on Oct. 4, 2012 :
loved how all the pieses fit together in the book, well-written. I loved the book!!
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)
on Sep. 20, 2012 :
The pace is typical of Amanda's work. Mystical creatures action and a complete well rounded tale of true love. I found the setting enchanting. The characters were atypical and Amanda weaves a snow white esc storyline with a slightly unusual "prince" in Lux. I was interested in the idea of taking catholic legend of angels and good and evil, virtue and peccati and making them fairytale characters with derivatives of those names. This read like an extended childrens fairytale. What it lacked in depth it made up for in pace. Amanda proves she can tell a story.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on April 13, 2012 :
I definitely agree with what others have written. This book has an amazing opening that pulls you right in, but it lost its magic early, and I had to struggle to keep reading. It has some really cool fairy tale characters and qualities to it that reminded me a bit of the movie "Legend", but it could have been better. I still buy all Amanda Hocking's books though, and I will probably reread this at some point.
(reviewed 63 days after purchase)
N B Hallett
on Feb. 19, 2012 :
First book of Hocking's that I have read in the third person and she did well. A lovely fairy story ... yet again a fast and easy read.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on July 14, 2011 :
I was really excited when I heard this new Amanda Hocking book was being released. I'm a big fan of her work, and "My Blood Approves" is one of my favorite series. This booked had a wonderful beginning and really gripped the reader, but after the "princess" was taken, then book lost its pull. It spent plenty of time on descriptions of scenes but the characters got lost in them. I'm still a fan and will continue to read Ms Hocking books, but I didn't find this book to be one of her best.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on July 12, 2011 :
Disappointing! It was a truly excellent premise that I don't think was fleshed out enough to do it justice. It had all the elements of a great story and you can easily see what it could have been but at times it felt like it wasn't fully drawn (like the scene from Coraline). I think that's why I was so disappointed, great potential wasted.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on June 23, 2011 :
I have always loved traditional fairy tales, so much so that I am wary of the contemporary variety. I was pleased to find in Virtue a very tight piece of writing. In one short chapter she succeeds in: A. Setting place – a castle. B. Introducing the main characters – Lux, a fairy tale playboy, Lily, the innocent heroine, and her step-mother, who happens to be evil (duh). C. Setting up the dramatic conflict of the story. D. Most important – getting me to want to turn the page to find out how that conflict would play out.
Her prose is the kind that is often described condescendingly as “workmanlike.” Her descriptions can be clichéd. They never reach the level of poetry that takes your breath away or offers some new insight. But I prefer workmanlike any day to the tangles of false erudition that spoil so much Literary Fiction for me.
I have no problem with workmanlike prose. It means the author is getting the job done, which is telling the story. Far more important than fancy description is the right amount of description. Amanda measures that perfectly. Just enough to tell you where you are and who the characters are then let your imagination fill in the rest. Not so much that you lose the thread of the story and get bored.
The characters in Virtue are not terribly nuanced – then again, it’s a freakin fairy tale. I don’t remember Jack and his mother, let alone that cow being particularly finely drawn. And I was pleased by how Amanda gradually reveals that her characters have an allegorical significance tied in with the theme (and title) of the book.
Though her fantasy world has many familiar elements – a palace fallen to ruin, an evil forest hiding a witch’s bungalow and an eviler swamp –she has added value with some nice imaginative touches. A glutton who gorges on barbecued goblin wings. Piranha-like fish in the evil swamp who lure their victims by crying like babies.
Virtue, apparently like all her books, suffers from shoddy copy-editing. Auto spell check has often returned the wrong word. It’s annoying, but not bad enough to wreck the story.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on June 1, 2011 :
Very nice twist to old plot -boy meets girl- if you can get over the first pages in first chapter which is a bit stiff.
Again some editing issues but has definetely improved from Switched though not as catchy.
I'll rate it 4* cause I want to read more from her; worth my hard earned coin and my time.
(reviewed the day of purchase)