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Gothic Lolita

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dark novel tries too hard to be deep and complicated.

Book Dakota Lane Fantasy 2008
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This book may appeal more to teens who are into the "Gothic Lolita" style and culture than those who just happen upon this book. While it has some universal themes of love and the human connection, the author tries too hard to make a simple plot complex.

Author Dakota Lane uses poetic prose as a base on which she tries to weave darkness, mystery, and mythical connections into a gripping story that ultimately falls flat. The novel is earnest in its attempt to be deep, but never really achieves more than a superficial layer of mystery. Without the mystery or mystical connection, the novel plods along as heavy and overwrought as the crinoline skirts the fashion-obsessed teens wear.

Book Details

  • Author: Dakota Lane
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Ginee Seo Books
  • Publication date: November 25, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 14
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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