Beverly S

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Smashwords book reviews by Beverly S

  • Of Witches and Warlocks: The Demon Kiss on March 24, 2011

    My thoughts: ~ the quick note ~ Demon Kiss is a fast-paced, tragic, triumphant, romantic, inspirational, emotionally loaded, powerful story. It grabs you from the first sentence and doesn't let you go! This is a "cover to cover, hope you downloaded book three on the same day" read. If you haven't started the series at all - go get all three books (four is coming soon) - or if you have already read book 1 - then grab something to snack on, something to drink and get set up in your favorite reading spot and plan for a read-a-thon! ~ the longer version ~ (spoiler alert) I am totally in love with this series! I finished the first book and immediately went looking for more! I was thrilled to find books two and three on Smashwords, so I bought and downloaded them both right then. I couldn't wait to get going on The Demon Kiss. Demon Kiss started right away from where The Trouble With Spells left off. Once again I was captured by the characters and intrigued by the story. We are in back in another "Can love conquer all" situation. Portia sets out in search of Vance - the love of her life - and in the company of her two best friends. Once they find Vance, we are taken on an emotional whirlwind ride and left breathless. The connection between Vance and Portia is stronger than ever and they finally decide to work together to try to find and destroy Vance's demon father (Damien). This sets them up for a multi-country search for Damien. They discover that he is stealing power from other witches and warlocks with what is called the Demon Kiss and the only way to save everyone is to stop him. They finally find him, but he has found them too and comes for Portia just like she has seen in her dreams so many times. Once Damien has Portia, the story seems to fly by as Vance sets out to save her. There is an epic battle between Vance and Damien. Of course (because there is a book 3) Vance is victorious. This one too ends with a cliffhanger - hence my suggestion to have the next book already!
  • Of Witches and Warlocks: The Trouble with Spells on March 24, 2011

    Wow! I am so impressed! I was IN from the very start. The characters are beautifully written and the story is fantastic. I was on the edge of my chair, turning pages as fast as I could read them! Couldn't get enough of this book! It has all the elements of a must read. It has non-stop action, daring deeds, good vs. evil, danger and suspense, as well as being an all out love story. All of the characters have been carefully created and as a reader I found myself drawn to each of them for different reasons: Portia - she is a genuinely nice young girl, adjusts remarkably well to finding out that she is a witch, and falls HARD and FAST for the school "bad boy" Vance. Vance - the school "bad boy" but truly a powerful warlock who has been secretly in love with Portia for 2 years before they finally get to meet and find out she loves him too, he is running from his father and his father's evil plan for him. Grandma Mullins - an amazing, wise, powerful, loving, supportive woman, she leads the coven. Stacey - Portia's mother who is not magical in a witch sense, but is in her own way and who is completely comfortable in her role as the only non-magical member of the family. Sean - Portia's dad who seems to always find the right balance, he is the second most powerful person in the coven. Brad - Shelly's boyfriend who you expect to be the dumb jock with no ability to befriend the "bad boy" Vance, but who completely surprises you by being so very much more. Shelly - Portia's best friend, she falls under the spell of an evil witch, spends a bit of time being jealous of the relationship that appears to be taking her best friend but comes around. There are more characters, but obviously these are my favorites. They are so well created that I found myself completely invested in their lives in no time. It was refreshing to read a YA love story with no love triangle and even the willingness of Portia to die to save Vance doesn't rub the reader wrong. Loved the book - can't wait to read the next one!
  • Of Witches and Warlocks: Blood of the White Witch on March 24, 2011

    My thoughts: ~ short version ~ Yet another wild ride from Lacey Weatherford! We see the same incredible characters in this story that we have come to know and love in the first two books in this series and only come to love them more! Another must read! Blood of the White Witch is filled with danger, romance, intrigue, trust, deception, and love. The story starts off right where we left off in book two and the plot hits the ground running. Once again Lacey has created a phenomenal story that keeps you turning the pages! ~long version~ (spoiler alert) I was impressed that Lacey Weatherford was able to create such an intense, emotional, young adult romance without ever losing the integrity of the YA part of that romance. She was able to communicate the tremendous physical attraction between Vance and Portia without being graphic. I couldn't put this one down! The story has more twists than ever before with the deception and betrayal of more of Vance's family. I was sad when I realized that they were playing on his desire to be a part of a family, although I was expecting them to not be what they seemed to be. So many people in this one are not who and what they appear to be, but we do get to meet new and helpful people in this book too. The struggle of good against evil continues...... I couldn't put this one down - read it cover to cover in one sitting! Got to the end - devastated! I only wish book 4 was available - I don't know how I will survive the wait!
  • To Kill A Warlock on April 21, 2011

