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Today we welcome Karen R. Hardin author of "Loyalty" and "Heart Strings and Love Nots"
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Release Date: November 22, 2011
Genre: Fantasy - Mafia
This novel is very Romeo & Juliet with a twist, or six. It was very interesting to read about something that is so far removed from the reality that I live, while still remaining completely removed from the realm of fantasy or the paranormal. Each and every event that Hardin writes about could, and probably have, happened in the real world. By taking the mafia into the realm of popular fiction in such a direct and captivating way she opens the door to thought and conversation.
The characters in this novel were quite well developed. Hardin takes the time to develop each and every aspect of her characters to develop warring factions and individuals caught in the middle. The characters become individuals that you can relate to, who possess real feelings and evoke the same in the reader. The story itself is based heavily on the development of these characters, thus propelling it further and further into the realm of reality and possibility.
As a whole this was a very unique outlook on modern life for a select section of society. Their intermingling and differences create a brilliant backdrop for this very intriguing and solid story that Hardin presents to her readers, opening the doors for discussion and further insight.
Release Date: October 25, 2012
Genre: Romantic Comedy.
By writing the way that you think Hardin creates the aura of reality in her novel. She immerses her readers directly into the lives of three women who are making their way through life. This novel is so solidly written that she doesn’t need to draw fantasy into her novel to captivate the audience. Her storyline and natural writing style do this all on their own.
Hardin develops such a diverse cast of characters that you can’t help but question how they became such good friends yet you still understand why they are. They work together to create a unique story that pulls at your heartstrings and makes you thankful for life and true friends. They characters are also quite well developed. You get to know the main characters well enough that you feel like you’ve known them all of your life. The supporting cast is also quite well developed, but they never overshadow our three heroines (because, with the way that they overcome the trials in life, they are just that, heroines).
Each character in this novel has a distinct speech pattern that would stereotypically be associated with their walk in life. It really helps keep the characters strait since they also think in the same patterns. It helps to clarify who’s perspective we’re seeing, since the author regularly switches perspective. Since it is done so well, with the minute changes in writing style, speech patterns, and headers it adds to the story, rather than detracting from it. It also gives a much deeper and more well-rounded perspective into the lives of the characters.
I wanted to give this novel a higher rating but there were more than a few times where the author used the wrong word in a sentence (ie// pedal vs petal or slim vs slime). It happened often enough that it began to detract from the story for me. The storyline itself was very interesting and solid but it couldn’t quite overcome this for me.