Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Book Review: The Progeny

               Today's review is on The Progeny by Ashlynne Laynne

The Progeny is the first book I have read by Laynne, and I have to say, the story was sweet, touching, and has potential to be a decent series. That said, it needs quite a bit of work to get there.

At the forefront, it seems that the editor of this book had no idea on the proper usage of punctuation. Commas, for example, were appearing where they were not necessary and absent where they should have been. That however is just one of the many issues I have with this book.

I'm also curious about the audience the author is writing for. Though not explicitly written, the sex scenes do not leave much to the imagination. If you are going to write for young adults, there are things you just do not write about OR imply. If the book is for adults, then by all means bring it on, don't hide it.

In essence, The Progeny is your basic vampire/human romance with just a little twist. The vampire isn't a full-blooded vampire, and the human doesn't know that she is a witch. The rest of the story pretty much follows much like Twilight. "Epic" fight with another vampire clan, an unplanned pregnancy, and a happy ending.

Though the book was enjoyable to read; once I ignored the poor editing, I have to base my rating on the book as a whole. And with the number of negatives outweighing the positives, I feel I'm being generous with a 3 star rating.

Being a good writer is not something many people are born with. It takes time to develop and grow. The more books you read, the more you notice what works and what doesn't. Most importantly, don't be afraid to ask for help, and if in doubt remember that you ultimately get what you paid for.

3 of 5 stars
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