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  • Moon Rising on Oct. 25, 2010
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    It's not bad but not something that impressed me either. Maybe because I find the romance too overwhelming. Maybe I'm just not used to the style of writing. I feel like I'm reading a diary. Not a girl but not yet a woman kind of feeling. I think it'll be perfect for those still 17/18 below.
  • Starcrossed: Perigee on June 28, 2011
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    This was recommended to me by my fellow GR friend, Mocha. She told me it was good. It was. The beginning was great and alien. I was glad to read something different rather than the usual werewolves, vampires thing. The idea of other worldly dimensions creatures crossing and breaking through the earth's quarantine was interesting. It was totally new and eye-opening. This is my first book about aliens using humans as a vessel to collect wyk (energy) and harvesting human blood. *shivers* The only problem(s) I had was the blurb kind of ruined the surprise and mystery surrounding Aric. It shouldn't have revealed that he was a whisperer/seducer/charmer for the Innakis (the aliens). Although the storyline was good, there were many times when I could predict what would actually happened - and it did. The romance is those insta-love kind. Sweet, iffy and cheesy. In my opinion, this is a rather light and breezy read - at least for me. Different but easy to understand and get through in a few hours.
  • Unlovable on Sep. 18, 2011

    Wow! It has been quite some time since I've come across such an enjoyable and engrossing romance story. Unlovable is simply amazing and downright unputdownable. The characters are strong, solid and very relatable. The pace of the story and progression of relationship between Maggie and Seth were awesome. I'm mighty glad it isn't the cliche plot of falling deeply in love at first sight. Booker, Cole and Dwayne were great characters. The romance is really awwwhhhh cupcakes sweet. Gammon resolved the problems and conflicts faced by the characters really well. It gives readers some insight on what to do if faced with similar situations. This is a really awesome and recommended read. I'm glad I purchased it. I got mine at Smashwords.com at only $1.99 and i'm sure it wouldn't hurt those who're thinking of reading it to support the author by purchasing this. I'm looking forward to the next two sequels, Unbelievable and Unbearable.
  • The Golden Dynasty on April 20, 2012

    Dear Kristen, WOW. I don't know what to say. I've been skeptical of self published authors for certain reasons but you certainly came charging and f-ing blew my brains and reasons out the window. I don't care about the sentence structure, vocabs, grammar or punctuation stuff or even the "get an editor" crap reviewers like to comment concerning self publish authors. This is because I was so taken in and fell immediately in love with your beautiful and gorgeous writing where the characters come to life and are so real. You are truly a gem. Yes, the content is brutal but it is a fact of life and a culture. It happens in history and you just gotta deal. But Circe and Lahn were so sweet. I could practically melt from all the sweetness pouring out of the savage brute, Lahn. I even came to love and care deeply about the secondary characters like Diandra, Zahnin, Sabine and so many others - even Circe's girls. It was a brutal, cruel, slap-in-the-face world but oh, so alive and sweet. The Golden Dynasty deeply affected and excited me to the very core and I thank you for sharing this exhilarating tale with us readers. Yeah, you got it. I am a fan of Khal Drogo and Khaleesi from GoT. They rock! I'm on to Wildest Dreams
  • The Golden Dynasty on April 20, 2012

    Dear Kristen, WOW. I don't know what to say. I've been skeptical of self published authors for certain reasons but you certainly came charging and f-ing blew my brains and reasons out the window. I don't care about the sentence structure, vocabs, grammar or punctuation stuff or even the "get an editor" crap reviewers like to comment concerning self publish authors. This is because I was so taken in and fell immediately in love with your beautiful and gorgeous writing where the characters come to life and are so real. You are truly a gem. Yes, the content is brutal but it is a fact of life and a culture. It happens in history and you just gotta deal. But Circe and Lahn were so sweet. I could practically melt from all the sweetness pouring out of the savage brute, Lahn. I even came to love and care deeply about the secondary characters like Diandra, Zahnin, Sabine and so many others - even Circe's girls. It was a brutal, cruel, slap-in-the-face world but oh, so alive and sweet. The Golden Dynasty deeply affected and excited me to the very core and I thank you for sharing this exhilarating tale with us readers. Yeah, you got it. I am a fan of Khal Drogo and Khaleesi from GoT. They rock! I'm on to Wildest Dreams.
  • Wildest Dreams on May 01, 2012

    3.5 Stars. It wasn't as good as The Golden Dynasty but nevertheless, it was still enjoyable to a certain extent. The heroine in this one didn't leave a deep impression on me as she had a penchant for crying whenever she got emotional. This, I didn't adore. I really wished she had more kickassness in her. She was missing the fieriness and spirit that I loved reading about in Circe. The hero was "actively working on siring an heir". Frey is an alright hero but he definitely loses to Lahn. So, yeahhhhhh....... Overall, it didn't really excite me like I hope it would but it was still a good read.
  • Fantastical on May 01, 2012

    Whoah, totally surprising. As I read The Golden Dynasty first, nothing, I say again, NOTHING could have beaten Lahn. If you've read it, you'll know what I mean but I was really surprised by Fantastical. Oh my. I have my lack of sleep and panda eyes to totally prove it. I started reading it at 4am after finishing Jennifer Ashley's The Duke's Perfect Wife. My few minutes turned to hours. I officially went to sleep at almost 9am!! Owh my gawd! Thank god it was Labor Day and I didn't have class. I L.O.V.E Fantastical. It wasn't as riveting as TGD but it was so fluffy and lovable that I couldn't help falling in love with Tor, Cora and their world. It was awesome and great in it's own cute way. Its premise and Cora's character gave me a very, very Snow White-tish vibe. I won't bore you with my gushing but I will just state a few of my favorite things: 1. Tor. He isn't Lahn but Tor has his own charisma and machoism. I found him h-a-w-t and so cute. Swoons. 2. Cora. She is so bubbly and kept reminding me of the Disney Princesses. When she bawled her eyes out to Tor and demanded to go home, it was so hilariously endearing and cute. What happened after that incident was yummy and also touching. 3. Noc. Ha! He was the other Tor and a very intriguing character. I look forward to read his own story - soon. 4. Phoebe. Cora's BFF is really supportive and showed what true friends should be. 5. Cora's parents (the heroine's parents, not the beyotch's one) were so cuteeeee. 6. APOLLO!!!!! Yeah, yeah, he only appeared in the epilogue but I was soooo EXCITED that his story's next. The ending of Wildest Dreams hinted at it but this time, it is absolutely certain. It is even mentioned in Kristen's website. Fantastical was simply magical and amazing. I can't wait for Apollo's story. Kristen Ashley, you rock!