Kelli Flores

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Smashwords book reviews by Kelli Flores

  • Whorticulture on June 21, 2012

    I took a bit of a risk requesting this book - it was part of the Early Reviewer's program - but the description intrigued me as it did not really seem to be about whores. It does push and question the fine line between being a respectable women (or not) in antebellum USA. Specifically, during that time but also in a more general sense, this book explores different arrangements women have made with men to survive, find protection, or break away. Some of these involve marriage - can a woman be a whore when she only has relations with her husband? Other stories involve women in brothels in various occupations, or women looking for husbands. The common thread among the stories are the men, who have more mobility and choices than many of the women - however, these are not dainty damsels waiting to be rescued. I really enjoyed some of the questions that were raised. I think this book could also be used as an additional book for college classes in the history of women, the social evolution of women, or other similar topics. But I also enjoyed the stories in and of themselves. An explanation of the author's intention was at the end of the book, which could be a problem for those who read e-books. Overall, I liked the book.
  • The New Death and others on June 21, 2012

    I have to admit this book got me from the cover: while I am not sure if the couple is Jose Guadalupe Posada’s work, they are certainly reminiscent of it. As I read, I realized the cover was just perfect, with a combination of satire and irony that makes you laugh, think, and just sit back and enjoy. This book also makes me wonder why short stories are such an unappreciated genre. James Hutchings is definitely a wordsmith, in every sense of the word. The combination of poems and short stories in this book are like little jewels, and they are arranged nicely, switching from one genre to the other with no room for boredom. Most of the stories are quirky, some are funny, others moral, but they will all make you think. The quality did sometimes jump around a little, but overall I felt it ranged from average to excellent. Many of the endings were unexpected – and it is not easy to surprise me. I also really liked being able to read just a few pages, reach a conclusion, and go to sleep…just to continue reading the next day. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
  • The Price on June 21, 2012

    The Price by Joseph Garraty is a gritty tale of an inner city boy caught up in a life of organized crime, with a supernatural twist. The attraction of this book does not lie so much in the use of magic, but in the very human elements that struggle with elements of fear, revenge, competition, and loyalty in the tough south side of Boston. The main protagonist, Jimmy Peccati, is a regular guy and we follow along with him, getting in to his head, and understanding, if not agreeing, with his decisions. My review here becomes rather personal. If you like this type of fiction, it is a great read. Above, I described it as a gritty novel, and I really did not like it. For example, after his first kill, Jimmy muses over how it feels for a number of pages; the descriptions are too graphic for my taste; the emotions are too raw. Despite this, the chapters flow easily, and it is well written. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes novels about the mob, or who likes detailed crime novels. If they are not your taste, I would suggest you take a pass on this one. Received as part of the Member Giveaway Program.
  • Tempest (#1 Destroyers Series) on June 21, 2012

    When I first started reading The Tempest, I laughed: like the protagonist, I lived in Michigan when I was young and later moved to a tropical climate. However, at the beginning of the book, I was not impressed since it seemed that the plot would be very predictable, and the writing was rather iffy. As the book progressed, the writing improved and there were enough twists in the plot to keep my attention. Janelle and her friend Gary are two young tempests who need to decide between good and evil. Janelle’s character has a tendency to act like a spoiled child, and this could be tamped down a bit for future books. The antagonist is also too one-sided, and I would hope the bad guys in future books are more complex. If subsequent books in this series improve, there could be a philosophical backdrop: how are we related to nature? For this, however, the author will need to improve the writing to allow more depth, and make the characters more nuanced. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but hope for improvements. The idea is a good one.
  • Michael Belmont and the Tomb of Anubis on June 21, 2012

