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Courting the Darkness Paperback – June 1, 2011
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Not sure if I'll read another book by this author. Perhaps if the next book is free I'll try the sample and see. I do believe in second chances.
The conversations were stilted and felt like something I had read before (only much better in the original version). The heroine was useless. The guys were 1 dimensional. The proof reading was horrible. I think the only thing used was spell check. Words were spelled correctly but they were the wrong words for the sentences. It was like whoever spell checked it just hit ok to the word without checking its context to the story.
I gave up. I think self publishing is great, but please if you are going to that effort have someone proof your book. Maybe some people can get past these errors, I personally am happy to overlook a few, but when it gets to the point where I feel have to re-read to see what they meant b/c it was said wrong, that is just wrong. I read to escape not feel like I should be proof reading some kids homework.
While the storyline was cute and the characters likeable, the writing itself was just....not good. The author overused certain words and phrases like "inky darkness" and "easing" and "fur ball" and there were some typos in the book. The character development is probably the biggest problem I had with the book. Aside from the book's cover not matching the physical descriptions of the characters themselves, I found the main players in this book to be one-dimensional and just unrealistic. I really don't think a 125 yr old woman would be so weak and afraid, crying all the time and acting helpless, (and then at the end becomes brave and powerful thanks to spells - wow have those spells been her whole life?) or that a 300 yr old vampire would speak so immaturely. Then there was Caleb, 300+ yrs old acting like a horned-up teen. The ending was anti-climactic and predictable.
I gave this book 3 stars because the idea was original and creative and the love scenes were done well.
After making a deal with a man she fears, Desiree is kidnapped and on the run. Trying to escape from a powerful group of people who still believe witches should be tortured and burned at the stake. Her rescuers are not much better. Sent to find her and bring her back to New Orleans by a powerful vampire they need to bring her back quickly so they don't incur the wrath of her temporary ally and employer. But getting back to New Orleans is not as easy as they thought. It will take skill and cunning to leave the witch hunters behind. It will also take discipline not to fall in love.
The story line was interesting, the characters had potential and the locales were colorful.
But, and this is a big one, there are so many spelling errors, grammatical mistakes and incorrect metaphors and similies I was ready to throw my Kindle in frustration. Please authors, spell check is not enough. There are some really good programs online that do so much more if you cannot or will not hire an editor. Online publishing doesn't excuse for poor editing.
I liked the story. I wanted to immerse myself in it and enjoy the plot and the characters but the errors made it jarring and uneven. Hopefully the author will have a better sense of editing in her next attempt because I think she has talent as a storyteller.
Karen Bryant Doering,
Parent's Little Black Book