Book Review: Life within Parole


Life Within Parole is a bunch of short stories relating to the character’s from the main novel Chameleon Moon, this however does just involve the main group, in fact I would say that a fair few of these short stories gives more depth to the main characters and the fear the people of Parole go through in their day to day life, but the growth and understanding is of the side characters, like CyborJ and Jenny Strings to name a few.

The good thing about Life Within Parole is you don’t have to have read Chameleon Moon to get this book, Sylver does a good job of explaining the world in both the books without it feeling repetitive.

In this book we explore more of Parole and the characters within it, a birthday party being celebrated, a ghost haunting a safe haven, a con that doesn’t go exactly to plan, just to give a few examples.

Within this book you get more invested in the characters that you have grown used to – dare I say love? – and being given more knowledge about them.  Within a loosely based drama free life, what was their lives like before a ghost entered their lives, before well Chameleon Moon took off?

I am glad that Jack – the 4 year old son of Danae, Rose and Evelyn – was given a bit more depth in this book though, and his mama’s had more interaction with him here.  I foresee him becoming an important character in some way in later novels.  Also Jenny Strings has more depth than before, she’s not just a ‘strange’ girl, who just floats around the Emerald Bar, she is seen in this  as being caring, friendly and supportive; although seen in the main book, wasn’t as obvious, but that was probably the point.

Do prepare yourself though, although Sylver write books of hope, posi-vibes, this book – and the other books they have out – there is very real situations here that could make the feels hurt.  I am focusing more on the last story, which appears to be undecided on whether it will be canon or not.  My feels were tender and I wanted to know what happened because fave character of the book is there and I have needs in regards to them.

So if you are on the fence in regards to Chameleon Moon Volume 1 and are swaying on whether to invest your soul feelings into it, Life in Parole is probably the best place to start.


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