Review: unTamed by Laxmi Hariharan

Story Blurb

Wolf girl Leana Iyeroy, the first half breed in her family, only ever wanted to be 100% human. When she inherits her grandmother’s ancient sword, she decides take it back to Bombay; to the temple where her grandma had touched the sword to the altar and set off a tsunami that had changed the course of mankind. She hopes this will uncover truth about her origins. Along the way, the sword is stolen and she is beaten up and left for dead; when an unexpected encounter with the Hugging Saint of Bombay, forces Leana to face the wolf inside her. Will she finally make peace with herself?

About the Author

When Laxmi Hariharan had a near death experience, she was told to write. Laxmi is the creator of THE RUBY IYER SERIES, which has won various awards including the 2015 Readers' Favorite award in the Young Adult category. She writes fast paced action-thrillers with a coming-of-age theme, and a dash of fantasy, while listening to electronica and downing ginger-chai. She is an avid street art photographer and blogs for the Huffington Post. Receive a free copy of THE RUBY IYER DIARIES when you sign up to her newsletter here

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The Review

So, I finally finished reading Laxmi Hariharan's short story, unTamed. She had asked me if I'd be interested in writing a pre-release review. But I guess I am writing a day of the release review. I guess beginning to work really does mess up your reviewer's schedule, eh?

I loved the world Laxmi had created with her Ruby Iyer series, and I wanted to know more about it. And when offered the chance to see it through Ruby's granddaughter's eyes, I said yes. (By the way, Ruby's granddaughter's very existence got me worrying about my very mortal life. :P And it was a scary thought.)

That aside. I liked this short story because it focuses on Leana's struggle to accept the fact that she is not a full human. She's not at all happy with the fact. She seeks out the sword that wreaked havoc over her city years ago and tries to find an answer to her inner turmoil.

Laxmi Hariharan conveys this struggle beautifully and writes Leana's world so engagingly, that one feels as though they are part of the story...I always admired the Ruby Iyer-verse, and Leana takes us back into that world.

Special Mention: The Hugging Saint of Bombay. Hugs are therapeutic. And God knows, I need a hug from the Saint!

If you happen to find the Uncommon Bodies book, please do pick it up. unTamed is definitely worth everyone's time.