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Eh. Just, eh.,
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This review is from: A Haunting at Hensley Hall (A Ravynne Sisters Paranormal Mystery Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I remember really loving the synopsis of this book; haunted house stories have always been among my favorite to read. I had a sample delivered to my Kindle and was intrigued enough to want to read more, so I bought the whole book. First, what I liked:
-- The fact that this was supposed to be a haunted house story
Now, what I didn't like:
-- The dialogue between characters, which was often idiotic, pedantic and/or unrealistic
-- The weak and "clingy" nature of Meg, who's SUPPOSED to be an adult, and the overbearing and possessive nature of Charlie; this would have been grating even in secondary characters, but the fact that they're main characters makes it that much harder to swallow (unless, of course, the author is deliberately trying for one of those "enabler" type codependent relationships, in which case, I guess their personalities are spot-on)
-- ANY of the characters; it's hard to take an interest in people you don't even like, no?
-- The incomplete. Sentences.
-- The! overuse! of! exclamation! points (or are the characters SUPPOSED to be screaming at each other constantly?)
-- The overall lack of editing
-- The ending, which was corny, corny, corny...like something one would read in a children's book
A note about editing: I'm willing to give leeway in the editing department if the characters are well-developed and the story solid, but in this case, unfortunately.... It definitely had potential (the only reason I gave it two stars and not one), but I'm sorry to say that it just fell flat; I kept waiting for it to "take off," but it never really did.
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Initial post: Aug 24, 2013 8:49:36 AM PDT
Kristina M. Kaetzer says:
I agree with the comments about the quality of the book (Kindle version). There were spelling and punctuation "errors". I've never seen so many 'misused' quotation marks in a novel. This doesn't count the ones surrounding something being said by a character. It's very distracting. I don't usually give up on a book, but this is one of those times. Note: If the author is Canadian or British, I can forgive the period outside the quotation marks.
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