Victoria Hartman

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  • Faelorehn - Book One of the Otherworld Trilogy on June 02, 2012

    I received this book throught he ARR program on Goodreads to read and review. The things I liked- The storyline was good and the characters were likeable. I don't read a lot of fantasy books but I found myself looking forward to what was coming next. It was a quick read and I really liked the descriptions of the world they lived in and the forest. I could easily picture it in my mind. The dynamics between Meghan and Cade were interesting and made it hard to put down because I wanted to find out what would happen next. The things I didn't particularly like- There were a lot of extra characters that didn't seem to really have much to do with the story, but instead gave me a lot more to keep up with (ex.- her brothers, there were so many of them and they didn't seem to have much to do with anything) I think it needs a little more editing ( ex. - in one part it talks about her seeing birds and it says "These ones had red eyes")and it repeats a lot of things ( ex. she describes herself as crazy and different, and that people think she is odd- over and over again...I get it, she is different)The pace was slow at times with a lot it spent on Meghan waiting for Cade to show up and just hanging out at school or home. I am hoping that this first book is just setting up for more action to take place in the next installment. I am thankful to the Author Jenna Johnson for allowing me to have copy of this book to read and review and look forward to seeing more books from her in the future.
  • Reflection on June 11, 2012

    I read this book through the ARR program on Goodreads. This was a very good book about a girl who heads off to college, falls in love, and then finds out she has been in a coma and is trying to distinguish between what is real or not real in her mind. The first few chapters were a little confusing to me, I had a hard time keeping up with what was real versus imagined. The POV changed between being in Heather's mind and the third person and it seemed a little disconnected in the flow between the two, but about 3 chapters in it seemed to smooth out and I got hooked. The characters were likeable and the writing was very detailed and descriptive. I could easily picture the characters and scenes in my head. I found myself reading more and more because I wanted to know what the outcome of it all would be. I thought about all the different endings and possible twists as I read and it kept me engrossed. The ending was not what I expected but it was good and I was thrilled to learn there would be a sequel soon. It wrapped up well and didn't leave me hanging off a cliff, but still left me wanting more. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review this book and I can't wait to read the next one.
  • Talented (Talented Saga #1) on June 22, 2012

    This was a free book I received throught he ARR program on Goodreads. This was a really good book. I loved Talia- I thought she was strong and very likeable. While this story is in a futuristic setting and the characters all have special abilities it felt real and believable. I loved the three main characters. Talia was a great lead and I liked being in her head. Erik is very intriguing and I like that he doesn't tell all about himself- there is an air of mystery to him that I really like. Donavan is interesting and even with all that happened with him and Talia I still found myself liking him, although I am really pulling for Erik :) The pace was fast and easy to follow. I was thankful that the author didn't bog me down with tons of details about their abilities and the fallout that caused them, but I had enough information to understand exactly what was going on and why. I liked that the story kept me guessing and I found I couldn't put it down. The only thing I would have to say I had a hard time with was that it needs a little better editing, there were quite a few grammatical mistakes that I would have to read over twice to figure out what it was supposed to mean, but it wasn't a big deal over all and it ws worth it in the end! I have already purchased and read the next one and am looking forward to the third installment. I am so thankful I signed up for this book because I am hooked :)
  • Fated Dreams (Book One In The Affinity Series) on July 03, 2012

    This was a love story/ mystery book I received as part of the ARR program on Goodreads. It is not a book I would typically read but I chose to sign up for it because I was intrigued by the storyline and thought it sounded interesting. I liked a lot of things about this book. Sarah, the main character ( the book is written from her perspective), is strong and she doesn't play the victim. I liked that she seemed believable and she was easy to relate to, however, I thought sometimes she was a little predictable and didn't always make the smartest choices. Lucas, the love interest, was likeable and I found myself liking him more and more as the story went on. The supporting characters were well written and made the story interesting. I liked that the mystery kept me guessing until the end and that everyone seemed suspicious in some way so that you never knew who was good or who was bad. The things I didn't particularly like were that the story seemed a little slow paced at times. It took a while to build up the story and then the ending seemed a little rushed to me. The editing could use some work. There were a lot of grammatical and punctuation errors. I would sometimes have to re-read a line to figure out the punctuation. Overall it was a good read and kept me interested throughout. I look forward to the next one in this series. Thank you to the author for allowing me to have a copy to read.
  • Brunswick on July 25, 2012

    I read this book as part of the ARR program on goodreads. I enjoyed the storyline and I thought that it was fun adventure story that reminded me of the adventures I used to read when I was younger. I liked the twists and turns and thought it was very imaginative. I had a hard time with the grammatical errors, the pace was slow at times and it took me a while to get hooked in. It seemed like a younger book than what I originally thought, although the character was supposed to be 15, I thought the target audience would be more around the 11-13 range. Most of the YA books I read the characters almost seem grown-up and easier to picture as older and wiser than their age, but I thought that Johnathan acted younger and was hard to visualize as an older teen. All in all it was a good read and I am glad I got the opportunity to read it.
  • Mobster's Girl on Oct. 30, 2012

    Received this book through the ARR program on Goodreads. This book was a surprisingly good read. The things I liked most about this book were the main characters. They were all likeable and easy to visualize. I also liked that it was a quick read with enough action to keep it moving and once I started I didn't want to put it down. There were a couple of things I did not like such as the poor editing. I felt like there were a lot of punctuation issues and grammatical errors. I also thought it was a little predictable and that the characters were somewhat one dimensional. They fit their chosen stereotypes almost to the letter which didn't leave a lot of room for them to be intriguing or a little mysterious. I felt like there was no hidden qualities about them which would have made them more interesting. The Irish girl with red hair who was kind of a good girl and never got into trouble ane the bad boy from the mob family who drank and cursed and beat people up and was trouble, just too predictable. Over all I was interested in what happened to them and look forward to the next installment.
  • Into the Night on April 05, 2013

    I was gifted a free copy of this book through a Read 4 Review program on Goodreads. I liked this story. The plot was interesting and different, a guy named Logan needs a job and he finds a mysterious ad looking for someone to help display a collection in exchange for payment, room and meals. He takes the job which ends up being a job in which he has to fight supernatural beings, which are the collection, including werewolves, leprechauns, vampires, zombies, etc. I thought the book started out good, but I found myself getting bogged down in all the detail. The Author was very descriptive and detailed, which can be a good thing, but in this case seemed to be a little too much. Logan, the main character, was an o.k. guy, but I never felt very connected to him. He was just missing something for me, he seemed average, but not as strong of a main character as I would have liked. I found myself enjoying the side characters more. I liked Penny and Zane, they were mysterious and intriguing. I also liked AJ and Mack, and even Gena and Jackson sucked me in and made me want to know more about them, I just wished I had that same pull from Logan since he was the one the book was actually written about. I thought the setting was creative and I liked the blend of creatures and supernatural beings that were included. Pepper was interesting although I was hoping for a little more to her story with Logan, but maybe that is being kept for another installment. I thought the fight scenes were good and helped add some action and excitement to the story. Overall the writing was pretty good and the editing was o.k. There were a few mistakes and misspelled words, but it was minimal and tolerable. I think the series has potential and I would probably read the second one if given the chance because this one does leave you hanging at the end, which I am not a big fan of, but it was still a good story and I am glad I had the opportunity to read it.