Author Janine McCaw is known for believable characters being placed in circumstances they'd probably rather not be in, leading to twisting plotlines that keep the reader guessing. While her first novel, Olivia's Mine, is a fictional account of historical events that happened during the early 1900's at Britannia Beach, B.C., McCaw also writes in the general, paranormal, YA, urban fantasy and chick-lit genres.
The Helens-0f-Troy series is aimed at YA/Adult audiences that enjoy a little humor, a little horror and a lot of family drama. The first three books in the series are Helen's-of-Troy (released), Nightmare on Jacey Street (pre-release) and Boughs of Holly (pre-release) and follow the paranormal adventures of Helena, Helen and Ellie LaRose.
Pumper, the story of a firefighter who rescues a young child and the publicity goes to his head, is also in the works.
McCaw lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband Paul. She is not a zombie (twitter) but has been known to roam the streets that way... and not just on Halloween.
on Aug. 11, 2017 :
You know, I really wanted to love this book. It was billed as "The Gilmore Girls meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer", so I had high hopes.
I started noticing minor editing issues, missing quotation marks, apostrophes used to pluralise words, that sort of thing. This was still early, though (maybe 10% in), and they weren't too bad. The story was compelling enough for me to ignore them. "Maybe it's worth three stars, at least," I thought. Plus, I was really feeling The Gilmore Girls vibe at that point, and I LOVE The Gilmore girls.
But the editing got worse. Not only the punctuation problems, I saw lots of redundancy, people "Thinking to themselves" or "Shrugging their shoulders". No. Unless you're writing about telepaths, thinking to yourself is redundant. Okay, so there are some instances of telepathy in this book, but none of them had anything to do with it - it's not like anybody was thinking to themselves as opposed to thinking to others or anything.
There's lots of head-hopping too. In the same scene, sometimes in the same paragraph. To the point where at the top of the screen on my e-reader, I'm seeing the thoughts and feelings of one character, and by the time I get to the end of the screen, I'm in a completely different one's head. It actually got confusing at times.
The thing is, the story got worse as well... or maybe it was just my enjoyment of it being affected by all those others issues. Either way, by the time I finished the book, it was all seeming just a little silly.
Great potential, but poor editing grossly let this book down.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on May 29, 2012 :
From the moment that I picked up this book I was enthralled. The angst of the teenaged daughter mixed with the angst of the adult mother was an intoxicating mix. It was easy to identify with something in each of the main female characters which is what made it an incredibly fun read. I can't wait to see what else is in store for the Helens of Troy!!
(reviewed 82 days after purchase)
on May 26, 2012 :
This story is a clever premise, that the Helens have longer lives and are in tune with the spirit world. The story is a coming of age for the grand-daughter; a coming to terms with her powers and family business for the mother; and a resolving past issues for the grandma.
It was a book that immediately grabbed you, demanded your attention, and kept you glued to the pages wanting more. I give this 4 out of 5 clouds.
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(reviewed 26 days after purchase)