Review: Girl with all the Pain by Michael Herman

Girl with all the Pain by Michael Herman
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book Summary:

Sometimes an ugly duckling becomes more than just a swan.

In the streets of Santiago, Chile, a young homeless girl named Isabel screams a scream of rage that is the last sound the gang tormenting her ever hears.

Deep within the city, a family feels her cry and sets out to find her for their sake as well as hers.

Never straying far from Isabel, Skunk Mountain, a homeless pile of walking filth, visible to only the neighborhood kids, maintains a guardian presence that is key to her survival in a world where, beneath the very ground they walk, a dark ancient intelligent entity prepares to unleash forces that will devastate Chile.
 
Sometimes that swan has claws and teeth.

Book Review:

Girl With All The Pain written by Michael Herman, is the fourth book of 'Aliens, Tequila and Us' saga. This is a very intricately written Sci-Fi novel which tries to explain the evolution of mankind with alien intervention. The story follows a little girl called Isabel who was homeless and is being abused in the streets. But Isabel is more than a homeless girl and seems to have unnatural powers.

The story has a dark beginning and starts with an old (and obviously evil) entity being served by human beings through sabotage and murder. The said evil entity also seems to be plotting an apocalyptic event.

And then we see Isabel, the protagonist of the story, her difficult life and circumstances which leads to her exhibiting her powers unknowingly. Her powers seem strong, raw and brutal, but she doesn't even realize her actions. Her character and plot line really intrigued me because I love a good origin story! And one of my favorite characters in the story was sister Mary, who is a concerned adult in Isabel's life - the compassion and love she shows Isabel is always how I've imagined a nun to behave around kids, like the beloved Maria from Sound of Music.

Next we see the Brown family and its members, people who actually bring out the mysterious element in the story, Gi. They are the alien intervention that earth has received over the evolutionary course. I would've loved to read more about them but not enough was available in the story. And honestly, a lot of these details were hard to relate to in the beginning. This could also be because Girl With All The Pain is the 4th installment in this series. I would definitely recommend reading the series in order so that you get the best reading experience.

The author has put a lot of work into creating this universe and has even included of a few elements from the real world, like the setting of the story in Chile, the local legends, geographical landmarks such as volcanoes, the culinary experiences, etc. However I believe a beta reader would have helped improve the narrative.

Overall, worth a read if you are into Sci-Fi, aliens and apocalyptic events where the odds are stacked against the world.


*A review copy was provided to Oh Just Books by the author in exchange for an honest review* 
 
This review written by - Ashwati 

A person who loves to not just read books, but bring forth the characters to life inside her head; then she loves them, hates them, studies them like specimens, and analyses their redeeming qualities and flaws, all the while wishing she were a part of the story and its universe.
PS: she also loves long sentences.



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