Nicole MacDonald is a thirty something year old Kiwi who loves to read and moonlights as a novelist. From a young age she fantasized about being the heroine in the books and/or movies she watched and credits the series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ for really inspiring her. Writing only occurred to her a few years ago after reading an abysmal tale with silly useless females where upon she decided to write a tale solely for herself where the girls got to kick butt without the usual sob story—betrayed/abused/abandoned etc. That little tale eventuated into the BirthRight Trilogy.
Nicole’s current daydream is that Joss Whedon (aka the genius of film) will discover the BirthRight Trilogy and demand the film rights to it. Until then, she’s working on several other writing projects and aiming to explore the world with her partner.
Be careful what you wish for…
An innocuous love spell caused Catherine, Sian, Laura, and Kassandra to cross worlds in search of their soul mates. But more than love drew them to Gar'nyse. Truths are revealed and lives forever altered after an attack at the castle.
Four women take fate into their hands. Dabbling in the arcane in the hopes to attract their soul mates, they wake on a foreign planet. Now, having to rely on the skills they learnt on Earth, they must find their way to the castle if they ever hope to get home. But these four new arrivals have no idea of the potential power lying dormant within their bodies, or the extent others will go to reach it
I was a little confused when I began reading this book as it starts with a character that isn't mentioned in the book. Once I got over the 'eh? Is this the right book' moment I quickly fell into the story. The author is a good writer, I am in no way disputing that. His characters are likable and believable and the situation (at first) is darn clever. At the end of chapter 2 I was doing my best evil chuckle at the predicament of a pair of bumbling idiots (not giving spoilers away ;p you'll have to buy or read sample) and had to tell my Hubby all about it. He did his thoughtful nodding while rattling off the titles of a couple of movie plots it reminded him of. Not having seen any of them I shrugged and continued to read. The first frustrating thing I noticed (in the first few pages too) is that the author over describes EVERYTHING. I ended up skimming pages due to his characters internal ramblings (and wow can they ramble!) or his five descriptions of one thing. He literally explains jokes after saying them.. way to kill the humour much.
I liked when he stuck to 'his' voice. A masculine (as to be expected) simple voice. However I'm going to guess someone told him they felt it was too simple and needed more descriptions. If I ever meet that person I'll be tempted to smack them.. Simple English is surprisingly hard to do and honestly if someone calls your book an 'easy' read you should be flattered! Don't start cramming in extra flowery 'feminine' words to try and 'fix' it. So yes I did a lot of skim reading and rolling of eyes in sections where he insistently over described things. As a beta reader I was itching to cross sections out as they really were just fluff that did nothing but annoy a reader trying to get on with the story. Which really was good, a little cliché for sure but what story isn't?
Until the last ten percent. Sure there were a couple of moments in the plot where I thought 'loophole! Would never happen or work' but that would have been fine (or at least acceptable). Until he threw in an annoying and unnecessary twist. Sigh.
Which suddenly brought the story and murder down to a 'honour' killing, finish (or rather that's what it felt like) and left me furious. A character I liked and respected just went down the dunny and I'm left wailing 'whhhyyyyyy?' It was one of those moments we've all seen before. The person you least suspected turns out to be the killer! Except it was so ridiculously left field that it just felt as though he decided to do it on a whim five minutes before publishing. A very disappointing end to a read I almost enjoyed.. *sigh*