Lilyth (The Shadow Spirits Paradox – Book 1) by Tiyana Angel
Note: $0.99 cents on Kindle. Only 68 pages long.
Summary: Actually, I really can’t write much of a summary without spoiling stuff, since that’s how few main events happened during the course of this story. It stars a young woman named Lilyth who was orphaned at a young age when her mother was drowned in a flood. She now lives in a rustic village with her grandparents. She has a contentious relationship with her grandmother, which makes Lilyth escape the house constantly, leaving her spending time with her best friend Tristan, who obviously wants more than just a friendship with her. However, there is a war brewing which will change everything.
Comments: What drew me to reading this was the gorgeous cover. And now that I’ve finished this installment, I didn’t see the gorgeously costumed woman with the blue lipstick on the cover appear at any point in this particular book. In the description, it lists it as being dystopian, but I didn’t see any remnants of the modern world anywhere in it. The setting seemed like a basic medieval fantasy-world small village. Also this is listed as book 1, but really we only get an introduction to the characters and the main plot of the story doesn’t come into play until the end where it barely gets started before the book cuts out. In other words, this really is just part 1 of a larger book, rather than a contained Book 1 with continuing elements leading into another book. The grammar is perfect, I didn’t spot any typos, and the author fluidly describes her fantasy world. However I couldn’t stand Lilyth herself. She acted mean, bratty, unreasonable, over-dramatic, always arguing and shouting, storming off in a fury for no reason, and manhandling other characters, shoving them around. It was a bit much for even teenage angst. And it felt like things weren’t explained to the reader all that well at times. Still, I did keep reading till the end.