Hiya guys! I’ve got a new review for you this week!
I’m a bit bummed this wasn’t better, but honestly, it wasn’t because of the idea. The plot concept was awesome! The topic is right up my alley, and a subject I love studying!
Formatting and editing can be a major pain though, especially if English isn’t your dominant language.
You can check out my review for this book under the general info, and see what you think.
*Please note, this review is honest. I mean no disrespect at all for the author, or anyone involved with the creation or publication of the current edition I was presented with. I received a complimentary eCopy, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review, which is presented below.*
Great concept and idea, but this is what ghostwriters are for.
The story idea presented in The Chosen One is fantastic. The synopsis drew me in immediately, and I knew it had the potential to be a great read. That’s where it stops – it has potential, but it is far from finished.
While reading this book, I was forced to deal with two glaring issues:
1) The formatting was atrocious. It was bad enough to leave me with a terrible headache. It took me twice as long as a typical book of it’s length to finish, because of the choppiness. Sentences were cut into multiple paragraphs mid-way through, and the basic structure simply wasn’t there.
2) I highly suspect that English is not the main, or even fluent language for the author, especially when it comes to writing. At the level it’s currently at, I would say it was written by a small child. There were errors in every sentence, and it was difficult to understand what was being described – much of the story was left to educated guesses as to what was going on.
The book overall, left me with a feeling of “this is what ghostwriters are for.” If nothing else, it needs to be edited by an English editor, if not simply translated from his dominant language, and needs a major overhaul. While I understand the difficulty of writing a story in a foreign language, it does take more work, and generally means working with another person, to ensure it is understandable.
As it is, the story isn’t set up in any kind of structure, and has a shaky foundation at best. It rambles for most of the book – especially the first half – making it impossible to really connect with the plot or events. If it was consolidated and organized better, it would probably end up a novella in length.
The author has a fantastic idea, and while I’m not quite sure he is a natural writer, I think he could have a great book, if he worked with a partner on it. Perhaps a co-author, or as previously mentioned, a ghostwriter. At the very least, this book needs to be re-edited in order to be presentable for public consumption, because I do now have a terrible headache.
As it stands, I would not recommend this book. If it was at least edited, and formatted correctly, I would upgrade it to 3 roses/stars, and recommend it to others.