Sonia

Trinidad & Tobago

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The Mysterious Eye

Title: The Mysterious Eye

At first, I discovered this book in a group and read the blurb. Before I dive into discussing the blurb, I would review the title and cover. As a reader, those are the two things which you see in a book. Many would say it’s the blurb/synopsis but when a book is on a shelf in a library or bookstore, the reader spots it because of the cover and title. The cover is extremely simple and there could be some improvement in design. I do understand that there are writers who want a specific look and they design their covers accordingly; I respect that. In altering the design to enhance the visual features, the cover should hint what the story is about. Using excerpts on the book also helps the reader to be intrigued after the first stage of spotting the book…the reader goes to the second stage of taking up the book to investigate. However, the title is visible and the picture used is not blurry which is good. As far as the title goes, “The Mysterious Eye”, from reading the blurb at first I would take a moment to make the connection between the title, the camera and the storyline. However, it is a fetching title and I personally quite like it.

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The story is amazing. As a reader, I sense the mystery and adventure. As a writer, I would alter a few things to enhance the beauty of this story. By taking off some information and adding a scene from the story, hinting at what is yet to come but also leaving room for the reader’s anxiety to read further, it will completely change the reaction from the approaching reader. As I have said before, this story is amazing but tweaking it a little can do wonders!

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After reading the blurb, I was interested in seeing what was there next? What was so special about this camera? Let’s investigate!

In my opinion, the prologue should have provided the reader with background information about the story before explaining when and where it all started. Describe the character, including information about her life, family, thoughts and little details which matters for the reader to understand the character.

The vocabulary used was average, as a reader, I would want more description. Writing in the view of the character herself, I think she should have been more expressive. It almost feels as if she’s recording a daily journal. Start by describing the night, the street she was walking down and so forth. Emphasize on her emotions by incorporating the noises heard and what was seen. It will enhance the reading aspect. It allows the reader to imagine herself/himself as the character. Voicing the character’s thoughts also adds to the effect.

Spelling and grammar; there were no noticeable spelling errors, however, the paragraphs are too long and can be broken down. There is too much information which can be taken off and more description can be written in. There were a few grammar errors as well.

In conclusion, this is an amazing story which has yet to be written. I have only reviewed the blurb and prologue. As I always say to all writers, there is always room for improvement and you can never stop gaining knowledge. Keep working on those amazing thoughts, ideas and keep editing as you go along. It was a delight reading reviewing this book!

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The Gap

Title: The Gap

The title along with the blurb solidifies the processing thoughts in a reader’s mind. I see where it hints and connects with the plot.

With regards to the book cover, I cannot see a title nor the author. I have always believed that there are stages to which the reader approaches a book. Visually, the book needs to be appealing and alluring. Stage one is where the reader happens to see the book, be it they are walking along the isle of books or searching online, visually, they would be intrigued by the design and title. There are also other additional words like an excerpt which can be added to feed the audience.

However, I do understand that as a writer, you may be going for a certain look/design. I completely agree.

Blurb

The blurb has me intrigued to read more. I am interested in discovering what happens to Tyler and his brother.

Essentially, the blurb says a lot more about the plot, however, I can tell that there is going to be some twists and turns.

Chapters

The beginning of the chapter is really interesting. The description of the scene is amazing and realistic. The shift from scenes is quite lovely; who would have thought he was in the library studying?

I like your style of writing, the use of words makes it easy for the reader to imagine and understand what is going on in the story. As a writer, I think it is good to go in depth about describing the character and explaining their life. Feed the readers with what they should know to solidify their perspective of the plot. I think you’ve achieved that in this book.

There were no noticeable spelling nor punctuation errors. When using numbers, write them in word form. The length of the paragraphs is standard and good, having a flow of information necessary for the story. The chapter length is also adequate considering the level of information poured into the book.

There is something unique about this story which I quite like. Overall, I would recommend this book to many. It was a delight in reviewing this book!

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Allegory

Title: Allegory

The title of this story has me intrigued as to what does this story contain. The design of the cover is quite simple and vivid. The excerpt adds a lovely touch to it and captures the reader’s attention. I do think that there can be an improvement in the cover design.

The way I look at a reader’s approach a book ranges in stages. Stage one is the book situated on a bookshelf or on a website. The reader is passing by/scrolling along and what does he/she notice first?

