KARR: Unleashed Speaks on Da’Kharta Rising (Short Story Double Feature)

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Greetings!  No Labels here.  Today, I’m doing a double feature of sorts.  I will be covering two short stories by Da’Kharta Rising: Vocal Remedy and Simi’s Komma.

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Blurb:
Vaser is not surprised when Mr. Choice selects him. He does have a great voice and only the best should compete to win the cash prize for the music program. Everything falls into place as Vaser prepares to deliver a vocal remedy to compose his own award winning tune.

Unleashed Speaks:

This is a very hard work to fully classify.  On one hand, it is a psychological game of cat and mouse.  The underlying history between Vaser and Mr. Choice makes for good banter that keeps the pages turning.  The twist at the end tickles the foot of horror.  Overall, one can call it dark drama.

In an environment where there’s a call to spell everything out, the element I appreciated about Vocal Remedy was that it was a bit old school.  Nothing was completely spelled out.

One example was the relationship between Vaser and Mr. Choice.  I could tell something had happened there but it wasn’t spelled out.  I was given enough information to tell (a) it wasn’t right and (b) Vaser attempted to go through the proper channels but the proper channels did not help him.  Another example was the connection between Vaser and Jenks.  Vaser is calling in a favor but not much is given in regards to the cash in besides the delivery of information.

I was free to use my imagination to try to connect the dots and just wonder whether my conclusion is correct or not.

Cover:  I didn’t quite understand the cover concept at first until the very end.  Once it was introduced, then it made perfect sense.  I also loved the font of the cover.  It added to the hint of dark drama to the work.

Characters: Each character served a purpose.  Vaser stayed determined and in emotional makeup throughout.

Conflict: It leaves a lingering effect.  There were enough context clues to come up with scenarios regarding the conflict.  I battled with whether the final composition was suited yet at the same time, I understood as to why someone would resort to that for vindication.

Unleashed Verdict: 9.5 out of 10

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Now, my thoughts on Simi’s Komma:

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Blurb: Papyrus is a small town that’s not a fan of anything different. Here we meet four long time friends. Hiphen is the observant one. Rod is the laid back one. Point is a girl that acts like one of the guys yet is a proponent of action. Simi is the leader of the squad.

When transfer Komma Plush arrives, Simi takes it upon himself to show her the ropes of a new town yet at first she is not open to it. What follows takes Simi on this journey that threatens the balance of his long term friendships.

Unleashed Speaks:

In Simi’s Komma, the author caters more towards a young adult audience.  Yet even thought the characters and mannerisms are different, there is a dark cloud that is symbolizing a trademark for this up and coming writer.

I appreciate that Ms. Rising likes using interesting names for the characters.  My two favorite characters in the work are Point and Simi.  Point is outspoken, determined, and is quick to respond to situations.  Simi is reserved but his quiet way makes people gravitate towards him.  Being a leader of sorts seems a natural part in his make up.

For me, Hiphen knack for observation gets in the way when it is time for him to act.  I would have liked to have known more about Rod, outside of his “roll with the punches” attitude.

Setting wise, the author took her time in setting the stage for the story.  Aspects of the small town of Papyrus reminded me of the characteristics of my own small town: one main road, going by landmarks as opposed to street names, and not being one hundred percent open to new people (at first).  No one notices a small town, until tragedy strikes.

The actions of the characters stayed in alignment associated with young adult behavior.  There were moments when one can ponder why action wasn’t taken on certain things sooner.  But that is where the adult way of thinking can deviate from the youth/teen way of approaching things.

I ran the full gambit of emotions–from being perturbed to being shocked at the ending, yet this is a glimpse into the life of typical high school behavior in some settings.

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Overall Rating: 8.5 out of 10 TRB Stars

A part of me wouldn’t mind a follow up to what occurs with the crew, yet this is the type of story that could stand alone and just have you wondering “what if” and “why did it have to be this way.”

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KARR: Unleashed Speaks on C. Desert Rose (Short Story Double Feature)

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 C. Desert Rose
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Howdy!  No Labels here!  On this special weekend edition of Kindle App Random Robin, I do a double feature on upcoming YA author, C. Desert Rose.

First, let’s talk Crimson on a Black Rose.

