You know, I’ve learned something – it sucks to be the main character in a paranormal story! I mean, nine times out of ten, they discover that they are actually not what they thought they were and turn out to be something entirely – such as a god, a spirit creature, or some other form of supernatural being. Usually this discovery ends up ruining their otherwise mundane life and puts a real damp on their day.
So imagine how our heroine Eve (the protagonist of Murdering Eve feels when she discovers that she may be linked to the Gods of Olympus, then charged with finding a Wind troll that was banished to Earth within a certain time period or else all hell will break loose. Oh, and add to the fact that someone is trying to kill her, I have to be honest – I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes!
But enough with the introductions, let’s check out today books, Murdering Eve by Kelly Lee.
About The Author
I was not given any information or bio by the author, but if you wish to check out her work, you can visit her website. Link below.
On the whole, this cover is ok – doesn’t really stand out for me though, but it is at least colourful. But I have to wonder, who is the girl on the cover? At first I thought it was Eve herself, but she’s described as having blond hair in the book. I’m guessing it’s Holly, the antagonist of the book, but then she’s described as having red hair. Just a minor nitpick on that really.
One of the first things I noticed about Murdering Eve was the blurb, which described it almost in a pretty dark way – so I was kinda expecting this book to be really dark as well as romantic. On the whole though, it was pretty tame compared to what I was expecting – but that’s not a bad thing at all. Once I got to grips with the book, I did actually find the story pretty decent. Any story with Gods and supernatural entities always tick a lot of boxes in my book (excuse the pun) and so the idea of Eve trying to find a Wind troll to bring back to Olympus was pretty cool. The story is very easy to follow and not as convoluted as some other books. I was able to keep up with the story pretty easily. It also helped that there were only a few characters in the book, so I didn’t have to keep reminding myself who was what – so props for having an easy to follow story.
My first gripe would be that there is maybe a little TOO much exposition in this book. Sometimes, we focus on a character and it then transcends into a flashback, or an explanation into the history of a certain race or magical force. I don’t really have a problem with flashbacks or expositions and realise that they can be important to a story – but too much can really slow the pace down. I honestly think that the author could have just used a few paragraphs in these instances to just give us a general gist rather than going into too much detail. Secondly, chapters tend to repeat themselves occasionally. There is one scene where the heroes get into a fight, and then the next chapter we see the villain and the chapter pretty much explains what happened before. Considering it was just after one chapter, I didn’t feel it was too necessary to go into this detail.
Also, there were quite a few formatting issues with the copy I was given to review. Sometimes, lines would be cut off mid sentence and then started again on a new line, it made the text look broken up and messy. I’d suggest a reformat if the author hasn’t done so already.
Now, let’s look at the characters. Eve, the heroine, I really wanted to say I liked and supported. But actually, I found her a little bit whiny and needy in places. I understood that she was trying to cope with the problems of finding out her real nature, but she just seemed too dependent on Whit (the troll she was sent to find, who eventually becomes her lover). I prefer heroines that aren’t afraid to take control of a situation when needed. Also, I felt that she was dangerously close to being a mary-sue on some occasions. On the same level, I wanted to support Whit as he had gone through a lot of pain since being banished from Olympus – but honestly I just wanted to slap him on occasions and say “Man up!” Or “Troll up!”
Actually, the character I enjoyed the most was Holly, the would-be assassin of the book. She had an interesting back story (being a Titan) and I could actually understand her motivations and needs. She also provided a lot of humour for the piece. In the end I hoped that she would come out ok and that nothing bad happened to her.
Aside from those points, I did like the way Kelly Lee tried to do something different with the Olympus myth and I give props to the way she portrayed the trolls in the book. It was nice to see trolls in a more heroic light (mostly) instead of the monsters that they usually are portrayed as. And, on the whole, I felt that the ending of the book did resolve itself satisfactorily, although (without giving away too many spoilers) it did feel a little “Scooby Doo” in places – and by that I mean I was expecting the villains to say “And I would have got away with it if it wasn’t for you meddling kids...” You know.
Admittedly, I felt that this book had a few flaws in it in terms of character and overall formatting, but it’s not a bad read in general. In should mention that at the beginning, it has a mini review that stated that fans of Twilight would enjoy this one. Well, I have to say that I enjoyed this MORE than Twilight, so hopefully Kelly Lee can take some pride in me saying that.
- Easy to follow plot, with a good resolution.
- Good twists on many supernatural tropes.
- Villain is extremely likeable (is that a good thing?)
- Formatting issues ruin the flow of the piece.
- Main characters slightly less likeable than they should be.
- Maybe a little too much exposition.
Whilst for me, it did have some flaws, the bits that were good did make me want to continue reading to the end and I’m glad I did. I would suggest that the author goes back and reformats the book again as the errors are glaring and need to be addressed. But overall, if you like paranormal romance, I’d give this one a try.
FINAL SCORE: 3/5