The book cover. This, of course, contains the title and in some cases, excerpt. These things add to the luring of the audience.

As a writer, I do understand that there is a certain look you want for the book and choose to showcase that design.

Stage two is when the reader investigates by reading the blurb/synopsis and any other information provided on the cover [front and back] of the book.

Blurb

This is basically the synopsis of the book. At first, it took me a while to fully grasp what and how the plot was flowing. There is a lot of information based on the current situation in the book.

You can reduce the amount of information and add in the plot twist or subtle hints to attract the reader. Grasp their attention and make them flip the page to read further. However, I like the way the plot flows and I’m looking forward to reading more to see where this story goes.

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The first thing I noticed and loved was the description of the atmosphere and scene. The main character introducing himself and explaining his present problem. The prologue was short and nice, I enjoyed reading and knowing this about the main character before jumping into the other chapters.

The description is constant in the chapters which are essential for the reader’s imagination and specifically required for the genre of book.

There were no noticeable spelling nor vocabulary errors. Chapter length is good and quite enjoyable to read. There is a smooth flow to the story.

I must say, the very start of the book jumps into action. As a reader, I am engaged and constantly thinking of what is going to happen next to how the character is going to react.

Overall, I will recommend this book and has been a nice read. It was a delight in reviewing this book!

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Seeing Scarlett

Title: Seeing Scarlett

The titles of your books are quite unique. Seeing Scarlett, I reflect on the colour red, in such as the reader is being able to see a world through red lenses or in red.

The other title, Touching Turquoise, as a reader, you are able to apply the emotional aspect of yourself from reading to this personified element of title/book. It’s almost complex when you think about it, however, a true stroke of genius in my perspective. I am yet to read the second book, looking forward to it.

As I read further, I made the connection with the title. The character’s name is Scarlett, her being a vampire and what more not to love but blood? The red substance us, humans, have.

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Concise and precise which made me want to read more. It rose a lot of questions, from a reader’s point of view, and that is very good.

Chapters

I like your style of writing. The way you describe the setting, tone and character is amazing.

As noted in the first chapter, the smell of coffee being appealing, I must say it’s heavenly! I can smell the aroma of coffee for years and years…

It is unusual for a vampire to have a ghost friend, however, this story is not a common one. A ghost who’s scared of the dark, I find it funny. I like the character’s sense of humour.

The vocabulary use is good, spelling and punctuation are also fine…there were no noticeable errors. The paragraph lengths I found to be a bit long, however, there is a seamless flow of information provided which I quite like. The length of a chapter is a lot but I can never disagree with that. That is a preference left only to the writer to achieve the effect he/she wants. I would recommend more chapters and shorter paragraphs. When using numbers in books, write it word form.

The manner in which the character expresses her life and as a vampire, tries to blend in is wonderful. It gives the reader an aspect of reality though this is a fantasy book.

Overall, this story was well described, had a seamless flow and was a good read. I will definitely recommend this book. It was a delight reviewing!

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Possessive

Title: Possessive

The title of this book corresponds with what was depicted in the blurb. As far as the cover goes, it’s unique in the sense of the design and hints of the story which I find is very good.

Blurb

When I first read this blurb, as a reader, I was excited to continue reading the story. There were few noticed punctuation and grammar errors and it can be easily fixed. Vocabulary and spelling wise, there were no errors noticeable. The story is quite unique. The plot caught my undivided attention.

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As noticed in the blurb, there are a few grammatical errors and can easily be fixed.
I like the description of the scenes and characters. The way Meave has a recollection of her past memories. As a reader, it allows me to understand her life and emotions as a character.

Vocabulary and spelling wise, there are no noticeable errors. The length of the paragraphs is good and concise.

The story as I said earlier is unique and would definitely recommend this book. It was a delight in reviewing this book!

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Life, Death and Time

Title: Life, Death and Time

I liked the title of this book. The cover, on the other hand, can be enhanced to attract the reader. The content in this story is amazing and with a cover just as amazing as its contents then all shall be fine.

Blurb

The blurb was concise and explanatory of the storyline. It didn’t give away what had happened and as a reader, it drew me in to read more. There was only one grammatical error I noticed but spelling and punctuation were fine.

