Review: Sinners and Saints by Chelsea Ballinger

You can check out Sinners and Saints by Chelsea Ballinger here. Here is the review I posted on Amazon:

Note: I received a PDF copy in exchange for a review.

To begin, I felt the story itself was good. I enjoyed the dark side to it. It had some good twists. The characters were engaging, and Hugo had a very nice development by the end. I was intrigued from the beginning by Gabriel’s suicide, and was not disappointed by the end. It had me asking questions from the very beginning. The story works well in first person POV — the voices are strong enough in first person, although I did feel each character who had a POV sounded a little too similar. I did feel that there were a few too many different POV characters; some of them could have been cut from the story. Jordana, Poppy, Kelly, Cody, Rebecca, Patrick, Margaret, Chad, Noel — they all had POV scenes that didn’t really seem to add to the story, or could have been told from Hugo’s, Juliet’s, or Scarlett’s POV. There also seemed to be a lot of unnecessary plot points that didn’t add a whole lot to the plot itself or move the story forward. I felt there were some scenes that could have been cut, and the story could have been a bit more concise and not quite so lengthy.

I don’t know if it was just the file I received, but there were quite a few grammatical and punctuation errors that were a bit distracting while I was reading. Some of the formatting was also off. It was a bit jarring at times. It gave me the feeling that this could have been edited better — some sentences had two spaces after a period, missing quotation marks from dialogue, missing commas between clauses, just to name a few. On dialogue, also — at times, it was a tad confusing who was speaking. More dialogue tags could have been used to clarify which character was speaking at times. There were also a few inconsistencies here and there; for example, most of the time, Juliet is described as having blue eyes, yet in one passage it says she has green eyes?

Overall, I enjoyed the story as a whole. Scarlett was such a bitch — I loved hating her. A few of the minor characters felt a bit flat, like Ms. Eleanor and Poppy; they seemed more like caricatures than well-rounded people. Again, I’m not sure if it’s just the PDF file I received, but it could use another round of editing for grammar and punctuation, and to clean up the formatting.

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