23:27 Review

Title: 23:27
Author: H.L. Roberts
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: Cadava Publishing
Publication Date: 24 November 2018
Source: Author
Format: eBook
Pages: 284
Rating: 3.6 Stars
Reading Timeline: 06 September 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:

23:27 touches on the very sensitive topics of suicide and mental stability when the pressures of society get too difficult to handle for even the most stable individual. Lilith Rose is the lead singer of the popular rock band, United Misfits. and she is tired of all the lies, secrets, and heartache that came with the price tag of stardom. After years of dealing with forced contracts, she does the unthinkable and flees to a small run-down hotel on the outskirts of Los Angeles, where she hosts her tell-all Livestream. Finally, the truth is out there, and Lilith has a decision to make. Life or Death…

Book Review:
Pre-Reading Thoughts:

I don't really remember what this book is about but I am really interested in seeing where it goes.

Thank you so much to the author, H.L. Roberts, for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinions in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing felt as if it was too dressed up in the beginning as the author provided a lot of detail, with the help of descriptive words, but as the book progressed there seemed to be less focus on the detail and more focus on the plot. The dual perspective added a great means of not only progressing the story but also in showcasing more of the characters. 

Plot Thoughts:

This book was not what I expected but it started off quite strong. The character was introduced quite well and the scene was set. The beginning was definitely hard hitting. I wish we could have had a little more insight into the past instead of just being told about it. The plot seemed to weaken after the climax of the story. After that point, the plot seemed to skim over events that could have possibly added more depth to the story. However, the deals with a very important and relevant theme.

Character Thoughts:

The characters lacked depth for me. I thought that Lilith's character, in the beginning, had a great depth to it but it got lost as we were introduced to Alec's character. The other characters needed more depth to them as they felt slightly incomplete and one dimensional. I do think that this could have been helped if there was more exploration of the past.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this book isn't bad. It definitely had something going for it. In its essence it is a love story but the deeper you look the more you realise that this is about something more important. The writing was a little too dressed out in the beginning but the dual perspective worked well in this story. The plot had a strong start that just sucks you into the story but it felt a little rushed towards the ends. The characters lacked depth but Lilith really shown in the beginning. Overall, I enjoyed this book. Thank you so much to the author, H.L. Roberts, for providing me with a copy of this book to review.

Yours in Reading,
Melleny

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