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Dark Waltz (A Praestani Novel) (Praestani series Book 1) by [Hargrove, A.M.]
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Length: 330 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

A.M. Hargrove lives in South Carolina with her husband and family. Her husband often accuses her of spending too much time with her nose in her books, but she usually doesn't pay him much attention! She loves nothing more than sitting at her Mac conjuring up characters and scenes for her novels.

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  • File Size: 2750 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: A.M. Hargrove; 3 edition (November 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A40Z6SW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,659 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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There should be an option to give negative stars and I would give this 1,000 negative stars. Absolutely horrible. I haven't the patience to list the dozens of reasons why, but I'll give you the highlights.

The relationship between the two main characters is a poisonous and destructive one. The male character displays signs of bipolar disorder, swinging wildly and unpredictably between extreme emotions. When the female character doesn't immediately do what he wants, he frequently becomes violent and causes her physical harm. At one point he chokes her to the verge of unconsciousness. Less than a page later he is telling her how he would never hurt her and that she is safe with him. He blames his violence on her, taking no responsibility for his own actions.

Despite the fact that the male is obviously dangerous, the female chooses to disregard this because she wants to have sex with him. She allows him to physically, verbally, mentally and emotionally abuse her, taking solace in the few scraps of affection he deigns to throw her way. Despite the fact he continually refuses to actually have sex with her, leaving her sexually frustrated time and again, she keeps following him around like a puppy hoping for a bone instead of a kick.

This story feels like it was written by a junior high student. Massive plot holes, excessive use of tired old clichés, continual use of "he/she somehow just knew" ( uh huh. Because the author couldn't find any logical reason, so stick with "just knew"), and and over abundance of "really" and "very" because apparently the author didn't have access to a thesaurus. Instead we get juvenile phrases like "very very scared" or "really really angry".

Pass ths by. Pass it by and don't look back. It was painful to read and I only finished it so that I coukd give an honest review of the whole book rather than just the first few chapters,
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Like a previous reviewer said, the many reason for THIS being bad are more numerous than the total words in this so called literature. I think the worst part was just the language. Curse words used for everything, stilted speech for others and absolute nonsense words for the most part. Example... crapity-crap, crapster place to be, etc. Not only did the main female character use this terrible speech, when other characters started to use the exact terminology I could no longer take the level of juvenile inability to communicate. Typos, poor grammar, cursing in place of actually writing and that inane way she apparently made the female lead a complete idiot. I will be honest after all this I had to stop reading this trash when it seemed that no less than two other characters started to sound just like the main female . I couldn't even finish although usually I do no matter what because I paid for it, but every time her language, or more like her lack of it, threw me hurling out of the story. BUY AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!
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Its hard to say where this book went right. The plot seemed like it would be extremely interesting and so I contemplated buying this book a few times but in the end I found it for free. Hallelujah for it being free. If I had paid even one cent for this book I would be needing a refund.
The dialogue is so juvenile and just poorly written.
Setting jumps all over the place, literally. Too much flashing, popping, teleporting.
The whole powers thing actually hurt this book. Seriously, if you can float around undetected, Kill a couple super powerful with one flash of light, communicate telepathicly, and heal all wounds - there is no true struggle.
-- on that note why did the strong, stinky, ugly beings take over the earth?
-- if they can be killed so easily despite being strong, stinky and ugly (one flash of light) how are they even a problem?

The characters are basically crying, whiny, violent, children... That's just how they are written.

This book needs to be completely re-done. I won't even go into what else is terribly wrong with this book. Read at your own risk.
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Rocked my socks right off. I'd actually give it 4½♥'s, but fudged up to 5 for GR. I received a complimentary copy from A.M. Hargrove in exchange for a honest review. This book was SO great... it reminded me of the Donnie and Marie Osmond song "A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll" only, instead substitute Sci-fi and Dystopian (and a healthy dose of Paranormal.) I really love how this book mashes up so many genres together into this little harmonious, entertaining package.

Those that have shied away from A.M.'s previous works due to them being in the YA Category can pick this book up with no anxiety. It's spicy enough to turn up the heat on any reader. "Jurgasms", anyone? (Trust me, they are a VERY good thing and I'm first in line.) It was just the perfect balance of instant attraction, alpha males, fights, and the romance remains this roaring fire underneath it all. There is no fear in this book of insta-love, rather the romance is more organic and passionate.

Any concerns about not being familiar with the series are not a problem as well. While you won't have the full background, previous books are not required to still love and understand the book. It's a futuristic and darker world with aliens and other dark creatures that go bump in the night. Anyone who would enjoy something a little different, a little spicy will find a gem with this first book of the Praestani series.

Favorite Bit:
"Be glad you're not in my pants right now."
"But I'd love to get in your pants right now. That's exactly where I want to be."
He roared with laughter. "And I'd love for you to be in my pants."
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