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Smashwords book reviews by Stormswift

  • Lovely on Feb. 05, 2013

    A short and rather sad story. Alice is overwhelmed by the emotional and physical abuse inflicted by her parents. She is contemplating suicide as a means of escape and relives one day over and over again. Will she learn from her prior decisions and make the right choice at the end? There are a few spelling errors but these are not distracting.
  • Desperate Rescue - Janet Feldman Series on March 26, 2013

    My favourite line in this book: “if someone screamed bloody murder in the middle of a forest and no one was there to help, would it make any difference if you screamed at all?” Janet Feldman and her friend Sally are invited by strangers to a party of wealthy socialites. They are discomforted by the use of drugs at the party and try to leave. Sally is distracted when she is asked to dance by a very handsome man. Janet witnesses Sally being kidnapped and promptly chases after the kidnappers. The pursuer becomes the pursued in this fast paced novel. Janet doesn’t know whether she can trust the reclusive mountain main Greg Danes in her increasingly desperate quest to save Sally. Will Janet get to her in time or will she suffer the same fate as her friend? Enjoyed this novel – a strong moral to the story – misplaced trust in strangers can be dangerous. *Review also published on smashwords and diesel e-books.
  • Adelaide Confused on July 25, 2013

    Enjoyable. Adelaide is an empath who was forced by her mother to use pills and therapy to control her ability. She left home at 18, broke off all contact with her family and moved to a small island where she works as a receptionist of a small hotel. Her gift has made it difficult for her to socialise with others. She is unexpectedly pursued by the charismatic and wealthy Reed Wallace, but he has a hidden agenda. She is very attracted to her taciturn neighbour Lucas who appears to finds socialising just as difficult as she does. Adelaide has to pretend to be Reed’s girlfriend but then has to fend off his jealous secretary and his business rival’s violent cronies. I loved the author’s prose and at times I laughed aloud especially when Adelaide yells at a ghost to prevent him from pointing to letters on the Ouija board as he has to work though her: the medium and not spoil her fun! I hope there’ll be a sequel to this novel as the author has left some unanswered questions: what exactly will Adelaide do with the demon book; is Reed romantically interested in her at all or was he just using her and why can’t she sense Lucas’ emotions? Also published review on Amazon.co.uk.
  • Love Through Cobra's Eye on Sep. 11, 2013

    An unusual paranormal romance. Rashi Sharma prevents some folk from killing a king cobra. That night, she finds the cobra in her bedroom and it starts talking to her – it’s grateful that she saved its life. She’s terrified and asks it to leave. Shortly thereafter she is hired by the wealthy Chauhan family to be the PA of the very handsome and charming Shesh whose two older brothers: friendly Vrithra and his wife Nuwa; the misogynistic Ahi are equally good looking. Aside from being tall and handsome the brothers share another trait: hairless arms and slitted pupil eyes. Rashi starts getting nightly phone calls from Vasu, the were snake she saved, and after months of calls she falls in love with him and wants to meet him in his human form but he seems oddly hesitant. It’s obvious that one of the brothers is Vasu but is it Shesh who is clearly romantically interested in her or could it be Ahi who scolded her for the temerity to enter his office (a domain in which no women are allowed)? Warning: this book needs editing due to the spelling and grammatical errors. Please don’t allow the errors to put you off from reading this and the other books in this series as this is an entertaining read.
  • My guardian angel on Sep. 16, 2013

    A world where angels save people every day from accidental deaths- for a fee so only the rich can afford to be saved. The angels are very wealthy; live in mansions and drive expensive cars. They also have mega rock star status. Kellen Godson is the “hottest angel boy” on the planet and his first save is coming up. With billions of people eager to be his first save he decides his first save will be based on a lottery and folk can buy as many tickets as they want for a chance to enter the lucky draw. Alyssa Godspeed, orphaned after her parents’ death, was raised by her uncle and lives a humble life comprising school and her work in her uncle’s diner. She is catapaulted to super stardom when her ticket wins Kellen’s lottery and whilst dodging a serial killer she learns the truth about her existence. Warning: this book needs editing due to the spelling and grammatical errors and missing / incorrect words. Despite this I found the story be an unusual and entertaining read.
  • Rooted on Nov. 02, 2013

