Aru Shah and the End of Time

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she'll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about...

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  • Cait • A Page with a View

    Oh, I loved this. Middle grade books are usually hit or miss with me, but this one was such a fun adventure.

    Aru lives with her mother above the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture. One day when she lights the Lamp of Bharata, the Sleeper is freed and everyone around her is frozen in time. Only one of the 5 Pandava brothers (from the Mahabharata) could light the lamp, so Aru's new pigeon guardian informs her she is a child of the gods and must now go on a quest to save the world. Her Pandava

    Oh, I loved this. Middle grade books are usually hit or miss with me, but this one was such a fun adventure.

    Aru lives with her mother above the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture. One day when she lights the Lamp of Bharata, the Sleeper is freed and everyone around her is frozen in time. Only one of the 5 Pandava brothers (from the Mahabharata) could light the lamp, so Aru's new pigeon guardian informs her she is a child of the gods and must now go on a quest to save the world. Her Pandava sister Mini (who has a lot of allergies and an Epi-pen! yesss) shows up to help Aru stop the Sleeper from stealing the celestial weapons, find out how he can be defeated, train, and basically save everyone.

    Aru was such a wonderfully regular 12 year old who's scared and not at all ready, but gets the job done anyways. I adored her matter-of-fact tone (like the scene where she explained that many Hindus don't eat beef). And it was pretty funny to see all of her relatable references to current complaints like the Instagram algorithm.

    I thought Roshani's creative and witty voice really came through in all of the characters! She seriously writes the most hilarious animal sidekicks. The Slytherin pigeon with an existential crisis was the greatest aaaand I need one in my life. But my favorite parts were probably just some of the amazing descriptions:

    The tone of the writing here was a bit different from Roshani's YA books, but was absolutely perfect for this story! I think Rick Riordan fans will love seeing the familiar type of adventures during Aru's quest and the whole scene where the kid is claimed by whichever god is their parent. And I've only studied a few Hindu texts, so I recognized a lot of the figures in the story but also learned a lot as well. I think all ages could have fun with this book!

  • Kav (xreadingsolacex)

    is a middle-grade fantasy novel based off of Hindu mythology, following a 12-year old girl, Aru Shah, who finds out she is a reincarnation of one of the five Pandava brothers and essentially has to change the world.

    If 12-year old me had had the ability to read a book like this, maybe I wouldn't have been ashamed of my heritage growing up because soc

    is a middle-grade fantasy novel based off of Hindu mythology, following a 12-year old girl, Aru Shah, who finds out she is a reincarnation of one of the five Pandava brothers and essentially has to change the world.

    If 12-year old me had had the ability to read a book like this, maybe I wouldn't have been ashamed of my heritage growing up because society told me that being Indian wasn't good enough. So to all the 12-year old Indian and/or Hindu kids who are going to read this book, you deserve to feel the way I never got to feel-proud of your heritage.

    is not only one of the most important books I've ever read, it's also one of the best. From the plot to the characters to the writing, it is downright incredible in every way.

    Let's start by talking about the characters. Our main character, Aru Shah, is a girl who lies

    . And I loved that. I loved the creation of her character because it was unlike any middle-grade protagonist I have ever seen before.

    Aru is not your classic heroine. She essentially causes the mess that sets off this books. She isn't a morally grey heroine because she is without a doubt good, but she is a pre-teen who doesn't necessarily understand good and bad and who just wants to be excited by the popular kids, but isn't. And then her world changes forever.

    Then there's our other primary character, Mini. Mini is part-Filipina and part-Indian, knows way too much about medical stuff, and is Aru's "soul-sister."

    I loved Mini just as much as I loved Aru. She, unlike Aru, is much more a classic heroine who you would root for, but she still has intricate details woven into her-such as her obsession with how anything and everything can make you sick and how smart she is.

    And as these two characters are working together and are essentially sisters we get a huge dose of girls supporting girls in this book which I live for. If there's a trope we need to see more of, it's that one.

    And of course, we have some other great characters in this novel. Boo, the girls pigeon guardian. Hanuman and Urvashi, part of the Council, the girls godly parents (which I'm not spoiling for you, you have to read and find out which reincarnations they are), and more. Each supporting character, villian, etc. had their own tone that made them their own character, no matter how big or small their part was.

    And now, for the plot.

    Listen, if you gave me this and Percy Jackson to choose from, no offense but I would choose this novel (not that I don't love Percy he's also rad).

    Like I said, this is the book 12-year old me needed but never got.

    The journey the characters go on in this novel was such a fun one to be a part of, but let me just say I got freaked out time and again hoping our heroines would survive the countless demons they faced.

    Something that I think was really crucial to how much I enjoyed the plot was the pacing. The pacing in this novel is

    . That's all I can really say without spoilers, but I just really loved the pacing.

