Where Honesty Never Ends.
Pierced by J.C. Mells
Disclaimer: Very slight spoilers.
Blurb: Imagine the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Betty Crocker.
That’s Pierce in a nutshell.
Pierce has been on the run for two years from the man who held her captive in a vampire compound for almost a decade. Life on the run would be a lot simpler if she didn’t suffer from several social disorders and ‘quirks’, have a ten-year-old brat in tow, as well as have two characters from a 1945 classic film living in her head and guiding her at every turn.
First line of the blurb was definitely comedic to say the least. After my initial chuckles, I dove in.
The first few chapters of Pierced, particularly Chapter One, reminded me of molasses in January.
In other words, it was extremely slow.
Although appreciative of the detail of the surroundings in Chapter One, it bordered on excessive. One almost wondered if the chapter was just about the kitchen until the dialogue started to kick in.
There were other instances where descriptions of locations threatened to overtake the plot, and the imbalance definitely served as a deterrent.
Picture of Veda and Mildred Pierce from the 1945 film. It is also the names of the two personalities housed in Pierce’s head.
I haven’t had the opportunity to see the 1945 film, but I would love to, just so I can compare it to the HBO remake of the same name.
The descriptions of Pierce’s cooking prowess I found to be very educational as well as comedic, although some readers who want to stay focused on the plot and action may find these episodes to be unnecessary and somewhat off putting.
Once I got past the initial sluggishness, I really liked some of the action sequences. One of my favorites was the initial fight between Lucas (referred to as “Pink” by Pierce) and Pierce. I did get a rare element of surprise when it was discovered that Lucas was actually alive, and he proved to be quite a force in how the story panned out.
In addition to enjoying some of the action sequences, there were a couple of characters I took a liking to. Although Lucas is portrayed to be silent and brooding, I found him to be quite realistic. I wouldn’t exactly be a happy camper if I had to adjust to being entirely different based on a traumatic experience. It would definitely take some time to get adjusted. I also thought Napoleon was very likable and possessed a maturity beyond his years. He’s talkative and exudes optimism.
I’m high off the flow of action, and soon, I am nearing the end of the book.
It puts me in the mind of savoring a bowl of strawberries. Up to that point, the strawberries have a perfect balance of tart and sweet.
Then, suddenly, I get a strawberry that’s on the wrong side of tasty.
That is how this ending was for me. It was not a suitable companion to the action or the buildup. I understood there was going to be a next part, but the ending seemed more suitable for a horror movie than an urban fantasy/paranormal romance book. It just felt like a letdown.
I rate this a 7 out of 10 stars on The Review Board, but it had the potential to be higher.
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