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Author: H.L. Roberts
Genre: YA fiction
What:Lilith Rose is a lead singer to one of the most famous rock bands around; however, she's finally had it with all the lies and secrets that comes with being famous.
She decides that it's time for it to stop and reveals everything on a Facebook live stream. From that, her actions trigger a series of responses, mostly from her "forbidden" love, Alec, another member of her band.
The novel alternatives between Lilith's and Alec's point of view, following the moments leading up to the monumental Facebook stream and its consequences. 23:27 is a tale filled with darkness surrounding the entertainment industry that grapples with the genuine human spirit.
23:27 had "great readability", and succeeded in creating a captivating hook. The pacing was consistent, and the characters were enjoyable- I wanted to root for Lilith and Alec. Speaking of which, there were more chapters from Alec's point of view, but I think it worked in the book's favor. Having the perspective of a loved one react to someone in agony is emotionally-charged.
There were times I did want to shake the characters silly, namely Alec. He is very in tune with his emotions, which is actually a rare commodity, but I did notice he cried a lot. Like, a LOT. It was a little distracting at times. Also, because the main characters are a part of the band, I almost wished there was more about their music and/or gigs to incorporate that aspect of the story. However, that's simply my opinion as the novel seems to have a more character-focused plot.
I was a big fan of the ending. The novel took a lot of twists and turns that by the time I reached the end, I was very satisfied. However, I will say the epilogue was a little long and, I wondered if it could've been another chapter. When I read epilogues, I anticipate a few pages.
So what does all this mean?
23:27 is an emotionally charged, intense YA that I believe will capture the hearts of many people across the age spectrum. While there were a few things that distracted me from completely enjoying it to 100%, it is still a novel I recommend to those that love good drama.
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Disclaimer: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review. And I always approach my reviews in the most objective way as possible.