Review: Lilith’s Garden of Madness (Unforeseen Beings Book 1) – N.L. Johnson

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I received a free copy of the first book in this novella series, in exchange for a honest review of this novella.

I’m having trouble describing what this first novella in this series is about, because that is what my main problem with this book is and why I have rated it 3 out of 5 stars. Maybe because its a novella or maybe its because its set up that way in order to intrigue you into reading the rest of the series so you get the answers thst you desperatly want. Or maybe it went over my head and I missed it. But just so that you can get a description, Goodreads description is:
“Hidden away behind the doors of Kelton Mental Institution is a power unlike any the world has ever experienced. It has been locked away for so long that many no longer believe it exist. That was until Hannah finds it down the South Hall of Kelton. But should it have been found or forgotten along with the remainder of the “untreatables”. What Kelton kept locked away is only a taste of what is to come as a completely unknown world of angels, demons and the unforeseen beings, opens up or rather wakes up with the release of Room 102.”

The book starts with a little girl named Sarah, playing and having a sensitive conversation with her dolls, until she discovers a girl in her room, and they then decide to play together, until she is discovered and serious consequences are hinted at. The story then jumps ahead years to a mental hospital/institution, Kelton Mental Institution, which has the worst and most selfish reputation and we discover a female patient who has been treated the worst of the worst of all the patients, in Room 102. Her name is never told, which is why it’s hinted that it may be the girl removed from the beginning, but I have a theory that it’s not that simple, having re read this to try and understand the book some more.

There are so many questions that are left unanswered and that’s something I don’t like with a book. I think its because this is the first book it the series and I’m hoping that it is done this way to get people to carry on reading, so that the more you read the more you’ll understand, kind of like how a TV show entices you to watch the next episode or movie with cliff hangers or questions at the end.

The reason that it annoyed me so much, was because I was enjoying it thoroughly and then when I came to the end, I was still confused and didn’t have my questions answered. What was so special? Why did he freak out so badly in the beginning? Why this and that.. The writing was great. But my absolute favourite aspect was the parts that were written from the point of view from the patient in Room 102. I love her. Even with everything that she has been put through and everything that they had done to her, she had still managed to keep her personality. There was one point where I physically laughed out loud when she had been describing the leisure and exercise activities at Kelton through her point of view, which instantly made me love this character, even thinking of it now bring a smile to my face. It’s little things like that, that makes this book awesome. Another point I thought was amazing, was the title. I wouldn’t have guessed what this book was about from the title, but now after reading the book, I really LOVE it and think that it’s really clever, but who’s Lilith?

I really do want to read the rest of the series, hopefully understanding it better because even though I did only rate it a 3 out of 5 stars, I did enjoy it, I just wanted to understand the idea behind it a lot better so I could enjoy it more. Therefore, if I do read the rest of the series and it is how I think it is, I will then have a better understanding of this book and will then have to come back and edit this review.

I do recommend this novella and maybe you will have a better understanding than me because other than that, this is a good book. So much so, that I am actually going to go back and have another read of this to see if there’s something important that I’ve missed that I didn’t quite grasp the first time around, that’s how much I want to understand everything in this novella. But at the moment, I’m sadly going to have to give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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