Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Part I: Spell of Happiness by Twisted Medley

This is an excellent piece self-published by first-timer author Beatrix Lowe. The stunning cover drew me in and although I have a huge stack of books yet to be read, I dove straight in. 

It's a fantasy centered on Lucien, a fallen angel who's lost his memory and doesn't know who he is, and his butler Constant, who serves the former faithfully with great adoration. However, things aren't that simple and as the story progressed, I was completely transfixed. I loved the romantic angle as it wasn't too forced nor trite.

Like most self-published authors, a handful of typos distracted me, but what a plot! I've never read anything like it. And apart from the sometimes strange turns of phrases that any typical Singaporean is prone to, I was quite impressed with this piece of work. 

I also loved the illustrations embedded within the novel by Sobachan. The manga-style drawings fit in nicely with the story. 

You can check out her blog where the author posted a couple of chapters from the beginning of the book so as to get a brief feel of what it's like before purchasing. Details on how to get the book are also on the blog:

This is one author publishers should line up to sign on. With an editor and some professional help, I'm sure more will be able to enjoy her work. 

I can't wait for Part 2!

P.S. This book falls under the category of BL/yaoi/slash, which basically means gay fiction. But don't let that deter you. I thought it was all tastefully done without any hint of pornography.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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