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Post Number:#1 by LivreAmour217
» 30 Sep 2017, 13:20

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Place 33, Secrets of Universal Truths Revealed" by Sherilyn Bridget Avalon.]

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1 out of 4 stars
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Place 33: Secrets of Universal Truths Revealed Through Hypnotic Channeling chronicles the author's journey into the afterlife via hypnosis. Author Sherilyn Bridget Avalon begins her spiritual journey when she takes on a graphic design job for an indoor skydiving facility. There, she meets Sterling, a janitor who has a deep connection to the spiritual realm. Together, they ride on the "Elevator of Enlightenment" to different dimensions.

While definitely a unique concept, Place 33 is a jarring, disjointed read that is very difficult to follow. I do consider myself a spiritual person, and I don't hold any strong opinions about hypnosis, so I can confidently say that my conclusions do not stem from a lack of belief. I wanted to enjoy this book, but Place 33 leaves much to be desired.

Foremost, this book is in great need of re-editing. At the beginning of the book, Ms. Avalon thanks her editors, but the enormous number of errors throughout this book made me doubt their merits. There are a great number of missing or incorrectly placed commas, many cases of dialogue without quotation marks (which led to some confusion), and a smattering of punctuation errors. But the most glaring oversight is the constant shift between first and third person point-of-view. The author switched frequently between the first and third person perspectives, which was an enormous distraction throughout the book.

Place 33 also falls short in overall narration. The book switches settlings abruptly, and there were times when I had trouble figuring out the author's physical location. The scenes that played out in the spiritual realm were understandably abstract, but the author used many words and phrases to describe these events that I did not comprehend. Ms. Avalon seems to be quite knowledgeable about many different religious doctrines, and I couldn't help but feel that this book was filled with a lot of otherworldly jargon. I would have appreciated some expansion on some of the topics, or perhaps the inclusion of a glossary for easy reference.

I also had trouble sympathizing with the author as a person. To be honest, Sherilyn came across and flat and underdeveloped. Details about her life were scant, or sometimes revealed a bit too late. I just could not connect to her, and I felt similarly about the other characters within the book.

Place 33: Secrets of Universal Truths Revealed Through Hypnotic Channeling has many shortcomings, and unfortunately I can only rate it 1 out of 4 stars at this time. Those who are interested in hypnosis may find the subject matter of this book interesting, but I cannot recommend it to anyone in its current state.

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Re: Official Review: Place 33, Secrets of Universal Truths R

Post Number:#2 by juliusotinyo
» 03 Oct 2017, 03:57

This is a subject am deeply interested in. Too bad for the disjointed plot and errors. I might still look it up.
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Post Number:#3 by 0719672189
» 03 Oct 2017, 04:04

Authors should make an effort to get their books edited so that their readers are not discouraged.Not a fan of this genre but thanks for the great review.
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Re: Official Review: Place 33, Secrets of Universal Truths R

Post Number:#4 by LivreAmour217
» 03 Oct 2017, 04:24

juliusotinyo wrote:This is a subject am deeply interested in. Too bad for the disjointed plot and errors. I might still look it up.


There are some interesting concepts within this book, but they aren't presented in the best way. I hope that the author is able to get this book professionally edited. Thanks for reading my review!

-- 03 Oct 2017, 05:25 --

0719672189 wrote:Authors should make an effort to get their books edited so that their readers are not discouraged.Not a fan of this genre but thanks for the great review.


I agree completely! Thank you for reading my review!
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Re: Official Review: Place 33, Secrets of Universal Truths R

Post Number:#5 by Aro victor
» 03 Oct 2017, 05:02

i love this book a lot... thinking of getting it for another reader...
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Post Number:#6 by kandscreeley
» 03 Oct 2017, 07:15

This book wouldn't be for me anyway, but if you who were open to something like this didn't like it, I know that I wouldn't enjoy it. Sorry you had to endure this one!
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Re: Official Review: Place 33, Secrets of Universal Truths R

Post Number:#7 by ashley_claire
» 03 Oct 2017, 08:57

Poor editing is a huge pet peeve of mine. It's so distracting and really takes away from the overall enjoyment of a book. Thanks for the honest review.
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Post Number:#8 by Blue-siren
» 03 Oct 2017, 10:12

I still might look this book up, to see where exactly the mistakes were made and this book might be a topic I could be into. Thanks for the review!
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Post Number:#9 by Amagine
» 03 Oct 2017, 11:54

It's unfortunate that the story is full of mistakes and undeveloped characters. Hopefully the author will edit the book and rewrite some things.

Great Review! 🎇
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Re: Official Review: Place 33, Secrets of Universal Truths R

Post Number:#10 by Zelinda
» 03 Oct 2017, 13:41

Looks like you have saved me some time, LivreAmour217. Like many people, I really hate giving up on a book once I've started. This looks like one with which I won't have that problem.
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Re: Official Review: Place 33, Secrets of Universal Truths R

Post Number:#11 by LivreAmour217
» 03 Oct 2017, 14:04

kandscreeley wrote:This book wouldn't be for me anyway, but if you who were open to something like this didn't like it, I know that I wouldn't enjoy it. Sorry you had to endure this one!


Lol, thanks! It's never fun to give a low review, but I guess that we can't always have things our way. Thanks for reading!

-- 03 Oct 2017, 15:06 --

Zelinda wrote:Looks like you have saved me some time, LivreAmour217. Like many people, I really hate giving up on a book once I've started. This looks like one with which I won't have that problem.


I am happy to be of service! To be honest, I'm not sure that I would have finished this one if I hadn't been obligated to write the review. Thank you for taking the time to read my review!

-- 03 Oct 2017, 15:08 --

Amagine wrote:It's unfortunate that the story is full of mistakes and undeveloped characters. Hopefully the author will edit the book and rewrite some things.

Great Review!


Thank you very much! I also hope that the author has the book professionally edited.

-- 03 Oct 2017, 15:09 --

ashley_claire wrote:Poor editing is a huge pet peeve of mine. It's so distracting and really takes away from the overall enjoyment of a book. Thanks for the honest review.


You are welcome, and thank you for reading it! Poor editing is a major pet peeve of mine as well.

-- 03 Oct 2017, 15:10 --

Aro victor wrote:i love this book a lot... thinking of getting it for another reader...


I'm glad that you enjoyed the book. Thank you for stopping by!
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Post Number:#12 by Quinto
» 05 Oct 2017, 01:06

Thanks for an informative read. I hope the author improves the editing, the ideas in the book look worth sharing.
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Re: Official Review: Place 33, Secrets of Universal Truths R

Post Number:#13 by LivreAmour217
» 25 Oct 2017, 17:51

Quinto wrote:Thanks for an informative read. I hope the author improves the editing, the ideas in the book look worth sharing.


I hope so, too. The book would be much more enjoyable with proper editing. Thanks for reading!
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