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Smashwords book reviews by Cara Crabtree
- S.P.I.R.I.T. Fire Storm
on Oct. 12, 2012
Summary: Sam has woken up outside a church that has just exploded, not knowing how she has gotten there. She runs into a mysterious stranger in army fatigues named Zander. He is in a special branch of the Army. This branch is called S.P.I.R.I.T. They hunt down evil ghosts in order to stop them. The problem is Sam shouldn't be able to see Zander, or any of them. So why can she? And where did this feeling of recognition and attraction come from since they have never met each other before?
While, she spends time with Zander, and his crew while they try to figure out why she magically appeared during their mission she discovers that she has developed the ability to catch things on fire. Zander has developed the ability to cause storms and make lightning. Pretty soon they figure out that they have a ghoul after them. The ghoul wants Sam's soul for himself. With the help of Zander and his crew, will she be able to figure out what is happening and stop the ghoul from taking her soul before it is too late?
Review: I really liked this story. It is the perfect story to read during October with all the ghosts and stuff. This story was pretty fast paced, and it was hard to get bored because it kept up the momentum.
Zander is the perfect guy. He is smart, strong, and sexy. He is the type of guy that will make any girl's heart melt.
Sam is pretty awesome. She isn't afraid to do what has to be done. She doesn't wait for people to do all the work for her. She is strong and brave.
Their relationship throughout the story is pretty strong. It wasn't hard for me to feel the connection between them. They did have a pretty steamy connection. It does contain sex scenes, so if you are uncomfortable with those I wouldn't recommend you read this. If you are comfortable with them then this book is definitely for you. They were pretty hot.
At the beginning there were a few scenes that kind of confused me, but towards the end they quickly made sense. Everything makes sense at the end, so don't let some confusion in the beginning get you discouraged about this book. There isn't too much world building, there is just enough for everything to make sense, but it doesn't get bogged down in the details.
Overall, I really liked it. I suggest it to anyone who is looking for spooky read, and loves romance in a novel at the same time.
FTC: This was an ecopy given to me by Anchor Group and Dawn Gray for a honest review. Thanks so much!
- More than Magic: Semester Aboard
on Nov. 24, 2012
Summary: College aboard a cruise ship, who wouldn't want to do that? Jen is doing a semester aboard and abroad. She is excited for this trip of a lifetime that takes her to several different countries. On a night she couldn't sleep, she wanders on to the deck of a ship. Then she sees someone pushed off the railing of the ship. Did she just see that? Then the next second he is back on the deck. Something weird is going on, and she intends to find out what is happening in this strange mix of friends. This happens to be the event that leads to her finding out what she really is, and she could not be more excited. Even with all this excitement, there is a threat to ship. Her and her friends are the only people that can keep everyone safe and alive throughout this trip.
Review: I had a hard time to put into words how much I truly loved this book. It has vampires, elementals, mermaids, witches, etc. I truly thought it was a fantastic blending of all these characters.
Jen was really likable I found myself rooting for her. She is a smart girl, with a good head on her shoulders. That is hard to find sometimes. I found it interesting how her personality was so open and understanding, I really liked that.
All the other main characters I loved as well. Kirke really made me love everyone in the book. The group of friends acted so much like a real group of friends; it made me feel like I was right there beside them watching this entire book take place. I tried to pick my favorite character at the end, but it was so hard. At first it was Charlie, but as the book progressed I started to get to know all of them and loved them all. I want to give a rundown of the characters, because I want you to be acquainted with them.
Charlie is a fire elemental, aka an imp. He is the funny man of the group I would imagine. He is super sweet. He is a gay character, which I found interesting. I loved how he was always there for everyone when he was needed.
Dani is a water elemental, aka nereid. If I had to pick a group leader, I would choose him. He seemed like he was the core of the group. He was the older brother figure, and very protective of the girls.
Mariana is a mermaid. She is the little sister of the group. On the outside she is very pretty and gorgeous. She makes sure everyone is getting taken care of.
Thomas is a surprise. I really do not want to ruin what he is, because I was kind of surprised myself. At the same time I should have saw it coming. He is definitely a protector.
Tethys (TS) is a werewolf. It is very interesting how Kirke has changed the typical werewolf stereotypes around a little bit.
I love how some of the characters have their own words that they used that went along with the type of magic they were. I thought that was very cute.
This is a fantasy novel if you haven’t figured that out yet. Everyone in this book is 18 or older. So I guess it falls in that New Adult age ranking? I am still confused about that whole new genre thing. It definitely has some YA crossover appeal I imagine. There’s nothing that I can think of that would keep me from suggesting it to YA. The only complaint I have about this book is that the book ended lol. The author has actually been to all these places which is a fun little fact. There will be a book two. When there is a solid confirmation on release date I will let you guys know. I really can’t wait to see what happens next.
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.