Monday, August 11, 2014

Review: The Offspring

Review: The Offspring
By R.J. Craddock

            I read and reviewed The Forsaken a few months ago, and it was time for me to see what kind of trouble Gwenevere has gotten herself into now. Boy, if you though her interactions with humans were tragic, wait until you see what happens when vampires get ahold of this little witch.

            In The Offspring, Gwenevere is whisked away to an underground fortress named Bac LeNuff where the children of Cain love the night life and the vampire king has evil intentions for twelve-year-old Gwen. Friends become foes and foes become friends as a child witch discovers that an offer of love should never be taken at face-value.

            Like The Forsaken, I struggled with the pacing and POV shifts. The premise is good. The story is heart-wrenching, but the plot moves a little slow for my taste at times and too fast through others. Again, this is probably a style difference, but the fight scene at the end makes the middle worthwhile. I should also warn that there are also some disturbing scenes involving the rape of a child, which is a difficult concept for me.  If you have a sensitivity like I do, you’ll probably want to avoid those parts.

Ruth, the youngest of eight children, was raised in Orem, Utah. She graduated from Orem High in 2001. From 2002 - 2004, Ruth studied Animation and Media Arts at The Art Institute of Phoenix. When she returned home from school, she met her Mr. Perfect and married him in 2006. She now lives in Springville, Utah with her husband and their three sons: five year-old Ethan, three year-old Dylan, and 18 moth old Colin.

Her hobbies include: writing novels, screenplays, poetry, and songs. She also enjoys drawing, painting, sculpting, reading, eating, interior design/home improvement, swing dancing, compulsive shopping, watching movies, quoting movies,and just hanging out with her family.

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