Book Review: The Princess of a Whorehouse by Mayank Sharma

 

Title: Princess of a Whorehouse

Author: Mayank Sharma

Publisher: NotionPress

Series: Standalone

Genre:  Fiction

Pages: 98

Format: Paperback

Review is also posted on: Goodreads

Book Synopsis:

Aparajita is a tenacious go-getter. Her name means unconquerable in Sanskrit, and she lives up to its meaning.

Just like any other ambitious girl, she desires to fulfil her dreams and become an independent individual. Far and wide, the shadow of her melancholy past chases her passage. The fact that her widowed mother is a former sex worker irks the community. Nonetheless, she is not ashamed to reveal her mother’s past.

Will she lose hope, or will she defy an enigma that is centuries-old? Will she ever conquer the hearts of a prestige-obsessed community?

See the world through Aparajita’s prism in a tale stirred by some real life events.

This book is about:

A girl names Aparajita who encountered a series of unfortunate events in her life. She lost her father in an accident and her mother was a school dropout and was so gullible that she absent mindedly signed a deed which she had no idea what was written on it. And desperate times calls for desperate measures, her mother became a sex slave to earn money which was not that much since they were somewhat a prisoner in that whorehouse. But her luck changed when her mum met Raj and you’ll follow Aparajita’s struggle in finding herself and in trying to fit in the society where her mother’s past wasn’t well accepted and a society where her kind isn’t welcome at all.

My Review:

Note: this book was sent to me by the Author himself and in exchange I’ll be giving my honest review.

I’m quite certain that it was on twitter where Mr. Mayank asked me to review his book before we discussed other matters concerning my review via email.

The book Title doesn’t look that engaging. I myself isn’t easily offended by these types of books but if you would consider the people who aren’t comfortable with abuse and stuff this would be unappealing to them and they won’t really try to look at it even though the title is just a phase of the character’s life.

The book was super short. The story is fast paced. And because of this it was quite hard for me to like develop any feeling whatsoever towards the book since it didn’t give that much exposure to certain parts of the main character’s story. Also the title was somehow misleading since it emits one of these two thoughts:

*Oh! So she’s a high ranked whore of some sort

*is she like the one who manages the whorehouse?

And none of those were inclined to the story. And the story’s main points were the women being sex slaves and how society perceives women who were held captive against their will and how their past will continuously haunt them for the rest of their life. And not only them but their offspring but the main point here I guess was that even the most damaged souls and the most abused people just needs hope that one day they’ll get up from the tragedies they faced.

✅Dialogues: quite okay. Except for the occasional typos I encountered.

✅Characters: the characters here were really good though even though they just had a small time to like expand or show more of themselves since the book was too short.  Raj was the nicest character I’ve read in this book. A person that’s willing to look past the flaws of the person he loves and accepting and taking responsibility for the child his lover has.

✅Plot: I’m not completely sold to the idea of the plot here since the title was really misleading.

✅Flow of the story: it wasn’t that smooth though. The transition from Aparajita being in primary school to college was too fast it didn’t really have the enough time to tackle more of the societal issues that was shown in this book.

✅Detailing: was okay.

It was an okay read. Not really that overwhelming but the message in the story is really good. Kinda mainstream but really good.

 

Rating:

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