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Blurb: A drop of crimson blood on a tattered black rose was all she has left of him–the guy that she loved.
Rayne remembers her days with the boy that stole her heart. Jay was the love of her young life. Future plans arose, love bloomed, time spent made their connect unique. Until the day it all came crashing down.
What happened to the love that they had?
Take a trip of wrath and remembrance with Rayne.

Unleashed Speaks:

The unfolding of this from beginning to end reminded me a little of the Ashanti video “The Way That I Love You.”  Rayne thinks everything is going fine between her and her love, then unfortunate events came to the forefront.  The author doesn’t hesitate in setting the tone and getting the reader involved in the story.  She had me at the first line and I felt a sense of sadness when the tale ended.

I could really relate to Rayne’s daydreaming and the tug of war inside her as it pertained to Jay.  The twist at the end really packed an emotional bite.  The incorporation of the core colors of black and red on the cover complimented the darkness within.

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Verdict: 9.5 out of 10 TRB Stars

Now let’s find out more about A Tragedy.

A Tragedy: The Short Story of Fox & Tango
Smashwords | Scribd

Blurb: Hot and heavy declarations of love. Color coded separation of M&M’s. Sprinkles of sarcasm here and there. A typical day in the romance of Fox and Tango. When disaster rips Tango from her arms will she survive the ocean of her emotional torment or will Fox drown in the waves of tragedy?

Unleashed Speaks:

The cover did make me wonder. What in the heck happened to the M&M’s especially the blue ones?  Those are my favorite.  But this wasn’t about M&M’s at all (although they are special). The blurb kept me wondering about what happened with Fox and Tango. So I dived in.

Fox and Tango’s interaction with each other mirrored the connection of teenage love. I found Fox’s aggressiveness quite entertaining–a welcomed switch from the guy being dominant in the relationship. The action sequence was well thought out and it moved like a play-by-play recap. The mystery element caught me a bit off guard but I dug the sneak up effect. The typical tragic love story was made atypical and I fully appreciated the extra effort.

Dynamic from start to finish.  Definitely 10 Stars!  I wait eagerly for more work from this author.

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Verdict: 10 out of 10 Stars

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Ms. Ova Veugh sits with Truth Unleashed to discuss Death is Overrated

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 Death is Overrated
Jeffrey Perren
Amazon | Amazon Author Page

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Hello!  Ova Veugh here.  I know it has been a while but it’s good to be back.  Today I have Mini Truth and No Labels Unleashed to talk about Death is Overrated.

Before I dive into my line of questioning, here is the premise, provided by Mini Truth:

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Premise:

Professor Thomas Payne, an archeologist-slash-scientist goes caving in Wales, when all of the sudden he finds himself dead. Now, when I say that “he finds himself dead” I really mean that he is looking upon a dead body which the police are calling him—Thomas Payne.

The police are out for him, trying to pin the murder on him and things go ballistic. Somehow Terri, the Police Captain’s daughter takes an interest in Payne and becomes an active part of trying to solve the mystery.

Truth is in its title, when you think someone is dead, all of the sudden they are not.

Ova: It’s so nice to chat with you ladies again.

Truth: Nice to have you back. You look a bit darker. Been on vacation?

Ova: Why yes, Mini! I’ve been working on my tan. Thanks for noticing. Let’s get to it, shall we? Usually, I start with the pros and the cons but I want to get your initial feel on Death is Overrated.

Truth: I am on the fence as to how I feel about this read. I cannot say that I loved it, but I can also not say that it was the worst book ever written. cropped-nolabelsunleashed

Unleashed: The book did get off to a good start.  I was excited about the first chapter but towards the end, my thoughts mirror Mini Truth’s on overall feel and likeability.

Ova: Interesting. So what are some things this story did well?

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Truth: The book does a balancing act of pros and cons for me, so it may be a good idea to just ask about both at once.  That way, it is mapped out better–if Unleashed is in agreement.

Unleashed: Sure.  I have the feeling we will be on the same mind in certain aspects.

Ova: Fair enough.  Allow me to rephrase.  What all did and didn’t work for Death is Overrated?

Unleashed:  The first chapter really had me interested and was a great motivator for me to proceed.  However, there were moments where it was sluggish and caused my enthusiasm towards the mystery to waver.

