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He Was a Hero, He Shouldn't Have Died Paperback – November 4, 2012
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Kasumi is a teenager, abandoned by her abusive mother and left to live with her father, whom she has only seen during annual holidays. She meets Morgan and slowly comes to realise he is more than human and their friendship develops as she tries to make her father's hometown of Ipswich a home, while dealing with the lasting effects of her mother's abuse, a near assault and the rampant racism that affects many small Australian towns.
This books strength and weakness is that it is very real. Kasumi--indeed at the characters--feel like real, whole people. People who are flawed, selfish and driven by their own needs. People who are often blind to steps that could make their situation easier.
Almost every reader will be able to say `this is me' or `I know people just like this' and if you're looking for that sort of novel, this one will blow you away. However if you prefer escapism, where all cocky a-holes turn into loving, devoted husbands and the heroines flaws are effortless overcome by her dedication to a good cause, you're going to be left somewhat unfulfilled.
At the very least, read the sample on Amazon. I think you, like me, will be glad you gave the book a chance.
What I really liked about it was that the touch of fantasy/paranormal elements didn't overwhelm Kasumi's story.
Another thing to like was that if the new edited version had any errors, I couldn't find them.
There is enough humor to balance the darkness in the story.
I would have liked to see more of Morgan but watching Kasumi grow into her powers would be exciting too.
Hoping that there are some fight scenes in the next book!
This book isn't for everybody but if you'd like to read something unique, give this one a whirl.