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- Print Length: 376 pages
- Publication Date: September 30, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LZ0P5ZL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,002 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Currently, Jodi resides on the North Shore of Long Island with her husband of twenty-three years and her two beautiful teenage children.
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It sounded like a great story, but there were issues that kept it from being amazing (for me). First, I couldn't connect with any of the characters. It's told in first-person, but the author goes from first-person narrative to feeling as if the main character is relaying everything to you in a tween phone conversation. The main character is beyond oblivious. She can't even connect obvious information, which was a bit frustrating. Her protectors are even more incompetent. I kept thinking that a coven who knows the importance of protecting their future queen would not allow such flawed teens to protect her. It just went against common sense. And the adults were even worse! It was very frustrating to read.
The characters had potential, but there was no depth to them. They spent more time bickering and getting on each other's nerves. They went from liking one another to hating one another to not wanting to be without the other to fighting again. Even when the author gave some history to the characters, I felt like it fell short. I just couldn't connect with any of them.
Another frustrating part of the characters was how important characters seemed to become unimportant from one scene to the next. And characters that were loathed were all of a sudden supposed to be important. It was just too much reader whiplash without substance to justify it.
Second, the settings was OVER-described. I found myself skipping full paragraphs that explained where every item in the room was located. I felt that it took away from the story itself. Sometimes, it's important to know where things are located because those items are connected to what a character will do, but much of what the author described felt like fillers instead of vital information.
Also, the ending fell flat. I'm a fan of books in a series. I love books that end in cliff-hangers. This book ends with a character having a conversation that just kind of stops. There is no sense of a cliff-hanger. There is no sense of urgency. It doesn't even feel like the conversation ended. The writing just stopped. It just felt like an awkward ending.
Last, the entire story needs another edit/revision. Maybe I just got the first version of the book. I see there are multiple covers. Maybe I read the first one that came out and the author has since edited the book. I don't know. But the version that I read was filled with errors. There were blatant typos. There were run-on sentences, sentences with the wrong punctuation, and sentences with missing punctuation. There were even sentences that were immediately repeated. It all took away from trying to enjoy the story.
I don't enjoy giving negative reviews, but I do believe in being honest. Again, maybe I purchased an original version of the book, and maybe these issues have already been fixed. The story has potential, but I don't see myself reading the next book. :-/
I loved that I got to watch her grow into what she was, as well as adjust to the idea of what she was. There were some sweet and not so sweet people who helped to shape her along that journey. Guardians and teachers who came out of secondary roles and turned into characters that I also bonded with and hope to see again.
The book had a lot of action, fantasy elements, magic, and even romance, which considering it was such a young heroine still worked well in most regards, though I much preferred when she was fighting or wielding magic.
I recommend this for fantasy fans all ages, and look forward to the next part.
The story telling is wonderful and really keeps the reader engaged! Best of all the book is action packed and even the slow moments in the book add depth that propels the storyline forward. If you are looking for a clean paranormal adventure then you will love this!
The story starts so slowly, molasses dripping slow, and continues in this manner for some time. While there are some twists and turns, these end up confusing you instead of drawing you in.
This book would benefit immensely from an editor going over it, with typos and wrong word substitution pulling you from the story. The characters felt flat and I had little no connection to any of them.
There is so much information 'dumped' on the reader in some parts, while other scenarios give little or no information. So many questions are left unanswered, one glaringly obvious question left unasked let alone answered.
Definitely a miss for me.
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Like...Willem? I love the idea of Green Goblin being in this typical fantasy. ADD aside...Vampires, girl drama, exposition etc. The only thing that makes this five stars is the resolution to Casey's relationship and the adequately graphic descriptive violence for the genre. Recommended for those who want more female-centric standard fantasy with a touch of violence to keep things lively.