Jhonni Parker

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Smashwords book reviews by Jhonni Parker

  • A Luminous Future on June 30, 2012

    This book was incredible! "A Luminous Future" by Teodor Flonta is a narrative autobiography/memoir that recants his early life in Transylvania. I admit that a book such as this is outside my normal “comfort zone” for reading, and I wasn’t entirely convinced that I would be all that interested in it. I decided to try 1 or 2 chapters, just so I could say I tried it. Well, am I glad I did! Not only did I absolutely LOVE it, I think this is the best book I’ve read all year! The problem I always have when trying to learn about history or other cultures is that is seems really dry, or presented in a way that I can’t connect to. In this book I immediately felt like I was not only a part of the story, but a part of this wonderful family. I felt like I was Teodor, and was really experiencing life the way he did. I can’t believe how amazing this book was, and I read it in two nights (a record for me). It was PERFECTLY edited, something that is really rare in self-published books. So I give the author much credit for the professionalism in which he displayed in the publication of this novel. In my opinion it was well worth every cent and I highly recommend it to others, even if it’s not your typical read. Try it, you might be surprised. And you might learn something.
  • Blood Skies (Book 1) on Aug. 30, 2012

    This book was epic! First let me just start off by saying that I had totally sworn off the whole “vampire thing”, and let out a small groan when I realized that this post-apocalyptic/ sci-fi/fantasy novel had lots of them. But I soon realized that this was no ordinary vamp novel, in fact if they were ALL like this I’d be in heaven! THIS is dark fantasy done right! The writing was evocative and disturbing and beautifully descriptive, down to the creepiest detail. I read this book cover to cover in the course of 2 nights and am anxious to start the next asap!
  • Sugar and Spice: A Karma Café Novella on Jan. 22, 2013

    Dedra Hansen is the plain-jane assistant to the dashing Paul Chastain. She lusts after him, but he is getting ready to marry someone else. However, his marriage is more for business purposes and not for real love. But Dedra can’t stand the thought of him being with the woman she despises, so after she secretly tenders her resignation to his brother, she devises a plan for seduction with the help of her mysterious and quirky friend from the Karma Café. What follows is an interesting encounter that is sure to titillate and please! Easy to read, and quick paced with a satisfying conclusion, “Sugar and Spice” should be in the library of every romance lover’s collection.
  • Return of the Crown on Jan. 22, 2013

    I loved this book! Fantastic fantasy adventure suitable for all ages. The heroine, Princess Ravyn, is a teen, but this isn’t just another YA fantasy book. There is little to no angst, and it is not a romance (thank God). The writing very strong and the plot is compelling and intelligent enough for adults to be hooked as well. Recommend for fans of the fantasy genre, as well as action or adventure. Would love to read more from this author in the future.
  • Oil and Corruption on Feb. 16, 2013

    I was totally sucked up into the story almost from the beginning, and it managed to keep my attention until the end. I genuinely felt invested in the characters, and was anxious, sad, happy, over their fates. I felt that many parts were unpredictable, and downright unique, a rarity for me because I read so much. This author definitely has a good talent for writing plot and characters and I will look forward to seeing more from him in the future.
  • The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky on Aug. 11, 2014

    just lovely. This book kept me enraptured for hours, even though it’s not normally the type of book I gravitate towards (I prefer romance or more action). But I’d read another book by this same author a while ago and liked it so I gave it a shot. For the most part it is great, but there were some confusing parts and a few places where I thought it was kind of slow and there was too much “writing” and describing going on and not enough action. This is a very “talky” book with much of the external and internal conflicts arising through dialogue and how people interact. Not that this is a bad thing, it was sweet and conveyed a great message, along with a subtle (or not so subtle) commentary on how we might view others who don’t think the same way we do, and how this is at our own peril. Definitely worth checking out and is pretty much suitable for almost all ages (teens and older) although I think it is more of an adult book.
  • The Sense of Touch on Aug. 11, 2014

    I thought it was really impressive how the author Ron Parsons was able to create such vivid scenes, and how he can create wholly new atmosphere and characters in such a short time span and do it so convincingly. Each story felt fresh and new and like we are getting snapshots of these characters lives that are taken at just the exact right moment. The ‘money shot’ if you will. Loved the fast pace of the plots and the writing; there’s no room for needless prose, thank goodness. (I’ve read too many authors who think ‘more is more’. No it isn’t!) You can practically taste the air as the characters moved and walked around, and I was entranced by how everything unfolded. Definitely worth reading, and I highly recommend it!