This is the first book that I will be reading that is directly sent by an author. And by all means, I am excited to read what this book is all about. I don’t usually read books that involve alien-like characters. But as a book blogger, I know that I need to grow. I need to get out of my comfort zone and read more books that explore different genres. This book was sent to me in exchange of an honest review. So let’s dive in and we’ll see how it goes.
Title & Author: Slippery Things by Lane Baker
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Year Published: April 15th 2015
Publisher: Sprocket Films, Inc.
Source: eBook, provided by author
Jaded high school Junior and detention hall regular Larissa Locke has a recurring dream in which creatures sneak into her bedroom at night to perform experiments and extract her blood. Tiny scars on her arm suggest that perhaps she isn’t just dreaming. But wait! If she’s really the victim of blood-sucking alien intruders, then why is her bedroom window still locked each morning?
Well. That certainly was a refreshing read. I swear I could have finished it, if my exams did not get in the way. I enjoyed the story quite a bit, and it was a break from all of the romance and uber-fantasy that I have been reading for the past weeks. It was not romance heavy, but rather fact heavy. And every bit of detail adds more to the senses, because it lets you visualize the story well. It may just be 156 pages, but it gave it the best shot it has.
Finally. A book without heavy romance, and a book that focuses more on family ties. The pace of this book was really fast, considering the fact that it was only 156 pages. It was amazingly crafted, with the science fiction aspect far more entertaining and careful with detail. The part where it focused on the protagonist’s family was the best part. Definitely one of the few things some YA books lack in.
When it comes to the characters, one could not look for a more badass teen than in Larissa Locke. Now here’s a girl who knows how to handle it all without losing it. Her attitude is what gives the story its tone and color. It was headstrong, yet vulnerable all at the same time. She tries to keep herself sane, despite the fact that she has aliens visiting her house every night. And that aspect of her personality made me want to read more. Here’s a heroine who acts smart and does things her way in the most sensible way possible. It is like when you imagine yourself in the same scenario, you will most probably do what she did.
Now the reason that I gave this book a 3.5 rating is because the action was too movie-ish for me. The pace, the cuts to different points, was all too fast. Plot wise, it is somehow unique. But the series of events were all cut-out like a movie. It’s good for the imagination, but it lacks the feeling of satisfaction in reading.
A Minnesota native, Lane Baker studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California and the American Film Institute. Ever since, Lane has worked as an editor on both popular television series and independent feature films. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his husband Kevin and their daughter Madalyn.