Awww man. I mean Janu? Because then when she would call his name, wow did it feel intimate. And I loved their moments together. He is such a wonderful person that I can instantly see why she is drawn to him. There is that big but that readers will have to consider. Which leads me to this. And THIS is a big spoiler. So do not read it if you have not read the book. Hugely messed up. Because she knew what was the right thing to do.
But she chickened out anyway.
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And her and Janu didn't just decide to get together in the spur of the moment which still isn't ok but to make things look even worse, SHE went to HIM. I can't be OK with that. I think she should have at least have had the decency to break up with him first. I don't care how much the idea made her feel sick, because it's just as sick cheating on him.
I think you need to be harsh when it comes to these things. She's a smart girl and she knew better.
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I have faith in the author though. So I'm curious to see the consequences she will have to face in the third book. Also, thoughts on the big reveal? Let me know in the comments section and I'll share my thoughts on it too. View 1 comment. Mar 16, Mavis Ros rated it really liked it Shelves: middle-school. In here, it starts off to the point where Mira Levenson is on her own to travel to Kolkata, India to spend at least two weeks with her aunt and "Everything I was before, all the forever-things, are slipping away from me here under Jasmine Skies. Sep 02, Margaret Bamford rated it really liked it.
Although this book is written for younger readers I enjoyed the story and the descriptions of India as seen through a young girls eyes. I loved the part about the sari shop and the beautiful antique sari that was chosen. Well worth a read. Feb 22, Stephanie rated it really liked it Shelves: mg-fiction. That book was so powerful, about such a life-changing combination of events in Mira's life…I worried that a sequel might just feel slight in comparison. I was wrong. Mira travels to India to stay with relatives she's only ever met on Skype before, finds out secrets from her family's past, and has all of her perceptions shifted, sometimes with earth-shaking internal results.
It's a wonderful book, with fabulous, very real-feeling characters and a real warmth that flows all through it. It was such a joy to read, and it was totally absorbing. The descriptions are so vivid, my mouth watered as I read the many and amazing descriptions of the food Mira ate, and I really felt like I was seeing Kolkata through her eyes, full of color and complexity.
I love Mira so much, I would read any number of books about her as she grows up…which leads to my dilemma as I was trying to figure out a star rating for this novel. I loved every bit of it…until the ending. There's a big, emotional confrontation that Mira's been dreading since partway through the novel, and in the last chapter, as she gets ready for that confrontation to finally take place, her tension ratchets up higher and higher…and then the book stops!
It ends there, before she's had that confrontation, which left me blinking, taken aback and, honestly, a bit disappointed, at the final page. I've been thinking about that ever since, as a reader and as a writer who tries to learn from the books I read.
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I think I wouldn't have felt that I needed to see that confrontation if Mira herself had been feeling calm resolve as she anticipated it - if she'd thought, I can handle this, even though it will be hard. That would have felt like resolution to me. But Mira was panicking about it in the last chapter, completely uncertain of how it would go and how her life might change because of it - and although I've wondered in multiple re-reads of the final pages whether the last line was intended to give a hint about the final result…well, if that's the case, then it was SO subtle that I missed it completely in my first two reads and am still very, very uncertain about it.
On the other hand, if I knew there would be a third book about Mira, I would happily give this book a 5-star rating because I'd accept that I just had to wait until Book 3 to find out how the confrontation went. As far as I know, there isn't going to be a Book 3, though, so… I'm giving it 4 stars, but honestly, until those last couple of pages it was 5 stars all the way - and the ending certainly didn't take away any of my pleasure in having read the book.
I'll just have to imagine for myself what really happened. And I can't wait to read another Sita Brahmachari book! Jun 04, Lusa rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The book had a good start and good plan. It was basically based on a huge family secret the main character was trying to unravel. In my opinion the secret was in a huge text at the end and I lost interest very quickly and the secret wasn't even good.
But I loved the main character and how she portrayed herself and the artistic side of her , by aside from the characters it just wasn't intriguing enough. Jun 11, Harman Kaur rated it did not like it. Feb 12, Charlotte rated it really liked it. Likeable and interesting characters and shows the real contrast between the rich and those who live in poverty. Only thing that let it down was the ending. Other then the disappointing ending it was a great quick read.
