WRITING STYLE: 3/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5
“The Mirage was broken. What she knew as the truth turned into fiction to beguile her, the person she had been living with for so many years turned into someone she never knew until then…”
Sometimes in order to read intense and complicated books, one ought to read light and easy books. Thus, I always try to find a balance between the different books that I read in a month. My requirement for these in-between reads is that they should be light, short, breezy and entertaining. Incidentally, The Full Circle by Namrata Gupta, a book that I picked up recently, exactly fits the bill. To know more about my thoughts on the book, please continue reading.
When it comes to ease of readability, Namrata Gupta’s The Full Circle scores really well. Everything from the font size and the font style to the alignments is done well. The page margins and other such nitty-gritty are well taken care of to ensure that the reader enjoys a good reading experience. The cover looks good, though, there is scope some for improvement there.
What to expect?
The Full Circle is an easy read and would be perfect for new readers. It is a mix of romance, drama and mystery. Though the drama and romance far outweigh the mystery elements, the book puts forth a delectable combination that is both refreshing and entertaining. Since a major theme of the book is travel, it will certainly appeal to readers who are always .
The story as it goes
Aditya is a traveller. He doesn’t have a regular job or a regular income. He is always travelling to new places, settling there for a month or two, learning new languages, arts and dance forms, forming bonds with the locals, helping people in need and working in whatever capacity that is able to bring him sustainable money.
On one of his travels, while he is looking for a place to stay, he meets Zinnia. As he gets to know her better he finds himself getting drawn to her. But Zinnia, for some reason, seems to hate travelling and travellers. The reason behind her particular aversion to travellers keeps bothering Aditya but he doesn’t get his answers so easily.
It is only when he moves ahead to help a troubled girl called Jacqueline that he realizes the magnitude of his feelings for Zinnia. What lies ahead is a journey that is both exhausting and mysterious yet full of hope and .
How good are the characters?
The Full Circle is full of a variety of characters – major-minor, honest-dishonest, compassionate-vicious. There are too many of them to easily get lost but fortunately in this book, they do not overwhelm the narrative and create chaos. They do just what characters in any book are meant to do. They bring about the necessary spice in the story.
Let’s discuss the writing style
I love how Namrata Gupta talks about travel and how easily she is able to pass on this love for travelling to the reader. Her fervour for travel is infectious and throughout the book, I could not help but imagine myself travelling to all the places that Aditya goes to.
The author perfectly incorporates a good number of characters and sub plots into a meaningful story. To achieve all this in just over 100 pages is no mean feat and is certainly applause worthy.
I felt that the romance was a bit undercooked. It was beautiful but there was something missing in it – spice, passion, sincerity. It somehow did not feel real. Instead, it felt made-up and manufactured.
Was the climax good enough?
The climax, though predictable, was a satisfying one. There were a lot of surprise elements thrown towards the end of the book but they all were predictable and the reader didn’t need second guesses to know what was to come.
It all boils down to the entertainment quotient
When it comes to the entertainment quotient, The Full Circle scores well. In just over 100 pages, the book not only tells us a -cliché and a complex story, it manages to do so in a surprisingly good way.
What could have been better?
In my opinion, the author’s writing needs a bit of polishing. There were times when it seemed a bit off and amateurish. This is quite understandable as it is only after a considerable amount of practice and experience that an author attains maturity in her writing.
Further, some parts were hasty and some parts were prolonged. The story did not maintain a steady pace throughout the book. But again, this wasn’t very overtly obvious. It was more like a subtle feeling at the back of my mind that the book needed a balanced pace.
Pick the book if
Pick the book if you want to pick up an easy read while staying away from cliché and cheesy romances. The Full Circle will also appeal to people who enjoy travelling and who love drama as much as they love romances.
Skip the book if
Skip the book if you are a voracious reader. The book will be ideal for somebody who reads less or somebody who is just getting into reading English novels.
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