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- Print Length: 228 pages
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- Publisher: Lost in Fiction (November 14, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 14, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A81H31U
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I felt the story had potential, it certainly started off with a bang. We were right in the action as Rob's (aka Robyn) client turns into a werewolf, no fault of his own. She escapes (no spoiler otherwise the book would be over), but that's it. No following up with the client the next day, she just abandons him and that's it. What?!?
The story needed editing, there's way too much in it, yet what there is isn't developed enough. Why does Robyn describe herself as a "supernatural freak"? Yes, she has some abilities, but are we supposed to assume the "freak" part comes just because she told some kids she could do something when she was 5 and they didn't believe her? Boo hoo, doesn't it happen to everyone at some point when they're a kid? This is a person who considers supernatural beings a common part of her life. It doesn't make sense. First of all, why is she different? What are the extent of her powers, at least as she knows to this point? Things are introduced, barely, there's little development and when there is it's in drips and drabs as the story goes on so the reader is confused. I had to go back and reread several pages at a time to figure out what was going on. So, I wanted to quit at 40%, but managed to drag myself to 76%.
Then there's the weird name usage. Uncle? Niece? Then the author uses a variety of names for the same character. She uses the last name for Sir Francis for along time, then switches to Sir Francis and I thought it was a different character, same with Gock aka Mr. Wang (and what is the deal with Gock anyway? More development is needed for characters that are important to the story). Uncle Terry "spits" a lot when he's communicating instead of "says" or other verbs: ""No", he spits."
I finally quit after Rob and pals run from the council (why?) and she's given a talisman (What does it do? Why isn't she told all the details?) then it works on someone (Why, isn't he human? Was this role latent? Why? Why was he chosen, if not?) Too many questions, not enough set up. We don't get enough of these points vital to the story yet there are sections that read like a history text such as several pages about Titianna.
Reading a book should be fun, but this one had me going back and analyzing the story to figure out what was going on. Too much work for no pay off.
On the other hand, I wasn't fond of the POV style, the punctuation (or lack of), and the sometimes awkward dialogue. I swear that I read a hundred too many "Mate", "Child", "Niece" words during conversations. And I prefer something like "---" or " ... " to indicate an interrupted sentence instead of a period and another person continuing the sentence in the next paragraph. Drove me bonkers. This was not a quick or easy read, because there were a lot of characters and a lot of action. Sometimes the combination made for a choppy or confusing scene.
The thing that bothered me most of all was the lack of background history or explanation. I felt as if I'd missed a prior book. I see that a Prequel has now been released. That is sorely needed in order to improve world building and character depth, so I may read that before I decide whether to go on to Book 2.
I'm fairly torn about my feelings on Supernatural Freak. On one hand it was really funny and I honestly enjoyed the read. On the other I found some aspects of it mind numbingly annoying.
To start off, I do love that cover. It's the reason I read the book in the first place. Second, Robyn is extremely sarcastic and often witty. It would be hard not to enjoy her or her friends, who she bounces insults off fairly regularly throughout the book. Said friends are also wonderful. I especially liked James and The Duke. I also rather guiltily enjoyed her constant jokes about 'Britishness.' I'm not sure if she was laughing at them or with them on that one, since the character lived in London and was at least part English, but it was funny.
On the flip side however, I found the repeated use of titles and pet names...well, repetitive. William tagged the pet reference, Child, onto the end of almost every sentence directed at Robyn. Her uncle did much the same with 'Niece' and she reciprocated with 'Uncle'. (Which are odd uses of the titles to start with, before one even adds the complication of using them so often.) Then her roommates constantly call her 'boss'. I eventually found myself cringing. It's like being with someone who insists on saying your name in every sentence they speak to you, but worse. It's not natural, nor does it flow well. By the end of the book they just felt like random extraneous words.
Speaking of words, I give Ms. Klein serious koodos for the appropriate use of the words hirsute, suppurating, gelid, Philology, perspicacious, arabesques, redingote, anarchic and interlocutor in sentences. I know some readers complain about the use of a $10 word when a $1 word will do, but I love coming across examples that force me to utilise the dictionary option on my Kindle. What is the use of such a wide and varied English language if we don't break out the bad boys on occasion. This is a bonus in my reading world. On yet another, related hand, however is the small matter of editing. I think the book could probably do with another pass.
Not a bonus for me is the narrative style. The story is told in first person, present tense. This is my absolutely least favourite narrative style. I don't think it ever sounds natural. I always wonder why the character is dictating their actions as they go along. It doesn't work for me, but that is just a personal preference of course. I also thought that the eventual face off wrapped up far too easily. Every-time Robyn found herself in a difficult spot some magical accoutrement would suddenly glow or grow warm to tell her how to solve the problem. Despite these complaints the book is a fun read. I'm glad to have picked it up