Review: 30 Days (Morgan Family Series #1) – J.L. Leslie

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*****

I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

“I had a plan when I was nineteen. I would strip only until the bills were paid and I knew my sister and I wouldn’t be thrown out on the street. We would be financially stable. That was my plan. That was also three years ago. I’m still stripping.
I keep telling myself my life will change. I won’t do this much longer. I won’t need to. I don’t even believe that anymore. I still have bills. I still have a deadbeat mom. No idea where my father is. Or who he is.
Now my sister tells me she screwed up. Her future is at stake. One we’ve both worked hard for. There’s an offer for me. One I’ve refused twice now, but my resolve is slowly slipping. It’s just a job. He just wants to buy me for a little while.
He can buy me. But he’ll never own me.”

Have you ever heard of the movie Pretty Women? Well imagine Pretty Women, but with a hell of a lot of sex!!! Well, at least at first that is what was brought to mind for me and it was a little distracting, but then even the book, or the author herself even took a slight nod to this by mentioning the film. The similarities at the beginning, or at least the first half or the book, made me wonder if that movie was the authors inspiration for the book. The similarities in the initial job roles with the main characters, the female lead character who works in a role that is very revealing, (prostitute/stripper) and the male lead who works in a more higher classed job (lawyer) and has money. That he buys her for a certain amount of time, for whatever reason that is, and so on. . . I was just constantly being reminded of the film. Now I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, because I love that film, but I didn’t think that I could separate the two. But thank God I was wrong.

This book then turned into itself and became its own book, with its own storyline, with its own characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So this was so easy to forgive, even if I couldn’t forget it at times, by how great and how much I enjoyed the story. The story was different to what I was expecting it to be like, has I expected the whole book to be about those 30 Days, but it was about so much more. This story really began and opened up after those 30 Days and what happened to each of them after experiencing what happened and now trying to figure out, what is going to happen now. After all, can you really spend this amount of time, doing what your doing and not develop anything? Any feelings. A want for more. A need for more. Or self loathing for allowing this to happen to you. Either way there are going to be some feelings that need to be expressed.

The characters in this book were very believable, which is what make this book so great to read. You have the two main characters, Cameron and Memphis, and the story is told through both of their perspectives. We have Cameron Morgan, who is the son to the Morgan empire and works for one of the best law firms in the US, and goes to the Ecstasy one night on a stag do and happens to see Memphis there working. He immediately becomes infatuated and that is where the story begins. Memphis has been working as a stripper for three years to help support both herself and her younger sister, who is currently studying in NYU. Let’s just say that Memphis’ mum has never been a mum, so she has had to ensure that there was an income coming in to support and protect herself and especially her younger sister Anniston. When Memphis get’s an offer one night from Cameron, she doesn’t even think about it, it’s an immediate no, but when her sister calls to tell her that the University has called her scholarship due to poor grades and she will have to leave, then Memphis, like always, realises she will do anything to protect and support her sister.

This is just the first book in the Morgan Family series, so even though the next books aren’t going to be centred on these two main characters, if J.L. Leslies, follows on like she has with her other books and her other series especially, this won’t be the last you’ll see of these particular characters. Even if they only end up making little cameo appearances’ in the other books, after all, it is the Morgan Family series.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I did initially think that I would be giving this book a lower rating, because of the whole Pretty Woman thing, but then I carried on reading it and I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it and how much it changed my mind. Giving it anything less than five stars would be bad on me because of this reason. And like I said before, I love Pretty Woman, so Pretty Woman with sex is even better 😉

Review: Zodiac – Sam Wilson

How do I describe this book?

When I selected this book as my first audio book to listen to it, I knew that it was going to be a thriller, about death and murder. I first thought, with the title Zodiac, that this book was going to be about the infamous Zodiac murders, which was kind of my hope, but boy was I wrong. This book was about murder and the Zodiac star signs in another way.

The Zodiac system plays a key and an important role with the society within the structure and story of this book. People are divided up and slotted into the sign that they were born into, and that sign plays an important role in defining who they are and how society sees them. It plays such an important role, that people are planning the conception of their children to ensure the birth of their child falls into their desired zodiac sign, or if they happen to mess up, they are even willing to go into and have a premature baby to ensure that child’s place in society and to ensure their future is set. 

