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First off before I begin my review of Trimpl by J. T. Lozano I would like to say a little something about our lovely independent author community. To Avid readers: everyone starts somewhere, and these days there are many fantastic independent authors out there! They are really not given the credit they are due, or the support. So I for one will speak up, even if I am just one I hope people hear.
Independent authors are hard working people. Many haven’t even been able to quit their day job yet in order to write full time. Let alone afford people for cover art, editing, proofreading, and polishing the work to grammatical perfection. I mention this because I believe that typos, grammatical errors, and other simple things of that nature that do not effect the story whatsoever should NEVER be a factor on a novel or novella’s rating that is given. Sadly, I see many people out there who think that an author is not working hard enough if there is a typo or two, and give a book a low star review simply for that reason. With that said I want all of the independent authors reading this to know I value your work! I wish I could do what you do! I wish I had the commitment, time, effort, passion, and overall endurance that you all possess! Never give up on your dreams because you have those out there such as myself who are cheering you on all the way!
Now onto the review! Trimpl by J.T. Lozano is definitely a familiar tale, but very different with a fresh take. What would you do to get what you desired? Sell your soul? Be up to agreeing to a favor at any time, place, and no matter what it is to follow through?
I know many of you may be jumping to, “Aha! This is Faust!” Well, sorry to burst your bubble… This is Trimpl! Mr. Trimpl does a multitude of favors for anyone willing to pay his price. As you have guessed he wants to collect souls. His conditions to completing a favor is simple enough, but many repercussions can befall a person who is hasty. Think of it as a pawn. If you fault on paying your debt, favor, on time you lose!
This novella was fantastic! I would have read it a lot faster, but I had a lot going on. It really is one I didn’t want to put down, and could have been read in one day. The story revolves around five people mainly, and a sixth at the end. Of course Mr. Trimpl is the main character, a reporter named Liz Sullivan, Sam, Charlotte, Adrian, and I’m going to leave the mystery person out so you can pick up this delicious slice of horror/thriller literature.
Liz is summoned by a prisoner, Mr. Trimpl, with the promise with a story to restart her career which had long since been washed up. As Liz visits the unknown prisoner she is in for the story of her life! As she converses with Mr. Trimpl, and listens to his story she is very intrigued. The only problem is Mr. Trimpl always has a price, even if confined! Will Liz be willing to sell the most precious thing she owns? Is her soul really as precious to her as it is to Mr. Trimpl?
This novella has six main parts. The first and last deal with Liz and Mr. Trimpl. The other four are dealt with the remainder of characters. Lozano skillfully weaves the story together nicely, and leaves much mystery involved to keep you guessing. Some things you may figure out, some not until the conclusion. Such a fun, quick, and easy read. This novella is definitely perfect for introducing young adults to horror fiction! It isn’t excessively gory, no sexual content, and no language (if there was it is scarce). Nevertheless, is is a nice little chilling thriller that will entertain readers of all ages!
I really enjoyed this little novella, and the time that J.T. took to share it with readers. I guessed a few things, but the ending was a kicker! I loved that! I give Trimpl by J.T. Lozano 4 stars out of 5 stars. Now, for you grammar police if you pick this novella up there are some grammatical errors sure. However, that was not included in my rating, and as I said before I never hold that against independent authors. I challenge you to write something without any errors, and work as hard as they do. With that said I did predict much of what was to come therefore I deducted a star. However, the ending makes it all worth the while! Also, there are a lot of twists and turns. Nonetheless, a fantastic novella by yet another awesome independent author! That is my honest take on Trimpl, and I encourage you to pick yourself up a copy! Even if to get a teen to start reading! We really need more young readers these days. I say check it out, let it simmer, and then draw your own conclusions.
Written by Andrew C. on 10/23/2020