- File Size: 484 KB
- Print Length: 166 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K91UA5A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,806 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Duchess (Reign of Prophecy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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One thing I can't stand is grammatical errors or poor sentence structure. As a reader, I hate stumbling in a book and as an English major with three years of experience constructively criticizing and editing fellow classmates works, I had the urge to pull out my red pen. It is a personal peeve of mine to read a book with the need to escape Uni and life, only to be coerced into an English major mindset. We are all human so if the author can progress in future books and develop her writing style, I think mistakes are okay. I do recommend spending more time on any work intended for publishing to make sure your final draft is as close to perfection as possible. If this is only available through ebook, I recommend the author go back and at least edit the names. Toward the beginning, Andrews has a typo where Artor becomes Arthur. I expect that is a typo. Later on, Tomas became Thomas. From what I saw, both instances only happened once. I know some authors can edit their kindle books and resubmit them, so if the author is interested, I would suggest it.
As for the content of the story, I enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns. Audience members will have no idea who the main antagonist is because nobody can be trusted. The Queen was very well done and I found myself wanting to hate her. I expect she'd still be a horrible person in ten years but all books need that one character. I do wish the book had a comical relief character but it's only a novella. The underdeveloped characters showed me the author was not fully prepared for publishing this novella. With more time on the MC's voice and supporting characters, it could be great.
As for characters, many of them felt two dimensional. This is a big no-no in anything over 10,000 words or with less than three characters. The author told us what each character looked like without showing us how to see them. I was uninterested in her fairly average descriptions, or how she repeated the same description halfway through the book. In such a short story, that much repetition is unnecessary.
Now, we move on to sentence structure. I almost put the book down. Why? Sentences were short. They wrote like this. And they were short. Some of them were repetitive.
It took me a chapter or two to acquaint myself with the authors writing style. Short sentences are good to break apart long sentences. There needs to be a balance between the usage of both, but this author kept her sentences pretty short. That gave it a choppy feel and left a bad taste in the back of my throat. In the end, I chose to continue reading because I wanted to know what happened and hope the author will one day read my honest critical review. If I say anything that helps the author in future works, I'll be happy.
Overall, I'm about supporting new authors trying to make a name for themselves. Based off this novella alone, Andrews has some great ideas and was able to execute them on paper. She used Campbell's Monomyth or a heroes journey and the MC had quite an adventure, heartache and struggle.
I offer three stars because the author has everything ready for an amazing story if additional time, plot development and character development were applied. It felt like a very good second draft but in major need of editing and revisions, a forth draft, beta readers and a final draft.
I received this book free from one of the book subscription emails.
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Very talented writer. I will read more.