Honey and the Moon, by Samini Kusum, 2018

Title: Honey and the Moon

Author: Kamini Kusum

Publisher: Redgrab Books & Anybook

Genre: Contemporary/feminist

Format: Paperback

Language: English

No. of pages: 152

Recommended for: New Adult and above


A novel to set your heart on fire! Love, lust, career, ambition, drive for success, failure, marriage, infidelity. Honey and the moon is the story of an ambitious career woman โ€“ Srishti. A woman who doesn’t blink to participate in a man’s world, but a woman who is also equally needy inside for a man to be there to support and love her. Conflicts of career success, relationship highs and lows and even infidelity enter Shrishti’s journey as she finds love, finds success, loses them and tries to find them again. Shrishti has courage to deal with life. But will she finally have it all drawn together in her maverick heart? Her story is a racy kaleidoscope of non-conformity and adventure. 

My review:

  1. Srishti, the protagonist is shown as a bold and self-assertive woman who is not afraid to live life on her own terms.
  2. Her characteristics were well pondered over by the author definitely and her journey throughout the book was interesting to read.
  3. The author has been able to include some very good and round characters in the book, albeit, her exploration of them is left wanting.
  4. Contrarily, some points have been elongated too much, and this stretching out has made the narrative seem boring at times.
  5. The pace at times, goes to fast and this makes the relativity quite less for the reader.
  6. The beginning was a bit slow but if you just go through with it, the pace picks up considerably.
  7. However, the book turned out not like I expected it. Where I was expecting a contemporary feminist story, the story turned out to be too mainstream for my taste.
  8. The protagonistโ€™s search for love and a suitable man was not likeable for me. But I cannot disregard the societal norms and reasoning that the author has portrayed in the book โ€“ so realistically.
  9. The book definitely had a lot of potential but the execution has been left wanting.
  10. Certain mistakes can be corrected through a round of editing and grammar checks.
  11. The language overall is quite simply and can be understood by beginners.
  12. The cover, I feel, does not do justice to the book. It can be better. Also, the page quality can be so much better.


I rate this book a 3.5/5 stars.

About the author:

Author of “Honey And The Moon”, “A New Dawn” and “Secrets,Sins and Struggles”. Loves food, travel and yoga!

About the reviewer:

Nayanika Saikia, is one of the foremost book reviewers from the North-east and Assam, and is also an admin for the official India bookstagram page on Instagram. She publishes her own reviews and recommendations for poetry, fiction, non-fiction etc. on her bookstagram account @pretty_little_bibliophile which won the NorthEast Creator Awards 2018, as well as in daily newspapers, online magazines etc.  She can be contacted at nayanikasaikia98@gmail.com .

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