Throughout listening to this book, the whole time I felt like the author was using the Zodiac system as a massive metaphor for how society is today. How people in this book are divided up into their signs and are believed to be this way because that’s how that sign is meant to be and act, therefore judging and discriminating everyone else because of that. Now change zodiac signs to people discriminating other people because of their race, their ethnicity, their sexuality, beliefs and so on. You can divided the world up, or even just a small town up, and you will never have an identical group of people who believe or are the same, as everyone will have some differences. Maybe this wasn’t even the intention of the author, but this was a massive message that I definitely took away from this book and really hit me when I was listening to this audio book. Maybe more so with the immigration problems that are occurring, it just made me connect the two. 

Right from the beginning of the story, this book had me gripped, to the extent that I would listen to the audio book at any given time possible. I even swapped listening to music when doing certain tasks as I wanted to know what happened next, which is something I thought wouldn’t happen with an audio book. The story started off so perfectly, with a scene that can only be described as brutal, with the imagery that just makes every word so clear. My only problem, which may be because I was listen to it and not reading it, is that even though I could picture all of the scenes and the kills so vividly, I had a problem when it came to the characters. 

I couldn’t remember who certain characters were, especially if they were secondary characters. I think I only remembered who a few of the characters names were at the time, that’s if I was lucky, and kept having to pause it to think back, or carry on listening to hopefully get a clue from what was said. I don’t know if this was from the writing, or if it was because I wasn’t reading it, I therfore wasn’t able to get a better connection to the characters. I also wasnt able to get a better picture of the characters in my head, so chose my own when listening to the story, for some at least. But this is my first for both this author and an audio book, so I will have to actually read another book by this author and listen to another audio book to see which is which. 

I liked how the story worked out and how the structure all worked together, which was really unexpected at first. The more I was listening, the more I started to suspect and thought, “Oo, I wonder”, but it was a really good idea. From what I gathered from listening to this book, this book contains small chapters, which when reading a book, I must admit is something I definitely prefer.

I would highly recommend this book and I will gladly admit that I really enjoyed the audio book version of this book, including the voice narrative. I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars!

Here is the Goodreads description:

“In a corrupt and volatile society where people are divided and defined by zodiac signs, status is cast at birth and binding forever. The line between a life of luxury and an existence of poverty can be determined by the stroke of midnight.
When a series of uniquely brutal murders targets victims of totally different signs, is it a misguided revolution or the work of a serial killer?
All eyes are on Detective Jerome Burton and Profiler Lindi Childs. They may disagree over whether the answers are written in the stars, but they are united by their belief that a grand plan is being executed…”

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

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Imagine receiving a package in the mail. You’d be happy right, imagining what it could be? So then you open it up and discover a box full of cassette tapes, each labelled from 1 through to 13. This parcel has no return address on it so you have no idea who sent you this random box of cassettes of all things. You hunt around you house for a cassette player, and if that was me I can tell you I wouldn’t have had one, but you manage to find one and insert the tape and the side that is labelled 1 and press play. That’s when you hear it. You hear the voice of the girl who has recently killed herself talking to you. Now what do you do?. . .

Now this is what happens to Clay Jensen, who arrives home from school one day and discovers a parcel with his name on it, which turns out to be a box of cassette tapes, which were recorded by Hannah Baker. In these tapes, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she has, or is going to (depending on how you want to look at it), kill herself, that’s why there are thirteen tapes. If you receive these tapes, then you are one of the reasons and one of the people that are to blame for her doing this, and now Clay has received these tapes.

I heard about this book from a Book Tuber after seeing a Book Haul video and I heard a brief sum up of what the book was about, I instantly knew that I had to read it. This book is told from  both Clay and Hannah’s point of view, but it is told from two different platforms, which was quite an interesting, especially as they are both the main characters. We have Hannah’s perspective, which is told through the thirteen tapes and more in the past tense, whereas we have we also have Clays perspective, which is his reaction to those tapes, with the world and interactions around him and is in present tense. So we have both of these timelines, these different medias and so on, all coming together and combined to tell this story, and it actually works.