Truth: The writing is engaging enough, but at certain intervals seems lackluster and also seems to drag on at times.

Ova: Okay, so the engagement style of the writing has been addressed. What about syntax?

Truth: The syntax was great. However, there is tons of UK slang, which can make it a difficult read for those English speaking people from other countries. Particularly those who are not familiar with that type of slang.

Unleashed: I am guilty of the latter.  At times, I had to look up certain words because there wasn’t enough context for me to figure out the meaning.  Other times, I asked friends who are from that particular part of the world.  For me, it’s important to have a work that can connect to more than one type of audience so the syntax made it slightly difficult for me to connect with at full capacity.  Visual wise it was fine.

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Truth: The characters were likeable enough, well developed for the most part, and the ones that you are meant to not be liked come across as such. Also, while the character of Thomas was well written, sometime he felt a little rude. Needless to say he wasn’t really my favorite main character. I preferred Terri.

Unleashed: The supporting characters did interest me.  My favorite characters were Terri and Rhys.  Over time, I grew to dislike Thomas.  For me, he was very annoying and his behavior at times quite off-putting.  The outside characters, particularly the villains, did a good job at carrying the story.

romantic-smileysOva:  So we got writing engagement, syntax, and characters covered! Let’s talk about the romance element. How did you two feel about it?

Unleashed: The mystery aspect of the story was more important to me than the romance.  There were certain occurrences in the story that served more to keep up the romance end of the book than the aura of mystery.  In my opinion, there was too much emphasis on Terri and Thomas getting together than should have been used to fuel the momentum of the mystery.

Truth: There was the element of romance in the story. While this could potentially be good, when incorporating this element into a mystery novel you must be careful. You do not want the love story to take full reign of the mystery. However, unfortunately, this story did just that.

Ova: What are your feelings about the amount of mystery, conflict and resolution in Death is Overrated?

Unleashed:  There was no shortage of conflict in Death is Overrated.  The only drawback is that the same pattern of conflict happened to multiple characters in the book with a few of the “comebacks” bordering on unbelievable.

Truth:  I agree.  Many of the scenarios felt redundant.  I kept thinking to myself “How many times do people die?”  In reference to the action in the story, there is some but in my opinion, not enough that would keep the action seeker hooked.  To be completely honest, I fell asleep several times because the action had dissipated to the point of boredom. It does eventually pick up again, however the gaps between down time and action sequences seem to be too long. While this is supposed to be a thriller of sort (as mysteries should be), I didn’t truly feel “thrilled”. I did appreciate the small element of realism, however it didn’t quite make the “mystery mark” for me.

Unleashed: For those focused on the romance in the story, the resolution is pleasing. For readers more into action and mystery, the resolution may seem a bit too tidy or lackluster, given the length of the book.

Ova: Looks like we have all the bases covered.  Time to gather the final verdict.

Truth: In a nutshell, Death is Overrated is a potentially good read, however in my opinion is could be better.  Six TRB Stars.

Unleashed: I do see potential in Death is Overrated but the abundant down times, the romance overshadowing the mystery and redundancy in conflict crippled the read for me.  This is a 6.5 on the TRB scale for me.

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Ova: Okay!  After adding the numbers and dividing by two, Death is Overrated gets 6 (actually 6.25) out of 10 TRB Stars.

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Ova and out!

KARR: Unleashed Speaks on WORDPLAY: Honest Conversations

wordplayv4WORDPLAY: Honest Conversations
(Book #4 in the WORDPLAY Series)
Andrew Boyd
Amazon | Amazon Author Page

Howdy!  No Labels here.  The most awesome thing about KARR is that it is definitely random.  This means no one, not even people on the Board with me, is aware of when I’m going to post.  What can I say?  I like the mystery of it all.

I’ve been following the WORDPLAY series ever since the beginning.  Does one have to read the other three to appreciate this one? No, you can absolutely indulge in this one on its own.  However, to appreciate the full development of what the author is establishing with WORDPLAY, it is better to check out #1-#3, which are posted on the provided Amazon Author Page link.

