Thursday, 20 November 2014

Review of 'Dancing with Demons' by 'Nidhie Sharma'

Blurb: Karan Pratap Singh is on the brink of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship, when in a moment, he loses it all. His fall from glory seems fuelled by ruthless arrogance and an out-of-control anger management problem. That, however is just symptomatic of a deeper issue. Buried under layers of his fractured subconscious lies a childhood secret he cannot come to terms with.

Sonia Kapoor is a beautiful, volatile young woman with a secret that torments her at night but a secret that she feels no guilt for.

When fate throws Karan and Sonia together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir up trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. But, is redemption possible without forgiveness?

Dancing with Demons is a fast-paced action drama of love, loss and resurrection.

Verdict: ‘Dancing with demons’ is the first work of fiction by Nidhie Sharma. This book is a combat sports novel where romance will linger at the back of the readers head.

The cover is designed to perfection. It has every element to catch the eyes of the readers and to describe the contents of the book. The boxing ring, the couple walking with hands wrapped around each others are the indication of the mixture of combat sports and romance inside the book. The most interesting thing which I think will surely make a mark is the badge on the front saying ‘soon to be made into a Bollywood movie’. The blurb is interesting and gives the book a good first impression.

There is no introduction or starter, the author has chosen to jump into the story from the very first page which will not give the readers any room to settle down. The book is divided in short and crispy chapters which is very much in the trend these days and keeps the readers hooked. The first chapter is written wonderfully and will definitely mesmerize the readers by the narrating style and the change of events. The author has a skill of describing scenes with perfect words which will attract the readers to read more.

The story starts with Karan Pratap Singh (the main protagonist) a prominent boxer and an uprising star in a combat sport fighting one of the most important fight of his life and the readers will witness, how that fight and the inner demons of Karan will change his fate. The author has efficiently changed the scene to introduce Sonia Kapoor. The story moves on with the lives of these two, fighting their past and taking a stand against their fate. This is a Harlequin book and the readers will not get disappointed by the way the romance is injected in the story, it matches the standard. The swift juggle between the scenes, the lucid narrating style, the witty conversations and the dark characters will keep the readers engaged till the end.

One more thing that will mesmerize the readers is the characters. The characters has different shades and a very creepy past to fight with which makes them unique. The describing style of the author makes them visible to the readers and the readers will woo over the protagonists.

The book has a lot of drama, from the very beginning to the end. At some part I felt the drama was crossing the limit and dropping the speed of the story. The tiny chapters are not helping the drama to unfold either. There are some scenes where the effort of the author to keep the suspense alive by hiding some facts, was visible to the readers. The first half of the book is better than the second half and I felt the story has ended in a jiffy and lacks the expected drama.

Final Words: The characters of this book has a come alive by the author's description skill and will leave a lasting effect among the readers. The fancy story with the speedy narrating makes this book a hit.

Title: Dancing with Demons
Author: Nidhie Sharma
Publisher: Harlequin India
Page Count: 289
My Rating: 4.25/5

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