My Hunger, Lisa Renee Jones
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
So I loved the Inside Out Trilogy but have grave reservations re the pricing…£5.99 each book makes it one of the most expensive part novels I’ve read. Now its not just a trilogy, but become an ongoing series, with sevaral novellas at around £1.99 and more full length ones at £6.99! This novella is £1.99 for just 807 kindle locations – very, very short indeed…I love Lisa’s writing, for me its unquestionalbly five stars but the price puts this out of my range. I was lucky enough to get this novella and the first of the trilogy free via Netgalley, but bought books 2 and 3 as I wanted to see what happened. I won’t be buying the others though or the other novellas, much though I’d love to read them, I feel the reader is being taken for granted here, and when there are other excellent books around for far less – well, like many people money is tight for me too 😦 and pricing in this range puts the novels beyond me.
Still, pricing gripes aside I loved this snippet of Mark’s life. All Lisa’s characters are interesting, and Mark with his control issues and love of secrets is a great one to investigate. I knew little of Crystal except for a brief mention from the first books, and really didn’t learn that much else here. It’s very well written but not even a complete novella, simply a brief interlude in the ongoing Mark, Rebecca’s murder and the gallery fraud current problems. Nothing gets resolved, though we do see a little more into Mark’s private life and what drives him. I feel as though I’d really love these novellas/shorts if they were one full size book, but as is I just feel disconted at the lack of any kind of resolution. It’s almost becomne a serial novel. There have been other authors that have expanded popular works, The Tiffany Riesz erotic novels are one such group I love. Each novel is connected but complete, and even the novellas are complete stories not just snippets of life with one or two characters. Tiffany has done a few of those which she gives on her blog for free….I can read and enjoy those over and over. Lisa’s writing has that same re read quality I so enjoy, but published in this format just doesn’t work for me. Still, I’m sure it will suit others – that’s the way writing is, authors can’t please everyone.
Stars: difficult this..the writing and story are five star, but the pricing and unfinished nature of the novella are just two stars for me…but I don’t really inclede pricing in my star rating even though its important enough to add in my review, so 4 stars overall.
ARC supplied via Netgalley