Guinevere’s Walk of Life

Kristen Mylonas

Publisher: Xlibris Pages: 75 Price: (paperback) $19.99 AUD ISBN: 9781465300973 Reviewed: July, 2012 Author Website: Visit »

Guinevere is 18 years old and about to graduate from high school. She’s typical in most respects, but unique in another: she’s a witch. You’d think spell casting would make life easier, but Guinevere’s got girlfriend trouble, boyfriend trouble, a talking cat who doesn’t know when to pipe down, and a demon abduction to contend with. What’s a girl to do?

Guinevere’s got another, slightly more serious problem to deal with, as well: she’s trapped in a book whose intended audience is anything but clear. At 74 pages, this looks like a chapter book targeted to young readers, but it opens with a sex scene –one that dearly needs copyediting. (Unless boyfriend Bryan is a deliveryman, “sliding his boxes down his legs” makes no sense.) An argument between two girls ends with one calling the other “self scented,” among other distracting errors.

As these examples illustrate, numerous spelling errors, misused quotation marks and a general air of haste make for difficult going here. The book’s first paragraph is an 84-word run-on phrase, not a complete sentence, and the rest of the book follows in the same vein.

Author Kristen Mylonas may have some great ideas about the ups and downs of a young woman with a unique gift, but they can’t shine through the fog created by the writing here. Mylonas ends this volume with a list of questions (including “WHAT DECISION WILL GUINEVERE DECIDE?”), as if in anticipation of a sequel. Before getting to that point, it would be a great kindness to her readers to thoroughly outline, rewrite and edit this volume, in hopes of making it easier to understand.

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