[Book Review] City of Roses by Donovan Pruitt

City of Roses

Donovan Pruitt

What rating would you give it?
2.5 (maybe 3) of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Goodreads Description)
A young man ventures to his lost love’s childhood home in the abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine. When a sudden accident puts him off-course, he awakes to discover a lively and vibrant culture living in a nearby village and a woman who reignites his heart.

But something sinister lurks in the shadows, and he must face the terror and help defend the village from evil before it is lost forever.

Go beyond the tragedy of Chernobyl and discover the magic in the City of Roses.



What did you think of the book?


Pretty covers will FOREVER be the bane of my existence. I don’t think I’m even ashamed anymore over
the fact that pretty covers are my weakness. End of story.

Good, bad, inbetween, NONE OF THE ABOVE — I will ALWAYS fall for a pretty cover.

(I wonder what the heck that says about me? Hmmm… )

Okay. so this book was DEFINITELY NOT what I was expecting. I had some completely different idea of what this story was going to be about, and then started reading and realized, “Woooah. This is SOOO NOT what I had in mind for my weekend.” And so, on that note, I’ll be quite clear that this is not my kind of book AT ALL. Still… it wasn’t bad. I think the ending saved it for me. If I had stopped earlier on, I would have given this book a much lower rating that I do now. Because although I did know that the tragedy of Chernobyl was the basic backdrop for this tale, I guess I just did NOT expect to get… well… what I got.

But don’t worry. I won’t be spoiling the ending in the slightest. However I will say that those who are
the particularly weepy sort, you might want a box of tissues and something or someone to hug as soon as you get to the end of this book.

I, for one, was annoyed with it halfway through, but soldiered on because… well… for goodness sakes!
It’s only 148 pages. That’s not even a NaNoWriMo novel, folks! And the ending was worth it. It was neat and tight and very symbolic. (Hint hint, if any of you are horror gamers out there, I direct you to
Silent Hill for my meaning. You will understand if you’ve played the games. Especially Shattered Memories. I dunno, but that one really reminded me of the ending of this book.)

The storytelling was a bit… vague, as was the plot. But all of that tied together in the end.

I just don’t think it was a good choice for telling this story. There should have been something more
to keep the reader engaged, or some focus to keep us centered. It’s one thing to play a video game that seems really vague and abstract, but has cool visuals or constantly keep shocking us. It’s another to write it in a book that does neither visually stimulate nor shock us in the slightest, but ties everything up nicely at the end. You… sorta need people to actually WANT to stay long enough to reach the end, y’know? And that was seriously lacking in this book.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Some violence, some gore. Lots of ambiguity that reveals itself (and its significance in the end).

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Tons and tons, per usual.

Lastly… This book was provided by Xpresso Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review. In no way does it affect my rating or review.

Would you recommend this book?

I don’t particularly think I’ll be recommending it. Certainly not to young adults (as supposedly this book is geared towards). At that age, I think they would get even more bored with a book like this than I did.


Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher:  Kala Empire Publishing
Publication Date: May 2015
Format: eBook, RvC
Pages: 148
Genre & Themes: Tragedy, Love, Ghosts,
Supernatural, Chemical Warfare, Loss, Family,
Age: Young Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by Xpresso Book Tours
Challenge:  2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (157),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge, Ethereal 2015

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