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    After careful consideration, I ve decided to publish my review of The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels For a while I was very torn After I finished reading it, I had my opinions which went against, literally, every single review out there No, I wasn t worried about what the author might think When has that ever stopped me What made me hesitant was what my fellow book bloggers might think as Emma Michaels was is a book blogger.There seems to be this feeling of unadulterated support for her because of her book blogging status She s a book blogger so we must support her I support anyone that has the dream of becoming an author Writing has been my life and I would never deny it for someone else But I will not support by pandering, lying or being dishonest I will support by telling the gods honest truth as I see it because that s what I feel this book desperately needs.I m not trying to convince anyone not to like this book If you want to like it, it s your prerogative But as a writer, editor and book blogger, I could not, in good conscience, let the community get people s hopes up for a book that I feel doesn t deserve the unabashed praise its been getting.You don t have to agree with me In fact, I really don t care if you do Just remember I ve been doing this long enough that I d like to think I know what I m talking about Plus I really don t want that 75,000 in student loan debt to be in vain With that being said, I m going to treat Emma s book as I would any other author s I wanted to dump this book after the first word I absolutely abhor the name Destiny It s used so often in Suefic that it s hard for me to disassociate it But that certainly wouldn t have been fair Judging a book because I don t like the name of the main character Silly So I gave it the benefit of the doubt and kept reading.By the fifth page I was Googling the publisher to make sure I wasn t reading a book from a vanity press After verifying that it didn t look like they were pay to publish, I read on Oh how badly I wanted to stop but I made it to the end for only one reason to see if Michaels could write the ending She couldn t.Where to start Let s start by saying that I felt like I was reading the first draft of a person s very first novel who only has a couple years of high school level English classes behind them The idea was undeveloped and the writing was mediocre at best.The writing as a whole was horribly mechanical I felt as if Michaels just didn t know how to transition anything so it felt like I was reading a laundry list of actions They went there Then they walked over here They got filled in on what happened They left Everything was totally devoid of emotions I was told everything and shown nothing I didn t feel any of the action or suspense or character emotions I was just told what they were and then we carried on.The incessant passive voice kept me away even Had, had, had, had, had, had, had Absolutely no sense of immediacy And then there were the dialogue tags after every single line of dialogue Not Necessary If the characters emotions need to constantly be portrayed through dialogue tags, then there s something wrong with the dialogue.The voice was strange as well It looked as if Michaels might have been pushing for omniscient third but she wanted to keep some mystery behind what was happening in order to heighten tension by denying the reader information that the characters, whose heads you re in, knew Which you can t do in omniscient third Because it s omniscient I wasn t biting my nails in suspense I was trying to keep from hurling my eReader across the room It s way too expensive to sacrifice.I actually liked the very base premise between the clock and the jail but the development of it was so immature that as a whole, I don t think it s even salvageable.The characters were pretty unlikable too The woman and her daughter from the antique shop were pretty pointless except to be moody infodumps when needed David s just fucking ridiculous Over the course of the story he carries an unconscious Destiny down a mountain in a blizzard with a busted knee, damn near drowns at sea yet is such a great swimmer despite the fact that he s terrified of the water that he could swim to shore after piloting a boat that capsized during a raging storm and then falls off a cliff onto some rocks, rolls into the water and then manages to actually scale back up the cliff free hand By that point I was laughing Absurd Stephanie s a tramp and a horrible friend Her David lust which is Destiny s ex is joked about yet serious but I couldn t laugh at that Your best friend s ex is off limits I thought that was a pretty golden rule Leslie s unconscious for 90% of it and Destiny s hollow, serving only to be rescued by the superhuman David There was absolutely no character development or growth whatsoever, despite everything that happened That was bothersome.Outside of David s world of Murphy s Law, there were other equally contrived and self serving events in the story For instance, the tree that falls in front of the house decides, after lying still for a bit, to not only roll over the only car but roll right in front of the house s only entrance which is implausible in and of itself to further inhibit the characters Really Was there a kitchen sink we could have thrown in there too The ending might as well have been rocks fall and everyone dies Except in this case Super David unburies everyone with only one arm and everything turns out a okay.Between the juvenile writing and the blip of a story idea buried underneath it, this should have been a trunk novel, without a doubt Kill your darling and move on.I honestly can t recommend this book to anyone Why I wouldn t recommend anyone read anyone else s first draft of anything ever It s just not ready for anyone else s eyes but the author s It s poorly written, the idea is poorly executed, it s not scary in the slightest and at the end of the day it could have used, at the very least, one total rewrite, if not .I wish Emma the best of luck with writing in the future I really do But if I had to be frank and why wouldn t I be , I would highly recommend a good honest critique group These writing flaws are not fatal and can be killed dead with some solid constructive criticism The want to succeed is there I can see that But there s a lot of room for improvement.


