Review: Love/Hate by L.C. Mawson

A hero’s life means death.

Synopsis:

Claire never wanted to be a hero.

The Aspect Guardians protect the last cities of Earth from the creatures that were left there by their alien ancestors.

Remnants of a forgotten civil war.

Claire is all too familiar with the alien creatures. They killed her mother, leaving her all alone.

But those chosen can’t refuse. The Aspect powers embody emotions, and those most in tune with those emotions are called to take the mantle.

And they’re lucky to survive more than two years.

Some Aspects aren’t even that lucky, however, and the Aspect of Love is notorious for only having a few months at best.

So, when the Aspect of Love dies and Claire is chosen as her successor, all of her nightmares are made real.

She must face the monsters of her childhood. And they will likely kill her.

But strength comes in unlikely places, and finding the means to survive may mean Love turning to Hate.5

Wow! I have been on a fantastic voyage into yet another masterful world created by L.C. Mawson. I praise Mawson a lot and Mawson earns it with every book I read.

The “Aspects” series came out three years ago and I do not know how I missed it. I don’t know when the latest cover design came out for Love/Hate, but I love the old one which I feel describes the story better than the current one. I love how it shows the two emotions dancing around each other and Hate being wary. 

I thought Mawson creating a dynamic and diverse book and series was a one-time adventure with “The Ember Academy for Witches.” I can see that I am wrong by reading Love/Hate. Our central character is Indian and African, autistic, and a lesbian or bisexual. The other members of the cast range from Asian to white and from lesbian to nonbinary to aromantic. Half of the characters are autistic and all are fighters for the human race. Diversity at its best.

Love/Hate focuses on family, identity, and the battle for life and why they choose to fight. Let me clarify the last word in that sentence, they are unwillingly drafted to become an Aspect, but they could choose to not fight. Keep a block up and your powers won’t come through and you can’t be used to battle.

What I find fascinating is that Mawson has Claire battling monsters with just her own sense of self and an innate need to protect others. Claire is strong even though she has personal battles to overcome. 

Love/Hate is filled with battles and I should warn you that people die. BUT, the story is also filled with family. Family is what we make it and this book showcases this brilliantly. There are surprises and twists in this story which makes me hesitate on how to tag this book because the tags would be spoilers (laugh). So I wait to book two before adding the spoiler tags.

I cannot wait to read the next story because I am literally jonesing for it. Mawson creates a world that I would not want to live, but would watch over and over again. (laugh) Ummm…dragons that eat people…yeah I’ll just read about it. (smile)

If you haven’t started this series then you should. There is action, romance, and family drama. Put a bunch of kids living together in one place, what else can you expect?! You can expect an awesome ride with Love/Hate

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Books in the “Aspects” series:

Further Details:
Publisher: 978-1393551874, 11 November 2017
Series: Aspects #1
Pages: 234; Sex: N/A

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