Sep 06, Art rated it liked it. Mar 25, Chitra rated it it was ok. Too slow, no storyline, very boring. Jun 14, Merriam Leirose Tidoso rated it liked it. Jun 07, Preeti Khola rated it really liked it. The best sequel Artichoke hearts could get. The quirkiness continues Feb 22, Thoginesh rated it it was amazing. Such a heart warming book and loved the descriptions of India through a young girl's eyes. Definitely worth the read. Thumbs up! Looking forward to read Artichoke Hearts :.
Apr 04, Emma rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult. This was an unutterably sweet book. I hadn't read Artichoke Hearts which is the book that leads events to their starting point here, though I found it relatively easy to piece together the previous novel while I became engrossed in this one. Any explanations or references to the prior story were quite seamlessly woven into the plot. I tried to put my finger on what it was that I liked so much about the novel while I was reading it and found that it wasn't any specific thing, but rather a combina This was an unutterably sweet book.
I tried to put my finger on what it was that I liked so much about the novel while I was reading it and found that it wasn't any specific thing, but rather a combination of the setting India is really brought to life in the narrative, the descriptions formed more than a postcard snapshot in my mind and the country became almost a character of its own , the characters that surrounded Mira particularly her "pocket-rocket" cousin , and the style of the narrative.
I loved the fact that there was no real antagonist here, no villain or caricatures of evil or even "good" for that matter, because most "good" characters are proven to be fallible , and that this "rite of passage" story didn't just tick all the boxes that are almost expected in order for a character to be considered to have grown or completed their journey. I thought the relationship between Mira and her adult relatives was refreshing.
There's genuine respect to be seen in their interactions for example, Mira is trusted to travel alone and the "us versus them" mentality that is often portrayed between teenage characters and their parents wasn't exaggerated for the sake of progressing the story. Conflict wasn't avoided, however, but what was demonstrated was how expressing yourself and openly communicating with those close to you is important.
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I felt that any guilt, frustration or anger arose because of secrets and misunderstandings. No one was perfect but no one could really be blamed. There were many twists and turns that emphasised that and created suspense wonderfully. Of course, arguments weren't glossed over, but it seemed they could be given more weight because of this.
I really appreciated that the opinions and perspectives of elderly people were included in the plot and that Mira valued them as she did, her values were an endearing part of the novel. It was a welcome change that the focus could be outside of a school environment, and that interests and hobbies such as dancing and drawing were a larger part of what defined the characters rather than their behaviour or interactions in class. The needs of community, and the spirit needed to meet these needs and help those less fortunate, were a definite highlight for me.
I was gripped by the mystery that Mira spends the novel trying to get to the bottom of, and this was definitely a book that offered closure in a satisfying way when it was over though maybe some people might find it a bit too neat I was impressed with how thoughtfully the narrative was shaped to get to that point. Well, Jasmine Skies offers something outside of the norm for that, too.
Instead of the tension solely revolving around whether Mira will find love with a mysterious boy or who she's going to kiss next, we are told from the start that Mira has a boyfriend and has been in a relationship with him for a long time wow!
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A committed loving relationship that is as focused on friendship as romance for a younger audience to relate to, nice. Yet, this isn't the icing on the cake. In a realistic approach to love, as Mira changes her relationships undergo a vital change too.
The exploration of what might happen after the first kiss occurs between two people who are attracted to each allows some important questions about the constancy of love to be asked. Mira's self-assurance didn't particularly ring true to me, which made it harder to relate to some of her decisions, but far be it for me to say it was totally unbelievable.
On the other hand, it might have been a conscious choice to have Mira be so mature about love and not flitting around co-dependently like Bella from Twilight. Sita Brahmachari is an author I will look out for in the future. You'll almost be able to smell the jasmine in these skies. Jun 20, The-vault rated it it was ok.
