Guest Book Review: Madison by M.B. Forester-Smythe
The biggest hindrance to this story is the form and genre; for me, a short story is not a good form for a romantic story. At least novella length or more is necessary for character development and for the relationship to build. This story just feels rushed, with major revelations and story points being glossed over or mentioned in hindsight. One hundred pages isn’t enough to make me feel two people have fallen in love. Madison herself was a character I found difficult; she shows several people, virtually strangers, around her home, telling them to help themselves, and isn’t at all worried about them or their intentions. Very trusting! Also, once the big reveal happens, she goes from sunny disposition to “Who am I? I don’t belong!” There was nothing in the beginning to show that Madison had any sort of internal struggle. The story mentions, almost in passing, she is embarrassed by her glowing eyes, but it almost seems like an afterthought by the author.
Smythe hints at a larger paranormal world and one that I felt could be interesting if it had been a full length novel. The town where Madison lives is considered neutral ground by all werewolf packs. Why? How did it come to pass? Madison’s transformation could easily set up a sequel or a series, and would be a nice vehicle to explore Madison’s and Damien’s relationship more.
The book is a very quick read that, sadly, just feels too rushed. Instead of focusing on one incident or moment in time, too much is shoved in and almost feels like a Cliff Notes version of a longer book.