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After a spate of school shootings, the story, while fictional, seems terribly real. A mercilessly bullied boy is about to execute his plan to get revenge on his fellow students. Majesty--with a mother broken and unavailable -- "the love of her life snuffed out"--knows that she has cried wolf one too many times. And she has to hide, so what can she do to prevent this horror from happening?
I found myself feeling Majesty's intense alarm in the pit of my own stomach. But, although the author manages to hit me in the gut, I'm not at all a fan of this type of fiction. If I were, I would have given it a higher rating.
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That's an excellent review IMO. In my short excerpt, the reader felt my character's alarm in the pit of her stomach and my story rang as real. That's awesome and encouraging feedback! Couldn't ask for better than that. Though the genre wasn't her thing, I loved what she had to say. She also summarized my excerpt well in detail before her commentary there.
* * *I didn't like how the author switched tone in each character's head and this myatery was to gothic in spots. Never found out what is was alla bout.
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[Typos above are not mine. Hmmm.] And that's not a bad review either. In my novel, I made Warren's scenes darker with a richer vocabulary to reflect his conflicted mentality and intelligence. He is Goth, so I'm glad his scenes came across as Gothic. I was hoping for that. I'm sorry he/she didn't like the switches in tone, but I think it's one of the things that will make my work stand out from the slush pile. And it's pretty clear what the story's about. The other reviewer got it perfectly.
On the whole though, I just think reviewers should rate a work based on the writing itself and not what genres they do or don't like. Just sayin'. I'm happy with these reviews, mostly, minus the flubby fingers. I get flubby fingers a lot so I can't talk. I know alla bout that. ;) Red Bull does wonders or those Dunkin Donuts Mocha Swirl Lattes. Seriously. I totally do run on Dunkin. Perks me right up. Mmm. Later.
~ Signing off and sending out cyber hugs.