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    The Gist Destiny only wanted a vacation Just a simple week away from the pressure of school and the thought of getting married When her friend Stephanie invites her to her mother s new seaside home, Destiny takes her up on it She goes for a week of relaxation and fun But on their first night there, they are attacked In the middle of the night the grandfather clock on the landing which creeped Destiny out when she first saw it chimed thirteen times Suddenly, Leslie Stephanie s mom is gravely injured and Stephanie in a attempt to save her is brutally attacked But by who And why None of them remember seeing a person attacking But Destiny does recall seeing a glowing green light As Stephanie and her mother are rushed to the hospital, Destiny calls someone important to her Someone she knows can help her Not her fiance But David, her ex boyfriend who she hasn t talked to since the breakup Meanwhile, David s life is falling appart His work as an EMT isn t exactly what he wants to be doing and the thought of Destiny still pains him While breaking into the appartement of a suicidal man with a gun on a call as an EMT to try to stop the man from killing himself David s cellphone rings Destiny s calling This alerts the emotionally distraught man with the gun that David broke into his house and he s not pleased about that After convincing the guy to put the gun down and not kill anyone, David gets an earful from his boss and partner about being too irrational and taking too many risks They tell him that if he doesn t stop it, he ll be fired So he calls Destiny back and decides to fly out to meet her, taking some time off work He wants to help her in any way he can Help her solve the mystery of the random attacks before the clock chimes thirteen times again.What We ThinkReviewed by Dream CatcherI really wanted to like this book REALLY wanted to Emma Michaels had been so nice during the interview but that was before we ever read the book We d heard about it, and we d heard that is was great That was good enough for us interview time Let me just say that I hope we don t do any interviews with authors unless we ve read the book already Because now I feel guilty for writing a not so fabulous review Anyways the book, the book I knew from the very first sentence that I wouldn t enjoy it Don t get me wrong I certainly kept an open mind throughout the whole thing because, like I said, I really wanted to like this but after the first sentence I had a bad feeling that it wouldn t get any better The first line is Destiny flipped her light brown hair back into the flow of the wind Right off the bat, from the first sentence, it shows that the writing will not be good And i wasn t To start the book by flipping her hair into the wind not a good omen It s not interesting it doesn t make me want to read any further It s too random and meaningless to the story as a whole Beginnings are one of the most important parts of the book including the ending and they have to go off with a BANG This one didn t And it was evident Anyways, plot It was alright I think the idea itself was good, but wasn t exactly excecuted right It was almost too technical When I read the back of the book the synopsis I thought this can t really be just simply a human attacker It has to have some magic, right Well, there was hardly any of that All police officers and prison wardens and hospital doctors and nurses and EMTs There was way too much of that for my liking it just seemed out of place It just didn t seem to fit the picture I had of the story in my mind after reading the synopsis And its always annoying when the back of the book doesn t match the story So plot was alright but not great.The characters they weren t so great either Let me first say that the main character being named Destiny didn t make anything better No offense to anyone, but I really don t like the name Destiny that information was completely irrelevent to this review And I think the author used that name solely for the purpose of getting jokes out of it We met through Destiny , I m dating Destiny , I m in love with Destiny Ha, ha It s funny because not only is Destiny a name, but a thing, too Ha, ha I didn t find it funny Now Destiny as a character was almost worse than her pun inducing name I didn t like her very much She thought she was funny when she wasn t She called David to help her but she wouldn t stop yelling at him and scolding him for being himself She just wasn t very likebale I could stand her, however, for the first 3 8ths of the book maybe Then the reader finds out that she dumped David after he saves her life while he was in the hospital and started seeing another guy a week later A week I may not be the master of dating and relationships, but I thought dating some other guy only a week after breaking up with a long time boyfriend is a big no no Something really low Apparently not to Destiny Which leads me to my next question, did she ever love David at all Though she claims to have loved him and still love him as a friend, of course I dunno I just found that whole thing worth mentioning because it s kinda mean, right I mean, a week After claiming to have LOVED him Seriously I found it all ANNOYING Going along with that annoying, that is Stephanie was almost as bad as Destiny She kept going after David all the while insisting she didn t really want to date him and saying all these suggestive things to him Okay, maybe it s just me, but isn t there some unspoken girl code that all decent people go by that states you NEVER date your best friend s ex I thought that was a golden rule Or at least a silver rule Anyways, it got old fast Here s how it usually went STEPHANIE Blahblahblah something suggestive blahblahblah DAVID Uh DESTINY Stephanie, you tramp, he s my ex STEPHANIE Yeah key word being ex Gah ANNOYING Leslie was just an all around okay character She was alright despite the fact she called everyone kid and her refusal to be called ma am Now David I don t know where to begin, really He was my favorite character but that doesn t mean that I like him He was occationally funny, but by the end he was just ANNOYING You would have to be SUPER HUMAN to do all he did in this book and survive It got to the point of utter rediculousness Okay, now there were two characters that I didn t understand at all I mean I understood them but not their purpose to the story Carline and Christina They were basically pointless Enough said Enough with characters Now I ll be nice and say something good ish The cover itself was pretty good It was interesting with the pale face and bright eye with a clock face in it even if it only half had to do with the book The title was good too The Thirteenth Chime sounds dramatic and mysterious So props on that.And so, finally, I move on to the last topic WRITING Oh, goodness Sadly, this was the worst part of the book The writing itself wa stiff and awkward and unlikeable There were some instances where I was cringing at the way it was written For instance, once the word warily was used twice in one sentence Twice Inexcusable I mean if it was meant to make the sentence sound poetic and repetative or something than it would be okay But here it just sounded wrong If the writer herself hadn t caught that her editor should have Sigh Anyway the writing sounded young and inexperianced much to my disappointment Now the dialogue was flat out not good It wasn t believable It didn t sound like something an everyday person would say Bad dialogue can ruin a book, which is why great dialogue is extremely important I think if the dialogue had been better I would have liked the book A LOT Honestly, the writing flaws in this book are easily fixed with practice and hard writing work It s not set in stone that Emma Michael s writing will always be as it is now Her writing will get better as she works at it.This book seemed almost incomplete.It was like she hadn t quite gotten the story down, or the characters, or the writing I wanted to like it, but wanting isn t always enough I will read her second book, however, in hopes it will be better than her debut.Real Teen Rating D If you have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to read.


