Laura Heasley

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Great start

This is off to a nice start, I am definitely curious about how the story progresses and how the characters will develop over time. There are a few grammar mistakes here and there, and some sentence structures could use some rewording or shortening. I would try explaining just a little bit more about Kali and her powers in the beginning. I get that you want to keep some mystery, but it was a little confusing with her and Dakki's relationship. I thought perhaps she was a necromantic, and instead, he turned out to be a dragon and she has poison powers. The same thing for that 'dragon' in the first chapter. At one point, you mention dragon, but then you mention a woman later one. Did it change shape? Is that an abilities dragons possess in your world? A little more backstory would be great so the reader doesn't get too confused.

Best of luck with everything!

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Interesting start, but needs work

I liked that this was more of a modernized version of werewolves. It's different from anything else I have read. Still, there is a lot that gets thrown at the reader out of nowhere. All sorts of information is thrown at them with no real time for them to adjust. It's a little overwhelming and can be confusing.

Biggest thing I noticed was the change in past versus present tense with the writing. I understand that this is all based on the letter to Nova's daughter, but in that case, it might be better to stick with past tense instead. There are also a lot of redundancies, or things being repeated over and over in the same sentence

"Other wolves can end up as the Alpha if they feel that the Alpha is not a good Alpha they can challenge the Alpha for his position".
See how Alpha was mentioned four times? I would suggest splitting that sentence in half and try only using the word Alpha like once or twice. I understand that the Alpha of a pack is highly important, but having a word used too much in one sentence can be a little sloppy.

Also, it seems a little odd that there is such a taboo about humans and werewolves coexisting, but then it jumps to saying that humans and werewolves are sometimes mates, and that they go to high school together. If the Alpha King wanted them to be separated, it seems a little weird that they would all go to high school together. Wouldn't something as secretive as a werewolf pack be more open to home schooling or something?

As far as for communicating with Rhea, I would suggest using Italics. It makes it a little easier to differentiate that way. And, I would take out the POV. It's a little inexperienced. Typically, when switching POV it is easier to create separate chapters for each character, rather than switching back and forth in the same one.

The grammar and punctuation definitely need a lot of work, as mentioned in other reviews. I would recommend something like grammarly or any other website to help.

Best of luck with everything!

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Nice start

This definitely has the potential to become a good story. The grammar and punctuation was the biggest thing that kept sticking out. I would recommend a website like Grammarly.com or any other grammar website to proofread your work beforehand.

I think someone else mentioned this before, either in another review or a comment on one of the chapters, but there is a lack of detail. We don't know what Celeste looks like, or anyone else in the story. Especially when the King of Versailles is introduced, someone who is a main character to the story should be described in detail so that the readers can get an idea of who everyone looks like. Also, I would suggest adding a little more pondering in the 2nd chapter. We don't really know why Celeste would agree to be the protector or someone she hates who just slaughtered nearly everyone in her village. Maybe give a small amount of backstory now, just enough to keep the reader interested, and then unveil everything in later chapters? Just an idea.

Overall, this is an interesting plot, and I look forward to see how it improves! Good luck!

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Interesting

The idea of an older gentleman wishing to be young is not that uncommon but I like the way that you were able to make this a reality. Unfortunately, the grammar and punctuation issues make it difficult for me particularly to proceed properly but I will do my best. Also, nothing really flows properly. One minute he is in the dream, then he wakes up, only to go right back into the dream again. It seems very jumbled together, very rushed. Also, the way he goes from a wheelchair to a walker seems abrupt. If I'm understanding this correctly, it seems like every time he goes to the dreams, he wakes up a little healthier? If not, then the way he is wheelchair bound, then next thing you know he is walking with a walker is a little unrealistic, even for a fiction novel.

Also, in the second chapter, the whole scene where he is 'dying' but still 'alive' is very awkward and difficult to follow in my opinion. Something needs to be fixed in there so that it flows properly so readers can understand. Is he a ghost at that point? Is he watching this from a different perspective? It seems to me that one minute he is in the bathroom standing up, then the next, people are carrying him off in a body bag.

Those were just a few things that really stood out to me. This is a very interesting plot with lots of potential, but it also needs a lot of work as well. Best of luck with everything!

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Incredible!

Upon reading the blurb and seeing that it was about primates, my first thought was that it would be similar to Planet of the Apes. The monkeys and a serum created to enhance their intelligence are the only things that match. Everything else has completely spun off to something original and intriguing. The first chapter had me hooked and I unfortunately have to stop for the night, but I have made it up to chapter 6 and plan to continue tomorrow! The characters are all unique and I love the realistic romance between Laralee and Carl. I love how well you capture the emotions in each scene. I honestly don't know what else to say besides how wonderful it was. There's nothing I can find that I disliked. This is a wonderful story and I wish you the best of luck with the contest!

