eBook by Lou Yardley
I first found Lou Yardley via an email that I’d come across for free ebooks. The book was fantastic, about a family haunted by an army of vocal spiders. It was so good and creepy, I had to have more. I currently own about four books by Yardley, with Rise of the Carnivores being my latest purchase.
Is this book, sharing a run of carnivorous predators in today’s Brighton, a wild read everyone would enjoy?
Before I begin, I have to tell you, this is one of Yardley’s fun-tastic books. She offers up a warning at the beginning, telling how it is not to be taken serious. Sorta. It’s written as though you’re watching one of the cheesiest, 70’s, B-movies in a running for a cult classic award. The action is fast, the possibility for romance is corny and the action is hugely exaggerated, but it’s supposed to be.
When wormholes begin to appear all over the seaside town, with prehistoric creatures walking through, three associates must assume some of the chore to capture and return the monsters, or destroy them. Their irresponsibility costs them precious body parts and more, but they do their best to save people- No matter how dangerous! With additional characters along the way, they have to collect data, using the royal “we” (a joke for the ones who've read) in order to top the dangerous process of wormholes spontaneously opening. Btw, I learned about the royal ‘Us’ a few weeks ago, then I’m introduced to the ‘We’ in a monster book. Funny.
Rise of the Carnivores is fun but isn’t one of Yardley’s very best. It’s a fun read, but to me, it felt rushed. I found myself stopping and re-reading sentences that seemed to be incomplete afterthoughts. You know, like when you write a sentence one way, but when you go back to read it, you decide to change a word, like a pronoun, but you forgot to delete the word you wanted to swap out. It happens to be best of us, but all in all, it's still a read that makes you laugh, sigh and even slap your forehead!
The story is so fast, it's hard to keep up and things happen where you're like, "What the wha?" It's silly, it's funny but to me, she's got so much more potential. I love Lou Yardley and I will keep this one in my library, but it doesn't carry her usual punch. The good thing is, I've read the book that she's released after this one and it's so much better, creepier and a heck of a gory ride. Be looking out for this author, she's got some longevity. Anyway, check it out while I move on to the next read. Cheers!
Rise of the Carnivores
Written and published by Lou Yardley
Released March 2019
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