Book Reviews

Book Review – Rafflesia: The Banished Princess

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by The Readers Cosmos. I was offered this book ‘Rafflesia: The Banished Princess’ in exchange for an honest review on the same.

Hello Loves,
It’s been an extremely tiring month with ZERO time (race against time phrase) to make it up to you guys. But, guess what? I’m back at it again! Woohoo (GENTLY PATS MY BACK)

Without further ado, let’s talk about how I have managed to cope up with this book.

1. The cover: to be honest, I do judge a book by its cover and with one that this book owned, I decided to not give this one even a quick read. The cover is amateur and poorly made and for a book to appeal to its audience, covers need to have that oomph’- factor which Rafflesia failed to portray.

However, the setting of the book can be easily understood by the photograph on it. That’s a plus!

2. Content: The book starts off slow, in a theatrical set-up with stage, characters and all that jazz. It is quite a bore for the first quarter of its readers. However, with time, the story has managed to pick up enough bandwidth to keep me reading.

3. Characters: the MC is in love (fall in love synonym) with a woman from a play, a character in the fact that doesn’t exist, in real life. This could have been an edgy romance, as an unrealistic storyline works in literature. But, Rafflesia didn’t justify its plot that well.

When I was asked to review “Rafflesia: The Banished Princess” – the name in itself had me quite excited. However, upon reading the paperback I’d say it isn’t simply something that I’d give a heads up to.

This book is recommended to those that like a slow, atypical, pantsery-kind plot line. If you’re the kind who enjoys the same, you should definitely read it.

Overall Rating: 2/5

About the book (As mentioned on Amazon)

The curtains draw up. Lights are dimmed. The musical is about to begin. As the beautiful princess descends on stage, the mythical creatures from her kingdom come alive. Flickers of brilliant colours
blaze across as mesmerizing music pulsates from one corner of the theatre to the other. A fairy tale is about to unfold…

As young children, we often come across things that stay in our hearts forever. For Appu, it is a fairy tale about a beautiful princess. He lives with her in a world filled with the magical creatures from her kingdom until the real world beckons. A reluctant Appu steps into it as a striking young man and struggles to find his place.

What follows is an evocative tale of love and loss, friendship and betrayal, as the story travels through the snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal to the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, the tulip gardens of
Holland to the lush greens of Kerala. Does Appu find what he had set out for? The answer lies in Rafflesia — The Banished Princess because in her story, lay his!”

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