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Smashwords book reviews by Ashley Eisen
- Cabbage, Strudel and Trams (Part I: Czechoslovakia)
on March 01, 2011
A quick entertaining and enjoyable book. The story is about the life of Vendula, a teenager growing up in Communist Czechoslovakia, and her family and friends. The book describes life in the Soviet Union, everything from surveillance to shortages. Through the course of the book Vendula deals with issues that all teens face including getting her heart broken and her first kiss. The illustrations were fun, and added to the humour of the book. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading part 2.
- Entangled in Darkness
on May 09, 2011
This book was really intense and sad. The author does a really great job of showing how mental illness not only affects the individual suffering the mental illness but also how it affects an entire family.
I enjoyed this book but there were a few things that the author could have improved. I didn't like how time would jump between paragraphs or even sentences and there were be no indication that you're at a different point in time, it would be nice if the time changed with a new chapter. Also, the ebook could have used a bit more editing, some of the words were spelled wrong or the wrong word was used.
- Heart Stealer
on June 09, 2011
A great romance book. I found the characters likable and wanted to see them end up together and happy. The book was romantic and cute without being cheesy.
on Oct. 28, 2011
I found this book interesting. It brought up interesting ideas about the afterlife and a persons purpose after they are dead. I found this book interesting, and overall I enjoyed it.
- Not Really Mr. Smith
on Jan. 22, 2012
This book was ok. I found it hard to relate to the characters, especially the main character Aden, who refuses to deal with reality, and has kind of annoying ways of creating her own reality. I also found that the book ended really quickly. The book was sweet, but I found it hard to get into because of my dislike for the main character.
- Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools
on March 05, 2012
I loved reading about the adventures of Victoria and her husband, Joe, in Spain. The stories were funny, and the people all very likeable. After reading this book I want to move to a small town in Spain too.
The recipes are a great bonus. I haven't tried any yet, but they look really good.
- Edge of a Dream
on April 14, 2012
Overall I thought that this book was pretty good. The main character, Rija, a recent immigrant from Sarajevo works hard just to make ends meet after her husband leaves her and her child. After working so hard during the entire book, the ending wraps up too well. I enjoyed the book a lot, but found the ending to be a bit too convenient.
- Life is More Than Candy Hearts
on July 12, 2012
I really enjoyed these three stories. Though I found them a bit cheesy and predictable they were still really enjoyable to read. All three stories were very different, but the stories and romance were really sweet.
- The Torturer's Daughter
on Dec. 12, 2012
I found this book disturbing, but really good and well written. The characters were well developed and the emotional decisions they faced were believable because of this development.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
- Confessions From a Moving Van
on Feb. 20, 2013
This book was out of the ordinary and a bit unusual. The lives of five people are told through the eyes of the moving van that moves them across the country. This book is easily read in an afternoon. I really enjoy short stories and found this book interesting and fun to read.