Friday, April 15, 2016

Book Review: Fear My Mortality + Giveaway

Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

In a world where people are invulnerable to illness and death, with lives spanning hundreds of years, a sixteen-year-old becomes witness to the impossible – her brother’s failure to regenerate after death after which she suspects that she too may be mortal.

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I enjoyed the idea of near immortality for an entire country but one girl is mortal and struggles to hide it. The story concept is fantastic and I enjoyed how the author built the world but there are a few things that I feel were confusing. However, they were mostly minor things and I didn't have a problem reading on without those things addressed.

The writing is done well, I easily found myself immersed in the author's writing, however, I couldn't connect to the story for the later two halves of the book. I just didn't care as much about the characters or perhaps the stakes weren't good enough for me to care about what happened to the characters. The story plateaued, especially towards the end and I wondered why does this part of the story matter? I know it was important but I found it too easy for them and would like to have seen them struggle more. Also I feel that the pacing slowed down from the first third of the book so it made it more difficult to care about the characters or the story. Still, the author's writing was good that I kept reading hoping the story would get better.

That said, I do like the characters well enough but I'm not sure if they would be memorable or my favorite. I do like Michael a lot but the chemistry between him and Ava were tough for me to believe. Ava, the protagonist is fine but I can't help but feel like she's a bit of a Mary Sue and I wanted to like her more than I did. I found her disappearing parents random and frustrating. It made little sense to me why they just up and left their only daughter but I guess we'd find out more about them in the sequel. It confused me why they'd abandon her after they lost their son.

Overall, the story is interesting with the idea of everyone could die multiple times and live but the protagonist can only live once. It's a tough world where life is taken for granted and it's a theme in the book which I'd like to see more of in the future. Love the idea of the book but I'm not sure the execution was as good as it could have been. Still it's a good read if you like dystopian and futuristic worlds with romance and some adventure.

3 out of 5 for me!

(A copy was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

About the Author:

Everly Frost wrote her first story when she was nine. She grew up in a country town, lived for a little while in Japan, and worked for several years in Canberra, Australia's capital city. Now, Everly lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and two children. She doesn't speak Japanese so often anymore, has left the cold Canberra winters behind, but has never stopped writing.

Giveaway Information:  Contest ends April 22, 2016

  • Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost (INT)

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