Marjory’s Child By Melissa Newberry (Review By Cassie)

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**Review by Cassie aka NerdGirlLola For The Nerd Girl Page**

I was given this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: As Asa begins classes at her new school, her life goes from normal to crazy. After learning that her mother hadn’t disappeared on a business trip and of her abilities, Asa is in a race against time with her friends to warn the three sisters of the upcoming war and avoid being taken by their enemies, the vampires. Standing in Asa and her friends’ way are vampires seeking to have the three chosen daughters on their side. Through romance, adventure, and constant surprise, follow Asa and her friends as they learn of their abilities and discover the sisters.

I’ll be honest when I read the synopsis for this book I thought it would be right up my alley. Romance, adventure and Vampires what’s not to like, right? I could not have been more wrong.

I have many issues with this book but I will only go over the major ones as this review would be extremely long if I covered EVERYTHING.

First of all the book feels rushed. Like the author was under a deadline and waited till the last minute to complete it. In some parts where there probably shouldn’t be too much description (because it distracts from the main story) there is an abundance of detail. And where there should be an explanation I was left asking myself “What the *bleep* just happened?” And the author never revisits the situation for said explanation. I could give an example but then I would have to put *SPOILER* at the top and I don’t think that would be right.

Also along the same lines as feeling like the book was rushed it feels like there were too many genres mashed together. Without giving too much away I can say that there are vampires, elemental magic, some Japanese influence and Hispanic legends thrown together all in one book. In my opinion I feel like it was too much.

Second, in every example of a person becoming a vampire, whether it is a book, movie or TV show, there is a transition period, i.e. the person dies and is reborn a vampire. That is not the case in this book. The change is instantaneous and there is no “real” change. As an avid reader of vampire everything this just doesn’t sit well with me. I felt as if the person didn’t even really become a vampire, the whole process was just glazed over as if it were insignificant.

And last but not least the characters. The story just moved so fast that I really didn’t feel anything for either the main character or the supporting ones. It felt like they lacked substance. They really didn’t come to life for me.

Overall I was not impressed with this book. I tried to find at least one redeeming factor but I was hard pressed to find one. Between the pace of the book and not really understanding the mixed ideas I had a very hard time finishing the book. I think if maybe it had more beta readers or a better editor the issues could have been fixed prior to publication.

I mean no ill will to the author as I write this review, and in no way would I discourage them from continuing to do what they love. I truly hope they take this as a learning experience and use it to fuel their passion for writing.

That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.

Thanks for reading,

NerdGirlLola

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