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Dark Summer (Witchling Series Book 1) by [Ford, Lizzy]
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About the Author

Lizzy Ford is the author of over seventeen novels written for young adult and adult paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Trilogy” and the “War of Gods” series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Website: http://www.guerrillawordfare.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LizzyFordBooks Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/LizzyFord2010 Google+: https://plus.google.com/b/106728579413949863215/#106728579413949863215/ Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4558309.Lizzy_Ford Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lizzy-Ford/e/B004XTTYOC/

Product Details

  • File Size: 504 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Evatopia Press; 2 edition (January 5, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BNXMSMG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a writing teacher and a creative writing PhD student, I enjoy a fun read but am too picky to find many that satisfy me. But I decided to read this book because the premise was interesting, and the writing was strong in general. Yes, it could have done with some revision, as other reviewers have noted, but then I'm picky about dialogue. For instance, it seemed like all of the adults' dialogue existed for the sole purpose of dropping information - but then the kids all had decent enough dialogue that I decided to overlook it.

I'll be honest - I almost didn't make it through the book. I found the first half or so a little slow, and the narrative was never close enough to Summer's perspective to make me happy. I wanted to be more in her mind so it wouldn't feel like a distant adult narrator simply summarizing what's happened to a kid. And I found Summer kind of annoying. But I'd read so many positive reviews that I figured why not spend 99 cents and see where the book takes me?

And I'm glad I did! The story picks up in the end in really interesting ways that force the characters to grow and change. And without giving away anything, let me tell you that book 1.5 and book 2 get even better. Everything that bothered me in the first few chapters of Dark Summer either improved or played out in a way that revealed it as an absolutely essential part of the story and the characters' development. I look forward to reading the next book when it comes out in 2013, and I intend to reread the series down the road.

On its own, this book might be more of a 4. But as the first part of the series that follows, I give it a 5.
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Like a couple other reviewers, I thought this story would be pretty awesome because of how many 5 star reviews there were. It isn't. It's a trashy, flat, and dysfunctional story.

First, there are gaps in the descriptive flow of the story. A character will be in one place doing something that should involve speaking and description, but doesn't. To give a better idea of this, let's say that someone went to check the mail, found a letter from the post office that asked the recipient to pick up a package, then went to pick it up. In this story, this would go something like this: "She went to the mailbox and found a note to pick up her package at the post office. She picked it up and left." Where's the step of her GOING anywhere? This happens in a way that leaves gaps in the major plot and action, and it happens so frequently that I have to attribute it to sloppy writing. Also, it kills a lot of opportunity for character development.

Second, the main character loses her mind over a boy, and there are no depth to any of the characters. What are the names of the kids bullying other than Dawn? There's only 20 other people at the place...why are we never told anything about more than 6 people? It's shallow, and halfway through turns to trashy romance novel. Couldn't finish after that started.

Anyway, I recommend a pass if you like any depth and quality of writing.
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I came upon this book on wattpad and I have got to say it was one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's creative, not just another twilight. The characters are exceptional and keep you turning the page. I would gladly recommend this novel to everyone!
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***Spoilers will probably be said***

So, let me first start off by saying that it kept me intrigued enough by the end (mostly the last 20%) to get the next book. When starting the next book, I felt that I could have almost skipped this book all together because the second seems better done.

Problems: Editing issues, sentence flow issues, and scene issues. At one point Decker, Beck, and their mother are in the forest right outside of the school, but suddenly Decker retreats to another room upset. If they're in the forest...how can he go to another room? They aren't in a room in the first place, they are in the forest. I found it hard to keep reading the book. Another issue I have is all the POVs. Too many in my opinion. Also, what's with the whole "oogly" over Beck thing, still "oogly" even at the dance, but then it's all "I love you, Decker" (basically, just not said) suddenly? Their love happened really fast imho and I think they should have had time to grow together and get to know each other a bit better. Yes, I know. They have that connection spark, but that doesn't just make you love someone. This, to me, felt more like the 12-14 year old head over-heels crush/in love. I do feel that the characters should have acted a bit more their age.

By the end of the book, I still do not feel like I really know any of these characters. We didn't spend enough time with ONE, we kept going to different ones (their mom, Beck, Decker, Summer, etc). I feel we needed more time with one character than little bits from each.

It was a great idea, I just do not feel this book was executed well.
Parts of the last 20% of the book is why it got 3 stars instead of 2.
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Summer had a hard life being bounced from orphanage to orphanage and never feeling like she belonged until she goes to a new boarding school for gifted students. She loved the wide open spaces and nearby forests compared to the concrete jungle of LA. All the students there had some form of magikal ability which Summer thought was crazy yet she felt "alive" for the first time ever. Amber told her that her abilities would manifest themselves before her 17th birthday and then she would have to choose between the dark and the light. Whilst I likes Summer as she had a good soul, she was so naive and battered from being in the system that she had this "victim complex" of not fighting back. Dawn the resident evil cheer leader type girl bullied and tormented Summer by ridiculing her and playing tricks on her and we all have met this type of vapid girl in our lives. Confronted with the twin brothers Becks and Decker who are as different as night and day, Summer likes the openness of Becks yet she is drawn to Decker who is your typical bad boy yet has a vulnerability that Summer is drawn to having experienced loss and sadness in her life. Decker and Becks are being groomed to take over from their parents an inheritance that is both terrifying and challenging and Decker is struggling with the responsibility of this role. He can hear the voices of souls and this burden he has to carry makes him fear for his sanity.

"View Spoilers" A couple of things I did not like was that no one explained to Summer what rules they had to abide by and what would transform her into one of the dark and the consequences of those actions. Alexa was just a pain in the arse and so self absorbed but yet after plotting, cursing and killing, no punishment was given to her yet Summer was to lose everything.
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