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Smashwords book reviews by Angie Lisle
- A Charming Cure
on Oct. 12, 2012
I received a free copy of this book for review from the author.
There's a couple typos but this is a fun story that reads quickly. The main character, June Heal, has recently moved to Whispering Falls where she runs a potions shop called The Charming Cure. There's a lot of magical characters in the town (and set-up for future stories). It will be interesting to see where this series goes.
on Oct. 16, 2012
An onmyouji mystic is hired to protect a bride on her wedding day and when a kitsune, a fox-woman, begins playing pranks, the mystic must figure out: who is the kitsune?
A well-written who-done-it style story refreshed by the utilization of Japanese folklore. The story quickly pulled me in and left me wanting more. I love that I didn't solve the mystery until reaching the very end of the story!
My only complaint - I wish a glossary was included to make it easier to look up the Japanese terms that were unfamiliar to me.
I will definitely watch for future stories by this author!
- Elements of the Undead - Omnibus Edition (Books One - Three)
on Dec. 17, 2012
A typical zombie plot with graphic violence and some gore - this kept me coming back every time. I wanted to know who would die next. There are a few editorial/organization issues but the action-packed story utilizes Noir-style prose to move scenes along quickly. Mr. Esmont isn't afraid to kill his characters, which allows the plot to be unpredictable. The only expectation I kept was that anyone and everyone would probably die.
I received a free copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for a review.
- The Evolution of Human Intellect --- Discover the Information that Schools and Religions Aren’t Yet Teaching
on Feb. 03, 2013
Immediately, we learn that this book is parts of two other books that have been cut and squished together. The premise of the book -to discuss the evolution of human intelligence- is convoluted within an account of a Disney-like theme ride. I found this to be a frustrating read.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review