4 out of 4 stars
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Deceitful Survival by LC Lee is a historical fiction on the life of Elizabeth. She was fifteen years old when she witnessed the brutal murder of her mother by her father. An experience that left some dark side in Elizabeth’s life as she dares not tell anyone about it. Elizabeth was later forced to live with her aunt after the passing of her father. This arrangement was a short one. She was later forced to flee because of the unbearable chores and the fear of being raped.
Elizabeth joined the Sisters of Ursuline to become a nun, and she was renamed to Sister Mary Andrée. She took her vows after years of study and servitude and was sent to Haiti for an experience that would forever change her life. While in Haiti, Andrée was faced with a different tumultuous event, and she had no choice than to survive by any means possible.
Deceitful Survival is a romance-based novel with 336 pages, subdivided into thirty-eight chapters. The story is narrated in the first person singular, using the voice of Elizabeth. LC Lee did a spectacular job in the thoughtful casting of all the characters in this book. It was so spectacular to read about Elizabeth’s outlook on life and obligations while growing up. She’s often confronted with emotional and romance-related problems combined with her inexperience with her sexuality, which often contrasts with her vows in the novel.
What I like the most about this book is the surviving instinct of Elizabeth. She didn’t allow any obstacle to stand between her and her family. She even learns a few new languages needed for her to survive. I also love the way the author delivers the entertaining plotline. Though it lacks some quality action scene, yet the Vodun scenes give some thought-provoking suspense.
What I appreciate the least in this book is the author’s lengthy explanation of the location or object. It kept things repetitive and a bit bland with needless focus. I also did not understand the needless hysteria of Andrée, particularly with Carlos and Mico.
I generally enjoyed this book as it was well edited with just the right amount of suspense and no profane word. However, this book contains a few erotic scenes, although not an intense one. I would, therefore, rate this book four out of four stars. I recommend this book to any young adult who loves historical fiction, romance and thrilling genre.
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