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Review: A Tangled Web by M.L. Sparrow

Title: A Tangled Web

Author: M.L. Sparrow

Published: February 1st, 2017

Length: 94 pages (eBook)

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Author (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Japan, 2011

Taiyo is a normal high-school girl living with her Grandmother in Sendai. She goes to school, partakes in club activities and hangs out with her two best friends, twin brothers Ryuu and Kairi. However, her perfect world is shattered when she begins dating Kairi but quickly discovers she’s already in love with Ryuu.

A tangled web of lies surrounds the pair, but everything is suddenly knocked into perspective on March 11th when they are caught up in a natural disaster that devastates the country and robs thousands of their homes, their possessions and their lives…

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I have read three of M.L. Sparrow’s books. I have always been offered her books in exchange for an honest review, and I’ve been such a big fan of hers. I’m always intrigued by her books, but this one sounded so interesting. It is fiction, but it takes place during the very real Japan tsunami of 2011. I knew I had to read it. I received this book awhile ago, but after my long break from reading and blogging, I’m still trying to do some catching up. And I remembered this book, so I jumped right in!

WHAT I LIKED

Taiyo and Ryuu’s relationship. I loved their friendship. They’ve known each other since they were kids. It’s so obvious that Ryuu is in love with Taiyo, but Taiyo is so oblivious to not only his feelings for her but also her own feelings for him. Sometimes, this can get annoying in books, but this time, I thought it was super cute. I just wanted to keep reading to see how everything developed and how Taiyo came to the realization that her best friend just may be in love with her and she may even feel the same. Loved it!

Hard to put down! Each chapter ended in a way that made it impossible to put down. It wasn’t obvious cliffhangers. It was more like it was just so well-written that I just had to know what happened next.

How the tsunami and a love story combined to make this story. It reminded me of Titanic. The movie was about the tragedy that happened to the ship and the people on it, but the heart of the story is the romance between Jack and Rose. Same with this book. It’s about a horrible tragedy where hundreds of people died, but the heart of the story is the romance between Taiyo and Ryuu. I love how the tsunami was embedded into this love story.

Gave me all the feels! I cried twice. I won’t say anything else, but it definitely got to me.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The length. It is a novella, and I tend to find novellas too short. There was no difference here. I just felt like the pace was too quick, making the story seem a bit rushed. This would have been such a perfect story if it was a full-length novel.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I really enjoyed it! My only complaint shouldn’t even really be a complaint. It was intended to be a novella, so I really can’t complain that it was too short, but unfortunately, that’s how it felt. BUT, ignoring that, the book was really good. In such a short amount of time, I was emotionally invested. I got attached to these characters. I had to know what happened to them. And given that this book was barely 100 pages, I’d say that takes some real talent from the author. M.L. Sparrow continues to amaze me. I will literally read anything written by her.

4 out of 5 Hearts!


(from Goodreads)

M L Sparrow is currently the author of four full length novels, two novellas and a slew of short stories published in various anthologies. Her novella, A Tangled Web, was a finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

She will write pretty much anything that pops into her head, no matter the genre, and enjoys keeping her readers guessing as to what she will write next, though you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some degree of romance!

As well as writing, she enjoys travelling and has been to some amazing countries, where she never fails to gather inspiration and has an endless supply of ideas for future novels…

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