Review: To Nowhere by C.E. Wilson

Review: To Nowhere by C.E. Wilson

Review: To Nowhere by C.E. Wilson

To Nowhere by C.E. Wilson

Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: July 5th 2015
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Synopsis:

A world no one would believe.

From the moment Lyris is treated to coffee by a beautiful stranger, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever. In her enthusiasm to start at a new school with a new boyfriend, Lyris is almost able to look past his oddities.

Almost.

The way he eyes up her striking red hair.

The way he loves that she’s seventeen. “The perfect age.”

And the way he’s gone from all but begging to show her a specific room in a specific house to making her swear never to even think about it again.

When Lyris doesn't take his strange warnings seriously, she finds that nothing could have prepared her for what lay behind that door.

Suddenly, Lyris finds herself in a world no one would believe. A world where she’s only a few inches tall and giants aren’t creatures from fairy tales. Where humans are no longer the dominant race, but pets auctioned off to the highest bidder. Lyris understands the true danger of such a place, but there seems to be one person on her side.

Her kind and surprised captor.

And while Brindt appears to be sweet and trustworthy, he also straddles the line between seeing her as an equal and a cute animal.

Lyris has to get home… before the one person can turn to becomes the one person who can’t let her go.

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Review

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The concept for this book was very similar to the other two books I’ve read by this author. A tiny girl is thrust into the world of a giant guy, and they somehow manage to develop strong feelings for each other despite their size difference. There was also a hint of a love triangle that I felt was unnecessary, but wasn’t so obtrusive that it took away from my enjoyment.

 

Lyris is the tiny girl, Brindt is the giant guy, and Wyatt is the annoying third point of the love triangle. Wyatt also happens to be the reason that Lyris ends up in Brindt’s world where tiny humans are treated as pets.

 

This book had a more mature feel than anything I’ve read by this author so far. I would definitely classify it as mature Young Adult or clean New Adult. There was mild language and some very mild sexual innuendo, but things never got graphic. It just felt like the book was written with an older audience in mind, and I liked that.

 

Lyris could be a frustrating character. I hated how immediately trusting she was of Wyatt. He was a jerk to her the minute they met, and all she cared about was that  a cute guy who was two years older than her showed some interest. It didn’t matter that he insulted her and she barely knew him, she was just happy to be making out with a hot guy.

 

I was very happy when I figured out that he wasn’t the main romantic lead. That role was given to Brindt, a 15-year-old giant who finds Lyris and decides to keep her from being sold as a pet. They had a strange and very interesting relationship. He had been raised his entire life to see tiny people as pets, but for some reason he saw her differently. He did do a few things that were inappropriate, but he never crossed a line, and he treated her much better than Wyatt ever did.

 

That’s why I got frustrated with Lyris. I understand why she was afraid of Brindt. Even after it became obvious that he would never hurt her on purpose, it was still a real possibility that he could accidentally do some real damage. He was gentle, but he was still a giant. So yeah, I got why she flinched a little when he reached for her, but what I didn’t get was why she defended Wyatt and excused so many of his actions when she refused to do the same for Brindt.

 

This story was all about character growth (pun not intended), and Lyris does grow quite a bit, but her initial mistrust of Brindt still annoyed me. He  was too sweet for me not to hate it when she snapped at him.

 

I would recommend someone read this book for the character dynamics alone. It was fascinating to read about two people who had so many barriers to overcome somehow reach an understanding and form a friendship. But there is much more to this story than Lyris and Brindt’s relationship. The giant world that Lyris is thrust into is very well described, and the science fiction elements were interesting. I am a girl who loves her Sci-Fi, and this book reminded me of an old Twilight Zone episode.

 

Because of language and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up. There are no sex scenes.

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Author Biography

About C.E. Wilson

C.E. Wilson is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and her two dogs and two cats. They are all the loves of her life. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy novels, she enjoys writing short stories on her Deviant Art page. She loves to write stories involving giants and little people (also known as GT) and she can't decide what she loves more: horror movies or shoujo manga. She has a bachelor's degree in English Education so she has a soft spot for older literature authors including John Milton, William Shakespeare, and stories such as Paradise Lost and Beowolf. On a side note, nothing helps her to write more than drinking some tea and watching The Twilight Zone.

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