First I have to say that I am stunned by the abundance of positive reviews of this book. Perhaps this is aimed at children and I purchased it in error, but if so then the rather graphic scenes and overall writing style seem somewhat out of place.
In short, this book lacks respectable editing and any semblance of conflict.
This may sound pedantic, and perhaps if it only occurred once this criticism would be, but the number of times that statements like, "He briefly gave her a long look," appear throughout the book has me grinding my teeth.
There is no real conflict in this book. At no point was I inspired with any actual concern for the fate of a single character. The outcome of every exchange is a given: fairy godmother wins.
Perhaps this was written in response to the mediocre-at-best TV show Once Upon a Time's popularity...? At any rate, it does no flattery to Mercedes' reputation as an author. Trite, uninspiring writing comprising a flat tale of borderline-dull characters.
When I read the description I actually thought the plot might be a little corny and since it was so long, I thought it might drag on a bit. However, for the most part, my initial impression could not have been more wrong. Well-described characters who are each unique with a past and personality fill this novel virtually from end to end with action, suspense, a little philosophy, and a story of real human struggles with choices and their consequences. The plot is not shallow or corny, but a well-worked and thorough framework for the tale of heroic people in difficult times.
I've never read any of Kay's work before, but after this, he's in my top ten list of authors.
No, lacked real conflict or deep character or plot. Reads more like a rambling blog entry than a serious, well thought non-fiction.
Nothing memorable stands out.
The narrator's voice is perfect for this book: drab and borderline monotone.
The basic plot of this book appealed to me and, as the story began, I found myself intrigued and anticipating the next development. Unfortunately, I was not prepared for overly-romantic turn the story would take. Repeatedly. Without carrying the plot forward. Now I'm hoping that in the five hours left in the story the action picks up! The redundant and repetitive nature of the (graphic) romantic re-hashing is really getting old, much like this review. And yeah: the whole "baaahwdy" thing gets annoying fast, too!
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