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.