Title: My Sparkling Misfortune
Author: Laura Lond
Publisher: Dream Books LLC
Publication date: April 28th 2010
Book source: Received from author
My rating: 6/10 – good read
Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle readily admits that he is a villain and sees no reason why it should stop him from being the protagonist of this book. After all, Prince Kellemar, an aspiring hero, has defeated him in a rather questionable way. Bent on revenge, Arkus attempts to capture a powerful evil spirit who would make him nearly invincible, but a last-minute mistake leaves him with a sparkling instead a goody-goody spirit that helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains plans. Bound to Lord Arkus for five years of service and sworn to act in his best interests, the sparkling is not easy to get rid of, and of course his understanding of best interests is quite different from what Lord Arkus has in mind.
As soon as I started reading this I knew it was going to be a fun read.
It was one of those reads that is amusing and makes you smile no matter how cheesy it can get. It’s all part of the charm.
It was also original. You don’t get many stories about a villain who makes the mistake of capturing a nice spirit instead of an evil one. Chaos ensues!
I loved the protagonist more than anything. Lord Arkus was a great character who you couldn’t help but love despite him being a self-proclaimed villain.
I have to say though, I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the ending and I can’t really say why.
Overall though, this a cute, original read suited to appeal to the child inside every single one of us who gets excited at any mention of heroes, villains and scary, dragon-like creatures!