    A story that combines elements of ancient Egyptian and Celtic mythology, with shape-shifters, fairies, and multiple other elements also included. The novel follows a pretty fast pace, and sometimes it was a little fast for my taste, as I would have liked the visual descriptions to have more detail. Despite that, it pulled in really disparate elements very nicely, in a believable manner, as the protagonists jumped between Ireland, Arizona, and Egypt. It pulls you in and keeps you reading. The main protagonist is a 12 year old boy, and the first review on Library Thing says it is marketed to children. I would have to say, as an adult, I found it an enjoyable read. I would buy it for older children as the reading level may be a little high for readers younger than middle school age. Overall, this was a good book. Reviewed for the Member Giveaway Program
  • The Price on June 21, 2012
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    The Price by Joseph Garraty is a gritty tale of an inner city boy caught up in a life of organized crime, with a supernatural twist. The attraction of this book does not lie so much in the use of magic, but in the very human elements that struggle with elements of fear, revenge, competition, and loyalty in the tough south side of Boston. The main protagonist, Jimmy Peccati, is a regular guy and we follow along with him, getting in to his head, and understanding, if not agreeing, with his decisions. My review here becomes rather personal. If you like this type of fiction, it is a great read. Above, I described it as a gritty novel, and I really did not like it. For example, after his first kill, Jimmy muses over how it feels for a number of pages; the descriptions are too graphic for my taste; the emotions are too raw. Despite this, the chapters flow easily, and it is well written. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes novels about the mob, or who likes detailed crime novels. If they are not your taste, I would suggest you take a pass on this one. Received as part of the Member Giveaway Program. (
  • A Storm Hits Valparaiso on June 24, 2012

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I did not have much knowledge of San Martin, other than his name and a list of battles (high school history in Mexico). A Storm Hits Valparaiso does a good job of setting up the rather complex set of countries and characters who were involved in the struggle for independence in the Southern Cone of South America. While I learned quite a bit, it was not a perfect book. Some of the writing was choppy, and it jumped between scenes without any notice. Characters were unevenly developed and it seemed that a focus on fewer people would have improved the flow of the narrative. Also, while I know how bloody and difficult the independence wars were, the book did not have to be so depressing. The book did an exceptional job at not setting this war in a vacuum: most of the fighting was located in Chile, but some was in Argentina (which was also a base to go back to and regroup); the freedom fighters came from diverse South American countries - including escaped Brazilian slaves; Spain obviously played a role as they fought to retain their colony; England and France played a part, etc. The elements that converged, setting the stage for the ultimate success of the wars of independence are covered nicely. I do believe the pros outweigh the cons in this case, by quite a bit. I would especially recommend this book for Spanish teachers and students who do not specialize in this region, but think it is good for a pretty general audience overall.
  • A Storm Hits Valparaiso on June 24, 2012

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I did not have much knowledge of San Martin, other than his name and a list of battles (high school history in Mexico). A Storm Hits Valparaiso does a good job of setting up the rather complex set of countries and characters who were involved in the struggle for independence in the Southern Cone of South America. While I learned quite a bit, it was not a perfect book. Some of the writing was choppy, and it jumped between scenes without any notice. Characters were unevenly developed and it seemed that a focus on fewer people would have improved the flow of the narrative. Also, while I know how bloody and difficult the independence wars were, the book did not have to be so depressing. The book did an exceptional job at not setting this war in a vacuum: most of the fighting was located in Chile, but some was in Argentina (which was also a base to go back to and regroup); the freedom fighters came from diverse South American countries - including escaped Brazilian slaves; Spain obviously played a role as they fought to retain their colony; England and France played a part, etc. The elements that converged, setting the stage for the ultimate success of the wars of independence are covered nicely. I do believe the pros outweigh the cons in this case, by quite a bit. I would especially recommend this book for Spanish teachers and students who do not specialize in this region, but think it is good for a pretty general audience overall.
  • The Medium (An Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Novel) on Aug. 31, 2012

    A paranormal romance in a Victorian Setting. If you like Jayne Ann Krentz (Jayne Castle), you will like this book - while the author does not imitate Krentz's rather formulaic style, the period setting and focus on relationships works very well. Two single sisters are trying to make it in England, in a time where mediums are the craze and charlatans abound.' Single women must be careful to protect their reputations while crossing the private/public line and working for pay. Possibilities for romance do exist, but can they be fulfilled? I do not want to give any spoilers here, but I really enjoyed this book: the narrative flowed nicely, and in contrast to many self-published works it read well. If you like the genre, or know anyone who does, this book is highly recommended.
  • The Medium (An Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Novel) on Aug. 31, 2012

    A paranormal romance in a Victorian Setting. If you like Jayne Ann Krentz (Jayne Castle), you will like this book - while the author does not imitate Krentz's rather formulaic style, the period setting and focus on relationships works very well. Two single sisters are trying to make it in England, in a time where mediums are the craze and charlatans abound.' Single women must be careful to protect their reputations while crossing the private/public line and working for pay. Possibilities for romance do exist, but can they be fulfilled? I do not want to give any spoilers here, but I really enjoyed this book: the narrative flowed nicely, and in contrast to many self-published works it read well. If you like the genre, or know anyone who does, this book is highly recommended.