Truth or Death: Act One: A Prequel Novella (Bitter Ashes Book 1) by Sara C. Roethle

I agreed to review this novella for a fellow blogger/writer. At first I thought it would not be something I would enjoy, but I was surprised.  Overall I liked the story. It reminds me of other YA titles I have read recently, but has a certain kick that was unexpected.

I get that this book is a prequel and as a preview of a story it is sufficient. As a novella the story is interesting but could benefit greatly from an editor. There were a couple of places that didn’t mesh with other. ( heart not beating then a few lines later the heart is beating) Roethle’s style is a bit unpolished, but with a bit of work would be amazing.  There were some witty parts that had me laughing. Some scenes were gory and gross. I was eating a ham sandwich and didn’t barf. I don’t know if that says more about the book or more about me. I kept hearing an old writing professor in my head say, “Don’t tell me what happens show me!”  This book would be better with more show and less tell.

With that said, I am hooked and plan to read the rest of the story. It was captivating enough that I can look over the writing quirks and take pleasure in reading it.