No Plain Rebel Review

Title: No Plain Rebel
Author: M.C. Frank
Series: No Ordinary Star #2
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: 16 July 2016
Source: Author
Format: E-book
Pages: 212
Rating: 3 Stars
Reading Timeline: 8 November 2017 - 09 November 2017










Goodreads Synopsis:

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix a the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do. 
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive. 
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack. 
The world hasn't known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty. 
The year is 2525. 

Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace. 

Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. 

Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel. 


In No Plain Rebel, Felix finds out the truth. 
Or so he thinks. He’s trying to come to terms with that, as well as with the fact that the Clockmaster’s shack has been discovered by his fellow-soldiers, but he can’t exactly concentrate. The match girl’s fiery curls appear before his eyes every ten seconds, distracting him, and then he starts talking to her in his head. 
Because she’s no longer there. 
The Stadium is looming in the distance. 
It’s ten heartbeats to midnight. 

Book Review
Pre-reading Thoughts:

 I enjoyed the first book. It was short and not exactly what I had expected. I am intrigued to see how the story continues in this book!

Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a copy of her book! Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own. 

Writing Thoughts:

The writing style and I are not the biggest fans of one another. I struggled to get into the story and felt like some of the dialogue was a bit off. There were times where the writing wasn't succinct, especially when there was a swap in point of view. The switching between the point of views created unnecessary repetition. However, with that being said, I liked the detail that was in the writing and I definitely think that there is potential. 

Plot Thoughts:

The plot in this book was slow. Everything was taken day by day. It made for a very slow paced book as time itself wasn't really moving all too fast. However, there were definitely moments that sped the plot up a bit. I unfortunately didn't really connect with the story on this one. I found that there were so many things that didn't exactly add too much value to the plot. I wish I had loved this. 

Character Thoughts:

I don't know what happened between reading the first book and reading this book but I found the characters be very flat. They just didn't really seem realistic. They lacked substance. We knew what happen to them, we knew how they felt but the characters weren't well rounded. There were moments where you could see that there was some dimensionality but they were so rare.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this story has so much potential. There is definitely the making of a good novel here but for me this book fell flat. There are so many people who just love this book and I really wish that I could be one of them but it doesn't work that way. I wasn't a fan of the writing style. I struggled to get into the story and sometimes the dialogue didn't work. The plot was slow and there were some moments that I found didn't actually add value to the overall story line. The characters fell flat for me in this book. They lacked substance but there were moments where you could see a little more than a two dimensional character. This story has so much potential. Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of her book!

Yours in Reading,

Melleny

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