I don’t know what to think of this honestly. This book held so much promise but failed in delivering those promises. I wanted to like it but I didn’t. However, I didn’t hate it either.
What I did like: the worldbuilding. The rich Indian mythology. The prose*. The talking horse.
What I didn't like: The plot meandered too much. It jumped between worlds and didn't clearly establish the scene.
As for the love story, I just didn’t buy into it. Insta-love does not do it for me. I didn’t feel anything for either of them. And trust me, there were so many moments that could’ve been juiced for maximum angst and they weren’t. Their love does not grow throughout the book
It made me feel cheated.
Maya makes decisions based on other people. She doesn’t try to confront anyone or figure things out for herself. Because of this, she is constantly manipulated throughout the book. It’s not as if you can blame her too much considering she is a sheltered 17-year-old princess. However, that doesn’t stop you from wanting to smack the crap out of her.
Amar is a stock character. Nothing about his personality stood out to me.
The villain was cookie cutter af.
*The prose walked a delicate balance between very lovely or way too purple. Sadly, it jumped into 'too purple' more often than not. There were times where I wasn’t even sure what the author was talking about.