Although the cover image itself gives no detail about the contents, the colors utilized are very telling.  Honesty operates in tones of black and white, so I think the usage of those two particular tones is quite effective.

When reading this work, I feel as if I am in a laboratory.  The author takes each issue that he finds flaw with and invites one a bit closer–to explore it.  Whether it involves other people or doing a deeper excavation into self, WORDPLAY: Honest Conversations is that jagged nail that cuts against the skin and draws blood, ranging from a light trickle to a somewhat heavy stream.

The author has shown tremendous growth in pattern formation: pinpointing stanza separations, giving that breathing room between print and white space.  Although he seems to cling on to exorbitant capitalization like an iron fist, I’m glad he is weaning the itch to upper case everything since that trait was a bit of a drawback to me in his very first book.

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In his presentation, there were brief moments when the style of delivery became complex.  This all boils down to what type of audience the author believes will be reading his work.  Work overly stylish in dialogue and excessive word usage when only one or two words will do may alienate the “average” Joe Blow–the very one who may be able to connect with the author’s episodes of trials and tribulations the best.

Speaking as someone who has read the previous three, WORDPLAY: Honest Conversations wasn’t as strong as the rest–from a conceptual standpoint or a cover standpoint.

Concept:

I’d give overall engagement to the first WORDPLAY (Poetry for the Soul), heart wrenching intensity to the second WORDPLAY (Damnation), and universal connection towards understanding and healing to the third WORDPLAY (Liberation of the Spirit).

Covers:

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WORDPLAY:Liberation of the Spirit is where concept and cover coincided the most and the biggest win for this author in this category.

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WORDPLAY:Poetry for the Soul is a strong second.

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The seriousness of the author’s own pose for WORDPLAY:Damnation was enough to connect the dots but may not hold water going into future works.

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Unleashed Verdict: 8 out of 10 TRB Stars

In light of these observations, I still recommend WORDPLAY: Honest Conversations for the beauty of its development and the maturity of its progression.  The author just has to realize that all elements (big and small) blend together to make the work stand out as memorable for the reader. If a person usually gets an electronic copy of a book rather than the paperback, then all he/she has to go on is the power of the cover art, along with the blurb.  For some people, if the cover doesn’t get their attention right away, they may skip the work and miss out on the meaningful content inside.  Moreover, so much of what is revealed in this book (and the three before it) rings pertinent to everyday people yet the author must be careful to balance flexing his wordplay with this kinship to prevent some from getting lost in the cross hairs.

I do look forward to further installments of the series and keeping pace with this author’s journey.

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Wordsmith World of Discovery Presents July Author Spotlight Kirstin Pulioff

Greetings everyone!  For our second July Author Spotlight, we have a special treat.  Making her interviewing debut is Wordsmith Andi!

thinkerwordsmithIn this first segment of The Wordsmith’s World of Discovery, she presents to you Kirstin Pulioff!

Dear Wordsmith, you have the floor.

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Hi Kirstin,

First I have to say it’s an honor and privilege to interview you as The Review Board’s July Author Spotlight.

I am the one who is honored! Thank you for having me.

Several months ago I had the opportunity to read and review The Escape of Princess Madeline. I loved the story and characters, and was most intrigued by your wizards and the role they played. In my review I said “She creates enough intrigue in the mystery of the wizards and their exile to support an entire series based solely on these people yet this intrigue only adds a delicious element to the main story.” I haven’t yet had an opportunity to read the second and third books in the trilogy. Do you explore more of your magical world in them and where did your inspiration come from for the series?

Absolutely! I also loved the wizards and wanted to showcase more of their past and how that fit within the world I created. They come back to the kingdom in the second book, and play important and surprising roles in several of the character’s lives.

My inspiration came from the desire to create a series for middle graders that took everything I loved from traditional fantasy – princesses, knights, castles, adventure, wizards, and put a more modern spin on it. When I sat down to write this series, the ideas for the trilogy came pouring out.

What made you decide to write a series for middle school children?

I think a lot of time in our careers, we strive to fix a problem that we experienced growing up. For me, one of the issues I felt was finding fantasy stories that were both challenging and appropriate for me at a younger age.

When I began writing, my first idea was to fill that hole, and create a series that is enjoyable for the middle grade range, and appropriate for younger readers. Now there are so many great books that fit that genre, and I am honored to be included with them.

