As I write this I am sitting in my basement, in silence, lights off, and every part of me is covered by a blanket. At this very moment, a passerby would think the house is completely empty as the only light that exists is that emitting from my laptop and that too is securely under my blanket. Why? That's simple... it is possible that there are COWS! within a one mile radius of my home. Well... it is highly unlikely, I mean, I haven't seen any in the surrounding area BUT anything is possible and I would rather be safe than sorry.
Let me explain...
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Sheep is a well written, unique story, with colorful words that really bring the characters that we meet to life. Rothery has a way of endearing animals to us in a way that almost made me angry with the humans. Yes, that’s right, this meat eating human actually got a little miffed at the actions of the humans in this book. Hmmm… I am starting to wonder if Rothery is a vegetarian/vegan and this is all a conspiracy. That’s may be something to think about!
Although I didn’t find Sheep to be quite as amusing as COWS! I was still drawn in by Rothery’s slapstick humor and sustained focus to detail. Also, I absolutely adore the names of each one of the animals… I am befuddled and jealous of Rothery’s creativity. He is a genius mind that has been waiting to break free and I believe these novels have allowed him to do just that.
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If you are a lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and/or horror then this book was written for you. Let’s try another approach … if you grew up reading Goosebumps or Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and liked them, Souls of Darkness is the“grown-up” version.
I really enjoyed this book because I like reading “scary”stories. I don’t mind the main character being dark or the surroundings being dismal. When I read books in this genre I really try to focus on the WHY behind the story in the hopes of better understanding what the characters are going through, what they are feeling. Is that odd?
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I have always been a huge fan of paranormal, romance, magic, and mystery so I was rather certain that I would enjoy reading Wicka: The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake. I desperately wanted to love this book and really did. The problem with this is that I shouldn’t have. Let me explain.
Perfect for teens, young adults, and adults alike, Wicka is an easy, enjoyable read. Christy introduces well developed, likable characters and a storyline that flows easily and invites you in. I was engaged after just a few pages and didn’t want to put the book down even after reading the final page. It really was a good read and one that I would recommend.
The problem is, Wicka: The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake reminds me of books that I have already read. The characters may have different names, there may be a few twists in the theme, but the overall idea isn’t new. What I found most difficult while reading was feeling as thought I was reading a version of Twilight. Again, different names, changes to the theme, but to me, I felt like I was reading Twilight; to the point that I started picturing characters from the Twilight movies when I was reading Wicka. That isn’t a good thing. Anytime I read a book I am looking for originality and to a point that was lacking in this novel.
Perhaps even a more glaring problem was the structure of the read. The main character of the book, Elizabeth, is supposed to be a young girl/woman from Michigan. The book is written from her point of view; however, the writing favored that of a British novelist. As an American, this was somewhat off putting as this should have all been corrected prior to the book being released. There were also times when I was confused by the dialogue in the book and I had to go back and reread sections to come to a term with who was saying what and what was happening. I believe the book would benefit a great deal from going through proofreading.
That being said, I still really enjoyed the novel. I just question if I enjoyed the read because I enjoyed Wicka or because I am a Twilight fan. Even now, as I write this, I’m not certain. I would love to see what happens with Elizabeth and William next, I just hope that Christy will find strength and confidence in her own voice instead of pulling inspiration from other established (Twilight … Harry Potter) novels.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Wicka: The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.