    Loved this! Unusual concept – Chloe is a tree spirit or dryad who was orphaned and is now living in foster care with ten other foster kids. Her foster parents don’t have much money so Chloe’s hungry most of the time and generally neglected. She depends wholly on Lillian her sole friend for company but Lillian turns out to be a backstabber of the worst kind. Grayson, the son of the local werewolf alpha, seems strangely attracted to Chloe but she is terrified of him. The hunters that arrive in their small town cause Chloe more uneasiness as they are trying to kill off the supernatural folk. A bright spark for Chloe is kind Rebecca and her dad who at least try to ensure that Chloe gets to eat regularly. The themes of neglect; peer pressure and bullying are realistic. The only downside to this book was that matters were not wholly resolved (and there appears to be no sequel at present) leaving unanswered questions e.g. was Rebecca’s dad healed or not; what lies ahead for Chloe? The book has a few editing errors i.e. missing words and the use of incorrect words however these did not detract from the absorbing storyline.
  • Vampire University (Book One in the Vampire University Series) on Nov. 02, 2013

    Taylor’s first week as a university freshman reveals a new world to her: the existence of vampires; gargoyles and leprechauns. Her gregarious roommate Hannah is oddly controlling in her opinions as to whom Taylor should befriend which Taylor naturally resents. Friendly Eric Evans and his dour twin brother Joseph are freshmen who both show an interest in Taylor but whilst both of them are dangerous, one intends to harm her. Between discovering her immunity to the vampires’ enthrallment; the fact that her blood seems to be a “cure” for vampirism; her resident advisor’s snarky behaviour and the freshman Dean’s obnoxious manner, Taylor will be lucky to survive her first week at university. I enjoy the paranormal genre and this novel was entertaining. I did hope that Taylor would have a romantic interest with a certain Evan’s brother but when he noticed his RA Tom’s beautiful green eyes, it was clear that he would not be interested in her.
  • Sanity Siphoned on Nov. 04, 2013

    Well written story with realistic themes. Severe emotional and physical abuse at the hands of a cruel bully; self harming; subsequent sexual relationship with said bully (a type of Stockholm syndrome!); underage and unprotected sex (luckily heroine was not impregnated); attempted suicide. Even the heroine admits that it’s weird for her to be attracted to the bully. Julienne has been emotionally and physically abused by Michael for two years in guise of “bullying” at school. Their mothers become friends and Michael insults Julienne in her own home. She’s so upset that she cuts herself. Michael later feels physically attracted to her and starts exerting sexual pressure upon her. She’s so emotionally starved that she fails to recognise another form of control being exercised over her. He declares that he’s in love with her yet he fails to make their relationship public and fails to provide her with the emotional support she needs – she’s essentially his booty call. He doesn’t even visit her in the psychiatric facility after her attempted suicide. I think that her HEA with Michael was unbelievable and frankly scary (since realistically it’s like a woman remaining with an abusive partner after he promises that he’s changed). The only bright threads that I could discern in this book were her sincere friendship with Nick Sheldon (a lifeline that Julienne needs) and the fact that she receives the psychiatric care she so desperately needs.
  • Tommy Nightmare (The Paranormals, Book 2) on Nov. 06, 2013

    The CDC and the National Guard descend on the town of Fallen Oaks, South Carolina In the aftermath of the unleashed Jenny Pox that caused the deaths of over 200 of the town’s not so fine and upstanding citizens. Jenny starts doubting the security of her relationship with Seth as his dad is sending him to college in a large town that Jenny fears due to the proximity of crowds. Unfortunately Darcy blabs to the CDC about Jenny and federal agents begin to trail Jenny. New supernaturals are introduced in this book: Esmeralda who can speak to the dead and transfer souls from one body to another; Tommy whose touch causes people to see their worst nightmares and Alexander (El Brujo) who controls the dead (i.e. he raises and controls zombies). Sadly Ashleigh makes a comeback with even worse plans for Jenny and she recruits other supernaturals to her cause. *Review also published on amazon.co.uk.
  • Lovers on Nov. 06, 2013

    Elaina Freeman is emotionally scarred from childhood sexual abuse. As an adult, she picks up men for one night stands of unprotected sex whilst teasing her married boss Felix de La Cruz. Elaina also initiates sex with her boss. This error culminates in a vicious assault as her boss is not all that he originally appears to be – he’s a remorseless serial killer. Thereafter even she admits that she erred. Duh! Christian Dubois and Malachi Porter are very attractive and wealthy best friends who share Christian’s house and later also share Elaina. The book ends with the three of them in a merrily committed relationship cemented by the exchange of rings and the signature of a palimony agreement to protect her interests and that of their children. A score of 1 is given as whilst the book was a piece of erotic fiction (focusing more on erotica than the background story), the spelling and grammar in this book were very poor. Book desperately needs editing. Heroine was not sympathetic; had a non-existent moral compass and was very aggressive toward women she viewed as rivals. *Scenes of explicit sex and violence. For over 18s only.
  • State of Grace on Nov. 06, 2013

