Sparrow by L.J Shen-Book Review


   Book Details

Title: Sparrow

Author: L.J Shen

Genre: Romance

Pages: 302



Troy Brennan

Every Southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heartthrob with steel blue eyes. “The Fixer” who can make or break you in this city. 

Oh, and my new husband. 

Sparrow Raynes

That’s me. No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life. 
But then he caged me.
Kidnapped me.
And killed every chance I had to run away from the place where we grew up.
Put simply, Troy Brennan clipped my wings.

I have dreams, big ones, but I doubt he’d ever let me chase them. I have no idea why he’d decided to take me as his wife. But I do know this: pissing off this man will not do me any good. At all.

Sparrow is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.

My Lovely Rant

Well, well, would you look at that? My first 1-star rating! That’s how much I liked this book (Hint: Not at all).

I hated this book. Pure and simple. I wanted to tear it to pieces and set it on fire. If you loved this book, then that’s on you. I don’t judge you.

I don’t even understand how L.J shen came up with this book. What was she thinking? Let’s put together two annoying, stupid, nasty characters and sprinkle some love on that. There you go! Wham bam thank you, mam. You got yourself a nice romance to go!


It’s been 5 months since I read this book and guess what pops into my mind when I think of this piece of garbage? the blood scene

For all of you innocent people who have not read this one already, let me traumatize you by describing the scene. So he makes her show him her blood dripping V and actually licks the blood off. No, it’s not period blood but it is still gross. Was it supposed to be freaking sexy? It was disgusting.

And then there’s Troy. The sexy psychopath man. These are the disgusting words that come out of his disgusting mouth, 

“Eat her, fuck her, lick her, toes to skull, and ride her in every fucking position until every bone in her body hurt. She was a kid and I still wanted to do very grown-up things to her”

Excuse me, Sir, but you sound like a pedophile!

Oh, wait. He is a pedophile. 

There’s this part where actually tells her that he’d have asked her to marry him when she was 9. I can’t see a normal 19 yo man thinking of a 9-year-old and marriage in the same sentence. What the heck has to be wrong with you to think like that?

Also, I hated everyone in this. Every single person. They were either disgusting, too stupid or non-existent. Except for the kid, who gets mentioned at times and never does anything. 

And then the author had a brilliant idea. If I already added all offensive elements? Why not add some cheating too? Wow, brilliant idea! And guess what the most amusing part is? While Troy and the kid’s mother are having steamy sex, the kid is right outside the door. Trauma level infinite. Troy, you nasty

Then there’s stupid little Sparrow who is trying so hard to be sassy and failing so bad, I feel sad for her failures (not really). The poor tiny brainless creature! 

“My capturer.

My monster.

My savior”

I’m sorry but I can’t picture anyone with a brain thinking of captor and savior at the same time? Like what? Did he kidnap you off a bomb blast, sweetheart? No? Then he is not your savior, you idiot noodlehead. 

She was also freaking all over the pages with her indecisiveness. Let’s set a timer for her. 

Sec 1: I hate him

Sec 2: I want to have blood heating sex with him. 

Sec 3: I still hate him so much. I want to kill him. 

Sec 4: I think I might love him a little bit. 

Which is it?? Pick one and stick to it, you idiot!

And I didn’t understand why they had to get married at all. So, Troy’s father has sex with Sparrow’s mom and wants his son to marry Sparrow? How does that make sense???

But all the above rant is overtaken by the simple fact that Stockholm syndrome is romanticized in this (kinda). You can’t market a book like this as ‘romance’ because this is not romance. Romance is not treating each other like dog poop. 

This book is reminding me of that girl from Dr. Phil who thought it was okay for guys to hit their girls to prove their freaking love. 

I’m below 18 and I read this book because it’s famous. Just imagine how many teen girls are going to read this. You can’t teach kids to love kidnappers or people who force them into marriage. It’s creepy. 

I found this good gag worthy quote for you, 

“Real love was cancer. All it took was one blink, and it would spread inside you like wildfire and consume you. But that was okay because I had a feeling that unlike cancer, real love didn’t die. Ever.” 

That’s funny cause you gonna end up dead in a ditch if you love a psychopath. 

That’s it. Don’t read it. 

Lifehack: If you find this book, buy it and then burn it. Useful for fire *wink*

Wait: There’s a good quote.

“opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one, and they usually stink.” 

-L.J Shen, Sparrow

Now you can go 🙂 Tell me if you’ve read this already.

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4 thoughts on “Sparrow by L.J Shen-Book Review

  1. Oh my. This book sounds like a really disgusting horror movie with absolutely no plot. I think my appetite just vanished. Bye, dinner. I don’t see how this book deserves even ONE star. Thanks for the warning! I know what to use if I ever need material for a fire. 😉


    1. It was a page turner. You know those books that are awful but you keep reading anyway? That’s an achievement for a book lol. How’s life? And holidays? Have they ended for you?

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