    My thoughts: Love the characters! They are all unique and just a little bit "off" from what you would think they should be. They all have a lot more depth than they want others to believe too. Some, like Dagon, are frightening in both their behavior and their personalities. On the outside Dulcie is a tough, hardened, smart-mouthed Regulator, but on the inside she is a wounded, insecure romantic afraid to let anyone get to close. And too close is where Knight wants to spend his time. Knight is a fantastic character - loved his cockiness and self confidence. Bram on the other hand - I couldn't decide what to think of Bram - want to love him, but anyone who can want for someone for that long really has to get on with it or get over it. I do love the relationships that develop throughout the story. The plot is twisty and keeps you turning the pages. Well developed, well written, and entertaining! Didn't want to put it down! Can't wait to read book two - I HAVE to know what happens with Knight and Dulcie!!!
  • A Tale of Two Goblins on April 21, 2011

    My thoughts: Spunky Dulcie is back for round two! Entertaining! Well-written! Great characters! Although this is book 2 in the Dulcie series, it could stand alone. The author does a great job of catching the reader up so it isn't necessary to read book one first. I would however suggest reading book 1: How to Kill a Warlock though because it's such a great read! With that said... Once again the characters are wonderfully created and I was thrilled to see so many of the same faces! It was exciting to see the roles each of the characters portrayed in this second volume. Some of the minor characters in book one get to be so much more in book two. The plot keeps the reader turning the pages hoping to figure out the mystery. Dulcie is forced to do some soul-searching and has the opportunity to see herself and others in a different light. Mallory has successfully created a wonderful story - combining great characters, an intriguing plot, a lot of emotions, and just the right amount of humor! Be sure to check it out!
  • Thoughtless on Aug. 25, 2012

    I enjoyed this story from the start. Fast paced, mysterious and twisting. I love the idea of mind readers. This is a wonderful YA paranormal. Jacqueline Gardner has created a host of wonderful characters, my favorite being Rory - the science geek. The good guys were your average teens - not flawless and invincible. The bad guys too were young, but perfectly cruel and evil. She has set those characters in a realistic high school setting. I was cringing at the school interactions - I still remember high school and the author's descriptions were spot on. The plot is intriguing and mysterious, with enough twists to keep you reading. The story was fast paced and nicely written. There was a little bit of romance with the "new boyfriend" for Bridget (Terrance) but I kept holding out for a budding romance between her and Rory. The mind reading/mind control aspect of the book was well done. I liked the way the author twists the ritual (no spoilers - so that's all I will say). This is a clever and creative story that shows the depth of the author's imagination. I can't wait for book two.
  • A Tale of Two Goblins on Aug. 25, 2012

    My thoughts: Spunky Dulcie is back for round two! Entertaining! Well-written! Great characters! Although this is book 2 in the Dulcie series, it could stand alone. The author does a great job of catching the reader up so it isn't necessary to read book one first. I would however suggest reading book 1: How to Kill a Warlock though because it's such a great read! With that said... Once again the characters are wonderfully created and I was thrilled to see so many of the same faces! It was exciting to see the roles each of the characters portrayed in this second volume. Some of the minor characters in book one get to be so much more in book two. The plot keeps the reader turning the pages hoping to figure out the mystery. Dulcie is forced to do some soul-searching and has the opportunity to see herself and others in a different light. Mallory has successfully created a wonderful story - combining great characters, an intriguing plot, a lot of emotions, and just the right amount of humor! Be sure to check it out!
  • A Tale of Two Goblins on Aug. 25, 2012

