Thursday, December 17, 2015

Book Review: Rarity from the Hollow

Title Rarity from the Hollow

Author Robert Eggleton

Release Date March 11, 2012

Lacy Dawn is a little girl who lives in a magical forest where all the trees love her and she has a space alien friend who adores her and wants to make her queen of the universe. What’s more, all the boys admire her for her beauty and brains. Mommy is very beautiful and Daddy is very smart, and Daddy’s boss loves them all.


Lacy Dawn, the eleven year old protagonist, perches precariously between the psychosis of childhood and the multiple neuroses of adolescence, buffeted by powerful gusts of budding sexuality and infused with a yearning to escape the grim and brutal life of a rural Appalachian existence. In this world, Daddy is a drunk with severe PTSD, and Mommy is an insecure wraith. The boss is a dodgy lecher, not above leering at the flat chest of an eleven-year-old girl.

Yes, all in one book.

It is a children's story for adults with a happily ever after ending.

I read/reviewed another book that was a children's story for adults back in 2013 (see here). While I found it strange, I ultimately liked it. (Originally rated a 3.5, I would likely rate it slightly higher now.) I have the same general feelings about Rarity from the Hollow.

The first few chapters were confusing and didn't really promise me an amazing book to come. I was worried, but I decided to push through and hope the story got better. Luckily, oh so luckily, it did. If you start this book and find the first few chapters cause you to question your decision to read the book, give it little longer before you decide whether or not to stop reading it.

This book was strange. I know I said it about The Children's Story, but I mean it this time. I meant it then, too, but not like this. This was really bizarre. There's science fiction aspects mixed with more normal every day issues. It was a bit unsettling.

I find this book hard to recommend (and hard to review and rate really) because it's such a unique book. It's not for everyone. Besides being weird, it's disturbing and dark (sexualized children, abuse). That being said, I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. Rarity from the Hollow was completely weird, but the writing saved it.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

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