Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 197 KB
Pages: 40 pages
Publisher: Amanda McNeil
Series: Tova Gallagher
Review copy provided by author.
Tova is a half demon, half human, living in Boston, working with books, trying to determine wither she wants to embrace her demonic side, or her humanity. Having a demon and fea trying to entice her to two different directions she gets an ultimatum - 2 months to decide what she wants. Where she belongs.
Shocked by the ultimatum she heads out only to meet a stranger in a shady part of the river walk, against her normal reaction she agrees to go on date with him and finds herself drawn to the guy who seems to be oddly comfortable with her demonic powers making an appearance or two, perhaps he too is more than meets the eye.
The best part about this novella is a dialog the main character Tova has with the people around her, it's interesting and not out of normal discussion people might have. Both main characters are likeable and seem real in the world the writer creates.
"Show, don't tell."
The most important quote I can recall whenever I read, and that to me tells wither the book is engaging or not.
Ecstatic Evil unfortunately doesn't Show but Tells, which means you can't really sink into the story, become part of the world. An example would be "Tova walks back to the couch and curls up on it, staring noncommittally at the TV" instead of "She walks back to the couch, curling up on it as she stares noncommittally at the TV". The novella has great chance to be a good story if the writing was more showing and not 'telling' the reader what happens, which robs from readers imagination.
I liked the story, the plot, the characters, only the writing style made it hard to delve into the story and be invested in the story.
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Wanted to like it
Started Reading : 18th of July 2011
Finished Reading : 19th of July 2011