Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Genius Summer by Pamela Woods-Jackson

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 whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.

Title: Genius Summer
Author: Pamela Woods-Jackson
Genre: Young Adult/Historial
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing

Review Rating: *** Hum... Has Possibilities - I'll read ten more pages

Review Comments: 
The book opens with Millie in a quandary. Life decisions are looming on her horizon and none offered are to her liking. Although the story opens fairly slowly, there are hints to a larger perspective that might prove adventurous. For that reason I'd certainly turn a few more pages.

Quote from Book:

Elizabeth laughed. “An IQ of 150 is not measly, Millie.” The smile evaporated from her face as she got serious again. “Which is why you can’t let those brains of yours go to waste. Besides, Millicent’s just a character in a book. Books.” She reached down and kissed her daughter on the forehead. “You’re the real deal and you need to own your intelligence.”

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