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I noticed that in the first chapter you explained how Kate got one of the marble and the timing was “Three weeks ago”. Following the second chapter, I saw you put “Two weeks ago”. This is just a suggestion, you can put that information in a prologue and begin the book where the story meets the present time.

However, I do respect that there’s a certain way authors want their books to be written.

I love that you explained what a crepe was. Personally, I love when food is described in a book, however, in the shoes of a reader who has no knowledge of what a crepe is the explanation was great. On the topic of description, the information is concise and as a reader, it’s vivid to the mind when picturing the story unfolding.

I like the contrast between Kate and James’ characters. Though they are siblings, there is a difference in their personality which I like.

There were no noticeable grammar errors. The vocabulary was good and the paragraphs were concise. Overall, this story is very interesting and I would recommend it. Very few punctuation errors such as missing a full stop and an extra comma but that can be easily fixed.

This is my first time reading a book of this genre and I love it. I can envision this as a movie; a movie I’ll definitely watch! This is a unique story. It was a delight in reviewing this book.

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I'm The Gypsy's Daughter

Title: I’m The Gypsy’s Daughter

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The blurb is very interesting. As a reader, I am intrigued to know more.

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This is a really good book. No errors with grammar and the only suggestion are to start the character’s speech and thoughts on a separate line. I love how much information was given to the readers to understand the story. It was a pleasure reviewing this book!

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To Become One

Title: To Become One

This is an interesting title.

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Precise and concise blurb. A lovely way to trap the reader by asking questions and providing the very juicy details about the character and of the story. I am intrigued after reading the blurb.

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The first chapter was lovely. As a reader, I enjoyed the description and point of view of the characters and their lives. What seemed confusing was that she is a celebrity who feared the media. However, as the story went along I began to understand her as a character.

Vocabulary and spelling are good. Paragraph length, as well as grammar and punctuation, is good. Overall, it’s a good story. Well described characters and a fun read. There were no noticeable errors made and quite a seamless flow of information.

It was a pleasure reviewing this book!

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The Other In Us

Title: The Other In Us

The title describes the book and is one of the many which attracts the reader. When I first saw the title, I initially thought of self-discovery and as it happens, it was confirmed in the blurb about the characters.

Blurb

Quite an interesting blurb.

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It starts beautifully, providing the reader with vivid descriptions of the city and its lot. The transition of information was seamless in the prologue, introducing the story and characters.

Paragraph length and punctuation is good, spelling and grammar as well. Vocabulary used is lovely. The only change I would recommend is having the character’s speech on a new line rather than in the same paragraph with the other information. Even character thoughts can be placed in a separate line. It distinguishes the thoughts, speech and other information, provided by the writer, to the reader. Also, use the word form of numbers than the actual number.

The story is unique and was a good read. Minor changes to be made but it’s a good book thus far. Overall, I enjoyed reading about the characters and their view on the situation. An amazing description which helped conceptualize what was taking place.

It was a pleasure reviewing this book!

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Haven

Title: Haven

The cover is vivid and simple. As far as the title goes, it’s a classic.

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The blurb is concise and leaves the reader wanting to know more. By doing so, it intrigues the reader to read further.

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Exceptional description of both the scenes and characters. A writer must try his/her best to convey what they are imagining in their mind and project this image through words to the reader. You have done this beautifully with your particular style of writing and vocabulary usage.

The prologue was very interesting and as I read further, I was intrigued to know what becomes of this girl who is held at hostage. I liked that you held back on information at the beginning and exploded with describing the scene and the character’s emotions and physical pain. As a reader, it draws you in to know what next.

I was surprised when I clicked to read the first chapter and was transported ten years into the past. The transition is well executed as you have solidified the reader’s imagination and thoughts with information on the character and story.

The chemistry between these two kids, Haven and Reed, is quite comical and sweet. I love the way they interact.

Each chapter, as I read, keeps me asking questions as to what is next. I want to know more and I keep reading. This is a beautiful story and I love the seamless flow in the plot. With regards to grammar, spelling and punctuation, there are no noticeable errors. Chapter length and paragraph length are standard, precise and providing adequate information for the reader to grasp.

I would definitely recommend this book to many. It is a book I can curl up to on a rainy day with a cup of coffee and read. With each chapter that the reader approaches, you are left at the edge of your seat. I am looking forward to knowing what happens next. It was delight reviewing this book!

