A rollercoaster ride of emotions and enlightenment, 6 Aug. 2015
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This review is from: Muse (Kindle Edition)
Firstly, let me begin by saying that I’ve read a fair few indie books of late and a few have been debut novels too. This is one such debut novel as I understand it, and is far and away in a much higher league than others that I have read recently. I thought by the blurb that it might be a little too “girly” for me – dealing predominantly with the grieving process of our lead character, Ava and combined nicely with a voyage of discovery into love, and it would seem, lust. How wrong could I be?
Ava is a 17yr old young lady who seemingly has lead a very sheltered life. She is portrayed as a complete innocent in matters of body and mind and appears to be very naive in the ways of men – particularly those mixed with alcohol. After tragedy strikes young Ava, she finds herself feeling very alone in the world as she’s shipped off into a foster home where she meets one of my favourite characters in the book, her male counterpart in the form of Jake. This young man is very much gay, and adorable as a character (and I’m straight by the way!) but he’s written into form by the talented author and comes across as one of the best friends anyone could wish for, despite his own unfortunate circumstances. He’s the kind of guy you’d look out for no matter what and it’s clear that the author became quite fond of him herself as the story progressed. As the reader, I could sense the feeling of her words in the scenes that featured him – likewise for Charles, the unrequited love aspect for the originally prickly Bridgette.
This story has many elements to it that are intricately woven into the tale as relationships form, are tested to breaking point and at times break at the seams. The complicated relationship between Ava’s natural father and Veronica, the Ice Queen, unravels upon Ava’s arrival into his life – which lays the real relationship that husband and wife have open to the fires of truth. Its a complex woven fabric of enthralling ups and downs and I found myself willing the pages to turn. The story does feature a somewhat controversial element with the relationship between the mystery Mr. Edwards and our young starlet, Ava. There are some that could see such portrayal as a little close to the wire but remembering that Ava is seventeen, going on eighteen and effectively a young woman, it becomes integral to the final, fantastic conclusion.
Now I KNOW you’re going to wonder why I posted a 4.5 star instead of the out and out 5 right? Indulge me for just a minute or two more here…
The story is beautiful, it is delicately written in places and brilliantly formatted for kindle, however, there are a couple of points that did stand out as I progressed through it. The use of ‘short sentences’ often in blocks of three or four I found hindered the flow of the story, made it jerky at times. There were a few minor errors in the correct words towards the end, “smelt” in the wrong context rings a bell, and once or twice the speech of one of the characters early on had a distinctive American twang BUT aside from those minor points, something a good editor would easily polish clean out. I thought this to be a very well put together work, considering it was self edited.
In closing then, as a debut novel it shone for me, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to all. Certainly, I have no hang-ups about following this book with the sequel, which I am reliably informed is even better. Suffice to say that Keeley French has earned herself another fan of her writing style and should be very proud of this first effort. A well deserved 4.5 Stars rounded up to 5.