Official Review: Do Not Assume by Kasey Riley

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Official Review: Do Not Assume by Kasey Riley

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Do Not Assume" by Kasey Riley.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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The phrase “be careful what you wish for” comes to mind in Kasey Riley’s Do Not Assume. Being an orphan, Nicoleta Sofia Parcells was fortunate enough to be raised by two loving fathers. Though everyday with them is filled with love and comfort, she has had the desire to learn of her biological parents for as long as she can remember. Knowing this, her fathers gift her a DNA testing kit as part of her graduation gift. Filled with anticipation, excitement, and fear, Nicoleta sends the kit in and awaits for the results.

In the meantime, the recent graduate accepts a new job as Media Specialist at Foxborough Enterprises that requires both travel and a body guard. The mission of her body guard, James Woodruff, is to keep Nicoleta safe in various European countries while Foxborough Enterprises looks for hotel location possibilities. What they both don’t see is that danger might be closer than they first realized.

Written in the third-person omniscient point-of-view, the reader follows mainly Nicoleta and James. Due to their distinct roles in the novel, it was easy to distinguish one point-of-view versus the other, which I compliment the author. I also found the romance building here sweet in an almost careful and subtle way. Even with a sexual scene, it was more love-making and gentle than erotic and harsh, which I also appreciate. In addition, I love the small fantasy nuggets throughout the read; I found them unique and were woven in well.

Unfortunately, the writing here could use some improvement. I believe this novel would fall under the suspense and maybe crime genre, however, due to much of the story’s pacing, it was challenging to feel any suspense throughout. Especially in the beginning, scenes were long, tedious, and repetitive. Such as, Nicoleta explaining her makeup process, going to fancy parties, and the repetition of how beautiful and attractive she is made these parts of the story a chore to read. Some of the dialogue was also unrealistic and stiff. For instance, one of Nicoleta’s fathers says to her, “I’ll follow you into the kitchen with the empty casserole dish and we can write down the number before I start washing up.” (page 62). There is too much information included here to make this sound like a typical conversation.

There were several errors throughout, including missing quotation marks, added words, and paragraph indentation missing. For instance, on page 337 the following sentence includes two conjunctions, “He was facing forward and but that didn’t...” One example of missing paragraph indentation can be found on page 56 in the lines, “…Where are we going?” “Let me call...” These two lines were within one paragraph though there were spoken by two different people. This happened quite often throughout the read.

Due to the errors found throughout and the pacing of the book, I give this read a 2 out of 4 stars. It was a fair read due to some of the fantasy nuggets and romance building, but could use more editing and better plot flow. For those who don’t mind a somewhat slower plot might enjoy Do Not Assume, while others who don’t might want to pass on this one.

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The cover and the title got me interested but after reading your review I can see that this book is not for me. Too bad there are so many errors. It clearly needs more editing.
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I agree the title and cover are very eye-appealing. It is too bad about the errors. The premise is an interesting one and this could've been a strong read. Thank you for thoughts. :)
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It sounds promising. I love the DNA kit as a graduation gift. It's too bad about the errors and the plot flow. I think that would put me off to this book.
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Stiff dialogue is a pet peeve of mine that I see way too often. It really pulls me out of a story and ruins my reading experience more than anything else I come across. Sounds like this book had an interesting plot and could have been a fun read if it weren't for the errors. Thanks for the honest review.
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kandscreeley wrote:It sounds promising. I love the DNA kit as a graduation gift. It's too bad about the errors and the plot flow. I think that would put me off to this book.
I loved that her fathers gave her the DNA kit, too. It was super sweet and thoughtful. The errors and plot flow did disrupt the flow of the story, unfortunately, which is too bad since the premise is a promising one.

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ashley_claire wrote:Stiff dialogue is a pet peeve of mine that I see way too often. It really pulls me out of a story and ruins my reading experience more than anything else I come across. Sounds like this book had an interesting plot and could have been a fun read if it weren't for the errors. Thanks for the honest review.
I agree on both accounts - stiff dialogue and errors definitely affect my reading experience, too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
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I am in awe of how the review is conducted. The honest-to-goodness appraisal is laudable. Thanks for the very informative review.
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Thank you, ReyvrexQuestor Reyes, for your kind words and for reading my review! :)
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great book
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As others have said, the premise sounds good. You do have me curious about the "fantasy nuggets"! Such a shame about the editing issues. The slow pace isn't necessarily a deterrent, but in conjunction with the other things this is probably a pass for me. Thanks for the good review.
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This is true - there are some who wouldn't mind a slower-paced novel. I wonder if it would be better put in the romance or other fiction genre. I don't think there's enough fantasy nuggets to make this read a full-on fantasy. Anyway, thank you reading and sharing your thoughts. :)
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The book Do non assume is about "be careful of what you wish".Nicoleta was a young girl adopted at eleven.She was looking for information.At her birthday an ADN test is given to her and she discovered her parents are not really hers. Very interesting story. So what you wish come to realize bad or good situations.
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powergirl wrote:The book Do non assume is about "be careful of what you wish".Nicoleta was a young girl adopted at eleven.She was looking for information.At her birthday an ADN test is given to her and she discovered her parents are not really hers. Very interesting story. So what you wish come to realize bad or good situations.
Welcome to the forums, @"powergirl" Just be careful in posting comments because it looks like you were just taking parts of my description and counting it as yours. It is better to provide thoughts toward the review than try to summarize the book; I've already done that. Good luck! :)
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Wow, a DNA test is certainly a strange graduation gift! I don't think this book is for me, due to the awkward dialogue and draggy pace. I like that you gave good, constructive criticism. Thanks for an honest, thorough review.
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Yes, it was a pretty unique gift for graduation! Thank you, bookowlie, for your kind and constructive thoughts. I always appreciate them - gives me more confidence that I am presenting my thoughts clearly. :)
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