When it comes to the story, suicide is such a sensitive subject, that it is always going to be received in either a positive or negative way, because people may be able to relate to this topic and is therefore a subject that is close to them. I choose to read this book, at what turned out to be a very sensitive time in my families life, which we had sadly already had to previously deal with at a previous time. So when I was reading this book, it was becoming more personal to me because of this. As I was reading this book I really was enjoying this story and appreciating what the author was trying to do with this book. The more I read, the more I really got into the book. I didn’t want to stop reading the book until I was finished, as I wanted to know every reason, who was next, every little detail.

I felt bad for Hannah, but even more so for Clay. I felt so bad for Clay and then I started to strongly dislike Hannah, because of her doing this to him, as he couldn’t do anything about it now as it’s too late. The more that I thought about it, the more I thought about why was Hannah doing all this? She kind of turned around and turned into the bully in the end, even though only a few people will know the truth, Hannah knows herself that it only takes a few people to make you start to fell horrible and for things to escalate. I know the intention was there for them to know the reasons behind why she did what she did, but why not write a letter to just that person, or send a tape to just that person? Because then they could still hide. They could still pretend they did nothing and not change, but if people know then you’re more inclined to change. Those are the only reasons I can think of. And then the amount of effort that’s gone into planning everything, the amount of time, just doesn’t speak to me realistic. I know people who have tried to commit suicide, both friends and family, who have all said that once they knew they knew, and they just went for it. They wouldn’t have spent time making and recording cassette tapes, making lists of people they were to be sent to and so on, but maybe this is just my personal experience. At the beginning, Hannah had decided everything and knew who the thirteen people, or thirteen reasons were, but towards the end it seems like the thirteenth person and reason got added on after this whole thing got started, and I don’t want to give away spoilers by going further into this by explaining to much.

This book does only look at a little closed up section of suicide, and I can understand some of the bad reviews I have read, because there is a much wider and broader area of suicide and depression. This is suicide from the angle of a girl who has had, what she classes as some bad times, which has been escalating and building, “snowballing” on top of each other, to the point where she sees no other way out. Where she feels like she has nobody left in her life that she can trust, or that she can confide and talk to. This book made me realise, even more so, how little things can be turned into something so gigantic and can escalate into something else. How a rumour that’s not true, when you laugh at something because everyone else laughs, but it’s at somebody else’s expense, can really have an affect on somebody. How simply saying something friendly to someone and saying hi to them can make a difference to them and how they feel and can benefit other people in a positive way. There are also several suicide warning signs explained in this book, which is a good idea when you know people in your life or come across people in your life who might be suffering. After reading this book, it makes you look at yourself a little bit more and makes you realise how much your actions do have an affect on people. Hopefully, more people will read this book and take a closer look at their actions and think about how they should change, because I know some people who definitely can change their attitudes and behaviour towards people.

Clays part of the story felt more realistic to me and his character made me feel way more emotional and I was able to relate more to him, than to anybody else. His reactions and how emotional he got at things that he couldn’t change, but so badly wishes that he could. He seems like the only person who would actually take anything from these tapes and will use them positively and benefit from listening. He will get answers and reasons behind why she did what she did, even if it’s upsetting and hurts emotionally at the time. He will get to know and have all of the answers he was desperately wanting, even if he can’t change anything that had happened and now has to live with that consequence.

I would definitely recommend this book, if nothing else, it will absolutely open your eyes and make you look at the world, at people differently and at yourself differently. I so wish that I could have given this book a full five stars but I just couldn’t, so I am giving this book 4 stars out of 5, which a definite recommendation.

Review: Red Queen (Chronicles of Alice, #2) – Christina Henry

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Red Queen is the second book and the continuation in the Chronicles of Alice series, that follows off from where the first book, Alice, left off. I read the first book not so long ago in another Book-A-Thon I had done, and I loved it!! So much so, that I had order the next book in the series, this book, the moment I had finished reading the book, so glad that it was already published and I only had to wait for delivery. I have posted a review for the first book, Alice, if you would like to check it out, just click here. Now, as I said before, this is the second book, so please be warned that there may be spoilers to the first book.

As I said, this book picked up from where the last book left off. Alice and Hatcher had headed down the hole, the same hole that the rabbit and the girls had gone down in search of a better life. Now Alice and Hatcher were off on their new quest, happier than before. But this doesn’t last for long! Their quest is soon interrupted as they have to try and fight to save their lives from unknown creatures and magicians, that could be even more powerful and stronger than Hatcher and even Alice herself.