How much of your life experience influences your ideas for stories and characters?

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That’s a tough question. There are certainly aspects of my life that get filtered in… wonderful memories, painful lessons, the feelings and struggles of growing up, but everything is exaggerated and embellished with artistic license.

Are you able to pinpoint, and hopefully describe, the moment when you knew you were a writer?

Looking back, I can tell you that I have always been a writer. It is my creative outlet. Some people may paint, sing, build, bake, or garden, but for me, writing is how I choose to express myself. That passion has never left, faded or dulled.

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As for that moment when I knew I was a writer… let me tell you, only a writer will let a gallon of ice cream melt to dash off to the computer to write down my latest idea… or burn zucchini bread… or burn grilled cheese… come to think of it, my writing success may be closely related to kitchen catastrophes. ;)

Taking a look at your website, you have quite a few upcoming projects in the works. Can you tell us a little more about your most recently anticipated Dreamscape: Saving Alex? The snippets you’ve shared in your blog are delightfully tantalizing; so entirely different than your writing and subject matter in Princess Madeline.

I would LOVE to! Dreamscape: Saving Alex is a YA Fantasy adventure. Here is the blurb:

After years of protecting Dreamscape from the tyranny of the evil king, and fighting for their freedom, the rebellion’s last hope lies with the Golden Hero. When the enchantment brings Alexis Stone from the real world, both get more than they bargained for.

Alexis realizes too late that in this fantasy world, the consequences and enemies are real. When the stakes rise, surviving the dangerous game may be easier than facing her feelings. Can she help the rebellion’s cause, or will the difference between their worlds prove deadly?

And if she does succeed, who will rescue her?

It’s kind of a blend between Tron and Zelda. 

Right now it is with my beta-readers, and I hope to have this released later this Fall.

I noticed too that you seem to be quite comfortable in writing in several genres: middle school, young adult, fantasy, adventure, dystopian, historical, and science fiction just to name an easy half dozen. Is there any genre you haven’t experimented in, or any that is your particular favorite? Why?

Haha, I know, I am a branding nightmare. Inspiration can be fleeting, so when the muse sends me a burst of something, I grab ahold and write… in any genre.

Most of what I write falls within the fantasy genre because that’s where my comfort lies. I can address a philosophical idea, or moral while still working within the realm of suspended belief. Even though there is realism in the stories, it is removed enough from everyday life, to keep things from being ‘too real.’

I admire writers who can write contemporary literary fiction, because it is a genre that I find extremely difficult.

Whose next book are you eagerly anticipating release on?

There are so many to choose from… hmmm… one of my new favorites is Katie Cross. I just finished her first book in the Network series, and the second should be out soon.

If you had to choose from of all your works and all your myriad characters, which characters are your most and least favorite? What about each of them earns such a ranking?

Ohhh… Fun! There are so many characters that I love and relate to on different levels. My favorites are my heroines.

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The Escape of Princess Madeline

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Princess Madeline (Princess Madeline series) is fun in terms of her character. Besides the obvious princess factor, she balances vulnerability with strength, defiance with intelligence, and stubbornness with creativity. She doesn’t find the answer easy, but she never gives up.

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Simone (The Ivory Tower) is a fighter. Stuck within the confines of the camp, Simone struggles with monotony or routine and structure. I love Simone for the fire that burns within her.

Alex from Dreamscape: Saving Alice

Alex (Dreamscape: Saving Alex) is a new favorite. She is a normal girl from the real world having to come to terms with being transported into a fantasy world. Based on how she reacts to the challenges, dangers, and new characters, she proves herself the hero they’ve been looking for, and the hero she needed for herself.

As for least favorites…

The name that immediately pops into mind is Prince Paulsen (The Battle for Princess Madeline.) He is the epitome of the ‘bad boy.’ Full of charm, good looks, and slick words to lure you over, but he does not know what to do when you turn him down.

Any of the unnamed guards from the Ivory Tower. These guards only look after their own interests at the cost of the people in the camp. Whatever terrors they do in The Ivory Tower pale in comparison to what they’ll be doing in Pale Bricks. (future novel)

Do you have any words of wisdom for new authors or those who might be hesitant to embark on the journey of indie publishing?

