- File Size: 2059 KB
- Print Length: 89 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Odd House Press (December 3, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078CY7TLY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Paper Stars: An Ordinary Magic Story Kindle Edition
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Then we come to Paper Stars. Paper Stars is the the rest of the series as actual paper stars are to the ones in the night sky: reminiscent of the real thing but a pallid imitation.
There were no real mysteries to be worked out in this novella, in which the closest thing to a crime was the moving of a concrete penguin. Delaney, the eldest sister, was reduced to a lovesick imitation of the main protagonist of the novels, her spine replaced by overcooked fettuccine and all of her thoughts about her overdue beloved (and “Does he *really* love me?; “I love him sooo much!”). Jean, the youngest Reed sister (and a sworn law enforcement officer) had her weakest traits emphasized and was reduced to acting like a none-too-bright eleven year old. Only middle sister Myra appears able to maintain her personality without becoming a cartoon characterization, although I won’t be certain about her decision making abilities until the next book.
[The three Reeds are usually written with Delaney as the responsible sister, Myra as the strong and smart one, and the youngest, Jean, as the most enthusiastic.]
I bought the novella looking for an ‘Ordinary Magic’ Christmastide mystery. What I got was a Christmassy romance novella with characters “kinda” borrowed from the mysteries.
I understand that there might have been some deadline pressure? With a publisher that wants the book out for the Christmas season and a doctor who wants the author to stay down with her foot elevated (not to mention the consumption of hopefully-plentiful pain pills), the novella limped as much as the poor author. Still, ‘Paper Stars’, while perhaps a fine romance story, isn’t a good Ordinary story— I’d say (but shouldn’t) that this story was out of Devon Monk’s Ordinary and almost Boring (some 325 miles away).
I’ll still buy Devon Monk’s next book the day it hits Amazon!
This is a novella and it ended a bit abruptly for me and I felt like there was a mystery hinted at in it, that I will have to wait to see how it plays out later which was a bit frustrating, so probably my only complaint from a 5 to a 4 was it felt really rushed and....short. I get that it is a novella, but I actually thought I'd missed about 4 or 5 chapters when it ended and had to go back and check. So that is a good thing, she always leaves me wanting more.
However, much can be forgiven for the totally amazing Christmas present Delaney gets from her sort-of godfather Crow. Holy cow! I WANT ONE, TOO! Best gift ever!!
As with the Rock Candy story, you need to read the rest of the books in the series to understand what is going on.
Looking forward to the next book!
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