Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book Review: Mystical Circles by S.C. Skillman

Title: Mystical Circles
Author: S.C. Skillman
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: lulu.com (September 9, 2010)


★ ★  

My thoughts:

This review is not for the entire book as I have only read the first 150+ pages.

The book moves at a slow pace and neither the plot nor the characters held my attention. I had trouble getting into the story because (1) the author introduced too many characters and I was getting confused with all of them (2) too much introduction on the story itself, found myself skimming through the pages always waiting for the good part of the book. And just when I was beginning to like the story,  my mind began to drift somewhere else again when the author introduced some more characters. I'm not really into stories which involves too many characters, it makes the story too complex for me.

Juliet, Zoe and Craig are not likeable characters. I hate it when Juliet would ask questions to Craig and he wouldn't answer it and then Juliet would just drop it. I felt that I was just left hanging there. The only character I liked in the story is Don, Craig's father. He's an interesting character and his interaction with Juliet and Craig makes the book interesting to read. But I realized that this is not enough reason for me to continue reading it. The book didn't work for me. Please note that what bothers me might not bother other readers at all. Here is a positive review for this book. Read here

About the book:

Concerned that her sister Zoe has become involved with the charismatic leader of a dubious New Age spiritual group, Juliet sets off for the Cotswolds to investigate. Upon arrival she soon comes to realise how complex the people and events are which shape the life of this place, under the distinctly flawed leadership of Craig. As her investigations deepen, relationships in the community are forged and shattered, with dangerous consequences for Juliet. - Goodreads

About the author:

Lives: Warwick, UK.

Occupation: Writer / mother

Family: Son Jamie, daughter Abigail and husband David

Siblings: Older brother Chris and older sister Julia

Pets: One cat, Hattie

Hobbies: reading, swimming, dog-walking, country rambles, visiting old houses & castles, singing, visiting art galleries and museums, going to musicals, concerts and theatre

Degrees: B. A. (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Lancaster.

Home town: Orpington, Kent, in the London Borough of Bromley.

Three words that describe you best: fluid, persistent, unstoppable

Childhood idol: Paul McCartney

People who inspire you: Susan Boyle for her courage and for being true to herself as in her first album I Dreamed A Dream; Rabbi Lionel Blue for his humour and wisdom; Archbishop Desmond Tutu and everything he stands for, as outlined in No Future Without Forgiveness

Groups and organisations: I am a member of St Mark’s Church, Leamington Spa; the Warwick & Kenilworth Choral Society; the Kenilworth Writers Group; the Association of Christian Writers.

With only 24 hours left to live I would gather all my friends and family together for the best party ever

Most beautiful place I have ever been is a mystical mountain in the Himalayas called Neelkanth. I first saw it from Badrinath when it was entirely lit by the full moon.

Note: I received a review copy of this book free from the author, S.C. Skillman. The review posted above is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.


Felicity Grace Terry said...

I'm with you, too many characters are confusing and I feel that the author cannot possibly devote enough time to them all so you never feel you get to know and understand them properly.

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