Monday, 2 April 2012

Book Review: Iwishacana - Larissa Hinton

Synopsis - Where rules are meant to be broken Anissa is constantly on the run from the police and still can't seem to stay out of trouble.  Secrets are meant to be kept until  Anissa hides Florence in her bedroom and her mother finds out.  There's only one thing left to do: Send her to Juvenile Cop Camp to erase all of her crimes on her record.   And everything is not what it seems.  There's only one problem: Anissa is innocent.  Welcome to Iwishacana.  (Taken from Amazon)

Review - I won this e-book from a give-away.  This is a short story containing around 98 pages, and I wonder if the author is using this as a launchpad to judge her audience before writing more.  The ending does leave potential for more stories.

I found the beginning a bit muddling as the chapters were very short and jumped around.  Anissa was in one place on the run and then suddenly she was back 'home' with Laura, her Mum.  I got the gist once Florence, (a boy, yes, that confused me - a name usually associated with a girl), stayed on the scene.  Florence comes from Iwishacana, another realm/world where wishes come true but all the people have microchips in their heads.  Anissa has managed to cross into this realm wearing a ring and is able to bring others (Florence) back into her world.  I felt the author tried to pack too much into too few pages which did not allow for enough character development and scene setting.  This caused some confusion, particularly in the beginning.  Mention is made of Derek, Anissa's brother and also her father but we know very little about them.  These were not the only characters who were glossed over.  The story has great potential and I can see that it could be developed further and perhaps another book or a series could be written.  3*

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