Book Name          - Hidden Children
 Author                 - Reshma.K.Barshikar
 Publisher              - Two Ravens Publishing
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Review

Since Harry Potter, there have been an increasing demand for fantasy novels. Fulfilling the desire for magic, Reshma Barshikar has brought to the readers, a mix of fantasy and contemporary fiction.

The book is primarily the story of Shayamukthy a.k.a Shui, a US returned girl who have been mocked and bullied for her accent and also the fact the she used to be an NRI. Nonetheless she manages to get a few friends. While her life goes on amidst the little fights, basketball practice and lectures, she meets Anya, a girl who is as different as her and another target for the bullies. With utmost astonishment Shui learns that she has magic in her and her dislexia is not a defect anymore. Her first foray into the world of magic, when she summoned butterflies, which Anya calls Kairos, changes Shui's life forever. How her life proceeds further is the rest of the plot.

Author has maintained  a balance between fantasy and reality which widens her target readers. The strategy is commendable. The characters are the highlights of the book. They are all crafted such that each one has an individuality of their on. Simultaneously, they represent the current generation in general. The introduction of magic takes the book to another dimension. Choice of names is another factor that needs mention. It has been a general tendancy of fantasy authors to name the characters such that their names sound bizarre and inappropriate to the current scenario. Author has chosen to give normal names to the characters , which in turn attracts hardcore fantasy lovers and YA lovers alike.
Nonetheless, the pace of the book is inconsistent. Midway through the book the story starts dragging but gains momentum towards the end. The parallel plot of the subtle attraction between Shui and Adyant is interesting to read. The title Hidden Children and the cover image is perfect representative of the book and does justice to the overall plot.



Verdict

Perfect YA Fantasy

Scenario:   4 /5
Narration    :  4.5 /5
Character   : 4.5  /5
Entertainment Quotient: 4.5/5

This review is in return of a free book from the author.  



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