    My thoughts: Spunky Dulcie is back for round two! Entertaining! Well-written! Great characters! Although this is book 2 in the Dulcie series, it could stand alone. The author does a great job of catching the reader up so it isn't necessary to read book one first. I would however suggest reading book 1: How to Kill a Warlock though because it's such a great read! With that said... Once again the characters are wonderfully created and I was thrilled to see so many of the same faces! It was exciting to see the roles each of the characters portrayed in this second volume. Some of the minor characters in book one get to be so much more in book two. The plot keeps the reader turning the pages hoping to figure out the mystery. Dulcie is forced to do some soul-searching and has the opportunity to see herself and others in a different light. Mallory has successfully created a wonderful story - combining great characters, an intriguing plot, a lot of emotions, and just the right amount of humor! Be sure to check it out!
  • Perception (Perception Trilogy #1) on Sep. 13, 2012

    My Thoughts: This is a wonderfully creative story. Well planned and well paced. I enjoyed the characters immensely. What I fell in love with though was the idea behind the story. The idea of people's perceptions: of themselves, of others and of what the world should be like. I love the comparison of the belief systems of the two main characters, Zoe and Noah. Noah's belief in faith and God drives him while Zoe believes in science, technology and the absence of religion. Although they appear to be as different as two people can be, they find themselves believing in each other. This is not your typical "good vs evil" story. Although there is an obvious bad guy, the story isn't necessarily about him or even a battle against him. This also is not your typical YA love story. It is a love story, it is about battles against good and evil, right and wrong. Perception seemed to me to be more of a story of the battle each character has within themselves, what they believe and who the believe in and why. Lee Strauss has created a fantastic and harsh world. She has filled that world with characters that fall into two categories, Naturals and GAPS, and the two groups are worlds apart on almost every level. To achieve this variety takes insight, imagination, an open mind, and dedication to detail in every aspect of the story. This is the beginning...I can't wait to read the rest!
  • Blood Rites, Book 2 The Grey Wolves Series on Sep. 13, 2012

    My thoughts: This was my first book by Quinn Loftis. I was thrilled! I have already gone and gotten Prince of Wolves and absolutely cannot wait for the next book, Just One Drop, which is sure to be Jen and Decebel's story! That is sure to be a wild ride! So...about this book: The characters are wonderful. Each has a fantastic and well developed personality. They seem to embody the very ideas of family, friendship, and loyalty. At times I had a hard time putting these personalities into teenagers, but loved them just the same. I was fascinated by the 3 musketeers-type relationship between Jen, Sally and Jac - three women that get along is rare and it was fun to be a part of it while reading the story. The men in the book are incredible - even the bad guys! One of my favorite parts of shifter stories is the bond/soul mate idea. I love the dedication and give all that we see in bonded pairs. Alina (Fane's mother) tells Jen about the bond on page 145/146 and it is amazingly written! The last sentence goes like this, "She gets a friend, a lover, a mate, the only man in this world who can complete her and give her the other half of her soul." I can't imagine that kind of total devotion - although the thought of someone being able to read my mind at any given time is terrifying! The story is a well paced emotional roller coaster and the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough for my liking, but was so into the story that skimming to get to the next page faster was absolutely NOT an option! If you enjoy shifter stories, or if you have even wanted to read a shifter story to see if you would like them - DO NOT miss this one!
  • Her Heart for the Asking (Book 1 - TEXAS HEARTS) on Sep. 13, 2012

    My thoughts: Before I talk about this book, I wanted to share something about myself as a reader. I LIVE for great characters. I can read just about anything as long as there are great characters that I can both invest and believe in. With that said, if you love great characters then Lisa Mondello is an author for you. She has created characters that stroll off the pages and into your heart. Lisa has built a world for her characters that is authentic and realistic. This is a love story, the genuine thing...teenage love gone wrong with the chance to be so much more now that they are all grown up. The question being, will they take the chance? Mandy and Beau will tug at your heartstrings while they struggle with their feelings for each other and the family tangles will make you smile while you cry. This is the first in the series. It is well written and has a great ending. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
  • Her Heart for the Asking (Book 1 - TEXAS HEARTS) on Sep. 13, 2012

