Official Review: Lake of Sins by L. S. O''Dea

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Official Review: Lake of Sins by L. S. O''Dea

Post by JR Mercier » 05 Nov 2018, 07:23

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Lake of Sins" by L. S. O''Dea.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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When the Great Death came, if claimed the lives of most humans and animals over 20 pounds. No one knew why but the world left behind is one riddled with savage creatures.

Trinity was taught to hide her eccentricities: her fangs, her claws, her ears. Never mind her above average hearing and eyesight. She’s always had to hide and now, a week before the Harvest List is to be read, Trinity knows she needs to find out what happens to the ones who aren’t chosen to breed. What happens to the undesirable ones? On a mission for the truth, Trinity sets out into the wild. But is she ready to hear the whole truth? Because nothing can truly prepare her for the real story.

I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much Lake of Sins: Escape took me by surprise. There was more to the story than just a girl trying to uncover the truth of her people. There were many different characters, each with their own motivations and personalities. I immensely enjoyed the fact that the good guys and bad guys aren’t as clear-cut as most. The lore is different and more diverse than what I had expected. There are Almighties, Producers, Guards, Handlers, Trackers, cold creepers - the list goes on and I must say, I can’t wait to read about the Forest Witch.

Trinity was one unique character. I’m not saying she doesn’t have her flaws – she does. It’s just... she was an enigma. Her curiosity was adorable, and her experiences were quite funny. She was constantly faced with new things that left her completely baffled. Her interactions with the other characters, especially Mirra and Gaar, had me all warm and fuzzy. I also enjoyed her character development. At first, she kind of irritated me but she very quickly learns and adapts, which made her a lot more fun to read. Although there is some romance, it is not the focus and is more an afterthought, something I enjoyed immensely.

The hierarchy was a bit confusing at first but luckily there is a glossary at the end of the book. Things also become a lot clearer as time moves on. The mystery of what happens to the producers was suitably gruesome and fascinating. It made me rethink everything I had read previously. I loved it.

I only wish the scenes had been a bit more detailed, especially the ending. It felt a bit rushed and when I saw it was the end of the book, I was a bit dumbfounded. And while this is a young adult book, there is a lot of talk about breeding and so forth. Nothing of an explicit sexual nature happens. This book is clearly professionally edited and I only noticed two misplaced commas.

I rate Lake of Sins: Escape 3 out of 4 stars. I was suitably intrigued and I loved the mixture of innocent humour with a gruesome and unforgiving world. I would recommend this read to those seeking something a bit different and a tad more shiver-worthy to read.

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Post by Book Lover 35 » 06 Nov 2018, 01:17

Sounds like an interesting and fun book to read. Trinity sounds fun to get to know. Thanks for the review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 06 Nov 2018, 10:06

Ooh! This one sounds right up my alley! I really want to know about Trinity and her society. What does happen to the undesirables? It's too bad my reading list is so long!! Too many good books and not enough time. Thanks for the review. I'll have to think about moving this one ahead of something else.
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Post by Caylie_Cat » 06 Nov 2018, 21:09

What a great review! I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for this one!

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Post by gen_g » 06 Nov 2018, 22:58

This sounds seriously intriguing! I'm definitely interested about Trinity and her adventures, and it is a great plus that the good and evil aren't as clear-cut. Thanks for the great review as always, and it's been a long time! (:

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Post by JR Mercier » 07 Nov 2018, 01:25

Book Lover 35 wrote:
06 Nov 2018, 01:17
Sounds like an interesting and fun book to read. Trinity sounds fun to get to know. Thanks for the review!
She is a really cool character and her development is also something I look forward to. Thanks for commenting. :tiphat:
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Post by JR Mercier » 07 Nov 2018, 01:27

kandscreeley wrote:
06 Nov 2018, 10:06
Ooh! This one sounds right up my alley! I really want to know about Trinity and her society. What does happen to the undesirables? It's too bad my reading list is so long!! Too many good books and not enough time. Thanks for the review. I'll have to think about moving this one ahead of something else.
Girl, my tbr list is longer than my list of problems right now so I understand completely! Still, thank you for commenting. :tiphat:
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What a great review! I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for this one!
YAY! I hope you enjoy it!
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Post by JR Mercier » 07 Nov 2018, 01:28

gen_g wrote:
06 Nov 2018, 22:58
This sounds seriously intriguing! I'm definitely interested about Trinity and her adventures, and it is a great plus that the good and evil aren't as clear-cut. Thanks for the great review as always, and it's been a long time! (:
I know! Life has been a bit hectic lately but I'm making time for my reviews again. Thank you for the warm welcome back. :tiphat: :tiphat:
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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 07 Nov 2018, 01:45

I am only intrigued. Nothing more. I have to read to find out. Thanks for the interesting review.
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Post by Sirlimu01 » 07 Nov 2018, 02:39

I love to read this book to know more about Trinity and it Adventure. Thank you for your review

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Post by cristinaro » 07 Nov 2018, 07:46

By the way you describe Trinity and her inexperience, curiosity or spirit of adventure, I have the feeling teenagers would easily relate to her and would probably enjoy reading the book. I definitely loved reading your review and it stirred my own curiosity about the fantastic universe of the book. Thanks!
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Post by Booklover80 » 08 Nov 2018, 01:55

I would like to read this book based on your review. I like that it had many surprises and had many distinctive and interesting characters. It sounds like a fun read.

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Post by fredrick otieno » 08 Nov 2018, 08:35

This is a good review and the book is interesting too, i would love to read and so i am including it in my list. thank you.

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Post by Franc93 » 09 Nov 2018, 02:39

is it safe to say that the main antagonist is a vampire? Or something entirely new. Thanks for the review i will surely have to make time for this new adventure.

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