Title: Saving London
Author: Taylor Dawn
Page Count/Review Word Count: 288
Disclaimer: Taylor Dawn is published by Booktrope, the same publisher which released my debut novella, No Rest for the Wicked.
This is a bit awkward, because I know the author and because this is the first time that I’ve had to be kind of negative towards a Booktrope book – I’m hoping that any criticism comes over as constructive! First off, I should explain the 6/10 – that’s a default rating for me when a book has too many typos, and unfortunately this book qualifies. In many places, two different words have somehow run together, so that even a spellchecker should’ve picked it up, much less a human proofreader.
I also got quite annoyed with the main character – I won’t give away the twist, but it’s super, super obvious, and it takes the main character far too long to realise. For a while, there was a sense of dramatic irony, but it soon wore off and I ended up finding it hard to believe that anybody could have failed to have pieced the clues together. It also felt too much like a John Green imitation, even with the added supernatural twist – I still haven’t worked through John Green’s back catalogue yet, and so I felt like I could’ve been reading that instead.
Now for the good stuff! Dawn knows her stuff when it comes to the areas that the describes, and so her descriptive work is really neat. I do think the story has a lot of potential, I’m just sorry to say I wasn’t blown away. But then, I was blown away by the awesome cover art by Mr. Scott Deyett!