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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
Victorian Era vamps pack a vicious bite!!!
It starts off as at a slow pace in which you catch glimpses at the dynamic of this unusual family and of the era to which Laura Carter belongs to, but then everything changes whe...
It starts off as at a slow pace in which you catch glimpses at the dynamic of this unusual family and of the era to which Laura Carter belongs to, but then everything changes when she is taken across the pond to the UK. Everyone her family trusted betrays her. She realizes nothing is what it seems.
Then the pace quickens, and you can actually feel the pain the main character is going through. It is well written and hypnotizing. I couldn't stop until I read it all and I still wanted more. Can't wait for the next installment!
posted by 9898041 on October 19, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Most Helpful Critical Review
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
The result of Bram Stoker and Jane Austen
Sometimes, there’s just so much you want to comment on, but it all gets scrambled in your head and you can’t figure out how to put it all down so that it makes sense. That’s what I ran into with this book so I’m going to try and ...
Sometimes, there’s just so much you want to comment on, but it all gets scrambled in your head and you can’t figure out how to put it all down so that it makes sense. That’s what I ran into with this book so I’m going to try and limit what I bring up and try to keep it as on point as I can.
Here we go.
Restraint is the illegitimate child that resulted from a one-night stand between Jane Austin and Bram Stoker. Set in 1884 America and England, Restraint is a story about two sisters whose father dies, leaving them to be shipped off to live with an estranged uncle in England. The only problem is, there are vampires in the mix. And they’re after Laura (Even though that’s the crux of the story, you don’t find that out until well after the halfway point).
The idea of the book is interesting. I like that the vampires are cruel, cold beasts. It’s about time vampire stories get back to their roots. But the author’s execution in telling the story is poor. Also, I felt the first 125 pages could’ve been summed up (or given as snippets of back story later on in the book) and the book should have started on 126 with the discovery of her father’s journal.
Now onto specifics:
First of all, head hopping. I’m pretty sure I was supposed to be in the protagonist’s head throughout the entire book, but there were countless times the reader was told things there’s no way the protag could’ve known.
Secondly, vocabulary. We’re in 1884, stick with the language and sayings from that period. For the most part, Madera did a good job getting down the vernacular and vocabulary (from what I would expect it to be, anyway), but there were times she would throw in word or phrase that just didn’t fit and would completely pull me out of the story.
While reading through the book, one thing kept standing out to me. The story was overworked while at the same time still extremely raw. There were a lot of little things (and some not so little things) that could’ve been fixed by tightening up the book.
Showing versus telling. There was a lot of telling (sometimes telling the reader the same thing 3 or 4 different times in the same paragraph). It’s like Madera didn’t trust the reader to figure out on their own what she was hinting at. I think this issue also affected the fact that there wasn’t any real sense of urgency or risk in the story. If we’d gone through what Laura was going through, then maybe there could’ve been.
Incorrect use of many things. Exclamation points! ….ellipses…. and adjectives, to name a few. A lot of times, a adjective was used in the completely wrong context, giving the reader a wrong impression of what the character was feeling at the time. It threw me out of the story more than once.
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posted by RaeLynn_Fry on May 7, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 18, 2011
A neat and different take on vampires.
Laura is leary of her uncle, and with good reason. Madera has given us a different take on vampires and servitude. We follow two sisters, Linda - who seems really clueless to everything, and Laura - who feels like the unwanted sister. Laura's father treats her like a young child, instead of the young women she is. They're creepy uncle comes the day after their father dies, telling them that England is now going to be home.
I enjoyed reading this book, and the best part, the story isn't over.
3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2013
This is a good read check it out
I really liked the story line in this book. The biggest problem this book has is that no one really edited it. Good story. It took a bit longer than I would have liked in some parts but it was overall a page turner for me. I would like to see a sequel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.