We are so excited to present Krystyna Allyn’s debut novel, FINDING KYLIE, book one in the Hybrid Series!
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Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF
I love this cover! I think the tone and the colour suits this story immensely, it’s difficult not to take a second look with those frightened eyes staring back at you. It’s a cover I want on my paperback shelf. Initially I wasn’t a fan of the title, but on reflection, it’s perfect. Essentially, Finding Kylie is what the book is all about.
I’m aware of the immense amount of work that this debut author has poured into this book. It’s not typically a genre I read, however it didn’t spoil my enjoyment. Finding Kylie is a cliff hanger, so be warned if that’s not a thing you like, this is the first of three books that I am aware of. It’s a juicy cliff hanger, I liked it but then again, I always think if you can pull it off, you’ve hooked yourself a reader. Krystyna had no problem and nailed it.
The story was fast paced for the most part, the author pulls the reader along with ease, throwing in a few twists and turns that are easy enough to understand but – pay attention. If you skip, you’ll miss something relevant for sure. Very much plot driven as opposed to character driven, I liked Krystyna Allyn’s characters. She introduces a few, all with their part to play in the unfolding plot. The reader does get some answers, so the cliffhanger doesn’t leave you with a hundred and one questions and a bunch of frustration. The third person POV probably suited this book better than first person and the author wrote in a very clear and precise manner. Often, the simplistic sentences in places, were far better than a convoluted, roundabout way to say something. That’s not to say that Krystyna Allyn’s writing is simple – it’s not.
I wanted to see a little more character development, and perhaps a little more description. For a debut author though, she absolutely captured her story and brought it to life. The paranormal element is written in such a way it almost seems to blend into the background, where the reader forgets that Finding Kylie is exactly that. There are several developing storylines throughout book one and I really hope the author can bring them to light and do them justice in their own right. The character relationships, for the most part are there, the connections identifiable. And I need to add – there’s a little bit of hotness in there too. If you think you’re going to get a run of the mill PNR read – think again.
If you follow my reviews, you’ll know it’s very rare a debut author gets the five-star treatment from me. It’s in no way a slight against reading a great book, which is exactly what Finding Kylie is. But…Krystyna Allyn has a lot more to give and I saw that whilst reading the finished book. She has more in her tank, far more. Finding Kylie didn’t wow me, yet it left me feeling that there was a potential that in the future the author possibly could. And that to me is exciting.
If this is your genre (or even if it’s not) then pick this book up and give this debut author a chance. I’m telling you – you won’t regret it.
About Krystyna Allyn
Krystyna lives in somewhere USA with her amazingly awesome husband. Though she works full time, blogs and reads like a maniac, she still manages to find the time to write all her crazy stories.
Her hobbies include baking, skydiving, karaoke and general mischief. The list of her favorite authors is endless, so rather than singling out anyone particular, she’ll just mention her number one go-to cookie is oatmeal raisin.
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