    Grace time travels to ±1800 years to the past where she meets the sexy but aloof vampire Roman. Her stays with him in the past grow longer and she falls in love with him. The problem is that in the present day, Grace is a former airline pilot who had to quit her job due to a malignant brain tumor. She and her small close-knit family have difficulty coming to terms with this situation. Her love-rat ex-boyfriend dumped her shortly after she was first diagnosed and this dealt a severe blow to her self-confidence. At the end the implication was that all her encounters with Roman were in her mind culminating in a very sad ending to the book. Well written novel. *Review also published on amazon.co.uk.
  • A Plain Jane Book Two on Nov. 06, 2013

    Story is fast paced and exciting – more so than the first book. Jane finally accepts that she is not plain at all aside from the embarrassing blue spots that are a dead giveaway of her emotional state (eek!) and the shimmering blue streaks in her hair! She becomes more decisive and essentially her own person, now that the nasty “assister” has been removed from her brain – pity she lost the speed, agility and kick a** abilities though! Jane is revealed to be the last of the Paran monarchy (from admin assistant to space princess in less than a month!) and has 9 super powerful robots (and one assassin robot) at her beck and call. Lucas and Jane’s relationship is finally progressing as they rid themselves of doubts and uncertainties. Lucas seems less arrogant and less of the perfect soldier than he was in the first book and becomes more emotional and likeable. Book ends on an utter cliffhanger scene and I’ve already bought book 3 to see what happens next. I think the greatest praise that I can give any book is that I think these books would be a great series of movies. The Galactic Senate scene description reminded me of the Galactic Senate in Star Wars (perhaps that’s where author got the idea?). Grammatical errors are distracting, book needs editing. *Review also published on amazon.co.uk.
  • The Accidental Prophetess on March 05, 2014

    A secret society has the best surveillance and monitoring capability of any agency or organisation in the world. Big Brother on worldwide scale. They are elite vigilantes and they’ve been waiting ± 70 years for the prophetess. They’ve monitored what people are writing and saying in hopes of finding her. Then one evening Natalie ad-libs whilst singing karaoke and within hours she’s abducted and taken to the society’s underground headquarters. Some people welcome her as the foretold prophetess but others are sceptical of her abilities. Her BFF and flatmate Carla has incredible lie detecting abilities, and takes classes from yodelling to skydiving when she’s not trying to defend Natalie. Marc is the head of security for the Society and Ethan leads one of the security teams. Natalie is attracted to both of these hunky male specimens and they’re equally interested in her. Unfortunately one of them may not be all he seems. Adventure; romance and a generous sprinkling of humour, the book grabbed my attention from start to finish. * Review also published on Amazon.co.uk
  • Colossus on March 11, 2014

    The first half of this novel was rather like a fairytale: with the friendship between young Alice Kenworth and a timid mythical stone man who is thousands of years old yet still a child amongst the other Collossi . This was no fairytale however as the last half quickly descended into an all too grim and brutal reality. It was a poignant ending. Well written and absorbing fantasy tale. *Review also published on diesel ebooks.
  • The Amber Ring (A Novella) on April 01, 2014

    A well written fairy tale about Maya, a sceptical heroine reluctantly taking up the reins after the death of her heroic sister. There’s a dash of death; a significant betrayal and plenty of whimsy. Loved the cute pet names that the cobbler couple had for each other and try saying Gnarlington Gnibblemeister the Geographer Gnome 3 times fast! Enjoyed the novel, hoping that author will publish more in this genre. *Also published review on amazon.co.uk
  • Ocean of Dust on May 13, 2014

    Good fantasy novel. Lissa is 14 and dreams of adventures far beyond her parent’s farm. The phrase ”be careful what you wish for” applies in this case since she is caught by a press gang when she tries to prevent them from abducting an obnoxious boy. Her life becomes one of drudgery aboard a ship that sails upon an ocean of dust. She is forced to work in the galley where she befriends young Branda and elicits Alice’s jealousy. Despite frequent beatings and injuries suffered, Lissa’s intelligence and indomitable spirit leads her to many adventures on the high seas. Enjoyed the read, only downsides were the death of the handsome Mampalo ( Lissa’s crush) and the author never explained exactly what was different about Lissa that allowed her to communicate with the denizens of the ocean of dust.
  • Hevun's Rebel on July 28, 2014

