Review: Drawn to Disaster, by Lily Gee
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at 1:32am by Sean, BZPower Reporter
A couple of weeks ago, Former BZPower Staff Member and author, GaliGee published her book, Drawn to Disaster. (Lily Gee is GG's pseudonym. Translation: pen name.) Fortunately, she has been generous enough to provide a promo code for the e-book of Drawn to Disaster, and it's only fitting that we do her a favor in return and give her some publicity. Yours truly, LewaLew, has finished the book, and so I'm reviewing it here for you, although clearly all of you have already purchased it. Right?
Drawn to Disaster is an interesting venture into a fantasy world where the supervillain decides he needs a girlfriend. Zarena's life as the historian for a little Z-shaped island with exotic inhabitants representing the four elements spins into an unsolicited trip with Morgoz, the "Dark Destroyer" to his lair. She tries bargaining with the all-powerful entity for her freedom, but Morgoz seems to be only interested in winning her heart through his rather unconventional methods.
Eventually, Zarena's time at the Big Bad's lair gets her in deep with the elders back home on Za, and also lands her home island in hot water with one of Morgoz's associates. The more she tries to find some way to make her life normal again, the more it gets wrested from her control. And surprisingly enough, Morgoz knows exactly who is pulling the strings behind this entire story.
While this is the first book GaliGee has published, some of us have already read some of her previous stories on the BZP, and they follow the same path Drawn to Disaster does. Anyone who has read her Makuta stories here will find many of their memorable moments recycled into this world, and to a newcomer it proves no less entertaining for it. Zarena engages in many services for Morgoz in exchange for her freedom that some of you may recognize from Makuta Island and Tangled Web, like writing a biography of Morgoz or a construction project with his unruly sons, the Lupenroz.
The book has many laughs and the reader will sympathize with Zarena and her captor as the story progresses, but the reader won't be able to help wondering what on Za his true motives and goals are. While at some times he seems sincere, the secrets Zarena uncovers in his lair continually weakens any trust that the reader may develop for Morgoz. My favorite moment in the book comes when Morgoz reveals the secret of what makes their world go round, and will make the reader rethink over how the characters feel about the new revelation, as well as draw a fun parallel to our little world here on the Interwebs.
I enjoyed the book very much, as I did all of GaliGee's previous work. I did find the portions rehashed from her BIONICLE fanfics to be rather repetitive, but to someone who has never read her work before, the entire story should feel very fresh, fun, and fascinating. This book is very much worth the price, and I would highly recommend it.
(Oh, and since GaliGee gave us a promo code, now you have no excuse.)
Print: 16.00 USD
E-Book: 3.99 USD (Use Promo Code YA79W to get Drawn to Disaster e-book for free before October 31. Courtesy of GaliGee)
(BTW, $3.99 ain't that much. It would both be a good gesture on our part to pay full price, but if you don't have the cash, feel free to use that promo code. This is too fun of a story to let that get in the way.)
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