Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Review: Killing Perfection by Heather L. Anderson

Synopsis (Goodreads):
Charolette is a 19 year old girl who believes she is the only one of her kind in the world and she is about to find out the truth. When a short planned trip to Boston Massachusetts turns into a prolonged visit, Charolette is visited by a mysterious stranger who happens to know more about her then she knows herself.
My Thoughts:  This is one of those books that I had to let sit for a few days before I could write up the review.  Honestly, I'm torn on how I feel about it.  I really liked the ending - in fact, from about the midpoint of the book to the end I thought it was very, very good - but I wasn't enamoured of the beginning.  Most of what threw me off with the first half had to do with pacing.  The narrative jumps between the present and Charolette's dreams, which I'm 98% certain are trying to tell her about her past but that was never said in so many words.  The jump into the dreams was a bit jarring for me but I can see how what's being revealed has importance.

I'm going to say again that I really liked the ending of this book, but there were a few things that had me raising my eyebrows.  For one, it was revealed that Charolette had an accident at 15 that left her with no memory of her early life.  I'm okay with that part (although it really wasn't delved into in any detail.  Come to think of it, that was almost a throw away line that was mentioned and then pushed aside) but I had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that she's only 19 in the book.  That means that she's effectively 4 years old.  Okay, not really, but you can see where I'm coming from, right?  Beyond that, I also wish we'd been given a bit more information on the coming choice/battle that Charolette will play a part in.  I understand that this is only the first book in a series, but I was left waiting impatiently for more answers.

Come to think of it, a book that makes you keep thinking about it after you've finished it would seem to be doing its job.  I want to know what the dreams she's having are trying to tell her.  I want to know about this accident that claimed her memory.  I want to know which of the men in her life she'll end up with.

In case you couldn't figure it out, there were a lot of plot threads left dangling in this installment.  Definitely enough to entice me into reading book 2.

More books by Heather L. Anderson

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge, The Vampire Challenge
Killing Perfection was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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