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Smashwords book reviews by Rita K
- The New Death and others
on Feb. 27, 2012
The stories and poems were combinations of modern themes, ideas and/or phenomenons (things like Facebook or bad music that's inexplicably popular), and an older style of story-telling - something akin to folklore or myths. It was a cute and quick read but not the best thing out there because sometimes the wording just didn't work with the setting. It was something different for me to read though, I don't think I've come across this kind of book before.
- Dirty Little Angels
on June 13, 2012
Not exactly the kind of book I usually read. It was very gritty, very dark. If it had been a bit longer more could have been developed in terms of characters, plots - just some tying-up of loose details maybe. While I didn't particularly enjoy it as much as I enjoy most books, it wasn't bad, but the warning was very correct - this is not a book for young people. It seemed quite realistic in terms of characters reacting to their situation and difficult circumstances - not the picture of perfection or someone you'd want to be like but very real in desperation. I liked the title.
- Walk Through Fire - A Blood and Tears Prequel Novella
on Aug. 14, 2012
I'll be honest, after reading an incredible book, this one kind of paled. Thought the two can't be at all compared, I was really impressed and this book failed to capture my attention. Towards the end, I felt less lost than I had been feeling throughout reading the story and I did start to care much more about the characters and where they were heading, but I really wish I understood more about their beginnings and history. It was a weird book about what I can only assume is an "army-for-hire" (something I learned about in a political science class but had never heard of before) and there's some mystery of the main character's, Jonrell's, past that he's going back to (in the next installment of the series) as well as some mystery surrounding Cassus. There was some familial love/bonding going on too, which seemed uncharacteristic for hardened army men. Throw in some mages too and overall, it was an interesting book but nothing overly exciting. I would like to read more of the story though to find out what Jonrell, Cassus and Yanasi are all about and where they end up.
Oh, and I was really confused my the book numbering because it seemed like I was reading "Book 2" but there was an excerpt from the next story which was called "Book 1" but did clearly pick up where this story had ended so...
Anyway, it was a good read, but not an amazing story that I would recommend up and down to strangers on the street (like I would with the previous book I finished) ... I really wish I had more positive things to say...