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The Geeky Boy and the Popular Girl

Title: The Geeky Boy and the Popular Girl

The title says a lot about the story and as a reader, this is a typical plot to approach. However, as a writer, I always believe that every writer has a new and fresh take on a typical to out of the box plot. With regards to the cover of this book, it’s quite simple and clear. Of course, there is always room for improvement within the writing and designing world.

Blurb

After reading the blurb, I had a change in perspective on the approach to this story. It confirms what I always believe, as explained above about every writer. I like the twist to this story. I do think there should have been a bit less information, taking out a few lines in the blurb, leaving the reader to be flushed with questions as to what’s next in the book.

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Punctuation is needed, for instance, a few sentences which are long and using commas will help. When voicing the character’s thoughts, have it separate from the descriptive paragraphs just as you would for the character’s speech.

The first chapter is quite interesting. From a reader’s perspective, I am intrigued to know the connection between the characters and why is Roxane popular yet alone? As a writer, it’s good to have the audience engaged and asking questions. It will allow them to flip the page and read further.

In the second chapter, I enjoyed the character’s view on seeing someone for the first time and having an opinion until you look further and that opinion suddenly changes.

I found that the story needed more information about the characters’ lives, their views and more substance. As I read, I am envisioning the story like a movie scene hence I found the lack of information about the characters to be prominent.

There was one noticeable vocabulary and spelling error. The chapter length is good, not too long nor short.

I honestly like Preston’s view on the story and the way he sees Roxane compared to others.

Overall, I am interested to see where this story goes. There is work to be done, however, it was a delight reviewing.

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The Pirate and the Prostitute

Title: The Pirate and the Prostitute

The title of this book hints that there are drama, action and adventure. As a reader, I would take one look at the title and be tempted to read further. The title goes hand-in-hand with the cover of a book, it is what captures the reader’s attention at first. The cover of “The Pirate and the Prostitute” is rather simple. The title font seems to be Times New Roman; a font I personally love. As far as the picture on the cover, it describes the title, however, I personally find it needs to be more vibrant. I also know that as a writer, there is a specific look an author wants for his/her book, and as an aspiring writer myself, I agree.

Blurb

The blurb describes the life of the main characters. It’s typical to introduce the characters of a book to the audience in the blurb/synopsis. As a reader, I think it’s both good and bad. I’ll explain further by starting with the good; having the main character’s life written briefly strikes as a chance to describe as much as you can to capture the reader’s attention with the use of words. However, the bad is that it’s commonly done and leaves no space for the reader to question: “What next?” In the sense of mystery, it does not allow that and as a writer, I think the mystery is important for a reader. Also included in the blurb, it shows the plot of the story…as a reader, you know there is something brewing between the characters. As a reader, you are left with the choice to continue reading to see where this story goes or not.

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The vocabulary used in this book is nice. I personally like the writer’s description of the character’s fashion choices and the scenery. The date and time of the story are well described and the writer’s use of language/speech for the characters solidifies this point.

The author’s style of writing is lovely, I personally like it and it reminds me of the books I used to read by a famous author, Jane Feather.

Each chapter ends with a cliff-hanger and is the typical amount of words for a chapter by itself. With regards to punctuation and spelling, there have been no noticeable errors thus far.

Diving more into the character’s life, Francisca. The transition in her lifestyle, I personally think there should have been more emphasis on her feelings and reaction to that, however, I like that she adjusted to the life as a prostitute as it became her bread and butter. It makes the story realistic. A book should always be realistic unless it is not intended for the plot; a different genre.

Fast forward to one year later [chapter two] where the male main character, Alejandro, is introduced. The best way to describe a merciless and notorious character is by writing a scene where the reader can imagine the words playing out in their mind, where the character is in the midst of playing what he is described to be and get away with the act.

In terms of Alejandro being a good person, he once was given the previous life he belonged to. I think there should have been more emphasis and description/explanation of his stepping stone into a “bad” person.

This also relates to the plot being typical between his connection with Francisca, the love story of a bad guy softened by the good girl but in this case, their true character is concealed by their present lifestyle due to unfortunate circumstances. That in itself makes the plot worth the read. It brings something new to the table, as I think every writer does to a story of their own.

In conclusion, the story is worth reading and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. It was a pleasure reading the very few chapters of The Pirate and the Prostitute.

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