Thursday, 3 November 2016

Book Review: Grind by Edward Vukovic

General Information

Publisher: Edward Vukovic
Year of publication: February 2, 2016
Number of chapters: 52
Number of pages: 396

Plot summary: (blurb)

Ziva’s love of coffee is double-edged. Throughout her life, she gives her talent freely to those desperate for a glimpse into destiny’s promise. Predicting the future with chilling accuracy, she understands the cost and has sworn never to divine her own truth. Having fled the economic aftershocks of the Balkan war, she struggles adjusting to her new life and clings to the remnants of her past, until she meets Isaac. Against her better judgement, Ziva ‘reads’ for herself and what she sees will change her life irrevocably.

Positive points

This story is written in first person perspective with multiple POVs. First person perspective is very common these days, but not all authors can pull it off. Vukovic, on the other hand, has used this perspective to the max to create a deep POV for each of the characters. I enjoyed becoming each character as the story unfolded. I became emotionally connected to each one of them and am not ashamed to admit I shed a tear or two. Hats off to the author for that.

The story is not action packed, but this was not its intention. It is a story about real people having to deal with real-life situations and how they connect with each other in a community. It kept my interest throughout the story and I found it a really good read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes this type of story.

Negative points

The most obvious negative point is this book needs to be proofread. I did find mistakes that could easily be corrected by a professional edit. This did not in any way take away the enjoyment of the story, but with a story this good, it seems a shame not to make it perfect.

What makes this book unique

I loved the way the characters were introduced in a clear and separate fashion and how they intertwined into each other's lives. This had me guessing what would happen next from one chapter to the next.

Overall impression

A great story with very real people. Believable and emotional.

My rating

I would love to give this five stars, but have to deduct one star for the editing issues.

Available at:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Meet the author

Edward Vukovic is a Melbourne-based writer and novelist. He has work published across numerous publications including The Journal, The Adviser, The Roar and Shoot Farken. When he's not writing about his poor parenting skills or fantasy football you will most likely find him hurling instructions at the television, steadfast in his belief that the players of whatever sport he's watching at the time are actually listening to his ranting.

Edward is married to his wonderful and talented wife Vesna and is a proud, if sometimes bewildered, father to his amazing son Oliver.


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