The book starts okay. Not great but intriguing nonetheless. There was a rather blatant typo in the first sentence of the book and did had me thinking - 'what I'm I getting into?' - But I'm glad to say that mistake was more of an anomaly than a common occurrence. There are still mistakes in grammar and sentence structuring but all-in-all the book is well written and those mistakes are hardly noticeable unless of course you're really picky about those things. I know some people are rather critical when it comes to spelling and grammar, but I'm not one of those. Of course I can understand why they would be annoyed; if you're going to spend money on a book, then you can at least expect an author to have ironed out all its mistakes. However, that's easier said than done when you're a published author who has an editor behind you inspecting every word, every sentence and making sure it looks as professional as possible.
That isn't possible with self-published authors, who in most cases are the ones proofreading themselves - which I say is always a recipe for disaster - or manage to rein in help from family and friends. As a result it would be foolish or optomistic to expect a book to be completely and utterly free of mistakes. Of course that doesn't mean published books are free from errors, I've read some noticeable books in the past that have had a spelling mistake or two.
What I'm trying to say is that I've learned to be more forgiving when it comes to spelling and grammar. As my saying at the top of the page implies, what I'm more interested in when I read a book is the storyline and the characters that convey it. I can overlook everything else but those two qualities.
It seems like I've strayed away from my review, so getting back to the book...
Whilst I was reading the book I jotted down a list of what I liked and didn't like:
* It got a bit annoying to read the word 'evilly', for instance – ‘he said evilly,’ ‘he whispered evilly’, 'he looked evilly', etc. It’s a case of telling rather than showing and it’s a trap most indie authors fall into.
* Romantic aspect disappointing. The two main characters are already in love and we miss out on their courting of each other, which can be good thing, sometimes, but we also miss out on the connection between the two and so when you read about how madly in love they are for each other, it feels a bit hollow and superfluous. Which was the case for this particular book.
* I liked the how the author described the characters and settings. I got a clear and vivid picture in my mind when a character or place was introduced.
* The book is long (622 pages or 1340 KB). Normally I appreciate a long book. Not this one however. Every page felt like a chapter and every chapter felt like a book.
* I didn't particularly like the ending, it was bland and felt a bit drab.
As I mentioned in the beginning, I can forgive a book its grammatical errors as long as the storyline and characters are great. Well, as you can probably guess by my points above, the story wasn’t good let alone great and I felt disconnected with the characters. So much so that at the end of it I didn't care if any of the characters died in gruesome deaths or if the bad guys triumphed. And I'm guessing that isn't a good sign when reading a book. To be honest, I struggled to finish the book and let out a weary sign when I finished.
I bought the book when it was being offered for free, so I have no complaint against the price but if I had bought it at anything greater than say, £1/$2, then without question I would have been more regretful.
Glancing at the book's Amazon page, it's received only two reviews and they're both 5 stars. I’m not going to question the reviews. As I mentioned in my last post, we are all entitled to our opinions and we each interpret a book in our own way. Having said that, it’s not uncommon for friends and families of authors to give favourable reviews.
Not for me, and I’m glad I bought the book while it was going free. I’m not going to tell you to steer clear of it as I’m only giving you my own opinion and that is the key word here - opinion - not yours but mine. I know in my previous posts I’ve suggested you to buy books that I’ve felt were good but I’m not going to dissuade someone from reading a book just because I didn't like it. I have a lot of respect for authors who put a lot of effort into writing books and it wouldn’t be fair of me to say, for example - “I hated the book! Do not buy it!” - and in doing so denying them potential readers.
I’m positive that while I didn't enjoy the book, there will be others who will (case in point those two 5 star reviews).
My rating out of 10 stars: