Electric Storm: A Raven Investigations Novel

Electric Storm: A Raven Investigations Novel

by Stacey Brutger



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ISBN-13: 9781475109078
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: 04/08/2012
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)

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Electric Storm 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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RochelleRosesandThorns More than 1 year ago
The blurb I read for Electric Storm was shorter and did not include the obvious errors this one does. The first sentence should read: "Everything changES when Raven,...walks in..." or "Everything changed when Raven,...walkED..." Blurbs should always be written entirely in present tense, but even more importantly, one should never change tenses in the middle of a sentence. And there should not be a space between the word "Novel" and the colon, either. This book is riddled with grammatical errors such as this. The author thanks her editor, but I have to wonder if her editor ever took third grade English. One reason I prefer working with a publisher is that my books go through two editors--one for content and one for spelling and grammar. Otherwise, the plot is engaging and the characters are well-drawn. Maybe Ms. Brutger's editor was strictly a content person. Electric Storm is told entirely in the point-of-view of Raven, so there's no pesky head-hopping from one POV to another. There's plenty of action without too many "info dumps"--long narrative passages that slow the action without furthering the plot. I would have liked to have learned more about the labs that created Raven's condition. A flashback would have been nice, but Ms. Brutger's allusions to them gave us a pretty good idea of the horrors there. Finally, the consistency's good. She doesn't have a cast on her right leg in one scene and on the left in another (a famous anomaly from Hitchcock's Rear Window with Jimmy Stewart). Finally, while Electric Storm wraps up the case upon which Raven is working, it leaves many questions unanswered about her personal life, and ends on a cliff-hanger. Admittedly, it is the first book in a series, but it does not stand alone. A good series is written in a way that is compelling enough that you want to buy the next book, but neatly enough that each book stands on its own so you don't HAVE to buy the next book. Each book should have its own beginning, middle and end. It feels manipulative to end one book with the beginning of the next. I don't want to have to suffer through another travesty of bad grammar to discover who the people were who knocked at Raven's door at the end of Electric Storm. They belong in the first chapter of Electric Moon. You can always include the first chapter of Book Two at the end of Book One. That gives the reader a choice whether or not to read the teaser that continues the series. If you failed third grade English and phrases like "becoming hunted" instead of "being hunted" or "had gave" instead of "had given" don't bother you, this book should entertain you. If grammar matters to you, then give it a wide berth. You'll be too distracted mentally doing the job Ms. Brutger's line or copy editor should have done to enjoy the story. The Chicago Manual of Style is the preferred grammar reference for most editors. I suggest all authors who plan to publish independently purchase a copy and study it, or hire two editors--one for content, and a copy or line editor who owns The CMoS. Write your first draft and let it sit for at least a month. Then go over it for content--head-hops, info dumps, and consistency. Let it sit another month while you study The CMoS and then go over it backward and look for grammar errors. After you've done that, send it to a good editor who also owns the CMoS, because you'll never catch everything on your own.
RowanJadeAC More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. I’m a fan of the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton and The Hallows series by Kim Harrison. This novel reminded me of those authors, but was about shifters and Raven, a heroine who doesn’t know the extent of her unique powers. I thought the development Raven was outstanding and she stayed in character for the entire novel. The inter-workings of the shifters was complex and I wanted to know more. I also would have liked more definitive hero as at first I thought it was one character, than another, and so on. I got lost in the multitude of characters. I found myself flipping back to figure out who was who. But even those reasons didn’t stop me from turning pages to find out what happened. It’s addictive. I’ve already purchased the second book in this series, Electric Moon, and can’t wait to read it.
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R_Rearden More than 1 year ago
At one time or another we’ve all experienced a feeling of separation from our friends, family or loved ones, but it’s usually a temporary distance. If not temporary, eventually other people come into our lives to replace the connections we’ve lost. But what if separating yourself from others, living an emotionally isolated lifestyle wasn’t merely a choice but a necessity—the only one that guaranteed you wouldn’t kill the ones you love? Raven knows because that’s the way she’s existed for the past ten years, after greedy men and greedier scientists changed her forever. They made her different, but they didn’t break her. Instead, they forged a will of iron. One she wields for justice on behalf of the Paranormals discriminated against in the human world. She hides from the scientists in plain sight, working as a liaison for the police department on Paranormal cases, and investigating private cases on the side—never revealing who she is or what she can do. Only those on her investigative team know about her, and she exists on the outer edges of even this private group. That is, until fate decides to shake things up. Raven becomes embroiled in the shifter world when she tries to save a slave named Taggert at auction. Instead of freeing him, politics and rules force her to bring him into her home and protect him—as well as Jackson, the man assigned to watch over him. Raven tries to keep her distance. She can’t get close to anyone. But their seriously alpha personalities and distractingly gorgeous bodies are playing havoc on her emotions and libido. And when she thinks things can’t get any more complicated, the cases she’s working endanger not just her life, but the lives of everyone she cares for. I LOVED this book. It’s equally plot and character driven. The plot is filled with enough tension and twists to propel the storyline at a breakneck pace. The characters are dimensional, interesting and resonate with genuineness and emotion. Yes, the heroes are total hotties—all of them. (There’s a list, so get ready for some serious character crush action!) Have I kept things a bit general and not spoilerish? You bet. This story rocks, and I won’t give away any of the surprises. Electric Storm is the first novel I’ve read by Ms. Brutger—and I’m waiting on pins and needles for the next installment of Raven and her gang. Read Electric Storm. You won’t be disappointed—well, except for having to wait for the next book in the series to come out!