Book Review: Goddess for Hire – Sonia Singh

Title: Goddess for Hire
Author: Sonia Singh
ISBN: 9780060590369
Pages: 320
Release Date: June 29, 2004
Publisher: Avon A
Genre: Chick Lit, Multicultural Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Maya Mehra has just turned 30 and is considered an old maid by her parents and relatives.  She still lives at home and doesn’t have a job, relying on her parents’ money rather than figuring out what she wants to do with her life.  But when she is told she is the incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali, will Maya embrace her role or will she run away from it, like she has everything else?

Review:

Goddess for Hire is a cute but completely unbelievable chick lit novel.  However, it’s not really supposed to be a novel the reader completely buys into.  The premise is fantastical from the very beginning – a young woman finding out that she is the modern incarnation of a goddess isn’t exactly normal.  As long as you can just turn off that inquisitive part of your mind and go with it, though, this is an amusing book.  As a result, it’s really good at the end of a long day when you just want something light and fun.

Maya was a complicated character who was a little frustrating at the beginning of the book.  She coasted by on her parents’ money, unmotivated to make something of herself on her own terms.  As the novel progresses though, the reason for Maya’s lethargy becomes clearer.  She assumes her parents will never be proud of her, no matter what she does, so why try?  She learns, though, that it’s important to do things for herself, rather than for the approval of others.  I appreciated that she grew and learned what was important, though I wish she wasn’t handed a job (being a goddess) on a silver platter.

I appreciated the depiction of the goddess Kali in this novel as well.  To be honest, Kali has always freaked me out a little.  She’s associated with violence and death, and let’s be honest, she’s pretty freaky looking.  I don’t know much about her, as we don’t worship her, but I appreciated learning about Kali in Goddess for Hire.  Singh delivered her creation story and depicted a gentler Kali.  Powerful, yes, but not a bringer of death.  I appreciated this little tidbit of Hindu mythology, and the fact that Singh is trying to teach her readers something.

Goddess for Hire wasn’t perfect, but it was fun and easy to read.  It accomplished what it set out to do, entertaining me for a few hours and keeping me interested.  I also appreciated that it didn’t go where I predicted and that Singh keeps the reader guessing. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for Singh’s other books.

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Comments

  1. This sounds like a great book for travel or for over the holidays. I think I’d like the bit of fantasy.

  2. This sounds like a great book for travel or for over the holidays. I think I’d like the bit of fantasy.

  3. ok i have this book and i am staring at it right now bc i have been meaning to read it for your challenge! i WILL read it before the end of the year.

  4. ok i have this book and i am staring at it right now bc i have been meaning to read it for your challenge! i WILL read it before the end of the year.

  5. Sometimes you just need a book like this to forget the real world.

  6. Sometimes you just need a book like this to forget the real world.

  7. Sounds like it wants to be made into a fun movie, too 🙂

  8. Sounds like it wants to be made into a fun movie, too 🙂

  9. This looks to cute and that cover is really eye catching to me!

  10. This looks to cute and that cover is really eye catching to me!

  11. I read Goddess for Hire a few years ago and found it clever and cute, if not amazing. I, too, have always been a bit scared of Kali and was happy to have her portrayed in a less freaky way!

  12. I read Goddess for Hire a few years ago and found it clever and cute, if not amazing. I, too, have always been a bit scared of Kali and was happy to have her portrayed in a less freaky way!

  13. Kali for me was also a bit scary too as it was always for revenge and murder and skulls in a garland sort of thing so glad there is another side to this goddess. You have got a heap of new south asian authors of late – all new to me so thanks for the review.

  14. Kali for me was also a bit scary too as it was always for revenge and murder and skulls in a garland sort of thing so glad there is another side to this goddess. You have got a heap of new south asian authors of late – all new to me so thanks for the review.

  15. I have always been a little frightened of Kali as well, especially after reading Song of Kali. This sounds like the perfect escape read, and I am glad you enjoyed it!

  16. I have always been a little frightened of Kali as well, especially after reading Song of Kali. This sounds like the perfect escape read, and I am glad you enjoyed it!

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