Overall rating and opinion of "The Girl Who Knew da Vinci" by Belle Ami

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Re: Overall rating and opinion of "The Girl Who Knew da Vinci" by Belle Ami

Post by anwidmer » 28 Jun 2018, 07:37

I agree, i am not a fan usually of historical fiction OR romance novels, i felt though that this story held a good mix of genres. I dont think it should be classified as historial fiction, rather other fiction maybe.

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Post by kmkline120 » 28 Jun 2018, 09:19

I haven't finished this book yet, but so far I really like it. I am a fan of historical and mystery stories, so this one appeals to me. I also think the characters are well developed so far.

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Post by danopsy » 28 Jun 2018, 09:51

Art is a unique subject on it on not to talk of the romance and mystery. a lovely book which i give kudos to

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Post by bookowlie » 28 Jun 2018, 11:59

anwidmer wrote:
28 Jun 2018, 07:37
I agree, i am not a fan usually of historical fiction OR romance novels, i felt though that this story held a good mix of genres. I dont think it should be classified as historial fiction, rather other fiction maybe.
Actually, the book is classified in the Mystery/Thriller genre on OBC as well as on Amazon. That being said, it definitely has strong elements of several other genres. Like you, I don't usually care for romance novels. However, I have been liking historical fiction more and more in the past few years.
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Post by Amy+++ » 28 Jun 2018, 12:07

I like the romance aspect of it and I like how it is based on real facts also. It sounds good and it is a really great way to combine mystery, art and romance.

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Post by Yolimari » 28 Jun 2018, 15:17

bookowlie wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 17:04
Yolimari wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 16:38
I found eight grammatical and spelling errors.
I actually found twelve errors, although we are both on the same page regarding the fact that there were several errors. :)
Good! When I found those eight, I honestly thought there were more I did not catch. :D
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Post by bookowlie » 28 Jun 2018, 20:33

Yolimari wrote:
28 Jun 2018, 15:17
bookowlie wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 17:04
Yolimari wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 16:38
I found eight grammatical and spelling errors.
I actually found twelve errors, although we are both on the same page regarding the fact that there were several errors. :)
Good! When I found those eight, I honestly thought there were more I did not catch. :D
I am sure there were a few more that neither of us caught. :) Once I become absorbed in the story, I wasn't concentrating as much on catching errors. I mean, our primary function is to read the book, not be professional proofreaders. :)
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Post by kfwilson6 » 28 Jun 2018, 20:55

There are some books that I have to give a 3 star rating to because they have more than 10 errors but there are errors and there are ERRORS and I know you guys know what I'm talking about. In one book I read there were several pages with various "?" just scattered everywhere. That is quite the error because it is annoying, disruptive, and should have easily been noticed by anyone editing it, even a 5 year old. Then there are sentences that absolutely make no sense whatsoever. A missing " or failure to indent a paragraph I can easily get over.
At least when I am forced to give a 3 star rating I like to have other reasons besides some minor typos. With this book I did have more than just the errors to support removing a star.

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Post by bookowlie » 28 Jun 2018, 21:41

I felt the same way. The book was a solid 3 out of 4 stars for me, regardless of the errors. That being said, a book that is published should be free of errors. If the reader is noticing the errors, then the author and/or their editor should have picked them up. I think Indie writers often don't want to spend money on a professional editor; instead, they will have a relative or friend proofread the book. Of course, I'm not saying this was the case here.
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Post by kfwilson6 » 29 Jun 2018, 08:24

Maybe they just need to have more than one friend or relative and only those who speak English as a first language or are very skilled in English grammar. Unless you are living under a rock, I doubt anyone couldn't find a few proofreaders who should be able to catch the majority of mistakes. I have a really hard time understanding how this happens. There are so many authors whose reputation takes a nosedive because of mistakes that could have been easily corrected. I find it hard to give a 4-star rating very often just because of the number of typing/grammar errors.

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Post by ahmadmalik627 » 29 Jun 2018, 08:25

i like this book.
this book has the beautiful topics like romance,eating and enjoying the journeys.
this is the good idea.
many people will enjoy this book and get inspiration by this book.

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Post by bookowlie » 29 Jun 2018, 08:29

I can't tell you how many times I have read a review book with numerous errors and then see the author profusely thank their spouse or other close relative/friend in the acknowledges for editing the book.
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Post by 420waystoreachthesun » 29 Jun 2018, 09:52

I feel that the history is the magical part of it. I'd give it a four out of four.

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Post by FawkesThorn » 29 Jun 2018, 11:17

"The Girl Who Knew da Vinci" looks like an interesting read, I will definitely have to read it. The idea of a lost da Vinci painting is very interesting. I like the idea of "Out of Time Thriller" and I will put this on my to read shelf.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 29 Jun 2018, 11:30

Shehab1 wrote:
08 Jun 2018, 23:00
It is a compelling book actually!, full of mystery and exciting but it also needed to be way real and touchable to the reader's curiosity.
Art detectives, past-life regression, visions, and being hunted by a greedy murderer aren't things many of us face in our lives or have any experience with. It is a fine line an author walks between bringing a fictional concept to life and making it seem realistic. Unfortunately, I think Ami fell a little short with the way she linked Angela to her past lives. I think a different explanation could have been deemed more "real." I wouldn't say any of the situations that happened in this book were relatable to the average reader, but it is an enjoyable story.

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