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Top Customer Reviews
by Pamela E Cash
Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
In the interests of openness and honesty, I would like to state that the book was gifted to me in return for an honest review.
Writing Style - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
This is a strong, enjoyable narrative work with nicely balanced dialogue and a well defined style.
This feels like a YA Fiction, though the writing does lend itself to younger readers and I have to say, I enjoyed the read. I should also point out that younger readers will be faced with several scenes of very graphic violence and a few deaths, so parents should take note that this is not aimed at children, despite the cover and writing style.
Character Development - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
I very much liked the characters. All of them worked well and developed nicely throughout the story. There were shades of "Heroes" in parts of the sub-plots, but these were very individual and nicely written into the overall plot line.
Chausiku's sudden abilities were nicely approached, and it made her into a far more rounded character as she learned and adapted.
I did feel that the father character needed a little more than just emotional content. Although his development was entirely understandable based upon the plot revolving around him, he never really struck me as a `father' character, and certainly not the father of a teenage girl.
Descriptive - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
The environments and locations were given in vivid detail. The descriptive remained consistently good throughout and the author made good use of an existing knowledge of the real areas she described.Read more ›
There is a good concept here. But the lack of writing skills by the author makes reading this story a chore. I slogged through hoping for an interesting denouement, but the only unpredictable part was the cold cruelty of the fight scene.
A heavy rewrite with the help of a good copyeditor might make this a good read. But as it stands, it is not worth the time and effort required.
This is the story of a motherless teen-age girl, Chausiku (Chassie), who discovers a family history of magic and power. Much of the plot points depend on the story of Chausiku's mother. Rather than chapters relating past events, the backstory is presented as memories narrated by characters. But these narrations ignore who the narrator is, often to the point that the narrator calls himself by name. In fact, the whole story is unrelentingly expository. As another reviewer noted, the author seems unaware of the existence of pronouns. Often every character present is named when a simple "they" would have kept the flow of the story going. There are also too many passages spent explaining things that are irrelevant to the story, like the geography of streets and landmarks.
What little dialogue there is does not reflect the speaker's personality. The author sometimes has the teens use contemporary phrases, but that does nothing to distinguish the speaker. And none of the dialogue advances the plot or enhances the reader's understanding of the situation..
Grammar errors popped up all over. Some could be considered typographical errors. But many were bad enough to be distracting and confusing. For example, "Kate walked to the door and watched them drive out of the garage through the screen door.Read more ›
I loved how the author left the book hanging on suspense leaving us begging for more and also leaving the door open for a sequel. I hope!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I chose 5 stars because I feel as if this book was very detailed and I personally loved it. I would recommend you to read this book you would love it like I did. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting spin on supernatural powers. Good YAL, high-interest book. Writing could be more refined.Published 10 months ago by Chris B.
Exciting plot. Worth reading, but the numerous typos and grammatical errors detracted from my enjoyment. It badly needed a better proof reader.Published 13 months ago by Rosalie
Over many years things changed yet in ways remained the same. Enjoy this coming of age book and look forward to the next.Published 14 months ago by Betty
This author is very talented and has great ideas, but in the end I couldn't bring myself to finish.
This is an author to keep an eye on, but this book was... Read more
The writing did this story in for me. There might have been a good story underneath the poor writing - terrible grammar, odd word-usage, idiosyncratic spelling (and use of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tea Oli
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