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This was one of the most long winded books I've ever read. There was SO MUCH filler. Sentences and paragraphs that dragged on without saying anything. Repeated phrases and words. I thought if I had to hear any more about how Draven was perfect I was going to throw up. The storyline was convoluted and unnecessarily complicated. There was stuff thrown in, I assume, that is going to be talked about more in the sequels (which I will NOT be reading). The stuff did nothing to help the story, it was just tossed in there willy nilly.
As is so common with indie books, this one lacked editing and spell checking. A good editor should have caught the repeated phrases and should have (hopefully) cut out the immense amount of filler. The book could have been (and should have been) about 1/2 the length. It was painfully long. The plot made no sense. It felt like the author just started writing without any clear idea what was going to happen. And every time they mentioned the characters "rocking back and forth" to the music I pictured a bunch of stoned out kids swaying to a concert. So weird.
And that's not to mention the one dimensional characters. Draven was perfect. I believe the words "perfect image" were used to describe him. What?? Bianca was gorgeous. Britian was handsome. I didn't ever get a clear idea what any of these people looked like. Charlie was surly and whiny. The mom was mean. Really none of the characters seemed seemed real.
And I never did figure out how someone who supposedly played guitar didn't have calluses until after she had played a few times after she moved back to Salem. It takes a long time for them to go away and I didn't get the feeling it had been that long since she had played. Maybe I missed something, but it seemed weird.
By the end of the book when I started realizing it wasn't going to get any better it was simply painful to keep reading. And of course, it ended without anything being resolved, so you have to run out and buy the next one.
Do yourself a favor and skip this one.
This is my first review on Amazon ever. I usually don't write reviews because I don't want to take the time to do so, and I figure no one really cares about my opinion anyway. I'm motivated now because this book is just. that. bad. I'm only going to give three reasons why I hated this book so this review won't run too long. To answer the obvious questions: I got the book because it was free, and I finished it mainly to justify to myself that this book is as horrid as I thought.
First, there are the grammatical mistakes littered throughout the book. The author needs to find an editor. Yesterday.
Second, are the issues with the plot: holes, ridiculous points, and a lumbering pace. The author tries to do a slow reveal, but what she ultimately wants to reveal never comes across. The effect is a frustratingly stupid protagonist AND supporting characters. Example 1: The protagonist "just knows" the antagonists are "evil," but she continues to engage with them repeatedly AND keeps her communication with them secret from everyone trying to help her. Example 2: Everyone knows the protagonist is in danger from the "evil" antagonists, but they continually leave her alone/don't check her phones, etc. Example 3 (SPOILER ALERT): When finally (and miraculously!) remembering what happened to her, the protagonist identifies one of the evil antagonists as the leader. This is the one that erased her memories, tried to isolate her, and continued to try and manipulate her. Yet, at the end of the book, the protagonist thinks there is a possibility the leader may be innocent. Um, what? This leads me to...
Third, the characters are poorly drawn. I'll only focus on the protagonist here. She suffers from a peculiar brand of stupidity I've come to label the "Young Adult Novel Stupidgirl Syndrome." This is evidenced by the protagonist's insistence that she must do EVERYTHING herself and repeatedly puts herself in dangerous situations, then mind-numbingly justifies it with how she is "protecting her loved ones." This despite the fact that every circumstance and every person in her life is telling her to let others help her. This has been done over and over and over and over again in young adult fiction. It is a tired tactic that really needs to be banned. The author needs to use some creativity and come up with a better way to keep the plot moving forward.
Save your money. Save your time. Save your sanity. Skip this book.
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