Sophia Renee

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Smashwords book reviews by Sophia Renee

  • Rematch on May 03, 2012

    This is one of the best written books I’ve come across in a while. Some authors are just natural storytellers and Janine Caldwell is definitely one of them! This book is nearly flawless in its execution, and has some of the best one-liners I’ve ever seen anywhere. I laughed out loud at many parts, but found myself entirely caught up in the star-crossed whirlwind romance of Cassie and Trent and was rooting for them the whole time. There were many wonderful parts to this novel, and a few things that left me wanting more…mainly, I wanted more! I wish we could have seen more from Trent’s POV on his “jumps”… and there were a few times where I would have liked to see a bit more tension and struggle with the way that this “gift” affected him (like the “sacrifice” he has to make…that could’ve been an real emotional twister but for me fell just short of the mark). This premise is one that isn’t totally overplayed right now and has huge potential for future stories. There are many layers to this novel, yet it doesn’t weigh the reader down with useless storytelling. Eloquently written and fast paced filled with romance, danger, personal relationships, fears, dreams, and fate, “Re-Matched” is a novel I can highly recommend for the YA and adult crowd alike.
  • Crucible of Dust (The Clockwork Ascendancy - A Steampunk Saga) on May 09, 2012

    To me this book was the equivalent of literary cheesecake or fudge…a little goes a looong waay! So packed with evocative characters and descriptions about this weird and fantastical world that hinges on reality and the supernatural, Crucible of Dust is written in the same vein as many classic fantasy masterpieces that have come before (some of the writing was reminiscent of Tolkein, some of George R.R. Martain) with words being used to paint the canvas of the authors imaginative and wildly creative mind. This story literally has a little bit of everything…a real guy (our down-on-his-luck hero, Flynn), people who were connected with machines, supernatural beings and energies, demons, a little bit of romance (very little!), action, suspense…so much in such a short amount of pages, I really hope there will be a full-length novel to follow because I would definitely be buying it!
  • An Affair to Remember on May 26, 2012

    When I first started this book, I wasn’t prepared to love it as much as I did! But I really enjoyed it. The characters that Ms. Budden created in not just Monica and Chase, but in all the supporting cast enriched the story and made me feel like I was a part of what was going on. And while at first I was disappointed with Monica’s decision at the end, I understood why it had to happen, and that in fact it, was the very heart of this love story. And I must say that the author’s note at the end reached into my soul…it was so touching. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great love story that isn’t as predictable as you might think.
  • A Luminous Future on June 01, 2012

    Wow. Just…wow. One of the reasons why I love reading nonfiction, especially biographies and autobiographies is that they allow me to experience a life and a world that I never would otherwise. As a girl who has lived her whole life in California, USA, reading about a boy from a small village in Transylvania after the end of WWII is about as different as can be. It’s crazy to hear how hard it was for him growing up, but the thing is he never sounds like he’s complaining at all! It seems like it would have been so easy for Teodor to become angry and bitter, but instead he perseveres with a quiet determinism and inner strength that is reflective of his parents’ and family’s values. If there’s anything to be taken from this amazing book, it’s that no matter how scary and cruel life can be, as long as you have the love and support of your family you can make it.
  • A Song Apart on June 11, 2012

    Kevin is just a normal kid minding his own business when he happens to catch the eye of his dream girl. This is no ordinary crush, this girl is the biggest sensation in music since Brittney Spears (I’m gathering). Shannon Kistler is a celebrity, sure, but she’s also down-to earth and she and Kevin connect. What follows is a friendship turned romance that faces unusual conflicts and threatens to tear them apart at every turn. I genuinely enjoyed this story. Mr. Baer is an excellent writer and storyteller, and I found it to be an extremely easy read. The dialogues were real and funny, and felt authentic. I liked how I was able to picture everything that was happening, feel the city scenery, imagine the characters as they were – and not once did I feel bogged down by an overabundance of needless descriptions. To me this is a sign of a great writer, one who can paint the scene perfectly while utilizing word economy. I recommend this book not just to music or romance fans, but to anyone who has ever been young and dreamed of bigger things…and to have those dreams come true.
  • When Earthlings Weep on June 23, 2012

