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- Shimmerspell: The Shimmer Trilogy, #1
on May 17, 2011
It was around 73 pages long and with all the action and adventure going on felt like it flew by. I really enjoyed Jensen and her reaction to this new world. She was fantastically funny courageous.
The world building was well built and very descriptive. A lot of great characters and intense situations that kep my heart beating fast. And before you know it the story is over leaving you wanting more.
- Connects-Based on a True Haunting
on May 28, 2011
Highly reminiscent of the Ghost Whisperer and Medium. Fantastic read I would recommend to anybody who likes detective stories with some supernatural aspects. Even though I had downloaded this awhile ago, when I sat down to read it, I read it through in one day. Completely engrossing and worth the money. The story was very addicting and never boring.
on May 29, 2011
This book contains some pretty steamy scenes and should only be read by adults or mature teens. I found the first half of the book (mostly with the time traveling)very descriptive and the research that went into that was very noticeable. I found I enjoyed Aiden and his story, it was more interesting than Lindsey's. I found Lindsey to be very uninteresting and depressing. But overall this is a very interesting take on the Grim Reaper, And there were a couple parts that Aiden had me laughing. The romance was a little to erotic for me.
- Limerick: The Shimmer Trilogy, #2
on Aug. 25, 2011
The second story keeps the fantastic adventure and excitement from the first story, with the great addition of dragons and witches. Great characters with fun and adventure. Jensen is a great female lead character.
As this story is short I do not want to go into much detail
I love the pace these stories keep. They are very entertaining with twists and excitement that you don't quite see coming. I find them very imaginative and it's nice to read short stories to break up the longer books. Perfect for weekend, beach or before bed reading.
- Spirits Of Glory
on Jan. 31, 2012
A unique, science fiction story about a young girl who goes on an incredible, fantastical journey at the request of the Neighbors to find the answers from the Spirits of Glory. The answers to why all the human inhabitants from the Southern cities had vanished. Along with her animals that are each their own character in this story, bandwagon on their quest.
A lot of details and specifics as you read, so it's important to pay attention. This is not a story that I could fly through and be able to keep all the details straight. I had to take my time.
Hawkeye is approached by the Neighbors because of her knowledge, intelligence and gifts. Hawkeye is young and smart, but not described as beautiful. She is one of the strongest and most admirable female lead characters I have read about. There is no romance in this story, but an introduction to a possible romance right at the end.
There is no way that anybody could figure out what was going to happen next in this one, no way you can guess the ending. There is magic, time fractures, intelligent animals, ghosts, Gods and the mystery that they have set out to solve.
I can tell you right now you have never and will never read a story like this one out there. I dare you to try to find one. Then come back and tell me about it!
- New House 5: How a dorm becomes a home
on April 11, 2012
This is the story about one Resident Assistant and his memoirs from his freshman year of college. It contains several different anecdotes about the people on his dorm floor and the encounters they have together. Stories that include drinking, stress, suicide, making friends and enemies.
All of the things that most college catalogs do not contain, the ins and outs of what it's like to live in a co-ed dorm.
As RA he is a confidant and counselor -like figure for the other students to come to with problems and concerns about pretty much anything.
This is a book I would recommend to High School students, those who are considering moving away to college or even Freshman's in college. Several anecdotes are inspirational and can help readers build some confidence in the fact that your never alone. There is always a good time to make new friends and that you can always find friends in places you never realized. And that no matter what you maybe feeling you are not alone and new experiences and people can be a very good thing.
- The Brotherhood Of Piaxia
on May 07, 2012
This is one of those high Fantasy books in which you will completely immerse yourself in. There are several central characters and political intrigue with magic and adventure. Set during the time of Castle's, Princesses and alliances between Kingdom's is crucial.
Princess Tessia is in the middle of the negotiations between Kingdoms and she is my favorite character, showing strength and determination. She also brings a little bit of the softer side to all of the politics that are going on.
I liked the addition of magic into the story as well, it gives it that little extra to make the story more enjoyable and helped to break up the constant discussions between the characters of strategies and attacks and winning the battles.
A good story for boys interested in war strategies and battles, in general.
on May 10, 2012
This author really puts his main character through a lot in this story. Those are really the best type fo reads, you really don't know how they are going to make it out ok.
Charlie is down on his luck being called a failure in life by his wife and kicked out of the house. A man by the name of Trouble-literally, offers him a deal that sounds too good to be true, finish a book that was left unfinished by a professor.
As Charlie delves deeper into the events that occurred in the book, he focuses on a family farm and historical events that have a not so good past including slavery, civil rights and the especially interesting fact that the story seems to hit a little close to home when he finds a connection to his wife's family.
I think this is a book that fans of John Grisham and Michael Connelly would enjoy. The mix of a flawed main character that not only has to work his way through his own problems but also a mystery and putting himself in danger, as well as deeper look into the darker side of America's history.
There is a great mixture of characters and the unraveling of the plot was perfect. It has some uplifting points unveiled through all the darker events that Charlie must find his way through.
- Broken City
on Aug. 10, 2012
The story starts off with an air of mystery to it. The introduction to very close knit families living in tight quarters with several members in a small space. When the security of the compound is breached. The turmoil, revealing of secrets, moving of the family and eventual war is what drives us through the rest of the story.
An overlying story of romance carries throughout the book. We are introduced to a society that is so close that you would think that secrets could not be hidden from each other. But when they do arise, it only takes one secret to shatter their small world.
There were parts of the story that I felt slowed down the pacing a little too much, but I am very glad that I stuck with it. I liked seeing the story come full circle at the ending and thought that it was a good ending.
It was a clean read, a story that made you think and imagine what it would be like. That even in times of war it's the things that are around us every day that keep us going. Family, friends, and companionship. I think overall my favorite character was Tom. That even though your born and raised with a focus to be one thing, doesn't mean that's what your future holds. Tom is a strong character for choosing his own path and determined and brave enough to fight for it.