Wednesday, January 13, 2016

REVIEW: REX'D: Welcome to Scholomance by J.B. Skelter & Jack Reher

** (2) out of 5 stars!

I wanted to preview this book for my son. He is into all kinds of monsters and paranormal stuff lately, so I thought he might like it. And perhaps he will; I, however, didn't really care for it. The story jumps around a lot, starting out with the brief mention of a character who never appears again throughout the story, then moving on to a big action scene. I'm sure the authors conceived of it as a way to grab the reader's attention and pull them into the story, but it just doesn't work very well for me. 

After that scene, the story moves backward to some days before, and then is interspersed with remembrances of a tragic event months before that. The whole thing was rather confusing to me. I had a hard time figuring out who were the good guys and the bad guys in the story, and keeping track of who was on whose side and why. The plot just seemed overly complicated and convoluted. 

And what's worse, the back-story was just so incredibly boring. I just kept waiting for something, anything, to happen. But nothing much does, until the final pages of the book when the action kind of goes overboard. 

I also found the writing really rudimentary. I was surprised to learn that one of the author was a high school teacher; it seemed more like the writing of a high school student. 

I received a digital copy of this book free from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review. 

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