Book Review: Unforseen Beings: Lilith’s Garden of Madness by N.L Johnson

Hidden away behind the doors of Kelton Mental Institution is a power unlike any the world has ever experienced. It has been locked away for so long that many no longer believe it exist. That was until Hannah finds it down the South Hall of Kelton. But should it have been found or forgotten along with the remainder of the “untreatables”. What Kelton kept locked away is only a taste of what is to come as a completely unknown world of angels, demons and the unforeseen beings, opens up or rather wakes up with the release of Room 102.


This book was a DNF for me. I just couldn’t get into it. It’s only 79 pages long, so you’d think I could have pushed through.  But I just don’t think this book is for me and will be donating it. Most of my qualms with it are just personal pet peeves that have nothing to do with how OK the story might have been. I’m sure that YA readers wanting a quick read would like this.

There was just a lot of “telling” rather than “showing,” and the lack of dialog was mentally frustrating for me. What dialog there was was very stiff and unnatural. There were good passages like “They all had that same look of determination, believing they would make a difference. They were all going to change things and help improve the lives of all their patients. If they managed to survive us without losing their way then it was never long before the real bad people made sure to change that.” But even then that passage was trite within the context of the story and is another example of telling rather than showing. Points are reinforced over and over again like how bad some of the nurses are, without ever moving the story along. 27 pages in and you’re still not sure of what is going on and there’s already a shift in the Narrative voice and and and. All of it, I’m sure, makes for a simple read.

I wanted to read it because it’s getting a lot of really good reviews on Goodreads, so I am clearly not in the majority there.

Buy it on Amazon.

Find out more on Goodreads.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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