This is Leigh Holland’s second published book, and the first of a new series. As an author I read twenty-five to fifty books per month, rarely is one worth doing a review of, and surely not a novella. First of all the book was put together with love. Then edited with love. The author must have planned this out for a long time. From one chapter to another the transition is seamless, if you actually read the book and not skim over it.
She tells me that the book is free. I do not believe she has any idea of what her book is worth, but free is not the answer. This novella should be at least $4.99 on KDP, and Amazon, $6.99 in paperback, it is that good (2017 pricing). It is not often I get a book to read that is edited. So many authors think they can throw slosh out there (slosh is the dirty snow at the side of the road) and get away with it. Mrs. Holland did not throw out slosh, her book is right on target.
I found character development a little lacking, but the main characters are fully aware which makes them interesting. Is the book scary, does it have a purpose, does it tell a story? These are things people want to know, based on the Genre she is pushing. I did not feel it fit any genre. Again it is a book that stands on its own.
Criteria are, does it make you feel emotion, happy, sad, angry, and horrified? Just to name a few. What I can tell you is that it made the tiny little hairs on the back of my neck stand up and gave me goose bump tremors.
For a first of a series novel, I really have to give this 5 stars, Let us hope she continues with this brave endeavor. I hope to be able to review all of her books.
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