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Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock (The…

Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock (The Chronicles of A) (Volume 1)

by Judyann McCole

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This book is definitely derivative of the Harry Potter series. That does not automatically make it plagiarism; a whole slew of technothrillers arose after Tom Clancy pubbed The Hunt for Red October, but that was the start of a new genre, not plagiarism. Lately it seems every fourth new YA series is set in a school of magic housed in an enchanted castle or at least an estate. So a case could be made for describing this book as YA Fantasy & Magic, subgenre Magical Education.

The author has a wonderful imagination and her universe's system of magic is entirely new to me. Unfortunately, neither the writing, nor the editing and proofreading this book received, contribute to the storytelling. Very little of the story is shown; most of it is told, creating neither suspense nor sympathy for the characters. There's also little differentiation between the secondary characters, making them basically interchangeable. The group of friends surrounding the main character became so large, I quit bothering. The author may as well have deleted all her taglines and beats, which by the way were placed at the end of most paragraphs, leaving the reader wondering who's speaking during various long speeches.

The formatting is beautiful; wish I could say the same for the editing and proofreading. On every screen, there's a word missing, a word added, two words confused (they're/their/there), or a strange juxtaposition that left me wondering what the author and/or editor were drinking. (Some liquids should not be imbibed while preparing mss.) I'm willing to tolerate this, sometimes even a lot of this, but only when the writing, atmosphere, suspense, etc., carry the story past the errors. That doesn't happen here. As well, there are several small but annoying plot holes, such as the main character waking up in the infirmary, being wrapped in a sheet by a love interest, and then dragged elsewhere in the castle, only for her to look down minutes later at her school uniform. If she's dressed (in the infirmary bed) then why the sheet?

Lots of potential here. Not a lot of fulfillment. Two stars. ( )
  GunnarGrey | Sep 6, 2013 |
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