    Humans are kept alive until they’re past breeding age and then executed. The Tu-atta are aliens of a humanoid type that keep humans enslaved on a large space station. Sahra Johnston is one of 17 children. None of her family bothered to teach her how to speak properly so she mis-pronounces many words but this is no reflection upon her intelligence. She’s a child prodigy although she’s only six! She is mocked by both her siblings and other children who work in the mines but she cares deeply for the welfare of her family who are on the brink of starvation. Eon was an overlord at the station until rebels planted a bomb with the intention of killing him. As a shapeshifter he’s hard to kill so he ends up as a gelatinous blob oozing along the tunnels absorbing sustenance. Sahra mistakes him for a slime dog and cares for and loves him as a pet. At first he regards her as a stepping stool on his way back up the ladder but starts to realise that she is the only being who loves him. It’s a shocking finale and one is left wondering – did little Sahra and Eon die? (If Eon can die that is…) Implausible yes indeed but highly entertaining.
  • Daughter Of The Wind --Western Wind on July 28, 2014

    Bellana had a tendency to blush furiously as a child and earned the nickname Pink. She was sold into slavery after her father died and her mother re-married. At the age of 17, Pink begins to attract unwanted male attention and she fears that her owner may send her to a brothel. She hides in the forest but is caught and kills a man whilst defending herself. As a slave she knows the punishment for this is death and she runs away. She is given shelter by the kindly Johann, a wizard who recognises that Bella has a powerful magical ability. He hides her from Garec (who claims to be her new owner) and flees with her to a large city . En route, they stop at Tomas Ruben’s farm and she learns to heal with magic. She also meets new friends: a half breed unicorn who she names Angel (although he has the disposition of a demon) and a large enchanted wolf: Conlann who can hear her thoughts. Angel’s sire, a unicorn Lorhn, is the first to call Bella: Daughter of the Wind. Later a captured Tergal soldier refers to her as a faerie; a changeling. Conlann teaches her sword fighting. When they reach the city, Bella enlists in the army (to prevent being forced back into slavery) and her sword skill attracts the attention of Prince Torel a captain in the King’s Guard. Conlann (a man who had been forced into a wolf form) has been sans companionship for two hundred years and quickly falls in love with Bella and is jealous of the men she meets. She acknowledges her feelings for him too but knows that it cannot last if his enchantment is unbroken. Torel orders Bella and her “brother” to infiltrate the court of the Tergral. Magic; adventure; a dash of romance – overall a great fantasy novel. There are a few editing issues that can be corrected by proofreading. *Review also published on the amazon.co.uk site.
  • Carpe DiEmily (Part 1): A Free Romance / Romantic Comedy Chick Lit on July 28, 2014

    Depressed Emily plans to commit suicide but is convinced by the unscrupulous Mr. Becker to sell all of her organs for a large sum of money that she can use to fulfil some of her dreams for a year before fulfilling her end of the deal. Emily’s bucket list of things she wants to do before she dies: Country dancing; adopting a pet; getting drunk; parasailing; visiting a tropical island; getting a tattoo; visiting New York; skinny dipping; meeting Woody Allen; having a one-night stand; running with the bulls in Pamplona and making love under the stars in Paris. There is of course the added goal of doing all of the above before end of 12 months at which point creepy Mr. Becker gets all of her organs. *Review also published on amazon.co.uk
  • Charlotte & Sebastian on Aug. 06, 2014

    After the vampire Lucien brutally killed Charlotte’s family, she was recruited by an agency that hunts supernatural beings. Sebastian (the only vampire working for the agency) has known that Charlotte was his destined mate from the date that they first met and has waited for her to return his feelings. Charlotte is attracted to him although she hates what he is. After a demon attack, she chooses to live as a vampire. Unfortunately people working for the agency despise vampires and she faces the difficult task of not only learning to cope with vampirism but also to overcome the prejudice of her colleagues. A good quick read. Requires proofreading due to missing words and swopping of characters’ names. Review also published on Amazon. *Warning – this is in the adult genre so expect scenes of explicit sex.
  • Children of the AFTER: AWAKENING on Sep. 27, 2014

    Jack (16); Sarah (14) and Will (7) are siblings who were told by their dad to get into the security bunker and hide as something very bad was going to happen. Months later, their food stores have run out and they’re forced to leave their haven and scavenge for food. They face scenes of utter devastation as they desperately search for food and shelter. A creepy man on horseback is hunting them and it’ll take all of Jack’s ingenuity to evade capture. Entertaining post-apocalyptic novel that is also suitable for younger readers. *Review also published on Amazon.co.uk.
  • Australian Magic on Sep. 27, 2014

