Sixty-Seven Salamanders by Jeff Joseph (Review)

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Kindle Price: $0.99

Official Rating: 2/5

Synopsis:

“Adin Anderson lives in a small town where the stagnant flow of time is considered peace and quiet, but that isn’t good enough for him. He may not be a big believer in fate, but something bigger has to be out there for him. And the day he receives a random letter from an unlikely source may be it.”

My Review:

There are some times when I’m reading a book and I realize, It has potential, but right now it needs heavy editing and that’s how I feel about Sixty-Seven Salamanders.

I was chatting to my good friend Maggie (check out her article on Book Blurb Blacklists here!)about Sixty-Seven Salamanders (which I could conveniently abbreviate to SSS) and she said that based on my description, Sixty-Seven Salamanders sounded more like a prequel than an actual book. And she was right. Sixty-Seven Salamanders would be better off as a prequel, rather than the first book of a series. The reason being is that, the entire plot is focused on Adin’s development. There are many actions scenes, situations where he makes serious decisions (that will no doubt affect him later on), and overall moments where he experiences growth. So, it would be wrong for me to say that there was no substance to Sixty-Seven Salamanders, because there is. You are shown how Adin is growing, experiencing, and learning from predicaments along with his friends/team and that’s important. However, that isn’t how you begin a series. As aforementioned friend said, “In general, it [the first book in a series] should have its own self-contained plot, but it can also hint at a larger plot line that spans the series. So…it can be read as a standalone book, but it’s also open ended enough that it can be expanded on in later books.”  

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