It’s been a minute since I have written an indie book review so here I am! I read this back in April but this is for the book Vermin by Ardin Patterson.
A dying boy
A rebellious girl
History poised to repeat itself
Left for dead at the side of the road in an outlawed town, Nicholas is rescued by a human girl. Plagued by fevered dreams and a lethal illness, Nicholas doesn’t know what to make of her kindness. If she knew what he was, death would be a merciful gift.
Rose takes it upon herself to show the boy hospitality, despite her uncle Roland forbidding her from going near him. She survived the brutal sickness and knows exactly what their guest is going through—he needs a friend.
Roland stands to lose everything when he discovers what Nicholas is. Dire circumstances force Roland to turn the boy into a test subject. However, in coaxing an old flame into helping domesticate the beast, Roland ends up in a cruel experiment of his own.
As Rose and Nicholas grow closer, Roland’s decision to keep the boy’s identity a secret threatens to bring history full circle. Can Roland guard two hearts as he struggles to keep the boy and his future alive?
I was intrigued by this book because of the supernatural elements to it. It has to do with Vermin which are essentially like werewolves and I can’t resist a good werewolf story. It was following along with a young girl and her relationship (more like a friendship as they are in their early teens) with the boy that they found almost dead on the side of the road. Her father decides to study the boy as they nurse him back to health in their home.
There wasn’t a lot that happened in the book. It mainly took place at their home where they tended to this boy and that was about it. I would have liked to see a bit more in terms of things happening to progress the plot or secrets being revealed or something to keep me reading more.
The book was pretty slow paced so if you are looking for a fast paced action then this won’t be for you. It sets up a lot for further development in the books to come in the series. I’m more of a fast paced plot person so it did drag for me at times and I think the characters did seem very similar but I would continue on with the series to learn more about the Vermin lore and what is in store for them.
Book Rating: 3/5
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author in physical format to read and give my honest review.
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