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- Print Length: 299 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Grace Hudson (February 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B5E9KMS
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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by Grace Hudson (Author)
I am a relatively new member of the Fantasy Fan Club. Until about 4 months ago, I never read anything but Horror/Sci-Fi and Mysteries. Books like Open Door have changed all that for me!
Here’s what I liked about Open Doors:
• I’ve been a reader all of my life. I love books, especially really well written ones that take me into their pages where I can be a fly on the wall. Lots of writers can do that. What very few can do is make me feel as if I’m more than just a witness to the action but am instead a part of it. When the settings are brought to life and I can feel the cold of the beer glass or the wetness of the rain; when the dialogue is real and genuine and I feel like a guest at the party, not just someone looking in through the window; when danger makes my gut ache and joy makes me smile…THAT’S a good book. Open Doors is a very good book.
• This author is incredibly talented at fleshing out her characters. Sean, Tam, Evie, Steve and Mel are written so well, so fully complex and complete they feel like friends I meet once a week at the local pub.
• The action never lags. The story is constantly in motion, pushing the tale forward without forcing it. It’s a natural flow and pace and I was kept interested and entertained from page 1 to the very end.
Here’s what I didn’t like:
• The “F” word. It seemed to appear at least once in every paragraph. Call me a prude if you must…and the label may fit. I’m a 50-something grandmother to five. That does not mean, however, that I’ve never said the “F” word myself. When I’m sufficiently pushed, even today, it falls out of my mouth too, on occasion. However, the overuse of crudeness just seemed unnecessary to me. It is the ONLY reason for my 4-star rating.
However, that’s the only rotten apple in this basket of wonderful! I would recommend this book to anyone! ANYONE!
This was a magic book for so many reasons.
One, the writer actually can write. It's not like a lot of self published books that I've been reading lately where the writer just isn't quite there or needs an editor before publishing. This is a fully realised piece of work, skilfully written.
Two, the setting. The Australian setting (Melbourne) is refreshing. It's not often that you read urban fantasy set in Australia. I often feel if I encounter another gloomy, snarky urban fantasy set in the American south, I'll tear my hair out. In this book, Hudson catches the smells, the seasons, the nuances of life in Australia. The charming details like the smell of melting bitumen in the summer, and Melbourne's highly developed coffee culture are examples of the finely grained detail in the story. You won't find any Starbucks here!
Three, the characters and dialogue. Character development and dialogue are Hudsons strong points. The characters are delicious, quirky and very real. Though this is a short book The characters are all developed to some extent, with an efficiency of words that belies a skilled writer rather than an amateur.
Four: absence of urban fantasy cliches. This is one of the few urban fantasies I've read where there the writer has created a mature female character without relying on snark, bitchiness and acting like a 12-year-old to manufacture false conflict and interest in the plot and with other characters.
If you are looking for a refreshing voice in urban fantasy in a unique setting, that's a quick engaging read I thoroughly recommend this book.
The magic was woven into the story with skill and humor and this reader was very caught up in the story arc. Hudson’s fairies are charming and delightful (well, except for the baddies, who are pretty awful). I’d love to meet them, and one of my favorite lines in the book says a lot about why: “You think us fairies don’t understand sarcasm? We invented sarcasm.”
Written by a gifted author whose descriptions and dialogue flow easily, the book moves along quickly and contains plenty of surprises as well as a romance that is constantly interrupted but eventually comes to a satisfactory resolution. Highly recommended for adults who believe in magic and love (and can overlook a little rough language).
And then there are the fairies.
The first line of this book is surprising and funny, and the writing continues in this manner all the way through the tale. Hudson is adept at drawing the reader in, and then holding them until the very end. This story is a terrific balance of humor, sweetness, romance and action. It’s a fun balance of both real life and fantasy,
And did I mention there are fairies?
I enjoyed this book a great deal and look forward to more from the talented Grace Hudson.
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