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    The moment I got this book, I started it And I never stopped Not once I read this book in one sitting, which is than I can say for any other book This may be because there was something about it that made it impossible to put down The Thirteenth Chime is action packed from the first page and never slows down.Destiny, like most of the characters in this book was a little flat for me But I don t think she is the real protagonist, David is The story really revolves around David, who is dynamic and the perfect example of what every character in this book should have been I just hope to see development in the future books I am totally team Scott, by the way I want Stephanie to end up with David.One thing that makes this book so cool is that it is written by a book blogger My new inspiration, Emma Michaels definitely knows how to write a book The writing was fast paced and never gave you a breather You had to know what creepy thing would happen next The dialogue, however doesn t seem very natural The things they say don t sound like things people would actually say in real life I can t wait to see where she goes in the future Sense of Truth novels, as I am sure they will be even amazing than this one.This book definitely knows how to be scary I read it late at night and was terrified to get out of bed when I finished, as I felt like something was going to grab me and pull me under Yes, this book reduced me to a terrified little baby If you decide to read The Thirteenth Chime, which you should, definitely don t go looking for a light read because The Thirteenth Chime is definitely not light, it is dark, very very dark.I can t get across enough the fact that you need to read this book for it s cast of characters that take a backseat to the creepy plot, great writing, and terrifying story Did I mention this book is scary yet No, well it definitely is But that doesn t take away from the fact that this book, the first book I have ever read in one sitting, is one that I will soon be recommending to everyone I know and everyone I don t Friday the Thirteenth is a day you should remember because after reading The Thirteenth Chime, it is a day that you will never forget.


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    Wow, creepy I loved it The Thirteenth Chime was a thrill of a ride In the over two hours that I read it, it gave me an eerie, adrenaline pulsing, spooky feeling I became so intrigued with the story, and just couldn t wait to find out the mystery behind the clock I loved the plot, and how it all unfolded It was very well researched and executed The writing was nice Maybe a little simple, but I liked it Emma wrote great details, and the dialogue and scenes flowed along very well The characters were all wonderful, all very well developed I really liked David and his sense of humor I liked how he went through all sorts of trouble to keep Destiny safe, he even overcame his fear of water I kind of want Destiny to end up with David But then, from the little we saw of Scott, I really liked him He s a good, kind man who deserves Destiny But then David loves her, and I really liked him Argh Well, I guess I ll just have to see what happens in the sequel I also loved Leslie, she just sounds like an old adamant lady who won t let anyone get in the way of what she wants, but then is also very kind and generous She made me laugh I also really like the name Destiny, it s really pretty.Now, the cover I really loved the cover When I first had the book in my hands and looked at it, I realized that the iris and pupil was a clock I thought that was so cool I don t know why I didn t notice that before I liked the coloring and the font I also liked that Emma s name was done in cursive It made it unique and personal I really enjoyed reading The Thirteenth Chime It was spooky and interesting I think it could make a good thriller movie I m excited to read the next book and find out what David is Thanks Emma for the story, it was amazing


