2nd Review: The Dowry Bride by Shobhan Bantwal

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Book Information:

The Dowry Bride by Shobhan Bantwal
Kensington Publishing/Books
Published in 2007
ISBN 0758220316
343 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Megha is a dowry bride in India. One day, she overhears her husband and mother-in-law talk about how to murder her. For fear of her life, she runs away to the only place where they won’t think to find her. Kiran helps hide her from his wicked relatives. However, when they begin to have feelings for each other, will this bring doom to them?

My feelings are pretty much the same as when I first read it. However, the redundancy got on my nerves more this time than the first time. And the fact that I endured reading the book again without smut just made my mood worse. >.>”

Anyways, like mentioned before, there is a lot of redundancy. For the first part of the book, it was really boring and makes you wonder why she put it there. Then, it turns out the author just repeats that part later on in the story, with only a little bit more detail. Also, this book is very slow paced with a little too much description. I was struggling to read the whole book again. :( It takes almost 200 pages for them to do gushy romantic things. :(

Even though there isn’t any detailed smut, there is several gushy, giddy puppy-love romantic parts. I don’t like reading that much romance without any kind of smut, if I do, I will read young adult books for it. There is sex mentioned and one not very detailed smut scene between Kiran and Megha, but other than that, you will get filled with romance and love. :X So those of you expecting more smut than romance, you will be disappointed, though, the romantic parts are (kind of) nice. ;)

It is sort of exciting with the characters, descriptions, and climaxes, but this book is not something I would read more than twice. The ending is very disappointing. I wish there was more of a complete ending as to whether or not Megha and Kiran get married. The point of this book, to me, was to mostly show women’s independence and how women, like men, can grow whenever something terrible happens and still lead a successful life.  It is a good book to encourage women to take a stand in things they know isn’t right for them or others, but as far as romance goes, it isn’t. :(

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Shobhan Bantwal
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet My Book Place

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Review: The Dowry Bride by Shobhan Bantwal

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Book Information:

The Dowry Bride by Shobhan Bantwal
Kensington Publishing
Published in 2007
ISBN 0758220316
343 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

After being stuck in an arranged marriage to a “momma’s boy” for a year, Megha overhears her husband and his mother discuss their plans to murder her. With no choice left but to run away from their evil plans, she goes to Kiran, her cousin-in-law, for help and protection. However, when their relationship grows into something more than friendship, what will happen? Will their feelings bring forth their doom?

For this being her first novel, the author writes in detail about arrange marriages, customs, and how they are seen in India by writing about something that is a no-no topic in India – dowry bridal burnings. I’ve never read a book about arranged marriages and customs of India, so I found it very interesting to learn some new information about the country. :)

For the first part of the book, it was kind of boring and you’re wondering why the author would put that first, plus it will become redundant since she mentions it later on in more detail. Other than that, the book is pretty interesting and not that boring, however, it is kind of slow paced with a lot of descriptions in between.

The book was pretty much slow paced half of time and left me wondering if or when Megha and Kiran were going to do something smutty and gushy, but around page 200 they finally start getting more gushy than smutty. Most books I know would have gone for smutty and explain the sexual scenes the characters have in detail, but The Dowry Bride puts more detail in the romantic parts of it like touching each other’s hair and snuggling with your lover afterwards. It was a nice change from the smuttier books that I’ve read. I went, “Awwww,” so many times when the author described the romantic parts of love — walking under the moonlight, talking by river at sunset, etc. So those of you expecting more smut than romance, you will be disappointed, though, the romantic parts are still nice. ;)

Throughout the book there are a lot of climaxes, suspenseful areas, and a lot of character building, so you won’t be that bored — you’ll be so into the book that you’ll forget what time it is. In about 10 hours, I was already on page 270. :) As for the ending, it was kind of okay — the relationship part for Megha and Kiran leaves you wondering if they really do get married, however, the point of this book, I think, is to show women’s independence and how women, like men, can grow whenever something terrible happens and still lead a successful life.  It is a good book to encourage women to take a stand in things they know isn’t right for them or others, but as far as romance (and smut) goes, it isn’t that good of a book. :(

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Shobhan Bantwal
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet My Book Place

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble