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on March 09, 2014
This was really interesting. The first thing I always notice about books is whether or not the grammar and vocabulary are as they should be--professional. This writer is not only quite intelligent, but gifted in providing details to set a scene. The imagery he used to describe the bar setting was awesome!
I also was riveted by the exchange of the two main characters, as it was an intense situation that projected fear and urgency.
To Mr. Willard White: Is this story an excerpt of a larger book? I would love to read it if so!!! Thanks.
on March 10, 2014
Very intelligetn writer ... the characters come alive. I hate reading things that are not well researched, especially historical pieces, but this author really knew his stuff! Made me think, and gave awesome imagery!
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor
on March 11, 2014
I liked it. It was real enough that the author must have done some research, and I dispise when it is obvious the author had not. It is sad, and a good perception of what immigrants must have gone through.
on March 11, 2014
Cute story that tells of the Kennedys meeting at a dinner party. It was interesting to see things from Jackie's point of view.
on March 12, 2014
It's written in first person, and I thought it a little junvenile... then I reminded myself that the character is supposed to be 18... and so she was junvenile. This same author wrote another story I also enjoyed that invovled immgrants... from that, I knew the author was capable of more adult sounding work. There was a bit of humor injected here, so it was entertaining along with some time travel. :)
on March 12, 2014
Originally I was going to rate this lower, until I saw the age of the author. Then it is apparent that she is quite talented for her age. I have two suggestions for you Melody... print out your work onto paper and proofread it--do not just rely on spell check. There are a lot of spelling/puntucation mistakes, as well as typos. The other suggestion is to give more details about things. For example, Scotty comes to the store to fill up the tank of the truck where he asks his friend about the job. 1.) Teenaged boys didn't have their own trucks in the 1930s, so if it was a piece of farm equipment, then it is better to say that. Not only does it clarify, but it gives a better mental image. Also, he "filled it up" for $5. A quick internet search said that gas was 25 cents per gallon in the 1920s. So $5 might be a lot, maybe it isnt, depending on the size of the truck, but two days later, he is back at the gas station filling up again. So it must be something that is used reguarly on the farm.
Your story is good, your vocabluary is mature for your age. Your cover is awesome! I cannot photoshop at all, so if you would like for me to proofread/edit your work, I would appreciate work with covers! :) check out my blog or facebook page! And keep writing girl!!! Don't give up, you are on your way to becoming an awesome writer!
The Kennedy Coup
on Sep. 23, 2014
This is a well researched, thought provoking book. This author documented historic events of Japan, Vietnam, Cuba which led to the inevitable. The story flowed well and was well written without typographical/grammatical errors. It was an exciting read for historians and mystery readers alike. I look forward to reading Mr. Austen's other works.
on Oct. 02, 2014
Simply Awesome! It's got a serial murder, family values, a strong female lead character, and a little bit of Catholicism. Anyone who loves a thrilling crime story is going to love this. Julie is the lead detective on the hunt for a serial killer with a signature. What's his signature? The person who found his last victim is his next target--the next link in the Blood Chain! Strap yourself in for a wild ride that I finished in two sittings. Personally, I loved the attitude of the killer! :)
There were no grammatical errors, the writing style is tight. The story is fast paced and interesting. The characters are well developed and believable. Flow is good and there are no slow points, even with the use of flashbacks.
The only thing I found that some may think is a "negative": The story at times becomes a little "preachy" with regard to religion, but not overly as to offend readers of another faith--- it is there to develop the characters. Mr. Francesco has written a brilliant work with this debut novel, and is sure to have an exciting writing career!
on April 03, 2015
Gattaca meets Alias meets Escape to Witch Mountain is basically how I imagined this.
In a world where a deadly virus wiped out much of the population, and a DNA mutation caused some to have superhuman abilities, humans do what they do best---fear the unknown. The government hunts down and rounds up the "Defectives" and creates a whole smoke screen propaganda that justifies doing so. Children everywhere are given history lessons and given tours of "The Institute" which is suppose to house and treat the Defectives. Some Defectives are then trained to hunt down others. One family gets roped into the world of tests and lies, after years of fleeing. This is a story of sticking to principles and knowing when to compromise them. It is a story of prejudice and government autonomy, of fighting back and survival.
This is the first YA Dystopia novel I have read. At first it took some getting used to because of the first person/present tense (I prefer third person/past tense--but that is MY preference), however, the story flowed well and kept my interest. It dealt with more mature topics than just the typical coming of age scenario. The author created a world of lies and betrayal, of fear and mistrust. The writing style was easy to read and filled with action and dialogue. I am not partial to books with tons of description, as I believe it insults the reader's imagination-- I do not need 40 pages to describe the room. This often causes me to jump over pages to get to the action faster. At no time did I feel the need to jump around in this book. The ending was one I was not expecting and it is a very nice lead into the next book of the series.
Anyone who loves YA or Dystopia should definitely add this book to their collection. Good job Ms. Howarth.