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Interesting idea, desperately needs better editing
on October 4, 2013
Book Info: Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: People with a high tolerance for bad editing
Trigger Warnings: murder, violence, assault on women, rape, prostitution
My Thoughts: Okay, wow, where to start? Well, this is a really neat idea. Who hasn't considered ideas of evil twins in an alternate dimension, or going through the mirror into a dark world? But it's sadly lacking in many ways, including Grammar 101. There are multiple places where "lied" is used instead of "lay" (seriously?? Yes, seriously), "vile" (as in disgusting) is used almost every single time when it should have been "vial" (a small container), as well as "beat" for "beet" and "site" for "sight". And "shined". Ugh, that is my biggest pet peeve. Whomever started using "shined" instead of "shone" needs to be beaten with a stick, because now everyone is doing it, including this writer and it's just wrong. It drives me crazy! There are also places where a good content editor would have made a world of difference.
Additionally, I was bothered by the fact that Hayley is consistently referred to as "he"; when a transsexual or transvestite is in drag, presenting themselves as a woman, it is considered polite to refer to them as "she", and that should have been done in this book.
It's distressing that something this poorly done has come from an actual publisher, albeit a small press publisher. I've seen better edited books from self-published and Indie authors. I really wanted to like this story, but in the end of the day, the bad editing made it impossible to rate this any higher. I ended up rating it at three only because I am sort of curious as to where things will go from here, and I did mostly like the characters. However, you need to have a very high tolerance for bad editing in order to fully enjoy this book.
Disclosure: I received an e-book copy of this book from Great Minds Think Aloud (the publisher) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: On the other side of the mirror, lies a horrific world where each of us has an image, our violent replica, capable of fulfilling our darkest desires, and only released into our world when we're unable to follow through with an evil deed. Gabe Cutter, an average paper pusher, has his life ripped out from under him when his image switches places with him, hell bent on destroying the life Gabe knows, and killing his cheating fiancée. Now, stuck on the other side of the mirror, Gabe must join together with a band of stranded survivors and find a way to get back to his world before his image destroys it. Along the way he battles his way through maniacs, monsters, and ultimately his own heart, as he realizes that the woman he's been trying to save... wasn't worth the price of admission.