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text 2017-08-03 23:13
The Crowns of Croswald - D.E. Night

I tried to read it, a couple times but it was a struggle to get into it and I didn't even get good into the second chapter. I won this on a Booklikes Give-a-way and I had hoped I liked it but was nervous about it while I still tried to get past how I was feeling but there was just something about it that kept screaming: "No! Not for you!".


I can't sit here and tell anyone else how to feel about it because we all have different tastes, it's just not in mine.


It just seems a bit too young for my tastes, almost middle grade. Maybe it is and maybe that is why I can't get into it. Middle grade for me is hit or miss, mostly miss. There are some here and there that I read, get through & enjoy, some, I've even loved (i.e. Zorgamazoo, I loved! I think a lot of it was the narrator but if the story wasn't worth anything, not even the narrator could have saved it. Right now, I am also on Harry Potter, I do like the books but prefer the audio-books to just sitting and reading it, but, I'm off the topic of this book).


I am doing my review here because on Goodreads, I'd have marked it as read in order to put it down as DNF'd and it wouldn't be fair to mark it as read if I didn't even make it past chapter two. For me, to mark it as read, although I didn't finish it, I'd have to have gotten at least half to three-fourths of the way through it. 


So, I will just take it to my local used book store and hopefully there will be a young person who will find it and Fangirl/Fanboy all over it.


Best Wishes to this author, I hope you have much success in the world of writing. :-)

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text 2013-11-09 01:10
This Is Why I've Just About Given Up on SPA's
Because You're Mine - K. Langston

I came THIS CLOSE to one-clicking this book and am soooooo happy I read the sample first.  I'm not rating this book but am stating my opinion on yet another self-pubbed offering with no editing and either beta readers who just aren't that competent or are less than honest.  The following are examples of extremely distracting typos and fuck ups that should take any normal reader out of the story except for those current 57 (yep, I said 57) 4 and 5-star reviewers.  The lone 2-star reviewer did not comment at all on the technical issues though she did have what I assume are legitimate issues with how a fledgling attorney starts a career in law.  I would agree with this seeing as how the law student in question is fucking her boss.


It is really not my intention to pick on this one author but if you read my reviews, you know my bullshit tolerance level is extremely low when it comes to errors and WTFery in general.  This is just another in a long line of poorly edited self-pubbed ebooks that are vomited onto GRamazon's site on a daily basis.


And onward to the sample:




(this could have been correct but within the context of the rest of the paragraph, it probably should be 'wandering')




(Ah, the difference one little word can make)




(such a common mistake but one of my HUGEST pet peeves)




(ride 'em, cowboy!)




(so many issues, so little time)




I'm sad because I sort of like this writer's voice.  Unfortunately, the final product shows that she likely just ran it through spell check and didn't bother to actually go over her work with a fine toothed comb.



Below are just some pure WTFery moments, for me, anyway:



Am I crazy or DOES IT NOT matter what the jury thinks?  That's the legal system, folks.  It is mostly correct that it doesn't matter what the attorney thinks about the guilt or innocence of the defendant.  However, a JURY of his/her peers is charged with deciding the matter of guilt or innocence, so yeah, I do actually think it matters what they do think.  And remember, this is an attorney and law student speaking.




In the section below, the main character, Madison, is talking about her roommate, Tabitha:



Um, really?  Now I know the public school system is in the toilet in a lot of cities but the last time I looked, you had to actually have a degree in education to teach.  And she doesn't just teach, she teaches music. What the fuck?  Did I miss where we were informed that Tabitha was trained in music education during the last YEAR after her stint in medical school?  The writer, I believe, has fallen into that time honored habit of throwing every fucking thing except the kitchen sink, into the plot.  Also not loving the change of tenses. 


So there you go folks.  Some readers think we should give a pass to first-time and self-pubbed authors.  My question is - Why?  These are supposed to be professionals who are hoping to make a living (I assume) from writing.  Then why not do it well?  That means technically as well as imaginatively.  I believe she may have the imaginative part down but she definitely needs to work on the technicalities. I sure as fuck won't be reading any of them until she does.

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