The Advice Girl by L.A. Shaw
Published by Self-published on 3/27/2011
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Fiction, Young Adult
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Kira and Sophia have been best friends since they were five years old. They share an apartment together, and tell each other everything.
\r\nEveryone loves Sophia, and she is often called the advice girl by people who know her. Kira believes she knows her friend better than anyone. But in a mysterious accident, Sophia loses her life.\r\n\r\nKira is mourning the devastating loss when she finds a note addressed to her from beyond the grave. Kira realizes she doesn't know her friend as well as she thought, as she starts to uncover the truth. She falls into a deep depression, confused and lost, until a visit from a strange man puts her in the middle of a war between two secret societies. Kira soon understands that she is in danger, and doesn't know who to trust. She has to fight for her own life now.
Let me start off by saying that the plot for The Advice Girl is FANTASTIC. It’s rife with intrigue, suspense, violence and romance and it kept me turning the pages. I didn’t realize it was a novella, and I was disappointed in that, but only because I wanted more, more, more! Shaw’s characters are very realistic, and I can identify with them on complex levels.
Shaw’s prologue and intro immediately hooked me and I loved the first person narrative initially. In fact, I usually love first person narratives, because they draw me in quickly in a way that I feel like I’m there. But, ultimately, that’s where my expectations were dashed, and why I had to give The Advice Girl a 3-star rating. The execution of the narrative was not as well-done as it could have been. There were frequent narrative jumps between first- and third-person, as well as perspective, and those jumps made it harder for the story to read well. I think if Shaw went with either one or the other (preferably third-person, so she could flesh out the jumps in perspective), The Advice Girl would read much smoother. There were also a few grammatical issues, but I attribute that more to the editor and since it was only a very few, they were easily overlooked.
Ultimately, I think with some polishing, this book will be phenomenal. I do recommend that you pick it up if you enjoy paranormal romance and young adult.
About The Author: L.A. Shaw currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, but is originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She loves expressing herself through writing and has kept journals throughout her life. She loves poetry and coffee and is a big collector of coffee mugs. She is currently working on the sequel to The Advice Girl.
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