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Craved (The Gwen Sparks Series Book 1) by [Nelson, Stephanie]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 844 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500654116
  • Publisher: Everdark Publishing (December 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EIQ0M0
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First of all, I wish I had followed my normal pattern and read the reviews before I bought it. If I had, it might have saved me $1.99. That cost is the only reason the book was finished.

That said, let me explain why I disliked it. As others have already mentioned, the grammar and writing style is very poor. Almost something you expect from a young high school student in an early writing class. If you can look beyond the disjointed wording, abrupt changes in tone, quick shifts in perspective and grammar you might be alright.

As for the story itself, well the author bio said she got the idea from looking at halloween decorations and in all honesty I can believe it. The characters were not developed at all, you had no idea why they were motivated to do half of the things they did and the plot was very thin to say the least. Someone else mentioned that some of her plot points come from other more popular stories and that is very true. It's a mishmash of idea from Twilight (obligatory werewolf and vampire love triangle with the heroine), overtones of Alex Craft storylines and more. The characters jump around in emotions and decisions and do seemingly foolish things for no discernable cause.

As I said, the plot line was very thin. It's as if the author had a dim outline of what should happen and instead of writing her romance novel (which is what it seems she was shooting for), she created a half baked "mystery" novel that wasn't worth the mystery. The heroine is like a fan fiction "Mary Sue" that is beautifual (but can't see it), all powerful (but can't believe it) and everyone loves (every male character desperately wants her) but is so down to earth you can't help admire her.
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Craved, a Paranormal Romance/Mystery (#1 in the Gwen Sparks Series)
This book was was everything I was looking for, the perfect blend of mystery romance and sex. It was an adult vampire romance novel without being erotica. Not about teenagers "thank Goddess". All of the characters were mature complex adults. And the women were not whiny and helpless, running stupidly into danger and needing to be rescued. There were twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. It wasn't a short story which is sometimes hard to tell with kindle books. I'm just sorry that I have to wait for the sequel.
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This book feels like it was written by a first time writer without the benefit of a good editor. There is awkward phrasing throughout but what really gets me is that this author has a good plot line which fails because she doesn't provide enough detail. There is very little elaboration on why the characters do what they do and they don't do the obvious. Thus when Aiden doesn't appear at the ball surprisingly Gweyn seems almost unconcerned that the man she suddenly decided she loves has stood her up. She's not particularly angry or insecure and very little is mentioned about how she feels when she has difficulty reaching him thereafter.

Time and time again insufficient plot detail and failure to provide character responses or motivation in a scene gave me pause. Knowing how a character reacts to something and why they feel the way they do promotes reader engagement. I had a tough time staying engaged. It was hard to understand why Gweyn allowed Aiden to drink her blood when she knew it could result in her death. Not enough info was provided. The first full sex scene took place while Aiden drank her blood and Gweyn was "happy" during this event presumably because of the sex and not the possibility of betrayal and death at the hands of her lover. It's hard to know.

In the end it just wasn't good enough to finish.
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By Sadie Forsythe on September 5, 2013
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I think the most I can say for this one is 'Meh.' I didn't hate it, but I wasn't really all that impressed either. I was expecting to like it too, since it has so many great reviews. But I found myself irritated and confused more often than not.

To begin with, Gwen got on my nerves from the very first page. Her whole 'he broke my heart' spiel was like a broken record. Then when it came out that this relationship that ended, broke her heart and left her so bereft she was unable/unwilling to open herself and love again had only lasted 8 months, I just pretty much said a mental 'pishaw.' Overreaction anyone?

Then there was the fact that Nelson set up magical rules, but didn't seem to follow them. Why don't Gwen and Aiden have a blood bond if Gwen's same interactions with Ian resulted in one? How did removing Gwen's magic from Aiden break his addiction if he was addicted before he encountered her magic to begin with? If Gwen had certain magical abilities, how come she occasionally managed to do things she shouldn't have been able to do? I realise some of this was the development of a new talent, but why was it suddenly popping up?

Then there was the whole premise of witches' blood being addictive. I have a really, really hard time figuring out how this small fact has remained unknown for all eternity. Seems to me that at some point some vampire would have gotten his/her hand on a witch and gone 'oh yeah, that's some good stuff right there.' So the whole plot of this 'new drug' seemed implausible at best.

Then there were the pitiful sex scenes. They were all really, really rushed--some no more than two or three paragraphs and there was very little detail...or for-play. Which was apparently OK because Gwen can, enviably, orgasm at the drop of a hat.
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