I was really excited when I got approved from Disney Books on Netgalley to review this fantastic book. Aru Shah is the adventure story all little girls (and boys) need.
Even though Aru is far from a perfect main character, that's what makes her so relatable and enjoyable to read about. She's a 12 year old girl who is just trying to find her place in this world, while her mom constantly travels for work to find more artifacts for the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture. When Aru accidentally unleashes a dark demon on humanity she has to go on an adventure to save the world. Meeting lots of interesting characters along the way, the reader is taught about Hindu gods and Indian culture. Aru finds out more about herself and her strength throughout the book, while also making friends along the way.
I loved reading this wonderfully diverse book and I think fans of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter would easily fall in love with Aru Shah's world. And it's especially refreshing to read books that celebrate young women of color and their bravery. I can't wait to read the next book in this series when it comes out next year!
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