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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Seventeen-year-old Lorelei ‘Lori’ Blake was attacked by a strange beast on her way to work, and convinced that she was going to die right away. Yet, she awakes some time later on the same pathway, with the beast nowhere to be found. The only evidence that something had happened is a crescent-shaped scar over her heart. When her dad’s annoying girlfriend ends up dead, with half of her lower body missing, and a bully in her class dies with a broken neck, Lori feels that a company called D.C. (Demonicus Capitulum) is her only choice for help. However, a mysterious busker, Kasabian, tells her things that the D.C. people never bothered to inform her.
The intriguing Fallow Heart by K.C. Finn is engaging from start to finish. I liked the story premise right away, and the characterization is solid in terms of character development. It’s easy to root for Lori, who depressingly acknowledges her life as a miserable, lonely, and overweight teen. Her family situation isn’t helping either. That said, Lori’s own low self-esteem can be more damaging than what she becomes. The plot is fast-paced, has good fight scenes and thrilling moments. The anticipation of what was going to happen next kept me on the edge of my seat. I thought I could figure out some parts of the plot’s direction, but Finn put good, unpredictable twists. The otherworldly forms of the characters are incredible, and it would be interesting to see them illustrated.
Fallow Heart is definitely an expected delight, as this is not the first of K.C. Finn’s books that I’ve read. Finn’s narrative skill solidly evokes strong emotions and bring her characters to life in an imaginative story. I hope a sequel is in the works－ I would like to read more about Lori, Marax, Allardyce, Owe, and Addy. This may be a YA imprint, but older readers can enjoy it as well.