    And also, how it tied in Hindu mythology to the plot. There were parts when I honestly thought I might cry because of how much it related to me growing up. And all the different stops Aru and Mini made on their way to defeat the over-arching antagonist of this novel were so fun to read.

    I have been anticipating this novel with every bone in my body. I have been aching for it to be in my possession. I literally almost cried when it was announced. And it did not disappoint. It exceeded my expectations.

    So please, read this novel.

  • Rick Riordan

    Have you ever read a book and thought, "Wow, I wish I'd written that!"?

    For me, Aru Shah and the End of Time is one of those books. It has everything I like: humor, action, great characters and, of course, awesome mythology! But this is not a book I could have written. I just don't have the expertise or the insider's knowledge to tackle the huge incredible world of Hindu mythology, much less make it so fun and reader-friendly.

    Fortunately for all of us, Roshani Chokshi does.

    If you are not familia

    Have you ever read a book and thought, "Wow, I wish I'd written that!"?

    For me, Aru Shah and the End of Time is one of those books. It has everything I like: humor, action, great characters and, of course, awesome mythology! But this is not a book I could have written. I just don't have the expertise or the insider's knowledge to tackle the huge incredible world of Hindu mythology, much less make it so fun and reader-friendly.

    Fortunately for all of us, Roshani Chokshi does.

    If you are not familiar with Hindu mythology - wow, are you in for a treat! You thought Zeus, Ares and Apollo were wild? Wait until you meet Hanuman and Urvashi. You thought Riptide was a cool weapon? Check out this fine assortment of divine astras - maces, swords, bows, and nets woven from lightning. Take your pick. You're going to need them. You thought Medusa was scary? She's got nothing on the nagini and rakshas. Aru Shah, a salty and smart seventh grade girl from New Jersey, is about to plunge into the midst of all this craziness, and her adventure will make your head explode in the best possible way.

    If you already know Hindu mythology, you're about to have the most entertaining family reunion ever. You're going to see lots of your favorites - gods, demons, monsters, villains, heroes. You're going to soar up to the heavens and down into the Underworld. And no matter how many of these myths you already know, I'll bet you a pack of Twizzlers you're going to learn something new.

    Can you tell I'm excited to share this book with you? Yeah, I'm pretty excited.

    So what are you waiting for? GET THIS BOOK!

    When we first meet Aru Shah, she is hanging out in the Indian-American Museum where her mom works. School vacation has started, and Aru is pretty sure it's going to be a boring day. Yikes. She is SO wrong.

  • ambsreads

    I think I’ve made it pretty clear over time that I am a big fan of Rick Riordan. I love mythology and I love learning through his books. When Riordan announced that he was going to publish own voices authors take on mythology I was beyond excited. Aru Shah and the End of Time was no exception of this. I fell in love, fast. One reason was that it was a female lead, something we don’t typically see in Riordan’s work.

    I think I’ve made it pretty clear over time that I am a big fan of Rick Riordan. I love mythology and I love learning through his books. When Riordan announced that he was going to publish own voices authors take on mythology I was beyond excited. Aru Shah and the End of Time was no exception of this. I fell in love, fast. One reason was that it was a female lead, something we don’t typically see in Riordan’s work. An Indian female lead is something that holds incredible importance, and just to see Hindu mythology accurately represented.

    12-year-old Aru Shah has a habit of telling lies. She lies about basically everything to the people at her school so they don’t look at her as weird, the joys of being middle class in a rich school. One day she’s caught out in the lie when three people from her school come to where she lives – she lives in a museum, like how cool is that?! Things turn pretty nasty quickly with one of these three kids recording Aru as an attempt to get her to tell the truth. Instead, she decides to light a lamp that, as her mother says, is cursed. Unfortunately for Aru, the lamp is cursed. A powerful individual is let free and everyone around her is now frozen in time. With the help of a pigeon guide, Aru discovers she has the soul of the great Pandava brothers. Along the way, Aru meets one of her sisters (because there are no brothers in this generation) and must go on a quest in order to stop the powerful individual she let go free. Simultaneously she must come to terms with being a demigod and how much her mother has hidden from her. Oh, and the best part? Aru must do all this in her spider-man pyjamas as if that isn’t a look.

    I really loved Aru Shah and the End of Time. It was such a thrilling tale of mystery, surprise and, my favourite, humour. The writing of this particular story came across as pretty flawless. I also know, that if anyone reading this is like me you’re expecting this story to be basically identical to Percy Jackson. I’m here to say you’re wrong. This book completely holds its own and, dare I say it, is even better than Percy Jackson in some ways. It was truly such an important book and I am desperately waiting for book two!

    Anyway, let me jump into a more detailed version of what I did and didn’t like about Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi.

