Chrissy Peebles, a practicing nurse, has always loved reading and writing fantasy from the earliest age she can remember. She plotted every single twist she could think of during bedtime stories for her children. When her little ones begged for more adventures, she felt confident enough to let her overeager imagination and sense of humor spill out into her first novel. She lives in the country with her husband, two young kids, one hamster, three dwarf hamsters and cat. When she's not taking the kids to Little League soccer, basketball, or baseball, she loves to snap photos as her favorite hobby.
on Sep. 03, 2015 :
I like the new take on a bigfoot story. Weaving a fantasy around a legend like that was refreshing. The male lead was named Frank, so of course I couldn't be disappointed in that. Regrettably, that is where my praise comes to a screeching crawl.
Now to be emphatically frank...
The female lead was argumentative and generally unpleasant and there were some comments about her caring nature that didn't quite go all the way to diffusing her abrasive personality. In all honesty if I had been the guy that got stuck with her I would have left her to fend for herself in consequence of her rude mouth.
There are bits and pieces that are really cheesy and cliche in some places and the tone slipped in and out of modern and medieval in a way that distracted me from the story. The tone of the story seemed to be intent upon creating a feel of a time centuries ago, but the characters that were supposed to be from that time period didn't always keep with that tone. I feel like the wedding, in particular, was in need of some research and work. I can't pretend to know how a wedding was conducted in such a setting as is described in this book, but this one felt very modern. Not to mention, I feel certain that women, queens or otherwise, were asked to obey their husbands in medieval times and that little tidbit was glaringly absent.
I'm sure no fashion expert, but even I know the difference between muslin and leather. The servant girl helping the female lead to escape wore a simple muslin dress on one page and then somehow magically slipped out of a leather dress on the next page. The likelihood of a servant wearing a leather dress in this time setting is nil, but what really got to me was how close these errors were together in the story. This is an excellent example of why it is important to read your work multiple times and forge a friendship with someone who will lend you a second pair of eyes.
The thing that bothered me most of all were the little tidbits of information introduced to the story via "I've just received word." Where exactly did these characters receive word from? They didn't go anywhere, no little messenger boys popped up to tell them anything, they didn't peer into a crystal ball. Information can't just appear out of nowhere, especially when the setting is medieval. That and bragging with fiction. If the characters have to tell you they don't lack much before starring in an "epic" story, that is a sure indicator that the story is lackluster. I can't speak for others, but I don't care for being told by made up people that I'm reading a great story.
I am not a fan of any story about the slut who strings men along because they are the best option in her general vicinity. Wait before you all start pulling your sexist flags out and throwing them at me with malice. She is not a slut simply because she enjoys the company of men; she is a slut because she plays emotional games with them and I don't like any combination of people treating other people like that in general, be them male or female. The behavior of the female lead towards the male lead causes me to further dislike her and when I read a story all about a character I can't stand, it makes for a miserable read. The king may have forced her into it, but the desperate schmuck who fawns over her never forced her hand into that behavior. I can't pinpoint exactly where in the storyline it went wrong for me, but it seemed as if the female lead changed her opinion of the male lead too quickly to seem legit and then proceeded to be inconsistent with her feelings.
The overall readability is somewhat sketchy. I found that the story did not flow as well as it could or should have and at times it was an immense bore. There is a good story beneath everything that bothered me, but this one I think needs a good editor, to help bring it out. Unfortunately in this case I don't mean a proofreader or a friend, but a real kill your wallet kind of editor that understands on a singular level the problems I have mentioned and knows how to fix them.
(review of free book)
on Dec. 07, 2012 :
This book was at times very interesting and at times very confusing. None of the characters are very likeable but it is an unusual premise.
(review of free book)