Tuesday, 29 April 2014

#BookReview - The House by Sebastiana Randone @sebasti29567440 #Historical #Romance

The HouseThe House by Sebastiana Randone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In summary there were four main elements to this story which were mystery, paranormal, romance and time travel. Of these four the author's strongest were romance and time travel, which Sebastiana weaves in with her many characters in an impressive manner. The characters were well-developed and the confusion that Scura feels is also felt by the reader. The plot is tight and straightforward despite the changes in POV.

But the writing needs work. It is an extremely encouraging attempt at writing "old English" but I've read time travel romances many times before and no matter how authentic you want the language to sound, stuffing a sentence with one flowery word after another is not the way to go.

Would I recommend this read? I would recommend it but I would also say I think this book still needs an editor. At the moment, it has either been self-edited or had a proofreader but the flow of some sentences doesn't sit right in old or new English.

Overall assessment:
Content: 3.5/5
Editing: 3.5/5
Formatting: 4/5
Pacing: 2.5/5
Offensive content?: Based on language and settings I would recommend it for readers 15 and above.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.

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