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Chosen (Many Lives Series Book 3) by [Hariharan, Laxmi]
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By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2015
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In the same way that The Ruby Iyer Diaries filled in some of the gaps in Ruby’s childhood, this book does an excellent job of revealing more about the mysterious Vikram Roy. After reading The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, I have to admit that Vikram was the character that most intrigued me – whether he was good or bad, how he’d come to be where he was, what he really knew about all that was going on. This book goes a fair way to answering many of those questions, and while I really enjoyed it, I think it works best as a companion novel to The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, rather than a standalone. Simply because if this is your first taste of this world, this ending will leave you with far too many questions.

The book itself follows Vikram in short bursts from the age of ten right up to his early twenties. The way the story unfolds explains much about the person Vikram grows up to be, in large part thanks to the arrival of his step-brother Vishal and the way his family life slowly falls apart. With a father he adores – but who cannot be trusted to be faithful – and a mother who comes to rely on him for everything, Vikram learns from an early age what it means to be responsible. Yet there are so many more lessons for him to learn as the story unfolds.

Considering the way it’s written, telling Vikram’s life in short bursts, I found it strangely compelling, especially as things heat up towards the end. From friendship to first love, through grief and combating urges to stay or to go, Vikram has a lot to learn through his teenage years – and it’s all good training for what he will face.

Finishing before Vikram and Ruby meet, it left me wanting to go back and reread that book – not least because of this ending!
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HASH(0x937ecd74) out of 5 stars Hello new book boyfriend, Vikram Roy! <3 15 Nov. 2015
By Sarika Patkotwar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In the recent past, I have been on a Laxmi Hariharan reading spree. I read The Ruby Iyer Diaries sometime ago, and then I almost read her The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, UnTamed (a short story that's a part of the Uncommom Bodies anthology) and The First Life of Vikram Roy back to back, which kind of made me get used to the author's beautiful writing style and enchanting story-telling. What I can say without second thought is that The First Life of Vikram Roy is the best I've read by Laxmi so far.

Just like any reader out there who has read the first book in the Ruby Iyer series, I was super curious about the mysterious and very tantalizing cop, Vikram Roy. He was unlike any Indian cop I've read about before, and that too as hero of the book, he stood out a lot in a very unconventional and alluring way. So naturally, when I got to know about The First Life of Vikram Roy, I was really interested in reading it to get to know Vikram better. My friend Ritesh (you can read his review of the book here) was absolutely right when he said that I will like this book.

In terms of its execution, The First Life of Vikram Roy is very similar to The Ruby Iyer Diaries, in the sense that we have direct access to the head of Vikram as an innocent, cute and extremely mature child to a sensible, responsible and still mature adult. There's so much in this book that helped me understand Vikram better, as a reader and all of it was absolutely good and sometimes difficult to know. On the surface, it might seem like Vikram's life is easy, but deep down, his life is full of hardships. I mean, he doesn't even get to enjoy his childhood, because he is too busy being the adult that his home needs. I feel for this guy- oh so much!

Without giving away any spoilers especially when it comes to the story, I will conclude by saying that the reason I find this to be Laxmi's best work is because this book has everything- puberty, teenage drama, romance, mystery, suspense, thrill, emotions, feelings, a killer ending... You name it and the book has it. And that ending! I need to know more, so I'm excited to see what happens next.

*A copy of The First Life of Vikram Roy by Laxmi Hariharan was provided by Read Out Loud in exchange for an honest review. We thank them for the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x937ec1a4) out of 5 stars Compelling and Complicated 27 Sept. 2015
By Book Gannet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In the same way that The Ruby Iyer Diaries filled in some of the gaps in Ruby’s childhood, this book does an excellent job of revealing more about the mysterious Vikram Roy. After reading The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, I have to admit that Vikram was the character that most intrigued me – whether he was good or bad, how he’d come to be where he was, what he really knew about all that was going on. This book goes a fair way to answering many of those questions, and while I really enjoyed it, I think it works best as a companion novel to The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, rather than a standalone. Simply because if this is your first taste of this world, this ending will leave you with far too many questions.

The book itself follows Vikram in short bursts from the age of ten right up to his early twenties. The way the story unfolds explains much about the person Vikram grows up to be, in large part thanks to the arrival of his step-brother Vishal and the way his family life slowly falls apart. With a father he adores – but who cannot be trusted to be faithful – and a mother who comes to rely on him for everything, Vikram learns from an early age what it means to be responsible. Yet there are so many more lessons for him to learn as the story unfolds.

Considering the way it’s written, telling Vikram’s life in short bursts, I found it strangely compelling, especially as things heat up towards the end. From friendship to first love, through grief and combating urges to stay or to go, Vikram has a lot to learn through his teenage years – and it’s all good training for what he will face.

Finishing before Vikram and Ruby meet, it left me wanting to go back and reread that book – not least because of this ending! Fast and furious and never pulling any punches when it comes to darker emotions and violence, this is a great addition to the Ruby Iyer series. I cannot wait to see how the story unfolds next.

