Gina Niesen

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Smashwords book reviews by Gina Niesen

  • My Perfect Wedding on Sep. 29, 2011

    In My Perfect Wedding,the sequel to Fourteen Days Later, Helen Grey's misjudgment and plain bad luck land her in one crazy situation after another. Granted, her foot also appears to be permanently attached to the inside of her mouth, so a good deal of the trouble is of her own making. Hodge does an excellent job of bringing us inside her character's head. Helen's voice permeated the text, creating a distinctive personality that set the wacky, off-beat tone of the piece. Unfortunately, however, the free pass to her inner workings shows that there isn't all that much going on inside. Because of Helen's voice and characterization, I tend to think of her as a much younger person because I just can't see many 30 somethings doing the things Helen does or getting into these kinds of problems. There are plenty of scenes that were quite funny (hooker scene) and Sibel's wittyness stands out in all of her books. The funny scenes are usually really funny! Like laugh out loud with tears in your eyes funny! These are the parts that I loved. However, I think the book is a bit too long. The storyline seems like it could have been told in half the pages. This is definitely not Sibel's best. But her humor and sassy attitude could be seen throughout the book.
  • The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic on Oct. 18, 2011

    Book Description- The townhouses on serene, elegant Beacon Hill in Boston are some of the most lavish and expensive in the country. When Stan and Mattie take up residence in the dark and crumbling five-story house that Mattie grew up in, and has just inherited from her grandmother, their plans are to clean it out, fix it up, sell it, and return to their quiet life on Cape Cod. Mattie is overwhelmed by the gowns, furs and jewels in GrammyLou's bedroom. Stan is amazed by the fifth-floor ballroom which has been locked up since the night of Mattie's father's thirtieth birthday party -- the party that ended in the car wreck that killed both of her parents. Now, as they set about sifting through GrammyLou's endless possessions they find mysterious things: a closet full of still-wrapped presents, a marked passage in her grandfather's Bible, and a secret drawer with disturbing content. Mattie soon learns that her entire life has been built on a foundation of lies... that she was raised in a house of horror, by a monster. The book description definintely led me to believe that I was going to read a suspenseful short story, but the story falls short of its description. I like the setting; it is all very familiar to me. A Beacon Hill brownstone is the perfect setting for a ghost or horror story. To my dismay, it was more of a story about Mattie looking for answers about her past. She wants to know who her father and grandmother really are and she finds her answers cleaning the brownstone to get ready for sale. To be quite honest, there isn't much psychological suspense and I know that Valentine is quite capable of pulling off something much more thrilling. I think I would have been able to rate it higher than 3 stars had it not been touted as a psychological horror
  • My Perfect Wedding on Oct. 18, 2011

    In My Perfect Wedding,the sequel to Fourteen Days Later, Helen Grey's misjudgment and plain bad luck land her in one crazy situation after another. Granted, her foot also appears to be permanently attached to the inside of her mouth, so a good deal of the trouble is of her own making. Hodge does an excellent job of bringing us inside her character's head. Helen's voice permeated the text, creating a distinctive personality that set the wacky, off-beat tone of the piece. Unfortunately, however, the free pass to her inner workings shows that there isn't all that much going on inside. Because of Helen's voice and characterization, I tend to think of her as a much younger person because I just can't see many 30 somethings doing the things Helen does or getting into these kinds of problems. There are plenty of scenes that were quite funny (hooker scene) and Sibel's wittyness stands out in all of her books. The funny scenes are usually really funny! Like laugh out loud with tears in your eyes funny! These are the parts that I loved. However, I think the book is a bit too long. The storyline seems like it could have been told in half the pages. This is definitely not Sibel's best. But her humor and sassy attitude could be seen throughout the book.