Gorgeous cover, brilliant idea, but the story? The inner editor in me saying there needs to be some major fixing. But first, let me narrow down the basis of Fire & Shadow before launching into what I didn't like about the book and why said book didn't get a fantabulously stellar rating.
- There's a pronunciation guide! If I actually gave out bonus points, which I don't, a bonus point will be given to Ayer. Even though I didn't actually use the pronunciation guide, but helpful all the same to have.
- This is based on Hindu mythology. Or is it Hindi? I'm honestly not sure, but the story does stick close to Indian culture. Don't take my word for it, and don't quote me on this.
- Thus, this makes the book unique. There's not many books based on Indian culture, much less the mythology.
- The rating could have been lower, but I read the acknowledgments. Not that it would've changed much either way.
- Grammar and Spelling – There were TONS of spelling and grammar mistakes, particularly with punctuation. What was supposed to be a question became a statement and vice versa. Missing periods or quotes. And so on. o_e
- Formatting – My second biggest problem. Most authors indent the first sentence. Others don't but there's a break between paragraphs. Fire & Shadow are jumbled together. No breaks, no indentation. Can you guys tell if it's 2 paragraphs or not? Only the author knows, and I'm certainly not an author, nor do I intend to write a book.
- Maya seems quite obsessed with her crush on Nik, thinking about how he's forbidden and how "sexy" he is. Plus, she's worried about him... a lot. While that sounds loyal and caring, but I'm pretty sure dear Nik won't die in 3 seconds.
- “No, I haven't forgotten. I just know I’m getting out of here soon enough. And that you will pay for your crimes very soon, too.” Maya sounds very... casual. There ain't time to dawdle – you got a goddess-who's-really-supposed-to-be-a-god waiting to be saved!
- I don't buy Narakasura's evilness. He sounds like a dude asking her to consider joining in a food fight or reconsider a rejection to a date that went extremely wrong. Or perhaps, since it's Prom season... reconsidering a prom date.
While I've heard quite a bit about T.G. Ayer, for a first timer, it didn't go out so well. Perhaps I'll try her other series – The Valkyrie Series. It seems quite interesting, but I'm afraid that I might say similar things about Dead Radiance. Speaking of which, if anyone has read her other books, what are your thoughts on them? Would love to hear them! :)
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