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Reunion at Walnut Cherryville (The Eternal Feud) Paperback – March 26, 2013
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About the Author
Lauren Salem currently lives in New York and graduated from Wilkes University with a degree in Communication Studies. This is her first published novel and the first book in The Eternal Feud Series. She also writes short stories and poetry. When she’s not writing, she’s trying out new cooking recipes and delicious teas.
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A lot of times I was thinking WTF. All these tangents and rants and then back to the topic. I would want my money back but it was free.
I'll leave it at that for now.
The problem with this book are the overwhelming mistakes and typos. They're just all over the place. Even though this was simply casual reading for me, as an editor, I went ahead and edited the book while reading. Couldn't help it; it's what I do.
A couple of examples include where the text said "neighbored watch," instead of the correct term neighborHOOD watch. Also, instead of it correctly saying "golf balls," it said "GULF balls." There are dozens of other mistakes as well.
If this book had been professionally edited, along with a few other changes, I'd have this book submitted to several publishing companies.
As it stands however, this book will annoy readers if the mistakes are allowed to linger. Interestingly enough, the writer was good enough for me to set aside MY annoyance and continue, because I wanted to know how she chose to end the book. I'm used to indie writers "self editing" their books (and that never works), but it's sad to see an excellent writer have so many problems.
Johnny's "candy" dream sequence was rather odd and too lengthy. I chose to skip over all the psychedelic thoughts after it got to be a bit much. (It also made me raid my candy stash and add several unwanted calories to my day.) Once I got to the end and found out the reason Johnny was brought to Kenneth, it only explained Johnny's story...Sort of. What about all the other people this maniac tortured?
While I understand it is in the fantasy category, some of this doesn't make sense. One thing I DO know however, is this could have been wrapped up in only one book. GREAT idea for a story, but I'd extend out the book to have Johnny break out of the coffin, gather and find his friends and locate the sacred knife and go get Kenneth and then free all the others and break down the entire operation. Kenneth would be dead and his mother would be arrested. Maybe even leave out a magical sacred knife and just have these kids plan revenge against the guy, since magic had never been introduced until this point.
Johnny would get his land legally and all his friends would share it with him in some way... (or whatever.) If magic was supposed to be an intricate part of this series, it should have been introduced in book one long ago; not just at the end.
Questions that remain and leave you hanging:
1) Why DID this story suddenly turn magical towards the end? All of the sudden Johnny finds out there is a magical knife that will kill Kenneth if it is through the heart. Anything else wont be a "true death." WHAT? Kenneth is a vampire now? The entire book contained zero magic until this strange dream sequence. It doesn't quite work. If it's because you think you're opening up something for the next book, again, it doesn't work. There was a lot of believable technology, even with the paper clip thingy that makes you appear as someone else.
2) What made Johnny have this weird vision/dream anyways?
I think I loved this story until the dream sequence started.
The book description says this book is free for a limited time. With the dozens of typos and mistakes it contains, the book needs to stay absolutely free unless it is edited. The reviews won't be good and people will complain.
Happens all the time.
Trilogies and series books can't leave gaping holes. The correct way to write multiple books in a grouping or series is to make it a complete story within each book. Don't leave readers scratching their head.
This is the best indie writing I've seen in a long time. I would change the title, extend the story and wrap it up and after professional editing, send this out to professional publishers. Not many people write well. This gal can.
Had the book been properly edited, I would have given a higher rating even with the strange ending.
The author sincerely knows how to write and does it well. With some professional polishing, this could be a very popular book.
If the book is ever re-edited properly, I will be more than happy to raise my rating. Several authors have sent emails in the past via Amazon stating changes to their kindle edition books. With kindle, it's never too late to edit.
This was one really enjoyable read and quite different from the other YA thrillers I've read before. I was intrigued right from the beginning and it felt like the pages kept turning themselves.
The characters were great but my favorite was undoubtedly Laura. She was strong and a realist through and through. I liked the rest of the characters as well because they were all different and it's always awesome to read about such diverse personalities. But for me Laura and Collins were the most well developed characters throughout the book. I loved how the story was told through the point of views of the different characters. And it was amazing how they all had a very distinct styles of thinking, thanks to which I was never confused whose POV a chapter was from in the middle of chapters.
This was a very fast paced story but the only problem I faced was that there were moments when too much happened all at once and it was a tad bit difficult to keep track of everything and understand what exactly was happening . But once I was able to catch up again, I found myself liking the book more. I found some of the events a little unbelievable and far fetched but this being a dystopian novel, I cannot expect a lot of credibility. Also I really would have liked to know a bit more about the ancient feud because it was talked about very little in the book but I guess it's kept under wraps to be revealed in the next book.
Now I wouldn't call RAWC a real dystopian...but it was rather a mix of different genres - romance, sci-fi, fantasy, thriller, dystopian. ...but I didn't really mind it.
The best thing about this book however had to be the writing. Really, Lauren Salem has a very unique style of writing. It isn't overly complicated but rather straight forward, funny and interesting.
This book had some positive as well as negative aspects. But despite it's shortcomings, I am really interested to know what happens next and am quite looking forward to the nest book.
My Rating : ★★★1/2
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