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Tantra: Book Review

Hey everyone,
I am back with another book review….I hope you guys aren’t bored already….will be reviewing some nice products really soon but for now I am in a book reading phase, so bear with me. 
When I saw this book on Blogadda, the first thought that struck me was “Wow, Indian author plus vampire based story…interesting”. Vampires and supernatural genre in general has never been a strong suit of Indian authors. They either tend to get too carried away in details or are overtly dramatic when they attempt to write about it. 
Thankfully Tantra by Adi (that is exactly what is written on the cover :P) is definitely a more bearable book of the above mentioned lot. There are a little faults here and there with the story but overall it did turn out to be a good read.
Tantra revolves around Anu, a leather wearing, no-nonsense professional guardian with a reputation for killing the most dangerous vampires in New York City. But when her enemies murder the one person she truly cared about, all she wants is vengeance. The only clue points to New Delhi, so Anu puts in for a job transfer.In India, she finds more than she expected. She discovers forces older and darker than anything she’s faced before. All of Delhi is in danger, especially the sexy stranger who sets Anu’s pulse racing.
Lets first talk about the good things in the book. For starters, it is not even remotely related to Edward Cullen-Bella Swan- Vampire meets girl fall in love kind of story. I like the way Adi has portrayed the Anu’s character in the story. She is strong, practical, no nonsence kind of a girl but there are shades of her character that you can relate to. I also really liked the mystery element in the story and the concept of Vampires and Vampire hunters in Delhi was really innovative. The story began on a really good note and I was completely engrossed in the book for the first 250 pages or so.
But, it is last few pages of the book that did not go down well with me. The story became too detailed, part of the problem was that the story had suddenly shifted from Vampires to Satvik-Tantrik based problem and somehow in the transition completely lost its pace. Anu’s character lost its strength radically. I had expected a more innovative character development from the author rather than the stale girl falls for charming guy plot and well the most disappointing part was the end….I was definitely left unconvinced.
I do give credit to the author to have ventured into a not so popular genre for this book, and yes he has succeeded in giving us a decent novel to read ( well I can say this for atleast 80 % of the book) however I wish he had written a better ending. After investing so much time in reading something I just can’t help but feel cheated if the ending is abrupt 🙁 .
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