Wisdom

Posted 9 February 2011 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

WisdomWisdom by Amanda Hocking
Series: My Blood Approves #4
Published by Amanda Hocking on 2010-08-22
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 367
Source: personal purchase | eBook
Buy/Shelve it: AmazonB&NKoboAudible

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From the back cover...

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From the back cover...

For her eighteenth birthday, Alice Bonham takes a vacation to Australia only to have her trip cut short by an unexpected murder. While Alice tries to understand what happened, she regrets some of the choices she's made, especially the more permanent ones. 

On top of that, the child vampire is running loose, and its attracting some very unwanted attention...

My Review

I have very mixed opinions about this series as a whole, Wisdom being the fourth book.  The plot itself has great bones, with unexpected twists and turns.  Many of the subplots are just intriguing as the main story, which I think makes the story itself richer to read.  However, there are scenes here and there that seem almost to be reworked from previous books, leaving the scene to feel static, unchanging from book to book instead of moving the situation foward.  The characters are very well-developed, though, and they make me keep coming back for more, wanting to know what will happen to them next.  I may not like how certain characters interact with each other, but that is more about personal interpretation than about the writing or development of the characters themselves.    But as in the previous novels, the biggest thing that left me feeling less than 100% into the story was the grammar and editing errors.  At least for me, it really detracts from the story.  A typo here and there, fine.  An occasional grammatical misuse, fine.  But there were too many of both to make reading as smooth an experience as it should have been.  That really saddens me because I think Hocking has the potential to be a very talented writer with great stories to be told.

My Recommendation

If there is a book #5, will I read it?  Yes, I absolutely will, because the characters really do grab me and make me want more.

About Amanda Hocking

I live in Minnesota, and I write young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy mostly. The My Blood Approves series is about vampires in Minneapolis, and its available now. I also wrote the Trylle Trilogy, which is a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, mermaids, fae, angels, dragons, ghosts, or ninjas.

My latest book is Hollowland – a zombie urban fantasy set in the dystopian near future. It’s a bit more violent and gritter than my other books, but there is still romance. Mostly though, Remy kicks a lot of butt.

I also enjoy Red Bull, Jim Henson, Batman, Jane Austen, Star Wars legos, and I absolutely hate long walks on the beach out of my intense fear/hatred of wet sand

My favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, Alan Moore, and J. D. Salinger, but I don’t write anything like them. I have an obsession with River Phoenix, and I’ve seen Silence of the Lambs more than any other movie, even The Dark Knight. If I were trapped on a deserted island, the one thing I’d take with me would be a boat capable for taking me home.

I’m also the guitarist in a band called the Fraggin Aardvarks, and even though its even twice as cool as it sounds, we haven’t had a practice in like two years, so I’m not sure that technically we are still a band. But we never broke up, and it’s an awesome thing to tell people, so I’m sticking with it. (We even had a synethesizer!)

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