Book: Aru Shah And The Song Of Death by Roshani Chokshi
Published April 2019 by Rick Riordan Presents|381 pages
Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library
Series: Pandava Quartet #2
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Re-Telling
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 really liked Aru Shah And The Song Of Death! I really liked the first one, and I was pretty excited about this one. It didn’t disappoint!
Aru’s story continues in this book, and she’s definitely in for more adventures with Mini. We also see another Pandava sister in this book, and it makes me wonder if we’ll see the other ones. There’s two more books planned in this series, so it’s possible we’ll see the other sisters.
Back to this book, though. Mini and Aru team up with Brynne, who was a pretty cool character. She’s rough around the edges, but I really liked that about her. Aru and Mini could use someone with her strength and sense of direction, and I like how all three girls balance each other out. They all have their strengths, and I think they work pretty well together. I can’t wait to see what other adventures they have.
On their quest to prove their innocence, they go deeper into this world. While we were introduced to the world in the first book, we are definitely past learning how this world works, and we’re thrown right into things. I liked that we were able to explore Aru’s world a little more, and I’m hoping it stays that way for the rest of the series.
I liked the humor and pop culture references and they felt pretty natural. I’m always nervous when I see pop culture references because I always worry the book is going to feel dated in a few years but I don’t feel like that’s the case with this book.
I also really liked that we don’t always know the whole story, and that heroes aren’t always who they’re cracked up to be. I did like it because it’s really easy to elevate heroes, but there’s also the message that even heroes make mistakes.
We don’t see Mini or Boo for a good chunk of the book which was a little disappointing, because I really like Mini and Boo. But Aru did have to learn to work with Brynne and while I love the relationship Aru has with Mini, I also think it’s good for her to learn how to work with other people too. Aru is more confident with her abilities, and I’m sure she’ll get more confident as the series goes on.
4 stars. I really liked this one, and it’s a great addition to the series. I can’t wait to see what happens next!