Friday, May 13, 2011

Karma by Cathy Ostlere

Young Adult: 528 pages
Published: March 31st, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Series: None
Source: Finished copy from publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the author: Website

On October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi is gunned down by two Sikh bodyguards. The murder sparks riots in Delhi and for three days Sikh families are targeted and killed in retribution for the Prime Minister’s death. It is into this chaos that sixteen-year-old Maya and her Sikh father, Amar, arrive from their home in Canada. India’s political instability is the backdrop and catalyst for Maya’s awakening to the world. KARMA is the story of how a young woman, straddling two cultures and enduring personal loss, learns forgiveness, acceptance and love.

Karma was one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read. First off, look at the gorgeous cover(it is even prettier in person!) If the cover isn't enough to draw your attention, then open the first page, and read the first verse. You'll be hooked!

Cathy Ostlere penned such a compelling, magical novel. The words flowed flawlessly, jumping off the pages. It was lyrical and poetic. The book is written in Verse and in diary form. So it made it very easy to connect with the main character Maya. Who I adored. The author created such a gripping read, although the book is 528 pages, it is a quick read because you won't be able to put it down. The short but powerful verses/diary entries make for a perfect read!

Karma is one of those books that I would recommend to everyone. I don't think it should be missed! It is heart-wrenching and heart-warming all at the same time. Maya's journey to self discovery was unlike anything I have read. You know those rare gems I speak about from time to time? Well this is one of them! A truly beautiful book that I am so glad I got to read. 2011 has really proved itself to be a wonderful reading year, and we are only in May!
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