Deer Life

Reviewed by Melanie on October 10, 2017


This review will be short and sweet because I didn’t finish the book, but I wanted to justify the why. I was excited to learn more about the book after seeing the beautiful cover. Pretty much if there is a deer or another member of the deer family (like moose), I want to check it out. I was really excited to begin reading, before I finished the first chapter I was regretting my choice.

The writing seemed very childish, especially for a young adult book. Exclamation points were over used. Conjunctions were used to begin almost every sentence. The illustrations detracted from the story because of how they were placed in the chapters. After avoiding my Kindle like it had the plague, I finally decided to give up and marked the book as DNF at 26%.

Deer Life Book Cover Deer Life
Ron Sexsmith
Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Dundurn Press
Semptember 16, 2017
Kindle eBook

A wicked fairy tale of witchcraft, bullying, revenge, and a mysterious bowler hat. Includes Ron’s own whimsical illustrations.

Deryn Hedlight was not having a very good day and it was about to get much worse. He’d read stories of witches as a boy, but never believed for a second they were true. That is, until an unfortunate hunting accident turns his world upside down. What seemed like an honest mistake leads to an altogether unexpected transformation. But poor Deryn wasn’t the only wronged character tied up in these gloomy circumstances and sinister forces.

Deer Life tells the story of a kind-hearted boy from Hinthoven and his motheṟs undying love. Mostly though, it’s all about patience, friendship, and heroism where you least expect it.

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