Published by Readomania, The Lively Library & An Unlikely Romance by Niranjan Navalgund is an attempt to create a parallel world where books have their own realm. It introduces us to an unique Book-World (How I wish this was true!) where the books come to life and they have their own challenges, happiness, struggles and threats.
Navalgund has successfully created an atmosphere where you do believe this actually could happen. His writing style is earnest, there is almost a childlike euphoria as he goes along describing the Book-world, and that enthusiasm seeps into the reader too. You can tell that he has had great fun creating this world, and I must accolade him on coining so many new words. On the downside, you do have to take reference from the glossary a few times. I would recommend a second read to get a better feel of the book, I did read it twice!
Nayan, is a librarian by chance who inherits a library from his deceased father, the very same library comes to life at night and the entire novella is about what happens when these books come to life. If you have read my reviews before you must know that I never divulge the plot, it is for you to read and find out. So no hints here!
The language and vocabulary is simple keeping the readers in mind I presume. Navalgund’s novella is more for the young readers or readers who enjoy teen fiction. The length is apt for the readers of a younger age range, although I would have liked a longer version. Underneath a seemingly innocent cover lies a world that will fascinate you, I would hope for a sequel, for I would want to know more about the book world.
The book is illustrated by Omkar Math and edited by Lopamudra Banerjee, both of them need a special mention for making the book what it is.
Go delve yourself in this magical world with characters like Helmine, Kapshi, Heriya Halepu, Akshara and many more, also get to know about Manasu, Kanasu and Nanasu, about the Hudukata and The Blank Page and much more! And of course there is mention of numerous books we love!
If you like to buy the book click here: http://www.amazon.in/Lively-Library-Unlikely-Romance/dp/9385854151
Please Note: I bought this book on Amazon and this is not a commissioned review.