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The Kingdom

The Kingdom - Jennifer M. Barry Gathering my thoughts, I must say I expected a little more from this book. Ms Barry has written better prose, and I'm afraid (again) that some more editing would have been needed before putting this one the market. Spelling errors, dropped words, and errors in tense throw me out of the action, and anger me. Yes, perhaps I am a bit obsessive about these things, but when I pay good money for a product, I'd like for it to be a good product. A good editor should know the difference between the verbs lie and lay. It was a fun story, and a couple of turns of phrase were actually brilliant. I loved "Everyone needed at least one friend." and "But knowing I'm alone is even worse than feeling alone. You don't make me feel alone at all." Truly beautiful. The storyline felt new to me, a fairy, a fallen angel, a fantastic backdrop of Irish lore, a young girl who changes the protag man. Yes. The feeling of having read this before. Examples? "as easy as breathing" (loc 255). "The sweater was a deep blue that brought out the roses in her cheeks" (loc 1320). "... she might run screaming..." (loc 7206). Nice book, I liked it, neither more nor less. Sorry. I wanted to love it, but that doesn't always happen. ***I was NOT asked to read this book by anyone. I paid for it with my own money, as I do for all the books I read, all the music I listen to and the movies I watch.