I received this book as a LibraryThing early review.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I started reading it without having read the first book (...moreI received this book as a LibraryThing early review.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I started reading it without having read the first book (which I attempted to find halfway through reading this one because I was enjoying it so much) but found it impossible to find it in a Kindle format. It was easy enough to follow without having read the first book though so that was nice.
The writing was done well and the story was engaging. The characters were well developed as was the plot. I would read the first and third book in the series without complaint! In fact, I am now trying to find them as I really need to know the back story and how the future unfolds for the group.(less)
This isn't my normal genre but I read it for the University of Central Florida Book Festival panel I was moderating, and to be honest I quite enjoyed...moreThis isn't my normal genre but I read it for the University of Central Florida Book Festival panel I was moderating, and to be honest I quite enjoyed it!
I learned that is was called a "cozy mystery" and I think that is the perfect term. It was an easy book to pick up and read with a cup of coffee while snuggled under a warm blanket. I can definitely see myself picking up book two!(less)
**spoiler alert** OK this will be a long rant filled review. You have been warned.
I am not sure exactly where to start so I will just jump right in.
Th...more**spoiler alert** OK this will be a long rant filled review. You have been warned.
I am not sure exactly where to start so I will just jump right in.
The grammar and sentence structure was atrocious. There were several points in the story where I had to stop and reread to make sure I had read correctly. I finally had to just ignore it.
The "flow" of the story seemed very jumbled. There were no transitions and the author frequently "forgot" to mention what characters were doing and so you would read two pages thinking one person was still in the room only to finally figure out that they had left at some point during the other characters dialog. Granted I don't need my hand held through the book, but knowing when a key character has left the room is kind of important to the imagery. Also, there is no indication when a scene changes at all. A line break or the *** that most authors use would have come in quite handy.
The lack of descriptions of things was also annoying. For instance he notes at one point that there are a lot of exotic foods but that is all the description you get. Later on he spends two full sentences describing lined paper...I, I just...sigh.
The language that was used throughout the entire story was nerve wracking. There were so many obnoxious clichés that I constantly had to remind myself not to throw my Kindle across the room. Even the Elders spoke like angst ridden teens.
As for the plot of the story I think the author had a good overall premise, but I think he just wanted to add too much in that was inconsequential. For instance, the random talking Gorilla that was never explained; the issues between the French and American Atlanteans; and the box Colin retrieved from the vault (he spent a full chapter on it and never mentioned it again except when Melissa called him out). Maybe these things are touched on again in later books, but there wasn't enough interest in the first for me to want to continue the series, even with the obnoxious cliff hanger at the end.
The characters were very one dimensional. Colin was never adequately fleshed out and didn't have enough of his own personality for me to be able to relate to him in any kind of way. The same goes for the remainder of the characters.
I honestly think this was an ok attempt at a novel written for a creative writing class, but he should really have had people help him edit it before attempting to publish it himself. The world building was interesting and I really initially liked the idea of Atlantis and the Greek Gods playing a role in a modern and super advanced society but Elder's Secret just fell short.
Random things that bugged me: Pg. 2 Speaking (favorably) of a girl Colin fancied "Not to mention the personality of a goddess." What exactly is that? Have you read about the Gods and Goddesses? I am not sure that this is a compliment...
Random pronoun usage is distracting and at times very confusing.
Pg. 5 Using the term 'having a funny feeling' more than once. Can you elucidate please? Come on, all great Sci-fi/Fantasy is verbose and the great authors describe everything so that you get lost in the world they are painting for you!
Pg. 12 Talking about Cassandra and how they are back to 'normalcy' because she is treating him like shit. (And to add in here, there are parts of the story and plot that seem like they are pilfered directly from Harry Potter.
Pg. 74 Bertha never noticed her own kids had powers? She didn't find it weird that an entire forest that burned down had grown back in only a week? That wasn't strange? Her favorite rose bush grew back over night and she didn't expect anything? Ok, sure.
Pg. 103 Atlantis is supposed to be far superior than the outside world yet the school mentions that 'surface kids' on average have better testing scores than the Atlanteans...Seems rather backwards.
Pg. 158 This sentence: "She sounded a phlegmful [sic] trumpet into the soft paper and continued to sniffle as she leaked down her face."
Pg. 160 He has twin sisters named Melissa and Clarissa and then throws in a third sister named Marissa. That just seems lazy.
~Pg. 176 After Colin is suspected of murder he just keeps getting whiny when people think he did it. It bothered me that he didn't try to explain what happened or what he saw but instead just went "I didn't do it! Why don't you believe me?!"
Pg. 275 The lack of description detailing the differences between the Witches and Atlanteans. What makes them different?
Pg. 309 Colin can magically read a book that is in a strange language that he has never seen before and just happens to have all the answers he needs in it. And then fixing Luke himself with this new found knowledge because the super advanced Atlantean healers are "idiots".
Pg. 315 The vision Colin has of Cassandra and his parents. The entire fight scene is completely flat. There is absolutely no emotion in the writing whatsoever.
Pg. 338 Plot twist: Hera is the killer and the missing sister Marissa has been walking around town for years scoping out victims for a mysterious master. Why has no one recognized Marissa? It wasn't stated that she was being stealthy...just that she did recon for Hera.
Pg. 366 The entire story has been told through Colin. Then at 95% of the way through the story, for only a few paragraphs, the point of view changes to a new character Freya, whom we have only briefly met previously.
