- File Size: 8427 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Champagne Book Group (June 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Y6A2RVU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shepard succeeds more often than she fails in this, her debut offering. Asha’s story is tightly told. She attempts to give each sister their own distinct voice. The POV is tightly adhered and the story keeps to its through line without wandering too far off. Shepard sidesteps many struggles that sometimes rob first-time authors of success.
Where the book didn’t work for me was in the distant and often repetitive narrative, the going-through the-motion motivations of each character, and an emotional detachment of the characters to the events surrounding them. At one point a flautist responds to the brutal death of the only family she’s ever known by throwing her life’s work into the ocean and heading to the hills to escape. That’s fine, and perhaps the author’s intent was to keep it mechanical. But all throughout the story the same distance was repeated where I was expecting an emotional gut-punch that never came. The same dissonance carries over to the books climatic steamy scenes. They are well-written, but favor the physical response over the emotional. I realize it’s subjective, so pepper to taste, but it made it difficult for me to invest in the characters.
This book has a large cast, and as such, it would difficult for any writer to juggle. Shepard is smart to keep the focus on Asha and her would-be captor. But I wondered at times if he really shouldn’t be the main character instead. Where Asha’s arc is about discovering herself, to me the story was at its best when it focused on the growth of Clay who underwent the greatest amount of change -- from cold killer and cultist, to someone who redefined his roots an overcame his rocky past through a kindle of flame.
There are some brilliant bits in this book, and Shepard shows real promise as a writer (I love the line about the Kool-aid!) but it’s overshadowed by an emotional void that will perhaps be better balanced as the sisters re-unite to fight the forces of evil once more.
3.5 Stars rounded to 4
Unbalanced is a fast paced Urban Fantasy with a bit a Romance. Overall it works pretty good on that level. However, it really could have used one more beta read for clarity. Entire chapters have the characters names mentioned once, then only pronouns of he or she. This distanced me from the characters. As I got farther into the book, as it switched from one character to another, I'd have to stop to remember which "she" this was.
In the prelude there is the battle between "The Master" and "she" and her sisters. The sisters with no names stand up to the "The Master" who is also, "a Master" and had the title of "the Grand Master" bestowed on him. In my first read of the battle, I missed the one paragraph describing the sisters by their eye color and hair. It first I thought it was one girl whose hair and eyes kept changing color. To add to my confusion their eyes did change color.
If I received this book as a beta-read, I'd think it was great. As all it lacked was a couple of spots where the person's name should be dropped in to replace the pronoun, a few times that singular titles and plural titles should match, some instances of downright strange wordings. The little things that make everything smooth and clear for the reader. As a finished novel, it didn't work for me, as those little things kept pulling me out of the story.
I have to give this one a 3 star. There is a good story in here, but a lot of little things made it hard to see. It's a little sad, as maybe changing less than a hundred words would have given this novel at least one more star.
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