Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Rom and Yuli
Author: Amara Lynn
Heroes: Rom & Yuli
Genre: M/M Post Apocalyptic
Length: 15k Words
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 27, 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A war between angels and demons has left Earth desolate and ruined.
Rom struggles to support his father and sister in the patch of wasteland they’ve claimed as home. Feeling restless, Rom takes to exploring when he can, and is shocked when he stumbles across another survivor.
Years of isolation have left Yuli feeling despondent. That all changes when they encounter Rom, who is unlike anyone they’ve met before, a brilliant light of hope in this mostly extinguished world.
As Rom and Yuli grow closer, both gain a renewed hope for something more in this desolate land.
But in this dangerous world, trust comes hard and demons are never far away.
Rom and Yuli is a 15k word post-apocalyptic urban fantasy novella featuring male and non-binary protagonists and is a loose retelling of Romeo and Juliet with a hopeful ending.
When I read the blurb for this one, I was really intrigued. One of my favorite settings is post-apocaltypic so I was eager to read this one. When I started, I was drawn into the world and how demons run rampant. I liked that Rom was hiding his true self from his family and how Yuli was his exact opposite. The two couldn’t be more different but the fact they’re both half-human gives them a little something in common. I enjoyed seeing them together and how Yuli was so shy while Rom was more… forceful. The two together are very sweet but just wish things were a little more settled for them.
This one had a lot of potential but I think it was too short for what it contained. I really enjoyed the world the author created but I would have liked to know more about it. How did the angels and demons come about? How are all the angels gone? Is it because there’s more demons or is it because the angels are now in hiding? How will Rom and Yuli makes things work? IMO, there was just a bit too much going on in the book for how short it was so it felt a little two-dimensional. I would have liked to see things more fleshed out to really give everything that wow power that it starts with.
All in all, this was an intriguing novella with interesting characters and an interesting world. I did like the direction the author goes in but I would have liked to see things more fleshed out with a more cemented ending. I’d be interested in seeing where things go from here and learning more about these characters and their world.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*