Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Legend of the Werewolf

I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Legend of the Werewolf is written by Mandy Rosko and is Book 2 in the Things in the Night Series.  Having never read the first book, I can vouch for the fact that it works just fine as a standalone novel.  The beginning of the book gives a little bit of background on the main character, Mike Carter, who is a psychic detective.  I can only assume that the first book goes more in depth into how he got to where he is now, and there is reference to a city “that doesn’t exist” that must be the basis for the initial novel.  

Mandy has written a unique and memorable story in The Legend of the Werewolf.  The events and characters are unique.  She does a great job bringing the characters to live and getting to know them is quite enjoyable.  The story is based in a modern type era, with fantastical creatures and events.

Unfortunately a lot is lost amidst the mass amount of typos that seem to be endless.  There are grammar errors, misspellings and missing words.  It is quite distracting and really detracts from the wonderful story that is going on.  Not only are there typos, but there are also 2 glaring mistakes in the sequence of events.  The first being the event with the car lights; they are desperately trying to start up the cars to turn on lights, but automobiles don’t need to have keys in the ignition for lights to come on.  Later on when the action is over they talk about turning off the lights so the batteries in the cars don’t die, but if the cars are running, than the battery won’t die because of the lights.  The second event was towards the end of the book when they talk about needing to come back to destroy a castle, and then later there is talk about how the castle was already destroyed, but given the sequence of events this is impossible.  All of these things lend to discredit for the author.  Never having read any of Mandy’s other books, I cannot attest to whether this is a unique event or not.  I also find this lack of editing quite disdainful due to the fact that I was reading from a paperback novel. 
I want to reiterate that Mandy did a really great job writing an interesting story with great events and bringing her characters to life, given all of the bad edits I would have given this book only 2 stars, but because the story is so great, I rest on 3 stars.   With a better scrub and edit this book would easily be a 4 or 5 star story.  I hope that it is cleaned up in the future before any more versions are released, and barring these typos as the norm, I would love to read more of Mandy’s books in the future, as she really is a great story-teller.  If you are into Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Romance, Mystery, and modern-themed stories, this book is for you. 

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