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Official Review: Crimson and Clover by Crystal Schultz

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Crimson and Clover" by Crystal Schultz.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Cordelia Slade has enemies who want to kill her, which is why she decided to move back to her hometown in West Virginia while her family remains behind to deal with these problems. A senior in high school and the new kid in school, she doesn't expect to meet anyone particularly interesting, but one young man captures her interest. Paul has a past that he doesn't want to share, but it defines him. Life isn't simple for either of these two. Did I forget to mention that Cordelia is a vampire? Will they each find happiness or will their pasts interfere?

Crimson and Clover by Crystal Schultz is a young adult book of around 600 pages. Vocabulary such as "bituminous" make the read more difficult but not impossible. With no explicit content but some profanity, the book is suitable for high school age and older.

I'm always up for a good vampire story; however, since they're a dime a dozen, uniqueness is key. Though the vampire protagonist is a woman, this reminded me in many ways of Twilight, and Edward Cullen being mentioned in the book didn't help the author avoid the similarities. Both contain romance. Both protagonists have enemies that would see them, and their loved ones, killed. As Edward saves Bella's life, Cordelia manages to save the love of her life. Eerily similar would be an understatement.

On the plus side, Ms. Schultz manages to tackle some more difficult topics such as PTSD and bullying, which I appreciated. Many of the characters have a tormented past, making them more realistic. However, that's not to say that one should use this as a guidebook on how to deal with bullying, as most of us (I'm assuming anyway) aren't vampires or don't have a vampire friend.

To continue, the pacing of the book could use work. The story builds slowly with little action to start. Still, I was engrossed in learning more about Cordelia, Paul, and their past. The problem came towards the end. We finally get to the climax, but it's over as soon as it starts. It needed to be more intricate, more suspenseful, and longer.

Furthermore, there were errors aplenty. Spaces were missing often. Words were missing or included where they shouldn't be. The author also enjoyed semicolons, which was quite distracting. For example, "I groaned, getting pretty annoyed; even though; I was used to her revulsion of our former home." My pet peeve, one of the character's names even changed halfway through the book. Proofreading is a must, and I was disappointed at the sheer number of grammatical issues within the book.

It's worth noting that the author did leave the story somewhat open-ended. The major arc is wrapped up, but there's a loose end. I can only hope that in the second story the action is more developed and more crucial to the story. 

To summarize, this is a fun vampire romance, but don't expect anything you haven't read before. For this reason as well as the errors and anticlimactic nature of the story, I give Crimson and Clover 2 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to hardcore vampire lovers that don't mind the same plot with different characters. With work and rewriting, this could be a great book.

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It's pretty sad when a plot contains so many common places. For me, a unique plot is very important. Also, the loose end you talked about doesn't attract me. I think this book is not for me. Thanks for the honest review!

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Great review, a book without a standard plot is a shambles.

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Great review! It is a shame though the book doesn't seem like it has a more interesting plot line. I think the book could also be improved if the plot line and ending were handled differently. Despite these issues, you did a great job with your review!

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Looks like I'll be staying away. What a fantastic review! You dug into so many critical areas of analysis, and I really appreciate such a complete job.

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It seems this book needs a lot of work. The semi colon's bit was pretty at all. And hey, you should have mentioned that Cordelia was a vampire from the beginning. You kinda caught me off guard there😂
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While the premise sounds intriguing, it seems like the book is in dire need of another round of editing. I think I will pass, but thanks for your terrific review, as always!

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gabrielletiemi wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 11:43
It's pretty sad when a plot contains so many common places. For me, a unique plot is very important. Also, the loose end you talked about doesn't attract me. I think this book is not for me. Thanks for the honest review!
Honestly, it made me want to go back and read Twilight. It's not a bad book, though. Thanks.
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Dayodiola wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 14:27
Great review, a book without a standard plot is a shambles.
Thanks for commenting. It does need work.
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Deprise Evans wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 15:51
Great review! It is a shame though the book doesn't seem like it has a more interesting plot line. I think the book could also be improved if the plot line and ending were handled differently. Despite these issues, you did a great job with your review!
I agree. It needed a bit more pep, a bit more spunk or pizzazz. Thanks for stopping by!
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AmyMarie2171 wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 16:08
Looks like I'll be staying away. What a fantastic review! You dug into so many critical areas of analysis, and I really appreciate such a complete job.
You're too kind. Thanks so much for the compliment and the comment. I understand why you wouldn't want to read it.
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Ekabajong wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 17:00
It seems this book needs a lot of work. The semi colon's bit was pretty at all. And hey, you should have mentioned that Cordelia was a vampire from the beginning. You kinda caught me off guard there😂
You know, I like to change things up a bit. :) The sample sentence was probably a tame one as far as the semicolons. They are all throughout. Thanks!
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Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 17:27
While the premise sounds intriguing, it seems like the book is in dire need of another round of editing. I think I will pass, but thanks for your terrific review, as always!
You are absolutely right about that one. I would definitely wait for more proofreading and editing. Thanks!
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So, yet another vampire book with the same plot. Vampire meets soulmate; there is mortal danger, and vampire then heroically saves soulmate. *yawn* Having even the slightest twist in these types of books would make them far more interesting. The poor editing doesn't do it any favors either. I think I'll be skipping this one. Thanks for the thorough review!

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This book is not for me. I like the original stuff. Great review!

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