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Smashwords book reviews by Amy

  • A Bed of Knives on July 18, 2012

    The worst part about this book? That it's over. I had such a good time reading this story. I looked down and my iPad said I was on page 332/335 and I frowned because I was so sad it was almost over. I definitely could have (and would have) read more about Gina, Spider, Eddie, and Rose. I easily could have read this book in one sitting because it kept my interest that well. However, things kept coming up to take my attention away. But while I was away I was constantly wondering about what was going to happen. The characters are interesting, relatable, and believable. I was truly interested in finding out what was going to happen to each of them. I enjoyed learning about each of them, especially Gina. One issue I had (and it's no one's fault) was the lingo. I'm from the US so there was a bit of lingo I didn't understand. But it was a simple remedy thanks to google. Other than that, the only other issue I had with [book:A Bed of Knives|13570863] was the ending. It just felt a little rushed to me. We find out so much about what happens over the course of these five-six years then BAM it rushes through the best part (in my opinion). I felt a little cheated. I wanted more detail at that point. But it wasn't a horrible ending or anything, I just wanted more; maybe I'm just greedy. The explicit scenes in the book weren't tasteless or raunchy. It was accurate to what it was and what teenagers do. I think this helped make the characters and the story as a whole more relatable. All in all, I'm very appreciative of the free copy I received of this book and quite delighted I had the opportunity to read this story. :)
  • Mobster's Girl on Oct. 07, 2012

    Wow! I read this book in just a few short hours tonight. It totally sucked me in! I loved Megan and Antonio and their relationship. I received this book for free from the author and I am so thankful. Based on the description, it didn't really sound like something I normally like, but I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did. I loved the story. The "twist" seemed a little predictable, but it wasn't totally obvious. I'm sad I can't recommend this book to my middle school's librarian because of the cursing. I am glad that Amy Rachiele didn't make it a smut book. When I read YA romance, I was worried there might be too much of a focus on the physical. While I enjoy books like that from time to time, it just seems it distracts from the plot and a lot of authors don't write that kind of stuff very well. I really enjoyed Amy Rachiele's writing style. I also really liked having the switching POVs between Megan and Tonio. It's always great, to me, to get to hear the other person's point of view and what they're thinking. Such a quick and easy read that really sucks you in...just my kind of book! All in all, I'm so thankful for my free copy and I can't wait to read about what happens next for Megan and Antonio!! :D Rating: definitely 4.5/5 stars. Remember, I'm very stingy with my 5 star ratings. But this was so close, so it deserves better than just a 4 star rating. Additionally: I bought the second book, Awakening the Mobster, today and read it all in one sitting. I LOVED it!! I couldn't put it down. Make sure you pick up the second book right away!
  • Awakening the Mobster (Book 2) on Oct. 07, 2012

    Ahh!! I loved it!! I read this book in about 3 hours or so this afternoon. I got the first book in the series, Mobster's Girl, for free and it left me dying to know what happens next. I bought this book on smashwords this afternoon and read it all in one sitting. The story totally sucks you in. I love the romance aspect as well as the action aspect. I really enjoyed getting to know Vito in this book. He's such a cool character. I kept wondering: does he have a thing for Erin? He was so protective of her. Troy really got on my nerves in this book. He was such a sarcastic dick, but I guess it stems from the whole jealousy thing. He did get better towards the end. Now I'm just dying to know what is going to happen to Megan and Tonio. This book leaves you with such a cliff's unbearable. I hope Amy Rachiele is furiously writing the third book as I type this. I just have to know what happens next! Here's to hoping I don't have to wait too long! :) I really enjoy Amy Rachiele's writing style. I'm so expert on writing or the terms you're supposed to use. But I know what I like and I really like reading Amy Rachiele's writing. There's just something in her descriptions and dialogue that make it all flow so easily.
  • The First on Oct. 24, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book for one main reason and that was it's uniqueness. I've never read a book with a plot like The First. It was different in a good way. I really enjoyed Violet and learning about her powers. I was worried at first that I wasn't going to like it because of the fantasy elements, but it was quite believable and interesting. The last 1/3 of the book really sucked me in. I just couldn't stop reading. After Cassie got back from the orchard I just knew the proverbial sh*t was going to hit the fan. I didn't know the action was going to be that enthralling though. I was reading at a restaurant that was closing when I had just a little bit left and it killed me to have to stop and drive home then finish the book. Thank you to the author, Sara Zaske, for the opportunity to read such a unique story. It was most enjoyable. Sorry my review is so short. I just think I summed it up very concisely. Five stars for the action and uniqueness of the plot. Great read!
  • Mobster's Vendetta on July 02, 2013

    AHHH!! Why is it over?!?! I want to read more books about Megan and Tonio NOWWWWW!!! Gimme gimme!!!! Ok, enough of that silliness. I enjoyed Mobster's Vendetta very much. I just think it went too fast. I know I'm not a fast reader, but for some reason I keep getting through Rachiele's books super fast. Maybe it's because I enjoy the story so much. On that note, I absolutely cannot wait until Vito and Erin's story comes out!! YAY!!!! I'm having too much of a fangirl moment to write a proper review. I can only say I love this series and anyone else who likes a little romance mixed in with their action and drama should give it a shot.