Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Book Review: Ordeal by Tatyana Varenko

Title: Ordeal
Author: Tatyana Varenko
Pages: 212
Publisher: CreateSpace
IBSN: 1450549896
Release Date: 7 February 2010
Source: Received for review from the author

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Grade: 4 stars

Novellus superbus!

Goodreads appetizer:

It is a verse-ornated story
About love, betrayal, wrath,
Royal vampires' bliss and glory
Bringing them straight to their death.

Luella, fierce, strong vampire,
Falls for a pretty human catch
Sent on her fiancé's desire
To celebrate they are engaged.

This unexpected turnabout
Is doomed to come to a dead end:
Her human sweetheart's dead to shroud;
Her fiancé's avenged for that;

And she is punished for blood treason,
Banished into a mortal child,
Whose human body is a prison
For all her powers to bind.

Her memories obliterated,
She is to find her love at last
Who proves to be too much related
To the misfortunes from her past.

My thoughts: At first when I heard that Ordeal was a paranormal story told in verse I was a bit worried and sceptical (I mean more than 200 pages told in verse?), not having read poems in years and not knowing if it would be something I would enjoy. All these doubts and worries solely because of its format. But I dived into the unknown and let me tell you, my fears were completely unfounded!

Ordeal is a wonderful, exciting and romantic paranormal story, yes told in verse in more than 200 pages! And because of that, it is even more amazing as a feat! Despite the narrative being in rhymes, the writing flows easily and effortlessly, it is humourous at times while romantic at others. Tatyana Varenko has created a quite unique and entertaining masterpiece.

Verdict: No matter if you enjoy or not poems, I would recommend you to give Ordeal a chance and read it, because it is a uniquely told, entertaining paranormal story, and I'm sure once you get the rythm of the narration the pages will just flew by (believe me, tht's what happened to me).

Plot: 7/10
Characters: 8/10
Ending: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
Cover: 9/10

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