First thing first, to get a better understanding of this book and the characters, I would definitely recommend reading the first book in this duology first, which is Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1). I will admit that I was a little bit disappointed after reading this book, as it didn’t live up to everything that just made the first book so great. The first book was so dark and it wasn’t afraid to be so disturbing and to include all of the imagery that just made me see and understand everything. Their feelings, what was going on, how grotesque the characters were, what they were doing and so on, including the tone of the book, were just so vivid and vile, but with this book, it was just gone. It was as though the author was trying to tame it down a little bit, but in doing so, it lost that bit of magic or spark, that made that first book so spectacular. There were events where the author could have included so much more, but the characters, Alice and Hatcher, always arrived afterwards, meaning that we just saw the after effects. So no action, at least at the beginning. I understand that they were not supposed to know what was happening at that point, but it felt like it was just a load of walking and talking, which made the beginning of the book drag a little. Plus, when they did discover certain things, they weren’t as expressive and vivid as Book 1, Alice.

What I found weird about this book was that this book had no chapters! I have never read a book which doesn’t contain chapters and this really shocked me and actually freaked me out a lot at first when I realised, which was until I was about 40 pages in. It was however separated into two parts. The fact that there was no chapters, was another reason why I think that this book dragged a little bit more for me. I hate leaving a book on an unfinished page, or what not, which is why chapters are extremely important to me, that way not only do I know exactly what page I’m on, but I can have a break exactly where the author had intended a break to take place. They create breaks in the story for readers, as I said where the author has intended, so you don’t feel bad stopping, and they act as a way to create tension and suspense for readers, building you up for the following chapter. With this book, and having no chapters, there was none of this. I felt guilty every time I stopped to have a reading break, there wasn’t that tension and suspense built up and there seemed to be a one level, until any action happened.

This story starts off with Alice and Hatcher setting off on another quest, the quest that they were about to start at the end of the previous book. As they set off, they soon discover that everything is not as it seems and how is should be and as more time moves on, they begin to realise that maybe somebody or something is behind this strangeness and that there’s the possibility that they may be being followed. They soon walk their way into another quest and their original one, seemed to have taken a back seat, and to be honest, I kind of forgot about it as the book progressed. I did enjoy this new quest as it did add to the book and to the story in a way that I wasn’t expecting, and also made the ending completely different to how I was expecting also.

There were parts in this book that I loved and there were parts that I just didn’t enjoy as much. I must admit that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first book, but maybe that’s because of how much I enjoyed the first book and then built up this book beforehand. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t that much Hatcher in this book, so considering these books are mainly Alice and Hatcher, by removing Hatcher, we were left with one mainly one main character for a chunk of the book, even though we did get some extra characters. Maybe this was one of the other reasons why this book felt like it dragged. But there were parts that just had me gripped to the book! I say that this book dragged, but I managed to read this book in a day, once I was committed on Day 1 of my Book-A-Thon, so it did have me gripped enough to be able to do this.

I would say be warned that there are no chapters, and it doesn’t have the same tone and overall feel of the first book, Alice. I would definitely recommend reading Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1) first, as this is a Duology. This book could be read by itself, as there are recap where it sums up certain events from the first book, but to get a fuller idea of this world, the story and the characters, I would definitely recommend reading the first book. I do sadly have to give this book 3.5 stars out of 5.

Review: 30 Days – J.L. Leslie

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I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

“I had a plan when I was nineteen. I would strip only until the bills were paid and I knew my sister and I wouldn’t be thrown out on the street. We would be financially stable. That was my plan. That was also three years ago. I’m still stripping.
I keep telling myself my life will change. I won’t do this much longer. I won’t need to. I don’t even believe that anymore. I still have bills. I still have a deadbeat mom. No idea where my father is. Or who he is.
Now my sister tells me she screwed up. Her future is at stake. One we’ve both worked hard for. There’s an offer for me. One I’ve refused twice now, but my resolve is slowly slipping. It’s just a job. He just wants to buy me for a little while.
He can buy me. But he’ll never own me.”

