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Smashwords book reviews by Amanda
- Musical Chairs
on May 08, 2012
I won a copy of Musical Chairs through LibraryThing.
Annabel is a vampire that gets 1 high school student kill a year, and she wants to make it a good one. She plots and plans to infiltrate herself into a group, so she'll be able to taste the fear and betrayal as she feeds. And what better clique to become involved with than an emo one. Just thinking about America's tortured youth makes me want to cut myself. The length of the book is short and sweet, leaving you wanting more. Which I do. I'm going to purchase the next in the series after doing my review. I want to find out what becomes of mousy Deblin, why Aiden is so stand offish, and why Bane thinks he has a chance with a hot vampire chick.
- Uncertainty (Gravity series, 2)
on May 09, 2012
I won a copy of Uncertainty through LibraryThing. And after reading Gravity, all I could say was "Yay!"
Uncertainty starts out with Ariel starting summer break, about a year after her best friend Jenna went missing. Jenna's body has fortunately been found and buried, and Ariel isn't having the dreams of her anymore. Well, thanks to modern medicine. Ariel is sick of being in a Benzo fog, so she decides to take herself off her meds (NOT a good idea btw) and as soon as she does this, she gets her best friend back! As a ghost, but still. Jenna can't remember anything that's happened, still thinks she's alive and insists they just finished freshman year. Meanwhile, Henry decides he actually misses Ariel, and wants to at least be her friend again. So glad I'm not a teenager living in Hell. Uncertainty left me a little, well, uncertain about how this was all going to go, and end. I was glad we got some answers about Jenna, but just as we were about to get some more- dum dum DUM!- the secret sharer wasn't sharing anymore! And I didn't have too much left of the book! Luckily I got on Miss Boyd's blog to see she is in the process of working on the 3rd installment. THANK GOD! Because there is no UNCERTAINTY about it, I want more! I want more of Henry and Ariel, I want to know all the dirty little secrets this cult town Hell posesses, and I want to find out if all those snobs get their due! Until then, I'll wait with bated breath...
on May 14, 2012
Paraglide is about a boy, Jim Winters (age 15) and his sister Erica (age 9) that are trying to find their missing father in 6 days, because their mother gets kidnapped while they are on vacation in England. The bad guys believe Jim's father has stolen some jewels, and they want them back in exchange for Mrs. Winters. I gave this book 3 stars, and found it likable, more for the 10-14 age group. I had a hard time finding it believeable, maybe because I've never met a 9 yr old as smart as what Erica seemed to be. The kids caught on to clues pretty quickly, as well as escaped captors and goons better than most adults would ever be able to. Paraglide was a fun, light read, taking you on a journey across Europe, and I found it well written, if not a little more juvenile than what I'm used to.
- The Town
on May 30, 2012
I won a copy of The Town from Library Thing.
The Town starts out with a man stumbling into a town, after fighting his way through a dust storm. His name is never given, nor is it known what exactly his reason for going from town to town is, until the end. He stays with Mindy and Darvey in exchange for helping them repair their barn, and all the while, he keeps remembering bits of his past. He has a dirty bandage on his hand, covering the green light, and it's not clear if he's some sort of alien or something else. I liked The Town ok, but I like to have my stories explained a little more. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy mystery, just not the complete unknown. I kept getting frustrated towards the end when he kept referring to his reason for destroying the town as THEM/HIM and it's still unclear to me exactly what THEY are. The writing was good, the story mediocre.
- Faelorehn - Book One of the Otherworld Trilogy
on Sep. 03, 2012
I received a copy of Faelorehn courtesy of Library Thing in exchange for a review.
Meghan is a junior in high school that doesn't quite fit in. It could be because of her always changing eye color, the fact that she's somehow 'different' from her peers. It doesn't help that she hears voices and the trees talk to her. But she's accepted her oddities and has found great friendship with 4 other misfits from her private school. Things start to get weird after Meghan sleep walks into the swamp area behind her house, where she meets and is rescued by Cade.
I really wish Cade and Meghan would've developed more in the story, especially after Cade told Meghan who she really was (sort of) and where she came from. I'm not so sure Meghan was such a believable character at first. Had someone told me that I wasn't quite human, but from an Otherworld, I would be asking all sorts of questions and wanting answers for every one of them! Meghan just seemed to not care as much.
Overall, the story held my attention, and I really started to enjoy it around the middle. I look forward to reading the next in the trilogy!
- The Danger with Sinners **With bonus extra** Double the Sin
on Sep. 04, 2012
I recieved a copy of Danger with Sinners courtesy of LibraryThing via Smashwords
I'm not sure if it's because Danger with Sinners is the third book in the series, but I felt like it had too many gaps in the story. I really enjoyed this book, and wanted to enjoy it more, but it just left me with more questions than answers. The characters weren't really developed, and I would've liked to read more of their back stories, or get to know them better. I really enjoyed the story with in a story about Heru and Kamilah, set in Egypt 2000 years ago. I just wishing would've been expanded on. I will try to read the rest of the books in the Sinners series and see if I can't make more sense of things, because I'd really like to continue with the story and possibly raise my review.
- Erotic Seduction
on Dec. 05, 2012
I recieved a copy of Erotic Seduction courtesy of Tom Barry and LibraryThing in exchange for a review.
I started Erotic Seduction not realizing the characters were also the ones from When the Siren Calls. I enjoyed the 3 short stories for the most part, and am going to read the full version of When the Siren Calls. I'm hoping the full book is a little more erotic and involved, and for sure gives more back story with the characters. Maybe I should've read it first, but either way, I'm already intrigued.