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Smashwords book reviews by Heather

  • Annexed: The Refuge Trilogy, Book 1 on Dec. 24, 2011

    This book got me hooked almost from the beginning. It is about a 17 year old girl, Narissa, and the alternate reality that she confusingly finds herself trapped in. Narissa is a well-fleshed out character who really makes you care about her and her journey. The book starts out where she suddenly finds herself out in the woods, injured, and sure that she is being followed. She learns rather quickly that she isn't in "Kansas" anymore. She is now in a place called The Refuge and she doesn't know if she will ever get back to her own reality. Most of the characters that Narissa meets are very interesting. The only ones I felt could have used some more dimensions were the two oldest people on the counsel. This was a fun ride and I look forward to reading the next two books in this trilogy. If the journey is as interesting and the characters as real as in book one, then I know that I will be thoroughly entertained.
  • Inner City on Dec. 29, 2011
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    The story starts off with the main character, Callen, as a 7 year old. He lives in a walled city where stories about the world outside the walls are so bad that no one from the city wants to leave. Callen, as a child, is being attacked by an older boy and as he runs, he discovers a tunnel to the outside. He is injured and is briefly taken care of by the Outlocked, the name given to the people who live outside the walls. He then is returned to the city where he is told that it was all a dream. While Callen is attending the University, he decides to see if it was all a dream or for real. The author really grabbed a hold of me and made Callen a character that I cared about. The writing was well done and I thought that the ending of the book was beautifully done. I can't wait to read some of Mr. Northon's other works... if they are as good as "Inner-City," then I will definitely enjoy the ride.
  • Inner City on Dec. 29, 2011

    The story starts off with the main character, Callen, as a 7 year old. He lives in a walled city where stories about the world outside the walls are so bad that no one from the city wants to leave. Callen, as a child, is being attacked by an older boy and as he runs, he discovers a tunnel to the outside. He is injured and is briefly taken care of by the Outlocked, the name given to the people who live outside the walls. He then is returned to the city where he is told that it was all a dream. While Callen is attending the University, he decides to see if it was all a dream or for real. The author really grabbed a hold of me and made Callen a character that I cared about. The writing was well done and I thought that the ending of the book was beautifully done. I can't wait to read some of Mr. Northon's other works... if they are as good as "Inner-City," then I will definitely enjoy the ride.
  • Last Man Through the Gate on Jan. 08, 2012

    As a big fan of science fiction, I was excited to receive this story to review. It is about a professor named Codrin who feels forced to make a decision cross the "Gate" into another world in which he hopes to eventually bring his family. The premise sounds really promising, and I think it may pay off if this was a novel instead of a novella. I had a hard time feeling anything for the main character, Codrin. I felt that everyone in the book lacked surprise at what was happening around and to them and were too fast to "accept" the miraculousness of what was going on. The idea of what the Gate is was a neat idea that I wish was more fully realized. Mr. Taylor obviously has a knack for writing and I would like to read some of his other work, especially if it a novel where he can further explore his ideas and give more depth to his characters.
  • The New Death and others on Jan. 21, 2012

    The description of this book was definitely interesting. I enjoyed the way the writer switched between short stories and poems. Unfortunately, I didn't really like the short stories. They were full of puns and I think would be funny if they were told on stage by a comedian, but not so funny as the written word. The author definitely has creative ideas and it would be interesting to see what kind of stories he could tell that were a little more serious. On the other hand, I did like most of the poems. The author has a penchant for cats, and I liked it when he wrote about them. I especially liked the poem "My Cat is Not Like Other Cats." It wasn't written for laughs, but was written to show why this cat is different from other cats. "How the Isle of Cats Got Its Name" was humerous and enjoyable. For those that like puns and silliness, then this book is for you. For those who don't like groaning at the end of a story because you got to the punchline, then you will probably not enjoy this book.