Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes blog tour!! Read on to find an excerpt, plus more about the book and author, then follow along with the rest of the tour and enter a giveaway for a print copy of Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes!!
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Published by Rick Riordan Presents on April 7, 2020
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Retellings, Mythology
War between the devas and the demons is imminent, and the Otherworld is on high alert. When intelligence from the human world reveals that the Sleeper is holding a powerful clairvoyant and her sister captive, 14-year-old Aru and her friends launch a search-and-rescue mission. The captives, a pair of twins, turn out to be the newest Pandava sisters, though, according to a prophecy, one sister is not true. During the celebration of Holi, the heavenly attendants stage a massage PR rebranding campaign to convince everyone that the Pandavas are to be trusted. As much as Aru relishes the attention, she fears that she is destined to bring destruction to her sisters, as the Sleeper has predicted. Aru believes that the only way to prove her reputation is to find the Kalpavriksha, the wish-granting tree that came out of the Ocean of Milk when it was churned. If she can reach it before the Sleeper, perhaps she can turn everything around with one wish. Careful what you wish for, Aru . . .
ARU SHAH IS NOT SPIDER-MAN
Aru Shah had a gigantic lightning bolt, and she really wanted to use it.
“Please don’t, Shah,” begged her friend Aiden. “If you electrocute the targets with Vajra . . . we’ve blown this Pandava mission.”
“Puh-leeze,” said Aru, hoping she sounded more confident than she felt. “I’m the daughter of the god of thunder and lightning. Electricity is practically my thing.”
“Yesterday you stuck a fork in the toaster,” pointed out Aiden.
“It was just for a second, and it was holding my breakfast prisoner.”
A gust of wind hit the back of Aru’s head, and she turned to see a huge eagle with sapphire-colored feathers swooping toward them. The bird dove to the ground and in a flash of blue light transformed into Brynne, her soul sister and the daughter of the god of the wind.
“No visuals on the targets,” Brynne said. “Also, Aiden’s right. I seriously don’t trust you around electricity.”
Roshani Chokshi (www.roshanichokshi.com) is the author of the instant New York Times best-selling books in the Pandava series, Aru Shah and the End of Time, and its sequel, Aru Shah and the Song of Death. She also wrote the New York Times best-selling YA books The Star-Touched Queen and The Gilded Wolves. She studied fairy tales in college, and she has a pet luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. The Pandava novels were inspired by the stories her grandmother told her as well as Roshani’s all-consuming love for Sailor Moon. She lives in the south and says “y’all,” but she doesn’t really have a Southern accent. Her Twitter handle is @roshani_chokshi.
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