Official Review: Model Marine by Sondra Sykes Meek

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Re: Official Review: Model Marine by Sondra Sykes Meek

Post by Bookmermaid » 10 Nov 2018, 18:39

This was quite a raving review, I' m glad that you enjoyed this book immensely and will unhesitantly recommend to others. Thanks for your review.

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Post by T_stone » 10 Nov 2018, 18:40

Your review of this book has piqued my interest in it. It really looks interesting; I think I'll add it to my list of TBR books. It's a very engaging book and it's motivating. Thanks for the succinct review.
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Post by Sen_Suzumiya » 10 Nov 2018, 18:46

The plot didn't thrill me but I'm surprised by the way the author writes this book. I think it takes a really good writer to avoid confusion while writing back and forth in the story. I'm really happy you enjoyed it so much, I might not read this one but you made me admire the author.
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Post by Ijeoma Kikelomo » 10 Nov 2018, 18:54

This book sounds incredibly well written. I think the writer did à wonderful jib of bring everything to life.

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Post by Enattah » 10 Nov 2018, 19:32

Seems like a really interesting book, I will really love to read it and I love the cover design.

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Post by Lunastella » 10 Nov 2018, 20:01

Molly Monroe enjoys acting on stage; her mother has had her in beauty pageants since she was a toddler. She and her best friend Beth are planning on attending the North Carolina School of the Arts together. Molly surprises everyone the summer after graduation, though, when she enters the Marine Corps.
Seems like Molly likes defying gender roles and she doesn't conform to what's expected of her. I love that and I think it makes for a very interesting main character.
Molly's story is told in flashes much as the pictures she takes with her camera. The author skillfully weaves the plot together going backward and forward in time at will. Rather than be confusing, this adds a hint of mystery as the reader pieces together what has happened. I was so enthralled with the glimpses of information I was getting that I couldn't stop reading until I assembled the whole picture. Ms. Meek does so well at letting the reader know who is speaking and giving clues about the time frame that at no point did I get lost.
Your description of how the story is told is amazing, not all reviewers pay attention to the way the plot is developed and I highly appreciate this insight.
I also appreciated the author's handling of military terms; as a civilian I often get bogged down by abbreviations, acronyms and slang. I didn't feel that way in Model Marine. The occasional unfamiliar term is mentioned, but the author leaves enough clues to understand what's happening without googling every other word. Thus, my focus was entirely on the story instead of on simply trying to figure out what was being said.

I totally agree! When authors use terms that arent of common knowledge or can't be easily deducted they should definitely explain them. I'm glad this doesn't happen in this book.
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Your review is brilliant, I love that you incorporated your personal experience with the book. Thanks!

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Post by amandathebibliophile » 10 Nov 2018, 20:07

Thank you for this stellar review! At first glance, I might not have given this book a closer look, but this review has wholly reeled me in. I’m a sucker for strong writing and a captivating storyline— and it sounds like I’ll definitely get that in this book!

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Post by acremer » 10 Nov 2018, 20:12

Your review was fantastic! This book sounds extremely interesting and I believe that I will add this to my wish list! Not many books are written about females in the military so I am excited to read this one!

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Post by ShailaSheshadri » 10 Nov 2018, 20:27

The book review rated Model Marine by Sondra Sykes Meek a solid 4 out of 4 stars. It is evident that the novel is highly captivating and well-written. Though the story is fictional, it is based on the experiences of the author as a marine officer. Molly Monroe is the protagonist in the novel who is a marine photographer and a model. The sample too was intriguing and clued that this is a must-read novel.

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Post by mariakavo88 » 10 Nov 2018, 20:31

It is really nice to see a book that depicts a woman in the military. I myself am a woman, and i myself was also in the Marine Corps. Speaking of which it is the Marine corps birthday today, so a great book for BOTD. I will definitely have to give this one a read. Thanks for the review.

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Post by KRay93 » 10 Nov 2018, 20:44

Thank you for the review. While stories about war and marines often catch my attention, the focus of this one around a Combat Camera Marine drives me away from this book. However, this sounds like a very well constructed story for those seeking different approaches to war-like stories or tales about women and friendship in hostile environments.

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Post by LV2R » 10 Nov 2018, 20:54

After reading your review, I think that I will read the book. Even though the story is told in flashes like pictures, it doesn't confuse the reader and adds mystery. The fact that you didn't even look for errors when reading the book, shows that the book was indeed captivating.

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Post by starshipsaga » 10 Nov 2018, 20:54

This sounds like such a great book about military life with a unique perspective from a woman on the friendships you make and the lessons you learn in the Marines. I'm intrigued by the mystery, but I think I'm even more interested in the drama of the main character's personal life and the relationship she has with her mother. I hope they mended the rift.

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Post by Ksharmilla » 10 Nov 2018, 20:55

Sounds like a great book. I may end up reading it after all.

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Post by ea_anthony » 10 Nov 2018, 20:55

This is a captivating and well-written review. I hope the book is as enjoyable. The plotting and story-line looks very plausible with a military background to boot. This novel should make for a compelling read. Congrats to the author on #BOTD
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