Good Taste by Lyssa Dering ~ Book Review by Queue

good-tasteTitle: Good Taste

Author: Lyssa Dering

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Lyssa Dering

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/01/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian


In the Bricks, extreme violence is the norm, but Ilya wants no hand in it. He’s a slave, lucky enough to be employed at the only theater in the area that still uses fake blood. After being born into one of the slave Houses that form the economical backbone of the Bricks, Ilya was purchased as a child and has managed to steer clear of the depravity ever since. But that changes when a dangerous admirer starts sending him gruesome gifts. Ilya’s boss hires someone to watch him: Alec, an independent contractor whose chief violence business is protection. But as Ilya spends more time with him, he begins to wonder: Is Alec really safer than this so-called dangerous admirer? Can the person who seems to understand him best really be so bad? When the admirer’s identity is revealed, Ilya must decide just how much violence he’s willing to accept, if it means he won’t have to go back to the dark place he came from.

Content warnings: Graphic violence, sexual content, and descriptions of past sexual/physical/psychological abuse.

My View:

I’m sorry to say that Good Taste did not leave a good taste in my mouth.

One of my biggest problems with the story is the world building or lack thereof. This is a dark world with slaves and a community known as The Bricks. But there isn’t any kind of explanation of what the Bricks is, at least not in time for me to care.

Ilya is the main character here. He’s a slave and actor who ends up with a dangerous stalker. Alec is assigned to protect Ilya and they end up with a love hate relationship.

I never really felt any kind of connection to either Ilya or Alec. There’s a lot of darkness in this story for sure with lots of talk of abuse and danger. It’s well written but there’s little emotion, and for me, it just didn’t work.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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