on Sep. 10, 2017 :
I was very skeptical when I started to read this book. I downloaded it because it seemed quite interesting. After reading the first two paged I started to have my doubts, thinking whether I should continue reading or not.
I finished the book though. It's quite hard to say anything, this story is too short. Yeah, it had a bumpy start, but then I got into it. And then it was already over.
It is very open ended, yet still not assuming a sequel. And even if it would have a sequel, I think it should be put together into one whole book.
3 THINGS I LIKED:
1. The demon. I would definitely like to read more about and with this demon.
2. Aunt Jane. She has that charm I can't really describe. I wish we could find out more about her, seeing that there's not much info on her.
3. The details. (This is as much of a plus, as it is a negative side of the book)
3 THINGS I DISLIKED:
1. The details - even though it's quite good some places, there are just too many unnecessary descriptions, every move is followed by a comment of the MC.
2. The boy's orientation. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the LGBT community, but I do not think that it's appropriate to write about this stuff when your main character is 12 years old.
3. The book is too short. I wouldn't mind this if it had a full, satisfying ending, but in this case it's like the author cut off the rest of the book. As if I'm reading a demo, but, again, that is not the case. This is a finished and published book.
All in All.
I liked this book good enough to give it ★★★. The worst thing I found in "Self Defense" really is the ending. It has potential, yet needs work. I simply do not appreciate how it just cuts off like that. Otherwise, well, it's OKAY, and I can't say more, it's just too short for this kind of story.
I recommend "Self Defense" by L.A. Jacob to anyone who's interested in a 30-something paged book, about a little gay 12 year old boy, taking revenge on everyone who hurt him, by summoning a demon.
This short book is probably for those who don't have time to read 200+ paged books, let alone series.
(review of free book)