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Book review: Missing Colors, by Lana Orndorff

| Gifted | General fiction |

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I normally don’t read general fiction often, and I found myself delighted by how eager I was to unfold what would happen next in the story. This novel pulls you in with force, as we want to quickly find out all the mysteries behind it. The story is told in different points of view of two childhood friends: Hunter, a sexist and alcoholic young man with clear depression and loneliness issues.

I really disliked Hunter, and felt repulsed by his actions and thoughts. At the same time, his character shocked me to a point that I had to keep reading. I found his chapters more intriguing than Logan’s. While Logan is a respectable and successful young man, the extreme opposite of Hunter.

“Resisting fresh, delicious pizza when making deliveries while really stoned is another challenge. I’ve figured out how to strategically peel off pepperonis so that none look missing and how to hollow out the crust of one piece from underneath so I can get to the soft, doughy insides while the pizza looks untouched.”

Mysterious attacks on women are happening on campus, which will further complicate the life’s of these two men. Hunter becomes obsessed with a woman he never met, he feels a strong connection to her notes found on old literary works. I found that the story was written in a very eloquent and addictive manner, the writing style was one of my favorite parts. The ending is unexpected and by the end I found that I was starting to grow found of Hunter after all!

You can check out more about the book and the author here.

Book review: You don’t belong here, By Michael Peter

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | general fiction |

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

You don’t belong here by Michael Peter is a captivating story that brings you along the journey of Ben and Robin through the woods. Ben and Robin start their journey to the basin up in the mountains a year after Ben was attacked by a bull moose in that basin. More important, the bull moose talked to Ben and since then he is questioning his sanity. Ben and Robin go back to the place where it all first started looking for answers. The story consists of three parts; the first part was very complete own on its own and I felt like it should have included some form of a cliff-hanger in the end, in order to make the reader eager to jump to part 2.

“I can’t believe you told your parents what happened,” Ben said.
“Well I can’t believe a moose talked to you Ben, so I guess we’re all a little bit surprised.”

As you read further you get pulled into the story more and more and you don’t want to stop until the end, so don’t let part one fool you! I really needed to comprehend whether or not the unrealistic elements that appear in the story are real. How is the writer going to justify supernatural things in a natural world? Or is it all Ben’s illusion? Is it all inside Ben’s head? I enjoyed this book because the author makes you really feel like you are truly part of every scene in the story.

photo by @tata.lifepages
I felt empathy towards the marital struggles of Ben and Robin and could understand the point of view of both sides. Especially Ben’s character, which is quite complex. The reasons behind his complexity is explained with flashback chapters, which give you more insight to his character.
 This book is a good fit for people who relate with relationship struggles, as well as enjoy a suspense and psychological read that relates to mental health issues. You can check out more about the book and the author here.