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Review: The Twelfth Keeper #paranormal

The Twelfth KeeperThe Twelfth Keeper by Belle Malory
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. The story was well done and engaging. The characters were simple to empathize with and like. My only real complaint would have to be the quickness and simplicity with which the story was wrapped up.

There was a lead-in to the next book, but it wasn't a cliff-hanger. You could easily read this as a stand-alone.

My thoughts here on reviewers feeling left out of the world-building process. I prefer a world that leaves out the big picture and presents the little details in a natural flow. Taking time out of the story to explain the process by which cars evolved into self-driving would have been a drag on the flow. People don't naturally pause the action while thinking to themselves "I remember back about 50 years ago when the first ..." but rather in the action say "Car: take me someplace"



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