Official Review: The Sand Castle by K.S. Hollenbeck

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Official Review: The Sand Castle by K.S. Hollenbeck

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Sand Castle" by K.S. Hollenbeck.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Sand Castle by K. S. Hollenbeck has taken my imaginations on a fascinating ride that is hard to forget. The book is mostly about Flossie Abbot, popularly known as "the Flame" for her dazzling performances on stage before her incarceration.

In 1886, Flossie was convicted of adultery and thrown into Gila Territorial Prison. But even prison didn't seem to be a safe place for her. A notorious inmate, Kane, wants her dead at all costs. And Flossie must also sing in a venue outside the prison to make money for the prison's superintendent and his callous wife. Why did Kane want her dead so badly? Will Flossie leave the prison alive? These questions, dear readers, are intriguingly answered in this novel.

It wasn't an easy feat to summarize this book's plot because I didn't want to spoil it for you. So I had to divulge only a little of it to ensure that you can get as much thrill from the book as I did. I must say that Ms. Hollenbeck's work in this novel is praiseworthy. This 258-page book is rich in all the ingredients that make a novel hard to put down. With many events happening simultaneously in the book, I appreciate the author's use of the third-person point of view to tell the story. I also like how it helped me to get an unbiased perspective of the characters' motives.

Furthermore, the characterization in this book is top-notch! The characters in this novel appear so real to me. It helps that the author created each of them to be unique and essential to the plot. Even their styles of dialogue are distinct and believable. The characters are so relatable that I felt as if I knew them a long time ago. As a result, I wished I could talk to them and warn the ones I loved of the imperilment coming their way. I found my favorite character to be Jo due to how strong, resourceful, and funny she is.

What I liked the most about this novel is its satisfying end. I couldn't think of a more appropriate climax for the story. After the twists and turns, the suspense and comic reliefs in-between, I was happy that the book didn't disappoint me with an uninspiring conclusion. More so, the author's use of a popular newspaper's report for the epilogue is genius!

Nevertheless, I enjoyed Ms. Hollenbeck's narrating style. Her descriptions created clear images in my mind. I also liked the author's creative use of dialogues to relate the backstories of the characters to the reader. It helped the story to flow seamlessly and made the timeline of events easy to follow.

There were instances where the author switched from using a character's last name to his first name. I think that might confuse some readers, but I couldn't hold a grudge because of it. However, there are descriptions of people dying gruesomely in the novel, so readers who don't like such can skip it. Also, children shouldn't be allowed to read this book due to the violence and profanities therein. Otherwise, if you love fictionalized stories bespangled with romance, mystery, humor, and intrigue, this should be your next read. This book is exceptionally edited and devoid of errors. And since there wasn't anything I disliked about it, I am glad to award The Sand Castle a deserved 4 out of 4 stars.

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Why on Earth was Flossie, as an inmate, expected to make money for the prison's superintendent and his wife?
The plot seems interesting. You did an amazing job with the review, it is in itself captivating and intriguing. I might just consider reading the book.
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Nqobile771 wrote: 25 Nov 2020, 07:39 Why on Earth was Flossie, as an inmate, expected to make money for the prison's superintendent and his wife?
The plot seems interesting. You did an amazing job with the review, it is in itself captivating and intriguing. I might just consider reading the book.
I enjoyed reading it, I must say. Thanks for finding time to read my review.
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Intriguing plot and top-notch characterization - the best two parts we are looking for when choosing a book. Your review is well written. Thank you for introducing this book.
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Well, just from your review I'm able to feel the read. I can't wait to flip the pages of this book. Thanks for this awesome review.
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Wow, great review that certainly captured my attention! Flossie sounds fascinating and I now want to know her story. Thanks for such a great review without spoiling the book, that's not easy to do!
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Vannaskivt wrote: 25 Nov 2020, 20:46 Wow, great review that certainly captured my attention! Flossie sounds fascinating and I now want to know her story. Thanks for such a great review without spoiling the book, that's not easy to do!
You are welcome. And thanks for the kind words.
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Nelson Lyric wrote: 25 Nov 2020, 14:03 Well, just from your review I'm able to feel the read. I can't wait to flip the pages of this book. Thanks for this awesome review.
Thanks a lot for the kinds words and for finding time to read my review.
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Ada Ling wrote: 25 Nov 2020, 11:36 Intriguing plot and top-notch characterization - the best two parts we are looking for when choosing a book. Your review is well written. Thank you for introducing this book.
This book has it all. Thanks for the kind words and for finding time to read my review.
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After reading your enthralling review I know I have to add it to my list. Thank you very much for the recommendation!
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