Book Sample Review - So This Is Love (A Twisted Tale) by Elizabeth Lim


Book Sample Review - So This Is Love (A Twisted Tale) by Elizabeth Lim


I made this series because I am a beginner at book reviews, (Currently no access to ARC - "Advanced Readers Copy") and I have no way of getting my hands on a lot of books, without spending a ton of money. I mean I do have access to a library app that I am eternally grateful for (Thank you, Libby I love you to death), but there are some items on there that are not available.  

Hence, I made this series where I can get a feel of whether or not I would be tempted to continue reading a book by going ahead in making the next step of purchasing / picking it up, judging it on the three free chapters the authors or publisher has provided on Amazon Kindle. 

My reviews for (1) samples and (2) books that I purchased with my own money are not going to be spoiler-free. I realized that it's very hard for me to make reviews without touching on certain topics, so while I label it on the title as a "Book Review", it would really be more of a "Book Analysis" or "Book Discussion." Viewers discretion on that part. As of now I only have Libby, Prime Reading, Book Bub, and Book Sirens on my utility belt. If I ever plan to do a Book Subscription or sign up for Kindle Unlimited, I will also disclose it to the readers. 

Copies of books that I've acquired through "Books Sirens" will be spoiler-free. That is a part of their policy when giving out free copies directly from the author. In exchange for a free copy of the book, it is strongly recommended that spoilers are not included so that it won't spoil the story or plot for other future readers. I am always going to label it with a hashtag, #BookSirens so you'll know that a particular review will not contain any minor or major spoilers. 

I'm sorry for the long intro, but I need to clear this up in every post. Anyway on to the review!



Chef's kiss award. What's the equivalent of that for book lovers? Page turner award? I wish Lim wrote the entire fairy tale retelling of Disney. I wish the Disney Hyperion team would just give her the license to retell all the classic fairy tales to introduce it to the new generation.  Because she does a spectacular job of preserving the integrity of Disney's legacy: good storytelling. I have nothing but praises to sing for this book. I wish this book was available for me to borrow in my digital library, but it isn't. And I actually don't mind spending money on this book, because Lim did such a fantastic job of breathing the characters to life. Adding more depth to them in a way that doesn't depart from the original. In Chapter Three, I was completely sold by this sample, when she was able to carve out one of the minor characters in the original film and make me like him even more: The Grand Duke. The Grand Duke played a minor part in the animated film, but I remember him being really funny. I didn't pay attention to him afterward, but Lim was able to get under the skin of this character, get inside his head, and play and voice him really well. And it's just such a smooth transition from screen to page, and the essence of this character didn't get lost in translation, that I am really in awe of Lim's craft at making this Twisted Tale an enjoyable read. 

So to answer whether or not, I would be tempted to pick up the full copy "So This Is Love" by Elizabeth Lim, based on the sample, the answer is 100% resounding, Yes. 

I love how she writes her dialogues, the inner voice of the character felt authentic, and I wish the sample never ended. I was literally tapping the next page button, and it took a while to register that it is greyed out.  I also annotated a lot of her sentences. I love her writing style and I think if you're going to be a future writer or you want to improve your writing, you should definitely give Elizabeth Lim's "So This Is Love" a try. You won't regret it. 

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