    My thoughts: Before I talk about this book, I wanted to share something about myself as a reader. I LIVE for great characters. I can read just about anything as long as there are great characters that I can both invest and believe in. With that said, if you love great characters then Lisa Mondello is an author for you. She has created characters that stroll off the pages and into your heart. Lisa has built a world for her characters that is authentic and realistic. This is a love story, the genuine thing...teenage love gone wrong with the chance to be so much more now that they are all grown up. The question being, will they take the chance? Mandy and Beau will tug at your heartstrings while they struggle with their feelings for each other and the family tangles will make you smile while you cry. This is the first in the series. It is well written and has a great ending. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
  • His Heart for the Trusting (Book 2 - Texas Hearts) on Sep. 13, 2012

    My thoughts: I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read and review this book. I truly enjoyed the first book in the series and was expecting the same of this one. I was NOT disappointed. It was exciting to revisit the main characters from the first book as secondaries in this book, but pleasantly surprised that I liked Mitch and Sara as much as I liked Mandy and Beau in Her Heart for the Asking. Lisa Mondello is wonderfully skilled in creating the kind of characters that a reader can really believe and invest in. I loved how Sara's fierce loyalty and determination comes out and how Mitch virtually blooms into the kind of father every child should have. The romance is sweet and steamy - I know that sounds wrong, but it's true. With each Lisa Mondello book I read, I like her style, stories and characters more and more. This was the second book of hers that I read, but plan to read more. I am currently reading the next book in this series, The More I see.
  • Just One Drop, Book 3 The Grey Wolves Series on Sep. 13, 2012

    My thoughts: This is one more fantastic installment in the Grey Wolves Series from Quinn Loftis. I like it as much as I did books one and two and I am positive that I will like book four as much too. Quinn Loftis has brought those fabulous characters, that I have already fallen in love with and completely invested in, back for another round. This story is Jennifer and Decebel's. I have been eager for them to have their own story since the beginning so I was thrilled when they did. This story is wonderful. The writing is smooth and paced well. The word choices and story line are thoughtful, intriguing and entertaining. Emotional rollercoaster - this one had me laughing out loud - Jennifer and Decebel's reactions and interactions are somehow both heartfelt and hilarious - and on the edge of my seat - wondering if they would figure out their feelings for each other and if when they did figure it out if it would be allowed by the pack. In this story you will find romance, mystery, deception, betrayal, love, loss, laughter, tears, friendship, heartache, honor, desire, loyalty and what it means to be family. Don't miss out on this series.
  • Prince of Wolves, Book 1 The Grey Wolves Series on Sep. 13, 2012

    My thoughts: I love this series! From the very first page I was "IN" - first it was the characters, then the story. Quinn Loftis has created characters that you want as your own friends and family.I couldn't put it down. Although this is the first book in the series, I read it second - so I already knew I would love it. It was fantastic to get the beginning of what I already knew to be a great read with endearing characters, a fast-paced action packed story line and just enough romance!
  • Second Sight on Sep. 13, 2012

    My thoughts: I have to admit that for this one - I was not hooked from the start! I thought I was, until Chapter 3! When I thought, "NOOOOOOOOOOO, not that!" I put the book down for a good hour before I HAD to go pick it back up and finish it! Of course, then I had to read through to the end! Great story - can't wait for the next one!!!! Sherry Ficklin creates wonderful characters. They are realistic enough to relate to and imaginative enough to inspire you. She puts her fantastic characters into situations and settings that keep you turning the pages. It was great to see all the characters I loved from the first book again. It was interesting to see the relationships involved in this story - - - Hades...a loving husband! This installment of the Gods of Fate series is filled with questionable behavior, wonder, deceit, sacrifice, love, trials, sorrow, and mystery. I can't wait for the next book - Hind Sight! *****my favorite quote from Second Sight****** "It's like she's a part of me. Like we're connected. She breathes in, and I breathe out."
  • The More I See (Book 3 - Texas Hearts) on Sep. 13, 2012

    My Thoughts: I fell in love with Lisa Mondello's characters in book one of this series and was thrilled to have the opportunity to continue reading her books. Each book has different main characters, but we are given glimpses of everyone which is fun. This book was as good as the first two. I was intrigued from start and was fully invested before I knew it. The struggle that Cody is going through is heart breaking and Lyssa's determination is uplifting. Lisa Mondello takes the reader on a wild ride with emotions that are all across the map. Another fantastic installment to the series. This one will pull your heart strings.
  • The Mind Readers, Book 1 on Sep. 13, 2012