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93b07a2c) out of 5 stars YA / Dystopian / Thriller 25 Sept. 2015
By b00k r3vi3ws - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
After Ruby Iyer Diaries and The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer comes this novella, that can be read as a standalone, to take us further into the Ruby Iyer series.

Vikram had made an impression on anyone who had picked up The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer. He is not just an eye candy, or just a man in uniform, or just someone to put Ruby Iyer into contrast [or make her pulse race faster ;)]. He had this persona that demanded to be felt and seasoned readers had also picked up on the fact that he knew more than he let on… In short, he demands attention and affection from his readers. So, I was pretty excited when I had first heard that Laxmi Hariharan is coming up with a novella about Vikram.

The First Life of Vikram Roy is very similar to Ruby Iyer Diaries in the respect that it chronicles the life of Vikram before he meets Ruby and The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer happens. We get to see Vikram – the kid and his family life. Growing up Vikram did not really have an easy life but his confident choices in most cases shaped him up as the person he finally becomes. As a result it was fascinating to see his background and see him grow into the man we were introduced to earlier. I have to admit that initially I was a bit disappointed as since the moment I heard about this book being in works, I had been expecting to hear some cop stories filled with action and adventure. I wasn’t expecting the author to go so far back in Vikram’s life or this to be a diary of sort touching upon the important moments of his life. But I got over that disappointment as easily as I realized that though this book doesn’t have as much action as I expected, it offers something else that is equally interesting. The book certainly opens up new avenues as it brings a lot of questions about the series into focus. It makes the reader wonder why did ‘this’ happen and why did that character do ‘that’ and what was the motive for ‘this’… Yes, I know the last sentence didn’t make much sense, but then I am trying real hard not to give out spoilers here. At the same time I want you to know that there is another level in the plot that will really make you wonder.

The author maintains her style of narration and if anything, it feels crisper in this instalment. And OMG the ending… That ending!! She just keeps getting better – both at narrating stories and leaving us hankering for more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x937ec2d0) out of 5 stars The author has developed the character of Vikram with the finesse of sculptor. 23 Sept. 2015
By Mukti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
“The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer” although brilliantly written and having done complete justice to Ruby, left me high and dry! The book introduces us to a character called “Vikram” and I just wanted to know more about him, so much more! Vikram is cop-turned-rogue, but what pushed him over to the other side? Why is he allergic to romance? Why did he join force one after acquiring a degree at Oxford? So many questions!
And then one night, my phone beeped, and I received a newsletter from the author that the First life of Vikram Roy is out! At first I was overjoyed, but on second thoughts I decided not to set my expectations too high. I mean, could the author match up to Ruby Iyer? I had my doubts!

So with a cuppa, I sat with Vikram, and slowly got immersed in his world! The tale of an extraordinary kid, learning the ropes to be called NORMAL, to fit in! The author retells a first person account of Vikram, going through puberty, learning to get along with siblings, chasing girls, getting his heart broken, making friends who will stand the test of time.

The story takes an unexpected turn when Vikram stumbles upon a secret inherited from his father’s life that will create havoc! Havoc that has the potential to destroy the lives of not only his loved ones, but the city he inhabits.

The author has developed the character of Vikram with the finesse of sculptor. The use of first person pov makes Vikram’s journey from a meek shy boy to the guardian of his family more relatable and at times you’d feel like you’re the one standing at the precipice.
The novella gives great insight into the Vikram’s brain, and is a fun, quick read! It is a must read for fans of Ruby Iyer series, and lovers of dystopian fiction.

The author has outdone herself!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93b65d98) out of 5 stars Insightful 24 Sept. 2015
By Natasha Anne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
That cliffhanger! omg...omg..omg..omgg.

Stop hyperventilating Natasha!

First of all, a huge thanks to Laxmi and Ritesh for giving me this rare opportunity to be one of the first to read and review an ARC of this book! You guys know how much I love Vikram and for that, a big hug to both of you!

The first time I met Vikram Roy, he was a hotshot police who went rogue saving Bombay from the brink of destruction, everything about him was oozing mysterious, dark and sexy! But in this book, I was able to get to know Vikram as the boy before he became a man. I was immediately pulled into the story when Vikram was first introduced in this book as a young boy, innocent, way too smart and shy. I loved his innocence and adoration for his father, and I was entertained reading about his dislike for spelling bee's competition. Life was normal, but it quickly went downhill when his father brought home Vishal, Vikram's half-brother.

What I loved about this book is how Laxmi is able to describe the pain of a marriage as an impact of an affair, and how much it can impact the children in the process. Things may be toned down a little in this book as compared to the action-packed Ruby Iyer series, but it provides you with a greater insight as to what actually happened before Bombay's apocalypse. And heck! It is about Vikram! I read this book in one sitting, I just can't put it down. It was surprising to me that I was so engrossed by Vikram's family problems more than Vikram himself! But then again, it was his family dramas that shaped him into who he is now. One word. Applause!
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