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Erin The Fire Goddess: The Beginning Kindle Edition
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The one thing that I was really upset about was that her birthmark pretty much disappeared. Aside from the fact that they said it would when she was able to control her powers and I saw no evidence of that in the book at all, this only perpetrates the belief that teenage problems can be solved only with magic. I feel that story would have been much better if she had found a way to live with her birthmark and found confidence within herself.
There were many spelling and grammatical errors, but that is not why I only gave two stars. What it comes down to was that while I loved the idea of the story, the story itself fell very flat. At the end I have a million questions and no answers. I think that maybe in the next books the questions will be answered and all the things that I felt had no motivation will in fact have a basis. While this is possible I am not willing to find out. Even though this was just a short story prequel I feel that it should have some sort of ending, this one did not.
Additionally, there were numerous editing oversights. None of them are "show stopping", but if this is your bugaboo, I would recommend waiting until the author has released the updated version.
Now, caveats in place, let's get to the review.
There is a lot to like about the first installment in this YA series. The characters are clearly defined in their roles and well described to make visualization easy in the mind's eye. The story moves along at a comfortable pace, despite huge amounts of introductory information being cast at the main character (and thus, you, the reader).
Since I prefer not to discuss actual events within a book (that pleasure should be reserved for the reader), in general terms, the book follows a high school teen through a move into a new home, new school and new terror, in the form of an inexplicably vicious and hateful girl.
Even having spent all her life facing disregard for a dramatically prominent facial birthmark, Erin has never faced such innate hatred before. As horrible as that feels, she has a counterbalancing miracle in the presence of an irresistibly attractive boy. The relationship between the hateful girl and the mesmerizing boy is muddled at first and surprising by story's end.
As this ordinary tale runs its course, the more extraordinary discovery of what makes Erin so different becomes apparent...and it's not just her face. The developing of this plot line alongside the potential romance keeps the reader entertained and off balance, two more reasons to enjoy the book.
The tale "wraps up" leaving more questions than answers, as any good first story of a series should. If the reader engages in Erin and Sean's relationship, there will be no question about picking up the following installments in the series.
The story is not without its drawbacks. The relationship seems a bit quick and pat, especially for as troubled a young woman as Erin "feels" from the narrative. Every adult in the book seems to be wonderful (with a particular exception). That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it might be viewed as little too "unreal" (considering it's a work of fiction, I don't see that as a major obstacle).
Taken in all, the combination of well-scripted characters and extremely imaginative fantastic elements makes this a solid offering for fans of YA fiction. Were I more able to "get into" the main character, I have no doubt I would rate this even higher.
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