Diverse books FTW! POC main character, and set in Bombay? This was a must have for me. The description of the setting is beautifully vivid. Very well written and easy to picture and feel like you're right there.

My problem with this book was I simply could not stand the main character, Ruby. Her attitude was grating and got very tiring and irritating very quickly. She has some obvious anger issues, which she readily acknowledges and appears at least to be doing something to control them. Until a strange incident occurs and things rapidly take a turn for the different.

Ruby's attitude takes a turn for the worse as well, her anger issues start to get out of control. She's also very contradictory in her behavior as well. And it just got on my nerves.

At one point she saves a girl from an incident on the train tracks, then actually slaps the girl cause the girl is crying too much (in her opinion), a short while later she steals someone's motorbike whilst running off like a mad thing and thinks its perfectly acceptable, and then the next thing she's talking some guy from jumping off a bridge. At the same time going on and on about how different she is.

(spoiler show)

I was just shaking my head at it. And totally unimpressed. And this is all before the 30% mark. Urg. No. I don't like this character at all and really don't care in the slightest about what happens to her. Therefore DNFing.

I would certainly read something by this author again, but this particular book is no for me.

Thank you to Netgalley and Cameron Publicity & Marketing Ltd for approving my request to view the title. 

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text 2015-02-19 19:29
TBR Thursday #28
Dark Vision - Debbie Johnson
City of God - Cecelia Holland
The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer - Laxmi Hariharan
The Curse Keepers Collection - Denise Grover Swank
Sea of Stars (The Kricket Series Book 2) - Amy A. Bartol
Harrison Squared - Daryl Gregory
Shutterspeed - Erwin Mortier
The Thorn and the Sinking Stone (Entangled Teen) - CJ Dushinski
Tookey's Talkies: 144 Great Films From the Last 25 Years - Christopher Tookey

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...


Still no success lowering the TBR, so I just keep trying, and hope next week will be better, TBR-lowering wise. It would be a lot easier if there weren't so many books out there that sounded interesting. 


TBR pile currently stands at 348. (+20; seriously what happened; except that I added the Curse Keeper's Collection as individual books)

(Netgalley ARCs at 163 (+8))

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review 2015-02-19 00:00
The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer
The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer - Laxmi Hariharan I could imagine everything that happened in this book, the heat of the sun, the terror, and the love portrayed throughout the book was very well thought out and made to sound real. In fact the whole thing came across as plausible, which in its self is a frightening thought. It would be beyond awful if something like this really did happen.

Iyer was by far the most interesting character, the portrayal of her fear, love and subsequent understanding ensured I went through plenty of tissues. Vikram is another interesting character, at first he seems aloof and it's difficult to figure him out, but as the story progresses you learn more and more about him and his feelings. Finally is Dr B. and least said the better, she is one evil piece of work.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to pretty much anyone.
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review 2012-11-13 00:00
The Destiny of Shaitan
The Destiny of Shaitan - Laxmi Hariharan 3.5Stars

Welcome to a post-apocalyptic India… Yes that’s right! In India!! All the post-apocalyptic books that I have read are based in the west, often making me wonder why no other country, or continent for that matter, ever survive an apocalypse? I mean doesn’t ‘end of the world’ actually mean end of the rest of the world but the west? It seems, Ms.Hariharan heard my musings and wrote a book on it!
Yep, so for a change, welcome to a post-apocalyptic India where instead of zombies, we have really angry Gods & Goddesses going on a rampage.

Set in a futuristic dystopian Bombay (present day Mumbai), the storyline follows the lives of three individuals – Yudi, Rai and Tiina (nope, that’s not a typo – her name is actually spelt with double ‘I’).
They are all from different places, I will not disclose their original locations, destined to come together to save not only the Earth but the universe from the power hungry Shaitan. The protagonists soon realize that they are not only fighting against the Shaitan but also against the darkness within themselves. Will they be able to do what it takes in order to defeat this ‘devil’ who is hell bent on destroying anything or anyone in his path to ruling the universe?

The character development is amazing. Each primary character has their own background that they come with and then grow as a person throughout the book. Maybe Rai got a bit neglected on that front, but that’s okay. I liked Yudi and didn’t like Tiina so much. The author has mixed in Indian Mythology quite well specially the ‘curse’ parts. In Indian Mythology, Gods are well known for granting boons with loopholes and cursing – with loopholes too! The plot is interesting and fast paced. The author has managed to create a story that will probably keep you stuck to its pages right until the end. At no point did it seem to be dragging, in fact my only complaint is that the ending came a bit too soon.

Overall this book covers a lot of topics – from mythology to space-travel to teenage drama to family issues. It’s a great YA-post-apocalyptic-dystopian novel that has something to offer to a lot of people.
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