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Book Title: Reigning|
The author of the book: Joseph Cognard
The size of the: 786 KB
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Date of issue: June 17th 2015
ISBN 13: 9781514391884
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Reader ratings: 4.5
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Let me begin with a confession. I really struggle with giving 1 or 2 stars to a book. I used to not even rate them if I wasn't going to give them a 3 or above, but then I realized that there's an opportunity to offer some helpful feedback. So, that's the spirit with which I offer this review.
The story's premise really grabbed me. I love creative, unusual story ideas, and I like watching how an author tells a story. With this one, I think the plotting is good and fits the story idea very well, but there was something stilted and awkward about the actual narrative. I have to confess, too, that the first paragraph put me off, and I almost didn't read any further. I understand that the author wanted to take an old cliche/song and use it for a twist, but for me it didn't work. But I did continue on. And the story itself works, and it worked enough for me to keep me reading. Those are the upsides.
Now for what I hope will be helpful criticism. The narrative voice seems almost too juvenile, but I see on Amazon that it's related to the children's categories, so I'm assuming that is in fact the target audience. My suggestion would be to make sure the categories are set correctly for the intended audience. So, with that said, let me continue this review with the assumption that it's supposed to be a youth/young adult book.
The first-person narrative is popular for young adult books, and so is a good choice here. But that also requires that the author really be able to get into the mind of the protagonist, and at times I felt like that was missed. It is possible that my reading of this aspect of the book was due to the difficulty I had in following time sequences. A straight forward, linear progression would have clarified all of this. Why not tell the story straight out from the key incident and let the story unfold from direct action, rather than starting with the "doggy in the window" and going back in time to tell the story? I think the narrative would have ended up with far more showing than telling if it had.
That last piece is at least 80% of my negative feedback, by the way. I'm big on showing, not telling, and this story relies far too much on the protagonist telling us things (thoughts as well as action). More immediacy would be had if the narrative had taken readers to a more direct experience with the story itself.
I want to emphasize that there is MUCH that is redeemable here. The story itself is a great idea, and the plotting by Mr. Cognard suits it. The story moves along a good timeline (except for the complaint shared above) and it was planned out well. Eddie is a very likeable character, and his reaction to the dog and the meteor incident are engaging--and those are the keys to the story itself. I think good editing and a solid revision could catapult this book into a 3 to 4 range easily.
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Read information about the authorOne of my main interests, and, what I am so passionate about, being an author, is the joy of writing dialogue. I will often write the entire conversation of a chapter, and then complete the rest. So far, although both my books have been primarily Young Adult in nature, I do strive to make them appeal to all genres and audiences. I am not certain if I will remain in YA style forever, but, the stories I have written felt right in that area. I receive great enjoyment in creating puzzles or drama in my books, and , I love to see how the charaters will react. In addition to that, I also enjoy having multiple endings in mind when I write something, for that allows me to really let the charaters react freely, thus, making for a most interesting novel.
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