13 Oct 2022

We Can(ada) Read: SISTERS OF THE SNAKE by Sasha Nanua and Sarena Nanua

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Author: Sarena Nanua and Sasha Nanua
Series: Ria and Rani #1
Source: Audiobook from Libro.fm
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 15, 2021
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A lost princess. A dark puppet master. And a race against time—before all is lost.

Princess Rani longs for a chance to escape her gilded cage and prove herself. Ria is a street urchin, stealing just to keep herself alive.

When these two lives collide, everything turns on its head: because Ria and Rani, orphan and royal, are unmistakably identical.

A deal is struck to switch places—but danger lurks in both worlds, and to save their home, thief and princess must work together. Or watch it all fall into ruin.

Deadly magic, hidden temples, and dark prophecies: Sisters of the Snake is an action-packed, immersive fantasy that will thrill fans of The Crown’s Game and The Tiger at Midnight. 
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Disclaimer: I have spent time and interacted with Sasha & Sarena since they are also book influencers! This has no impact on my opinion.

Content Warning: violence, murder, snakes

Princess Rani and street urchin, Ria were unaware they were twin sisters until they see one another accidentally. They decide to switch places, each seeking something personal in their lives.

I loved that this is about twin sisters and written by twin sisters! The dual POV really added to this, although I am disappointed that the audiobook only had one narrator. It made it really tough to follow sometimes because once they switched perspectives, we heard both names in one and it made me have to think too hard about who we were following.

While some of this felt a little improbable (especially around them switching places and it going fairly well), I did enjoy this one. I thought there were just too many questions that I had that, when answered, would have caused the story to fall apart.

I also wish there had been more of a focus on the sister relationship, although it is understandable why there wasn't since they are separated for most of the book. Them communicating in the middle was super enjoyable and I wanted more of that throughout! 

I enjoyed the incorporation of the Indian culture and learning more about the food and clothing through this story. I liked the premise of this and the way the characters interacted and grew. I thought this had a lot of really interesting elements and worldbuilding. I thought the magic system was really intriguing and I want to know a lot more about it!

I think the plotholes were just too much for me to be fully immersed into this one, but I'm hopeful the next book doesn't have quite as many!

Are you going to pick this up?

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