Sunday, September 8, 2019

Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite Review


I finally read this with the book club on Gothy Discord. I've heard about this for YEARS through the goth scene, so I thought I'd finally read it. Sadly it wasn't as good as people have led me to believe.

First impressions: It's very overly descriptive, but all the goth band references are cool. I think it's interesting that vampires are a different species. Also the name ''Nothing'' threw me off while reading, that was a little annoying.

The plot is very ''convenient'', all the characters easily ending up in the same places and meeting each other. Sure, everything should be there for a reason, but this was just.. lazy. It's not satisfying when characters meet each other or we find out they're connected that easy!
There are a lot of kids, sex, drugs and alcohol in this book. It's also super graphic (self harm, rape, incest, etc.) so it's very tough to read, and potentially triggering. I'm glad I read this as an adult and not an impressionable and vulnerable teen.

Overall it's not very well written, pretty juvenile. I understand the author was pretty young, but still. Also I don't appreciate the fact that the what, TWO women in it just get impregnated and die almost immediately. The ending was not satisfying, and the preview of Drawing Blood at the end seems just as bad when it comes to the horrible themes.

I don't think I'll read this again, and I don't really recommend it. I'll give this 2.5 stars, I guess. If you think you can handle it, you can buy it here.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, what would you know. I read this (or rather tried to) last month and...I hated it. I got to exactly the middle of the book and I just couldn't finish. I find everything hella unrealistic and the overwhelming majority of the characters if not all of them are unlikeable AND unrealistic.

    The incest didn't bother me, but I just can't stand it overall. I can go on and on about how irritating this book is with the oversaturation of negative stereotypes and eye-rolling scenarios. I don't think I'll finish it nor do I recommend it. It gets no stars from me whatsoever!!!

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