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You are a fabulous story teller. Despite all of the spelling and grammar problems, I was drawn into the story from the very first page. I could not put the book down until I had finished it - and turning into a zombie the next day from lack of sleep was no fun!
You definitely have the talent for character and plot development, for making an imaginary world seem so real. PLEASE, PLEASE do the readers and yourself a favorite and find a GREAT EDITOR. Not someone who is going to stroke your ego and then do a half-a*s job - but someone who can help you get to the next level - an editor and beta reader that you can depend on to tell you the nasty truth and not worry about hurting your feelings. Instead of just being a good book - this could have been a GREAT book - easily. Too many people will and are turned off by misspelling and poor grammar usage.
You have the talent and creativity - you just need to present a more professional, polished piece of work.
I loved Lizzy Ford's WAR OF GOD series and was looking for the same level of enjoyment in this series but, alas, that was not to be.
The first part of the book was slow and disjointed. I can understand that because it's written from Mandy's viewpoint and to her the situation that she found herself in was unreal. The author did a fine job of depicting the surreal circumstance that Mandy found herself in. Maybe too good of a job because I found myself too confused and then by the time things became clearer - I no longer cared.
I never really came to care about Mandy - never felt emotional invested in seeing whether or not she got her HEA. While the author did give her some redeeming qualities toward the end - I still felt no connection. Akkadi came off as a jerk. The author tried to make him "Spock" like (logic & duty being all), it just didn't quite get there for me.
It was not an awful book but I had no problem deleting it after making myself finish it. That was my main problem. Usually I consume a book but this one I kept putting it down, picking it back up and only finished it because I kept wishing that it would get better. It did get a little better but not enough for me to want to continue with this series.
I am going to be the odd person out because while the writing was not bad with a lot of errors or poor editing like you find now even with books published by major publishing companies - I found the book boring. I'm a speed reader and usually finish a book in a day or two with a rare three day for a very long novel but I could not keep interest in this book. With this book, I would read for a while, put it down and go to something else and then try and force myself to come back to it. While it wasn't awful - I find that it's also difficult to pin down exactly what it is that I didn't like except that I was never really drawn to the protagonists.
While I love paranormal and Sci-Fi romances, I really could not suspend my belief while reading this book and that is essential for truly enjoying this type of genre. In fact, this was one of the rare ones that I returned for refund because I did not want any recommendations based on my purchase and sure did not want it in my library.
While this book was not a badly written novel it's just fell short in too many areas for me.
It did not have a lot of misspellings or misuse of words.
Since I have been to Queensland Australia, I could easily visualize the town portrayed in the novel since I pass through towns that literally fit the description of Small Town - including the police station. But, if I had not visited Australia and traveled around, I might have had a problem really believing some parts of the novel.
The author was able to inject humor in parts of the novel. I absolutely loved the part about Mr. Sparkles.
The author was very descriptive of the characters and events.
The mystery was handled pretty good.
I did finish the novel.
The novel was a very slow read. While the author did a good job with the development of the town, the characters and the actions - at times, it was so much information about small town living that it bogged down. So much so that I had to force myself to keep reading.
The novel protagonist, Tess Fuller, must have been a descendent of Superwoman as she got beat up or injured so many times but yet could keep on going.
What is really strange is that even though the author fully developed the characters, I was never drawn to really care about Tess. I don't know if it because she was portrayed too much as a "Superwoman", she took too much s*** from others, or maybe because she was the only character that seem to have any sense or logic (I guess part of the Superwoman complex.)
Bottom Line - while the novel was not a page turner and did not hold my interest, it is not a bad novel and if you enjoy reading about small town living with a Super Heroine - then you might enjoy the novel more than I did.
From the other reviews this sounded pretty good for a short scary story but, for me, it missed the mark.
While most of it was the ramblings of the poor victim trying to figure out what was happening - it came off stilted. There just wasn't enough development for me to really care. For me, in order for a story to be scary or erotic - it must pull me in and be believable. Also, the sex scenes at the end just weren't that erotic or scary either.
I could not help but compare this to Nikita King's - Horror Erotica The Merman, now that is one story that will scare you off ever wanting to be on the ocean!
Not because this is a book about Zombies - it's not - but because it will turn you into one when you try to stay up all night to finish it and walk around like a zombie the next day.
I rarely give 5 star ratings - those I reserve for page-turners and ones that I will read over and over again - this deserved it and more.
I downloaded this book because it was a free read and about vampires - nothing to lose - right? Except sleep! It was so good and there is no good stopping place so I ended up staying up way too late trying to finish the darn thing. Then what do I do - I immediately downloaded the next in the series after finally finishing this one. Stayed up late AGAIN and then repeated my same actions until I had read all four books in the series - this series is that good. Now I'm into the next series!
