Amy Sanders

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Smashwords book reviews by Amy Sanders

  • Lest The Dew Rust Them on April 05, 2013

    received this book from author in exchange for my honest opinion of it. My Thoughts: The title was an interesting one and very unique, whereas the cover photo didn't inspire me to want to reach for it. However much emphasis I do put on the cover illustrations, I will read a book even if I am not a fan of the illustrations. I am glad I did. Lest the Dew Rust Them is an interesting mix of crime drama, mystery, historical fiction, and (probably just to me) political satire. Many of the characters tended to get on my nerves for their blatant racial profiling that they were capable of doing; whereas some of the characters were just idiotic in their lives. My favorite character in the whole book was without a doubt, Alexander Suten - Mdjai for many reasons. He is a honorable person. Even as he is being suspected for some very heinous crimes all because of a title, he is helpful and polite throughout it all. Another reason I respected him so much is because of his knowledge and talent. He is a hell of a storyteller and I enjoyed hearing about the history of each blade he owned. Personally, these were my favorite parts in the story;the accounts of the blades and his ancestors' use of them. Because of this section, the supernatural fan in me was hoping for some type of reincarnation like plot thread, but alas there was none. But again, that is just me. There are other characters in the story that play some major parts in the story, like the Homeland Security director, as well as the antagonists too, but they really didn't capture my attention like Alexander Suten-Mdjai did. I will mention that I had high hopes for the antagonists being pretty worthy opponents but towards the middle and end I was just disappointed in their ways. It seemed like they really didn't have any idea what they were doing, although, that could have been the deliberate doing of the author. I did wish that we weren't informed of the criminals so early in the book. It would have been more mysterious if we may have had to guess at their identities first. The plot was a creative one as well as the choice of weapons interesting. Also the manner in which many of the victims were destroyed was also entertaining for a crime drama. There was a strong message going throughout the story that shows us how civilization will slowly break down when people get scared. Accusations, racial slurs, and bigotry become more commonplace as people lose their securities and feel like they are being boxed in by something they can't control and can't understand. I felt like Mr. Drakich really understood this and made it an important part in his book for people to grasp. I wasn't wholly impressed with this story but at the same time I did find parts that were interesting enough that kept me turning the pages and finishing the book. The criminals as well as the police caused me to see it more of a satire in many ways. I would have enjoyed the Sword Masters to be a little more adept at the mission they were trying to accomplish and I was a little disappointed in police's ability to find them. But all in all, the story was an okay read and I am going to give it four hearts because even though there were areas that I disliked; I found myself being drawn into the story,turning page after page, until I was already at the end. And I was not expecting it to end the way it did, so yay for twists! [Though in this case I am not really in love with it; I did think it merited a four heart{or stars} rating for the implications shown when the society gets scared]
  • Trials of Truth (Bloodtruth #3) on April 11, 2013

    My Thoughts: I have been a huge fan of this series ever since I found it! Cege Smith is a very creative author that creates worlds that are very similar to ours with emotions that we can all relate to: fear, betrayal, grief, and most importantly love. Trials of Truth basically picks up pretty much right where The Queen's Betrayal leaves off. Connor and Angeline are finding themselves ensnared in a trap the Clan has been planning for a long time. The characters in this novel work good together. Connor and Angeline are very smart and do not have the "insta-love" element to them that most young adult protagonists do. They do, however, have the tragic love written all over them. And it is interesting to see how they deal with the problems that arise from their love for each other. It seems like everyone in the story so far, has to choose how far they are willing to go to save people and in the process, maybe lose themselves too. I did find that the story seemed to go a little slow, especially where the Queen's Court drama pertained to. And I am not a huge fan of Malin but I do think he will redeem himself in the end. At least I hope he does. This book leaves off on a huge cliffhanger which had me a little shell shocked. I was like, " What? Oh come on, just give me a little bit more!!" I am not a huge fan of cliff hangers because I hate to wait but this one was pretty good at the abruptness of it. But it served its purpose because now I am so intensely waiting for the next book! All in all, I am really digging this series as it takes us farther and farther into the lies, deceit, politics, and even the truth of the real histories of the Robart family. I think in this story the truth may be the darkest part of all. So if you are interested in the High Court drama, with a mixture of the supernatural element such as witches, vampires and an all knowing cult Clan then you should definitely grab these up. Four hearts.