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Handbook for Mortals: Book One of the Series Hardcover – August 15, 2017
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''Handbook for Mortals will soon become the new paranormal craze. I found myself more emotionally involved in the story than even Twilight, which I loved. A riveting, original storyline, relatable characters, a love triangle of sorts, and just enough magick to ensnare you.
''Nestled amongst the illusions of Vegas comes a story of a small town southern girl who finds herself the object of attraction for two attractive men. Jealousy abounds, secrets are revealed, and several people's lives are forever changed… When magick becomes reality and a war starts brewing… all bets are off.
''The fortunetellers have looked into the future and the next big thing is here. Handbook for Mortals is a page turning read unlike anything you've seen before… prepare to be enticed.'' --Skye Turner, International Bestselling Author
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The characters are stiff, their dialogue and choices unnatural, their relationships completely forced. I probably don't need to tell you the plot of the book, because if you've ever read YA, this is a far lesser copy of whatever else you read (love triangle), but this love triangle doesn't make sense. A bland and personality-less Tarot-card loving girl moves to Las Vegas in search of a "normal life", immediately everyone is obsessed with her, men love her, women hate her, no reason given. Character traits all around are nonsensical or non-existent, besides pertaining to how they react to the horrendously written main character (named: "Scheherazade". Zade for short). The prose is atrocious and in need of an editor, but even looking beyond that, the story itself is just plain bad. And just when it couldn't get much worse, toss in a laughable supernatural element, and make sure that no one reacts to things the way any actual person would.
Really, really bad.
Separate from the book review, I think it's important to point out that the cover artwork is far too derivative of the work of Gill Del Mace, to the point that it seems like a direct rip-off. Look up Gill Del Mace "Knife Thrower" to decide for yourself.
For the second and more interesting point: It's been well-proven that the publisher (GeekNation) used mass orders of the book to artificially inflate its sales ranking to the top of the New York Times best seller list. It's shady, and also shows an incredible disrespect for the book's alleged target audience (teens). They thought they would get away with this, and it reassures me that they have not.
Questionable books often rise to major public attention, but this is the worst I've seen get press in years.
A good editor and a more original story line would make this book readable. Maybe.
Not only is stealing art from other artists copyright infringement, but the book itself has the same run-down trope of "seemingly average but simultaneously attractive girl gets caught up in a love triangle with two hot guys" that Twilight and Hunger Games have already run into the ground. The first paragraph already bored me with the excessive, dragged out description of how the narrator just wants to be normal. After that I zoned out and skimmed through the first chapter--which included MORE dragged out, philosophical dialogue of god knows what. If I wanted pages and pages of filler lacking plot and character development I would've just read Fifty Shades of Gray.
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I liked how Zade is protective of her own secrets.
I also liked the love triangle between Jackson, Zade and Mac.Read more