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    Bokheim selected a few bloggers to review the e ARC for The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels And I got sent a copy The Thirteenth Chime being another one of my most anticipated books this year as I m sure you ve all heard me blab about it at some point or other So I m very excited that I got to review it I just want to start off by saying that from the cover, and the teasers, and doing my interview with Emma, and becoming really good friends, I got really excited about this book because it just really seems so unique I had set a bar I guess un knowingly in my head beforehand and it really surprised me how much I got out of reading it then I had expected The book starts with Destiny leaving for a vacation with her friend And then somehow she finds herself caught up in this horrible nightmare Trying to piece together what s happened she turns to her ex boyfriend David and together though I think David did most of the work they start to piece together what exactly happened the night and how Stephanie and her mother wound up in the hospital As the chapters tick down you become and excited and find yourself caught up in the mystery, in figuring out what happened I think the story is not only very unique but genuine as well there was a sense of honesty to the whole thing that ties the story together perfectly and makes it seem so real.The Thirteenth Chime will draw you in and have you hanging on every word until the mystery finally unravels and you re left wondering how Emma could possibly top the first book with the second Emma Michaels is a great debut author and The Thirteenth Chime is the start to a very promising series I leave you on this note.I will never look at grandfather clocks the same ever again To enter for a chance to win some Thirteenth Chime swag follow this link


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    HOLY SHIT that is one scary, bookI HATE biting my nails, but I have to admit I was tempted, my worry stone got a work out while reading though.WOW, full review to come


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    I found this book when I was online one day and saw the trailer on someone s blog The trailer is awesome and I was immediately intrigued and started searching online to try and pre order this book Sadly, it was not available for pre order so I had to wait it out, but its ok because I have my copy now The cover looks even better in person by the way, the eye is even darker and inside the pupil are the numbers for a clock face The only thing I found strange is the roman numeral for 4 used on the clock face It thought it was supposed to be IV but on my cover it is IIII , anyone know why Just curious I guess, maybe I am just missing something Either way the cover is really cool, even the pages on the inside are faded a little so they are yellowish instead of white which I thinks fits in really well with the tone of the book Alright enough about the appearance, onto the review.The book centers mainly around Destiny and David so you get to see both of their point of views which I love I think multiple points of view always add depth to the story since you get multiple angels Anyway, Destiny and David dated for 4 years, but an accident shook both of them up and when David asked Destiny to marry him she said no A week later, she met Scott who asked her to marry him 6 months in and she said yes I don t know about you, but I still think there are some unresolved issues there that Destiny needs to deal with before she can marry this new guy I also happen to really like David and wish that something would spark again between him and Destiny, but we don t really get to see Scott that much so maybe I am not giving the guy a fair shot Not so sure, but I will be interested to see if that comes up later down the line On the same note, Stephanie, Destiny s friend, starts to develop a little crush on David and I for one do not like it I guess I am one of those people who thinks you don t date your friends ex s no matter what, but that is just me I think this also might come up later down the line but we will have to wait and see.The mystery in this story revolves around a grandfather clock that is in an old Victorian style house This cryptic clock only works some of the time and has a tendency to chime thirteen times when there is about to be trouble On a side note, I have a grandfather clock in my house and I find myself listening very carefully when it goes off now because I am worried I am going to hear that thirteenth chime I don t even want to look up at that clock, I am actually thinking about silencing it I know it is just a story, but I really got into this one, so it is kinda staying with me I think that is a sign of good writing though, Emma has me all freaked out about the object that causes so much mayhem in her book.I would classify this book as a mystery, but there are definitely some paranormal elements in there There are no vamps or fey or anything like that running around, but that does not mean it is not obscure and that is what I like about it I also like that there is no fluff Thank you Emma for writing a great story and not putting in any of the nonsense The book is 240 pages, but you are always moving forward and getting new pieces to the puzzle which kept me very interested The Thirteenth Chime is a mystifying read that will captivate you so quickly you won t even realize it has happened If you have not read it put it in your to be read pile I know I loved this book


