I read this story when it was included in an anthology previously, and at the time I thought it deserved two stars. And that was me being generous. AfI read this story when it was included in an anthology previously, and at the time I thought it deserved two stars. And that was me being generous. After following Lindsay Avalon's writing career, I am glad to see her writing has improved immensely and this story is so much better than the original version (which read as a very poorly edited first draft) that now it is when it deserves five stars. If you think this is your typical story with twins, being one good and the other evil, think twice. Selkies and other elements make of this story a gripping read, with an interesting plot development, an excellent pace, and the right dose of thrill to make you keep on reading. Will Lyulf survive to the curse of having an evil twin? Will Himesh be successful with his cruel plans? Will Nerissa be forever trapped in between worlds? What happened to her skin? In order to answer those questions, you will need to read the story. You are in for a treat....more
I got an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
I agreed to read this book because it falls into the categories that I am reviewing rigI got an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
I agreed to read this book because it falls into the categories that I am reviewing right now, and because I love historical fiction. If it includes romance, it is even better. This book had all the elements for me to enjoy it. And I enjoyed it. Very much. Until it started going downfall around the last quarter of the book.
The premises for this book are great. Lorie is a teenage girl whose parents die because of the Civil War, as well as the rest of her family. Being alone, a family travelling to the North decides to take her with them, so she can start a new life. However, the man in that family decides to sell her to work as a whore. We will witness life for Lorie as a whore, and we will also accompany her in her journey to the North when destiny makes her meet a man who will save her from her hellish life in the saloon. Adventures, dangers, love, and more in a good recount of life in the wild west. Will Lorie manage to start a new life? Will the demons of her past life haunt her?
One of the best things about this book is the recreation of the States in the aftermath of the Civil War. Descriptions of the towns, the utensils, the clothes, the usage of the language are spot on. It shows the author has done tons of research and I, as a reader, thank her for that. I am tired of reading historical books with inaccuracies.
The characters are good and they are well depicted, but they are kind of flatish. There is not a lot of character development here. The bad is bad, and the good is good. There are not changes in personality, or big revelations. However, my favorite character is Malcolm. The main character, Lorie, got on my nerves some times with her repetitive whining. That's another thing that bothered me about this book: dialogues are somehow repetitive, making the characters talk about the exact same thing once and once again. There is an overuse of the expression "something fierce", which appears ad nauseam all over the book.
So I was reading this book and I was thinking of giving it 5 stars, because it was really fantastic, making me turn the pages without wanting to stop (although the chapters are a tad too long), when it happened. The romantic part appeared. That part was boring, repetitive, too sugary for my taste; but at least I learnt some expressions in Gaelic Irish. From that point onwards, the book started being predictable and the ending of the book was exactly what I had in mind way before it happened. That bores me. I love twists. I love unexpected endings that make exclaim, "Whoa! I so didn't see that coming!" And this book failed to do that.
However, if you love reading historical romance books with a heroine who at times proves to have balls and an alpha male character who is tougher than a coconut, this is the book for you. The recreation of the period is phenomenal....more
I started reading this book because, since I also write children's books, I thought it would be informative and useful for me. It was a bit disappointI started reading this book because, since I also write children's books, I thought it would be informative and useful for me. It was a bit disappointing, since most of the information that this book delivers is the same information you can find anywhere else, even on blogs where you can read that for free. There were a couple of things that I found useful, but as for the rest, I already knew those things. I kept on skipping parts in order to find the parts that were important for me. Good book if you don't know much about the craft of writing for kids. If you already know about the topic, there are better books out there....more
As an absolute fan of all things Harry Potter, I couldn't pass the opportunity of buying this little book. It was fun reading the little fairy tales tAs an absolute fan of all things Harry Potter, I couldn't pass the opportunity of buying this little book. It was fun reading the little fairy tales that were featured in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". This is not a brilliant book, but if you are a fan of Harry Potter it will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. It was a good addition to my Harry Potter bookshelf....more
I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
First of all, I have to say this book is YA and I am not the intended audience, bI was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
First of all, I have to say this book is YA and I am not the intended audience, but that doesn't mean I cannot have a subjective opinion about it. I like YA books and I always read them taking into account they are not intended for thirty-something minds. Layla is a teenager who moves with her family to different coastal cities every year. The moving always coincides with her birthday. When she discovers that she belongs to a special race of people with special abilities, her world will turn upside down.
This book started quite well and I was enjoying it a lot. Finally, I had found a YA heroine who wasn't perfect, who didn't master things at the first attempt, and who wasn't an irritating know-it-all pouty princess as in other books I have read. But my enjoyment didn't last long, and I started rolling my eyes every few pages.
It is fine to make your MC the kind of heroine who is not perfect, but sometimes her defects and her inability to understand the most simple things was kind of repetitive and annoying. The plot was fine, but there were certain aspects that would have needed further explanation. The creation of the Açiali world is a good idea, but I don't really see it in my mind. It needs more work and a bit more of description. Then, about the history of the Açiali, there are aspects that also need more explanation. I found myself wondering about things from time to time. At the beginning of the book there is a lot of fuss about the fact that they move to a different city on Layla's birthday, but there is no explanation about why. It feels like the book starts with an idea in mind and then it shifts to a different one.
I also had problems with the character of Pyke. His characterization is kind of inconsistent, and I don't think that the way Layla talks and feels about him is a good example for YA readers.
The only reason I am giving this book 3 instead of 2 stars is because the writing is good; the writer has a lot of talent, but the mechanics of writing this kind of book need more practice. Also because I didn't find any typo or major grammar issue. It's an entertaining story if you don't mind that the creation of the world of the Açiali is a bit too vague....more