Have you ever heard of the movie Pretty Women? Well imagine Pretty Women, but with a hell of a lot of sex!!! Well, at least at first that is what was brought to mind for me and it was a little distracting, but then even the book, or the author herself even took a slight nod to this by mentioning the film. The similarities at the beginning, or at least the first half or the book, made me wonder if that movie was the authors inspiration for the book. The similarities in the initial job roles with the main characters, the female lead character who works in a role that is very revealing, (prostitute/stripper) and the male lead who works in a more higher classed job (lawyer) and has money. That he buys her for a certain amount of time, for whatever reason that is, and so on. . . I was just constantly being reminded of the film. Now I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, because I love that film, but I didn’t think that I could separate the two. But thank God I was wrong.

This book then turned into itself and became its own book, with its own storyline, its own characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So this was so easy to forgive, even if I couldn’t forget it at times, by how great and how much I enjoyed the story. The story was different to what I was expecting it to be like, has I expected the whole book to be about those 30 Days, but it was about so much more. This story really began and opened up after those 30 Days and what happened to each of them after experiencing what happened and now trying to figure out, what is going to happen now. After all, can you really spend this amount of time, doing what your doing and not develop anything? Any feelings. A want for more. A need for more. Or self loathing for allowing this to happen to you. Either way there are going to be some feelings that need to be expressed.

The characters in this book were very believable, which is what make this book so great to read. You have the two main characters, Cameron and Memphis, and the story is told through both of their perspectives. We have Cameron Morgan, who is the son to the Morgan empire and works for one of the best law firms in the US, and goes to the Ecstasy one night on a stag do and happens to see Memphis there working. He immediately becomes infatuated and that is where the story begins. Memphis has been working as a stripper for three years to help support both herself and her younger sister, who is currently studying in NYU. Let’s just say that Memphis’ mum has never been a mum, so she has had to ensure that there was an income coming in to support and protect herself and especially her younger sister Anniston. When Memphis get’s an offer one night from Cameron, she doesn’t even think about it, it’s an immediate no, but when her sister calls to tell her that the University has called her scholarship due to poor grades and she will have to leave, then Memphis, like always, realises she will do anything to protect and support her sister.

This is just the first book in the Morgan Family series, so even though the next books aren’t going to be centred on these characters, if J.L. Leslies, follows on like she has with her other books and her other series especially, this won’t be the last you’ll see of these characters. They will make little cameo appearances’ in the other books, after all, it is the Morgan Family series.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I did initially think that I would be giving this book a lower rating, because of the whole Pretty Woman thing, but then I carried on reading it and it was just so good. Giving it anything less than five stars would be bad on me. And like I said before, I love Pretty Woman, so Pretty Woman with sex is even better 😉

Have you read any of J.L. Leslies books? Have you read anything that just completely reminded you of something else? What are your thoughts? Comment below 🙂

 

Review: The Automation – Anonymous

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I was sent this book from S.O.B. Publishing, a small indie publishing firm, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

The Automation is Vol 1. in The Circo Del Herrero series (The Blacksmith Circus), and this book was definitely out of my usual genre and not my usual type of book that I would usually go for when deciding to pick up a book for myself, but I am so glad that I was sent this book. I am definitely a reader who loves to select books out of my comfort zone and hate to stay in one genre for too long, so this book was a nice change, even if it was a confusing read to begin with, as it shock up my reading choices. My biggest question and problem I have now right now, is how do I describe this book? Not only to prevent spoilers but because this is one strange book that when I start describing and explaining this book, I will begin a tangent. Now where to begin? . . .

Imagine a penny isn’t just a penny. Or a hair pin isn’t just a pin. These simple little inanimate objects that you thought we just that, inanimate, turned out to be completely different and life changing. That once you touch them, you own them, you possess them to the degree that you are now their master. Now I know this sounds strange but that’s because I’ve left something out, that once you’ve touched and possessed these seemingly inanimate objects you discover that they are more than just that. They are Automatons! They come to life and are able to transform to look like regular humans and blend it, while still being able to transform back into their inanimate objects appearance whenever their master commands them to. They are able to manifest things and to have them to just appear, to create things from out of themselves, and you have a connection to one another, because they are apart of you. Now imagine discovering this in the most shocking way possible, with a traumatic event thrown on top. Would you believe it? Well say hello to Odys Odelyn, who thanks to him, we get to learn and experience this unknown secret that’s been hidden from us.

