Book Review for “Experimental Hearts”-Dystopian/Fantasy

I was given a copy of “Experimental Heart:Pieces” by the author, Shannon Pemrick, in exchange for an honest review. I asked to review this book for two reasons, the cover is great and the story sounded very interesting. A dystopian/fairytale sounded like a fun genre bending book. I am so torn with this book. I loved the story line, humans with modified DNA, dragons, elves… The writing style was pretty good. There were some editing issues, mostly grammar. Also, though I don’t mind a small amount of mild swearing, I had an issue with the amount in this book. The first few chapters had a few “mild” swear words, then by about half way it graduated to the “F-word” and every variation available, until it was used in almost every conversation. I don’t like to see any word over-used, but especially this one. The characters are tuff and strong and I am sure that is the point that the author was trying to get across. My opinion is that she shows their strengths in other ways, so the swearing wasn’t needed.(Spoiler alert!)Finally, the book doesn’t have an ending. The story goes on and on, and other than the issues I mentioned, I was into the story, then…it just stopped. No cliff hanger, no climax, just the last chapter, leaving so many unanswered questions. (End of spoiler). I am assuming there will be more. So three stars for “Experimental Heart.” If swearing doesn’t bother you add another star. If you hate a story with no clear ending, even if it is part of a series, take one away. I wanted to love it! Great theme! Interesting characters. Will I read more of this author? Only if she can delete a few f-bombs. I sure do want to know what happens next, after all I invested a lot of time in this one. I definitely say age 17 and up due to the language.

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