Friday, June 10, 2016

#369 : With You I Dance by Aarti V Raman : Review



GENRE:
Fiction - Romance


NUMBER OF PAGES: 224

FORMAT: Paperback

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the publishers Fingerprint! in exchange for an honest review. Thank you guys!

REVIEW:

When this book was released, the social media was buzzing about the writer and her previous book which was strong enough to pick my curiosity. Eventually, Fingerprint! Publishing offered me a copy and I lapped up to the offer.

The story is about a dancer, her lost dreams and love. Our protagonist, Meera, returns home to Mumbai and tries to pick up the lost shards of life. Enter Zoya, her best friend who is this insanely good looking woman who intends to help Meera out. However, Meera has a bigger battle to fight – her lost love is back into her life and her poor form on stage. What follows is her journey of mending her wounded heart and soul.

The writing is simply perfect without the additional drama and masala that the story has immense scope for. The characterization was soulful and realistic. The writer managed to give equal importance to all the characters immaterial of the role they played. My only qualm would be that Abeer’s character – he was simply too perfect. He was this perfect gentleman for a good part of the story. For the torture that Meera subjected him to, he should have been a bit aggressive. Meera’s character however was bang on perfect. It was realistic to the point that I felt I was reading the life story of just another woman rather than a work of fiction. The pacing was quite even with very little twists and turns. The story isn’t exactly unheard of or unique. That said, the writing is what made the book an interesting read. If only the writer had introduced bit more twists and turns! The whole ‘triangle’ part of the story also made the plot interesting to read.

The cover deserves a special mention. It is beautiful and conveys the crux of the story line well. The title has also been quite suitably justified by the story.

MY SAY: Perfect summer read

RATING: 3/5

BOOK LINKS : Amazon

AUTHOR LINKS : Website
PS. Yes, I got that beautiful handwritten note too :-D 


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