The first thing I have to say about this book is about the writing style as this is obviously the first thing that stand out when reading a book. This book was nothing like anything I have ever read before, which is so unusual to do in itself, which I have to give it props to as this is very impressive to do these days. We are told that this book is written by “BLA” and is annotated by “G.B. Gabbler”, but there are disclamiers in the book that these are both pen names and this book was infact written completely by one person, who is Anonymous. So, considering that the book has one writing style and the annotated sections has another sort of writing style, which could be a separate person, the Editor named “Gabbler”, that goes to show how much the author thought of all of these little details. At times, I did forget that there was only one author and not two because of this. Plus, The style of writing that was used, for both the book and annotations, also included a fourth wall element where they were talking directly to the readers. This was done especially with the annotations as this was the whole idea behind the annotations, as they way to explain, express, and speak to the audience. The author however, for the main part of the book, took an active part in the story, calling himself the narrator, so on occasions, he/she would speak directly to the reader. This is also written to be like an epic Greek poem, with stanzas and so on. This was lost on me sadly as I have never red any, and don’t plan on reading any sorry.

The story was very confusing, for me, especially at the beginning. If you have a look at my copy then you will see so my sticky coloured tags, and multiple sticky tags at that which represented different things. This was for me to try and get this story in order. But once I did and just let go and got absorbed into the story, it was so much easier to follow and so much more enjoyable to read. What threw me a little at first may have been that this isn’t my usual type of book to read, but that doesn’t usually put me off a book, as I love giving any book and genre a read and opening up my mind. What also threw me, was that the author claimed that this was based on true events, and on true events that have happened in his life, so when things started getting a little strange my mind just couldn’t follow. The author threw himself into the story by making himself the narrator, but them he also threw himself into the story again by making himself another character a little later on, which may or may not become important in this series.

In this first book in the series, we are introduced to so many characters, masters, automations, humans and even Gods, who have their owns plans to set in motion. There are some characters who are created and portrayed really well and do have me looking forward to the next book in this series, just to see what is going to happen what is going to happen to the characters and with the story. I really like Odys and Maud, Master and Automation, but my favourite character at the moment would definitely have to be Odissa. She is created strong, and giving the situations that she is put in, she is smart and is one of the strongest and level headed characters in this book, especially as she is one of the only humans who doesn’t have an Automaton and isn’t protected. There are kind of special rewards and perks to having an Automaton, but you’ll hve to read the book to find that out. As well as discovering the negatives that also arise from being given or finding an automaton.

Overall, I did end up enjoying this book think that this will end up being quite a good series and I have absolutely no idea where it’s heading, which is fantastic. This is a really good start and I believe that the second book in the series is due to come out soon, which is really exciting, and I hope it lives up to the hype. I wish I could rate this book higher, but when looking at some of the other books that I’ve rated 4 stars, I sadly couldn’t do it. But I know that if vol 2 is going to be as good as I hope, it’d definitely going to have an higher rating. That’s why I have rated this book 3.5 stars out of 5, although I do recommend this book. Try something different! 🙂

If you are interested, they have their own webpage, so click here and go exploring a little 😉

Do you like trying new books from different genres? Any recommendations? How does this book sound? Comment below 🙂

Review:Lilith’s Garden of Fury (Unforeseen Beings #3)

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*****

I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book. 

This is the third installment in the Unforeseen Beings novella series, and this was a book, or story that was well needed and came at the perfect time. If you haven’t read the previous two books, Lilith’s Garden of Madness and Lilith’s Garden of Clarity then you will definitely need to read those two books before reading this installment in the series. These books are definitely not stand alone books, in my opinion, as there are a lot of questions and back stories and a world that does get a little confusing if you were to jump into one of the books, without reading the previous books in the series. I have written reviews for books one and two, so if you do plan on reading the books and want to check out some reviews, click on the links above. I do try to keep my reviews spoiler free, but as this is the third book in the series, there may be spoilers to the previous two books. Sorry if there are. So lets begin. . . 

“Delilah returns to Room 102 but this time she isn’t there alone. As the veil between a world she once knew and an insane new reality, fades away, Delilah must find a way to save Philip and the others from the dark evil within Kelton. But will Elizabeth and the others find Delilah in time before she destroys what she desires to save?”

