Escape by Melissa Stevens

I am honestly dismayed at having to leave this review.  I don’t want to sound mean, but at the same time I don’t think it can be avoided.  The author’s style of writing is more suited to YA fantasy than adult erotica.  For a while there, that’s what I thought I was reading.  But even with children’s books, your readers expect you to know how to write and that first very basic step in authorship was not demonstrated in this book.  This is rough draft quality, at best.  The author does not have a grasp of punctuation (commas and periods should not be used interchangeably).  She does not know how a published book should be formatted (some paragraphs are indented here but some aren’t, and the lines are double-spaced).  Poor editing and an insistence on descriptively drawing out mundane activities stymy the story instead of moving it along.  The author does show some promise with her world building.  For instance, it’s obvious that a lot of thought went into the social structuring of her were-cats.  She’s developed a convincing hierarchy and social positioning that is both foreign feeling and believable.  But it just wasn’t enough to save the rest of the story, which struck me as being boring, predictable and badly written.

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Posted on May 18, 2012, in 1 Star Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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