Heather Cimuchowski

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Smashwords book reviews by Heather Cimuchowski

  • Angel Evolution on Feb. 15, 2012

    The very first thing I read in this book is a Creed quote. Not sure what to make of that – is that good or bad? Sure, I like one or two of their songs, but I’m not sure I should admit to that. Anyway, I did not enjoy this book as much as I would have liked. I did like that the author took a non-religious take on where angels and demons came from, but that’s about it. First, sometimes instant loves work for me and sometimes they don’t. In this instance, it didn’t work for me. It just was not believable to me with either couple in the book. It was brought up repeatedly that Taylor has a sixth sense about people but throws that out the window. And Gabriel is all of a sudden changing his ambitions? There needed to be more build up about this, I guess. Second, what person out there would just instantly be cool with someone out there that could fly or do any number of things that Gabriel and Chris could do? Both Taylor and Sam were just “oh wow that’s so cool” (which it is) but wouldn’t you freak out first and then later, once it has sunk in, say that it was cool? Sam was a little bit more believable, but not by much. It just isn’t realistic – there has to be some dose of reality if the story is set in the real world even if there are fantasy elements to the story. Third, and this goes with the above, the characters were just so blah. All of them needed more substance to them than I felt like we got. I was told to read the next in the series. I might later on when I have more time for other books, we’ll see.
  • Angel Evolution on Feb. 15, 2012

    The very first thing I read in this book is a Creed quote. Not sure what to make of that – is that good or bad? Sure, I like one or two of their songs, but I’m not sure I should admit to that. Anyway, I did not enjoy this book as much as I would have liked. I did like that the author took a non-religious take on where angels and demons came from, but that’s about it. First, sometimes instant loves work for me and sometimes they don’t. In this instance, it didn’t work for me. It just was not believable to me with either couple in the book. It was brought up repeatedly that Taylor has a sixth sense about people but throws that out the window. And Gabriel is all of a sudden changing his ambitions? There needed to be more build up about this, I guess. Second, what person out there would just instantly be cool with someone out there that could fly or do any number of things that Gabriel and Chris could do? Both Taylor and Sam were just “oh wow that’s so cool” (which it is) but wouldn’t you freak out first and then later, once it has sunk in, say that it was cool? Sam was a little bit more believable, but not by much. It just isn’t realistic – there has to be some dose of reality if the story is set in the real world even if there are fantasy elements to the story. Third, and this goes with the above, the characters were just so blah. All of them needed more substance to them than I felt like we got. I was told to read the next in the series. I might later on when I have more time for other books, we’ll see.
  • Jack Hunter Secret of the King on March 20, 2012

    The summary got it right – it is like reading about a young Indiana Jones going on an adventure and finding a treasure with the help of his great team of friends like in The Goonies. While reading the book, I kept thinking how this must be what Indiana Jones was like as a kid. Jack finds out about a treasure from his grandfather so he’s on the search for the treasure along with some kids he became friends with after moving to a new place. Each person in the group of friends brings something to the group in order to fulfill their quest for their treasure. And what young Indiana Jones story would be complete without a villain! Things definitely seemed convenient at times, but I don’t think that distracts from the fun of the book. It even comes with a code for the kids to crack at the beginning of each chapter for a more added fun. The author captures the thoughts of young children quite well, especially the thoughts of Jack. I recommend this book to elementary age kids and to adults who like to read about a quick adventure.
  • 77 Days in September on June 27, 2012

    A scary portrayal of our possible future if terrorists were to attack with an EMP. It is hard for us to imagine what would happen to this country should an EMP attack occur, but Ray Gorham does a good job of it here. It is just scary how many of us would be so unprepared for this – it makes me want to go out and make sure I have a stockpile of food and water just in case…though I haven’t yet. And even more so, make sure our garden is up and running as well. But even then, it is scary how quickly some people will just turn away or even hurt others in order for them to survive. The story was also a very sweet love story and what one man will do in order to make it back to his wife and children. It definitely had me tearing up! I gave this book 4 STARS because it certainly struck a chord with me, and I was completely interested in the story. It is definitely worth a read. I’m going to pass it on to my husband now to see what he thinks!