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Official Review: Voyage of Pearl of the Seas

Post by SABRADLEY » 11 Apr 2018, 10:20

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Voyage of Pearl of the Seas" by Ruth Finnegan.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Voyage of Pearl of the Seas is a 134-page fairytale by Ruth Finnegan. The author uses a peculiar method of writing, and couples that with a unique conglomeration of lyrical prose and poetry. The allegorical story is presented in third-person omniscient, allowing the reader a better understanding of the relationship between the book's primary characters.

The reader embarks on a journey alongside Kate and Chris, young adolescents that spend the bulk of their time in each other’s company. While at the beach one lazy afternoon, Chris discovers a log perfect for building a boat, and the friends-along with Kate’s dog, Holly-set out on the aptly named Pearl of the Seas. The ship becomes a vessel for voyages filled with danger as well as magical encounters. Time is brought to a standstill while the children are adventuring, illuminating the enchanting symbolism prevailing the story. Kate and Chris’s friendship is tested more than once as they learn many of life’s important lessons.

The storyline is whimsical and seeped in artistic liberties. Endearing sketch-style black and white illustrations make a charming addition, reiterating the nature of the book; it is intended for a pre-teen audience. I like that the story itself is simple, using very few characters and sequences, focusing instead on the interactions of the characters as well as the lessons they learn along the way. I also like that everything is open to interpretation, although it is fair to say that God is a recurring theme in the story.

This book is guaranteed to delight you or irritate you. While the style is original, it is also confusing and choppy. Sentences are fragmented more often than they are whole, and punctuation seems to be of no consequence to the author. It is very difficult to follow the story, as entire sequences are exceedingly vague, leaving the reader to connect the dots as best they can. The author relies heavily on parentheses as a means of exploring the characters' internal monologues, which are also highly fragmented. There are times when, regardless of quirky writing style, the editing clearly falls through.

I had a difficult time rating this book. If there is beauty in the author’s writing, it is almost entirely lost on me. Objectively, I would like to acknowledge the ways in which the author crafted an organic and potentially classic piece of literature. I can only offer this book 2 out of 4 stars, based on the difficulty I had following the story.

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Post by Eileen R » 14 Apr 2018, 13:37

Thanks for the comprehensive review but the poor punctuation and the style of writing really turns me off so i don't think that this book is for me. Thanks

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Post by SABRADLEY » 14 Apr 2018, 13:59

Eileen R wrote:
14 Apr 2018, 13:37
Thanks for the comprehensive review but the poor punctuation and the style of writing really turns me off so i don't think that this book is for me. Thanks
Completely understandable!
Thanks for reading and responding :)

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Post by kandscreeley » 14 Apr 2018, 17:47

Vague sequences and choppy sentences? I think I'll take a pass on this one. Thanks for the information, though!
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Post by SABRADLEY » 14 Apr 2018, 23:45

kandscreeley wrote:
14 Apr 2018, 17:47
Vague sequences and choppy sentences? I think I'll take a pass on this one. Thanks for the information, though!
Sounds good! Thanks for reading :)

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Post by stacie k » 15 Apr 2018, 01:02

I’m afraid I’d be irritated by the confusing and vague writing. It seemed to have great potential, though. Thank you for your insights.
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Post by SABRADLEY » 15 Apr 2018, 08:46

stacie k wrote:
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I’m afraid I’d be irritated by the confusing and vague writing. It seemed to have great potential, though. Thank you for your insights.
Great potential, indeed! If only...
Thanks for reading :)

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Post by Kalin Adi » 16 Apr 2018, 20:58

I'm quite attracted to poetry, especially if it deals with the theme of friendship. Too bad this lyrical voyage was irksome, though! The fragmented sentences and confusing writing turn me off. Thanks for your sincere point of view!

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Post by SABRADLEY » 16 Apr 2018, 22:03

Kalin Adi wrote:
16 Apr 2018, 20:58
I'm quite attracted to poetry, especially if it deals with the theme of friendship. Too bad this lyrical voyage was irksome, though! The fragmented sentences and confusing writing turn me off. Thanks for your sincere point of view!
Thank you so much for reading and commenting! :)

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Post by Libs_Books » 18 Apr 2018, 15:14

Thanks for your review - I think I would be in the irritated category, though the author's conception certainly has some charm.

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Post by SABRADLEY » 18 Apr 2018, 16:43

Libs_Books wrote:
18 Apr 2018, 15:14
Thanks for your review - I think I would be in the irritated category, though the author's conception certainly has some charm.
Perfectly stated! Thank you for commenting :)

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Post by Stacy_Morgan » 21 Apr 2018, 13:46

It's always tough to rate those 'you either love it or you hate it' books, so kudos to you for trying!

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Post by SABRADLEY » 13 May 2018, 19:59

Stacy_Morgan wrote:
21 Apr 2018, 13:46
It's always tough to rate those 'you either love it or you hate it' books, so kudos to you for trying!
Hi Stacy,
I apologize for not responding until now, I didn't notice this additional comment.
Yeah...I was trying to be quite objective but there were certain aspects that were simply too sloppy to be considered masterful. Thanks for your comment!

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Post by teacherjh » 16 May 2018, 11:19

It sounds like one to skip. Thanks for the information.

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Post by maggiechap » 30 May 2018, 18:22

The more I read reviews on this, the less I like it. I love vivid language and old style writing, but the sample we got the other day just didn't cut it.

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