Official Review: The 24th Life by Michele E Mathews

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Official Review: The 24th Life by Michele E Mathews

Post by JessNWheeler » 06 Jun 2018, 14:07

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The 24th Life" by Michele E Mathews.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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This time, it was his turn. In his 24th and final life, James would finally feel the thrill of true love. Author Michele E. Mathews tells the tale of Charlie, James, Abrielle, and their unique love triangle in The 24th Life: Sometimes the Black Sheep Wins.

Charlie, James, and Abrielle are three spirits who have been tied together for twenty-three lifetimes on Earth. In all of their twenty-three lives, Charlie and Abrielle have fallen madly in love, and James was left to feel heartbreaking jealousy. But not this time. His twenty-fourth life is his last, and James will stop at nothing to ensure that he meets Abrielle before Charlie. James will win her undying love, and all will be as it should be. Unfortunately for James, Charlie and Abrielle, known as Claire in this lifetime, meet first. It is love at first sight again. James cannot bear it. He quickly creates a plan to set things right.

When Charlie’s DNA is found at the scene of a little girl’s murder, he is imprisoned. As Charlie tries to figure out who has set him up and works to build his defense, Claire struggles with the possibility that her beloved could be a vicious monster.

This is an engaging story from start to finish. The suspense captured my attention early in the book and held it to the last page. The variety of characters in this book made it easy to relate to many of the personalities in the story. Each character is beautifully developed with their own unique flaws and personality. I was emotionally invested in all of their stories. These well-developed characters experience refreshing growth. It was enjoyable to let go and follow a story about spirits and an “in-between world.”

This is a well-written novel. However, the many grammar errors were such a disappointment. These errors were a constant distraction and disrupted the flow of the story. There is an entire paragraph of random characters. This e-book would benefit from professional editing and formatting.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The story is written with understandable language, and this makes it very easy to follow from each moment to the next. Still, the many editing, formatting, and grammar errors caused too many distractions. I recommend this novel to all fiction readers. I would describe this book as a cross between fantasy and romance. This story highlights the idea that true love transcends space and time.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 08 Jun 2018, 00:41

By the time I read the mid of your review I though it is truly an engaging read. I pictured the story going on. This reminded me of the story called Rapture by Lauren Kate. If I ever get a chance I will definitely read this book.
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Post by joshfee77 » 08 Jun 2018, 02:39

What a clever idea for a story! Love the premise, and the idea that James frames his love rival for murder, so desperate is he to win Claire’s affection. Pity about the editing.

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Post by Ever_Reading » 08 Jun 2018, 10:58

Ooooh I love the concept of living multiple lives! I must say though, I'm over love triangles in novels so I won't be reading this book anytime soon. Your review is absolutely amazing, by the way.
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Post by kfwilson6 » 08 Jun 2018, 13:39

I have a love/hate relationship with this type of story. I hate when someone tries to tear apart true love, but I want to get to the end where true love prevails (if it does). I like the twist of the murder set up. Sounds very intriguing. Hope the errors get corrected soon. That is so frustrating.

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Post by Kemunto lucy » 08 Jun 2018, 13:59

I like that the story is engaging and it steals attention. Thanks for the review.

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Post by SamSim » 08 Jun 2018, 17:11

Despite the poor editing, this seems like a really interesting story. I'll be checking it out. Thanks for the great review!
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Post by arcie72 » 08 Jun 2018, 23:04

I love the twist to how many lives we could get. James and all the characters look to be exciting. I hope James gets the girl this time or maybe Charlie is her true love. Thank you for a very good review. I hope to read this book one day.

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