FLEDGLING, THE SHAPESHIFTER CHRONICLES, by Natasha Brown, Book One, Self-Published

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OVERVIEW:

Set apart from other eighteen year olds, Ana Hughes knows she is different. A life threatening heart condition smothers her future and she yearns to feel normal. Her hopes are pinned on a fresh start in a remote town far from her native Colorado. Among the locker filled hallways in Clark Bend High, Ana keeps to the shadows, not wanting to draw attention to her violet tinged lips and wilted silhouette. And she almost succeeds, until she meets Chance Morgan.

Struggling to keep up appearances, she soon suspects Chance is hiding something as well. His animal-like senses, miraculous healing ability and peculiar reaction to her Thunderbird necklace compels Ana to question if there’s more to the stories about his Navajo ancestry. Without any other explanation, she fears he is playing tricks on her. But the truth may prove too much for Ana’s delicate heart…

MY BOOK REVIEW:

Boy oh boy…

I’m so disappointed that this book is in the state that it is.  It shouldn’t have left the creation stage so soon, evident to the holes in plot, slow narrative where it shouldn’t have been and poor blending of the supernatural elements into the other parts of the story.

Sure, there were grammar and spelling mistakes… most writers make them as their fingers fly across the keyboard, however, they should have been cleaned up better. I’ve run across international best sellers who’ve made horrific typos and spelling errors and they haven’t been caught by the editor and remained in the final copy.  Sad as it is, it does happen… and most are willing to forgive a few… some aren’t.

I know a lot of new authors are using other books for ideas for their story; this one had a huge Twilight vibe, a bit of a few others… I just wish they would stop doing this.  It doesn’t always work for readers, especially those who want to try out a debut author’s work only to discover it reminds them of another’s work, work they hated.

Although this particular story had a lot of potential, it just fell flat for me, real flat and I think the author should go back to the drawing board, hire a really good editor, and try again. Also, introduce the romance element better, get rid of the “insta-love” it’s so over done. If you’re blending contemporary with supernatural, it should be blended from the very beginning.  The supernatural elements need to be introduced right away so that the reader isn’t taken back by the abrupt introduction of it a quarter of the way through the book.

Anyway, overall I gave this book:

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