I'm more of a Black Dagger Brotherhood fan with those hip bad boys finding their match but Elizabeth Hunter put a unique spin on her vampires that had me begging for more. She brought each character to life with rich personalities and flaws. Hunter is a gifted author with a way with words that invokes such a clear picture of the characters that she brings to life. The reader can not only picture in their mind the character but also the scene, the actions, feel what the characters are feeling - it's incredible.
I usually do not like a series that deals or follows mainly just one or two protagonists - in fact, if I had realized that the first four books of this series were about just Giovanni and Beatrice - I would not have even given it a try. I now can't get enough of the world created by Hunter. I was drawn into their life and could not and did not want their story to end.
I'm also more into erotica romances with a higher heat level - this has a very slow build up to romance that sweeps you up into their passion for each other.
All I can say is - give this series a try but be forewarned that Zombies are real and you can become one too.
I really did not expect much for a $2.99 novella but since this was to be an introduction to a series I was hoping for something that would entice me to want more of the series - not happening.
The writing is done very well without any major or strange editing problems. Jaide Fox does have a talent for the written word as I have read and enjoyed some of her previous works. I'm just disappointed in that if she intended to introduce a new series, why not put in a little more effort to entice the reader to want to continue with the series.
As stated this novella has a sex-driven plot - which means that sex scenes make up almost all of the novella leaving very little space for character and world development. And that folks was a real shame because it did have a good concept going with what could be a very interesting futuristic world created. The sex scenes are numerous and explicit. The only problem is that I was never drawn to the characters and therefore the scenes came off more mechanical or robotic - more of a sex manual with BDSM overtone that really did nothing for me.
I gave it a 3 because it was not horrible but I save 4 or 5 stars for page-turners or ones that I will be rereading over and over.
While this short novel was not horrible - it came off as a poor copy of G. A. Aiken's Dragon series. I understand that Nicholas tried to give Koishi an attitude and inject humor into the novel at parts - but it really came off lame. Maybe I have been spoiled by Aiken/Larenston who knows how to bring egotistical dragons to life. I think this is the hardest review that I have given because while the novel was not horrible, it's hard to exactly pin point exactly what made it so mediocre.
There were parts that I did find half way funny - while they did invoke a smirk - it was not so funny that I would have embarrass myself laughing out loud in public.
It was not a horrible written piece of work that would have you grinding your teeth or throwing your Kindle against the wall - but it's not a page turner that keeps you glued to it until the last page, either.
There are a couple of erotic scenes - but I was not drawn to them. I never did feel the connection to the characters or feel the heat.
It was a good story but more of a story - a collection of words. The characters and actions were described but I was never drawn into the story itself.
Maybe this is a mediocre review to go along with a mediocre novel. I think maybe the main problem is that the novel came off as more as a general outline of ideas that would have made a great story if it had been expanded - if the actions and characters had been more developed - drawing the reader in more. I know that a lot of readers would not have expected much for $3.99 but I have purchased and read short novels that cost less than that and still were developed enough to draw me in and want to reread it time and time again or purchase the next in the series.
This was on my recommended list for awhile but I had put off buying it because of the negative reviews. I finally got desperate enough for something new to read that I decided to give it a chance. I'm very glad that I did!
For those of you who do not like or care to read Mysteries - past this book by - you will not like it. I was into Mysteries and Paranormal books long before I discovered that there were romance novels that I could actually enjoy. To me, the combination of mystery, paranormal, and romance was just "icing on the cake."
- Singh's writing skills pull you into the world of the Archangel's and their complex society.
- The mystery has enough twists and turns to have you guessing to almost the very end. A couple of times it had me going "Aha - that's who the murderer is!" to only go in a different direction.
- While the romance was not as intense as in the other novels, I still felt the attraction between Jason & Mahiya. They were two injured souls who did not trust in love or attraction. It fit with the background that Singh created.
Why I did not give it a 5
- While this is not my favorite in the series - I still think it is a good addition. It was slower in parts and the romance not as intense as the others in the series.
Bottom line - unless you really hate mysteries, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is into reading this series. It's a great addition to the series and I will keep it to reread one day along with the others.
I have read and enjoyed books by Evanne Lorraine in the past and when this came up on my recommended list - I jumped on it because it really sounded interesting. I should have looked before I jumped - it's bad folks - really, really bad. Do yourself a favor and download a sample first.
First the good - it is short so that you don't waste so much time reading it. Bad because overpriced for the length. The book had a good premise but lacked development. More of an outline without the build up so that I was never pulled into the story.
The evil cyborgs just came off as stupid rather than terrifying. The good Mech warriors seemed more clueless than anything else. Minka hops in bed with the Mechs because they are so hot - believes that they are delusional - but still hot. There is nothing to indicate why she would even consider having sex with them except she's got the craving and they are hot. And then, of course she is in love - with all three.
The ending was more of a WTF moment. I love Sci-Fi or PN romance but even in a Sci-Fi, the author needs to make the actions believable within the context of the world created. That was the major problem, there just was not enough world building or character development.