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Wednesday 29 April 2015

The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer - Book Review

Press Release 

The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer
By Laxmi Hariharan
In Bombay today dystopia is reality

The hugely popular bestselling Indian YA thriller arrives in the UK
Behind the Bollywood gloss, Bombay right now is a living dystopia – contradictory, crowded, uncaring, violent and intense. The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer starts with the reality of the sprawling city and sees it destroyed and transformed into its ancient seven islands.
Driven by rage, Ruby Iyer is a compelling young woman – strong, kickass and hell-bent on revenge, but she also makes mistakes and certainly is not perfect.
The #1 Hot New Release on Amazon Asian. The prequel The Ruby Iyer Diaries was featured on Wattpad hitting 36000 views within a single month. 

The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, is a fast paced, gritty, thriller-fantasy, with a kickass protagonist. A white-knuckle-ride through a disintegrating Bombay City.
When Ruby Iyer's best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Kamini Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the mysterious Vikram Roy, a cop-turned-rogue on a mission to save Bombay. The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between its total destruction by Dr Braganza's teen army. As Bombay falls apart around them, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city? Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram? 

Says Laxmi, "Growing up in Bombay, I dreaded the daily commute by local train, to university.
Invariably I would be felt up, brushed against or commented on by almost every man who crossed
my path. I was helpless. Ruby Iyer is not. She follows her instincts... And pays the price for making
the wrong choices too." 

About the AuthorLaxmi Hariharan Is a television executive and former journalist. She lives in North London and blogs for the Huffington Post, among others. Her first novel The Destiny of Shatian, won gold at the global eLIt awards and went to #2 on Amazon Epic Fantasy. London is where she writes. Bombay fires her imagination. Reach her @laxmi or

Find Ruby Iyer on Twitter @RubyIyer and Facebook 

Book Review

The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer might be classed as young adult fiction, but I really enjoyed the read. Not that I'm saying I'm old you!
When I received this novel to review I was impressed by the cover and couldn't wait to open the book. I read it in a few days. 
This is a fast paced story with a brilliant lead character, teenager Ruby Iyer. Set in Bombay, it's so descriptive you can imagine yourself being there, involved in all of the action. And, the end? Well! I didn't see that twist coming, that's for sure. Couldn't believe I hadn't worked it out. 
Emotion runs high throughout the book, and friendship is tested to the limit when a friend of Ruby's is kidnapped. Can Ruby save her friend? Detective Vikram springs onto the scene and you don't know if he is good or bad. Very well written. I loved it!

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