Friday, February 18, 2011

The Demon Girl by Penelope Fletcher (book review)

As a self-published writer, I know how difficult it can be to edit your book so that there are as little mistakes as possible in the final form. Hell, it took me several reads to get Avenging Autumn to where it is in the latest Nook edition and I'm sure there are still a couple of things I missed. Not only do I read my own books, I have friends and family read them as well to try and catch all of the errors.

The Demon Girl, however, is so heavily burdened with spelling and grammatical errors that I couldn't make it past the forth chapter. This is an author that could really benefit from some constructive criticism. From what i could tell, the story of a young girl who discovers she's a fairy (demon) in a world where humans despise and hunt demons is an interesting concept. But, the delivery leaves much to be desired.

The two good things about this book (which are the only reasons I downloaded it to my Nook in the first place) is the captivating cover and the free price tag. I think the author has some potential, as long as she can find a good editor or some friends to help clean up her very sloppy work.

1 star out of 5


  1. Hello Derek,

    Message received, lol. There were a number of typo's in the first edition of the eBook, but I have an editor now so that shouldn't be a problem in future.

    You're not the only person to be mightily upset with the copy-editing, but that's a learning curve I had to go through as a writer. My lesson has been learnt. Nearly every single negative review has purely been down to the editing rather than the story, so I took a positive away from those negatives.

    I hope things go well with your writing!


  2. Thanks. I know it sucks to get a negative review and I tried not to be a dick about it. I really do think you have an interesting concept, you just need to have a friend read it and make sure they're brutally honest in their feedback. Good Luck!