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- ASIN : B078YYCNSF
- Publication date : January 11, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 891 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 115 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,759,308 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The driving force for me with this story is the interaction between Lizzie and The Hat itself. It reminds me a lot of Venom when he was the Lethal Protector, but with fewer teeth and no promises of brain eating. There are battles for control between the two since they’re practically thrown together and need to figure things out. The fast pace of the story gives the characters little time to play the doubt and hesitation game that you see a lot in superhero stories, which makes sense for a short work. Although, there are moments when it feels like Lizzie accepts things a bit too easily, but it’s hard to tell since she has moments of giddiness about the whole thing. Can’t say I’d be any different if I had a magical hat that allowed me to do things like play music or fight crime. So, there’s definitely a realism to them.
I really enjoyed discovering The Hat’s powers because you don’t really see such a thing as that powerful. It’s introduced as fairly basic as protective, which you can see by its first few actions. This begins to branch out throughout the story when they reach situations that it can help with. At first, I thought it would be rather deus ex machina, but it all makes sense. Nothing goes that far off the established base with The Hat. It can talk to Lizzie in her head? Then, it makes sense that it can mess with the mind of anyone else that touches it. I won’t say how, but The Hat really is cunning. By the end, I felt like I had a clear understanding of the workings of this artifact.
The only issue I had with the story is that its shortness worked against it in a few places. If it was spread out a little more then the urgency of the action wouldn’t crash into the more laid back comedy. Both of these were really well done, but there wasn’t much of a transition between the two points. There’s a point that starts with an urgency to give chase, but Lizzie and The Hat stopped to go shopping. I mean, it was important stuff that they were getting, but I was scratching my head about the sudden stop to the tension. It was explained why they weren’t in such a rush after the fact and the scene really opened up Lizzie’s personality. Yet, I kind of felt like this was an unfortunate stumbling of pace, which it did recover from. The grand finale was amazingly well done and the final chapter hit a perfect action/comedy combination.
I would recommend this story, especially for anyone who loves superheroes and paranormal tales, but lack the time to read a full novel.
The story is very well written, and the pace is such that the reader will be truly sorry to have it come to an end. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a fast read with substance and humor.
Lizzie is having a rough time of it after losing her grandmother. Her uncle has control of her grandmother's estate leaving Lizzie out in the cold. In a last-ditch effort to own something that belonged to her grandmother, she snatches a box from her uncle's moving truck. Lizzie has no idea what is in the box, and when the hat reveals himself to her is when the real fireworks start.
As the title suggests, the protagonist is a magical hat who possesses the ability of speech. I got the sense that the hat is some sort of sentient being. I also found the hat to use a distinctively male voice who also had the ability to change into any form of head covering that Lizzie desired.
The characters are enchanting and the dialogue is full of humor as the hat and Lizzie work together to solve the disappearance of numerous babies missing from the local area. The fast-paced action left me breathless - in between bouts of laughter. Seldom do I find such engaging banter between characters. It was pure serendipity.
I loved the idea that the hat could play the bass through Lizzie's fingers as long as she wore him while playing. The musical aspects of the story were brilliant. In addition, the author added a few graphic comic book type images strategically placed which added to the visual elements of the story on my Kindle.
The Hat is one of those rare feel-good books that ends with the reader wanting more. I can only hope that the imagination of C. S. Boyack devises a few more capers for these two characters to solve. And, at only $.99 this novella was well worth the price for an afternoon's entertainment.
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars
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I was very pleasantly surprised. I've never read anything by this author before but he has a lovely wry wit that sparkles through the story and made me chuckle.
The story concerns a young woman who's down on her luck, and a hat that she 'acquires'. This hat is special. Apart from changing its appearance, it can do all sorts of other tricks that kept the story moving along to its satisfying conclusion. It's a fast-paced, funny tale that also has enough menace to keep you gripped. Well worth your investment in time and money!
Both The Hat and our more conventional hero, Lizzie, are so naturally and dynamically realised as a binary star protagonist, meshing into a paranormal symbiosis of vigilante crime-busting/monster-hunting action that I can't wait for more of their adventures in future outings.
Go read! It has witches, ghouls and vampires, as well as newborn baby-stealers!
Lizzie St Laurent has a lot on her … erm … head! When she picked up the old box behind her uncle’s back, she got a lot more than she bargained for. The hat is reminiscent of J.K. Rowling’s talking hat, and as soon as Lizzie dons it, she finds herself transported elsewhere with a pop. What is this hat? Where did it come from? What does it want?
A wonderful thread of humour runs throughout this engaging and entertaining story. In particular, I love the odd graphic that appears here and there, which emphasises the narrative beautifully. In addition to the humour, you will find action and drama and suspense with several twists and turns.
All in all, this is a fun and feel-good quick read at just over a hundred pages. I recommend it highly.