Anastacia Knits

Biography

I'm an avid reader, preferring YA, fantasy, historical fiction, and paranormal. I have a special fondness for anything related to Tudors or vampires!

I'm also a crazy knitter/crocheter/spinner, and do a little design work. I've been published in "Just Socks", a book by Lion Brand, featured in several "Page a Day calendars", and self-published many patterns as well.

I post some craft stuff, some personal stuff, but mainly reviews on my blog.

If you'd be interested in having me review one of your books/short stories, please contact me.

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Books

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Smashwords book reviews by Anastacia Knits

  • Traveler on Dec. 01, 2010

    It's a premise that's been done before, and everything happened way too fast. The story was over before I realized I had finished the introduction - seriously. There were also a few minor spelling/editing errors, nothing major. I'd have enjoyed the story much more if there was more to it.
  • The Mark on Dec. 01, 2010

    Wonderful, intriguing premise. Some parts could have been written a little clearer, but then again, my grammar stinks. A few things stuck out at me: your daughter is kidnapped, and you cry for hours before you go get help? And they don't believe you, until you show them the hole in the wall? Police would be all over a crime scene (yes, I know this is fantasy, but it's written as realistic fantasy, so let's be consistent). And your daughter gets admitted no problem to the hospital, even though there's a crowd outside and the doctor tells you that they are turning people away? And then you find out your daughter is going to die, and you are completely calm about it? (even though the night before, you cried for hours when she was kidnapped? So dying is OK, but kidnapping is not?) And the doctor "diagnosed" the death? Don't you mean he witnessed the death, or signed off on the death? And then, the whole thing ends with the guy waking up. Stupid - it's Dallas all over again.
  • The Taste of Miracles on Dec. 02, 2010
    (no rating)
    great story, very well written & paced, and mentions a favorite of mine, Apollo 8!
  • Outside My Window on Dec. 02, 2010

    starts a little jarringly, but you get sucked into the story right away. I enjoyed the author's style, and think it's written very well. But the story ends so quickly, I d/l other formats of the book to make sure I wasn't really missing the ending. I don't understand the ending at all - it really feels like the author just forgot to finish the story. I don't get the point.
  • Clowns in my closet on Dec. 02, 2010

    well written, but overall lacking. This is supposed to be a mystery & a horror story, and it wasn't scary at all. I didn't understand what was going on, other than the main character was afraid. And once again, another story story that ends so abrumptly, you don't even realize the story ended so you keep looking for the rest of it.
  • Fulton Ridely on Jan. 20, 2011

    Book is unreadable, due to lack of editing & spell check.
  • Carl The Caterpillar on Jan. 20, 2011

    Completely unreadable due to lack of editing/spell check, etc.
  • 2012 on Jan. 20, 2011

    That was 30 seconds of my life I won't get back! I love end-of-the-world type of movies & books, and this didn't present anything new or original except for the ending (which is the only reason why I give this 2 stars instead of 1). Could have been edited a bit better as well.
  • The Jensens on Jan. 20, 2011

    Loved it! Great story, and that old man was smart.
  • Scary Mary on Aug. 27, 2011

    It's a young adult book, about a girl who can hear ghosts. It's extremely well written & edited, & is better then a lot of the books I get to review that you have to pay money for. The plot moves along very well, there are no slow parts, & the story wraps up very nicely in the end. It's well worth the read. I'd love to hear more about Scary Mary, as she's just a fun, scarcastic, great all around character.
  • Talented (Talented Saga #1) on Aug. 07, 2012

    I love Talented! :) Here's a bit of the synopsis... "Talia Lyons is Talented. Born after a nuclear spill, she is part of a new generation that possesses special abilities; Talia can read the minds of others and manipulate their thoughts. Whether Morphers, Light Manipulators or Telekinetics, the Talented are taught to control their abilities under the protective eye of the government- to use their Talents for good. But all Talia wants is revenge." I don't really read dystopian books, but I find myself enjoying them more & more when I read them, & this one is no exception. The book is staged in a world much like ours, but where politics are much different (and not explained all that much), & some children grow up with a wealth of different "talents". This book strangely reminds me of a short story I wrote as a kid, where all the kids have magical abilities, including the one Talia Lyons (the main character in Talented) has, the ability to not only read people's thoughts, but manipulate them as well. The only thing I wasn't crazy about, was there are quite a few storylines in the book that are rather predictable, at least to me, but it didn't make the book any more enjoyable or fun to read. It is a young adult book, after all. I can't wait to read the next book. There are some minor typos, words missing or written in the wrong order, but nothing major. I usually won't read books if they aren't edited well, but this one only has a few & they don't occur (or at least I didn't see any) until the latter half of the book. I received a review copy of this book for free.
  • Outside - a post-apocalyptic novel (Outside Series #1) on Nov. 19, 2013

    I am more and more getting into dystopian novels so I was thrilled to join in this tour. I love books that are in series, too so I was doubly excited. That being said, I was very confused reading the first half of the book. It goes back and forth between two characters, the past and the present, and I wasn't picking up on that at all. I was also disappointed that the editing wasn't better, something that really bugs me. I'm by no means a writer and by no means do I know or follow all the grammatical rules out there, but I kept seeing little things pop up that slowed down the story line for me because I was distracted by the errors. Another thing that kept bugging me was Riley kept acting way too mature for her 16 year old age, from the very beginning. Her friend tells her that her sister was murdered, and she thanks him, telling him how hard that must have been for him to tell her the truth. Come on, seriously? Your sister was just killed and you are telling your friend how hard it must be for HIM? Do you know any adults that would have the presence of mind to say such a thing in that situation, let alone a teenager? All in all though, the story is a good one, has lots of twists and turns to keep things interesting, but the story is really only good the last 1/3.
  • The Clearing (Outside Series #2) on Nov. 19, 2013

    Book 2. This is another book with alternating characters and storylines - not my favorite plot device, until the two threads merge. The book starts shortly after the second one - this series is definitely one in which you need to read all of the books, or you'll really be lost. The beginning starts with a great scene that sets the tone for the rest of the book. There's an underlining theme of brainwashing and cults, something I have a hard time stomaching. The book is written better than the first one, I think, but I had a hard time with the themes in this book.