Thalia @ Pictures in the Words

I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!



Currently Reading

The Martian
Andy Weir
Progress: 31/369 pages
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J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien
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The Raie'Chaelia

The Raie'Chaelia - Melissa Douthit This is the first time where I felt like I honestly deserved some type of award for actually finishing. Like…it was that bad.Before I begin this whole review, I just want to make it absolutely clear that I had a copy of this book long before the author drama went down on GoodReads and other websites with Ms. Douthit. It’s definitely not a story I want to delve into now, but I only bring it up because I want everybody to know that this a book I read with my school book club, and this review is a review of the book, and not the author’s behavior.That being said, I honestly tried to keep an open mind. But there were very, very few redeeming qualities in this story and the writing–chief among them being that this was almost a good plot with a terribly poor execution. But, as a friend on GoodReads pointed out to me, it was only good in theory because it stole all the good ideas from other stories (there were plenty of characters/ideas parallel to things from the legend of the Holy Grail, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter, to name a few). At its core, it was hardly original to begin with. That doesn’t even begin to cover the overwhelming amount of grammatical issues, punctuation errors, plot holes, and clichés that littered this entire book. It took a…heroic effort, on my part, to actually finish. To be honest, I’m not sure what happened the last ten percent of the novel, because my eyes kept blurring, but I did take meticulous notes during the first nine-tenths of the book. Chances are very few of you have heard of this book anyway, and even then, probably only because of the infamous Douthit debacle that blew up online last year, so take it from me–this isn’t some hidden gem that you’re missing out on. Continue on in blissful ignorance of its existence, because you’re saving yourself many a headache by steering clear.Read more?