Latest review of my satire novel, SUNSTRUCK

It’s always so thrilling to read a review by somebody who TOTALLY got my book…

Here’s the latest review of my satire novel, Sunstruck. I’ll have a smile on my face the rest of the week. 🙂


Reviewed by Melissa Jackson, Living the Thrifty Life
I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Sunstruck by Mayra Calvani!  Please read on . . .

I love to read, and Sunstruck was great!  I read its entirety in one sitting, because I couldn’t put it down.
What I really liked about the book is the complexity of the conflicts.  It leaves enough room for the audience to wonder what happens next, but I was satisfied with the information it provided at the end.
This was probably the most interesting piece of fiction I’ve ever read.  I think I really liked it, because the main character, Daniella, reminded me a lot of myself.
Here is my interpretation of Sunstruck: (I promise I won’t spoil it!)
Daniella is a girl who has been through a few rough patches in life, and she always seems to date the ‘losers’. (AKA people who have a dream that really aren’t making it.)  She tries to make the best of it, but she knows in her heart that there should be more to her life.  The only two things consistent in her life is her cat, Commando and her mother, Marcela.
At 24, Daniella has been through a divorce, and is living with a guy she really doesn’t like named Tony.  Tony cares more about trying to become famous, and his drugs.
There are some odd characters presented in this story, which made it really interesting.  Everything that Daniella sees is not really what it is.  To me, there was a lot of symbolism in this book, mostly dealing with two-sided everything.  People who seem real, really aren’t.  Commando’s eyes were two different colors, characters were caught in making two decisions, etc.
I really liked how the story subtly described everybody’s way to try to find themselves:
  • Tony: tried to make the life of a famous painter, with his weird-o art.
  • Daniella: always knew there was more to her life than she was living.
  • Ismael: went from a nobody to a somebody really quickly, and was greedy and wanted more.
  • Lady Dracula: wants everlasting youth, and will go through drastic measures to ensure it is hers.
  • Marcela: lonely, tries to find her way in this world.  Feminist in disguise.
  • Mari Carmen: knows what she wants, but can’t exactly make up her own mind.
  • Zorro: The X character who puts life and threat into San Juan.
  • Commando: an imported cat who provided Daniella with stability and faith.
There are so many secrets to uncover.  You will have to read the book to find out!
If I was to describe Sunstruck in 3 words:
  1. Twisted (only book I haven’t been able to guess the ending!)
  2. Intriguing (I couldn’t put it down!)
  3. Personal (It truly hit home with me, and portrayed feelings that I consider my own!)
I would highly recommend reading Sunstruck. It will make you laugh, cry, and relate to the conflicts.  I truly love the story, and already have 3 of my closest friends interested in reading it.  (They are waiting in line!)

You can buy the book on Amazon HERE, in print or on the Kindle.

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4 comments on “Latest review of my satire novel, SUNSTRUCK

  1. avomnia says:

    Now that’s a great review! I hope I get to read this soon. Sounds like a good thinkers’ novel. ~J.W. Nicklaus

  2. Michelle Vasquez says:

    I’m not reading the review because I don’t want to spoil anything yet. I’m going to be reading it soon myself and I’m looking forward to it! 🙂

    Michelle V

  3. ccgevry says:

    Great review, Mayra. This is a wonderful book. I enjoyed it. Best of luck.


  4. April says:

    Wonderful review! I have this book in my TBR pile and am so anxious to get to it.

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