Before I start off with my thoughts about the story, I’d just like to take a minute and express my love and admiration for this cover. A wonderful gold-tinted combination of black and orange, Circe has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever laid eyes on. This might have been one of the reasons why I was actually terrified of starting the book – me being scared that the story wouldn’t actually live up to the beauty of the cover. Another thought that crossed my mind was: What if I unintentionally destroy it?
Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star had been doing the rounds of BookTube as well as Bookstagram with quite a few mixed reviews. It was the cover of the book that pulled me in. It is so, so intriguing and beautiful that I figured (like so many other books before and so many other books to come) that I would find out if the cover lives up to the hype. And not to preempt my review or anything but God oh God, was it a good decision!
I should probably call this article ‘April 2019 Book Releases That I’m Excited About but Probably Won’t Read Anytime Soon.’
The publishing industry, especially in India, is one that is fraught with uncertainty. Which book will be accepted? Which will go through the process? Which will be a success? Nobody knows. Not even the people who back them. But when things do click and books become blockbuster hits, there’s no looking back for the author as well as the publishing houses. Because isn’t it what every book-related person lives for? Isn’t it a dream to write, and help a book become a bestseller?
The first thing that comes to mind when one says ‘World War II’ is the Holocaust. The worst kind of genocide ever, the mere thought of it sends shivers down my spine. And after reading WWII stories like The Book Thief and All the Light We Cannot See which gave me different angles into how we look at the carnage that spread over 6 years, one would think I would have learnt my lesson and not picked another one like that.
Wrote this review a long time ago – sometime in the middle of last year. But things happen and I couldn’t get to posting this. But better late than never!
Last month, I read Aashish Gupta’s debut novel, Demons in My Mind, loved it, and wanted to do an interview with him. He very kindly obliged and answered all my questions.