Midsummer's Bottom by Darren Dash
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A little note before the review:
While Darren Dash and Darren Shan are technically the same author, the books are in no way meant for the same audiences. Darren Shan books are YA, and great for teens that want a little bit darker of a read. Darren Dash on the other hand, is for adults. They are entertaining, but they feature adult themes that parents may not want their children exposed to. By using the two different names, it is easy for readers to differentiate between YA and adult. This books was written by Darren Dash, therefore, it is an adult read.
I have to say, I was impressed by the rhymes. It felt like an extension of Shakespeare, which is not easy to do. The plot was original and one that I didn't see coming. The way the story unfolded went against everything I thought was going to happen. At the start of the book, everything points to events happening one way, but the whole story screams PLOT TWIST. I loved how unpredictable the story line was. Everything seemed to be in complete chaos most of the time, which made me wonder if maybe a little part of me was losing it. It was easy to get lost in the lives of the characters.
I will say, that sometimes it took me a moment to remember which character I was reading about. Some where easy to remember, but others, the ones with names I wasn't used to, tended to be harder to keep straight. That was my own personal dilemma, since I am not that great at names.
The ending was enjoyable and somehow worked all the way around without seeming forced. I'm not a big fan of Shakespeare, but after reading this book, I am tempted to do a comparison.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Author: Darren Dash
Publisher: Home of the Damned Ltd
Publication Date: 2018
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