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The story is well written but I refuse to encourage authors who care so little about their readers that they try to force them into buying more books to find out how earlier books ended. There are ways an author can create an ending to each book that is satisfying to her/his readers while making them want to read more of the series. Twisting their readers' arms is unethical, in my book.
PROFANITY: yes, every few pages
VIOLENCE: not explicit
WRITING QUALITY: it fluctuates between amazing and lacking, needs a good editor.
For some reason I had expectations before reading this book that it would be "clean" meaning free from profanity and inappropriate sexual content. It certainly wasn't free from profanity and the sexual content will be up for debate. There was enough unnecessary nudity and sexual commentary to make me uncomfortable so I won't be reading the rest of the series, but that's just personal preference on my part.
The plot, itself, is fantastic. I love the way an entirely new and dark future unfolds because of Charity's time travel. Its unfortunate events spawn a lasting series of tragedies and affect countless futures. I'd love to know how it all resolves.
I alternately enjoyed and cringed at the author's writing. She has a wonderful voice (very real) but tells the story in third person. I think first person would have been a better choice. I keep get jerked back and forth from being inside the character's head to narration and from narration to explanation and from character to character so frequently that I have whiplash. Hence the need for a good editor. Even just going through and correcting all the MRU's (Motivation-Reaction Units... according to Dwight Swain) would polish it substantially. Stick with one point of view at a time. Bingo. At that point this book would be truly amazing.
Example: "Her body shifted away. Her wariness hurt. It shouldn’t matter to him, but it hurt. She cupped her neck, brought her hand down and stared at the blood on her fingers. Dark brows drew together as she glared up at him, accusation hard in her eyes."
The motivations and reactions are all mixed together in one paragraph, causing the reader to bounce between external experiences and internal reactions. Whiplash. That should have been sorted into three distinct paragraphs: external action, internal response and reaction, external action. Not to mention that the paragraph prior was from her perspective and then switched to his and then back to hers in the following paragraph. Whiplash.
It's just too hard to keep up. When the reader has to sort it out for themselves, it continually jerks them out of the story.
Improper paragraph separation...
"His lips twitched at that and Charity's mouth went dry. With most of the blood and dirt gone, she took a long look at him..." Those two sentences don't fit together. The first sentence suggests that we are going to hear about her physical reaction but the sentences that follow begin a physical description. Whiplash.
I'd love to read this after it went through a good editor. So much of the book flows beautifully and she has a gift of capturing exactly what the character is thinking and bringing the reader to the same point, making the experience very real. If that were consistent throughout the whole book (ie. no whiplash) it would be an incredible read.
Then the book does not really end but is cintinued in the next book...
I enjoyed the flow of the writing and the plot was clever. Romance it isn’t. There is no time to build a relationship and little dialogue between them to that end.
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"Although not the best writing, this story is captivating and exciting enough to draw you in. The excitement and intensity of the storyline is almost addictive. A short read, it packs a lot of information and action while not bogging you down too much."