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Official Review: The Odd Twins by Randy caparco

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Official Review: The Odd Twins by Randy caparco

Post Number:#1 by anneloretrujillo
» 05 Apr 2017, 23:01

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Odd Twins" by Randy caparco.]

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1 out of 4 stars
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The Odd Twins by Randy Caparco is a novel set in the 1940s about, you guessed it, odd twins. On a cold, windy night, Maria endures hours of hard labor in the presence of her midwife, Martha. All of the family is outside of the room anticipating the birth of the newest family member. Imagine their surprise when two babies are born instead of one. It’s even more of a surprise when they see the babies. The twins aren’t normal, and even the animals on their farm know it. After they are born, everything changes. Written in the third person perspective, the novel follows the background and current stories of all of the people that are affected by the odd twins.

I give this book 1 out of 4 stars. Unfortunately, the positive aspects were outweighed by the negative aspects. The concept of the book was good. I can’t say too much about it without giving spoilers, but the author thought outside the box with a lot of it. Unfortunately, the important scientific explanations didn’t really make sense. The outcomes were plausible, but not with the explanations that were given. The subject could have been researched a little bit better.

My favorite part of the book was the use of multiple characters to tell the story. It made the story more interesting and provided depth. The author did a good job tying the different stories of each of the characters together. The author also provided background information for all of the characters. The background tied all of the key players together and added clarity to certain parts of the story. However, some of the background was long-winded and unnecessary. Over half of the book was made up of background information. While this did help me get to know the characters, it started to take away from the story. The book relied too heavily on the character development and not enough on the story itself. As a result, it lacked a well-developed plot.

The biggest reason for the rating that I gave was that the book as a whole was not well-written. The writing was really scattered. I started to get frustrated while I was reading this book because it didn’t flow. The pacing was also inconsistent, and the tenses kept switching back and forth between the present tense and past tense at inappropriate times. It was also pretty obvious right away that the book had not been edited. A few errors in a book is expected, but there were numerous errors throughout this one. Some of the errors were major and took away from my understanding of the book.

Overall, I think that this book revolves around a unique concept and has the potential to be turned into a great novel. Unfortunately, the potential was not reached. It still needs some work. The writing needs to be fine-tuned, and the book needs to be edited. I would love to see another copy of it down the road so that I could bump up the rating.

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Re: Official Review: The Odd Twins by Randy caparco

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 06 Apr 2017, 12:08

I hate when I think something is going to be really good, but then the story just doesn't flow. Sounds like this could have been good but needs work. You did a good job with constructive criticism though.
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Post Number:#3 by Chrys Brobbey
» 06 Apr 2017, 15:18

I hope the author takes this review in good faith to come out with an improved second edition. At any rate the review will serve to for him to improve on his future writings. This seems to be a candid, no punches-pulled review.
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Re: Official Review: The Odd Twins by Randy caparco

Post Number:#4 by anneloretrujillo
» 07 Apr 2017, 12:02

Thank you for the comments. I hope the author uses the review to make the book better as well. I think it had potential.
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Post Number:#5 by Kitkat3
» 08 Apr 2017, 20:15

Sounds like an interesting concept. It's too bad that it needed some major revisions. You did a fantastic job of pointing out the problems and how they can be fixed.
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Post Number:#6 by Shakiz amani mbaire
» 11 May 2017, 15:48

Honestly I never understood anything but the concept was good. I think the author must try on the vocabularies and he writing
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Post Number:#7 by Miriam Molina
» 20 May 2017, 12:33

Too bad the book seems to be half-baked. I wish Randy Caparco better luck in his next endeavors.

Thank you for your candid review.
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Post Number:#8 by Jaime Lync
» 21 May 2017, 00:46

The concept does sound amazing and I like books that switch perspectives but this seems to not be worth the read according to your review. Thanks.
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Re: Official Review: The Odd Twins by Randy caparco

Post Number:#9 by Antares
» 21 May 2017, 19:57

Thank you for the honest review! Lately I have been reading a lot of first time authors and providing feedback. Sometimes it's frustrating not to have a red pen to rewrite.
I actually have to say that I think that I might pick this one up and than come back and discuss this with you.
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