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Official Review: No place for Forsaken Angels. parts 1, ...

Post by kandscreeley » 18 Jun 2018, 15:43

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "No place for Forsaken Angels. parts 1, 2 ,3" by Graham James Collins (G J Collins).]
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Life at Greymoors should have been a fairy tale. Beautiful clothes to wear, a maid and butler, horses to ride every day and private tutors. Christine and Caroline have it all. But their mother, Kathleen, believes that strict discipline is the way to salvation and beats them often for the simplest "sin." Simply being a few minutes late to their Bible reading causes them 2 strikes from the rod.

Kathleen's sister Elizabeth has a daughter of her own, Amelia. Her life isn't as opulent as her cousins, but she is loved. Until her mother dies suddenly. On her deathbed, Elizabeth insists that Charles - a shopkeeper that has helped her immensely - not let Kathleen take Amelia. He promises, but Kathleen is a forced to be reckoned with. Charles has no choice but to let Amelia go.

For some reason, Amelia's presence at Greymoors only makes Kathleen more and more angry. It seems that there is some family secret hidden in the recesses of Kathleen's mind making her seek absolution for her sins through these innocent children. What is this secret and will the three children ever be able to get out from under her grasp?

No Place for Forsaken Angels is a young adult book that explores heavy themes such as abuse, love and family. Not the easiest of reads emotionally, I would only recommend it for mature teenagers. However, each situation is handled delicately, only revealing as much as is absolutely necessary to get the point across. For that, I was grateful.

The best thing about this book was the characters. I fell in love with them. I felt their pain and their joy. I rooted for the good ones to prevail over evil; I mourned when that didn't happen. Even the secondary characters were well-rounded; no character was out of place in this book. Since this book was more character-driven than plot-driven, this was an absolute must. I'm pleased to say that the author executed this part of the story well.

Sadly, the editing fell short. The mistakes were too numerous to even count, having discovered the first ten without even being 10% into the novel. The errors ranged from missing apostrophes to missing words to incorrect tenses to incorrect punctuation. Sometimes they went so far as to change the meaning of the sentence completely. For example, one sentence reads: "For her, the demons have not been kept at bay, and the path to riotousness will I fear come at a high price." Riotousness in this case should be righteousness, quite a different meaning.

One further remark about the novel's content. Religion is a theme throughout the book. However, this is not a well-balanced view of God we are looking at but rather an extremely distorted one. For those that do not like any trace of religion in their books, this would not be the way to go. Also, those who get easily offended by someone who takes religion to a level it wasn't intended may want to avoid this read.

Having said that, I did get sufficiently involved in the book that I begun to overlook the errors. High praise from someone who leans towards being a grammar Nazi. Thus, I rate No Place for Forsaken Angels 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys realistic characters regardless of age. This book will not be easy to read at all times, but it will be rewarding.

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Post by gen_g » 20 Jun 2018, 00:06

The book seems to be well-developed in terms of characters and plot, which is something which I always enjoy. Great review, thanks!

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Post by kandscreeley » 20 Jun 2018, 07:34

gen_g wrote:
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The book seems to be well-developed in terms of characters and plot, which is something which I always enjoy. Great review, thanks!
It is! Thanks for commenting.
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Post by Nimat87 » 21 Jun 2018, 03:51

Wow, what an emotionally investing plot. I like books that let the reader connect deeply with its characters. I feel really sorry for the children. Sadly, Kathleen also seems to be battling her own demons. Thanks for the engaging and well written review.
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Post by OrlaCarty » 22 Jun 2018, 07:20

I am an absolute sucker for character-driven stories. I also love that this is a young adult book that explores darker tones of religion. I often think that many young adults are capable of handling more than teen drama and fantasy alone so this is a great addition to that genre. Pity about the editing errors though! Thanks for the review.

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Post by mic7464 » 22 Jun 2018, 08:12

though well written,and fell so sad for the children .a deep concern for it and thanks for the review
Kathleen also seem battling her demons

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Post by anwidmer » 22 Jun 2018, 08:35

A great review that has me wanting to read it. Im intrigued at the underlying issues the book addresses and am happy to hear the subjects are described delicately not using unnecessary graphics that could at times become triggers for those whom have suffered said issues in their lives. Thank you for your thorough review

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Post by Father yarns » 22 Jun 2018, 15:00

What a splendid review that promt me to read the novel. It seems to me like this novel will be full of suspense. The viewer realy explained almost everything that one need to know about the novel. I say KUDOS to the viewer

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Post by JR Mercier » 23 Jun 2018, 04:25

This sounds like a great read! I haven't read anything like this in quite a while so maybe I should give it a go. Great review and I'm happy you could overlook the errors even though you are a grammar nazi.:D
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Post by mariacarolinea » 23 Jun 2018, 18:26

I find the best books are those character-driven instead of plot-driven. I'm not sure I would like the extreme religious theme, but I would like to give it a shot. Thanks for the great review!

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Post by Kashosi » 24 Jun 2018, 04:16

I t sounds like a good read but i would't go with it.

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Post by anwidmer » 24 Jun 2018, 09:21

Kashosi wrote:
24 Jun 2018, 04:16
I t sounds like a good read but i would't go with it.
Just curious why you would not read it. For religious reasons? Or the sensitive subjects she said it presents? I apologize if this seems like prying and will not be offended if not afforded a reply =)

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Post by Rashmi mahour » 10 Jul 2018, 10:48

It sounds like a good read but i wouldnt go with it. I am not sure i would like the extreme religious theme, but i would like to give it a shot

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Post by Amy+++ » 19 Jul 2018, 02:14

It had been a while since I have read that was character driven. Might be a nice change of pace. Thank you for the honest review. I will take what happens in the book into consideration before reading.

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Post by Kashosi » 24 Aug 2018, 04:57

anwidmer wrote:
24 Jun 2018, 09:21
Kashosi wrote:
24 Jun 2018, 04:16
I t sounds like a good read but i would't go with it.
Just curious why you would not read it. For religious reasons? Or the sensitive subjects she said it presents? I apologize if this seems like prying and will not be offended if not afforded a reply =)
It is because of the sensitive subjects she said its represents.

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