Forever Taken by Danyale Nees Review

By Ruth on November 30, 2011 in book, e-book, review, young adult
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Summary:  Embark on an adventure with Veronica. She is raised in a small town in North Carolina. Explore with her to California, to follow her dreams in acting and romance. 

She will embark on a journey into learning love, passion, heartbreak, and how life really works. She will have to choose between a guy who she thinks is her prince charming and one who is not. 

Who will Veronica choose? What’s her destined path? Will she have realized the right guy for her before its too late, or will his heart be closed forever. 


My rating: 2 of 5 stars
First and foremost, let me say that I wish with all my heart that I could give this a higher rating. If you look at the picture on the front, it is quite promising.  And even the summary sounds like something you might wish to read.  But, unfortunately, things are not always what they seem.


My first complaint with this book was the numerous grammatical errors.  I know that generally these kinds of things are to be overlooked, and when it is an ARC with minimal errors,I am not bothered.  But this book was filled with grammatical errors on practically every page–punctuation, capitalization, and even outright spelling errors.  Even confusion between words that sound similar and are spelled differently.  Not all of those are even homonyms.


Secondly, I really struggled with the change in form the author used.  Sometimes it was written as a novel, but sometimes it was written as a play.  It is meant to be written in first-person prose and present tense verbs, but it often gets quite muddled.


As for the story, most of the story is very juvenile–I cannot say that even most young adults would enjoy the story.  It is very unrealistic, and the sexual references really seem to be out of place.  Thankfully profanity and explicit sexual references are minimal.  That is always good news in a book.  I love happy endings, but I do not enjoy sugary-sweet stories that almost make you lose your lunch.  I hate to be so blunt, but this is honestly how I felt at the end of the story.


There is a redeeming portion of the book (which explains why it received two stars rather than one). If the author could have focused on the character of the ex-wife and her story, I really think she could have had a better story.  Or maybe if she had developed the entire story the way she did this story, she may have had really had a good debut novel.  I can only hope that the experiences and reviews that she has received on this novel will help her write a better novel next time.


I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.



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