You Read What? Book Review: Necessary Evil

Author: Adrian Lupşa

Publisher: Self Published

Date Published: November 12th 2012

Format: E-book

Source: From author for review/blog tour

Synopsis:

At almost eighteen years, Christine considers herself an adult, a grown woman, with her own principles and ideas about life, ready for every challenge that she would have to face. Or at least this is what she thinks. When her parents go on a business trip, Christine decides to invite the most handsome boy in school in her house. After a party with her friends, strange things start happening in the Taylor’s house. The girl tries to find out what is going on and in the same time wants to have a normal life along with her friends. Christine discovers a connection between the silhouettes inside her house and the dreams she has lately, but will she be able to regain peace knowing that she must release a greater evil?

Number of Days It Took to Read: Did Not Finish

Cover:

cover_necessary_evil

I wouldn’t gravitate to this cover at all if I were to see it on a website like amazon. I wasn’t fond of it.

The Writing Score: 1 out of 5

Recommendation: Casual Perusal

Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable

Rating: 1 out of 5

Review:

This is a hard review to write. I haven’t had an issue with writing reviews that were negative before because most of the time it a) had a redeeming quality somewhere and/or b) it infuriated me in the way it discussed a theme or depicted certain types of characters (normally women/minorities). This book had neither.

First off, I always applaud the books I read no matter what they’re about or their ratings because in the end they got written. There are so many self proclaimed writers in the world but so few actually have the discipline to sit down  and get their story written. So for this author to have not only written their story out but also self publish it was brave but it also showed that, no matter the number of negative reviews, there’s only up hill from here and now they have not proven that they have what it takes to write a story but they can also learn from the criticisms offered to make the next one better.

This book was a short read (clocking in at 192 pages) but I still found myself unable to finish it (read 2/3) . The reasons for that are due to the technical aspects of the writing and the pacing. I’m sure that this story would’ve been interesting despite this but I won’t know until I see it. The grammar was poor. There were verbs that are meant for objects being used on subjects among other things. It was one of the story’s major road blocks and made it difficult to read. The structure of the sentences also required multiple re-reads. The pacing was way too slow for a book that’s only 192 pages long. The set up took too long and the characters were one dimensional with no real development. There was a lot of telling and barely any showing. Sadly, it wasn’t a book I enjoyed or was able to finish but I appreciate being asked to review it nonetheless.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

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