Torment by Lauren Kate– humble rating: Golf Clap+ – Enjoyed the new location, the new characters. Only thing that was frustrating was Luce’s extreme ignorance. I’m sorry I have to wait for the next book, though.
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl– humble rating: Motivational Speaker –I’m going to have to give this one a MS rating. I considered the Golf Clap with some plus marks because I wasn’t super crazy about how much help ‘conveniently’ showed up for Ethan along the way. But when I thought about the overall book, I admit, I was smitten. And it is a big ole book to be smitten with. For that reason, I’ll accept that poor mortal Ethan needed all of these more talented people to suddenly be involved in one way or another to help him. Plus, I was glad to see Macon again. Smitten.
Switched by Amanda Hocking - humble rating: Golf Clap- – Hmmm. The story is good but the large amount of errors caused me to check on the publisher and I discovered it is a self-published book. I’m so bummed, because I want to like the idea of self-publishing, but those errors were distracting and unprofessional. I’ll probably continue with the series because I’m curious and the price point on the Kindle edition is attractive even w/errors. Sigh. This may inspire a blog post. I need input from others on this.
Raising the Dead by Mara Purnhagan - humble rating: Golf Clap- – When a story is part of a series, it should at least have its own story arc. We made our way about 2/3 up the arc and then the story was over. Lots of plot lines were opened, but nothing was resolved. Perhaps other readers would find this suspenseful. It just confused me. I was surprised to find this wasn’t self-published. I’m really gonna need to blog now.
My own humble rating system: Please feel free to ask for clarification or to dispute my opinion. I only ask that we ALWAYS remain respectful to the author.
Chirping Cricket – At the end all you hear is the chirp of the cricket. I doubt I’ll ever use this because I can’t publicly embarrass someone knowingly. However, I must have a ‘beginning’ rating in order for the rest to make sense.
Golf Clap - The polite ovation that follows a well-placed shot.
Motivational Speaker –You are left fired up and eager to get to work making the world a better place. You can’t wait to tell your friends all the insights and inspiration you took away from it.
Rock Concert – Hooting and hollering, cheering, singing and clapping throughout the performance. Swaying and lit lighters accompany ballads. Riots break out if there is no encore.