- File Size: 2142 KB
- Print Length: 200 pages
- Publisher: HarperHart Publications (August 11, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 11, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00XJ9FIWE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wicked Days (An Ivy Morgan Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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First let me make it clear that I'm a very patient reader. I will read fan fiction written by 12 year olds who haven't mastered proper grammar and punctuation, if their storytelling abilities are solid. For me to stop and vent like this means we have a serious problem that messes with my ability to maintain my willing suspension of disbelief.
Here we have an author who has a decent grasp of the mechanics of writing. She describes scenes, settings and people well. She even has a very intriguing murder mystery if she would just get to it. Please. Pretty please.
The problem is that we are subjected to this horrible romance being foisted off on us and the main character, Jack Harker.
Instead of just letting the two characters meet and letting their mutual charm win them over to each other and the reader over to this pairing, the author has every single other character creepily obsessively focused on trying to convince Jack and Ivy they are perfect for each other. The author portrays Jack as drawn to Ivy. She's supposedly so beautiful and unique. We know this because the author tells us. The character tell us. But we don't really get to see it for ourselves. We only see that she is mostly unreasonable and hot tempered.
As another reviewer points out, the author fails at defining Ivy, so we are left to see her as a vaguely hippy sort of pagan nature lover who makes soap and candles. So basically she's like any of us directionless women who binge watched "Charmed"--guilty as charged. In fact near the end of the book the author alludes to that phenomenon.
But at this point, while she is self described as admiring Wiccan tenets, she's not a Wiccan. But she believes in magic. But so far she doesn't seem to do anything with it. So what exactly is the point to this person again? While this vagueness is extremely realistic, it stinks for enjoyable reading. I'm used to my cozy mystery witches brewing up a storm by the third chapter. I don't even know what chapter I'm on right now. It's been such a hard slog through all the wretched matchmaking.
I kid you not, so far all any of the other characters can talk about is how Jack and Ivy need to get together. The author twists people out of character to make them obsess over Jack and Ivy.
I do want to find out who murdered a young woman and why so I will try to finish this. I will even try the next book in the series to see if it gets any better after these two finally get together. So now it's just morbid curiosity that will keep me going.
Update: I don't think I can finish this. I have gone a few more chapters and Jack is talking to Ivy's dad, who summoned Jack to matchmake Jack with his daughter in the most obnoxious way possible. It's completely unrealistic. What man tells another man that his daughter is "warm for your form"! Who speaks of their own daughter that way? Is he her father or her trafficker? What on earth is this author thinking? Ugh. It's so frustrating because there will be a good scene and then the author can't seem to help writing this dreck.
Next update: I did finish. It was absolutely awful writing. Just horrible, though Ivy did a great job facing down danger. There are really good moments that let me know if the writer could just reign in her excesses, she could write a five star story. But this is not it.
I listened to this book as an audio book, and the reader did nothing to enhance the reading experience. I probably won't be buying another book in this series.
Chemistry between the two of them is electric. Trying to solve this murder with no suspects leads to all sorts of twists and turns. Lots of fun to read & a great page turner.