September 13, 2021

#BookReview: Sisters of the Snake (Ria & Rani #1) by Sasha Nanua & Sarena Nanua






Synopsis: A lost princess. A dark puppet master. And a race against time—before all is lost.

Princess Rani longs for a chance to escape her gilded cage and prove herself. Ria is a street urchin, stealing just to keep herself alive.

When these two lives collide, everything turns on its head: because Ria and Rani, orphan and royal, are unmistakably identical.

A deal is struck to switch places—but danger lurks in both worlds, and to save their home, thief and princess must work together. Or watch it all fall into ruin.

Deadly magic, hidden temples, and dark prophecies: Sisters of the Snake is an action-packed, immersive fantasy that will thrill fans of The Crown’s Game and The Tiger at Midnight.



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Rating: 1 Star
My Review: I was so excited to get this from Owlcrate and dived right into it as soon as it came.  But sadly that excitement ended early on.  This book told from dual POV wasn't one for me.  I felt that things were just to far fetched with these two girls switching places.  I mean one is starving on the streets and one is a princess in a castle with food galore.  So you are going to tell me that these two girls look exactly the same?  No just no its too much to believe in.  Other things happen the same way that you just have to basically take the story with a grain of salt.  Like Amir couldn't tell that this girl wasn't his BFF, etc. There was just way to much that you just had to overlook . 

The story itself was just kind of boring.  I kind of wished that this book would have been about one sister then the next book would have been about the other sister.  Without the switching. I think it could have been an interesting take on Aladdin with the Ria learning that she is a twin or even take that sister aspect out.  Turn it into a new take on Aladdin and have Ria and Rani fall for each other instead.  I think that would have been a much better story.  

Another tidbit I just noticed if you look at the cover one girl seems taller and they are two different shades of brown. I mean really we are supposed to believe no one noticed? 



Go Into This One Knowing: Not thought out well. 







Review

"A decadent and enthralling debut, Sisters of the Snake lures readers into a dark and twisted world of intoxicating magic, starcrossed sisters, and heart pounding romance. Sasha and Sarena Nanua are a powerhouse duo to watch!"  -- Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles and Tiny Pretty Things

"Sarena and Sasha Nanua's charming debut is like an old school Bollywood fantasy brought to life: long lost, star-crossed sisters, snake magic, forbidden romance, and a lush, sinister world that you'll want to revisit again and again. Sequel now please!" -- Sona Charaipotra, author of Symptoms of a Heartbreak and the Tiny Pretty Things series

"Sisters of the Snake kept me on tenterhooks even as it thoroughly entertained me. Fast-paced and magical, this book introduces two bright new voices to YA lit. I can’t wait to see more from Sarena and Sasha Nanua!" -- Tanaz Bhathena, author of Hunted by the Sky

“Themes of fate, identity, and sisterhood intertwine in this lush fantasy that incorporates Indian cultural elements into its worldbuilding. A fresh take on a classic tale.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“A glamorous high-fantasy world, steeped in intrigue and bolstered by Punjabi cultural touches… its pace leaves little room for boredom in this immersive series starter.” -- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Sarena Nanua & Sasha Nanua are twin sisters living in Ontario, Canada. Born on Diwali ten minutes apart from each other, they grew up loving stories about twins and magic, and began writing books together when they were nine years old. They are graduates of the English and professional writing programs at the University of Toronto and are also the authors of the Pendant trilogy. You can visit them online at www.sarenasashabooks.com.










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