Turned by Morgan Rice is a short vampire novel about a teen named Caitlin who moves to New York after mostly living in small towns. She has an uncarinTurned by Morgan Rice is a short vampire novel about a teen named Caitlin who moves to New York after mostly living in small towns. She has an uncaring mother, a brother to care for, and only one friend, Jonah, in her new dangerous neighborhood. Something strange is happening to Caitlin. During an attack in an ally, she suddenly becomes super strong and fast. While on her first date with Jonah, it happens again only this time she looses control and the unthinkable happens. Others notice what she does and a chase begins to catch Caitlin. Only Caleb tries to help her escape.
I liked parts of this novel even though it wasn't a complete story and even though the writing was a bit immature. The work needs a lot of editing. There are missing words, misused words, and shifts into present tense when the novel is written in past tense. There are inconsistencies , too, like the Russian. He starts out a world-renowned violin player and changes to a vocalist later on, unless I missed something somewhere.
The style of writing might appeal to a younger crowd, an age around thirteen, but twenty somethings and older may find it too childish. The idea behind everything seems like it could be interesting, but for me, I don't think this first novel had enough happening to hook me to read on. This story is more the first 25% of a novel instead of a whole novel and does not have a conclusion. Perhaps the author would do better adding the second novel to this one to make one more complete work.
The story is hinting at a love triangle development between Caitlin, Jonah, and Caleb to come in the future, so if you are tired of the love triangle theme you may want to skip this one. It does seem like a Twilight type plot line will come later.
I would recommend this novel to younger people. I don't think most adults will like it but it never hurts to give it a try to see for yourself....more
Wool by Hugh Howey is more of a short story than a novel, but that doesn't take away my enjoyment of reading it. Although short, this little story pacWool by Hugh Howey is more of a short story than a novel, but that doesn't take away my enjoyment of reading it. Although short, this little story packs a lot of twists. I found it well written once I got to the dialog. The beginning was a little overwritten for my taste, but that would be my only complaint and that's a minor one. The formatting and editing were well done. You won't stumble over missing words or have to interpret where paragraphs should be.
The story opens with the main character waiting to be sent out into an apocalyptic world to die. He has asked too many questions in a place where questions aren't allowed. Now he must go out with his wool sponges and clean the cameras so the inhabitants can see the nightmarish world outside. By the time he finishes he will die. He's angry and doesn't want to clean them. Why should he. Why did everyone else clean them when sent out to die. Even his wife did.
I loved the ending. It was my kind of ending and very clever. I'm also thrilled that the story had an ending. So many self published authors don't conclude their first books. As a reader it gets annoying to be forced to buy another book. I tend to move on not wanting to waste time on a series that may end poorly. But the ending for this story makes me want to go ahead and buy the rest of the books. This author has proved himself capable of a satisfying ending.
I would recommend Wool, absolutely. The beginning might make you want to stop a page in, but keep going. It gets better, I promise. Once the dialog starts the story becomes far more interesting....more
I thought Equal Parts had a strong beginning. The voice of the main character, Felicity, immediately drew me into the story, no prologues, no long pasI thought Equal Parts had a strong beginning. The voice of the main character, Felicity, immediately drew me into the story, no prologues, no long passages explaining the character’s history or the history of the world, the reader starts right in the spot where the world changes for the main character, the part when she meets the city’s villain, Achilles. Immediately the reader knows the destiny of these two are intertwined in some way. The reader is also introduced right off the bat to what type of story they are reading, a world full of people with superpowers. The writing is also clean and real sounding, not all flowery to the point the first person character no longer sounds like a real person, but a writer trying too hard. I knew immediately that I would pick this book to review.
As I continued reading, I found there was a nice balance between action, narrative summary, and dialogue. I never encountered talking heads with no movement or description, or sections of character thought or unnecessary description that went on forever and ever. Just enough action was thrown in to keep the scenes where Felicity spends a lot of time locked up from being boring.
There were times where I questioned whether the character’s reactions were realistic. There is a scene where Felicity does something quite violent. She isn’t a violent person. She’s a very sad but normal nineteen year old girl who happens to have a super power in a world where superpowers are normal. It seemed to me that the choice she made in the restaurant would have had more of an effect on her, but after it happens, it’s never really mentioned again like the action was nothing to her. And the way Achilles changes at the end. I think the change was too much too fast. Maybe it’s Felicity’s sunshine power effecting him? I don’t know, maybe that’s what the next books in the series will be about. I kept thinking along the way that it would be revealed that Achilles isn’t really a bad guy, more a good guy in disguise as a bad guy, like batman or Robin hood, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
I would have also preferred a stronger good guy super hero. Finn was too whiny and not a real challenge for Achilles. No wonder the town is full of crime. No super villain would see Finn as a real threat.
I would have liked more development in how the whole super hero aspect effected and changed this world compared to our normal world. I guess I would have liked to know the rules of the world more. Enough was explained in this first book to get by but the next books will need to explore it more.
One small thing that disturbed me is Felicity falling for a guy who kills people. She has a serious case of Stockholm syndrome or something. I understand meeting a bad boy type and feeling an instant attraction and connection, but this is beyond bad boy. He’s a killer. Perhaps Felicity is meant to come across as a kind of Bonnie and Clyde situation, which would explain the restaurant scene, but her inner thoughts don’t jibe with that theory. So I’m left a little confused, but not so much I’d stop reading. It’s written well enough I can ignore this problem. I also found it disturbing that Felicity’s friend would help her get back to Achilles considering his reputation. It seems to me a normal reaction would be to get her friend help and keep her away, not deliver her on a silver platter.
I am happy to say that this book has a complete arc and conclusion but leaves enough open for lots of future books to be written in this world. So many new writers are not concluding their first books. Because this one does, I’ll be willing and eager to read more books in this series because I know this author can end something satisfyingly.
Mostly I enjoyed this book. I think it might have worked better if it had been taken somewhere a little darker, where Felicity becomes a murdering criminal as well, or that Achilles turned out not to be the bad guy he was rumored to be. With the main character being such a nice person who helps others and Achilles is an actual violent person, I don’t know if I believe these two could have fallen for each other. I still recommend this book if you can let go of this small problem....more