- File Size: 1495 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981769004
- Publisher: NewPub Binding (August 1, 2004)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2004
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003L202M0
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Color Me Grey: Book One of The Alexis Stanton Chronicles Kindle Edition
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This book set out to be a lightly romantic bit of escapism, but the flaws are just too numerous.
The main character, Alex, starts off this narrated novel attempting to convince us that she is the absolute perfection she believes herself to be. She is 24, still lives at her parents' estate and just quits her job with nothing more than a phone in. In the first chapter she writes, 'when I was little, I asked why I could not go to school with other kids. Her dad tells her, "most of the teachers out there aren't as smart as you. You can't learn much from a dumb teacher." I found that he was pretty much right.' I think teachers reading this might find that insulting. And I also started to believe that was clearly her opinion, when I frequently read lines such as, 'Her and Mom both found it funny' or 'Both Mr. Black and myself gave him a nod. ' I'm sure the teachers started to smile at reading, 'He was a bad guy. He was a real bad guy.' And by the end must have been laughing and giving each other high fives at all the sappy writing such as 'Gabriella had a way of reading me and knowing just what to say to get a reaction out of me. I suppose it was because she was a woman and could understand the things that went through our heads.' Her father hired a special forces instructor to teach her how to infiltrate and take over a small country. Only a small one? How humble.
The contradictions the author gives us are also annoying. Alex waxes on about her inability to lie convincingly, that she could never play poker because she is either smiling or looking mad, unable to hide her emotions. But the first time she plays with Mr. Black and Mr. Brown she wins. Huh? She arrogantly asserts that independence has always been her middle name. Later on, she boldly states she plans to mooch as much off her parents as they will allow for as long as she can. That's hardly independent.
The absurdities were harder to take. A special forces-type operation that would put an add in the paper for applications, especially without even describing the position? As a nurse, the whole phenobarbital injection scenario was ridiculous. Never mind that the author uses syringe and needle rather interchangeably, she would have you believe that each character only has to stab his victim and get immediate results. Only once was the plunger activated. The same syringe was used three separate times without ever having refilled it. Just how big was this syringe?! She implies that if you use more someone will only sleep longer. They will never just die. The way the doctor treated her bullet removal made me cringe (I don't need to analyze that, do I?) Her statement "I think the endorphins had started to filter out of my system" made me laugh. The pill which didn't make her feel at all weird, took all of her pain away completely and would only make her sleepy after it started to wear off in about eight hours hasn't been invented yet. Trust me, the guy to develop it will be a very rich man. Finally, one would only need to look at a fish hook, see how it is designed to realize how impossible it would be to use it to stitch a wound, not that taking stitches was even appropriate anyway..oh, never mind. Add in the ability of a petite 115 pound female with no developed muscle (per the author) to lift a woman over her head; the misconception of being able to function in spite of consuming intoxicating amounts of alcohol; the list goes on.
On top of this, the writing is sophomoric at best. After finishing, I still didn't have a clear picture of who Mr. White, Mr. Black --Brown, Green, Red, Blue -- were as individuals not even what they looked like, other than they were all apparently good looking. I read to the end, because I got a few glimpses, at times, of what I thought would get better. It just didn't go anywhere. I actually started feeling sleepy while reading the final event that should have been on the edge exciting, but was boring. It was confusing to picture, from her description, what exactly Alex was doing or what she could see, almost as if watching a movie on tv with poor reception. The 3 stars are for premise, a really good plot idea that if developed with some writing skill (not to mention a little research into areas for which the writer is not remotely knowledgeable) this could be a great read. I've never before given any writer that much credit for just an idea. Like firsts of a series, this one was free. I'm not sure whether to believe the reviewers who say the second is better or those who say it's another sixth grader attempt at an adult idea. I'd have to pay to find out. And that might be a really bad idea.
Did you notice that I didn't say real bad...? :)