First off lets get the technicalities out of the way. I was given this book to review by the Author. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.
That being said this is my review. This is the first in a planned trilogy of Dark Mother books. The Book Starts with the gruesome (albeit justifiable) murder of a local street gang. Justice the sole survivor of the attack is the one responsible but with no clue how and with sisters to protect he lets everyone believe it was a wild animal mauling or gang infighting that brought about the boys demise. Nobody would believe him anyway. To bad for Justice there was a witness and now 15 years later she wants to find him before time runs out.
I am a fan of Dark, Urban, paranormal fantasy and really went into this with high expectations. It was well written and descriptive, even the plot premise was good but...I never felt tied to the characters. It is usually not a good sign when from the very first page I felt indifferent. Do I feel the series has promise? Yes. Is it for me? No probably not. I will be giving this book 3 ★★★
I'm just going to cut right to the chase and say I Loved this book!! I honestly did not find one flaw within its pages. The world that D.D. Chant built was so plausible especially considering the current economic climate. One thing I really enjoyed was how the Author set up the "bad guys". I won't give it away but it reminded me of a classic boogeyman scenario and even I had trouble identifying the twist when it came.
This book has no monsters or mutants just real people struggling to survive in a Broken post modern world. I found the journey the characters each go through compelling, beautiful and haunting. Deeta the main female protagonist was such an openly honest character that I can see why the other characters wanted to protect her. My favorite character though was her sister Jan. She was bold, brave and not as naive as Deeta therefore I could relate to her a bit easier. I also loved the slowly evolving relationship she has with Ryder, it was sweet but like a snakes mating dance it was fun to watch.
Overall this was a great book with a well developed world, strong character driven plot and fantastic blending of Dystopian and Futuristic elements while remaining grounded in the real world. If your a fan of the genre and looking for something new and unique, I highly suggest picking this book up. I will be rating Broken City by D.D. Chant ★★★★★.
The Other Slipper chronicles the tale of Cinderella's infamous glass slippers. I found this to a very intriguing plot and was immediately hooked. Sadly this book fell short of my expectations.
The Concept- I really liked the concept of this book. As far as I can remember I have never read a book based solely on Cinderella's slippers, so that was certainly fresh and unique.
Ron- I loved Jo's brother throughout the majority of the book. He was sweet, kind and caring and encapsulated everything Jo wasn't.
Locke- I liked his character and his story arc. While he wants to help Jo in her travels he also realizes that she is stubborn and could very well not accomplish her task because of this. I felt his frustration because that is how I felt as well.
Jo- I really didn't like her character. I spent more time being irritated at her behavior than enjoying the story itself. Jo was stubborn,pig headed and just downright rude at times. Even at the end when all was revealed I still felt a lack of joy from her character.
The Pacing- This book was only 300 pages but because of the horrible pacing felt like it took an eternity. I feel most of the beginning of the book could be cut and it still probably wouldn't help. While some scenes did work many just felt long winded like the Author didn't quite know how to fill the page.
While I did enjoy this book, I was definitely left frazzled and frustrated by the end. Jo's attitude and the pacing of the story really brought this book down for me. I certainly commend the Author for creating such a unique take on a very beloved story, that just wasn't enough to over power the negatives in this book. It's a real shame.
Overall if you have some time, pick this book up and give it a go. I am only one opinion and you might not feel the same way as I did. Therefore, I am rating The Other Slipper by Kenechi Udogu ★★★.