Book Review: Haunting Jasmine – Anjali Banerjee

Title: Haunting Jasmine
Author: Anjali Banerjee
ISBN: 9780425238714
Pages: 304
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Multicultural Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Jasmine Mistry is lost in her life.  She has a high profile job in LA, but feels bereft by her divorce that happened almost a year earlier.  When her beloved aunt contacts her and asks her to come manage her bookstore for a month, Jasmine agrees.  But when Jasmine arrives and strange things begin to happen, she begins to wonder if those rumors of the bookstore being haunted actually might have some truth to them, as she opens up to the people around her and learns to love again.

Review:

I’ve enjoyed Anjali Banerjee’s previous novels – I’ve found them light, fun, and easy to read.  Therefore, I was excited to pick up her newest book Haunting Jasmine.  I thought Jasmine sounded like an interesting character and I was curious about the paranormal aspects of the book.

Jasmine isn’t the most appealing character at the beginning of the novel.  She is prickly and so miserable that she can’t see any way out of it.  She’s skeptical and can’t muster happiness for other people whose lives seem to be going better than her own.  However, despite these difficulties, Jasmine is never an unlikeable character.  Instead, she has the reader’s sympathy; she has lost faith in her life and herself, and is aimlessly wandering, unsure whether something better will ever come along.  As a reader, it’s heartwarming to see how much of a positive impact books have on her life.

The paranormal aspects of Haunting Jasmine are amusing and appealing, rather than scary.  Though Jasmine refuses to acknowledge what is going on around her at the beginning, slowly she comes to understand why her aunt picked her as the bookstore’s caretaker.  Admittedly, parts of this storyline are a bit cheesy, but I loved the power Jasmine had within herself when it came to books.

Haunting Jasmine is a sweet story of hope and love, and I really enjoyed reading it.  If you’re looking for a quick, fun read that will make you appreciate all the books you have around you, then this is a great pick!

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Comments

  1. I really liked this one, especially Jasmine’s aunt Ruma.

  2. I really liked this one, especially Jasmine’s aunt Ruma.

  3. Though parts of this book are cheesy, I do think it would be worth reading for the character growth alone. I am glad to hear that this book didn’t disappoint and that you had such a good experience with it!

  4. Though parts of this book are cheesy, I do think it would be worth reading for the character growth alone. I am glad to hear that this book didn’t disappoint and that you had such a good experience with it!

  5. Gorgeous cover! And the story definitely sounds unique. I don’t mind paranormal touches in my novels… as long as they’re not too over-the-top!

  6. Gorgeous cover! And the story definitely sounds unique. I don’t mind paranormal touches in my novels… as long as they’re not too over-the-top!

  7. It sounds like this book didn’t quite live up to its potential, but it’s still worth reading. Thanks for the review!

  8. It sounds like this book didn’t quite live up to its potential, but it’s still worth reading. Thanks for the review!

  9. I saw this today while book browsing at B&N. The cover caught my attention as I walked by. The description interested me enough to add it to my TBR list.

  10. I saw this today while book browsing at B&N. The cover caught my attention as I walked by. The description interested me enough to add it to my TBR list.

  11. I read her Middle Grade novel Seaglass Summer for the 2010 challenge (I think I linked it in the review database). I didn’t know she wrote adult novels. I enjoyed that one, so I’ll have to look for the ones for adults.

  12. I read her Middle Grade novel Seaglass Summer for the 2010 challenge (I think I linked it in the review database). I didn’t know she wrote adult novels. I enjoyed that one, so I’ll have to look for the ones for adults.

  13. Again, had to skip to the end, but I’ll keep in mind that this is a light read. I hope to get to it soon.

  14. Again, had to skip to the end, but I’ll keep in mind that this is a light read. I hope to get to it soon.

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