"Skin Deep/Ordinary Monsters" Book Review
Written by Jennifer Turner
Published by Burning Willow Press
Written by Frank Martin
2016, 198 pages, Fiction
Released on September 4th, 2016
As I have mentioned in previous reviews I have a love/hate relationship with short stories. Either I love them so much that my greedy little bookworm mind wants more or the story simply ends with no resolution leaving me disappointed.
Wait, what do I love about it again? Oh yes, because sometimes you stumble across the author who does short stories perfectly and Frank Martin is that author.
First up in his latest collection, Skin Deep, is a vampire story of the same title; the plot centers on Jessica and Laura Parker, two very opposite sisters. Jessica is the sullen black sheep while Laura on the other hand is the spoiled apple of her parents' eyes.
Things change for the worst one night when Laura encounters a strange man in a bar and becomes enthralled with him. Skin Deep is a solid tale that instantly sucks the reader in. It's well rounded; the ending is just as intriguing as the beginning. Kudos to Martin for not taking the Twilight route that I originally feared he would take.
Next up is Ordinary Monsters, a werewolf tale with a little bit of Nazi Germany thrown in. The plot centers on Liam, an average teen who begins to suspect his best friend has some very dark secrets. Like Skin Deep, I was sucked in, but unfortunately it didn't hold my attention like its predecessor.
The main reason is that a series of Nazi Germany flashbacks are intertwined in the tale. Not only did I have no interest in the details of how the wolves came to be, but those flashbacks disrupted the flow. The parts set in modern day are action packed and suspenseful and do not need any backstory to flesh it out.
Also included is a comic called Horrors of War. I skipped that one simply because I have a bare bones, black and white Kindle which renders comics unreadable, sadly. Since I am not a comic reader in the first place, I probably wouldn't appreciate it as others would.
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