My Sparkling Misfortune by Laura Lond: Book Review

Hey, all, it’s Sher today with a book review for a very fun read, My Sparkling Misfortune by Laura Lond. If you’ve ever wanted to meet a likeable villain, here’s your chance.
My Sparkling Misfortune (The Lakeland Knight #1)My Sparkling Misfortune by Laura Lond

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Long ago, I picked up this book even though I didn’t have time to read it because the concept of a villain main character intrigued me. My Sparking Misfortune called me through months of editing jobs and a huge TBR pile until I found myself on a plane without access to my laptop. Right away, the witty dialog and humor made me smile. What a fun read! When the plane landed, I got aggravated that I had to get back to work. Not to say I rushed through my paying jobs, but I might have cut my workdays a little short.

My Sparking Misfortune works on numerous levels. First off, I was surprised it turned out to be so child-friendly when one of the reasons I had put off reading it was that my book blog focuses on kid lit. It’s rare to find a clean adult book these days. Second, those that are clean aren’t often this interesting – a page turner by tween and adult standards. Third, it has good life lessons for kids and kids at heart, all in sly disguises. Fourth, how many villains make you laugh aloud? Or fifth, fail so miserably at villainy that they end up becoming heroes (in denial)? If I need six to convince anyone to read this book, try mysteries. Like why does the xxx keep chasing this anti-hero? And why does a powerful *** choose to help him? Their dialog almost had me in stitches.

What’s not to like? Well, editing problems like comma splices. I also wanted a hint about whether the anti-hero had feelings for the princess. An incomplete story arc…yes, it’s a series, but still, a loose end or two more could have been tied up. None of those problems made me regret reading My Sparkling Misfortune. In fact, I look forward to the next installment. I give 4 of 5 stars for kids and adults. No disclaimer is necessary because I was not provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I think I won the book. But I always give honest reviews, and I can’t think of a better book to make anyone of any age smile at devious doings that backfire.

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