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Smashwords book reviews by maida khalid
- Angel Evolution
on Feb. 05, 2012
So, I finally finished the book! I am very grateful that I got a chance to read this unique but very interesting book!
Well, where should I start! LOL ;p The story behind this book was....different! I loved that about this book. I mean sure the whole angel-demon idea was original but by adding the cool powers to the characters it turned out cool!
The very first thing I liked about this book was the fact that it was all action. We do have a little bit of romance in it but it’s not over bearing! Now, don’t get me wrong, I am your typical romance buff type of girl but it was a different experience for me, so yeah I did enjoy that! It was a fun experience! :)
The story on the other hand, I just wished it turned out differently. I mean, in the beginning, I loved the introductions to the characters and even the introduction to the story background, especially Taylor’s past! However, I didn’t enjoy the story as much when I got to the middle. I felt that things were moving way too fast. It didn’t seem to “click” for me! For starters, Taylor and Gabriel weren’t the “perfect couple” despite how much times it’s mentioned or portrayed in the book. That just really annoyed me. If it’s not a romance book then it’s best to keep it that way. Adding this type of situation in the book didn’t make sense, especially since you find out that (view spoiler) And second, I felt that Sam and Chris fell in love with each other too abruptly for my liking. It didn't flow with the story because they "love" each other after meeting for like what 2, 3 times!?? It was confusing!! :(
The story did start out good but it fell through pretty fast. I just wasn't into it by the time I finished. Now, don't get me wrong, the story did have some likeable aspects to it but something just seemed to be missing! Despite my concerns and disliking there were things that I absolutely loved about the story!
I loved how we got to experience the story through both POVs of the angels and the demons and the humans! LOL ;P It was nice because it gave you a basic understanding to the scheme of things going on in the book. It also showed you an opening to the thoughts of the individual characters!! ;) Although, I would have preferred to see more of Taylor's side, considering she is the main character! The two sides of an old time battle were very interesting and definitely different! It was truly unique and fun!
Speaking of characters.....believe it or not I actually didn't like Gabriel. He was fun at times but he had a lot of problems happening. I just couldn't connect with him. I thought he was wayyyy tooo fake with his role as an angel to his role with being Taylor's boyfriend. I didn't enjoy him as a main lead at all. Now that's completely different for Chris!!! I LOVE HIM!!! He was my fave character. I loved his role in the story and I loved his attitude and personality towards not only Sam but also Taylor. I just thought, although he is a demon he genuinely seemed to care for Taylor's and Sam's safety! I loved that about him. Especially, the "thing" he did at the end of the book (you have to read it to find out the good stuff...LOL ;p) I really wish Chris was the main guy character and was disappointed that we didn't get to see him as much as I would like! Hopefully, the next book is different! ;)
Taylor and Sam are fun, and very interesting girls and I liked reading their parts in the book. Although, I think Taylor was a strong female lead, I felt she changes moods way to abruptly! Also, I didn't like the fact that she accepts everything within a minutes time. I mean really, she should have asked more questions or at the very least protested a bit! However, overall I liked her as a main character! Sam was a really nice and refreshing treat. I loved her fun personality and her constant happy moods! She kept the story fun and interesting during all of her parts! After getting to know Sam and Chris, I wished they were the main characters! I can't wait to read more about them! ;)
Overall, the book was okay. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the more action types of YA books! In the end, I was left with more questions than answers but hopefully that will change in the next book! I am really looking forward to reading the next book and finding out what happens to both Taylor and Gabriel and also Sam and Chris!!! It should be interesting, hopefully (fingers crossed ;)
Finally, I would like to thank David Estes for this book and letting me read and review it! You did an amazing job David!!! Can't wait for your next book!!! ;)
- My Enchanted Life
on Feb. 27, 2012
This was another fun book I got through Read2Review from Goodreads and I would like to thank them and the author Laura Eno for this very mystical and very whimsical type of book!!!
I have to say, I don't usually read books with magical creatures in them, except for the usual vampire or werewolf here or there, but this book was just simply fun!! I liked the story, plot, main character and all the fun and loving and very interesting creatures!!! It was something different and something fresh....and I enjoyed it! It was light, a quick read and just vey nice and refreshing!
So, the story is about Emma, an 18 year old girl, who finds out that she has inherited a house in the English countryside from a long lost uncle. Along with the house, Emma also got cash and a plane ticket straight to England, so she could see her estate. When Emma arrives at her house, she discovers not only some house but also a whole new magical world full of gnomes, nymphs, dragons, ghosts and demons. And then on top of all of that, she also finds out that she is a Sentinel and that it is her job and responsibility to keep the magical and mundane worlds separate and to protect all the creatures...her people, living in Wode Gate (her community) safe!!!
To be honest, I didn't really expect much out of this book and really thought I would just have to skim it and thus it would be another boring book!! But, boy oh boy, let me tell you how WRONG I was! The story of this book will have you so captivated that you won't be able to put it down! That's what happened to me!!! Don't let the cover of the book fool you....this book truly was magical, in all the right sense with only a few flaws!!!
Besides the plot and story of the book, I also enjoyed Emma. I just really liked her personality and loved how despite everything that was thrown at her she took in the news with her head held high....and only freaked out a little bit.....just a little! My point is for a teenager she accepted and handled her situations very well...and that is what made her such a strong heroine! However, even though she was a strong heroine personality wise, Emma wasn't the strongest main character. I couldn't really connect to Emma on a more personal level. I felt there was something missing from the story and to Emma's potential to be a great main character! But, I loved her interactions with all the different supernatural beings she meets on her trip. I especially enjoyed the grumpy dragon, Cussard. I thought he was a really cute touch to the "seriousness" of Emma's situation!
However, I did have a few problems with the book. The first was the romance. Now, don't get me wrong I like Matthew but I thought it was way too abrupt and fast. But overall, it was a nice touch....I mean who can say No to any type of romance!!! Also, another thing I didn't really enjoy and really annoyed me was the fact that there were so many great characters but we don't know anything about them besides their name and race! I would have really liked to know more about Cussard, Deirdre, and even more about Matthew. Considering, Matthew was a main part of the book and Emma's life..there should have been more to his past. The same thing with the Underworld king and Finn....we don't really get to know them or anything about them. That was a let down! :( But despite, my issues it was still a very enjoyable book to read!
Overall, I would say that My Enchanted Life was a fun, light read and a great book. I enjoyed many things about it and would recommend this to anybody looking for a fun way to pass their time!!! =)