Title: Library of Fates
Author: Aditi Khorana
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: July 18th, 2017
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.
Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?
“And you’ll hear it, the voice of one of those trees, calling you back to you, telling you that the world is alive with mysteries, and that in order to understand them, one must first learn to be still, to listen, and the world will unveil itself to you, as though it was waiting to do so all along.
I was super excited when I got an ARC of this book because it was one of my most anticipated reads for this year and the reviews on Goodreads were pretty good but… I’m quite disappointed to be honest. I thought I would love this book, but it was a bit “meh” to me. And I’m so sad because LOOK AT THAT COVER!! I WANT IT ON MY SHELF.
There were some things I really liked about it and I appreciate the diversity in it and all the mythology the author created, but there were some things I couldn’t help but cringe and it felt a little sour to me.
“What awaited me out in that vast world I had barely seen a fraction of? It was the great Unknown, and it both frightened and thrilled me.”
As I previously said, I loved the diversity and that it was set in India, but we also got to see Rome and other interesting places. All of the characters are POC and I loved it! Also, even though it wasn’t a main focus, I got to read more about budism and reincarnation, which I’ve found so intriguing since I was younger.
However, the characters were forgettable to me. I had very mixed feelings with them. I found them quite annoying sometimes. I know this was supossed to be a coming of age story, but the protagonist wasn’t what I expected and she appeared to me a bit childish sometimes. I did enjoy the side character Thara. She was quite powerful and I liked her back story and development throughout the book.
AND BOY OH BOY WASN’T THE ROMANCE SO INSTA LOVE-ISH! I think that was the part I rolled my eyes at the most. I sometimes enjoy insta love romances, but this one, I really couldn’t help myself. It felt like it was a love triangle, but suddenly she completely (AND I MEAN COMPLETELY) forgets about one of the love interests and falls in love with the other boy (which by the way SHE ONLY SAW TWICE). I was laughing and rolling my eyes by then. Like, I understand WHY, but please at least let them interactuate a little bit more.
“One can’t resist the world forever. And if you resist now, you on’t have the choice later.”
The ending was what I enjoyed the most, but there were some things that happened that made me cringe so hard because it had no sense if you compared them with the rest of the story.
Overall I think it had a lot of potential but there were a lot of plot holes and the writing wasn’t mindblowing. And I’m sad because I wanted to love it but… I guess I didn’t so much.
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with and ARC of this book. This however doesn’t affect by any means to my opinipon of it.
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