Rating: 4 / 5
I saw ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME by Roshani Chokshi announced as the #MythTakeReads book for March and April and considered adding it to my TBR as I enjoyed the author’s THE GILDED WOLVES, but it kept getting put off. After a few booksta friends happened to be talking about the series too, I finally decided to squeeze it in just under the wire for April! A fun middle grade read seemed to be just the thing, so I downloaded the audio from the library.
ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME follows twelve year old Aru Shah, a young girl who never seems to quite fit in. In order to impress her peers, she’s developed a bit of a fibbing problem to make her life sound more interesting. In reality, she spends much of her time in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture where her mom works.
When a few of her classmates catch Aru in her lies, Aru tries to prove that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed. In trying to light the lamp, a last ditch attempt to get out of her lies, Aru frees an ancient demon and freezes everyone in the museum. It turns out Aru doesn’t know everything about her own history and it isn’t quite as boring as she thinks. Aru must find out the truth in an attempt to save her mother and classmates and the world.
This was a lot of fun to read and the perfect pick to wind up a long and stress filled month! The book is based on Indian mythology which is not something that I know much about, but it made for a really interesting read. Aru was a lot of fun to follow as she first gets herself into trouble and then works to fix everything she has done.
This is book one in a planned quartet with three books out and the fourth due in 2021. I will be putting the rest of the books on my TBR!