Just noticed that the reviews by clairw and sontannbeck seem to be fake. Sorry if I have made a mistake.
1. The author has been actively self publicizing on the message boards.
2. Both reviews state "can't wait to read more from [her]"
3. Both reviews state the reader will be "Immersed" in the story.
4. Both reviews promise the story will keep you reading ("difficult to put the book down as you are always left wanted to know what happens next" and "Every chapter keeps you wanting more").
5. Both reviews have a similar level of sloppy grammar ("there is" instead of "There are".
6. Both reviews use multiple exclamation marks at least once.
7. Wording of both reviews is very similar.
8. The author made a similar post using the same "Brunswick" hyperlink as one of the other reviews, as well as multiple exclamation marks.
"Kelly Haines says:
This is my new novel on a special promo as a freebie this weekend. Brunswick
Give it a read if your looking for a new author and title, I'd be really grateful. If you do read it dont forget to post a review aswell, whatever your thoughts I'd love to hear them!!!
9. The first few pages of the book are terrible, virtually unedited and very poorly written. I cannot see how anyone, even a close friend would give it five stars.
As far as the book goes, the first few chapters are available to view for free, and it is terrible, about as terrible as new authors usually are. The grammar is below high school level; full stops missing or used incorrectly, there are no new paragraphs anywhere and its improperly formatted(eg is all basic single spacing). There are a load of other mistakes, too many to count. The sentence structure is erratic and clunky, the dialogue is very poor and the story does not maintain a consistent point of view. The book simply has not been edited and I cannot imagine any sane person giving it five stars.
To the author, I would ask that she not self publish until she is ready. She needs to read some more books on style and grammar, choose a POV and maintain it consistently, work on the dialogue and get it sounding natural. Don't give up because it takes years to hone these skills. I recommend "so you want to write" by Marge Piercy. "How to write science fiction and fantasy" by Orson Scott Card and "worlds of wonder" by David Gerrold.