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Curse by Dale Furse
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it was ok

This is a cute fantasy story of multiple species from different worlds about a teenage girl successfully meeting a large host of unexpected and unique challenges that she was not prepared for by her previous rather quiet life.

The world she finds herself on is colorful and exciting but not overwhelming. It does a good job of providing a backdrop for the adventure which is the real point of the story.

Unfortunately, the crafting of the book is equally as poor as the storyline is good. This book feels like a novice writer’s first draft that has had the grammar cleaned up (very good) but left the character development untouched. The book is rife with unbelievable responses and situations that detract from the enjoyment of the fantasy world and story line.

While the lack of crafting the book may be overlooked by a young teen audience, the problems will keep any adult (teacher, librarian, parent) from recommending it.

Also, while kids may not recognize why they don’t care for the book as well as better crafted books the same problems are likely to keep them from recommending it to their peers.

Harry Potter is pure fantasy that is well crafted. I suggest the author read more of the successful books in this genre to see where fantasy is great story telling and believable reality is the substance that supports the fantasy.

The language needs to be reviewed for flow and age appropriate phrasing style.

As an adult I give this book two stars. An older child or early teen might give it three stars.

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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
March 9, 2016 – Shelved

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