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Not really hooked. Too disconnected from Arianwen to really hold me.
I would reverse the lines into something like this:Stay focused, be alert. Isn’t that what Sulien always said? Arianwen thought as she walked through the dense woods. You prob can show her trancelike state instead of explicitly stating it. And do a better job of grounding us in place.
When I can't pronounce or dislike The MC's name, it can be hard for me to continue... it's a bit stupid on my part, probably, but it is what it is.
The trance and "focused" seem to be opposing each other. Sorry, not hooked.
Not hooked. Character walking through woods in a "focused, alert" trance?
Close...SO CLOSE!! But not yet hooked. I'd suggest starting with "Stay focused, be alert" n' see how it flows from there! ㋡
Not quite hooked yet. I agree telling she's in a trance is less effective. I'd work on strengthening the conflict in these first few sentences, and then I think you'll be there.
No. I love fantasy, but I've seen probably 20 versions of the name Arianwen. Also, did you forget a question mark?
the name threw me off, making the rest a lost cause to me.
I am with BoA all the way. Names threw me here, particularly because the genre isn't fantasy, where I might be expecting them. Unfortunately not hooked.
Ditto what Bluestocking said. Not hooked.
I like the names you used. It shows you put some thought into it and didn't just choose something generic and forgettable from the Big Book of Baby Names. I agree with Portia about strengthening the conflict in these first few sentences and giving us a better feel for Arianwen. I'd like to see this again after you've tweaked it a bit.
Not hooked. Names felt cliche, and "as if" in a trance got me wondering, but not really knowing what was going on--more of a confusing not knowing rather than a suspenseful one. I have no idea why she needs to be alert. rather than have her remember someone who told her to be alert, have it be evidence that the reader can understand first, then maybe reference past teachers.
Not hooked, sorry.
Not really hooked by this. I can't put my finger on why.