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When You're Ready (Ready Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 22, 2013
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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"If you're after a beautifully told romantic story about loving, losing, healing and finding that second chance, and in the process finding yourself, then be sure to pick up When You're Ready. I guarantee you won't be disappointed." - TotallyBooked Book Blog
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I'm sure everyone has already read the synopsis, so no need to repeat it in detail here. My problem isn't with the storyline, at least so far - I'm actually only 40% of the way through the book. I ALWAYS finish my books, but this one is annoying me SO much I can't tolerate any more of it tonight. Here's why:
This book is NOT beautifully written! It is choppy, awkward and terribly in need of an editor, both for grammar and for content/style. The grammar isn't the worst I've ever seen in an eBook, but its problems go far beyond typos and spelling errors. For example, verb tenses change in the same sentence repeatedly throughout, which makes for very awkward and disjointed reading.
The author employs two POVs to tell the story, and while many authors are able to use this mechanism effectively, J.L. Berg does not appear to have the experience or skill to do that yet. Her characters lack not only distinctive voices, but I also had trouble at times distinguishing gender: many times Logan sounded very female, and I would mistakenly think I was reading Clare's thoughts or POV. I believe Berg would have been much more successful writing the entire book in third person narrative.
In addition to the lack of distinctive voice for each character, the main characters seemed rather young and immature to me, especially given their age and the things they had been through in their life. They struck me more as college-age kids, through their actions, dialogue and thoughts.
This could be just me, but I was surprised at the language in the book. While I don't like foul language in my personal life, in general I tolerate it to a point in my reading where it seems to fit in or is reasonable for the story or characters. Others may not agree with me here, but it felt like too much, right in my face, and just wrong, the way it was employed in this book.
I understand that this is a debut novel, and I hope the author will find some professional instruction and editorial assistance before publishing again, because this strikes me as more of a rough draft. I am truly bemused by all of the 5 star ratings. I urge readers to give this author some time to develop her craft before sampling her work, and I wish J.L. Berg the best in her future writing endeavors.
So because of the poor editing and bad language, I just couldn't rate it 5 stars, but I enjoyed the sweetness and romance enough to waver between 3 and 4 stars, so this is really a 3 1/2 star rating. A really enjoyable story that I'm glad I read. But I don't think I want to continue in this series due to the poor editing and overuse of bad language. But I do recommend trying this one.
I kept waiting for the "dark moment" that tears them apart, and the one that was written was so contrived. The hero supposedly dumps her to spare her, but is actually hoping she'll come back to him anyway, without giving her the option. HUH? Lame.
And sorry but a 4 year old just doesn't speak like that. I would've believed it more had she been 7 years or older.
I read romance for the escape and this was actually a really good story, but the lack of editing took me out of the story over and over. There were sentences without periods, and ones ending in commas, missed words, backwards quotes, some curly quotes, some straight. It just screamed AMATEUR HOUR. One pass of a professional proofreader could've fixed these simple errors.
I won't be buying any of her books out of that reason alone, which is sad because she has a lot of potential as a writer.
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