    My thoughts: I just finished reading this and wish book 2 was already out! The author does a great job of building suspense and leaves you wondering throughout the whole book - Is Aaron really the "good" guy that Lewis believes he is? I, always the cynic, thought from the start there was something fishy with him - but of course that seed was planted when Lewis and Cameron get to the mansion and there are armed guards at the "gate" to the property - - - that is never a good sign. I really enjoyed the characters. The high school friends that Cameron has are well done and totally believable. The grandmother is great, not super mushy but you get the impression that there is so much more that you don't know yet. Cameron is a great character - searching for the answers to many of life's questions. I fell as fast for Lewis as Cameron did - and I am sure I was just as disappointed later in the story. I wasn't sure what to think of Maddox - still not... This is a wonderful story about what is right and what is wrong - - and what a person is willing to do or sacrifice for what they believe.
  • Nothing But Trouble on Nov. 12, 2012
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    My thoughts: Once again Lisa Mondello has created fantastic characters, the kind of people that you wish truly lived, and set them in a wonderful story. The book reads fast, drawing you in at the very start; making you love the characters more and more with each turn of the page. You feel what they feel and almost seem to be living through the struggles with them. She carries a feeling of strong family bonds and ties throughout her books. She is such a great storyteller. Do not miss out on this or any of her other titles.
  • All I Want for Christmas is You on Nov. 20, 2012

    My Thoughts: I have never read a Lisa Mondello story that I didn't love. She creates strong characters who are easy to invest in. The world she puts those characters in is always well thought out and the plot is clever. I opened this book planning to love it - but...I got a little worried at the start where a little girl is wanting a daddy for Christmas. Lisa Mondello created the perfect Christmas scenario - As a single mom, my heart bled for both the mother and the child with the opening scenes of the book. I was all in from there and read the book through in one sitting. The characters are fantastic. There isn't a character in this book that I didn't connect with. The storyline is remarkable and wonderfully done. The level of emotion is the story is incredible. The themes running strong throughout the book are family, love and belief. Every person should have the kind of family that Kyle is offering to share with Lauren and Kristen. Fantastic read filled with love, laughter, dedication, forgiveness, and hope.
  • The Vampire Relationship Guide, Volume 1: Meeting and Mating on Nov. 20, 2012

    My thoughts: This was a fast, fun read. The characters are great! Josie is spunky and funny, Gregory is smooth and mysterious, and Walker....what can a girl say about Walker! He is rough and crass, but you can see the soft and suave under the surface (it just doesn't like to show!). I was IN from the first page. Couldn't wait to see what would happen next and fell in love with Josie's personality! Gregory seems "off" from the start. Of course that could be the relationship cynic in me. If it seems too good to be true - it is. I enjoyed the interactions of Josie and Walker, I love the attraction that they each try to ignore. The story moves quickly and doesn't leave you hanging. I would have loved to see this story fleshed out more and moved from a novella to a full length story. I feel that the characters and the storyline could have sustained a longer book. If I had to say there was one thing that disappointed me - it would be that the story was over too fast. I can't wait for Volume Two!
  • Finding the Baby Jesus on Nov. 20, 2012

    My thoughts: I LOVE Christmas stories, all types of Christmas stories. I was excited to have the opportunity to read this one and I am so very pleased that I did. This little book is packed with all that is the meaning of Christmas. I was thrilled that we hear it from a child. This is one I will be sharing with friends and family. A MUST read for the holiday season.
  • Blood and Moonlight on Nov. 24, 2012

    My thoughts: What a wonderful story! I enjoyed every page. Moira Keith's story is unique, original and creative. She has created fantastic characters and set them in a world of intrigue and deception. I loved the fae/wolf bloodline heritage of Kiara and all that went along with it. Kiara is a strong heroine who pales only by comparison to her counterpart Devlin. He is the kind of man we are all looking for. All of the characters have been created with personalities and characteristics that make them easy to invest in and leave the reader wishing there were "real" people who could compare. The exception of this of course are the "bad" guys; equally well-developed and as easy to dislike. We are taken on a roller coaster of emotion as Kiara strives to figure out her place, her family, her future, her past, and her destiny - all while battling herself and her mixed blood and fearing who to trust. Artfully written, engaging and entertaining. A must read - I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy!