Review by nicole-adrianne -- E-M-P Honeymoon

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Review by nicole-adrianne -- E-M-P Honeymoon

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[Following is a volunteer review of "E-M-P Honeymoon" by Dorothy May Mercer.]
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1 out of 4 stars
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When I chose to read E-M-P Honeymoon by Dorothy May Mercer, I expected it to be a high-quality romantic piece containing elements of science fiction. The cover art, which features a kissing couple and a spaceship, along with the high ratings I saw from other reviewers, solidified that initial impression. However, the description of this book turned out to be quite misleading. I would not recommend that others spend time reading this story.

E-M-P Honeymoon, unfortunately, contains no EMPs and very little honeymoon. The story follows a newlywed couple, Kelly and Tom, who are supposedly on their honeymoon despite the fact that they only seem to enjoy being around one another when it's convenient for the plot. To be fair, the lack of chemistry didn't surprise me once I realized how condescendingly Tom treats his wife, babying her and giving her charming, unique nicknames like "girl". However, the main point of the plot is that Kelly and Tom team up with three other flat and stereotypical characters to prevent a Korean EMP attack on America.

What I liked most about this book was writing down literary gems I found while reading it, such as these artfully constructed sentences:

"Flash...commenced encircling the satellite, photographing a picture..."

"'Get me Colonel Sky Eastman on the phone,' he demanded without saying please or thank you."

"Everyone else alerted to attention."

"Steve shoved her cute little butt."

It's hard to narrow down the one thing I disliked most about the story. The casual sexist, racist, and ageist stereotypes were definitely uncomfortable, as were the poorly written romantic lines that made me physically cringe. However, I think the very worst thing was the complete and utter disregard for proper grammar and formatting. Inappropriate commas and hyphens abounded. Periods were nowhere to be found at the ends of complete sentences. Chapter subheadings were arbitrary and made no sense, sometimes describing the main setting or character while other times simply serving as a catchy placeholder. All of these factors and more made it impossible for me to give this book more than 1 out of 4 stars.

This book also uses infrequent vulgar language and strong innuendo.

This story is well-suited to readers who appreciate a lack of diversity, who feel restricted by the concept of grammar, and who would rather read about an "I-pad" than an iPad. If you're looking for expository dialogue that was clearly cut and paste from Wikipedia, or if you're curious about the wrong way to use words such as "opine", "grouse", "snarl", or even "retrieve", then this is the story for you.

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To be perfectly honest, I echo a lot of your sentiments and impressions on this one. When I read it for BOTM and started commenting on the forum threads, I almost felt as if I was the only other reader who was underwhelmed and a bit confused by the popularity of this title. You make some meaningful and well-supported points!

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Your review gives me nostalgic vibes. When i did my first OBC review, the book i choose turned out very different from the description. The book was supposed to be a sci-fi but it more like romance. And that book was also BOTM, and i also gave that book 1 star😀.
Thanks a lot for an honest review Nicole☺.
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A harsh assessment, but I agree, this wasn't a particularly great book. I personally disliked how easily the main characters dealt with the issues and how incompetent the antagonists were. Thanks for the honest review!

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AvidBibliophile wrote:
31 Dec 2019, 20:07
To be perfectly honest, I echo a lot of your sentiments and impressions on this one. When I read it for BOTM and started commenting on the forum threads, I almost felt as if I was the only other reader who was underwhelmed and a bit confused by the popularity of this title. You make some meaningful and well-supported points!
When reading all the glowing reviews, I felt alone too! I think we have very similar literary tastes :D
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Aniza Butt wrote:
01 Jan 2020, 00:44
Your review gives me nostalgic vibes. When i did my first OBC review, the book i choose turned out very different from the description. The book was supposed to be a sci-fi but it more like romance. And that book was also BOTM, and i also gave that book 1 star😀.
Thanks a lot for an honest review Nicole☺.
Hahaha I'm glad to hear that this happens to other reviewers too! Thanks for stopping by :D
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Tomah wrote:
01 Jan 2020, 11:45
A harsh assessment, but I agree, this wasn't a particularly great book. I personally disliked how easily the main characters dealt with the issues and how incompetent the antagonists were. Thanks for the honest review!
I couldn't agree more. I'm a professional writer, and I never could have achieved my current level of skill without some equally harsh feedback from a lot of other authors. I feel that it's a disservice when people praise my writing if they aren't truly impressed by it, and I'd never want to do that to another writer. Thank you for commenting and stopping by!
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This is a unique and informative review. I now view other reviews, of the same book, with high rating as though they were sugar coated. I wouldn't have known the words or phrases copy-pasted from Wiki, but you saved the day. Thanks.
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Dead!!!!! Your review is too funny, especially that ending. Sorry, you had to have your expectations shattered like that. I am grateful that it resulted in this witty review. Thanks for sharing.

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Nerea wrote:
01 Jan 2020, 14:23
This is a unique and informative review. I now view other reviews, of the same book, with high rating as though they were sugar coated. I wouldn't have known the words or phrases copy-pasted from Wiki, but you saved the day. Thanks.
Thanks so much for your kind comment! I'll admit that I view other reviews of this book the same way. And, I agree with your quote that regular reading is the key to good grammar :lol: every writer, myself included, needs to take that advice!
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Jaime Lync wrote:
01 Jan 2020, 15:26
Dead!!!!! Your review is too funny, especially that ending. Sorry, you had to have your expectations shattered like that. I am grateful that it resulted in this witty review. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much for your feedback :mrgreen: I really did enjoy writing the review, I had way too much fun with it. I was grateful to have such accessible material to work with. Loved reading your comments, thanks again!
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I have not read this book, but nothing I know about it makes me want to ... even as I see quite a lot of positive reviews. Your review confirmed many things I suspected. You have a great turn of phrase, and I look forward to reading more from you.

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ButterscotchCherrie wrote:
02 Jan 2020, 04:37
I have not read this book, but nothing I know about it makes me want to ... even as I see quite a lot of positive reviews. Your review confirmed many things I suspected. You have a great turn of phrase, and I look forward to reading more from you.
Thanks so much for your kind words! I'm glad I was able to provide realistic expectations for this piece. I'm a book reviewer and content writer by day, but an author by night, so writing is my life :D There's definitely more to come!
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I like the sarcastic paragraph. "If you reel restricted by grammar..." I got a good laugh out of that. Of course, some characters do feel restricted by grammar, but, for smoother reading, many prefer they only break grammar rules with dialogue. And it's definitely a must when the story is in third-person.
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Haha, wow! There are so many reviews and BotM posts that did not provide this perspective of the book! Thanks for being so honest about what you felt about it. You've got quite the talent for sarcasm!
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