Thursday, June 8, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Gear Girl by J. M. Davis

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other reviews to help make your buying decisions.

Title: Gear Girl
Author: J. M. Davis
Genre: Young Adult Romance
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Review Rating: ***** Totally Hooked - Can't Put It Down

Review Comments: 
This story is categorized as a YA Romance but its first pages open like a nail-biting suspense. Where am I? What's wrong with me? Why am I in pain? Who's coming through the door? These are all questions that jumped at me in just the first couple of pages. After reading ten pages, I'm completely frustrated. I only have a partial answer to my questions and I'm so worried for the young woman who grabbed my attention by her pain, confusion, and fear. Thank goodness the author has sent me the entire book. I know what I'll be doing the rest of the afternoon! I can't wait to see how this author moves the story into the romance genre.

A few story elements gleaned from the first ten pages: 
A young woman awakes in a strange place, a room with no windows and strange smells. When she moves, she experiences great pain in her chest. Two strangers come through the door to her bed. She doesn't know them. BUT...they say they are her parents...

Quote from Book:
and it is then that I realize it’s not my gown that is uncomfortable, but my very own skin. It is tight at my chest, almost as though it shrank, no longer fitting properly over my bones. I go ridged with alarm. What is wrong with me? ~ 

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