    In the year 2036, anarchy occurred when the supernatural beings of the world came out of hiding and overthrew human rule. Everything before then is known as BA (before anarchy). In this world an extremely powerful supernatural being called the Mediator married a witch and their child is M. Years later after her mother is murdered M’s dad mysteriously leaves her. During her travels she reaches a Seelie forest and is trained by an elite unit. She meets fairies (who look like Tinkerbell but are carnivorous and have been known to eat people alive; dwarves famed for their metalwork; reconnects with her giant friend Manny; Seelie and Unseelie fae; Werewolves; and a sexy black dragon in human form who declares her to be his hoard. She unwittingly becomes the next mediator when she stands up for the rights of the lesser fae.
  • Tortured Dreams on Nov. 11, 2014

    Wow! It’s been years since I’ve read such a chilling novel. This book is not for the faint hearted or those with sensitive stomachs! Rather gruesome descriptions of torture. Story centres around Aislinn Cain (think of a female version of that Dexter character) a sociopath from childhood (with a genius level IQ). At the age of 8 she was kidnapped, then killed her abductor and escaped. Since then several serial killers gravitated towards her and attacked her under the mistaken belief that she is prey when in fact she’s the predator. Aislinn is invited to join the SCTU (Serial Crimes Tracking Unit) and is nicknamed Ace by her team mates. Ace’s first case involves tracking a killer(s) that is murdering people in groups of ten via ancient torture methods e.g. the Iron Maiden. Her 2 friends: Nyleena (a prosecutor) and Malachi (an FBI agent) can barely tolerate each other but love her. Malachi is a psychopath who admits to Aislinn that she is the only person he’d exchange his life for. A good (albeit disturbing) read that was difficult to put down. * Review also published on Amazon.co.uk.
  • Elysium Dreams on Nov. 11, 2014

    My favourite lines in this book are spoken by Aislinn (nicknamed Ace): “I’m a monster but a good monster. I can live with that.” Aislinn Cain (think of a female version of that Dexter character) is a sociopath from childhood (with a genius level IQ). At the age of 8 she was kidnapped, then killed her abductor and escaped. Since then several serial killers gravitated towards her and attacked her under the mistaken belief that she is prey when in fact she’s the predator. Book 2 picks up about 6 months after Ace joined the SCTU (Serial Crimes Tracking Unit). It’s as gruesome as book 1 (Tortured Dreams): not for the faint hearted or those with sensitive stomachs!. A serial killer in Alaska has murdered and skinned dozens of women. The SCTU team is called in to investigate. This time the reader is told almost from the beginning who the killer is, so it’s interesting to read about the team’s interactions with him (as they don’t know that he’s the man they’re hunting). Ace proves just how tough she is during his first attempt to abduct her, when she inflicts far more damage to him than vice versa. Poetic justice. He’s intelligent, ruthless, extremely dangerous and he may just prove to be Ace’s nemesis. A good (albeit disturbing) read that was difficult to put down. The book was well written, aside from a few editing errors and I thought that the author repeated the words “serial killer” too often. If you haven’t read book 1, the author has summarised part thereof during Ace’s explanations to others.
  • Revived on Dec. 26, 2014

    Great sci-fi / dystopian concept. This interesting book grabbed and kept my attention throughout. The cover art is striking. In 2075, Vivian Clancy is revived from cryogenic storage 30 years after her murder. She’s in a huge underground complex where the predominant decorating colour is a cold clinical white. The Earth’s surface has apparently been devastated hence the underground facility. Prior to her revival she was implanted with a robotic heart, but what is the purpose thereof? She is one of six people who have an odd black swirl tattooed on the right hand. Her questions about what has happened are ignored. Rob, a scientist, keeps trying to kill her – as he says she murdered his father. Dr. Dara Janelle lies frequently and blocks Vivian from receiving any pertinent information. Meanwhile Piers, Vivian’s brother, while initially glad to see her, subsequently largely ignores her. The frequent use of incorrect words (incorrect tense etc) can be corrected by proof reading. Due to the following factors I’ve deducted 2 stars from my review: there was no explanation given as to why the surface air was poisonous; a machine intended to clean the Earth’s air of poison gas has to be started with a kick (yes, a kick – this was even questioned by one of the characters in the book); there is no decontamination process when people return from a sojourn into the poisonous air and the book’s end was very abrupt. If the author intended this to be first of a series; this should have been specified in the title or synopsis.