Lastly, any time I would pick up and read this book for more than 10 minutes at a time I would get a headache. I can't recall that ever happening before.(less)
I REEEEEALLY wanted to like this book. I really did. BUT I just couldn't get into it. The geek references were great but I felt like they needed more...moreI REEEEEALLY wanted to like this book. I really did. BUT I just couldn't get into it. The geek references were great but I felt like they needed more substance. The plot was interesting and had great potential but again, I think there could have been more done with it.
Ree just felt superficial and not really fleshed out, as did the rest of the characters and the magic used was the same. It was interesting but it was kind of inconsistent.
Lastly, imho the plot twists were predictable. I really think most of my gripes can be explained by saying this just isn't the genre of book I like, so take what I say with a grain of salt.(less)
I have fallen very behind on my reading the last few weeks! But this book was great!
The gist of the story is the main character (he happens to be unna...moreI have fallen very behind on my reading the last few weeks! But this book was great!
The gist of the story is the main character (he happens to be unnamed) invents a time machine and every year he arrives at "The Convention" which is a party he planned for himself alone. So the party consists of various versions of himself. There are rules (no spoilers allowed, no guests, no changing events). But one year a mysterious woman in red appears which happens to coincide with the death of an elder (or two?!).
The suspense was fantastic and the story line took some twists I wasn't expecting which is always good! :) The world building and writing were fantastic.
Although the story started off a bit slow for my taste it was worth it to read through to the end. The very brief synopsis is David (the protagonist)...moreAlthough the story started off a bit slow for my taste it was worth it to read through to the end. The very brief synopsis is David (the protagonist) is a heroin addict who happens to stumble upon a group who practice telepathy, astral travel, precognition, etc. and is recruited by them. He kicks his heroin addiction and becomes an amazing pre-cog. There is a lot of suspense and thrills and twists that you don't really see coming.
The author covers topics like free will and predestination, religion and meditation. The topics are interesting and well written. The only thing I thought was a bit strange was the ending. I won't spoil it, but I am not sure if I loved the ending or hated it... I keep going back and forth on it! But it is worth a read! And I heard it was a screen play as well... I would be interested in seeing this on the big screen!
Also, I happened to come across this statue online today and it seemed like it would fit in here great! It reminded me of the story!
That's pretty much how I feel about the story. I hated it to begin with because it is just so predictable and formulaic, but after I started think...moreMeh.
That's pretty much how I feel about the story. I hated it to begin with because it is just so predictable and formulaic, but after I started thinking about the story as comedy then it was more palatable.
The puzzles in this story weren't very difficult and I thought that it read more like a tour guide than anything else. But otherwise it was a quick and easy read.(less)
Penny, Zoe, and Katie are back in Aurora Hollow and are preparing themselves for more mystical troubles. Strange things are happening, like Susan's my...morePenny, Zoe, and Katie are back in Aurora Hollow and are preparing themselves for more mystical troubles. Strange things are happening, like Susan's mysterious suitor, and the girls need to be ready for anything. But will they be ready in time? And what will happen if they are found out? -----------------------------
Nevermind how I got a super early advanced reading copy of this book, it doesn't matter! What DOES matter is that it is super awesome. It's true.
After devouring the first book, practically in few hours, I was eager to get my hands on book 2 only to realize that it wasn't even done being written yet. ::Sigh:: (Feel free to check my review of book 1 if you don't believe me...)
Lo and behold, the author wrote to me to thank me for a kind review ::insert unprofessional fan girl squeal here:: and to say that book 2 was almost done...would I like to read it?...So of course I did! :)
I highly recommend this one! It will keep you on the edge of your seat :)Go pre-order it. GO!(less)
You know that feeling you get when you read a book and love it so much you want to tell everyone about it so you do and they keep telling you to shut...moreYou know that feeling you get when you read a book and love it so much you want to tell everyone about it so you do and they keep telling you to shut up? No? Then read this book and you will know exactly what I am talking about.
Some of the things I loved are as follows: Vocabulary- Abby uses words that most would agree are above her grade level. But the author makes it work by explaining to the reader what it means or instructing them to use a dictionary. (I think I love this so much because I was this child. My dad and I used to out-smart each other with 'dead' words like "surreptitious" or "solipsistic". I had to start dumbing down my vocab in high school because my peers and teachers didn't care for it...)
Chapter Reviews-I won't spoil these. Read the book and laugh at them yourself.
Inventions-I kind of wish all of the inventions mentioned were real. I could most definitely use self tensioning bookends.
Cryptic crosswords-I never knew these even existed, but now I know how to do them and I am addicted!
Basically, it was a great read and the narrator was hilariously sarcastic (which I love). So go buy a copy for yourself and enjoy!(less)
This book was just a lot of fun to read, and it didn't hurt that it reminded me of my days as the class clown in elementary school.
Ricky Vargas is fu...moreThis book was just a lot of fun to read, and it didn't hurt that it reminded me of my days as the class clown in elementary school.
Ricky Vargas is funny. The whole class knows it. Everyone likes him for it but it occasionally does get him into trouble.
The book is broken up into 3 different tales and each page has a wonderful illustration (and I too old to still admit that I LOVE picture books?! I hope not).I thought it was a lovely story and I will be hording it away for my future kids!(less)