I would tell them to believe in themselves. Life is about living, taking chances, and following dreams. It’s not easy, but worth it.

Thanks so much for your time in answering my questions Kirstin! You are a woman of prolific talent and phenomenal storytelling skills. You are certainly deserving of our July Author Spotlight!

Thank you so much!

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Harmony Prism on American Specter

americanspecterAmerican Specter by Rasheedah Prioleau
Amazon

Genre:  Murder mystery, Fiction

Greetings everyone!  The Review Board is here to share our thoughts on American Specter by Rasheedah Prioleau.

Let’s get a Harmonious take on this work:

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Audra Wheeler, an FBI agent with a traumatic personal history, is sent to the small American town of Specter to investigate the latest in a series of murders which span more than a decade. This tiny town also happens to be the home of ‘Specters’ – the ghosts of the deceased who haven’t passed on. They live and work alongside living humans, and can manifest or remain invisible at will. Audra has to work through her own personal history, whilst also having to work through and make sense of the history of the town and the specters.

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I was intrigued immediately by the premise of this story and was looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, my enjoyment was severely diminished by frequent and unnecessary errors.

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The author could do with picking up a dictionary to sort out which words she should be using. There are many, many instances where a word sounds the same but just isn’t it. For example: suite instead of suit; higher instead of hire; heals instead of heels; racquet instead of racket, etc.

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The writing style is passive and the character development shallow—I didn’t see a lot of evidence of really getting into the emotions of the main protagonist. Information is repeated, a lot. And, within dialogue, names are way over used. Such a shame, as this has the potential to be a great book. It is in desperate need of editing and proofreading, and the writing needs tightening up.

The plot, at first, seems as though it is going to be easy to guess, but turns out not to be. The pace could be better, and perhaps felt worse because of the choppiness of the writing overall.

Harmony’s Verdict:

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If you enjoy a murder mystery, or a paranormal romance, then this book may be for you. The idea behind the story is a good one, but sadly the technical execution is lacking. It desperately needs editing and proofreading to bring it up to par. Whilst I couldn’t recommend this book without it receiving further work, I would say that if you can overlook incorrect word usage, as well as the grammatical and punctuation issues, this novel might be worth buying. I offer six out of ten stars using The Review Board’s rating. I would be willing to read this author again, if she is willing to use the services of an editor and proofreader.

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Now let’s hear from Casey Prism:

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“The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.” ~Bill Cosby

Audra Wheeler is a tough as nails FBI agent. Time they are a changing and Audra’s job consists of tracking Specters—a new phenomenon in the past ten years where the dead’s ghosts return to live amongst people. The more these Specters work at it, the easier it is for them to materialize and become tangible. This gives them the ability to interact with the living on a regular basis. Audra’s question? Can that interaction cross the lines into a killer and furthermore—a serial killer?

Audra takes the case personally despite her professional nature. She enters the town of Specter filled with preconceived notions about the creatures. The town of Specter is aptly names for its high volume of—yep—Specter residents. Everything about the place from the murder she’s called into investigate (nearly identical to the attack that left her sister in a coma years earlier) and her old flame being the current town Sheriff, Audra’s about to have her perception turned upside down.

Things I really liked: I enjoyed the FBI team. It’s very Criminal Minds-esque. The plot also had some interesting twists and turns that I won’t spoil for you. I enjoyed watching Audra’s growth as the story goes on. And her friends Yolanda is a freaking riot. She’s definitely my favorite.

There were some definite typos throughout which begs me to wonder if this “review copy” was delivered before the final edit. A big part of me sincerely hopes so. One big thing for me was in the beginning when she goes to the crime scene she specifically says that she tells them to leave everything—including the body. The next sentence she has a coroner’s report on the body laying before her in her hand…hmm. I think a final proofread would help knock this one out of the park.

Prism Verdict: Overall I was entertained and it was an easy read. Because of some of the inconsistencies and my feeling of the need of an additional proofread I give American Specter: The Seven Sisters 7 out of 10 TRB stars.

Now let’s add the scores and divide by 2:

6.5starsOverall American Specter gets 6.5 out of 10 TRB Stars.

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