I was very grateful for the fact that the author of this novel gave away free e-book versions of her debut novel on goodreads. This was a first for me and I still hope to receive more of these in the future, though this review is brutal. I first want to start out with saying that writing anything is hard, especially a novel. I give her applause for trying, but in my opinion Believe was the worst novel I've ever read before. It went totally off the charts and not in a good way.
Let's start with the writing. It was difficult to continue to read it because it was so very hard. It felt like a fourth grader wrote it and I'm know way dissing the author. I'm just giving my honest opinion. I have read other reviews on goodreads and was surprised that most people on there loved it. Maybe I was sent a wrong copy? The first draft? I don't know, but the writing was too basic. I don't want to say this, but I could write better than her. I have written way better short stories and am currently working on a long-term project. This novel was... not ideal for me.
There were vampires. Well from the synopsis, but when I started reading it it felt like a very horribly written twilight fanfiction with just different characters. I took some notes while I was reading and found that there were so many similarities with Twilight I'd like to share them with you.
(Reading from my ipod touch on ibooks)
- "Wow Andrea! That was great!" she says "You're a great cook. Mom would give you a job anytime!" Bella, the cook pg 23
- My uncle had never tried to spare me from the truth, he'd always been very straight forward with me. Andrea's uncle = Bella's Dad Charlie pg 25
- "Sky blue, very nice," Every surface that has fabric on it is covered in either sky blue or slat blue, very classy." Bella's room was/is sky blue pg 12
I don't mean to sound rude because this is the worst review I have ever given, but from just those quotes I got from the novel it's plain to see that their wasn't much literature used. I found myself yelling at the author in my head for revising and understanding the use of grammar so many times that I just put the book down. It wasn't a good feeling, but I had to.
I do give anyone props for trying to write a novel and completing it must have been fulfilling, but because this novel has three or four more sequels and I can't go through another grammar mistake I will not be reading this series. I give Believe by E. Leighanne Grimm-Weever a head shakes vigorously, thumb pointing down, mad face for the waste of my time, and disappointed eyes. (1 out of 5)