I started reading this book because the cover looked kinda cool. And the title jumped out at me. I love books with magic, so, well, 2 + 2, right? The back cover blurb really grabbed me, too. And James Patterson--while I haven't actually read anything of his before, he's a majorly best-selling author.
This, however, was beyond a disappointment. This was the kind of thing that makes me want to SCREAM.
FIND me ONE sentence in the book with less than three adverbs...
Now, I'd heard that James Patterson hires co-writers so he can get more books out there. But it seems to me that if he had an ounce of pride he'd at least co-write something that doesn't read like...like...oh, gosh, everything I want to compare it to would end up insulted by the comparison.
I'm so frustrated by this. Remember my post from a few days ago about going nuts over the "rules" of writing? Well, this is a prime example of why so many of us aspiring authors get ticked off when we're told to follow all these rules if we want to get published. Because if we had a platform like J.P. here we could write any old crap and sell millions of copies. No, we are not whining newbies who are jealous of his success. With writing like this, there's nothing to be jealous of!
It's simply a reminder of why I don't read mainstream authors.