- File Size: 1366 KB
- Print Length: 337 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1493786458
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H7QLK8G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
97: The Warlochs' Pact (Rise of the Battle Bred Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Holt deftly spins parallel tales and brings them together nicely. Remembering that its intended audience consists of young adults and those younger, the writing is on target and well-crafted, while the main characters, Jane and William, are well-drawn and likable. You will want to follow them into the next book. The ending, in fact, will almost command you to pick up the next book in the series, '98.'
There are some loose ends you may prefer to be tied up, but I believe that will happen in the next installment of the series.
Overall, it's a great book and it's obvious that Vicky cares about her readers as she doesn't take sentences off, so-to-speak. As with the other book I've read by this author -- 'Happily Ever Kissed' -- care was taken to craft the exact right wording to maximize the reader's enjoyment of the book.
Paranormal fans will certainly find plenty to like here and young adults will find it very relatable. Well-done. I definitely recommend this book and this author.
My only real complaint is the way the POV switches toward the end. It was a little confusing trying to keep up with where we were and who we were with. It was labeled in some spots, and those were a fine transition, but at some point they were no longer labeled and it took me a minute to figure out where we were and what was going on.
That's literally my only complaint. That and that it ended! But, I have 98 downloaded and am ready to jump into it now. Seriously. Such a great book!
I'm a bit of a stranger to the YA genre, but I enjoy modern fantasy, Shadowrun kind of stuff (though this isn't even close to that) and this book smacks (to me) of the kind of fantastical, modern day fantasy I've seen from Neil Gaiman though less dark and folkloreish. It's a good story, and I look forward to reading "98" and "99" of this series.
The main characters of Jane and William are sweet and believable, sort of. I say "sort of" because William is a warrior, but doesn't seem to have the mindset of one. He's likable and sympathetic, but that warrior machismo is missing there. I have been trained by some pretty hardened veterans, and William, though a hardened combat veteran, doesn't really carry himself like one, and though that may be a female YA reader's ideal protagonist, it rubbed me wrong, and didn't ring true. His father on the other hand... I admit it wasn't enough of a discrepancy to make me put the book down. I truly am rooting for him.
Jane and her friends and family are all relate-able, likable and sympathetic. The author, while missing the warrior mindset a little, hits the bulls eye on the adolescent mindset. There's no doubt that the author has been there and done that, and I had no trouble buying into the character of Jane.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this story, liked the premise, the setting and the characters, this book loses a star though the writing. Mrs. Holt jumps from first to third person narrative, from past backstory to present day in an effort to give her story and its characters some history and mythology. I appreciate that, but the way it was executed, to me, hurt the story's rhythm. Every time it did that, I put the book down for a while. It doesn't help that I f(beep)king hate the first person narrative, but I think Mrs. Holt should have kept the narrative style one way. Again, that's just me.
Also, it's fine that these characters, high school students, don't come near using any expletives and curse words. But the replacement of expletives: "darn", "heck", "dangit" etc... That makes me put the Kindle down, facepalm and SMH. To me if a character doesn't swear, great, she doesn't swear. If you replace expletives with more innocent words too often, it gets stale pretty fast, and that happens here. A character can use clean language without replacing the dirty words with a bunch of cornpone, that's all I'm saying. What I mean is make them avoid the word or any reference to the word. Don't make her say "fudge" too much when she and everybody else knows that she means the other thing. Again, that's just me.
The Kindle version ('cause that's what I read) is well formatted and a clean file, good for Kindle. There no grammar errors, or misspellings that I picked up, but there are certain things as a reader I know no editor worth his or her salt would allow. If the author used an editor for this, she should look for a new one, though I'm convinced that this story, while well told, was not given to an editor--another reason it lost a star.
Don't let ANY of this dissuade you from buying the book. If you're into cute YA romances and magic, and fantasy. V.L. Holt delivers it. It's an original, well told and sweet magical romance, with danger and darkness, and well worth a few dollars and hours. I have already ordered the next two, and I look forward to finishing the trilogy. I am highly satisfied with this read. :)
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