- File Size: 1408 KB
- Print Length: 370 pages
- Publisher: Poolbeg Press; 1 edition (January 8, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 8, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CYPL01M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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inhabitants of a rotting slum? Why was Mary Rose's death not reported? Why was the young orphan Emma, not discharged to a responsible caregiver? The story moved along well enough, but the writing was amateurish, more on the level of a young adult novel.
First off, the author's writing style is less than elegant and a tad clunky, but it gets the job done. The author uses an omnipotent 3rd person POV, so she randomly jumps from the mind of one character to the thoughts of another, often from one paragraph to the next, which allows her to adopt a "tell, don't show" style of writing which I did not appreciate. Instead of showing how a person feels by their actions and expressions, she just "jumps into their mind" and tells her readers how they are feeling. I found it irritating and felt it drained vigor and richness from the story.
I felt the dialogue utilized in the story was awkward and unrealistic. Almost every other dialogue sentence was finished with someone's name, even if only two people are conversing. For example, "What are you thinking, Ivy?" "Oh, I don't know, Jem, just thinking." "Oh no, not that thinking, Ivy." "You eejit, Jem!" Once I noticed it, I couldn't stop seeing it and it became immensely irritating. In a 30 minute conversation with a friend, how often do you say their name after the initial greeting? Not very often, if at all! It was even worse when 3 or more people were part of the conversation.
So, a good story, but poorly executed.
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Then fate steps in and her life changes and she is alone and has to think quickly rethink her future if she is to survive and avoid starvation.
A wonderful story that draws you in and makes you care about the characters and what can they do next. Excellent read.
The only thing holding me back from a five star review is the fact that I typically don't like books that switch perspective as often as this one does. The majority of the story is from the perspective of Ivy Rose, but the perspective changes to other characters throughout -- sometimes without much warning. I think the author did a pretty good job of it so that it wasn't terribly distracting, but it did disrupt the flow from time to time.
I got this book for free when it was on offer and did go ahead and buy the second book as soon as I finished this one which is a pretty high complement for me!
From the moment I started reading I didn’t put it down until I had finished every last word
The first thing I did after finishing the book was go to Amazon and download the next book. Actually that’s a lie I went to bed first as it was now 3.30am in the morning, but it was the first thing I did the next morning (after a cup of coffee).
After finishing the book I felt happier than I did before I started it and the next day I still felt happy looking forward to reading the next book.
There are some minor problems with the story, at times it feels a bit ‘jerky’. There are jumps in the story where on a couple of occasions I even thought I had missed a page. Also there are the odd unresolved incidents. I suspect the author feels they have been finished and has moved on, but I am left wondering what happened next. For example Ann Marie has an emotional meeting with her Uncle about the behavior of one of her cousins. Ann Marie leaves the matter with her Uncle and moves on with her life, but we never find out what the Uncle actually does. This is a minor thing and doesn’t affect the main story but having grabbed my interest it would have been nice to know what happened.
Because of these minor problems I was going to give 4 stars but actually they are not important. What is important is that this was the most enjoyable book I have read this year.
not finished it yet but would highly recommend, it is so true to what the story is about,the way they treated the workings class,
and those less fortunate than themselves
Despite having little they shared so much. A good lesson for us all.