Tuesday, 29 December 2015

BOOK REVIEW- VOICEMATES BY ANAMIKA MISHRA

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Book Name: VoiceMates

Author: Anamika Mishra

Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

Price: Rs. 250


Blurb:

Tulip Hill is an obedient and intelligent daughter to her disciplinarian parents. She has been a topper throughout her school because her parents wanted her to be. Now, they want her to enroll in one of the best colleges. But Tulip harbors the desire to become a singer, for music is her only passion that helps her see through life’s miseries.

Then there is Sam- witty, easy-going and flirty. Both Tulip and Sam share their love for music. Yet, both dream of a different life.

What are those dreams? What happens when they meet and enter the biggest duet competition together? Will their love blossom during this emotional roller-coaster?

Join the VoiceMates in their musical journey to know more!


Story in a nutshell:

The novel begins with the declaration of results of VoiceMates Season 3. Tulip, a young girl of Std XII, is attentively listening to the host. Music is Tulip’s passion and she wishes to pursue it. But her parents are against her pursuing music. They want her to study well and get in to one of the best colleges. As of now, pursuing music is a distant dream for Tulip. Her daily schedule includes college, tuition classes, and an hour at the fort and studies. She lives a dual life- an obedient daughter and second, a music lover. She keeps her passion for music alive by singing every day at the fort.

It was once during such an evening when Sam happens to bump in to Tulip when she was singing a song to her kiddo friends. He praises her and leaves. Time and again, they bump in to each other and finally, Sam asks Tulip whether she would sing along with him for VoiceMates Season 4. Tulip is skeptical about her parents’ reaction. She buys time from him to think. After a huge conflict between mind and heart, heart wins the debate and Tulip agrees to Sam’s deal.

Sam and Tulip practice every day at fort and at their respective homes. They enroll themselves and get selected in the first round. Their selection boosts up their courage and they pledge to do better for the next round. During the same time, Tulip realizes that she has developed a soft corner for Sam.
Do they make it through the second round? Yes! They do! But Tulip’s happiness is short lived. The selected entrants from the second round need to follow certain rules.

What are the rules? Do Tulip and Sam reach round 3? Are they into the finalists? Does Tulip convey her feelings to Sam? What lies in their future?


My take:

The plot has been well crafted. The flow of the events has been superbly done. However, I found the story very much predictable. The only suspense element in the story was the end. I could almost predict everything. The narration has been done extremely well. Tulip’s feelings have been beautifully portrayed.

Overall, VoiceMates is a one-time, enjoyable read. It’s true that this is the first novel based on music but sad to say that the story did not have any new thing to offer. It did not match up to my expectations.


Likes:
  • Tulip’s passion for music.
  • The manner in which Sam and Tulip convince her parents.
  • Tulip falling in love with Sam.


I rate:

Cover- 3.5/5

Story- 3/5

Characters- 3.5/5

My rating for VoiceMates is 3.5/5 stars.

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