Saturday, February 16, 2013
Lisez La Fleur by Alexandra Lanc
Today, I'm reviewing her book Lisez La Fleur (translation: Read the Flower), a book about vampires!
Lisez La Fleur stars Lorine, a soon-to-enter university student who's dragged to France. Her family's dysfunctional, but she won me over through her love of her little brother Josh. I have a little brother myself, so I immediately related to her. While in France, she meets the mysterious Honore, who invites her to his club. Deciding to do something for herself for once, she accepts his offer, but finds out that she's actually at a castle for blood-thirsty vampires!
What I liked was that the vampires weren't brooding mysterious young men but bloodthirsty killers closer to Dracula. Plus, through the prologue, we get the sense that what Lorine experiences (the rest of the book is in her point of view) isn't as straightforward as she thinks.
The interesting thing about this novella series is reader participation. The book ends on a cliffhanger, and then, the readers can go to Alexandra's website to take part in a poll that influences the book's progression. Now, when people talk about ebooks and self-publishing changing reading, this is what I think about. Now ebooks that look like a website with no plot (not that I can see), but something that results in greater engagement with the author and the reader.
Now, voting for this book ends on June 18th, so make sure you get this novella, read, and then vote before then! There's violence in this (well, it has vampires), so I'd recommend this for older teens and up.
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review.