Sunday, April 29, 2012

Review: A Stroke of Dumb Luck by Shiloh Walker

Overall Impression:

Source: Bought (available on amazon kindle for just .99 if interested)

Publication Date: Jan 2011

Short Synopsis (Goodreads)When a teenaged girl goes missing, her mother calls Kit Colbana, scion of an ancient line of warriors -- unfortunately, Kit's heritage doesn't impress the local wererats much. They're determined to make the girl one of their own, and Kit is going to need a big sword, a bright flashlight, and a helpful vampire to get her back.

My Review: What first attracted me to this book was the cover. I had been looking at the art of Jason Chan and this is one of the covers that he has done (I really like his style, you can check out more at his website) and thought I would give it a try. Doesn't that girl look like she has an intense story behind her? I'm sure she does...but unfortunately this novelette is not it.

To be fair, this book didn't really give itself much of a chance, it only breaks down to about 15 pages and that isn't even half an hour of reading time. It was a simple storyline, simple resolution, and while it was able to convey quite a bit in the few pages that made up its entire being, there definitely could have been more.

Usually these type of simple stories have very simple elementary covers to go along with them. This one lucked out big time when it got this cover, but it also sets up the stage for something pretty epic and when you don't get that, it's a bit of a let down.

I still really like this cover though and am glad that I gave the book a try just so that I didn't have to sit there wondering what this character's story was and why she was SO cool looking! Now, knowing that it's not that great, I can at least make up my own. However, I think that this cover fits perfectly with Suzanne Collins 'Gregor the Overlander' series. That has some pretty kick-butt people in it too, and don't forget the monstrous rats!

This book gets 3 stars for being able to inspire such an amazing cover!

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