By Sita Brahmachari. Otherwise attractive, it certainly makes a lot more sense after you read the book. Mira Levenson is bursting with excitement as she flies to India to stay with her aunt and cousin for the first time. As soon as she lands Mira is hurled into the sweltering heat and a place full of new sights, sounds, and By Sita Brahmachari. As soon as she lands Mira is hurled into the sweltering heat and a place full of new sights, sounds, and deeply buried family secrets.
From the moment Mira meets Janu she feels an instant connection. He becomes her guide, showing her both the beauty and the chaos of Kolkata. Nothing is as she imagined it - and suddenly home feels a long way away. Mira, though she may be from London, does not fit the she-must-be-smug-and-overly-modern stereotype. Her Indian cousin, Priya, unexpectedly is more hip of the two, with a pixie cut, a love for dubstep and a fetish for converse shoes. Their contrasting personalities never clash; they just follow a smooth rhythm, along with the rest of the story.
The first quarter of the book is slightly boring; what with Mira observing everything too carefully and making note of the obvious heat and poverty that surrounds her. The family ties are complex and get confusing at times. In some sentences, the names are jumbled and printed incorrectly. Nevertheless, the author manages to balance a large number of characters pretty well. History repeats itself when Mira goes to the same house twice, and ends up in the hospital.
The ending is definitely my favorite part of the story, with all the drama and the action. Anjali runs a refugee for such poverty stricken kids, with the help of Janu, the first child she rescued. The proud moment when Mira makes the kids at refugee smile, by her spontaneous art project, is extremely relatable. Another noteworthy thing is that Kolkata is a very significant part of the story; with its vibrant colors, life and people from all walks of life. On one hand, the city is adorned with huge mansions, malls and skyscrapers and on the other, homeless children and beggars line the streets with their empty eyes and hungry stomachs.
It perfectly brings out the contrast that India itself is, especially to the West. Mira, unfamiliar with such sights, is moved and often feels guilty for being privileged, just by luck. The sweet chemistry between Janu and Mira is also hard to miss.
In spite of the background and culture differences, they fall hopelessly in love. The scene where they fall asleep on the terrace, beneath the stars and the jasmine vines, is a delight. However, there is a degree of closure, even if incomplete. Jasmine Skies is, unexpectedly, a thought provoking book and definitely worth a read. Originally reviewed at : www. May 23, VaultOfBooks rated it liked it. Nothing is as she imagined it — and suddenly home feels a long way away.
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Originally posted by: www. Jun 30, Lauren K rated it really liked it Shelves: ya , india. I came across Jasmine Skies at Delhi airport during one of my stopovers I was in that airport 4 times! However, this book can easily be read as a standalone novel. Jasmine Skies is about an English-Indian girl meeting her ext I came across Jasmine Skies at Delhi airport during one of my stopovers I was in that airport 4 times! Jasmine Skies is about an English-Indian girl meeting her extended family in Kolkota for the first time.
Mira has a fresh, mature voice and a keen interest in her family history, wants to maintain a good relationship with her family and has a boyfriend, Jide of three years -a very long relationship for a 14 year old, but it seems their relationship is fairly innocent and they are best friends. Mira has been skyping her cousin Priya in Kolkota for some time since the death of her grandfather and has finally been allowed to go and visit for a couple of weeks. Not only is Mira looking forward to spending time with her cousin and her aunt Anjali but she also hopes to uncover the mystery behind the estrangement of her mother and Anjali when she visited India at the same age as Mira.
Mira learns many lessons during her holiday, including the importance of family, privacy and shared experiences. She discovers the heavy feeling of guilt, regret and the pleasure of new experiences, new perspectives and new friendships. Brahmachari weaves very serious issues throughout Jasmine Skies in a thought-provoking way. Mira arrives in Kolkota and is confronted with poverty, prejudice, cultural differences and various religious beliefs and begins to reflect and appreciate on her own more privileged life back in England.
The author is very skilled at bringing the setting to life through all the senses and i felt as though i really were in Kolkota seeing it through Mira's eyes. Home Contact us Help Free delivery worldwide. Free delivery worldwide. Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New Releases.
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