Linda Pohring lives in Southern California with her hubby, and two cats, Princess Popeye and Pee Wee. She is currently working on her next book of the Oddily Series titled: MAXIM -A New Kind of Human For more information go to: lindapohring.weebly.com
I'm a California girl who used to dream of dressing up in twirling skirts. I used to dream of meeting prince charming and living happily ever after. Did I abandoned my desires when I grew up? No way! Only now I consider myself a dreamer who loves to write.
Most people have had an experience or two with bullying. However, Oddily finds herself on the never-ending receiving line of her foster sister's angst and harassment. No, that is not right! She is not being harassed...she is being battered and abused. "Oddily" is an incredible story from start to finish about how someone who is meek and kind finds happiness where she least expects it.
There are no werewolves, vampires, pixies or witches but the villains are horrific and I wanted to jump into my Kindle and batter them with my fists. Oddily, the protagonist is sweet, unassuming and makes you feel empathy for all she has endured in her short 18 years. I just loved the hero in this story, an unusual boy by the name of Maxim. He was endearing and sweet.
There was something a little old fashion in the telling of this tale and I just loved it. Yes, at times, this is somewhat of a fairy tale but I must admit, I am a sucker for a story where the good guys come out on top. This was my first exposure to the writings of Linda Pohring and I must say that I was quite impressed. She knows how to weave a great tale and pull the reader right into her world. Don't even hesitate in downloading this book. It truly is a great read.
what an interesting character Oddily is! i got picked on in high school too and even had my journal stolen and the pages passed around by the popular kids so i could really relate. Oddily is so unusual in her naivete yet her hope that she will be accepted despite all the evidence to the contrary rings true. i found that after awhile it was easier to suspend reality if i thought of the book as more of a fantasy fairy tale rather than an attempt to show real life.
i was disappointed with the abrupt ending. it feels like this is as far as the author got and decided to publish even tho she hadnt finished the book.
I'm not normally picky about editing errors but things like using the word "continence" instead of "countenance" and "shuttering" instead of "shuddering" distracted me from the story and reflects badly on the author who otherwise has a good story to tell.
I was drawn in from the very beginning tho and with some more experience and editing help i think the author has a lot to offer. As one of the other reviewers commented, a diamond in the rough!
I think this author writes well and could write a great book. Maybe I'm too old for this one? It seems to be a book where the picked on kid/nerd/loner type gets revenge via a book. The character oddily just grated on my nerves so bad. You might start feeling bad at first for her but she's such a pathetic character that sympathy gives way to annoyance! I think that a 4th grader might enjoy this or relate? I hate writing anything that would make someone feel bad, and aside from the weak unbelievable characters, the sometimes strange dialogue (18 year olds don't say things like "what information do you seek?"), breading should have been breeding, etc- the WRITING was actually ok and intelligent. It's just the plot and characters were off. Oddily was borderline insane at times and it's no wonder she got picked on. Towards the end it gets desperate where her tormenters now get tormented- the ultimate f you but executed in such a way that it doesn't feel realistic, more like someone's angry with their high school experience and wouldn't it be great to get back at them passive aggressively via fiction?! I think I've had enough of the oddily saga but would try future books from this author as I think she does have a solid grasp for writing, with better plots and characters it could be stellar. I used to wonder who writes the reviews when there are only like 4 and they're all 5 stars- this is the first time I've accepted that from now on I won't trust them until there's at least 20! I think this book was 3$, which was 2 too much.
Oddily was a very rare find, everything about this story was so fresh and new for me. I fell in love with the authors humor as well as her writing style. I sat down and read the whole book in 1 day and it kept my interest from the start. I'm very pleased to have came across this book, really its a diamond in the ruff.
Oddily has been from foster home to foster until she ends up with one family that actually keeps her. The only bad thing is that they have a daughter, Starla, who makes it her life's mission to hurt Oddily. Oddily takes it all with silence. That is until Maxim shows up. He is strange, smart, and beautiful-everything Oddily know she can't have. Or can she. Maybe he will be the one to get Oddily out of her shell. But nothing is that simple when Maxim is hiding a secret. Will he tell Oddily or will he walk away?
It's time for Oddily to take charge.
I don't know whether to give this book a 2.5 or a 3. I liked it well enough. I thought this book was going to be awesome because I've been dying to read it since I read an excerpt. I probably didn't like it much because Oddily was always putting herself down and not standing up for herself. The writing itself was alright, but there was certain times when I thought about not finishing the book. The reason I did finish was because I wanted to know what happens. Also, everything didn't feel believable to me. I mean a whole school is not going to be after one girl, am I right. And the deal with the sister and brother...well I feel like the author just put that in there to give the book some flare.
Overall, I liked it, but it was severely lacking in certain areas. I would recommend that you check this out at the library before you buy it.
Oddily- I don't know whether to feel sorry for her or to berate her. During the entire book, she let's people run over her. She is always telling herself she is ugly because that's what she's always been told. Frankly, I just got tired of it all. She was just so gullible and leaning towards stupid. I mean really.Read more ›