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So far so good

This has me intrigued, so I will definitely continue reading, but figured I would pause with the first two chapters for now. For the prologue, the biggest thing that stuck out to me was how often and repetitively used the phrase 'odd little man' to describe a person who I am assuming is the Grim Reaper in this story? While it is great to keep his identity a secret to the reader and entice them into diving into your story more, it is redundant. Maybe try using other characteristics to describe him? Also, I think it might flow better if you have John react to seeing his own dead body first before recognizing who the 'odd little man' is. Since this was a suicide, John already knew what he was planning to do when he stepped on that bridge.

For the first chapter, one big thing I noticed was the jumping back and forth between past and present writing style. The benefit is that it is an easy one to fix, though it may be tedious having to go back through entire chapters again. Aside from that, it is a very interesting concept, though I feel bad for Grafton at the end of that chapter. I'll definitely read more to find out what happens next. Good luck with everything!

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Not bad

Out of the 6 chapters that I have read so far, it is not bad. I haven't read that many werewolf novels so I am still a little new. Grammar definitely needs some touchup.

To me, the prologue seems a little unnecessary. It threw me off also because, by the time I got to the next chapter, it had switched to first-person perspective, rather than 3rd person perspective. Nothing wrong with that, except I had no clue who the narrator was at first. I thought it was Logan, in the beginning. I'm guessing it's to let the reader know who is who among the pack. However, if Rosetta learns about it later on, it seems like it would be easier to just scratch the prologue, especially since it is the same scene we witness through her eyes later on.

Speaking of the pack, I understand that it is important to identify who is the Alpha, Beta, Luna, etc. At the same time, physically calling them those terms as nicknames seems odd. Especially if this is part of some esoteric secret, calling someone Alpha instead of their actual name seems like it would be more likely to let things slip. Basically, the pack should know who is Alpha and Beta without having to actually call them that.

I have a lot of other notes that I took down through these chapters, but I'll try to stick with the main ones. When the car crash happens, Rosetta blacked out before the car impacted anything. That, to me, seems a little unrealistic. Does she hit the airbag and then get knocked out? Or does it fail to deploy and she hits the steering wheel? Same thing for when they wake up. There's not a whole lot of description after the fact. Is there any bleeding? Are her ears ringing? Is she dazed and confused? Even though the car is on its side, Rosetta has to escape through the sunroof? What about the other door? Is that how Dylan got out? Also, once she gets out and calls Val for help, even though she is bleeding, she just forgets about it. Obviously, heat is important, but so is bleeding out. Maybe just add in a line where she keeps one hand on her forehead for pressure or something? Also, with her minor injuries, rest is important, but why is she in a wheelchair? She doesn't appear to be limping or have any sprained/broken ankles. It seems unnecessary.

In chapter 3, when Dylan and Jordan are fighting, you use the term 'deadpanned' when Dylan is yelling at him. Deadpanned is more saying something humorous but in a serious manner.

In chapter 4, the chaos of breakfast time is interrupted when Caleb strides in and doesn't resume until he speaks. I understand again that he is the Alpha, but that seems off to me. And, even though she admits that Logan is hot, Rosetta expresses disdain for him immediately. Some people might get flattered. Is there a reason she gets agitated, or is it the classic hard-to-get style? Learning more about Rosetta might make it a little easier.

With chapter 5, when CeCe is introduced, you have the line "Eyes widened when I noticed her scar..." mentioned once, but then is repeated only a few sentences later. And, I would try and give a little more explanation as to why she is so adamant in the beginning about not going on a date with Logan.

And, even though it is winter, the snow melts enough for a picnic. Are they in the middle of winter, or is it closer to spring? The latter might make a little more sense for that scene, even if it was a nice day out. When Rosetta learns about Logan's parents, she drops her sandwich in shock, but then never picks it up again for the remainder of the picnic. Maybe lace that in there somehow, saying she once she recovered from the initial shock? Or, oppositely, say that hearing about their death made her lose her appetite. And, you have her brush off 'invisible dust' when they are leaving. While I get what you mean, the invisible dust seems odd. If she is outside, how about she brushes off some snow? Or, since they were leaving hastily with a wolf, I would worry less about what was on my clothes and be more in a rush to get away.

After everything that happened, the nonchalance with which Val reveals the big family secret is a little unrealistic. For something that has been kept quiet for several years, only to be so casually talked about after a little run in with a wolf doesn't seem right. It goes from "Super secret, can't tell you." to "Oh, hey, this is Caleb, my werewolf fiance". I'm struggling with this in my story as well, but I would try to make it more serious. Maybe have them wait until they get back to the mansion to explain?

Sorry if this is a little long, but I hope it helps! Good luck with everything!!

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Hooked!

From the start of the first chapter, I was glued to this story. Your writing style is very unique and the start of the first chapter was perfect to draw the reader in. Though I don't know a lot about Siofra yet, I am curious to learn more and see how she develops.

