Saturday, October 1, 2011

Not Your Mama's Lullaby

Very different from my usual choice in books, the premise of Lullaby for a Stolen Child by Anna Mayle attracted me to it. But let me tell you, it is a dark, dark book with shockingly harsh scenes. It’s certainly not your traditional paranormal romance so don’t let the idea of fae give you the pretense of happiness and flowers. With rich world-building and deep underlying themes, the writing rates high but I cannot say whether I liked the book. I’m fairly certain it isn’t a story one can say they liked.

Not having read book one in the series, the beginning of Lullaby was confusing. Once I read on and began understanding the world, the story flowed smoothly. The focus is on a human captive and his developing relationship with two fae. In a truly twisted way, the ménage between these three makes sense. Each of them is a killer with a menacing past. Rather than hide their enjoyment in the brutal act of killing, they seem to relish in it. And perhaps this is why it is most profound that they have found one another. 

Darker than the average paranormal story, Lullaby packs more violence, blood and death than love and affection. It’s thought-provoking themes leave readers pondering well after the final page is read.

RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.

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