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Smashwords book reviews by Anne

  • Blood Warrior on Jan. 22, 2012

    This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The author does a great job showing the struggles of a 17 year old as she faces a whole new reality after finding out that nothing she believed about her life is true, while weaving in interesting subplots. Although she is young and has a lot of growing to accomplish, Alexa Montgomery is an interesting heroine. She is loyal (almost to a fault), caring, and protective of those she loves, while still struggling with the emotions that all teenagers must endure. I am eagerly looking forward to see how she grows into adulthood and to learning more about the nature of the “monster” inside her. The love triangle was enjoyable to watch and yet we all know there is SO much more to both Jack and Kayden. Of course Alexa feels safe with Jack, they have been friends for a long time and he is in her comfort zone. Where Kayden is concerned, it is only logical that Alexa is tentative about him. She doesn’t really know him and he lets her in just enough to provide some answers, all the while she knows he is holding a lot back. It will take a lot for him to win her trust, bu Alexa is a girl that really needs to be challenged. I must say that I am team Kayden because he and Alexa have a symbiotic relationship that needs to be explored. Nelly, Alexa’s little sister, is the one character I have mixed feelings about. She comes off as naive but we all know she is hiding a lot of important information from Alexa. For that reason, I find it hard to trust that she is really looking out for Alexa. She has some fabulous powers that I hope she finds a way to use going forward. I hope in the next book Nelly will have more dimension and depth. This was a solid introductory novel that leaves the reader hoping for more. If handled well, the subplots and character development have the potential to morph into an enjoyable series. Looking forward to more!
  • My Enchanted Life on Feb. 27, 2012
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    This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The pace was quick, offering the reader several twists and a wide array of creatures all co-habitating in a magical place that is "between worlds". It was a very good twist on the normal coming of age story. Emma inherits a house from family she never even knew existed, along with money to travel there. How can she turn down this adventure? She sets off to check things out and take a little vacation before going to college, only to discover that nothing is as it seems. How will Emma handle all this? The cast of characters there to help her adjust to things is quite entertaining. Who wouldn't want a dragon living in their backyard along with ghosts, gnomes, fairies, ogres and demons? Will all this fantastical stuff make Emma want to stay here, fulfilling her birthright or go home to the family that raised her? It was worth the quick read to find out. Although parts of the book were a bit predictable I would recommend it as a read.
  • Angel Evolution on March 13, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. It pulled me in from the start. It was a different and original take on the angel / demon roles. Although they both think they are right and doing what is best , I love the twist on how they look at the human world. I found humorous the extent they went to ensuring the layout of their battles; it was so civilized for lack of a better word. I also enjoyed the struggle they all went thru about what the right thing to do was. My only complaint was that I wish there had been more depth to all the characters. Having all the kids in college was a different twist and allowed for a more freedom of events. Kids in high school could not have disappeared for days without major problems. I did find Taylor's self imposed rules annoying and she often seems clueless about things in her surroundings, but she is young and also evolving so I am gave her the benefit of the doubt. The title was a very appropriate for the story and I am eagerly looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy to see how the story along with the author's writing evolves.
  • Immortal Desires (a Well of Souls novel) on March 21, 2012

    I wasn't sure what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised. The book intermingled different kinds of fiction into a well thought out story with a good pace. Time travel, if done right, is something I really enjoy. I must say that this was done right. The time shifts were clearly marked so there was never any doubt. The main characters, Deanna and Ian, were both strong characters whose actions were believable and personalities were likable. The conflict between Deanna's modern ways and Ian's Scottish highlander ways was enjoyable to see play out. Only once did I want to shake Deanna, wondering how she had not already learned her lesson about going off with strange children. Other then that I really enjoyed watching Deanna eagerly embrace her chance for happiness. The supporting charactes were also likable. I am sure there is much more to Robert (Kyndeyrn) and I hope that we learn more about him and his Aeneas (good guys) as they battle the Conri (bad guys). The way Ms. Eno used the concept of the "Well of Souls" was intriguing and begs for more more books. My only complaint is that I would have liked a little more detail about the Caileach, what happened there and why. I look forward to seeing what happens next with Ian and Deanna and how they handle their soul duties.
  • Soul Protector on April 28, 2012

    This was a very enjoyable read. It was well written and I found myself eager to finish it. The characters were believable and story was unique. The plot twists kept things going at a strong pace. It was fun, and a bit painful, to see Gracie grow and change. She did a nice job of keeping herself together as life threw her a wide and totally unexpected range of bizarre events. I would recommend this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.