Saturday, March 10, 2018

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1) by Roshani Chokshi

Aru Shah and the End of Time
by Roshani Chokshi

My rating: 3 stars

Series: Pandava Quartet - Book 1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (March 27, 2018)
Genre: Children's Fantasy
Print Length: 368 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she'll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru's doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it's up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1)
by Roshani Chokshi

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)Aru wanted her life to be as exciting as the children who went to her school, so she made up stories that weren’t true. She never realized that living in a museum with her archeologist mother could be a rich adventure all on its own.

When Aru is challenged by three of her fellow students regarding a cursed lamp, she is prepared to show them the truth of her words, but first she will disregard the warning to never, never light the priceless lamp. Aru never expected to free the Sleeper that lay within and now the ancient demon is on a mission to awaken the God of Destruction and only the reincarnations of five Hindu Pandava brothers can save the world. For a girl who never felt equal to her classmates, Aru will discover she is so much more than anyone could have imagined, but she has still broken a trust…

ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME by Roshani Chokshi is a magical tale for middle grade readers about a young girl who felt inferior to her classmates only to find she is very special in the most amazing ways.

Ms. Chokshi has told a marvelous, fantasy tale filled with the angst of an insecure young girl who wants to be accepted by her peers, but first she must accept herself. Moments of humor, excitement and adventure create a rapid-fire tale that will hold younger readers’ interest and peak their curiosity about myths, magic and the mysteries of legends.

I enjoyed this tale, but at times, I felt it was written for adults who enjoy middle grade reading. Many humorous little snippets referred to things one would expect an adult to understand, not a middle grade reader. All in all, this little adventure is both delightful and entertaining with a hidden lesson or two on the way!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Disney Hyperion




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