Book Review: The Guardian Angels, by Rohit Gore

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About the author:
Rohit Gore is an Indian author. His greatest passion is reading and it inspired him to write. He is a frequent contributor to many online writing forums and wishes there were more writing groups.

Cover and blurb:
I like the interdependency between the protagonists shown with the cover design. It was a very intriguing cover, and the blurb also caught my attention. I felt it would be a romance story that I would like, not too much mushy and all that.

My thoughts:
I sometimes wonder about the term destiny. If there exists such a thing in our life. If we are meant to be somewhere, with someone, doing something and all that. If we are, how do we know when we find that place, person or dream. Is it true that our heart tells us. Well, if there’s a story about destiny, then this would probably be amongst them.

There are some stories that make you feel like you are with the characters. You can understand their actions, visualize them as you read along. This is one of them. The Guardian Angels is the story of Radha and Adi, who meet each other in somewhat strange circumstances when they are teenagers, and then fall in love, though they don’t admit it, and perhaps they don’t need to either. They are the two halves of a jigsaw, meant to fit and form that complete picture. They both can sense when the other is in trouble, and where they are, and save each other. Their affinity for each other is so much that even their families drift closer. Their encounters with fate, and destiny over the course of two decades leave you wondering, and sometimes emotional. Their characters make you smile, and sometimes silent in awe. Radha is quite brave, engaging and adventurous at the beginning, even in her teens. The scene of her introduction makes you laugh out loud and also marvel at the courage she shows. Later she becomes a little withdrawn, understandably. Adi is shown as the introvert, pushover type person, but he also demonstrates courage more than once later on. I like that depth, and it continues through the book. They are each other’s best friends, soulmates and protectors all in one. Even if the scene between Nicole and Radha wasn’t there, I’d have thought this title would have fit perfectly.

I was left wishing that the story went on a little more. The way the incidents are brought out, first through the eyes of the author, then through Radha’s diary was beautiful. Nowhere in this novel are we told that the two of them are lovers, but that’s understood. We’d say so as we read. Perhaps that’s the difference between romance and love. We don’t need to be told they are, just made to see that they are. This is one roller coaster ride, but it doesn’t disappoint. The language is lucid and simple, the characterization is deep, and small, almost realistic incidents can easily be visualized. Perhaps the one thing that sort of pulls it back a little is that the ending is predictable. You don’t want to think that it would end the way you think or know it would, but you go on with the hope that it wouldn’t end that way.

I’m not a very emotional reader, but I feel it has that effect to make the reader cry and smile at the same time. In this day when romance novels are the most popular among writers of Indian fiction, this book has that little more to stand a notch above the rest. I liked it, and almost loved it. A value buy, and more than that.


A rating of 8/10
A rating of 8/10

Book Details:
Title: The Guardian Angels
Author: Rohit Gore
ISBN: 9789381841280
Genre: Love/Drama Fiction
Publishers: Grapevine India
Price: INR 125

 


The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve. This is not a paid review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.


Shared with
1) First Reads Challenge at b00k r3vi3ws
2) Indian Quills Reading Challenge at Tales Pensieve.


(Sept 5th, 2013)

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