    L I K E S

    ✗ HINDU GODS > GREEK GODS

    Hear me out, I grew up learning about the Greek gods in school. When I picked up Percy Jackson for the first time I had a big understanding of all the variations. It made it a little boring for me, honestly. I know nothing about Hindu gods. This particular topic wasn’t taught in my schools (I went to 9 over 13 years, as a little fun fact). I know own voices books don’t exist to teach the public anything but I really did love learning about the Hindu gods. I have been deeply curious about the mythology for some time and I don’t trust Google, so it was just great to read something that I was unfamiliar with.

    Also, the Hindu gods weren’t as big of jerks as the Greek gods in Rick Riordan’s books, also a positive for me.

    ✗ THE CHARACTERS ARE HILARIOUS

    The humour in this book is amazing. I was giggling and smiling almost the entire book and I’m not even the target audience. It was just such a fun journey that I can’t screech and rave about this book enough. The humour was similar to that of Percy Jackson, dry and most of the time from the main character being unable to shut up, but I just feel as if this particular style was better suited for the target audience. It felt like I could give this book to one of my cousins and she would be laughing along with me.

    ✗ I LOVE BOO

    Boo is the pigeon guide that Aru and her Pandava sister Mimi are given. He’s not exactly the best guide nor does he really have the patience for two young preteens, but man was he hilarious. His character really brought Mimi and Aru together, and just the whole idea of a pigeon leading two girls on a quest makes me chuckle. To be fair though, I despise birds so the fact I even found this amusing shocks me a little.

    ✗ FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS

    If you’ve known me for a little while you know I am a big pusher of female friendships in books. I live for them. I love when two girls support one another rather than tearing each other down. Mimi and Aru gave me this. The two are young and it would have been easy to write two girls that hated each other but Roshani Chokshi didn’t, and I loved it. The girls obviously bickered and struggled at some points, but they’d also only just met and been informed they were sisters which can put a strain on any time making friends.

    2018 is the year of supportive friendships and I’m here for it.

    ✗ CANT WAIT FOR BOOK TWO

    Do I have to elaborate on this? After the ending of Aru Shah and the End of Time, I desperately have grabby hands for book two. This series will also finish when I’m 24 and if you don’t think I’m going to read every single one, you’re wrong. I am here for this series.

    D I S L I K E S

    ✗ I FELT ARU SOMETIMES STEPPED BACK IN THE STORY AND HER VOICE GOT LOST

    I’m really just nitpicking here, but it did feel as if Aru got lost at points. Obviously this a big quest and a whole bit about discovering who you are but I just wanted more. It did seem at points that Aru was morally grey but in truth, she is simply a preteen trying to find her place in the world and her identity. I’m interested to see if she does become morally grey throughout the course of this four book series. I stand by the fact though there should have been a little more focus on Aru’s feelings and emotions at some points.

    Overall, Aru Shah and the End of Time blew my socks off. I was not expecting anything that this book delivered and I’m slightly annoyed that it took me so long to even pick this up. The hype really stands true for this book, it is well deserving of your money and your time.

  • Taylor

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    was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, and it didn't disappoint. Let me just get this out of the way:

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    was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, and it didn't disappoint. Let me just get this out of the way:

    It's a colorful, lovely story steeped with rich Hindu mythology, and

    In this first book, we follow a young seventh grader named Aru, and she's a

    of a liar. She lives in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture in Atlanta, and her mother is the museum's curator. Unlike her wealthy classmates, Aru will be spending her Autumn break at home.

    And like I said: Aru has a habit of fudging the truth to make her

    reality more colorful and interesting. This backfires when four of her classmates come to the museum to catch her in a lie, and they end up daring her to light the ancient Lamp of Bharata. Even though her mother has warned her not to, Aru lights the lamp, freezing time and freeing the Sleeper, who is intent on awakening the God of Destruction.

    So yeah,

    I will admit, the first 100 pages of this book were fun, but I wasn't

    immersed. It wasn't until about a third of the way through that Aru's story wholly sucked me in; there's a scene in

    that really...surprised me, and it gave a depth to the story that I wasn't expecting.

    It is no surprise that Roshani's writing in here was beautiful,

    I excessively tabbed my copy of this book, and I

    ever do that. And for a middle grade? Not likely.

    The flowery, humorous prose, paired with the rich Hindu mythology entangled throughout this story, made

    a truly wonderful reading experience. This is the most well-written middle grade book I've ever read, and

    As far as comparisons go,

    meets Sailor Moon is

    , especially if you consider what's to come in later books. A badass girl-gang of Indian demigods destined to save the world?

    And like Rick Riordan's mythology-centered YA and middle grade stories, this book was

    . That's due in part to Aru's humorous and ironically honest inner monolgue. Also, I'm going mention Boo the talking Pigeon for a second: not only was he

    , but he also developed a very sweet connection with two of our main characters.

