L. A. Jacob (also writing as Jake Logan) has been writing fiction for over 30 years. She has been involved with Ceremonial Magic, Wicca and Paganism, and now considers herself Unitarian.
Under the Jake Logan name, she writes gay male fiction, such as romance, erotica, mystery, or urban fantasy. Under her own name, she writes fiction concerning magic and other urban fantasy, and military history.
She lives in Rhode Island with her son and three cats. You can find out more about her and her work at Grimalkin’s Grimoire.
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)