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not very convincing
am 18. Mai 2016
The problem with writing a review for a book is that you always have a standard to compare to - the same with movies who don't win the oscar becaue there are too many better movies this year nominated for it. I've read about 150 paranormal/fiction/fantasy books and the best one so far is the Afterlife Saga by Stephanie Hudson. Granted, you can't compare Afterlife with this book, but from all the books I've read, this one didn't capture me that much:
1) The chapters are too short (I don't even think that the kindle version has 297 pages, it was far shorter than that as I needed 10min for 10%). You read about 3-4min for each chapter, that's not enough to put high quality content into it - the depth was definitely missing. Actually, I don't understand why she made so many books if the first one is so short (well, I do understand, it's all about money...).
2) The characters lacked personality. Sofia: The only thing you know about her is that she has auburn hair, a mental mother and has regular panic attacks. Then, she meets a vampire (and doesn't even freak out on the fact that vampires exist - wtf?), and suddenly she's the bravest of all - why? Derek: For some reason (nobody knows) he is the most feared and has incredible bloodlust after waking up, still he has no problems sleeping next to Sofia after - yeah what, a few weeks? Days? There's no track of time in those books. He is a high ranking vampire, but somehow he doesn't seem very masculine to me, more boyish.
3) It may sound strange, but I didn't feel anything. I didn't feel love or pain or horror or whatever the author wrote about. There were just sentences that blended together, but the story lacks the power to really feel with the characters.
4) After finishing the book I realized that nothing really happened. Yeah, there were two or three dangerous situations, but if those situations are written in 3-min-chapters, it doesn't really capture you. So, when Sofia says in one of the last chapters "We've been through so much" I nearly choked.
5) Wording: Maybe the saga is for the younger readers or the ones who like shallow stories, but more than 70% of the sentences began with "I". I'm a writer myself and I know how hard it is to avoid "I" when writing in the first perspective, but that's exactly the challenge.
6) The story with her being part of his harem gave the reader a wrong impression because he never used any one of the girls for sex or as slaves in general. The only question is: Why? Because he's such a good guy? Then why does everyone fear him?
Too many quesitons left unanswered. I hardly ever give less than 4 stars and 90% of the books I've read where really good, but definitely not this one. Won't read the others.