Book Review: Left Alive #1

Left Alive #1 by Jeremy Laszlo

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First off, this book is one that is a bit outside my preferred reading. Not because of genre–I simply don’t usually read books that are written in the first person point-of-view. When I do read books written in this point-of-view, they have to be tightly written or I find myself putting them down. This one was not as tightly written as I prefer, but I did push through it simply because I’m a writer, too, and I would like to think that people will give my books the same consideration.

A few things I noticed that really made the book seem hum-drum to me was that it really needed a good, thorough editing by someone who does that type of thing for a living. In the first 38% of the book (I read it on the Kindle), the main character essentially thought the same cluster of input about his wife and two daughters about every other paragraph. I almost put the book down, and I’ll be honest, I did close it out on my Kindle and go read some short stories to give myself a break from it.

The other major issue I noticed is that all the trees and plants are dead. With all those people breathing, the world would be full of carbon dioxide pretty quickly without our natural carbon dioxide scrubbers going through photosynthesis. I’m assuming that some survived somewhere, but it would not be enough to sustain an entire planet of people, and there still seem to be a lot of people.

It had great potential for an excellent dystopian novel, and I do believe that if Laszlo had gone through a few more edits, it could have been a 5-star novel. It just needed a bit more polish.


Book Review: The Death Series Volume 1

The Death Series: Volume One (Death, #1-3)The Death Series: Volume One by Tamara Rose Blodgett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read in a while that had me wanting to read from the very first sentence, so to say the least, I loved this book. It was well-written, and the descriptions did not take away from the action as it does in some books.

Caleb and the Js are very well-rounded characters, and Ms. Blodgett even managed to make Carson and Brett into dynamic characters. Each character is special, except for Brett and Jonesy, and even with their abilities, they are vulnerable. And they makes them believable. Although this is a young-adult novel, the parents actually form real character-units. They aren’t background characters that randomly show up in a chapter here and a chapter there. Caleb’s parents are in the “know,” and they worry about him.

I found myself wanting to know more, especially as the boys team up with the girls, and then the government comes after them. This is definitely a must-read for all ages, even though it is targeted towards young adults.

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