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TOUCH

‘Touch’ grabs if you are patient

By pennywalker64, member

Jan 14, 2018: This one starts slow, but I can see the need to build the young characters carefully. It deals with the complex and difficult issue of child abuse sensitively and well. I have just finished reading the 9th installment and it has now ramped up as I hoped it would, introducing second and third arcs of narrative featuring intriging characters from the fathers world and another group who appear at the moment to be involved in some unpleasant activities adding a compelling group of antagonists to the cast of well fleshed out characters. I am hooked and wish it were in book form so that I wouldn’t have to wait.

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LOVE, LATE

Editor’s First Look – Sweet Romance

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Dec 30, 2017: Love, Late begins with a heartbreak, and then things start to look up. The main character, Claire, has been dating Noah, her best friend since childhood, and now that he’s become her lover, she declares her love for him, only to have him deny that he loves her and break up with her on the spot.

The author does a great job of conveying to the reader how heartbreaking this is for Claire, but she goes on to fulfill a dream of hers and go to London to study for her culinary degree. The story really picks up when she comes back to town for a wedding and meets back up with Noah.

I enjoyed how the author gets us into Claire’s life, introducing her friends and family gradually, and setting the stage for the upcoming wedding. She does a good job of writing to make the reader feel the emotions the main character is going through, and to make it feel convincing.

I would recommend this story for anyone who likes romance, or even if you like a slice of life story told well.

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MOTHER OF LEARNING

Stuck in a time loop? Don’t just sit there and waste your time! Learn something!

By KitCat, member

Dec 30, 2017: Mother of Learning is a fantasy/mystery/adventure/etc about a person stuck in a time loop. It is a long novel, almost 600,000 words right now, and it’s not done quite yet but the author is good about regular updates. This book is suitable for young adults and older. There is some swearing, including a few f-bombs. No sex stuff, and there’s a fair amount of fighting but no blood and guts.

The Good: The main character is well developed, unlike some novels that I’ve read. As we read, we learn about Zorian’s past and why he is the way he is, and as he has adventures he changes. Think about a lot of stories, especially series, where the characters don’t learn and grow. Mother of Learning is not like that. The other main character in the time loop is also described pretty well and grows. Most of the other characters don’t grow much, but that’s because they keep getting reset because of the time loop. The grammar and mechanics of this story are excellent.

The Bad: Unfortunately, the author, nobody103, has been working on Mother of Learning for more than six years. And it’s Not. Done. Yet. (On the good side, he’s good about updating.) Characterization of secondary characters isn’t so good. The magic system has too many ways to get magic done (potions, alchemy, spellcasting, telepathy, and more) without showing how they’re related.

My Recommendation: I recommend it for anyone who likes fantasy and isn’t scared by a long book. I have nothing more to say on that because I really like this book and think it’s suitable for everyone.

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