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Smashwords book reviews by Phaedra Seabolt
- Holy Cannoli! Chick-E Gets A Job
on Jan. 24, 2012
It is a very short read if you are used to reading 500 or more pages like I am. It took me about 15 minutes, but it was a really good 15 minutes. Chick-E decides on her walk home from school that she would like to get a job. She determines that it must be when she sees the Help Wanted sign at Mama Romano's restaurant. She immediately applies and gets the job. The rest of the story talks about how much of a disaster her first day of waitressing is and how she handles a bad situation. She learns that you can't be good at everything you do, but you must learn to make the best of a bad situation. She shows real strength in believing in herself and creativity in problem solving. It is a wonderful read for early adolescents (could be read as early as 6 or 7 depending on your child). I am actually looking forward to seeing how other books in the series go. I think it will make a wonderful addition to our bookshelf for the future.
- Prophecy of the Flame: Book One
on Feb. 12, 2012
A wonderful book about LARPing in a dungeons and dragons setting. If you role play, you will enjoy reading about what happens if you were actually transported into your game. It has great descriptions without being overwhelming and enough of a love story to keep you wanting more. Looking forward to the next book!
- Howl - Kane Wolves #1
on March 01, 2012
This was a wonderful werewolf story. I LOVE werewolves, so when I saw this book, I had to read it. I will say that I kind of wish that there were more scenes of the characters actually being werewolves. This story focuses a lot on how a family of werewolves are living as much like humans as they can. The entire family lives together in a very secluded national forest, but they hold real jobs and interact with humans enough to not seem like recluses. Unfortunately that is also the main problem encountered in the story. Sophie falls in love with a human which is pretty much their primary werewolf law not to do. No human lovers are allowed, especially for the women. Why? Because the werewolf gene is passed through the women and not the men. If a male werewolf were to get a human woman pregnant, there is really no need to worry since the offspring will be human. However, all werewolf women will have wolfkin babies no matter who the father is. It is quite a dilemma for Sophie because she is also not supposed to reveal her true nature to any humans. The reason for this is your normal situation where humans can't process something so out of the ordinary. There is a lot of other history involved in this, but you should read the story to discover all of that.
I must admit that the love scenes in this story feel rushed a bit. However I am used to reading stories where an entire chapter might be dedicated to such a thing. I felt like details were left out, but that was probably on purpose. This book is suitable for teenagers as a result. Also, I wanted to scream at the end. It has an amazing cliffhanger if you are one of those people that like to see the main character end up with the man (or woman) you wanted for them. This story leaves only a hint of who Sophie will end up with, but no definite answer. I sat there trying to flip to the next page on my nook hoping it would say something about Sophie's decision in her mate. It's not like the book doesn't end happily, but rather ends with you knowing that there is a lot of work ahead for Sophie and her family. It's a realistic ending for a supernatural story.
- Spell Checked
on March 16, 2012
This was a wonderful read! I read it in about two days because I just had to know what was happening next. The story moves along at a quick pace without feeling like you are missing any information. You get all the information you need just when you feel like you need it. I thoroughly enjoyed the new twist on where vampires and witches come from (not telling where because you should read it). This story is about how vampires and witches exist in our world (specifically taking place in Dublin, Ireland mostly). Humans don't exactly know that they are among us, but they also are very accepting of the possibility. Vampires still need to drink human blood to survive, but it turns out that witch blood is poisonous to them. However, witches have breed so thoroughly with the human population, that it is becoming increasingly difficult for vampires not to drink some of the witch blood in their "human" donors. This is a problem that Beck, the main vampire character of the story, is researching for solutions. He believes there must be a way to help vampires and witches alike survive on Earth without bringing about war and with helping all races. He believes his research will even bring an end to many diseases like Cancer and Aids. This is where the main character, Mae, comes in. She becomes a part of his research as well as the love of his life.
Mae finds herself in Ireland on a vacation with her best friend Gemma. During her vacation, she beoms immersed in the world of the supernatural and finds her true place in the world. She has been an orphan, adopted child, and finally left alone when her adoptive parents died. Her only family is her best friend Gemma. She loves anything geeky (a woman of my own heart), but finds it difficult to really fit in since technology is still primarily a man's world. Beck falls in love with Mae even though his real reason for meeting her is because the soul of his eternal beloved is trapped somewhere in Mae's body. Helen of troy, Beck's beloved was cursed by Aphrodite to keep returning to a new body after death takes her and to find Beck again and again since he will never die. Mae is the host for this lifetime, but Beck falls in love with Mae and must decide between the love of his eternal life and his true soul mate. I thoroughly loved this story.