This book open on Hannahs perspective, which made me so so happy, as we haven’t heard from Hannah since the first book. However, this was short lived as this was the on Chapter that we do get to hear from Hannahs perspective, but there is a very good reason for that, even if I didn’t want to admit it and want more from her, as I loved her character from the first book. You then pick up from where you left off from at the end of book 2, Lilith’s Garden of Clarity, so I will definitely say, in my opinion, these books are not stand alone books and to read them as a series to experience them and understand them better. You get some action at the begin of this book, but what I took the most from reading this installment in the series, is that this book was the much needed explanation book.

What do i mean by this? While reading this book, it felt like this book is the book that’s been needed and has been put in place to answer some questions that the readers, especially myself, might have had about this world. There is a lot of talking in this book because of this, but it’s not boring, as it’s what’s needed. I felt like I was Elizabeth in parts with this book, maybe because she was the only human and had no idea what was happening and it was new to her. Even though it was all new to her, she was the only one who wasn’t afraid to ask the questions that others were thinking and wanting to ask, even myself. Trust me, if it could have reached it to this book and high five her for asking, I would’ve, or better yet, jumped in and asked the questions myself. Even when she could tell that they’d had enough of answering and being bombarded with questions, she didn’t stop, and wasn’t necessarily afraid to stop. Or if she did stop, to rest, to sleep, or whatever else that may have come up, she would resume asking when the time was right. Even though she was only human, she had so much bravery and was willing to fight and stick by those she cares for, which makes her the strongest out of them all, again in my opinion. Why are the humans my favourite characters? Maybe because I can relate more to them. 

Like I said previously, this book gives so much more background on so many issues, that were merely hinted at or mentioned in the last two books. One of the biggest looming questions that I’ve had since the very first book is Who is Lilith? In this book we do get a massive leap in this department with background information given on not only who Lilith is, but also on her garden, on how they both came into existence and so much more. Yes, we actually get some information about the infamous Lilith and her Garden. However, this information, or maybe the information in general that was provided in this book made me want to find out more and discover more about everything. We find out more about the good and evil, light and dark, and the dark army and I could tell you more but spoilers. . .

We remain with our original main character Delilah in this book, and we also have Peter and Elizabeth. We now see how Delilah is changing, or developing and growing in this book, and how she is trying to cope with finding out all of this new information about herself and the world around her. You also see and how she is also trying to deal with her feelings and relationships between people, especially with Peter and Galvin. You then get Peter, who everyone believes and assumes is weak and timid, except for one or two, who believe he is able to train and fight in a maybe upcoming battle against the dark army. Maybe that is why throughout this series I have three favourite characters, Hannah, Peter and Elizabeth, the three underdogs in a certain way. You have Galvin, who is, or was, a guardsman to the dark army, but now he’s on the opposite side and trying to make up for the bad he’s done by helping protect and save those he’s hurt, Peter, but especially Delilah. We are introduced to two new characters in this book, which is where we get a load of the background information from as well, and these characters are, Vance and Leona. I was still left with some mystery behind these characters, and this mystery created some uneasiness for me, some mistrust maybe, but I don’t know why because they didn’t do anything to deserve it. Nothing at all. In fact they did the opposite. Maybe when I get to know them better and trust them more, then that will go, or maybe it will be justified, I don’t know. We don’t get to here from every characters perspectives and Deliahs’ chapters are the only ones who’s are from a first persons point of view, which is an interesting take. 

Like I said this book was definitely needed as much needed answers to questions and backgrounds were provided, which was essential at this point. Along with the explanations and so forth, there was a storyline, which went hand in hand with both points; they needed to know more in order to be able to improve and move forward and learn themselves. I don’t want to give too much away, as I don’t want to be laying loads of spoilers down (hint Goodreads description), if any, as I do really enjoy this series and want everyone else to enjoy it to without it being spoiled. I do now have some new questions, but that’s good when going forward with a series, as it keeps you hooked and keeps you a reading and wanting more, anticipating the next book. 

There is no other rating other than 5 out of 5 stars that I can give this book as I had so, so many questions answered and this book is an important part in the series for doing that. Again, I would not recommend these books as stand alone,  but to read them as a complete series. It’s a novella series, so it shouldn’t take you too long. Checkout my previous two reviews if you are interested but not yet convinced. 

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