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Smashwords book reviews by Bitsem

  • Passion Of The Different on Feb. 10, 2011

    I was gifted this book by the author, although I don't know him. I always put that in the review, even though it doesn't change my opinions on books. Daniel has crafted a great world for us to be a part of. (Although we are left guessing as to where this world is.) I found the characters believable and relatable. I love that although Ryan could have always tried to rely of physical prowess, he was also capable of using his mind. No dumb as a stone hero here! There is a bit of romance and passion in the book, but it isn't the only focus of the book. For me it was a good balance of fantasy, adventure and romance. I love that the main character, although he lost his memory, had an instinctive respect for women. His physical differences from the rest of the population brought an interesting angle to his interactions. The heroine manages to be both strong and vulnerable without being annoying. That's not always easy to convey. The only downside for me, was that sometimes the changes in plot were a bit jarring. They fit into the story well, but I found myself having to stop and change gears once in awhile. I also feel that some of the hero's "lies of omission" will come back to bite him in the rear later, and that annoys me. (I'm a horrible liar, so am usually brutally honest.) Their relationship is strong enough to withstand the truth, but possibly not if it comes from outside sources. That really is the only thing that stopped me from giving it a 5 star review. The ending definitely left me anxious to check out the rest of Daniel's books. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy or romance. It fits easily within either and both genres. This is a copy of the review that I left on Amazon.
  • Passion Of The Same on Feb. 28, 2011

    I bought this book after receiving the first one, Passion Of The Different (The Passion Trilogy), from an author giveaway. After reading the first one, I couldn't wait to start the second. I love that this book starts right where the last one left off, giving us a great back story to Ryan without bogging us down in the past. The author continues to craft wonderful, strong characters (especially the females). Each of these books can stand alone, but I warn you, if you read one, you'll want to read the other. However, I would recommend reading them in order, it just fits better. For those who aren't familiar with the series, it takes place on a pastoral planet inhabited by humanoids, but not humans. This, the second book, shows what can happen when advanced technology is introduced unintentionally and follows our heroes on their next stage in life. The only thing I would suggest to the author is that I felt less of a connection with Myra in this book than the first. She's a fantastic character, and I wish we'd spent more time with her. It is difficult to classify The Passion Trilogy by genre. It would fit comfortably in fantasy, sci-fi, romance, futuristic, and others. If you enjoy any of these genres, I would recommend picking up this series. There is one erotic scene, but it fits well in the story, not just put in randomly. I enjoyed the book very much and eagerly await the third book!