AUTHOR: Amalie Howard
GENRE: Young Adult, Mythology, Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: 4th March 2014
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REVIEWIn Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth.Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.
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Hmmm... This is a bit hard to review. Not that it's a bad book or something.It's not, well, in my opinion. First off... I got friends all over the world since I got so active in reading and doing discussion everywhere about books, life, work or anything under the sun. Why am I telling you that? It is because one or two or three of those friends are from India. They're born, grew up, is living and working in India.
So when I read the book... I was asking Navdha, my friend from India, if she knew what are these words I'm reading in the book means. And she patiently explained to me some of it. Guess what? ... It's not really a full Hindu Myths as I have initially thought. >_< Yes, it was almost about Ramayana. Of Rama and Sita. Of Vishnu and Lakshimi. BUT, I don't think the characters in the book was purely of the said Hindu Myth.
I do believe that some of it was taken from Japanese Myths other mythology, I think. Or just the general demon names. I think that was why most of my Indian reader friends either DNF it or gave it 2 to 3 stars only. They didn't like that the Hindu Mythology was twisted and many faults in the background. In my opinion, I kinda agree to them in a way that the author should have stick to the Hindu mythology and get all the names of the right demon for the right hell. If you know what I mean (only when you read the book).
I do think it was executed well and written well enough for me to give it a 3 stars. It is good. I mean, the writing was captivating. I'm a bit wary of the love triangle though. I mean, how could it end like that? I keep on expecting she'll be with Dev cause hello? They love for a thousand years already. But noooo. I don't get who she end up with. Kyle became like that in the ending... so WTH? They will live for a long time sooooo who the heck? I can't believe that Howard end it like that. I'm not sure if there's a sequel but I guess not because the story did end. Ugh.
Sera struck me as a bit whiny though. And it 's a bit weird that first she's like "I'm ugly" and all that and then the next she's so pretty. :o And the big secret thingy? Is it a secret if people around her actually knows it except her? Yeah? noooooo. It's not a secret anymore. >.<
But other than that, I'm okay with the story.
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