Book Title: The Twist of Fate
Author: Anjum Awasthi Malik
Total Number of Pages: 271
Publisher: Invincible Publishers
Publication Date: 1 Dec 2017
Genre: Fiction / Romance
A young and vivacious girl, Raahi is all set to live her dream in a big city. A cruel twist of fate and her world starts collapsing around her. Aadit, a business analyst in New York, is effervescent and full of life. Or at least that’s what he shows to the world, but deep down he is still struggling with his own demons. The fate interweaves their lives together and just when a bond is about to bloom, life throws another curve at them. They start drifting apart completely oblivious to what fate has in store for them. The Twist of Fate is a heartfelt and enamored tale of the entangled emotions of love that promises to keep your eyes glued to its pages.
The Twist of Fate is a romance novel but I am happy to say that I found it to be quite different from all the cliché romance novels that are selling like hot cakes. It would be wrong to say that the concept is very unique since it’s not. It’s the way the book is written which turned the plot away from being another one of those cliché romance plots.
I have been reading a lot of romance novels lately and it did start to get a bit monotonous. You know , the same old girl meets boy and falls for him plots. Pardon me, but I did think of this book to be in the same category. So, I started off a bit uninterested but as I made progress and the chapters kept unfolding, I found this book to be a lot different.
Raahi, the female protagonist is going to live her dreams in the big city of Noida when she receives a call letter from the company. Bearing with her overprotective father who hadn’t let her out of Solan until now, this time, she has made up her mind to leave Solan and get settled in a big city. Her father’s concerns are valid considering the types of news the media flashes about NCR almost everyday. Her father accompanies her on this journey. The father-daughter duo say their goodbyes once Raahi gets settled at the Kashyap’s house. She is a bubbly and cheerful character, not the over talkative but yes, she is lively and a tad bit chirpy.
Aadit, the male protagonist is the son of the Kashyap’s who happens to live on his own outside of his hometown; a business analyst working in New York. On a face level, Aadit appears to be happy and jolly but he has his own personal struggles that he deals with on a daily basis. He puts on a brave face and meets life head on.
Raahi is in a long distance relationship with her college sweetheart Abhimanyu. Their relationship was going well until distance won over love. Abhimanyu breaks up with Raahi saying that he isn’t ready for a serious relationship now. I wonder what the boy had been thinking being in a relationship with Raahi for all these years *eye roll*. In those tough times when Raahi is going through heartbreak, Aadit stays by her side. This is when he finds himself falling for her.
Now, the rest of the progresses with Aadit and Raahi sharing most of the screen space but it is to see whether Abhimanyu pops up in this triangle of love.
I liked how both Aadit’s and Raahi’s family members are allowed to make appearances throughout the storyline. So, it isn’t only Aadit and Raahi spread over the entire book, I also got a chance to peek into their families. Also, this kind of cuts down the plot from being monotone with only Aadit and Raahi exploring their relationship.
As I have mentioned earlier, the concept or the plot isn’t that new but the characters and the writing style saved the book from slipping off the hook. Both, Raahi’s and Aadit’s characters were developed well. I also liked the supporting characters. Often times, I see that the emotions of the character’s in a book aren’t described well which in turn makes them look cardboard cut outs rather than humans but here, the author has managed to explore the emotions of the characters well.
The narration was really good. The pace is neither fast nor slow. It’s exactly the kind this story needed and also the overall flow of the story was good. The language is simple but elegant. It didn’t incline towards being amateurish. The chapters aren’t that long. So, it was easy to finish them off without being bored.
Overall, the story is narrated from Raahi’s point of view but there are some chapters from Aadit’s point of view too. I wouldn’t say that it broke the flow of the overall narration, but the inclusion did disrupt the narration a bit for me. It came as a sudden change of POV which I wasn’t ready for, I guess. I felt that a few scenes were stretched bit more than necessary. The book is a bit lengthy considering the plot. So, I think it could have been cut down a bit by shortening some of the descriptions at certain scenes.
The book cover is okay but it isn’t exactly eye-catching. Maybe a mix of dark and light colours would go better with the plot since it has both sad and happy moments.
MY FINAL VERDICT
This book turned out to be a good read despite my initial thoughts. I was very pleased with the writing style. It wasn’t the usual mushy-gushy love story and it wasn’t sugary sweet.
The Twist of Fate is more of a realistic take on a love story. There are many twists and turns in the story which are believable and not something which can only happen in a fantasy.
If you’re looking for something not so sugary sweet of a romance novel and one which probably wouldn’t bore you despite its book length, you can definitely give The Twist of Fate a read.
Book Cover : ⭐⭐⭐
Book Title: ⭐⭐⭐.5
Writing Style: ⭐⭐⭐.8
Language and Vocabulary: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Grammar and Punctuation: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING : ⭐⭐⭐.8 / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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