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    Plot Destiny and her roommate Stephanie are staying with Stephanie s mother in an old Victorian house on the coast of a small Washington State town for the summer An old grandfather clock has been part of the house since long before any of them ever set foot in it, and it has the tendency to chime thirteen times out of the blue One night when that thirteenth chime rings out, Stephanie and her mother end up in the hospital In a panic, Destiny calls her fearless ex boyfriend, David, out from Cleveland to help her figure out how to unravel this paranormal mystery that has left her completely baffled Characters Destiny is the main character, but a lot of this story revolves around her ex boyfriend, David Destiny calls him to fly out from their hometown instead of her fiance, Scott She feels David is the capable when she s feeling extreme terror, and David comes through for her He s a really heroic character who has the tendency to be reckless in the face of danger, but always manages to come out unscathed He still has feelings for Destiny, but Destiny sends him constant mixed signals as to whether or not she still has feelings for him That s one thing I don t like about her she seems to be unable to let him go, yet she is very determined to marry the guy she couldn t even reach out to when in crisis Technical Writing The writing is weak in most areas, but does have some smooth patches here and there I found countless writer s ticks that grated on me Also some sentences are worded strangely, and I m not fond of the clumsy use of adverbs I have a personal preference for 3rd person limited POV in adult fiction, yet this one was in 3rd person omniscient, jumping from one character s head to another and then another, all in one scene Very confusing and pulled me right out of the story I think that type of 3rd person POV should only be used for children s fiction, but that s just my opinion.Storytelling Besides the likable characters Stephanie s mother being one of the funniest , I think the story aspect was strong, too It has an intriguing paranormal mystery premise that got me interested, and it did a great job keeping me just clueless enough to keep on reading to see the characters uncover the mystery It uses a very different kind of paranormalcy that I ve never heard about before, and it may even be the author s clever invention, this Sense phenomenon I think for lovers of mysteries that can be a bit scary scarier than Scooby Doo, anyway this would be a great fit, although, don t expect the rational explanation and the masked bad guy cursing those meddling kids at the end.Overall Quality It goes down on the technical writing, but back up again because of the effective storytelling and good characters, so it evens out to being average I wouldn t read this if you hate reading any writing that is less than flawless But, if you like a great paranormal mystery despite poor writing, then this one might work for you.Favorite Moment Scene It s a spoilery scene at the end when Destiny and David are finally confronted with the spooky clock dwelling thing that is causing so much trouble in the old Victorian It was such a relief to finally arrive at that moment and find out what was behind that pesky mystery.My Score 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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    I enjoyed this book and it certainly had its merits I enjoyed the overall premise of the story and the whole mystery surrounding the Grandfather clock The books was fast paced at the end as the whole mystery unravelled itself and I thought the way it resolved itself was good in the end I will certainly be interested to see were the story goes if a sequel is published and there is a lot of ideas I would like to see developed further.I did however think the book lacked something As I was reading it I got a similiar sort of feeling I got when I watch early episodes of my favourite TV shows you enjoy them but they aren t quite polished enough quite yet to be really good viewing I simply didn t get the whole deal between David and Destiny and I actually thought her motives throughout the story were quite selfish The writing style was quite simplistic at times and needed fleshing out The first part of the story was very slow and not a lot happened at all I also found that there weren t any characters I could particularly warm too Overall all in all definately one to look out for despite the flaws in it I hope that as the author progresses through the series her writing will get stronger and stronger The idea behind the story certainly have potential to make an awesome series.


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    A unique, mind bending debut from Emma Michaels The Thirteenth Chime is an edge of the seat thriller woven together with a tragic love story Emma does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life I was a little bit confused at first I had a hard time understanding Destiny but once she finally opens up, the pieces start to fall into place Emma waste no time getting to the plot, an unexplained accident happens in the first few pages that will leave you searching for answers all the way till the end The rest of my review can be found at


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The Thirteenth Chime download The Thirteenth Chime, read online The Thirteenth Chime, kindle ebook The Thirteenth Chime, The Thirteenth Chime e3e3d0068b1b HATRED NEVER DIESDestiny Has Finally Found The Life That She Has Always Wanted She Is About To Finish College, Has A Fiance That Loves Her, And A Great Summer On The West Coast Planned With Her Friend, Stephanie But Her World Is Turned Upside Down When An Antique Clock Mysteriously Chimes Thirteen Times And Someone Attacks Them, Sending Stephanie And Her Mother To The HospitalAlone, And Without Any Help From The Police, Destiny Has No Choice But To Turn To The One Man She Had Left Behind A Year Ago Her Ex Boyfriend, David Together, They Must Solve The Riddle Of The Thirteenth Chime Before The Clock Strikes Thirteen Again Yet As They Face Their Own Past And Hearts, A Trap Over Half A Century Old Is Waiting For Them To Become Its PreyFor Revenge, Fifty Years Is Never Too Long