Title: Aru shah and the song of death.
Author: Roshani Chokshi.
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents.
Page count: 365.
Release day: April 30th 2019.
Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy.
Rating: 3.5 stars.
*See my review for book one here!*
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents best-selling author Roshani Chokshi and her sequel to Aru Shah and the End of Time. Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good. But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone. Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they’ll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn’t at all who they expected.
I was very excited to continue on with this series, especially since I assumed I would fly through this book! Which honestly I did! But I came across a problem after reading the first chapter, I did not remember at all where the previous book left off, and I was so lost for a while..
So it took me a little while to get into the story, but it was again a fun read!
I really enjoyed the humour in this book, I laughed at times, but also some of the jokes were definitely more focused on younger readers (which makes sense!). The humour mainly comes from the sass between the four main characters! I really liked all of them!
The plot was interesting, but also I wasn’t too surprised by it! Maybe as an ‘older’ reader it was a bit predictable and ‘over-the-top’ at times.
What I absolutely loved in this book, and the previous one, was the Hindu mythology! I loved that things were explained in an easy and quick way. But also food and names for grandparents. Like, yes I know what naan bread is, but I really like that it was still quickly explained. Because I know that 10-year old me did not know that!
Even though I liked this one slightly less then book one, I’m still very excited for the release of the third book later this year!