Saturday, May 21, 2016

strictly literary: sway by katherine savage

this book is loooong. so long. maybe too long? from the description i thought sway was going to be some sort of james bond–miss moneypenny erotic thriller kind of deal, except it turns out the male lead is a sort of vampire and there is less espionage and more recovering from sexual assault than i expected.

not only is this book long and overly verbose, it doesn't even bother using words correctly! ascent is used for assent—and they are not the same thing at all. the word meet is used in a way i have never heard it used before and i read non-american authors all the time. silly typos just abound.  also this is meant to be canadian-british english, but it wasn't terribly consistent about keeping to one or the other and some american englishisms slipped in there too. and i get it, this was an 841 page beast of a novel, so it's no surprise that someone skimped on the copyediting/proofreading.

as for story, while there is nothing truly groundbreaking here, the kind of not-vampire the main character is and his bond with the heroine (who is stupidly named evening) is well thought out and the relationship is well-plotted. the author also does a good job of alternating point of views, and ronan's pov is markedly different from evening's in a good way.

my main issue is this, i picked this up because i thought it would be a quick read. it was not. it was an absolute shock to realize how many pages this book was and for the genre it was also exceptionally dense at times. so it was more of a commitment to read than i expected. and there were scenes of exposition that were so repetitive or didn't advance the story in any discernible way that i ended up outright skimming them until i got to some action. on the other hand, at least this book is not a trilogy or a duology or some other sort of multi-part series. i appreciate that about it at least.

**sway published on november 17, 2015. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/createspace/amazon kdp in exchange for an honest review. 

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