Tuesday, February 21, 2012

First Chapter Review: ICIRE by Kelvin O'Ralph

While I usually reserve YA titles for my children's and teens' book blog, since I am performing a First Chapter Review, I will post it here.

TITLE:  ICIRE: The Rebirth

AUTHOR:  Kelvin O'Ralph

BLURB:  Stephen Wilson, a 17-year-old arrives at Minneapolis in search of a better education. However, he ends up getting more than he could dream of. Lisa Morgan, a gorgeous girl who happens to offer similar subjects with young Stephen. Her beauty, like a stirring fragrance that draws every male towards her – including Stephen. These two meet in an incident that not only changes their life but releases to them a whole new world.

Follow Stephen and Lisa as they travel through a world where romance and mystery intertwine.

COVER: This book is young adult fantasy, but the cover seems to focus more on the romance aspect than fantasy. Perhaps it would make sense if I had read further into the book, but if I were a fantasy lover using only the cover to judge if I made a purchase, I would probably pass this one by. I like, however, the font that was used for the title.

FIRST CHAPTER:  Stephen Wilson arrives in Minneapolis via plane. Though he's visited before, this is the first time he'll be staying for a while. He even has a new house--his house. With the help of his cousin Stacy, he gets acclimated at school. His world quickly turns upside down when he meets Lisa Morgan.

KEEP READING:  I hate to say this about a book I've had for quite some time, but I could barely make it through the first chapter. Between the grammar and how much information is jammed into this opening, I had to control myself to keep from skipping portions of it. There is a good deal of telling in this chapter, so I couldn't get into Stephen's head very well. I wonder if slowing the pace of the first chapter might have helped a bit. There's a lot going on and you meet several people. I honestly have no idea where the book is going.

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 421 KB
Publisher: Xlibris (July 16, 2010)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
ASIN: B003ZUY990
SRP:  $9.99

I received a free e-copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

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