Book Review: Hanna, Hanna, One-and-Two

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased the Love Potion No. 11 collection of novels on Amazon. In between finalizing my first novel and writing my second, I’ve been slowly making my way through the books. I’ll freely admit that Paranormal Romance isn’t my typical genre that I read. I enjoy Urban Fantasy, but I typically prefer a lesser emphasis on the romance, with it being a secondary theme at most. I must say though that I have been pleasantly surprised by the collection, so much so, that I am going to share a few reviews of the ones that have been particularly memorable to me.

The first one that really grabbed me was Hanna, Hanna, One-and-Two. Despite my reservations over the name of the book, I found myself quickly gripped by the world crafted by Myndi Shafer. Each character, from Johanna Cochrin (the Hanna of the title), to Annabel Haier – the ruthless dictator – are carefully crafted to the point that they felt real. Further, Myndi is able to craft a main character that uses no actual dialogue for the first portion of the book, and yet, she has the clearest voice of all of the characters.

The world itself is a strange, post-apocalyptic world that is slowly unraveling. Hanna finds herself bound by a secret that her brother felt was worth dying for, and the entire story is almost colored by her grief from that affair. It’s masterfully done, making the reader feel as if they are seeing directly through Hanna’s eyes as she moves through the tale.

I could gush and rave at every point over this book, but this is one of those stories that I would hate to ruin a moment for the next reader. It’s moving, and it was poignant, and in the end, I have found it to be the stepping stone to a brand new author to follow.