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Smashwords book reviews by Emily Charpentier
on Oct. 20, 2011
If you’re looking for something to tide you over while waiting for the next House of Night, look no further. Melissa Conway has created a compelling world of abnormal teenagers that promises to rival that other series in my (and hopefully your) affections.
Titania Strauss has survived the Cataclysm, a series of disastrous weather anomalies, and has abandoned her home in Washington State for a new town and new school in Pennsylvania. Oddly, she and her mother made a quick stop in London, England first and took a boat ride. Something happened to “Tainie” on that boat right which endowed her with some interesting abilities. As usual, all sorts of baddies are after the source of those abilities, and Tainie is now in danger.
I really liked that Tainie is not drop-dead gorgeous. Many YA heroines start out that way, with boys falling at their feet and very little to overcome in terms of either looks or personality flaws. Tainie is a more genuine, dynamic and relatable character because of this. Her friends are also misfits, but smart and brave as well. Many moments in this book made me laugh out loud and many also made me empathize with the characters. I am really looking forward to the development of this series. It seems this author has written the first book in three different series, two of which are related to the Cataclysm. Hopefully she can deliver sequels to all of them, because fans will be clamoring. I started reading one of the others almost immediately after finishing this.
- Xenofreak Nation, Book One: XBestia
on Nov. 10, 2011
Bryn has been kidnapped by the XBestia, a group of "xenofreaks": people who have had animal parts or skin grafted onto themselves, mostly for decorative purposes, but sometimes the grafts are useful as well. The xenos are largely societal outcasts and stereotypically criminal. There are many groups who are against the practice of xenoalteration, and Bryn's father is the leader of the biggest. However, no one's motivations are quite what they seem, and many secrets are revealed throughout this fast-paced and suspenseful book. Bryn is a very strong young lady, and very resourceful. She is a positive role-model for young ladies reading this book, and I believe they would relate to her.
I would recommend this to fans of Twilight and The Hunger Games.