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Amy Maxwell & the 7 Deadly Sins (Amy Maxwell Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00U9STB1W
- Publication date : April 10, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 437 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 150858902X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #688,767 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Unfortunately, Amy Maxwell met many of the qualities for which I dislike much "chick lit": she is a total doormat. Everyone treats her badly- husband, sister, kids- and she sucks it up and tries ever-harder to meet their ridiculous standards, when there isn't a chance; if she came close, they'd move the goalposts. And does she ever, EVER stand up for herself? Of course not. She accepts that everything her sister says to her will include an insult; she accepts that her husband is too lazy to even find his own pants, let alone parent their FOUR kids, AND is only affectionate at all to her when he wants sex. The kids are awful, but mostly in age-appropriate ways rather than out of nastiness.
With all this, Amy has no life of her own. And when she tries to return to college, everyone doubles up on her.
I just could not find this funny. It's too sad.
The mystery was eventful but contrived. The end result, after she more or less saves the day, mostly by accident- means that her husband treated her decently for a bit less than a week, and her sister showered her with gifts but kept up the negging. Again, sad.
Also- whether it's Balog or her editors- the writing regularly used the wrong words. Interest was "peaked" not "piqued"; breath was regularly "baited" not "bated", etc. Common enough online, but not exactly professional in an actual published book, in my opinion.
If you like this sort of thing, it's fine if you do not read deeper than the surface.
Top reviews from other countries
Amy Maxwell has decided that trying to corral her 4 kids just isn't challenge enough and now she is going back to College to study Criminal Justice. The only problem is her organisational skills really aren't up to it. Not only that but she is a magnet for trouble and this time around it is not her snooping that lands her in hot water but it is all the fault of her "perfect" older sister.
I found the first book to be witty and rather charming. Amy's home life may have been chaotic but her heart was clearly in the right place and she was more or less winning at the motherhood thing. This time around I simply found her infuriating and wanted nothing more than to give her a good slap, which was a huge disappointment as I was looking forward to a fun read with a bit of a thriller thrown in. Whilst I "get it" that juggling being a mother of 4 has it's own unique set of challenges Amy's consistent failure to produce anything resembling a life of her own away from the family slave is frustrating and pretty unrealistic. The supposed thriller aspect of the tale is not well planned out and pretty fantastical if I'm being honest.
The writing - despite the plot gaps and personal annoyances - is actually pretty good. Amy has a strong voice and works well as our narrator. The tale jogs along at a rapid pace and it is the writing alone that kept me turning the pages as there is a fair amount of dark humour seeded through the book. My real problem was not with the unreality of the various situations that Amy finds herself in but with the character development from the first book - if anything Amy has gone backwards not forwards. This is a shame as Heather Balog can Write.
Not a bad book really but leave the series after Book One.
I know this is exaggerated for comic effect - but when you read what I've written above - does it sound like something to laugh about? I think we're supposed to love Amy as a "trying hard but has a chaotic life" sort of bumble along mother. Unfortunately I just see a doormat who seems to have no rapport with her kids, a husband that seems to think he's a 5th child and a very odd desire to suddenly go back to college and get into law enforcement. I'm feeling irritation towards her, rather than affection, I'm afraid. She can't cope with the life she has and then decides to add further education as well?
Now that I've vented - Heather is a reasonably good writer. She has an amusing turn of phrase and there is def an audience for this type of chic-lit / reality mummy type book. Unfortunately - although I can sometimes happily read chic-lit or even YA - I'm the wrong audience for this one. Sorry.