Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for the stunning The Girl and the Goddess by Nikita Gill.
Let her be a little less human, a little more divine
Give her heart armour so it doesn’t break as easily as mine.
Meet Paro. A girl with a strong will, a full heart and much to learn. Born into a family reeling from the ruptures of Partition, follow her as she crosses the precarious lines between childhood, teenage discovery and realising her adult self all while navigating different cultures, religions and identities.
Returning to her core themes of feminism, healing and mythology in her most powerful and personal work yet, Nikita’s masterful poetry, along with her beautiful hand-drawn illustrations, taps into the rich well of Hindu mythology, conjuring up jasmine scented voices and ancestral smiles as Paro confronts fear, desire and the very darkest parts of herself in the search for meaning and empowerment.
Ah, but this is a heartbreaking, uplifting and beautiful read. Told through a mixture of short stories and verse, The Girl and the Goddess can be dipped in to at will or read from beginning to end. Each will move you in different ways. For me this is one of the true wonders of this book. I read it from start to finish and I was swept along with Paro’s story as she experienced times of extreme hardship, joy and sorrow. As the synopsis tells us, the core themes are of feminism, healing and mythology. It is one of those books that, for me, ticks every box when I look to walk in another’s shoes.; another whose life is very different to mine, yet there are many areas I can relate to as a woman. This is one of the absolute joys of reading, to tread another path for a while and get a greater understanding and empathy for the world we live in and the people who inhabit it.
I was lost in the beauty of Nikita’s writing. There are so many lessons within the story itself but the way it is told is a work of art and this, combined with Nikita’s stunning illustrations, make this a truly evocative read. I adored following Paro and now I will enjoy revisiting certain passages again and again. It is compelling and moving but there is also a rawness that breaks the heart, but you are left with is hope and a soft inner strength.
If the idea of reading a novel in verse is off putting to you then I urge you to read this. It is beautiful, assessable and incredibly memorable. So much colour and life. I adored it.
Thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the lovely people at Ebury for sending me a review copy. It is truly stunning, and I shall treasure it. I shall also be purchasing a copy for the School Library to sit alongside Nikita’s other works.
Note from the book
‘Characters in this book perserve through: Anxiety, Bigotry, Biphobia, Body Shaming, Bullying, Child Abuse, Depression, Guilt, Homophobia, Internalised misogyny, Misogyny/sexism, Poverty, Racism, Sexual Assault, Terrorism, Violence, War.
About the author
Nikita Gill is a British-Indian writer and artist living in the south of England. With a huge online following, her words have captivated hearts and minds all over the world. Nikita is an ambassador for National Poetry Day and is a regular speaker at literary events. Her previous works include Fierce Fairytales and
Great Goddesses. The Girl and The Goddess is her first novel. A mesmerising poetic tale following one girl’s wild journey of strength, beauty and self-discovery, told with lyrical wonder and spiritual revelation by one of the UK’s most popular poets.
With over 558k followers on Instagram, 125k likes on Facebook and 36k followers on Twitter, Nikita’s fans include Cara Delevingne,
Alanis Morisette, Jameela Jamil and Kristen Bell.