Thursday, 16 May 2013

***Review*** Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor LaValle





Released: July 2012
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Series: No
Source: From Netgalley for review purposes
Format: Digital ARC
Find at: Goodreads  | Amazon US


Goodreads Synopsis:

Lucretia’s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny—a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness—has gone missing. The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutants whose designs on the children are unknown. Her search for Sunny takes Lucretia through a dark fantasyland where she finds lush forests growing from concrete, pigeon-winged rodents, and haunted playgrounds. Her quest ultimately forces her to confront the most frightening specter of all: losing, forever, the thing you love the most.

Lucretia and the Kroons is a dazzlingly imaginative adventure story and a moving exploration of the power of friendship and the terror of loss. This all-new novella serves as the perfect companion piece to The Devil in Silver, a thrillingly suspenseful work of literary horror that continues the story of Lucretia.





My Review:

I have to say that this one was not for me.  Nothing against the book or the author but I just didn't gel with it.  The only reason why I finished reading this one was to give it a fair review.  Sometimes books can scrape extra marks with the finale, but no, this did not happen. It's a novella and is only 100 pages long, perhaps that's what my main problem is, I needed more depth and character to the story.

Right from the start I found this one didn't captivate me, I can sometimes forgive this if it gets better at the halfway mark, again this didn't happen either.  I felt like I was lost and swimming in the middle of an ocean with no help in sight.  Do I just drown in the book or do I try and keep going until the bitter end.  Well I did keep going, but I do wish I would have given up. 

I couldn't connect with the characters and I found the whole story a bit weird and wacky; which is normally not a problem.  


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Overall:
There are some glowing reviews for this book, so maybe it's just me.  But as always I'm here to give my honest review and here it is.  This book is not for me.

My Thoughts on the Cover:
This one is very simplistic, not really too much going on in it.  I do like the font, it looks really spooky.

**Many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for the review copy**

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