It’s a Wrap! Voice and Writing Style – Best & Worst of 2017

Oh that beautiful voice of yours!

Hello my dear fantastic beasts!

Welcome to my sixth It’s a Wrap! Best & Worst of 2017 post.

After choosing a book because of it’s theme/premise, topic of interestcategory, age group and genre, what I usually notice first when I start reading are the writing style and voice.

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

Says Neil Gaiman 🙂

Most definitions of “Voice” and “Writing Style” sound very similar

A voice in literature is the form or a format through which narrators tell their stories. It is prominent when a writer places himself herself into words, and provides a sense that the character is real person, conveying a specific message the writer intends to convey. [source]

The style in writing can be defined as the way a writer writes. It is the technique that an individual author uses in his writing. It varies from author to author, and depends upon one’s syntax, word choice, and tone. It can also be described as a “voice” that readers listen to when they read the work of a writer.  [source]


But I like to think of them as different terms and   does a great job explaining the difference:

Here’s the breakdown: Voice is your own. It’s a developed way of writing that sets you apart from other writers (hopefully). It’s your personality coming through on the page, by your language use and word choice. […]

Style is much broader than voice. Some writers have a writing style that’s very ornate—long, complex and beautiful sentences, packed with metaphors and imagery (think Frank McCourt and John Irving). Others have a more straightforward style—sparse prose, simple sentences, etc. [source]

Today I wanted to share with you the best and worst writing styles and voices I read in 2017…


The best writing styles I reviewed this year were…

Bone Gap – 4.9 “Mermaid Tiara’s Gems” stars!

The Siren – 4.8 sinful stars!

Before I fall – 4.6 shaking stars

The 5th Wave – 5 addictive stars

The best voices I reviewed this year were…

Red Rising – 5 supernovas

Wolf by Wolf – 5 promised stars

Speak – fivezillion SPEAK UP stars!

Living Dead Girl – 4.6 VERY disturbing stars


I know, I know. HOW DARE I??? I know that Neil Gaiman is a very skillful story-teller. However, he is just NOT THE ONE for me! Sorry to say this to all his fans but it’s the same goes for “The King”! I have never been able to go though the first pages of any of Stephen King’s books! So here I am, the heretic, telling you that Neil’s is one of the worst writing style I read this year! [send all the exorcists this way!] 🙂

American Gods – 4 “not the ONE” stars

And here is an example of when you can love the writing style  but not the voice. The voice of the main character, Cassie, didn’t work for me at all. BUT I still loved the writing and the book! 5-stars all the way!

The 5th Wave – 5 addictive stars

What about you?

What are the best and worst writing styles and voices you read or reviewed in 2017?


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