Kelly McNamara Gord
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Excellent plot. I actually didn't realize I was through and wanted more. Once the main characters were introduced and the world built, the book literally took off running. It did get a bit slow and redundant in one area but that didn't put me off. The ONLY reason I give this book a rating of 3 is because there were editing issue galore. There were many grammatical mistakes (too many for me to mention). And the dialog was cut in such a way that, at times, I couldn't tell who was speaking from the lack of quotation marks. To break up dialog the way the author did was just page filling and ruined the continuity of what was being said. This was probably the most irksome problem I had and detracted from my enjoyment of the story. Seriously, the grammatical mistakes just made me laugh out loud because I knew what was trying to be said. The dialog structure just pissed me off. If the editing had actually been done, I would have not hesitated to rate this a 5. *note- I am still very interested to see how this plays out in further books since the story didn't end. If your not a stickler for editing mistakes, this is a keeper.
I read a lot of YA fantasy. I was a bit confused exactly where this book fit in. The content is definitely YA while the writing comes off as more Middle Grade. I say this because, while the concept was very original and entertaining as the plot progressed (YA), the writing was very elementary. And all the characters had a middle-schooler mentality. I was able to skim a good portion of the story and get a good idea of where it was heading. I gave it a 4 mostly because, its one heck of an original story. Potat was reminiscent of the Ghattis books from the early 90's which I LOVED, and both the main character, Antaska and M. Hoyvil, had great character development along the way. In spite of the writing, I found the book enjoyable.