Indie Book Review: Lost

Lost by Donnielle Tyner

Title: Lost
Author: Donnielle Tyner
Series: Book 1 of 4
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Page Count: 204
Publisher: ?
Type of Book: Kindle Ebook, Indie Read
Review Word Count: 300
Rated: 3.5/5 stars
Notes: Why does it seem like most ya books have faces on the cover?

This book was interesting. On the one hand, I liked it. On the other, it felt a little…juvenile. As though it were obviously meant for a younger reading group. While the writing was decent, the plot was okay. I didn’t like how the book ended (more killing and death) and I would have liked a bit more detail about Sadie’s grandfather’s family, but overall it was a fun short read that I devoured in two hours.

There also was only snippets of the orphanage that Sadie lived at. In the beginning of the book, her mother is pregnant and tells her friend to leave Sadie at the orphanage. Her friend responds that its a horrible place for Sadie because its full of unwanted talents and norms. How it wasn’t safe for her, and how she has a caring family.

But that caring family is dangerous, as Sadie’s grandfather wants to use her talents to help wipe out all the norms of the world.

Why is it that this is always the thing in fantasy worlds? That those with power always wants to kill those who have none? It’s a tired cliche, and while this was done in an interesting way, I just wasn’t thrilled with the way it was handled.

I should also note: dramatic death scene of an eight year old boy named Bobby towards the end of the book, dramatic death scene of a friend named Michael being killed, some torture is involved, and the book leaves off on a cliffhanger.

Overall, I give this book 3.5/5 stars. I liked it, but I really think it could have been a lot better.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Indie Book Review: Don’t Look At Me

Don'tLookAtMe

Title: Don’t Look at Me
Author: J. P. Grider
Series:
Page Count: 340
Publisher: Fated Hearts
Type of Book: ARC Copy, Indie, Kindle Ebook
Rated: 5/5 stars

Don’t Look at Me is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, where instead of the guy being the beast, it’s the girl who turns ugly. I thought that a unique perspective, and a refreshing one, because-as the author puts it-why can’t the girl be ugly and have the guy fall for her regardless?

The story tells the tale of a girl named Haven who fell in love with a bookshop at the age of nine and goes there every time she gets the chance since. As an adult, she frequently buys books there whenever she gets her paycheck and can afford to after paying rent and taxes and being an adult. She loves to read anything and everything.

Quest is a young man who is freshly back from being in the Army, where he was released due to a painful secret. After his grandfather passes, he is shocked to discover his grandfather left the books that were originally his-signed Earnest Hemingway first editions-to a girl that he’s never met before. Convinced she managed to somehow trick his grandfather into giving the books to her, their first meeting is less than ideal.

Fast forward a bit, and while arguing over books, and Haven trying to convince him to keep the bookstore going, she is attacked by the Slasher, a hooded guy going around and slashing women’s faces, and making the ugly. She is now stuck at home, with plenty of time to read, because of how ugly she is.

Vanity is one of the few things I never understood about people, so Haven’s choice of ignoring the world because she’s ugly-though people tell her she’s really not-really bothered me. To me it seemed a bit of an overreaction…you have a deep scar on your face, and that makes you instantly unattractive? Scars can be beautiful, but it took most of the book for Haven to realize this.

I also identified the Slasher right away, but I was surprised to find that it was also *SPOILER*. I really liked the bit of trickery that the author did there.

The ending of the book was a happy one, sweet and warm. I liked how there were little nods towards the original telling-the bookstore, the beast, the love between the main characters. It was a well written retelling of the original, and my hat goes off to the author!

Overall, I give the story 5/5 stars for a job very well done!

Now,
-Pass Me That Book.