Because I am constantly reading, I have to keep a particular space for book tours. I enjoy them and love the creativity of Indie Authors- especially from b00kr3vi3ws, but when I get one that's not as enjoyable as the others, I almost feel bad. Sadly, this one didn't much for me, for several reasons.
Carol E. Keen is the author of Evil Forebodings, a paranormal thriller of a tale. She gave the book a shot but for me, it's all a miss. It tells of young woman, Tiffany, who's been blessed with some odd powers. They make her feel like an outcast but she's learned to deal with them. She's even helped others with this gift, but when she's threatened by an unknown stalker and haunted with terrifying nightmares, she's got to take a stand and fight for her safety and her sanity.
The story itself wasn't too bad. It needed a bit of work: the characters were a bit weak and I found I didn't really care for them. Some things about them didn't make sense either, like Officer Allen Lawrence - he's six feet nine inches tall, but the force considered him short? What the H-E-double hockey sticks? That makes no sense, unless they're in the business of hiring giants to keep the city under control! But that's just one of the small things about the story. What really stopped me from feeling comfy with this ebook was the wording.
Many times I was thrown off with Keen's conversations in the book. The way she had people speaking was in no way, how real folks spoke. Yes, use a proper sentence and punctuation, but these felt robotic (i.e. the fear of using contractions) and hurt the sort of reality in your fiction. Every time I read something like: Listen to your gut, or you will not live to regret it... I wanted to smack my iPad against my temple! When I write and read, it's more realistic: Listen to your gut or you won't live to regret it! Or even Gone. She is gone, but wait until you hear the recording. We are running out of time... That would have flowed so much better had it been written realistically! Gone! She's gone, but wait till you hear the recording. We're running outta time... You see what I mean? It just got to me, so I just found myself reading through the story with no real interest. Conversations make a huge difference when it comes to diving into another world. There has to be some non-fictional work in my fiction! Maybe one of her other books will do it for me. Who knows?
Lastly, I'm a big lover of book covers. If you're a regular on my site, you know how I feel about a good looking book cover. This one does so much damage to itself. It's way too busy and too dark. Not to be funny, but had I seen this book on a shelf in B&N, I'd have passed it up. For me, the focal point on this book is the hold in the near invisible pane of glass- the characters are totally lost!
Anyway, I gave Keen's Evil Forebodings a low rating but not the lowest I've ever given. Maybe you will enjoy it. I'm on to the next read!📚
Rating: 👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Child Soldiers is next.
**eBook provided by b00kr3vi3ws and Carol E. Keen, for an honest review.
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