The first chapter, however, is very long. According to the app, it is just shy under thirty pages. In my opinion, I would consider shortening it. Some of the paragraphs are long as well. The way the blend with the speaking is okay sometimes but it can be a little tricky to follow. A few grammar mistakes here and there but nothing too bad.

The "tick" mentioned in Chapter 1 regarding the warden's facial expression should be 'tic'.

There's a good bit of showing in here which is always difficult and in some cases can't be avoided. Especially with the warden when you describe him as someone who carries himself confidently. Is his chest puffed out? Is he smirking or wearing a smug impression? Something along those lines.

I loved the story with the three children, though it is sometimes confusing to tell who is speaking. Also, in one of the memories you describe Aleta being able to 'move across the room in a flash', but in the following one, a year or two later, Noline is defending Aleta for 'not knowing how to walk'. I understand that Aleta is deaf, but is there another condition that affects her mobility?

The second chapter was also really well done, though the way the warden died seemed odd. Was the warden threatening his own captain of the guard to get back the music box and mirror? Or is that supposed to be someone part of the group that is rescuing Siofra? I do understand that some type of portal seemed to appear to change the direction of the blade, but the sentences following it are confusing. Who is the young man the warden is staring at? Is it the one he was just threatening? Or was he looked at Sio/Siofra?

Also, there are certain things mentioned in the third chapter that we don't know anything about (Raziel, Siorth). Based on context clues, I'm guessing that Raziel is perhaps the name Siofra and the others are acting under? Like a mercenary or vigilante group? A Siorth seems to be some kind of monster or demon, but Siofra refuses to talk about it for some reason. Also, with Imani without her ability to speak, does she do the signing or any form of communication?

I loved the relationships between Siofra and her other friends, especially Dorian. I did also like the fighting match at the end. I always feel like I struggle with them, since I have read so many other examples that use short, simple sentences. At the same time, sometimes longer ones are necessary to describe certain martial arts moves, like that leg trap.

Sorry I rambled for a bit. I will definitely be coming back to this story and continue reading. Best of luck with everything!!

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Great for younger audience

This book is off to a slow start but is capable of pulling readers in and keeping them hooked, especially for younger readers. The style is easy to read and follow. There are some grammar issues here and there, as well as some redundancies. A few of the character reactions to certain things doesn't seem very realistic, such as the fight in the gym and the coach stumbling upon Jake wrestling another student. Even if Jake is a talented wrestler that he wants on the team, there should be more of a scolding involved.

Only other thing that bugged me was the mentioning of the words 'ass'. The way it is written "a--" threw me off, because it first implied that the person speaking was being cut off, or perhaps searching for a different word to use. Whether that was intentional by the author or part of inkitt's system, I do not know. I would suggest fixing that so that it doesn't confuse the reader.

Lastly, the title of the book and the cover both mention that this is book one of a series, but then books two and three are included as other chapters. I would suggest either combining all three into one large book or separating them properly.

All in all I thought this was an interesting novel for younger audiences to enjoy, but does still need some work.

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This is great!

This is a very interesting novel so far and I definitely can't wait to see the development with your unique characters. You do a very nice job with giving each of them different personalities and backstories. The only thing that threw me off a little was that this story takes place in the distant future, which makes me wonder just how far off in the future it is. The characters and setting seem like they are more in a medieval style of living with Kings and little technology, but then they jump ahead to having a dash on their forearms. It makes it a little difficult to keep up with exactly what technology they have or don't have, despite this being in the distant future.

Aside from that--and again, that's just my opinion--this is an awesome story and I am definitely going to keep reading. Great job!

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Swap for The Fire Seal

Well, this has an interesting start, but it needs a lot of work. To start, the first chapter was written mostly in present tense, with a few mix ups here and there. However, the following chapters were written in past tense. It's imperative you pick one style of writing and stick with it so it doesn't come off as lazy or sloppy. After that, you need to work on having things flow smoothly. A lot of the dialogue seems jumbled and jumps from one thing to the next. There is not a lot of transition or reaction really. For example, when Micah and Summer break up, even if she was hoping for it, nothing else happens. He just says one sentence and then she just runs off and it ends abruptly. That seems to be a common issue is that things are so abrupt and jumping from one thing to the next.

Best of luck with everything!

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Chapter 1

It's not a bad start but there's a lot of room for growth and development. For one thing, there's no real description of anything. Not the characters or the scenery. I can't picture what anything look like, so it makes it difficult to get involved in the story. Also, with everything happening to Mike, he's not nearly as puzzled and reactive as I expected. One big thing that stuck out was when he barreled outside the school bus while it was still driving. That thing isn't normal by any means but rather than showing any reactions, say like, from the bus driver, it skips ahead to a different scene. It's best to make things as realistic as possible. Also, even if Mike is a fan of scifi and other supernatural events, the fact that he just believes everything like that is a little unrealistic.

Again, it's not a bad start but it has some work to do. Good luck with everything!

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