Jennifer Ladd

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Smashwords book reviews by Jennifer Ladd

  • Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure (Book One of Shiewo's Odyssey) on Sep. 04, 2011

    I was emailed by the author about possibly reviewing this book, while this happens quite often, I usually unfamiliar with both the author and the book. But this request was unlike any other that I have received. The author sent me the synopsis above and a link to his website. I was elated when I say a book trailer and then the best discovery yet…there is a soundtrack to this book!! The trailer is awesome, but how many books have a specific soundtrack? I also was looking on the about the author page and found this little blurb: “Inspired by the oddness of Alice In Wonderland, the subversiveness of Roald Dahl, and the epic journey of The Wizard of Oz, Shiewo is both familiar and unique: a modern imagining of our age-old quest for something more from life." That sealed the deal for me. Okay, this book will blow your mind! I’m kind of relieved that there are no pictures in this book, and even though having looked around the author’s website I knew what most of the characters looked like, there was still a lot left up to my own imagination. I love that the story isn’t just centered on the one goal of finding the Wishing Fish. While that is the ultimate goal, there are other problems and instances that occur in the process. It was funny, thrilling and at times even a little sad. I love when books make me feel different emotions. I also love that the characters are all a little flawed and they grow throughout the course of the book. My favorite character so far is Erduu. I love how he always means well but is a little oblivious to his surroundings. He was the character that made me smile the most. Although when it comes to being oblivious, I guess the scene with Felix and the pinball machine takes the cake. This book has an amazing beginning scene that really sets up how wonderfully odd this story is. It’s something that I would expect to see Tim Burton make a movie out of, and that is very high praise. It’s quirky and unexpected but a joy to read. It’s easy to read in just a few sittings because the chapters are short and the story is very face paced. My only complaint is that I have a feeling I will have to wait awhile for book two to be released.
  • Breaking Even on Jan. 08, 2012
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    This book threw completely threw me...in a good way. It took me a little bit to figure out that the men in the book were brothers and all the women in the book were sisters-in-law or in Penelope's case, sister-in-law-to-be. Penelope is engaged to Ben and thinks that life is going well until she meets Single Dad while dropping her soon to be nephews off at school. (Note: I think usually the capitalization of the adjective noun moniker in chick lit means bad news). Breaking Even is no different. I completely took the side of the befuddled Miller brothers during this one. There's a lot of girl drama in the book that had me a mixture of amused and appalled. The really funny part is that I get the automatic female response, being a girl and all, but seeing it happen in a book is definitely surreal. I had a few moments of panic where I thought to myself "please don't let me do this." There is a really great makeover scene. Plus, having worked in the customer service field in the past, the first day working in a coffee shop scene is my personal favorite. I wish I could have done that kind of thing on my off days. I think I had dreams about doing it. This book was kind of therapeutic for me because it let me really look at my own relationship kind of analytically and see the importance of communication. It's witty, charming and a great read. I really recommend this book to anyone who loves funny chick lit reads. The pacing of it is fantastic and is a rather quick read, I finished it in an evening. It would be a great beach read; even though it's doesn't take place at a beach, there's no reason why you can't take it to the beach, right?
  • LitU: Time on July 21, 2012

    While I have never been disappointed by the authors of Lit U, seeing such varied stories by the authors themselves focused on one central theme is intriguing. Though both Time and Unearthed are both rather short in length, they are a joy to read and easy to finish in the course of an afternoon. While I enjoyed Time, I thought that it would appeal most to fans of sci-fi/fantasy genres most of all. My favorite short stories were those by the lit U authors that I was already familiar with: Mary Ann Bernal and Steven Novak, but I feel like I am very familiar with their writing styles. Though most of the stories were quite futuristic, I enjoyed The Steam Powered Pocket Watch by V.R. Christensen, it was a unique concept and very suspenseful.
  • LitU: Unearthed on July 21, 2012

    While I have never been disappointed by the authors of Lit U, seeing such varied stories by the authors themselves focused on one central theme is intriguing. Though both Time and Unearthed are both rather short in length, they are a joy to read and easy to finish in the course of an afternoon. Unearthed was my favorite of the two anthologies. I adored almost every story in this collection. I think that it will appeal to readers of any genre. It’s very straightforward mostly contemporary fiction. My favorite story with an author that I was not familiar with was called Hell Hath No Writer’s Block Like A Kitten Bored by Lael Gardner-Stalnaker. It was an adorable story that was very truthful to how kittens have a knack for getting into trouble. I think that these are very entertaining anthologies and readers will find several stories that they will like in these collections, if not adoring all of them. I would read more from Lit U authors for sure.
  • Forbidden Wings, A Mermaid's Story on Jan. 14, 2013

    Having read one of M.C. Arvanitis’ children’s’ books in the past I kind of had a feeling what to expect: a cute story with some great lessons. I was not disappointed. Having grown up on Disney movies, I think that every little girl at one point or another has wished that she was a mermaid; but never really wondered what mermaids wish for when there’s no prince around. I would never have guessed wings. Nadeea the mermaid is just one of many unique characters in Forbidden Wings but she is by far my favorite. She was born different from other mermaids and as a result was bullied. She desperately wants wings so that she can fly like faeries. I loved that Nadeea didn’t wish to be like the mermaids that bullied her, but wished to stand out even more. She goes on a quest to find someone who can make her wish come true and ends up not only making a lot of new friends but learning some important lessons about who she is and life in general. I really thought that this was a great book for kids and would greatly recommend it.
  • Forbidden Wings, A Mermaid's Story on Jan. 14, 2013

    Having read one of M.C. Arvanitis’ children’s’ books in the past I kind of had a feeling what to expect: a cute story with some great lessons. I was not disappointed. Having grown up on Disney movies, I think that every little girl at one point or another has wished that she was a mermaid; but never really wondered what mermaids wish for when there’s no prince around. I would never have guessed wings. Nadeea the mermaid is just one of many unique characters in Forbidden Wings but she is by far my favorite. She was born different from other mermaids and as a result was bullied. She desperately wants wings so that she can fly like faeries. I loved that Nadeea didn’t wish to be like the mermaids that bullied her, but wished to stand out even more. She goes on a quest to find someone who can make her wish come true and ends up not only making a lot of new friends but learning some important lessons about who she is and life in general. I really thought that this was a great book for kids and would greatly recommend it.