Review: 23:27

Title: 23:27
Author: H.L. Roberts
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: CaDaVa Publishing
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Release Date: September 2, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:




These were all the things that you would expect from being famous. The bait that the producers of the industry would tempt you with to get you on their side.

What they don’t tell you though are all the inner tragedies that come along just as quickly. They don’t tell you about the heartache that occurs when you realize that this wasn’t what you wanted at all.

They don’t tell you about the pressure that’s always on the verge of crushing you when you’re forced to do everything that the public demands for and not what you truly desire.

They don’t tell you about the self hatred that would soon take over your entire being at the thought that you will never be good enough.

No – they don’t tell you these things at all.

But, Lilith Rose will.

When Lilith Rose, lead singer to one of the most famous rock bands around gets tired of all the lies and secrets that comes with being famous.

She decides that it’s time for all of it to stop and ends up revealing everything on a Facebook live stream.

The result…

“Part of me wants to die tonight, part of me wants it to be an accident, and part of me wants someone to notice and save me.” – Lilith Rose.


This book jumps right into the action, which I liked. The writing got better as the story progressed. 

I was missing a lot of the background information in the beginning. I knew these characters were facing a lot of difficulties but I wasn’t convinced that I should root for them yet. 

Eventually, I got really into the story. There were some dramatic points where I had no idea what was going to happen next. That was exciting. 

I didn’t like that race was part of the reason that Alec and Lilith couldn’t be together. Up until that point, I didn’t even realize they were racially different. And their races were never mentioned again, so I think it was unnecessary. 

I was unsure of the setting throughout the whole book. I think it may be set in the U.K., because they mention that their album was released there but I’m not 100% sure. Sometimes they used British terms, but sometimes they used American terms. 

The story is alternately narrated by Lilith and Alec. I would have liked to see Lilith’s point of view more throughout the story. Alec tells most of it through the middle. It’s a bit of a secret how Lilith is feeling during that point so I can see why she has less parts, but I liked hearing her side of the story too. 

Overall, this was a pretty good story. 


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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