Aru Shah & the Song of Death
Author Roshani Chokshi
Publisher Rick Riordan Presents | 2019
Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good.
But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone.
Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they’ll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn’t at all who they expected. (from Goodreads)
This review is spoiler-freeee! 🙂
This series is such a joy to read! Chokshi’s writing is really endearing and all of the characters in this are awesome. It’s a fun story about family and friendship and honestly, what else could you want from a middle grade book like this?! Also sidenote- but I finally got up to 1.75x reading speed for this audiobook! I’ve been slowly working my way towards faster speeds, but I’m totally used to this one, at least for this book! Hoping the next one I read will be fine at this speed too, and then I’ll try moving up to 2x!
These books are under the Rick Riordan umbrella, and it’s easy to see why. The mythological aspect is obvious, but the tone of the writing is so similar that it makes me happy to be reminded of reading Percy Jackson. We’re back with some great, hilarious chapter titles that always make me giggle (one of my favorites was New Demon, Who Dis?). I adore Aru and all of her friends. Aru is just a funny little dork who’s trying her dang hardest, OK? Protect her at all costs. Mini is wonderful and her friendship with Aru is so heartwarming and wholesome! I can’t remember if Brynne was in the first book, but I loooved her in this one! She was so determined and awesome and I enjoyed seeing her relationship with Aru blossom into a sisterhood. Aidan was great, I love him! It was also really nice to see a completely platonic boy/girl friendship between him and Brynne. Loooooove them, I love them!!!!
The plot was a little bit harder to follow for me than in the first book. They went a lot of different places and sometimes I found myself forgetting the objective, since we also had to track all of the lore with the gods and such. I was disappointed that this book again put Boo on the backburner, because he’s one of my favorites and I wish we got to see him interact more with Aru and Mini. I was also a little thrown by the quick and vague ending, and the fact that this book didn’t really tell us anything about what The Sleeper is doing… otherwise, I still really liked this! I was surprised to see that this series might be pegged for a five book series instead of the trilogy I had anticipated, but great! Excited to see where the next book takes us. 🙂