    "When Earthlings Weep” is the first book I’ve read by Michael Barnett, and I hope it’s not the last! I found his storytelling to be supremely creative and engaging. I instantly was sucked into the book right away with the vivid descriptions of the foreign worlds (and Jen), and then how it contrasted with what was happening back at home, and how those worlds end up colliding. I don’t want to give it away but around the 50% mark things get crazy and I couldn’t put my kindle down after that. This book was super unpredictable and took me on a wild ride, one that I enjoyed immensely!
  • The Crow God's Girl on Aug. 06, 2012

    This book was simply fabulous. I loved it! The writing was descriptive and clear, and the narrative was lyrical and natural and I was easily sucked into the story right from the start. Although I had not read the other books in the series prior to "The Crow God's Girl", I found I was able to easily follow along and adjust to this new world that Kate inhabits. Although I do want to read the other books now, just to see all that has happened before hand. This is a wonderful novel rich with great characters and a twisty, tension filed plot that hold tight right up until the end. A definite must read for fans of fantasy.
  • The Caline Conspiracy on Aug. 23, 2012

    Could NOT put it down. This book totally caught me off guard…I intended to only read a few chapters before turning in for the evening and found myself reading straight through to the very last page. It was THAT good!! I thought the writing was flawless, and it sucked me in right away. The story is mad creative – it’s about a genetically engineered pet (kind of like a dog but not really) called a caline that is accused of murdering its owner. I say murder, not kill, as Calines are advanced creations capable of rational thought. But the victim’s wife swears the accused (Madeline) is totally innocent, so it is up to PI Adria Scott to get to the bottom of this mystery. There were twists and turns I didn’t see coming, and I devoured this in one sitting. Loved it!
  • Angels Gate on Sep. 13, 2012

    This book was amazing! I am always interested in books based on real events, but so often they read dry and boring. Not with “Angels Gate!” I was pulled into the story right away, and thought the writing was easy to follow. I really felt like I was a part of the action as it took place…I almost felt like I was part of the capers myself! This was a real birds eye look into a criminal heist carried out by some seeming ordinary surfer dudes (and a drug dealer). I was engrossed from start to finish and recommend for fans of true crime novels.
  • Spartanica on March 25, 2014

    I really liked this book Spartanica by Powers Molinar. It was truly unlike anything I’d ever read before. However, and this might be just me, I always have a tough time following along alternating POV’s when done in the first person. So if I put the book down for a bit and start up again, sometimes it took me awhile to figure out whose head I was in, or I had to scan around. So people who dislike alternating POVS may not like this, as the chapters are pretty short so you are doing a lot of head-hopping. Personally I think this would have worked better as a 3rd person omniscient, but again this might be personal tastes. Younger readers may not mind as much. Overall had a fast pace, high stakes, a youthful narrative voice, and plenty of action to keep even the most jaded reader entertained.
  • The Sense of Touch on Aug. 01, 2014

    There were so many things I liked about this book “The Sense of Touch” by Ron Parsons, and few things I didn’t. There were some stories I liked better than others, but one thing they all had in common was the way the author shows the character’s personalities with specific and unique details, instead of just giving us the standard stock-descriptions. They seem more alive because of this. And many had such interesting backstories I almost wonder if a few don’t deserve their own spin off novels! But the best part was that when it was over I felt like I’d experienced something wonderful… glimpsed into some secret lives of others and walked away feeling touched by beauty and sadness and hope.
  • The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky on Aug. 01, 2014

    With the kids out for summer, my time is limited so I must be pretty selective about what I take on to read. But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read another great David Litwack novel! And I’m glad I didn’t. Once again he delivers in the manner of some of the better authors I’ve read, with tight focused prose that is beautiful and evocative at the same time, making every page come to life. His characters are anything but ordinary, especially in this case when the young girl named “Kailani” (meaning “the daughter of sea and sky) appears on the shores of the Republic with a mysterious agenda. To help her are Helena and Jason, and together they must figure out who she is, while discovering more about themselves in the process. It’s a story that will resonate with many people, and I encourage anyone who appreciates some light fantasy with intelligence to give this a shot. It’s easy to digest and is very pleasurable!