I was one of those who got sucked in by the premise and the cover. As I got into it a little I could see this was a giant FAIL but thought there might at least be some laughs to be had. Sadly, no.
After I gave up and deleted this nonsense from my Kindle I decided to check the reviews, as I should have done in the first place. And, as always, THEY were a joy. I think I laughed enough to make my purchase of the book almost worth it. Almost.
Check out the other 1-star reviews for plenty of reasons not to waste your time and money. If you like the idea, get PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon Hale. The cover isn't luscious, but there is that silver Newbery award medal to catch your eye. Don't be fooled though: the book is a prizewinner for sure, but it's not just for a young adult audience. Out of all its 5-star reviews (I don't think it scored even one lower) plenty of adults loved it too.
"A Sight for Sore Eyes" catches the reader up in the lives of three main characters and even more minor ones, all drawn with Ruth Rendell's maximum skill. Teddy Brex is one of Rendell's villains whom you can't help pity and understand even as you are horrified while he is almost casually drawn into violence and murder. Even a minor character such as Teddy's grandmother is vivid and memorable. More important still, reading this book is a great help in understanding the backstory of her most recent "The Vault". Don't miss either one!
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