- The Incredible Shrinking Bully
on March 16, 2012
Children have so much to deal with in school that a bully should not be one of them. I hate the idea that there are bully's in school, but everyone has to learn to how to be who they really are. I think that everyone gets bullied at some point in their life and most people even act as the bully at some point. You may not even realize that it has happened until after it is over. This story gives you a way to talk to your children about how bullying occurs and how you can handle it.
Bullying makes you feel small, insignificant, and helpless. If you think of it in the other direction (which most kids don't), that means the bully feels bigger, important, and powerful. Bart is able to put this feeling into words and pictures to demonstrate to the reader what happens to both parties involved in bullying. Bart learns that he must take a stand against Frank and if he does it when everyone else is watching, they just may stand behind him. No one likes being in Bart's position, but if someone has the courage to stand up for what is right, others tend to follow. I loved the story and the simple art. The end of the book even provides you with questions you can talk to your kids about and help the mto identify if bullying occurs in their life and how to deal with it. Empower your kids! Teach them to be strong.
- Immortal Voyage
on June 20, 2012
C.G. Powell has taken a very interesting perspective in the city of Atlantis in this story about how aliens and humans can co-exist. The truth about Atlantis is a secret though, so shhhhh! This story is primarily about a family who rules a portion of the world called Eir. The queen dies during childbirth of their fifth baby girl, but leaves behind no sons. As her last dying wish, she makes the King promise to let their daughters marry for love. It's a pretty big deal since now the king has to rely on a daughter to marry a man who is capable of running the kingdom without getting to groom him for the position. It is entirely possible each daughter would marry someone completely incapable of being the next king, but he swears to her as she dies that they will marry for love.
Seventeen years later, the king has married off two daughters and one has married a man that could rule, but no one wants him in a position of power. The other appears to be a complete idiot whom no knows much about at all. King Rowe is on a mission to marry off the other three as he is getting older in age. During this time he has had the chance to groom one man to take over in hopes that one of his daughters would indeed fall in love with him. It's a gamble that you will definitely enjoy reading about. His other chance of leaving the kingdom with an heir is to break his dying wife's wish and betroth Jael, the youngest. You will learn that Jael is different from her sisters and Rowe has a very good reason for the betrothal other than finding an heir. It's a mystery that has surrounded Jael since her birth and will leave you shocked at the end. Rest assured that the story has a happy ending and leaves an opening for a second book. I thoroughly enjoyed this and even though I typically avoid aliens, this is well worth the read. Especially since it is C.G. Powell, an author I thoroughly enjoy.
Read more reviews at Identity Discovery (blog).
- Forget Me Not
on June 22, 2012
My love for werewolves drew me to the Mystic Wolves series long before I started writing book reviews. I tried desperately to win The Mystic Wolves (book 1) when it came out, but ended up getting it when it came available on Amazon for free one day. Imagine my excitement when the second book in the series became available for a book tour from Promotional Book Tours! I had to have! I was not disappointed either! The first book ended with Darcy an Mason's make out session being interrupted by another werewolf claiming to be Mason's future mate. I was shocked and desperate to find out what would happen. Darcy shows tremendous restraint by not destroying Amber, the wannabe mate. Granted Mason had to hold her back a few times, but I know I would have torn her to pieces if I had been Darcy. Things get really crazy for them when Amber claims asylum, which means she is seeking a place of safety for fear that her life is in danger. Who threatens her and why? Well she claims her dad is going to kill her or do extreme bodily harm to her if she returns to her pack without marrying Mason. What on earth would cause such drastic measures? Well it turns out Mason and Amber have an extensive history. I'm not going to rehash it because that is the bulk of the story.
You will be shocked at the lengths that Amber goes through to get rid of Darcy and to win over Mason. You will be even more shocked at how this story ends! I must say that Belinda Boring has a knack for leaving you hanging and wanting more. I can't wait for the next one and am hoping it comes with a book tour as well.
Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.
- A Love by Any Measure
on July 17, 2012
This is a wonderfully written historical romance. It has been a long time since I have picked up a book in this genre even though it used to be my favorite. It took a little bit for me to get into it, but once you understand the idea of the story, it flies by. It takes place at first in a small Irish town that has the fortunate (or unfortunate depending on whose side you are on) home of an English Noble nearby. The main male character, August, is the son of this noble and he becomes friends with the main female, Maeve, a poor peasant tenant on their land. Friendship blossoms into love for August and really it does for Maeve too, but he breaks her heart very quickly after the discovery.
