- File Size: 1504 KB
- Print Length: 207 pages
- Publication Date: August 16, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MST377Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,643,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Scarlet Winters: The Berona Chronicles Kindle Edition
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I thought of this book as a fantastic parody of your typical superhero stories, and really enjoyed its take on what a world of super heroes would be like. Great ending as well, and I found myself wanting to know what happened next right now!
Terry kept me on my toes. At first I wasn’t quite sure what I thought of her due to her snide tendencies, but I soon grew to appreciate her reluctance to take anything at face value. She ended up being a breath of fresh air in a cast of characters that otherwise seemed to rely on other people’s opinions when making important decisions.
The dialogue in this story was awkward. Characters shift between one-word answers that rely heavily on slang and longer, more formal replies. In a few cases it made sense for them to shift between different speaking styles, but I was never able to predict when their speech patterns could be expected to change next. There was also a heavy use of verbs like snap, spits, growl, muttered, grumbles, and scream to describe how characters spoke. They were used so often that they distracted me from what was going on in the plot.
Heavily plot-based tales like this one often need to move quickly, so the pacing worked well for me. Some scenes also included action that took place on the periphery of the reader’s vision. The pacing reminded me of how many graphic novels are written as a lot of the backstory is revealed through conversations that take place alongside current crises.
I chose a lower age recommendation than the one the author suggested because of the types of humor the characters find funny. There is a lot of physical comedy as well as jokes that rely on puns and sly references. It reminded me of the kind of wordplay I enjoyed when I was in my early teens. I think this story will be most appealing to readers who are a few years younger than the original age range, although I’d also recommend it to older teens and adults who love comic books.
Scarlet Winters was a wild ride from beginning to end. Give it a try if you like fast-paced adventures!
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I ate this book. I mean, almost literally. I’m a very fast reader and can tear through books, but even I was surprised at how fast I got through this one. It was immensely readable, and parts were honestly laugh out loud funny. (Dammit, I almost snorted coke through my nose at one time, thanks to a badly timed drink. I think it was the “tools and idiots” part.)
This book is not for everyone, I’ll admit. You have to have a particular sense of humor, but there are lots of people out there with that sort of twisted, dark funny side and all those people–you, yes, I’m talking to you!–need to read this book.
Our main character actually has a good heart but nothing at all resembling a filter on her brain or mouth, and it’s hysterical. She says everything and anything, and just doesn’t give a damn what people think about her. The inventor thing is funny, too. And the setup of the city of Berona is equally as fascinating and amusing. Poking at comic stereotypes along the way.
I liked this book so much that I can even forgive the author for the Warehouse chapter, and for the PoV thing in the last two chapters. (‘Cause it actually worked.)
It’s clear there’s more to come, and I want it. 5 Fireballs because I cannot give it any more…
Terry Landers is a unique character who is hard not to love. As you follow her adventures with the Superheros, you can't help finding yourself cheering for her success.
The plotline is filled with twists and turns but unlike many scifi books, Scarlet Winters has enough lighthearted humour in it to keep the reader amused AND entertained (sometimes a hard order to fill). By the end of the story I found myself cheering for Terry as she outsmarts almost everyone else in the book.
The story ends with a cliffhanger twist that has me looking forward to Book 2. I highly recommend this debut novel from Jackie Kwong and I'm looking forward to more from her!
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