- Series: Leech (Book 1)
- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481939904
- ISBN-13: 978-1481939904
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 163 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The premise of your story is a good one, and the start of the book was written fairly well, but it deteriorates into a second draft feel of writing. There is much repetition, of words and the same idea in following sentences, there are plot holes and actions which do not fit the characters.
If you paid for an editor then don't use that editor again, if you didn't maybe it would be an idea, this could be a great story.
I do not know what the obsession is with nakedness, but sometimes being subtle is more powerful.
You tell the reader much rather than showing. There are some good books on these issues- Marcey Kennedy's series for example.
You use words such as get and stuff and words ending in 'ly'- the reader deserves better than this.
Read it aloud to yourself and I am sure you will find many of these errors. I am guessing this is your first book and self published. My first one was cringe-worthy too, I have removed mine until I have time to revisit it with new knowledge from online courses and writers conferences, but the paperback remains available as second hand, which is annoying, but we all make mistakes. Many well known writers say you have to discard the first few books you write before producing ones worthy of being published. The path of a writer is a long one. Good luck and continue to enjoy your writing journey.
Buried inside this post-apocalyptic adventure fantasy is indeed a classic YA LGBT novel, but I hardly noticed. Right from the start we know that something’s off, because the birth and infancy of Caleo Anima, a boy so pale that he’s meanly referred to as “albino boy” by the jocks who bully him, are anything but normal. As a result, Caleo is being raised by is grandmother (whose name is never given), along with his best friends Jack and Jillian Barely, who were orphaned in their early teens. They have a good life, helping Grandmother run her bed and breakfast, with the usual teenage drama. Jack is a star swimmer and Jillian is gorgeous. Caleo is sad because Jack doesn’t defend him or stick up for him as much as he might. Jillian’s boyfriend Mike is Caleo’s chief tormentor.
But all of this becomes moot when a mysterious man called Steve Roberts appears at the inn, and suddenly the kids’ world is turned on its head. Caleo is not a normal boy—and it has nothing to do with the fact that he’s gay. He finds that he is something called a Leech—a human with special powers that are fueled by draining energy from others. The world of the Leeches is deeply factionalized and in turmoil, but has been hidden from the normal human world until now. Caleo, it seems, is something special, and his very existence triggers an internecine war within the Leeches, and unleashes a global war against the human race.
My biggest problem with the book is the whole apocalyptic war, which is not very well framed and doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. It mostly happens at a distance, and all of the action focuses on Caleo and his family trying to survive the local aftermath of the Leeches’ attack. As Caleo begins to discover the extent of his powers, he is guided and guarded by a muscle-bound blind man named Nolan, the brother of the mysterious Steve Roberts.
I just tried to focus on the foreground story with Nolan and the teenagers. By the end, I was fairly well hooked, and very much anxious to learn what happens to all of these young people in the next book. There is much of “X-Men” lurking in the background premise, but not in the style of the narrative. This is unlike any YA/LGBT book I’ve read, and the fact that James Crawford has kept the language and action fairly straightforward is what saves it. The writing is not elegant, but it is good enough, and Crawford maintains the tone and watches his grammar. I’m looking forward to book two.
But overall a very fun read and I'd like to read more about Caleo. The second book takes up with Jack, though, which is another thing I'm not a big fan of. I like character viewpoint continuity, but maybe that's just me.