Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: What is Lost by Lauren Skidmore

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What is Lost, by Lauren Skidmore
2015, 240p, Clean YA Fantasy
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Angry at his failure to exact vengeance on the prince, mask maker Joch flees Venesia to find his lost love. When a red-cloaked assassin promises answers, he has little choice but to trust her-though he may be walking into a trap. Unravel the deception in this dazzling story of second chances that will keep you guessing to the last page.

This is the story of Joch, the Chameleon and villain in book one. He was someone that I did have some sympathy for but I wasn't sure that I wanted to read a book about him. I like to try to understand what makes someone do the things they do and we were able to learn his reasons for the way he behaved in the first book. There was quite a bit of mystery surrounding him and I wasn't sure at times who to trust. He reluctantly teams up with Kit, who is also mysterious and has quite a few secrets of her own.

What is Hidden references Cinderella and What is Lost references Red Riding Hood. There's a woman that wears a red cloak, and characters that are called Grandmother and Wolf. Joch holds the Wolf responsible for his troubles and wants revenge. He also learns that Grandmother may have the answers to his questions. There are complications along the way to getting what he wants.

This was so different than What is Hidden. I didn't enjoy it quite as much and I really missed Evie and Aiden. I'm not sold on Joch yet, but he's growing on me. There were some surprises and twists throughout the book and the ending sets up the third book to bring all the pieces together. I'm looking forward to reading more! 

About the author:

Lauren Skidmore grew up in Kansas, with stints in Ohio and New York, and currently lives in Utah. She attended Brigham Young University where she earned a BA in English Teaching with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language and Japanese. She then spent a year in Japan teaching and traveling. She hasn’t made it to Europe yet, but it’s on the list and has been to 30 states in the U.S. so far. When she’s not exploring new places, you can probably find her on the internet with fifteen windows open and looking at just one more thing before actually getting something done.


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