Friday, August 15, 2014

Glimpse of Darkness by Nicole DelaCroix Review

Title: Glimpse of Darkness
Author: Nicole DelaCroix
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Chronicles of the Cursed, volume one
Star Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A valiant attempt at a debut novel, I tried to enjoy Glimpse of Darkness--with promises of angels, romance, and action--but unfortunately, the book was bogged down by hideous editing, an aesthetically displeasing cover and type, and a lot of errors--I really, really tried, but this book just was not for me.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Did not finish at 57 pages.

Charlotte "Charlie" Bennett is a normal girl living in remote, dark Alaska, trying to make ends meet. But when her father disappears, her life changes forever. With the appearance of a mysterious, handsome young man named Daniel, that she feels an almost instantaneous and intense attraction to, she realizes that her whole world is about to be thrown into chaos. Trying to believe the stranger that came into her life, she sets out on a journey to find out the origins of her past, and in the process, learns that she may be in more danger than she could've ever imagined..

What I enjoyed:
-I liked what little of the plot I could follow, though it wasn't much
-I liked the mystery of Charlie's father--I was really wondering where he was
-The cold, remote setting of Hyder, Alaska

What could've been better:
-The cover was not very pleasing, nor was it eye-catching
-The editing in this novel seriously needed work--there were no margins, the spacing was really off, the type did not looked somewhat elementary, and even the punctuation was incorrect in several spots
-I didn't really like the main character, Charlie--it seemed like she was a stock character and had no depth
 -Daniel, too, seemed to be just the handsome man that Charlie was mysteriously drawn to, and their sudden attraction didn't really make any sense
-It seemed to be supernatural but I couldn't really figure out how it tied into the plot

I really tried to love this book--I really wanted to--but I couldn't get past all the grammatical errors and the general aesthetic faux pas of the novel. Next on deck: Enchantress by Maggie Anton!

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