This story really takes place many years later. August was taken back to England to finish growing up to adulthood and Maeve continues living her poor peasant life where she takes care of her father. August returns to her town as an adult at the exact moment that Maeve and her father run out of money to pay their rent. She is forced to make a deal with August to replace their rent payments. He asks for her time and that he be allowed to use it for whatever pleases him. You can guess what that means, and you should also know that the writing is very enticing. Her maidenhood is nearly compromised at this time which affects her betrothal to Owen, a man who loves her but she does not love in return. It is a marriage of convenience that should allow Maeve to have the happily ever after of a home and family not starving to death even if she never grows to love Owen. August presents a huge problem here and not just because of his deal with her, but because she is actually in love with him. The feelings are mutual which causes more problems.
That is a summary of the first half of the book. Things are not easy for their love. This is a time period where the English and Irish hate each other. Maeve is Irish so their love is pretty much forbidden. There are also other surprises hiding in August's background to compromise things even more. If you like historical romances, I definitely recommend this one. Occasionally the shift in time (going between past and present) is a little confusing, but just keep reading because it all makes sense in the end.
Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.
- Shadows of Suspicion
on Oct. 18, 2012
Family should be the most important part of our lives with only one person ranking higher for those of us that believe, God. If you are not a believer, this story may cause some issues for you, but you can read it without feeling like you are being criticized. Kerry's entire family are very devout Christians. They believe in God and hold Him above everything else in their lives. They believe that everything happens for a reason and that God will take care of all their worries. This is not the first book in this series (you can read them out of order without completely ruining the other books) which is evident in the plot of this story. Even though I had not read the first book, I was able to understand this story completely. I now know that the role of trusting in God will be a part of the entire series.
This book focuses on Kerry's kidnapping by the son of the man that her brother sent to prison. It starts out as a simple abduction with the ransom being releasing the man from prison, but Kerry was very well educated by her brothers on how to get out of these situations. She has a brother that is in the CIA and one in the FBI. She also has a sister who is a PI. Through their connections, Luke is brought in to locate Kerry and protect her. They don't expect to have to be together for very long. However, the man who kidnapped Kerry goes crazy. He is out to find her at all costs. Luke is her only hope of staying alive without risking the lives of her entire family. I was very surprised with how the two of them interacted since Luke was not a believer. I felt that the author did a wonderful job of showing both Kerry and Luke how God was directing their lives. It was a wonderful story that I enjoyed very much.
- The Silver Cross (Book 1, Vampire Nightlife)
on Oct. 24, 2012
The world has seen vampires, but they never have been around long enough for present day to believe they really exist. Damon is a vampire that has been around for approximately 400 years. Unlike other vampires though, he is stronger, faster, and can walk in the sunlight. What makes Damon so special? The silver cross he never removes has magical powers that stave off the vampire side of him. We don't get to find out everything the cross is capable of during this story, but it is obvious that there's more to come.
The main character of the story is Lacey Gardner. She is a detective in the Fringe unit for the Boston PD. If you were to meet her on the street, she's simply a cop. Her job is actually to hunt down vampires...all vampires because she feels that they are all evil. Her sister had been taken/killed five years ago by a vampire and never found. During her fight with her sister's killer, she was thrown against a wall and apparently continued to fight in an "unconscious" state. When she woke in the hospital, details of her battle came back to her and you will be surprised by what happened. No she isn't a vampire...exactly.
So what happens to Lacey and Damon? They meet, they are instantly attracted to each other, and then it all falls apart. How can a cop with a vendetta to kill vampires ever accept a vampire as not evil and a part of her life? You will have to read to find out!
read more reviews at Identity Discovery blog.
- Broken Promises
on Nov. 05, 2012
The world is under attack. No one saw this one coming until it was already happening. The method of attack is so overpowering that even those that figured out what was going on had little to no time to defend themselves against it. The human race stands the chance of being annihilated by their own hands without understanding their actions. How could this be happening? A handful of people can answer this question only because the secret that the Fae truly existed on another world has been kept a secret from Earth.
Bri never knew what she was until the Fae came to her world and took over her boyfriend's mind. She thought she was just a super clumsy human who got lucky enough to fall in love with an amazing man. Then her world came crashing down around her as her boyfriend and the other people around her suddenly grew very angry and violent. No one seemed to be able to control their torturous tendencies. Even Bri was struggling to maintain her normal composure. After nearly being killed, she learns who she really is and why she has a fighting chance to fight the charm affecting the humans. Will Bri be able to continue fighting the charm? Will her boyfriend ever be normal again and not try to kill her? Will the human race be able to withstand the magic of the Fae? Only time will tell.
I am very intrigued about where this story is going to go. You will not get all the answers in this one story, but Belinda Boring certainly knows how to leave you wanting more. You won't be disappointed with this cliffhanger.
Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.
- The Mystic Wolves
on Nov. 12, 2012
What an amazing book! I seriously could not put this one down! I started it last night and finished it in less than a day. If you like books that get right into the romance immediately, this is for you. I seriously was wondering what the plot really was for a few chapters because it focused so heavily on the relationship between Darcy and Mason (pack alpha). Darcy and Mason came together through a blind date by Darcy's mom and their wolves instead claimed each other. It was love at first sight and their love has only grown since. There is an interesting aspect of this story in that neither one of them is ever satisfied if you catch my drift. In order to be together they must go through a mate bonding ceremony where it is highly important that the female remains pure. Their ceremony has been scheduled and they are waiting for some specific date to come around before they can consummate their love. In the meantime, they thoroughly enjoy driving each other crazy. Don't get me wrong, even though I didn't know where the story was going for a while, it's still a very entertaining read.
At some point it does become clear that there is actually someone out to destroy Mason in some way. This person orchestrates the death of Mason's beloved sister and a childhood sweetheart. After that, he is out to get Darcy. She ends up kidnapped and you find out that there is actually something special about her, but we don't know exactly what that is. Then she is returned to Mason to deliver a message and show that no one he loves is really protected. The story ends up with a vampire rescuing both Mason and Darcy and the peace treaty between vampires and werewolves solidified. Finally we end with a HUGE cliffhanger as another werewolf shows up on their door and tries to lay claim to Mason. What will happen? Will Darcy's wolf kill this intruder? Will Mason have to choose between them? Where did she even come from??? All questions that I am sure are to be answered in the next book, but boy it's going to drive me crazy waiting until I have to time get it!
Read more reviews at Identity Discovery blog.
- Shadows of Pain
on Nov. 28, 2012
This story is the third one in the series and I have to say that I actually felt like I was missing a little information when I started. I started off with book two for a book review and of course I can't pass up continuing to review the series when they come my way. Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to read book one, Shadows from the Past. The story jumps right into action and you find yourself reading about a troubled man questioning his belief in God who finds his way into a hospital bed. He is surrounded by "family" and friends (family is in quotes because none of them are blood related) who are very devout Christians, but also are love him the way he is. Where I felt like I was missing information was in the relationships between these people. Apparently a great deal of information about each of them is in the first book so I spent some time just trying to understand how they were "related" to each other when in fact most of them are not related at all. That said, the rest of the plot seems to be very easy to follow and will leave you in suspense. These stories are all crime related and focused on the Riley family. The Riley's have a lot of law enforcement in their ranks and after taking down a major crime family, that family is out to destroy everyone they hold dear. This results in the discovery of how God is always active in their lives as well as finding true love in some cases. This particular story is centered on Kami and Daniel. Neither are a member of the Riley family, but their law enforcement partners are. Will Daniel no longer be the troubled man and learn to accept God in his life? Will Kami be able to get over her troubled past and accept that Daniel just might be the man God has planned for her? Will they both live long enough to see where their relationship might go? You'll have to read to find out!
Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.
- Hungry, Hungry Hoodoo
on April 23, 2013
Another amazing story by Liz Schulte! I love this woman. Her books have a way of sucking me in so that the rest of the world disappears around me. This book is the second in her Easy Bake Coven series. You can read my review of the first book, Easy Bake Coven, at Identity Discovery Blog.
Book one ends with Cheney and Selene taking over the throne of the Elves. Selene is a half elf, so this appears to be something that is going to cause a problem among the Elf race. The only part that seems ok is that Cheney is a full blooded elf and the heir to the throne. He over threw his father because he tried to banish Cheney for marrying a half elf. Cheney and Selene have decided that it is time for change among the Fae, allowing all the fae races to have some kind of say in how their world is run, including those that are half human. However, we are also introduced to Jaron in the final scene who informs Selene that she has been doing great and the plan is going exactly as planned. Selene also has a memory that involves kissing Jaron, leaving Selene wondering if she really is following some grand plan that she doesn't even remember.
Book two introduces us to Selene regaining her memories throughout the story. These memories leave her feeling even more confused about how she feels about Cheney or Jaron. It also has her wondering why she doesn't remember anything about her cousin that apparently she had been very close with. To top it off, Selene's human ex-fiance Michael is kidnapped, her yoga studio burned to the ground, she finds out she has been cursed, her grandma thinks she killed her parents, and Cheney is acting very weird. She doesn't know who to trust or what to do. It's a big mess that does get cleaned up pretty nicely by the end of the story. There are still questions left unanswered, which I believe are leading to what will happen in book three. It's a fantastic story and I want more!