This is not a keen review, but a review of the book Keen <grin, eye-roll>. A few weeks ago Laura L. Zimmerman and L2L2 publishing revealed the cover for this book, which has got to be one of my favorites. I love the colors so much.
I received an advanced copy of Ms. Zimmerman’s book which I read last weekend and very much enjoyed. Spending hours with Caoine (pronounced Cane) and Oliver was not a chore. Both are likable teens who compliment one another in the ups and downs of high school life (as well as a few other nail biting trials). Relationships are hard when you’re a banshee, and you might accidentally hurt, er… kill… someone.
While Keen is fantasy, giving the reader an inside look into the life of a banshee and the complications that come with singing the song of death, it’s also romance and adventure as Caoine and her friends scramble to solve the mystery behind so many deaths that Caoine feels responsible for.
It’s also a story about friendship and learning how to cope after loss. Ms. Zimmerman does a great job showing Caoine’s conflicting feelings and what the confusion clouding her world feels like. A confusion that builds and twist as she and her friends work to save “the blood of the multitude.” With stakes running high, I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book.
Keen is a slightly edgy yet wholesome story I believe any YA reader will enjoy.
Back Cover Copy:
You must walk the darkness to find the light.
Half-faerie Caoine has no control over the banshee lament she sings each night, predicting the death of others. A senior in a brand new high school, she expects the same response she’s received at every other school: judgment from fellow students over her unusual eyes and unnaturally white skin and hair. However, when Caoine arrives at West Lincoln High, for the first time in her life she finds friends. Real friends.
But being a teenager is never easy, especially when the star soccer player, Oliver, sets his sights on her. Allowing him to get close means revealing her curse to the human world. She can’t let that happen. Life spins further out of control when her lament comes out during the day, those whose death she predicts die right in front of her, and a dark faerie known only as the Unseelie prince blames Caoine by leaving her the creepiest notes ever. Her curse is not supposed to work like that.
In a race against time, Caoine must uncover the Unseelie prince’s identity and stop a spell before it unleashes hell on earth, all while trying to control her banshee song and finding a place among her peers.
Senior year just got real.
Laura L. Zimmerman lives in a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, three daughters, and three furbaby felines. Besides writing, she’s passionate about loving Jesus, anything Star Wars, and singing loudly. She takes her coffee black and spends her days
pretending to do yoga. This is her debut novel. Find out more about her at
If you would like to read more about Laura and her book Keen, you can follow along on her blog tour:
Monday, July 1st, Guest Post, Katherine Vinson, https://sparksofember.wordpress.com
Monday, July 1st, Guest Post, Rebecca Bruner, https://rebeccabrunerauthor.com
Tuesday, July 2nd, Visual Post, Kellie Parker, https://kelliemichelleparker.com
Wednesday, July 3rd, Review, Tammera Ayers, https://beliedoutcastlegends.com
Thursday, July 4th, Review/Interview, Pam Halter, https://pamhalter.com/fairiesfantasyfaith
Friday, July 5th, Interview Jebraun Clifford, https://.jebraundlifford.com
Friday, July 5th, Interview, Medomfo Owusu, https://writingsfromagodgirl.wordpress.com
Saturday, July 6th, BookTube Review, Gretchen Engel, https://gretchenekengel.com
Sunday, July 7th, Behind-the-Scenes Feature, Laurie Lucking, https://landsuncharted.com
Monday, July 8th, Behind-the-Scenes Feature, J.M. Hackman, https://jmhackman.com
Tuesday, July 9th, Release-Day Feature, Laura L. Zimmerman, https://lauralzimmerman.wordpress.com
Wednesday, July 10th, Interview, Kelly Barr, https://kellyfbarr.com
Wednesday, July 10th, Review, Vincent Vezza, https://hiddentreasurenovels.com
Thursday, July 11th, FB Party Feature, Michele Israel Harper, https://MicheleIsraelHarper.com
Friday, July 12th, Review, Abigail McKenna, https://novelsdragonsandwardrobedoors.blogspot.com
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Facebook Launch Party:
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Paperback: $16.99, eBook: $4.99 (Pre-order Price of $2.99)
Purchase Link (L2L2 website):
Thank you for reading this review. If you have a YA (12+) in your life, I hope you’ll consider Keen. It’a a good, clean read with a powerful message.
And banshees are fairies (at least in this book), so there’s that!
Here’s wishing all of you a happy and productive day!