Review: Baby Gone Bye by Marilee Brothers


Publisher: Belle Books
Publishing Date: December 2013
ISBN: 9781611944242
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.3/5.0

Publisher Description: High school senior Gabe Delgado is trying to trade his bad-boy ways for clean living. He remembers nothing about the night a mysterious girl loved him and left him at a party, except . . . there was a kind of magic around her that had nothing to do with his hangover the next day. Now he finds that “magic” in a basket on his doorstep, cooing at him like a happy little bird.

Review: Although the cover art kind of gets to the heart of the matter, it is really lame-o. Baby in a basket on a doorstep….wow..zzzzzzzz. I usually don’t comment on the titles, but in this case the title is also pretty bad. This is a great read and needs some oomph to garner readers. I know I almost passed up reading this novel based on the cover and title but it was free and I was short on books. The author had a plethora of titles written within the novel more suitable. “Vanishing Gift”, “The Witching Game”, “Gabriel’s Angel”, just to name a few. I think the publishers originally came up with the “Blue Rose”, which would have been better if the babies name was Rose.

So Gabe is a high school douche bag whom likes to bang every post-pubescent girl that is half-way decent looking. He doesn’t remember banging some chick at a party who later drops their baby at his doorstep. Within the span of a few months Gabe goes from having the morals of a cannibalistic rat who wants to give up the baby to social services, to stalwart defender of magic baby. Yeah, I guess you could have an epiphany in life, but knowing high school douche bags whom are at the pinnacle of ego-centrism, I doubt it. Still it is just a story and a good one at that.

The author develops her characters with fore thought and consideration within the context of the story line. So the characters grow as the story line develops. There was a tad too much emphasis on the main characters, with just snippets of the evil woman, Samantha left to develop. Because of this, her character was not that believable as it felt compressed and a bit contrived. For example, we are given this quickie background as to why Samantha is currently in the position she is in. Killed her husband to get the wealth as he had a conscience yada yada. Villain’s should have a well developed back story that unfolds at appropriate moments. Samantha’s development felt two dimensional.

Despite my nitpicking, I had a hard time putting the novel down. There was excellent movement and the characters were well written within the story-line. The author kills off the “Baby Birdies” mother but she was never that integral to the story-line, other than as kind of a back story. We never get to know her and her death makes room for Abby who is Gabriel’s new love interest. It plays well for subsequent novels should they be developed. Samantha’s disappearance also plays well as a future threat to the Delgado family. Even if you don’t like the story, the writer is good enough to keep you reading. Get it and have fun.

9 thoughts on “Review: Baby Gone Bye by Marilee Brothers

  1. Got it. I probably won’t get to it for a little while, but gotta keep the stash current, right?

  2. Hey there, just so you know, I didn’t run around asking my family for an appropriate title for Baby Gone Bye. In fact, I was calling it The Blue Rose. The publishers came up with the title. Sorry you didn’t like it, that you found it trite and boring. Personally, I liked the cover, but then, what do I know?

  3. Furthermore, you spent the first two paragraphs dissing everything about the book but ended up giving it four stars! What the hell? How about this? How about you interview me and find out how hard it is to write eight books and get them published before you decide you’re bored and heck, the book was free, so why not read it? Do you have any idea how important reviews are to an author like me? “Like me” means an author who is just hanging on, not making much money but proud as punch to have her books published. Sorry for the rant. Normally, I never respond to reviews but your’s had me truly bewildered. You are certainly entitled to your opinion since I just expressed mine.

    • I am sorry that you’re incredibly insecure. Ultimately it is your choice to write and publish books. But we all need a sob story to align our identities. There is really nothing to write if the novel is that good. What I attempt to give prospective readers is an insight into what may disappoint. That way they are fully equipped to make a choice in purchasing, knowing full well the content. So many times people purchase novels with glowing reviews only to be disappointed as the reviewer(s) only hit the good notes. No one pays me to do this, nor do I beat my chest to the heavens and proclaim “THIS IS SO HARD!…” Time to get over yourself.

  4. I’m not insecure at all and mine is hardly a sob story. Actually, I’ve been incredibly lucky. All I ask is that you have a clue about the publishing business – surely you understand that the author has little to do with the title and cover. Please make your review about the contents of the book. But, this is your blog and you can do whatever the heck you want, Koeurs. This is what I get for responding to a review, something I rarely do.

  5. There is nothing wrong with being insecure. I understand that you have a lot of your identity tied up in the novel. Anything that doesn’t meet your expectations is considered an attack. I assure you it is not. I also realize that the publishers have control over the cover art, which is why I send them a specific note with each review about changing it, including the title if it does not marry well with the content. The entirety of the review is about the content. Please try to accept a very nice critical review that lauds your creative efforts while discerning it in a subjective context.

  6. Okay, I get it. You understand about the cover art. So, I guess you realize your comment about me soliciting family input was just your attempt at humor. BTW, thank you for the four stars on Goodreads. Let’s us part friends.

  7. No kidding? I’m Yakima, the other Apple Capital of the world. We never met a fruit we didn’t like.

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