Author: Larry Rodness
Genre: paranormal, YA
Published: December 31, 2012
Publisher: Itoh Press
Length: 354 pages
Format: paperback, ebook (Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, Sony eReader, iBookstore)
Description: 19 year old Emylene Stipe is about to learn that the dark forces of her Goth world are all too real and they are coming for her.
Brief Summary: Emylene is a second generation Goth who is treated like royalty in her community. However she soon discovers that the world in which she once embraced is a whole lot scarier and unpredictable than she ever expected.
Review: I had some trouble with this book, in a way it was an almost DNF. For me, this book was a little longer than it needed to be. I liked the beginning where the scene is being set and back story is established. The Goth elements were really fun for me and I liked the family situation in the book. I think learning about Gothic traditions and practices were very enlightening because, as I think most people do, I had a sort of basic understanding of it and I didn't really know much else. Reading other reviews, it seems like I had the exact opposite problem as everyone else. I also liked the romance in the first half of the book.
The second half of the book was much worse for me. I found it slow and too drawn out. Also, it was a little confusing for me. The back story of the darker elements and the Vrykolakas, or vampires, was nice but too much. However, I did like the use of the painting because it was a nice portal or unusual element that not that many other books possess. I think that the problem and mystery Emylene was faced with could have been solved much more quickly and in a better way than it was. I really wanted to like this book because of the darkness and Goth aspects but I just couldn't. I couldn't wait for it to be over because I had such a hard time staying focused. I didn't find Perverse engaging at all.
Overall: I give Perverse a 3 stakes. I just don't think this novel was my cup of tea. I wanted to like it but just didn't. I think it was maybe a little longer than it needed to be. Maybe I'll try it again in the future and see if my feelings change.
About the Author (from Amazon): Larry Rodness began his professional career as a singer at the age of 19 working with various bands around Toronto. After studying musical theater Larry worked in summer stock where his love of writing began. From that point on he wrote for dinner theater, trade shows, and even ice skating shows. To date he has written over 10 screenplays and has had three optioned. "Today I Am a Man" is his first novel, a fiction based on his early experiences about his family who moved from Toronto to Los Angeles in the 60's. His newest novel is entitled –Perverse a supernatural YA novel about a 19 year old second generation Goth princess named Emylene Stipe. It was released in December of 2012.
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