Melanie here aka VampireLovingDork back with my review of Johnny Came Home (Book One In The John Lazarus Adventure Series) by Tony Breedon which I was given in exchange for an honest review.
So this is a difficult book for me to review. I love the idea! I can see what the author was going for but something just didn’t connect for me. The premise is very comic book based which is not a bad thing especially with the YA market the way it is and I have a feeling if the author could team up with a great Graphic Novelist this could become a sensation. The problem for me lies with the fact that this “feels” like a comic book / graphic novel trapped in the pages of a regular book and for me it didn’t quite make the leap to where it needed to go.
The storyline is great. Everything you could hope for and a brilliant blending of philosophical questions, corporations with too much money, experimentation and mutation, and so much more. The characters are well thought out and the back stories complete. They have everything they need to make this series a breakout hit but I don’t see it happening like this. For a typical “book” reader I feel that the writing is too choppy. You jump around from character to character and really have to pay attention to avoid missing key details. As a lover of the graphic novel / comic genre too I was definitely able to appreciate what I think the author was going for but I feel that the market for this style would just be too narrow. It is not “Comic” enough for the comic readers or “book” enough for those readers leaving it kind of in no mans land.
Overall whilst I can say that I liked (more than liked) the story, the book itself for me is not there yet. I wish the author much success and hope that he can use some of the things I said here because the idea …. that is a winner!
You Can Find Johnny Came Home On Amazon HERE
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