Deep in the swamps, we meet Xavier, who has just escaped from a madman only referred to as Scholar. Scholar had tortured and viciously experimented on Xavier so much in an attempt to create a superior being that Xavier barely has any resemblance to a man anymore. The tortured man meets Colby, a young woman in search of a stone that will save her brother who has been infected with vampirism. The two team up to help each other avoid those who have set out to recapture Xavier and locate the stone that will save the life of Colby’s brother.
Lost and Found by Rhonda Parrish is a free novella that can be read on the author’s blog. I will post the link below as well as you can click the book image to go to the site. Lost and Found is a fun fairly quick read with a great deal of darkness, adventure and even a touch of romance. Parrish does a fantastic job painting a picture for you of her characters and settings. The swamp was especially descriptive…I could almost smell the murkiness. I loved Colby and Xavier, the two main characters, especially their interactions with each other. Xavier has quite a few issues of insecurities due to his change in physical appearance and he became a very likeable and believable character because of this. Colby is a very self-assured young woman…for the most part and that, again, is another reason I loved her character. She was confident and ready to take on the obstacles that get set in her path to help her brother, yet the occasional insecurity would set in and it would take her a moment to get back on track. That, for me, is believable.
Honestly, the ONLY thing I had a slight issue with in Lost and Found was the feeling of the story being rushed along too quickly. I am sure this is mostly due to its length, as well as, my desire for the story to continue.
So, please, visit Rhonda Parrish’s website and give Lost and Found a read and when you’re done. Leave her a comment and tell her Doubleshot Reviews sent you! It does look like, at the time of this review, the author has one more chapter to release before the tale is completed. (HA! I know how it ends…wait that wasn’t nice. I’m sorry)
The following link will take you directly to the beginning of Lost and Found. http://www.rhondaparrish.com/publications/lost-and-found
Espresso rating: Triple