Thursday, December 12, 2013

Review: Perverse by Larry Rodness Blog Tour

*Cover and Synopsis from Tour media kit
Book Info:
Title: Perverse
Author: Larry Rodness
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA, Supernatural, Vampires, Paranormal
Publisher: Itoh Press
Release Date: Dec 2012
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

Brief Synopsis:
A supernatural fiction about a 2nd generation teenage Goth teen named Emylene Stipe 
who finds a charcoal sketch in an antique shop. When she brings it home an image of a young girl appears in the sketch and then materializes in her apartment. Emylene introduces this girl whom she nick-names ‘Poinsettia’, to the local Goth crowd and the two become fast friends. But Poinsettia has an ulterior motive for her sudden and strange intrusion into Emylene’s life which causes Emylene to question her whole belief system.

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My 3.5* Review:
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this as part of the blog tour and in exchange for an honest review. 

The blurb I received for this book had me intrigued; hence why I signed up for a review post in this tour.

However, upon starting to read Perverse I found myself feeling a bit underwhelmed and unsure about the book. I't starts off slowly, but the page picks up about halfway through and then the action begins to kick in. By action I mean "Vrykolakas (Vampyres)". 
The Vampyres in Perverse are portrayed a little closer to the terrifying blood sucking demons that I love to see and read. 

Once the pace picked up I found it a lot easier to keep reading. I felt the change in pace and the Vampyres had managed to save this book from being my first DNF.

Most of the characters are well developed and relevant to the overall plot. I did feel that one character from the earlier chapters that seemed expendable was Emylene's friend "Nostra-Dame".

I think that due to the slow start of this book that some less patient readers may feel a little discouraged to continue reading; as I admitted I almost gave up.

Larry Rodness had a smooth flow to his writing which is easy to read;even if a little slow at times. But his smooth style is present even when the pave picks up. 

My overall thoughts and feelings about Perverse are mixed and uncertain. Maybe I just need to read another of Larry Rodness' books to get a better feel for his style. It's because of this uncertainty that I'm only rating Perverse 3.5* .

About The Author:
Larry Rodness began his entertainment career as a professional singer at the age of 19 and has been performing in Toronto for over 35 years with his wife and singing partner, Jodi, at venues such as The Old Mill, Royal York Hotel, Skyline and Bristol Place Hotel as well as countless corporate and private functions.
In the 80's Larry studied musical theatre writing with PRO under Broadway conductor Layman Engel, which led him to write for dinner theater. He then moved into the screenplay arena where he has written over a dozen screenplays and has had 3 scripts optioned to date. In the past 2 years he has also become a published novelist.

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