I have come across many reviews rating this book a perfect-ten. I thought it was just another over-rated book. If some reviews rated it ten outta ten, it might be over-rated. If all the reviews rated it ten? Well, there is little chance it is over-rated. So I read a couple of reviews of this book (which is quite rare of me), reviewed by some of my most-trusted reviewers and settled upon that it was indeed a great book.
When I noticed this book up for a giveaway on TheTalesPensieve.com, I applied for it right away. It came as a shocker when I received a mail from TTP stating that I have won the giveaway and am expected to review it in 7 seven days. Well, I was greatly excited. Until I received the book...
I have an idea of Rohit Gore. His other book, Circle of Three, came across as a sensible book with a sensible story- a very rare at such low price. Never read it, though.
After reading this, I am dead-decided to read Circle of Three, soon.
Plot (from the jacket):
The Guardian Angels is the epic and tumultuous story of two star-crossed lovers who weren’t just soul-mates but were also each other’s protectors.
The fates of Adi Mehta and Radha Deodhar are deeply entwined when within days of their first rendezvous they save each other’s lives.
Despite their vast sociopolitical differences, they are drawn to an uncertain future fraught with contrasting ambitions, personas and ideologies.
. . . he is the son of a billionaire, she is the daughter of a socialist.
. . . he is quiet and unassuming, she is a firebrand and spirited.
However, the unexplained phenomena ties them forever – whenever they are in peril, they are each other’s only saviors.
Over the following two decades Adi and Radha live through hope and despair, joy and sadness, and try to decipher their relationship. As the truth of their bond is revealed, they must confront the true nature of love, and ultimately, their destinies.
Well, I have mentioned earlier, after I came to know that I have been selected for reviewing this book, I was exciting, but only until I received the book because, I was pretty disappointed to hold the heavy book, 330 pages thick, tiny-fonted and little spaced. Overall, there was very little white space in the book.
But, mind you, you readers, I have read every single word to the very last point of the book. I haven't skipped even a comma in a frenzied pace to complete this book. I wasn't even reading the words. I was flowing with them. Flowing. Smooth and flowing. I can't come up with a more apt word to describe Gore's narration.
After reading the book, never once did I feel bored. Never once did the thought that I was reading a big book crossed my mind. You know, I am so used to reading books with not more than 220 pages. However hard I try, I can't achieve the satisfaction in describing the fluent language in which this book was written.
A book from Grapevine Publishers mean a romance, of course. Or perhaps, drama. This book is just that. I used to love these publishers at the start, before starting to develop some kind of distaste for them. There were many reasons. For instance, they didn't have an up-and-working website (back then). (Off the records, they even rejected my entry for one of their anthologies... :-( ) However, the stories like this one - and also, my personal favourite, Till the Last Breath - are the reasons that have re-ignited my liking for them. Not to forget, they also have a working, and mind you a well-designed, website now. I like Grapevine.
This is one story that leaves you satisfied. It leaves you enveloped in a strange sense of satisfaction that could be attained only when you read certain books.
If I am forced to talk about the negatives of the book, well, there are one or two. The cover design is not so great. A couple of people said it was good, but I think some other cover pic would have done a great deal good to the book. If you think this book's cover is great, then check the cover design of 25 Strokes of Kindness, an anthology from the same publishers, which will be out very soon now.
Apart from that, there is another flaw in the book. It is so small that I ponder over whether it is worth mentioning or not. Well, the author has used in, more than one instance, the word, 'Off course', when he means, 'Of course'. Yeah, yeah, I know it so petty a mistake, but you think as a book-critic (well, I assume myself one), my soul can't rest in peace without pointing out some or the other flaw.
I want to end this review with a suggestion, or maybe a demand or a request, that you read this book. You must indeed read this book. Well, you must surely read this one.
The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.