And it only got better from there. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Okay, let me try to explain my experience with this book. You know how, when little kids get a piece of candy that they love, they eat it and swallow it so quickly that an observer isn't even sure they tasted it? They didn't savor the gooey chocolate or the refined nugget core. But the love of it just inspired them to INHALE the candy.
Yes, this was me with MONARCH. Not because I knew I would like it before it landed in my hands, but because with every page, I enjoyed it more. It grew to the point where I couldn't stop reading. It became compulsive. And like all good things, it was soon over. Maybe 48 hours later? Too soon, that's for sure.
And after having devoured the novel, I remembered, "Oh, right. I agreed to write a review."
So, in order to write something of more substance than "Dude, this novel ROCKED!", I decided to read it again. Not a hard decision, really, seeing as I enjoyed it so much the first time. And guess what happened.
Yup, I devoured it again.
So, clearly, this says something in its own right about MONARCH: it's a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller that is unput-downable. All of the characters went straight to my heart as soon as I opened the cover, and all I wanted was for everyone to survive. Davidson Argyle weaves tension like an expert loomist, with almost every scene inspiring nail-biting reactions. "Real" time and flashback move seamlessly back and forth, creating a vivid full picture.
On top of it being a great story, I think I can learn things from Davidson Argyle's writing as well. If you read my interview with her from last week, you may remember my asking her about a group scene at the climax of the novel. I have rarely read a scene with so many characters that so flawlessly came together. I had a clear image in my mind of where everyone was and what they were doing during each moment of the tense scene, while the tension never abated. It's just one example of the skill Davidson Argyle brings to the craft.
So, would I recommend this book? What do you think?
YES! Holy cow! Read. This. Book.
Thank you so much for Michelle for letting me participate in her book tour, getting me my first ARC, and writing such a great book.
And one lucky person from last week will receive a copy of MONARCH. Random.org chose number 7, which led to:
S. P. BOWERS
Congratulations! Please email me soon at rlconnolly01 [at] gmail.com so we can get your copy to you.
Didn't win? Do you want to read it, too? There are several other ways you can read the book.
Direct from Rhemelda Publishers (they're having a sale right now on their recently published books).
Or from Amazon below: