Catherine Kopf presents a fascinating dystopian world, where dreams are illegal. What a concept to bring out! The use of brutal force and drug use to keep the populace in control is chilling, but the relationship between Calista and Jake provides a heartwarming balance in the story. When she paints for the first time, I felt as if I was there painting with her.
The reason I judged the technical skills as I did, was for minor grammatical and spelling/word mix up errors I saw, and can be easily adjusted. They don't take away from the core charm of the story.
As for the style, I think it is going by a touch too fast. I think I would like to see more character development through further revision - DOn't be afraid to make the story longer! I want to see all the shining differences between the characters. Christine has some great skill for imagery that she could put to even MORE use. I think that would benefit the story as a whole.
Wicked good fun!
Within this tale is a cast of characters with intensely unique voices and personas; each one radiating their own desires so clearly, you would think they were all written by different people. Their behaviors, their speech patterns, even their thoughts are so independent of one another, it really brings you in to the story.
Speaking of story; rich with drama, speckled with dark humor, and spun together with delightful insanity. The plot never lagged or faltered, and the flow was immaculate in build up and conclusion! I am completely and totally impressed with the genuine and incredibly unique concept that was presented; It isn't your average fantasy or young adult or science fiction. This is a riveting, urban legend bordering on cult classic level creepiness.
It was an absolute delight to read, I was on the edge of my seat, frantically clicking 'next chapter' with urgency each time there was a pause to the narrative! It does not relieve me enough that there is a sequal - because Imma read the heck out of that too!
Thanks for making something that haunted me. I loved it!
M. Howalt's Aconitum
M. Howalt's Aconitum was one of the very first things I read in Serial form online. Each chapter kept me engaged and interested in the progression of the main character and his relationships. I found the plot to be simple in many regards, but wholly satisfying in its delivery. There was no over-abundance of unnecessary brawling, no excessive gore, and a lot (a LOT) of heart.
I found each character to be well-thought out and genuine, and the conflicts presented were thoughtfully detailed and insightful. A great dynamic between the main character and his friends or allies.
A wonderful read, through and through. My only complaint: I want MORE!
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