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Sea Scoundrel (Knave of Hearts Book 1) by [Blair, Annette]
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  • File Size: 2633 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082CA0Z8
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This is my second Annette Blair book, and I have to ask myself - "Why?" Why did I read another one? Probably because it was free and it looked interesting. My first Annette Blair was "Undeniable Rogue." I'd almost forgotten how painful to get through that was, and that I was yelling at the idiot characters halfway through the book. This one wasn't quite that bad. But I have to wonder about the author's attitudes about people and how they should interact. Evidently never with a great deal of honesty.

There were some fun moments in this book, but most of it was all too predictable. And the heroine was 24, going on 16, if you judge by her actions and ability to deal with people. Other reviewers have mentioned a lot of the silliness of the characters in this book: the over-the-top behavior of "the girls" - who really just all seemed too stupid to be alive. As for the grammar and editing - I heartily agree with the reviewer's comment "The commas, dear God, the commas." Hard to get past.

But my biggest complaints are some of the "facts" and situations which made absolutely no sense. Starting with the prologue: the vicar's son, thrown into some stable with the other 3 soon-to-be-heroes of their own story, is described as ten years younger than the oldest in the group. They also mention that they are at some academy for unruly boys. So how old are these boys that they are still in school? Can't believe they'd be at some "school" they couldn't leave after they hit their majority - so can't be older than 20, can they? So is the youngest one 10 years old? So what was a 10-year-old boy doing compromising the neighbor girl to the point that the girl's mother had him sent away? Was he really that precocious?
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I got this because (1) it was free on Kindle (2) all the reviewers except one gave it five stars. The reviewer who didn't give it five stars--she only gave it one--well, her review came across as illiterate (thanks to the typos and grammar errors) so I didn't give it any credence.

Turns out, I should have. It was one of the silliest books I've read in a long time--and I read a lot. It wasn't silly in a good way either--it never made me laugh or even smile. It was full of women acting like idiots--either sobbing uncontrollably, setting the rigging on fire, turning a pig loose on board ship, etc. Sorry, not amusing. It's not that I have no sense of humor. I love Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, and Stephanie is a one-women walking disaster zone. But it takes skill to make that kind of thing funny. This author doesn't have that skill.

The book begins with the heroine falling and the hero picking her up. By doing so, the author establishes right away that the heroine is a clumsy fool--even though I'm sure that wasn't her intent. I should make a pledge never to read a book that has the heroine and hero meeting when she trips and falls. It's a bad sign of a total lack of imagination on the part of the author. I don't think I've ever read a good romance that begins with the heroine falling down. If anyone can think of one, let me know.

The book isn't totally unreadable, unlike some, but you can't in good conscience call it a Regency. The plot is implausible, many details are inaccurate...the whole book should be considered a "fantasy" rather than Regency or Historical novel. By the end of the book, the author has managed to pair off all the characters but one.

This book is supposed to be part of a series.
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I'm one of those people who notices every typo on a menu or sign, who groans at the misplaced apostrophe and cannot fathom how so many high-school graduates can't use basic grammar and punctuation correctly. I have skipped many, many e-books for this reason. There are some errors like that in this e-book (seriously, folks, can you not pay someone fifty bucks to proofread your manuscripts, I'm begging you?) but it wasn't nearly bad enough that I couldn't get through it. Some unnecessary commas and misplaced quotation marks, some missed line returns, etc. The most blatant offense I can think of off-hand is when the word "thrown" was used for the word "throne," and twice in the same sentence. Many of these errors would have been caught with a simple computerized spell & grammar check. But again, it was passable, and probably most readers wouldn't have been as twitchy about it, because I am confessedly nitpicky and overly critical about that stuff.

Now let's talk about the writing as far as language usage, clarity, etc. As one reviewer mentioned, the prologue where we meet the four boys is very confusing; it's not clear who is talking, who they're talking to or who they're talking about. Throughout the novel the pronouns are sometimes similarly vague. I once went through a whole paragraph thinking the "she" in question was the aunt rather than the heroine, and wondering why on earth the aunt would be confused upon the protagonist not greeting her with a kiss as he usually did. Again, these things could have been caught by even a halfway proficient editor. But the author can turn a phrase very well. The descriptions could be lively, although also vague at other times, and the vocabulary was diverse and mostly well employed.
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