Thank you Writer's Digest e-Book Awards for the Outstanding Rating and Commentary of The Soul Retrieval: A Novel!
Judge, 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest eBook Awards
Title: The Soul Retrieval: A Novel
Author: Ann W. Jarvie
Judge Number: 62
1-5 Rating based on 5 meaning "outstanding."
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 5
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 5
"Excellent sharing and explanation of Apache words and phrases throughout. Author has tremendous talent for weaving in a comfortable and realistic layer of language explanation, with great thought to making the reader comfortable with the language. Well done. Beautiful consideration of the reader and complete handling of language and dialect. Impressive.
Excellent sense of movement throughout the book, in people and in objects and breeze. Author has a talent for writing movement, and especially excels at bringing dialogue scenes more to life with good character movement and gesturing. Well done.
Settings are well realized and layered, with plenty of sensory details so that each scene has a ‘home’ that we can see, and one that affects the characters’ mindsets just like our own environments affect our moods and interactions. Nice instincts by the author in this.
Some beautiful imagery throughout, such as the Walking Dead imagery/analogy in which it is said she is missing parts of her soul. Very intriguing concept, as most people would love an opportunity to reclaim or rescue the missing parts of themselves, something they think is essential for healing or for forward momentum. Excellent work.
‘You cannot heal what is not there’ is one of the best gems of the book, a true learning moment that sticks with the reader as a valuable take-away.
Nice imagery of the ashes in the desert cleansed by the heat. This also brings comfort to the reader who may be dealing with grief, knowing that cleansing of what remains is still possible. Very nice."
Ann W. Jarvie is the award-winning author of The Soul Retrieval: A Novel, and The Woods of Hitchcock: A Thriller.