I have a whole lot of catching up with the reading bit so expect to see a few reviews go up during December as I rush to finish the Goodreads Reading Challenge.
Next up for reading is an independent young adult sci-fi novel by Lane Baker.
*A huge thanks to Lane for reaching out to me and sending me a copy to review.*
By: Lane Baker
Jaded high school Junior and detention hall regular Larissa Locke has a recurring dream in which creatures sneak into her bedroom at night to perform experiments and extract her blood. Tiny scars on her arm suggest that perhaps she isn’t just dreaming. But wait! If she’s really the victim of blood-sucking alien intruders, then why is her bedroom window still locked each morning? –Goodreads
The best part about reading is discovering all these creative and unique worlds and creatures that authors have built just with their imagination. Some of the best books I’ve read this year have been from independent authors. Slippery Things is about aliens. Its also one of the categories that I read very little of. I actually can’t remember the last time I’ve read one about aliens and invasion and the likes. Maybe Ender’s Game? That doesn’t really count. Regardless, Slippery Things is a very fun read and an absolute page-turner. Its not a long novel but it successfully builds up its main character, Larissa Locke and also manages to decently determine the motive behind the aliens in a good pace.
Sometimes, its okay for a novel to be short and concise. Slippery Things grasp that point very well. It knows how to not drag out scenes unnecessarily. At the same time, it works hard describe vividly the creatures and the situation that Larissa is in from how she feels to her reactions. On that point, Larissa Locke is a good character. Sometimes the dialogue was a little clunky here and there in a few small spots but overall, her character was rather realistic. It does focus around a teenage girl and has some high school drama that goes on in the background which is completely understandable. What is good is that its controlled well enough to not let it affect the main story that is coming to light. Actually, the story builds Larissa into a very potential bad ass character in the last few scenes.
I’m falling into spoiler territory if I keep going. I liked Slippery Things quite a bit. If I had to criticize Slippery Things, its that sometimes there are some clunky dialogue (that I mentioned before) and the ending sequence has one little part that I felt was a little awkward. It summarizes an overview of the outcomes of our characters. I’m always a little not sure about how to react to those. That is only one or two paragraphs so its not exactly a huge impact. I guess it is because the character development went mostly to Larissa and perhaps her family. When it came to her high school friends, I didn’t really care too much about because their parts were not as significant. However, I find it is forgiveable because of the short length of the novel.
Overall, Slippery Things is a quick page turner about aliens. Larissa Locke is a realistic teenage girl lead who I can picture making the same decisions in her shoes. Despite its length and some awkward dialogue, it works very well in pacing the story and creating vivid description of the character and their setting. Plus, it also does a good job at revealing the aliens and their motives. Its definitely worth a read.