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Smashwords book reviews by Aubrie Dionne
- Soul Quest
on March 22, 2011
In Soul Quest, Angels walk the earth, but they’re not all good. It’s the Aengels Liv has to look out for, because they steal people’s souls. They’re the culprits behind the September 11th attacks. They feed off humanity, and the angry souls fizzle around their faces in death masks.
Liv is not a normal high school freshman. She’s also an Oracle of Earth. One of four human-born Oracles, Liv has the power to battle the Aengels and the even more powerful Daevas, Aengels that have undergone full transformation. It’s up to her and the other three human-born Oracles to save humanity from their destruction. Guided by her Guardian, Beau, Liv must fully realize and develop her talents along with her friends. But being an Oracle of Earth has its downfalls. Her love interest, Jedd, is a normal human, and her powers threaten to come between them.
Soul Quest is rich with re-imagined folklore and has a great teen narrative voice. Set in the year 2015 with flashbacks dating back to Sept 11th, 2001 it deals with the tragedy in a unique way. Amy Maurer Jones has imagined her world with fully realized mythological beings in various forms. This is one complex world cool enough to lose yourself in.
I especially enjoyed the chapters in Liv’s point of view. I loved reading her thoughts on starting high school, falling for her best friend, and discovering her powers. She is a strong character that jumps right off the page.
I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys teen paranormal love stories.
- Dancing With Fate
on June 28, 2011
Mythology expertly spun into romance and fairytale
The Celts’ spirits are down from battle, and Apollo asks Terpsichore, the muse of dance, to return to Earth and inspire them. She must forgo her powers and roam among the people as a mortal woman, trying not to be noticed. But she is noticed, for the Gods have secret plans.
When Terpsichore, known as Cora on Earth, finishes her task, she decides to swim in a mountain spring in the forest. After drinking a sip of enchanted wine, she loses herself in dance and song. Her nude dance by the spring captivates a man named Myrddin, who invites her to share his evening meal.
Terpsichore is drawn to Myrddin. Although he is human, there is something special about him, and she longs to get to know him better. She accepts his offer and joins him for dinner. At dinner, she learns he is on a quest to save his betrothed. Both of them hold secrets from each other, and only time will draw them out.
Little does she know the Gods have plans for her, and the stakes are high.
Sweet Terpsichore may be immortal, but she has the same feelings and urges as any woman, and I wanted her to find happiness with Myrddin. With poetic prose and sizzling romance, this story is a must read for mythology and fantasy fans alike.
- In the Mirror (A Short Story)
on Oct. 18, 2011
A fantastic short story that proves magic is around us, even if we can't see it.
- Fighting Gravity
on April 25, 2012
A roller coaster ride with a sweet interstellar romance at its core…
Phoebus is a young Aresian escaping from his home planet to avoid executing fellow Aresians as part of his job. He has a Daimon inside him, a very special spirit guide that only occurs once a century. He doesn’t want it, but it has chosen him for reasons he can’t explain. He crashes on a post-apocalyptic Earth, and is taken prisoner by a band of young men who’ve lost their purpose in life.
Marissa is bound to be married to a village elder as his third wife. All the eligible bachelors in town left for a better life. She escapes in the middle of the night, journeying to St. Louis in hopes of a better life. Filled with guilt and despair, she stumbles upon a crashed space ship.
But, the village men have come back. They couldn’t find anything better in St. Louis, and now all they want to do is steal and have some fun. They capture Marissa and tie her up as they decide what to do with her. But, there’s another prisoner down in the cellar, a young Aresian that will change Marissa’s life.
Fighting Gravity is a story about two lost souls escaping oppression and trying to find a better life. They realize their “better life” can be found in one another. But, will they survive to enjoy their future together? Reich takes the reader on a thrill ride of an adventure. Not only does Phoebus and Marissa find each other, but they also discover a lot about themselves. There’s a great deal of soul searching, and I love how the characters develop and grow together in such a short time. The backstories that unfold throughout the tale are so intricate and well thought out, I loved finding out more about each character. The different culture on Aresian was so intriguing, it left me hoping Reich writes an entire book about Aresia.
I recommend this book to all futuristic fantasy and romance fans.
- Women of Foxwick
on June 25, 2012
Excellent word building and charming story telling create a fantastical atmosphere that will transport you to another world.
Women of Foxwick chronicles all of the powerful and clever woman living in Foxwick from the rulers down to the peasants and minstrels. Each tale works on its own, but they also tie together nicely to weave a tapestry of a well imagined world. Lady Bard is one of my personal favorites, telling a story about a lute player that must save the prince with her music to stay alive. Lady Death is a much darker quest story that really pulls on your heartstrings. Mage Game reminded me of a fantasy version of the Hunger Games- very neat and fun to read!
Each story features a strong female protagonist and gives you a window into the Foxwick world.
- Once Upon a December Nightmare
on Sep. 18, 2012
A chilling story of an urban legend dating back to the Civil War.
Four friends travel a seldom used back road in the middle of a cold December night on a joyride straight to hell. Two are sisters, two are boyfriend and girlfriend, and two are best friends. Only when the claws come out do we see where the loyalties lie.
Once Upon a December Nightmare is very scary. Reich plays upon what we all fear most: the unknown. She incorporates a neat dose of Civil War history, and creates her own urban legend. The characters are excellently done with well rounded back stories and secrets that lead them to their own brutal ends.
The imagery is stark and chilling with “brake lights” that “ bathe the trees in red” and a forest of trees that “lines the path like enemy soldiers”. Sounds are littered throughout deep silence like a great horror movie. The forest “cracks like a gun shot” and you hear the sound of “clothes ripping.”
Don’t read this story in the dark!