Saturday, September 28, 2013

Review: A Wicked Kind of Dark

A Wicked Kind of Dark
A Wicked Kind of Dark by Jonathan K. Benton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I admit it -- I had a really hard time getting through this book. I think I wasn't really prepared for style and genre. Maybe if the cover showed me a fantasy world filled with pixies and goblins, I might have been better prepared. I'm not one for high fantasy books and the first 50% was filled with a lot of world building big fantasy that scared me a lot. We get very rapidly thrown into a world that is not my typical book setting. That being said, I finished the last half of the book rather quickly because the action ramped up quite a bit.

The story is actually about a boy named Robert who, after a traumatic incident, has lost a season of his life from when he was 10 years old. Through some magical coincidence, he ends up connecting with owners of a soup kitchen that lead him to rediscovering his memories. In those memories is his youthful crush, Luthien. Their adorable friendship/crush seems fairly normal until we learn that their play at make believe was actually real. Their magical world exists parallel to the human world and is set to crash into it if Robert and Luthien can't reconnect and stop it.

After powering though the last half of the book, I was pretty disappointed to discover that there was no satisfying conclusion to the story. I assume there will be a second book to pick up where this one ends, but I wish there was at least some glimmer of happy ending.

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