“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.” – Henri Nouwen

Amy Lane has a beautiful, lyrical voice. And I wanted to enjoy her book as much as much as a friend who recommended it did. However. I was so confused. The title on Netgalley is “Wounded, Vol. 1.” So, I was starting a series, right? But when I started reading, it was as if I jumped into a series in the middle. Now, all characters have backstories, but this was too disturbing for me to enjoy the book. Was the author truly incapable of presenting backstory in a logical manner? That couldn’t be right. Her writing, when not confused, is beautiful. So, what was up?

First, just because it says “Vol. 1” that doesn’t mean this is the first book in the series.Product Details

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The problem? There are two books. They both have the same cover. The title on the Netgalley edition says Vol. 1, but when you look on Amazon you will see that, besides having the same cover, one title is Wounded, Vol. 1 (Little Goddess, Book 2) and one is Wounded, Vol. 2 (Little Goddess). So, what’s up with that? So confusing! It seems like a good story, but as much as I wanted to sink into it, every time I started getting into the flow, I got hit with something that I should have “known” in under to understand, and it blew me out of the story. I finally enlarged the cover of the one I have and see that it says “Volume 2” but if you are looking really close, it blends into the cover.

So. If you have read the first book (is that Vol. 2 or Vol. 1?) I would recommend the books for the lyrical writing style and likable characters, but I couldn’t finish it due to being lost in backstory more often than not.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own. I hope the author obtains a better publisher – allowing this type of bad design has cost the author two stars on my review.