Monday, June 16, 2014

Book Review--> Meghna by Sundari Venkatraman

Title and Author: Meghna by Sundari Vankatraman
Print Length: 173 Pages
Publication Date: June 7, 2014
Language: English
Genre: Romance, Indian Writing

Book Review:
Rahul is the best friend of Sanjay and thinks of Sanjay's family as his own. He has always felt a connection with Meghna, Shyam's younger sister, which grows into love as they grow up. The story follows Rahul and Meghna's trials and tribulations on the path to finding and accepting each others love.

I am not new to Sundari's work and loved her previous romance novel, The Malhotra Bride. While I thoroughly enjoyed The Malhotra Bride, I was not hooked while reading her new book, Meghna

The cover is not at all attractive. It looks like a 3D representation of a game much like the games my younger brother plays. The blurb is okay, nothing very special about it.  The plot is good but I didnt feel connected while reading the story.The story is set in India and the writing style is simple. While there is no fault in Sundari's vocabulary prowess, the dialogues and the narration seem somewhat unreal and the whole hijack scenario is not developed properly and ends too quickly to impact the reader. I liked Meghna who is headstrong, vivacious and independent. Rahul is sweet in the beginning but his character is not developed to its full potential. The scenes between Rahul and Meghna lack the finesse and depth that I associate with Sundari. The intimate scenes between them are also superficial and lack that emotional pull which makes a reader connect with the protagonists and feel their hearts connect with the characters. I felt as if the author was not comfortable narrating the intimate scenes.

The story is medium paced and while too much is happening in the protagonists' lives, the reader is simply reading the action with a sense of detachment. I was not very satisfied with the background story for the characters' present behavior and overall think that the book should have been planned better.

From a very talented and promising author, this book simply falls flat. The book is missing the magic I felt while reading Sundari's previous works. A 3 out of 5 to Meghna simply because I loved the heroine and connected with her somewhat.

I received the book from the author and I am very thankful to her. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

PS: The cover has been updated now and is way better than the previous one. I liked this cover. Please see the cover picture in this post. This is the new cover.

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Amazon: Kindle Ebook

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