    Yep, Aru has another young girl that she teams up with on this adventure. Unlike Aru Shah, who is loud, opinionated, and imaginative, Mini is...

    . She's allergic to everything, has a big fear of death (don't we all), and is maybe too smart for her own good.

    Both girls are wonderful in their own way, and I adored their friendship.

    Thank the gods.

    The action was exciting. The plot was full of adventure and whimsy and strange, dreamlike imagery. The Hindu mythology was

    , and I can't wait to get more from this world, from these wonderful characters.

    I have no doubt that the Pandava Quartet will be an amazing middle grade fantasy series. And now, I will anxiously wait for

    ...

  • Ashley Nuckles

    4.5 stars! This was super cute and had all the Rick Riordan nuances I could have ever wanted! I loooove the humor in this book and I’m SO excited for the next ones!

  • Hamad

    *** Full review now posted ***

    Aru Shah and the End of Time is the kind of book that I would have killed for when I was younger. I mean it has the fast pacing just perfect for a middle grade book, a very good writing style, Indian mythology (How cool!) and a beautiful cover!!

    Not only that, this book was hilarious, I was laughing out loud more than one time and if you know m

    *** Full review now posted ***

    Aru Shah and the End of Time is the kind of book that I would have killed for when I was younger. I mean it has the fast pacing just perfect for a middle grade book, a very good writing style, Indian mythology (How cool!) and a beautiful cover!!

    Not only that, this book was hilarious, I was laughing out loud more than one time and if you know me enough, you'd have known by this time that Satan took my soul long ago and I am an emotionless creature now! The good things don't stop here, this was devoid of all the love drama which is so good for a change! And did I mention that it had many modern references for other books and TV shows!

    And if you are into mythologies, then this will surely satisfy your needs...

    No wonder Rick Riordan presented this as it was so good and reminded me of Percy Jackson but in a different way!

    I can't wait for book 2 to be released as I am most definitely continuing this series!

  • Lola

    This book is trying too hard.

    I never managed to

    and

    get a full sense of Aru Shah’s personality, because the voice of the author is far more present and loud.

    And still, somehow, I managed to dislike Aru. She made me cringe so many times that at some point I was questioning if I was this annoying at the age of twelve. I don’t think I thought about picking my nose every day like Aru does.

    It is somewhat interesting from start to finish, that I will admit. The mythology spiked my

    This book is trying too hard.

    I never managed to

    and

    get a full sense of Aru Shah’s personality, because the voice of the author is far more present and loud.

    And still, somehow, I managed to dislike Aru. She made me cringe so many times that at some point I was questioning if I was this annoying at the age of twelve. I don’t think I thought about picking my nose every day like Aru does.

    It is somewhat interesting from start to finish, that I will admit. The mythology spiked my interest and I was curious to see how Aru and her new friend would go about saving the world from the mess Aru created by awakening a demon.

    But it’s also extremely disappointing, seeing that the only character I adored was Boo and, well, he’s a pigeon. Yes, I have a crush on a pigeon, how weird and pathetic is that? I mean, he is incredibly cute and the only fully-fleshed character, as ironic as that sounds.

    We also meet other characters along the way, but the problem is they never stay for long, and definitely not long enough for us to form a deep connection to them, plus the majority of mythological creatures in here are either mean or think too highly of themselves. I get it, you’re… important, but you don’t have to remind us every five seconds.

    I am actually shocked I didn’t enjoy this, having absolutely loved the author’s

    duology. Perhaps those of you who couldn’t stand the purple prose in that one will find this story more pleasant, since the only thing that’s purple about this book is 1/5 of its cover.

    For those of you who wonder if it’s as good as any of Rick Riordan’s works, it’s not. It tries to be

    here and there, but it fails miserably, and besides, I don’t believe it should have tried to begin with.

    If only Aru Shah had been a relatable kid and her friend Mini less mousy and a sidekick, I would have ended up loving this to pieces most likely.

    But hey, at least there’s the pigeon to look forward to meeting. Oh, I am so, so sad.

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  • Roshani Chokshi

    Hi guys! I got to sit down with Rick a couple weeks ago and talk about ARU! If you're interested in watching our interview, here's the link!

    ~*~*~*~

    ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME has a cover! And a longer excerpt! I hope you guys enjoy <3 I've been dreaming of writing this story for eons...now there's only 6 months left until it's out in the world! I'll be hosting giveaways in the upcoming months, so if you're inter

    Hi guys! I got to sit down with Rick a couple weeks ago and talk about ARU! If you're interested in watching our interview, here's the link!

    ~*~*~*~

    ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME has a cover! And a longer excerpt! I hope you guys enjoy <3 I've been dreaming of writing this story for eons...now there's only 6 months left until it's out in the world! I'll be hosting giveaways in the upcoming months, so if you're interested, check out my newsletter:

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