SereneStoryteller

Middle of Nowhere, USA

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Very Well-Written

As of Chapter 9, this is an action-packed fantasy novel with a strong, mysterious female lead and an enjoyable, relatable male lead, who, I have a sneaking suspicion, will be coming into his own. An interesting tapestry of Egyptian myth acts as the background to this. There are also few to no technical errors and vivid descriptions, which leaves the spotlight on the tale. Overall, it's a well-rounded tale that's easy to get lost in.

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Girl in Pain

This work isn't completed yet, so this is on a review up until chapter 12. The plot seems very good so far, and everything has a very developed feel to it. The author's style is very poetic, so I would expect those kind of grammar rules and that kind of flowing, descriptive language to be present. I think it complements the dramatic theme in the plot perfectly. There are some mild grammar and technical issues throughout. It's nothing a proofread wouldn't fix, as they are hard to note in the comments. I, too, am often guilty of not proofreading, so it's not uncommon. If you like teen drama, this is probably some of the finest you'll get, to be perfectly honest.

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Love it so far!

I can't wait to read more! This is so well-written and the artistic language used does a great job of reflecting the mood (ie creepy, sad, cold). I also like that the MC doesn't come off as naïve or ditzy. She seems very calculating and cold on the outside but damaged and empty on the inside. I look forward to learning more about her and the other characters!

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Solid Start

Overall, it seems like a solid start. If you enjoy intricate plots with a lot of courtly intrigue and suspicion, I think this is a good book for you. As someone who is on the plebian side of the intellect scale, the plot can be a bit hard to follow. The timeline is not necessarily straight, which can make things convoluted. For my personal tastes, that complexity is a bit overwhelming. However, the author has great grammar and use of language. I think they get better at it was the story continues. It's interesting to watch their style develop in that manner. I hope they continue to grow!

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Brimstone

This book is very thought out well-written. The staple of this book is the supernatural genre with romance and drama on the side. The author does a very good job of exploring character dynamics and lore in a fitting manner. There seem to be no technical errors as well. If you're looking for a solid YA supernatural book, this is a good addition to your library. (For up to and including Chapter 11)

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The Crimson Treaty

I'm no history buff, and I enjoyed this story a lot. The author does a good job of breathing life into historical figures. The added spice of the killer is an interesting and well-done addition. The descriptive language suits the story, and there are minimal to no technical errors. Overall, I think it's a solid story that leaves you on edge.

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Ashtium

Everything is done in just the right amount here. This story is equal parts sci-fi-fantasy, romance, and adventure. The descriptions are pleasant without being over done. There are no errors I've noticed on the technical side, so it's satisfying to read in that respect. The concept itself is unique to my knowledge, which is admittedly not vast in sci-fi. Nonetheless, it was refreshing to read something unique. Overall, I find this an extraordinary read.

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Primal

Overall, the story seems to be well written and developed. I was fine with the pacing, which is on the slower side. For me, it fits the narrative. There're some things I think could be improved, but I won't mention because they could be spoilers. There were some minor grammar issues throughout, but it's nothing a brisk proofread wouldn't fix. I would describe this as a supernatural romance with a sprinkle of slice of life. I think if you enjoyed the Shadow Falls series or supernatural romance, you'll probably like this.

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The Flames That Bind Us

Overall, this was a fantastic book to read. The characters were likeable, and the plot was solid and unique. There are some minor technical answers sprinkled throughout, but there are no major issues. Strong and somewhat chaotic main characters are my favorite, so I'm a bit biased towards liking Lydia. Nonetheless, if you like heavy fantasy, magic, a variety of character personalities, and romance with a dash of humor and drama, you'll like this novel.

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Dragonborn

Overall, I really like this story. It's very well written and has the spirit of a true fantasy story. I usually wouldn't write a review for a work so short at the moment (Chapter 4), but it's very well-done. Some of the opening plot points seem a tad derivative, but the entire story so far has an original feel to it. If you like Eragon, Seraphina (the first book), or anything similar, you'll probably like this.

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The Assassin Queen

Overall, it was a pretty decent story. The plot was very good overall, and it was pretty easy to develop an emotional connection with the characters, especially in such a short amount of time writing-wise. I also liked the action in it. There were some technical errors throughout, and I felt some of the scenarios were a little underdeveloped. This is probably due to it being a short story and just not having time. The author's writing skills seem to be well-developed, but there were some points where the characters seemed a little callow for their ages. My main advice would be to watch for that in future writing or if you were to rewrite this. Even with those issues, I think it's a job well done.

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