Designed by Flaws (Flaws Series)

by Martell L. Harris 

Within the pages of “Designed by Flaws,” Martell L. Harris creates a captivating story that delves deeply into the depths of evil, fusing parts of ancient mythology with contemporary cityscapes. The first book in the Flaws Series, this one pulls readers in from the first page and doesn’t let go, providing a thrilling trip filled with action, mystery, and rich emotional depth.

A Riveting Plot

The protagonist of this compelling tale is Llia, a college student whose life unexpectedly changes when she meets Reo at an apparently innocent gathering. This coincidental encounter turns into a terrifying reality when Llia discovers that she is being plagued by an unknown entity. As she learns that Yokai, ancient creatures that lurk in the shadows and pose a serious threat to her and her loved ones, exist, the plot thickens.

Dynamic Characters

Harris is a master character developer, giving readers a cast that is interesting and approachable at the same time. With each obstacle she overcomes, Llia proves to be a courageous and determined female lead. Reo’s journey to overcome his personal issues adds a depth and tenderness that makes his eventual collaboration with Llia endearing and captivating. The threesome gains an interesting dynamic from TJ, the accomplished hunter, whose devotion and knowledge serve as a strong foundation for their quest.

Unparalleled Action and Lore

Designed by Flaws” is full of exciting action sequences that are painstakingly composed. Readers will be on the edge of their seats with each thrilling meeting with the evil force known as the Umbra. The Yokai are at the center of the book’s lore, which is surprisingly original. By presenting readers to a realm of myth that feels both fresh and intriguing, Harris enhances the story with a sense of peril and ancient mystery.

Engaging Writing Style

Harris writes in an engrossing and absorbing manner. His portrayal of the contemporary metropolis and its seedy underside makes the scene seem almost like a character unto itself. Although there are several passages where readers might have preferred more in-depth explanations, this minor drawback does not lessen the story’s overall effect. Rather, it piques readers’ interest and leaves them wanting more—a credit to Harris’s skill at crafting a captivating story.

Final Thoughts

Designed by Flaws” skillfully combines mythology, horror, and adventure into a smooth and engrossing read. It’s a story about facing one’s anxieties, discovering courage in unlikely places, and the never-ending struggle between good and evil. This book is a must-read for readers looking for an exciting adventure with a strong female protagonist and a great supporting cast.

You won’t be able to put this book down as Llia, Reo, and TJ race against time to preserve their world, turning pages with bated breath to find out what happens next. With this debut, Martell L. Harris has raised the standard, and I’m excited to see where the Flaws Series goes in the future.

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