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Official Review: Lemoncella Cocktail by Rene Natan

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Official Review: Lemoncella Cocktail by Rene Natan

Post Number:#1 by hsimone
» 25 Apr 2017, 07:58

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Lemoncella Cocktail" by Rene Natan.]

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2 out of 4 stars
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Lemoncella Cocktail by Rene Natan is a stand alone novel and follows a young man named Patrick Carter who lives in the province of Ontario, Canada. Patrick has a deep and unsettled past and therefore does not like to be in the limelight. However, walking home, he suddenly hears the screams of teenager Samantha. Patrick rushes in to help and soon finds his life irrevocably changed.

The task force will stop at nothing to capture the ones who attacked Samantha, and Patrick is along for the ride. Will they figure out why Samantha was targeted? Will they catch the ones responsible for nearly drowning her?

Written in alternating perspectives, Natan has created a story where most of the characters are likable and relatable. Patrick, for example, seems like a typical average-day guy. In reality, he is kind, thoughtful, and is willing to risk his own life to save another. Jessica, Samantha’s grandmother, is warm and welcoming, and is very appreciative toward anyone who is helpful, even strangers. There are several others, but these two are the ones who I would not mind being friends with.

The premise of the book is strong and could have easily been one to grab the attention of many. However, there are aspects of the novel that do need some improvement. For one, the blurb and genre is misleading. When reading the blurb, I get the impression that Patrick was extremely reluctant in helping out with the case. In reality, it does not take long for this young man to volunteer hours upon hours with the case. Also, I first believed this was to be a crime and/or mystery, but due to the book’s presentation, it is more suited to be young adult.

There were also some inconsistencies within this read that were distracting. For instance, five-year-old Justin, Samantha’s brother, is not allowed to use a kitchen knife, yet by the end, it was stated that his “usual” part of the meal to prepare is a salad, which knives are typically used. Then, there was a case where a character’s name was misspelled. Emy, one who is helping out in the investigation, is referred to as “Emily” just once in this read.

In addition, many conversations are stiff and unrealistic. This includes bits and pieces of romance, which felt awkward and out of place. But, what I found most frustrating is when a scene could have been expanded and more intense, the author just briefly mentions the events in these scenes. For instance, there was an attempted murder at a hospital, and I found myself backtracking to make sure I didn’t miss the attempted murder sequence; I did not. The characters simply stated the murder almost happened and that was that. Scenes like this happened a few times throughout Lemoncella Cocktail.

I will advise for future readers that the significance of the title is not revealed until the very end, which was also frustrating because I continually searched for its significance right from the start. When I did learn the meaning behind the title, it did not really tie into the rest of the story, which was surprising.

After considering all of this, I rate Lemoncella Cocktail a 2 out of 4 stars. Overall, the premise is promising and the characters are likable, however, it needs quite a bit of work before I can give the read a higher rating. Perhaps someone in the young adult age group may enjoy this read, however, if you’re looking for something to keep you at the edge of your seat, this might not be a read for you.

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Re: Official Review: Lemoncella Cocktail by Rene Natan

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 27 Apr 2017, 07:26

I hate those little inconsistencies. They drive me nuts! I guess I'm just OCD like that. I won't be putting this one on my to read list. Thanks for the review.
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Re: Official Review: Lemoncella Cocktail by Rene Natan

Post Number:#3 by hsimone
» 27 Apr 2017, 07:38

Thank you for your thoughts, kandscreeley. I'm the same way with inconsistencies. The worst part is once you notice it once, then it's almost like you're looking for the next one. Oh well, at least the characters were fairly likable.
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Post Number:#4 by kandscreeley
» 27 Apr 2017, 07:48

Characters definitely go a long way towards make the novel enjoyable for me. So at least there's that!
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Post Number:#5 by hsimone
» 27 Apr 2017, 08:08

Characters do impact the story a lot. This is one of the reasons this book stayed away from 1-star rating. That and it was easy to follow.
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Post Number:#6 by Chrys Brobbey
» 27 Apr 2017, 14:29

The review is a good basis for the author to take another look at the book, possible with the help of an editor. Thanks for the review.
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Post Number:#7 by hsimone
» 27 Apr 2017, 14:39

Thank you, Chrys Brobbey, for your thoughts. This definitely could have been a more intense read if the above were fixed. It has such great potential!
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Post Number:#8 by Amagine
» 28 Apr 2017, 06:31

I love YA but this book seems like it needs some work done to it before I could truly enjoy it. The premise sounds interesting and caught my interest. When I read that the dialogue and romance I the story was stiff and awkward, I lost interest. Hopefully the author will consider making a few changes.

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Re: Official Review: Lemoncella Cocktail by Rene Natan

Post Number:#9 by hsimone
» 28 Apr 2017, 06:45

Thank you, Amagine! Yes, I agree that some work needs to be done here to make the read more exciting and flow smoother. Like you said, the premise is definitely a good one because that's what caught my attention, too.

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Post Number:#10 by Jaime Lync
» 06 May 2017, 10:53

I had no idea that that was a man swimming motion before I read your review. Awesome review by the way. I think this book is over 300 pages so I don't think I will be reading it because of the irksome inconsistencies you pointed out. Thanks.
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Post Number:#11 by hsimone
» 07 May 2017, 05:14

I agree with you there, Jaime Lync, about the cover. I think the bright yellow is very distracting and takes away from Patrick's swim to save Samantha. It seemed like there are others that seemed to have enjoyed this read well enough despite the inconsistencies and stiff conversations/romance. But, if you're like me, then maybe pass on this one for now. Thank you for reading and commenting. :)
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Post Number:#12 by godreaujea
» 07 May 2017, 09:17

Thanks for the honest review! I am usually a big mystery/thriller fan, but I like them to keep me on the edge of my seat.
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Re: Official Review: Lemoncella Cocktail by Rene Natan

Post Number:#13 by hsimone
» 09 May 2017, 06:51

You're welcome and thank you for reading my review, godreaujea! I like when mystery/thrillers keep me at the edge of my seat, too. It's unfortunate that this wasn't the case here.
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Post Number:#14 by Subnavigation54
» 15 May 2017, 13:27

Pity, I liked the title...
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Post Number:#15 by Miriam Molina
» 20 May 2017, 12:21

I am a big fan of thrillers but your review dampened my interest in this book. The title is captivating. Too bad the story doesn't seem to live up to it. I hope the author tries again.
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