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Vardin Village [Kindle Edition]

Maggie Spence
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sixteen-year-old, George Vardin, lives in a crappy, ramshackle cottage with no electricity and a roof that’s about to implode. The creaky front porch overlooks the magnificent ancestral mansion that his father lost because of his drug abuse. George is not sure which is more breathtaking; the view or the irony.

George’s life is about to suck even more because school starts next week and he can’t scrape up enough money to pay his cell phone bill let alone the fee to play varsity football. Uncle Morris shows up and offers a creative solution to keep George and his sister together under one roof. It’s a much larger, less leaky roof, with a breathtaking view of the crappy, ramshackle cottage. Crafty Morris reveals a secret tunnel that leads to the mansion and consequently some Vardin family secrets that will make junior year unforgettable.

Product Details

  • File Size: 735 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494851199
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 79 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Swayed reviews July 15, 2014
By Kris
I received a copy over at and was highly unimpressed with the writing and storyline. Although the grammar is decent for a self-published author, the writing is choppy and lacking plot and character development. I don't typically write book reviews on here but I am shocked to see so many positive reviews this has gotten. Clearly something is amiss as only a couple of these positive reviewers have reviewed another book aside from Ms. Spence's.
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50 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No, Just No. July 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of Vardin Village from authonomy

I found myself unable to read any further than half way through chapter three. The story was so flat it was like reading a phone book, add to that the incident with the tractor, they laughed at almost running over Matts head. Really? This is funny? This is the kind of material that's suitable for a Teen & Young Adult novel that is written like it's aimed at much younger children, and may as a result end up in impressionable hands?

When I was still in school, I had the unfortunate experience of seeing a friend fall under a bus, the wheel actually did run over their head. To this day I will never forget that sound, nor can I wipe from my memory watching them fall and not being able to grab them to stop them. There is nothing funny about a tractor almost running over a childs head, nor is it suitable for a story that may end up in impressionable hands. Is this what we want our children to learn? To laugh when another child has been put in a dangerous position that could have potentially killed them?

I would say more but to be honest the story was so flat and after the tractor incident I really had to force myself to read as much as I did.

I would not recommend this as suitable reading for any child, it's not ok to laugh when someones life is put in danger.
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48 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It Takes More Than A Village To Make A Good Book July 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
When I read the excerpt on Amazon I thought Village might be an interesting if not all that well written a book but as I read past the excerpt I realized how poorly written it really was. I have called it derivative and I still hold that opinion. Derivative is not the end of the world if there is a writer of sufficient ability writing the story but that is not the case here.

On its surface Village would seem to have a lot going for it- a heart-warming story of a diverse group of small town adults coming together to provide a home and security for the main character, George, and his little sister. I love these stories but they only work if the characters work. The characters don't work here.

The characters are for the most part clumsily drawn, Eleanore is an almost silent cipher more of a prop for George's story than a sympathetic little girl, Archie is a buffoon whose speech is so badly written that it has to be a deliberate choice of the author, and then there are the village villains- so over the top, especially Waverly the Beauty Queen, that even a 5 yr old would be rolling their eyes. There is no subtlety, no nuance, even the "good" characters aren't very likeable because there is no passion in their actions, George feels more like a device to help the story along rather than the central character that the story should be about. It is all tell not show.

I understood that this was supposed to be a YA book but it is only YA in parts, some parts seem like the writing is more suited for younger children but not all of it and some parts seem written for a slightly older age group.

The writing was at times rather clunky or confusing or just wrong, "George sobbed into arms on the big table", ""The old Vardin High School," George exclaimed.
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47 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I read it despite warnings and regret it July 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I first saw this on a Listopia Summer Reads list at Goodreads and decided to read it with my new Kindle Unlimited subscription despite warnings that it was terrible. Those warnings were proven correct not far into the book. The writing was amateurish and more suitable for middle-grade than YA.

The ending was particularly bad. There are cliché endings that can work and there are cliché endings that are hideous no matter who writes them. Vardin Village is an example of a cliché ending written by a terrible author.

In an eye-rolling scene, George, Morris and their Open Casting Call group of friends find George's grandfather's will in a super sekret hiding place and guess what? George's evil uncle, who had claimed the Vardin Village estate and the fortune was a Sneaky Lying Liar and it was really George who inherited with the condition that Morris oversee his inheritance until he turned eighteen. Shocking. And the Open Casting Call of friends all moved in and they lived happily ever after.

End Scene with an eye roll. Pass on this one. Seriously.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adults should read first January 18, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
O, where to begin. It was a super story that my kids enjoyed. It can be read to all ages but ONLY if you as an adult have read it first and take out all the bad words and nasty scenes. I do believe the author spent a bit of time trying to make the book sound more hip and up to date by including Facebook etc. However if your going to put this in the hands of children of all ages it would have been best to write it that way. I still have no idea why the word bush was used so much to describe things. There where a few poorly typed sentences and grammar issues as well. Like I said I was able to add and delete words to the story beforehand so that is was cleaner and a bit more readable.I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased Amazon review and am posting this disclosure to comply with Amazon's Terms and Conditions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Is what this book DEFINITELY NEEDS

Jusr read the first two three preview pages and see for yourself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BronxFerret
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Vardin Village left me with a big smile on my face at the very end. It takes the reader on a ride throughout the history of the Vardin family but also focuses on the present Vardin... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carla @ BMB
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read
This book by Spence was a warm book about two young children left by their mother who managed to keep things going until they had a whole "village" of people to help. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Robert Ewbank
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW ! Blown away by this book,for all ages, anyone wanting a GREAT...
Out of nowhere I got a request to read a book, I love to read and naturally said yes. I can honestly say this book takes me back to books I used to read as a kid and to my kid,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by T.Vogt 'Kindle Addict'
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Story, Writing Could be Better.
Vardin Village is titled after the Fictional town in which the book is set. It seems to be set somewhere up north around Massachussets, etc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Vardin Village
Vardin Village is the story of George a 16 year old trying to raise hos little sister Eleanor because his Mom is a drunk and his Dad died. Read more
Published 4 months ago by lady g
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it
What can I say. After reading so many negative reviews... all I can say is that I enjoyed the book. It was not an adventurous book full of excitement or freakishly modern day... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chelle
1.0 out of 5 stars Not ready for prime time
The Pros:
I rated this book a one star, because the kindle formatting is stellar, and is worthy of a getting a star just for this. Read more
Published 7 months ago by G: Profoundly shameless
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bad book, and by no definition is it a YA book (there are kids...
For the love of "insert whatever you worship", the author spent much of the book yelling at me in all caps. The coach roared, "GET BACK TO WORK!". Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kelli
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Maggie Spence is an award-winning author. She currently resides in Libertyville, Il, with her husband and three children.

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