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Smashwords book reviews by Jenny Franklin
- Tangi's Teardrops
on May 07, 2012
I got a copy of Tangi's Teardrops for review via the Goodreads.com group the Nexus. I would like to thank Liz Grace Davis for offering this book, I was really excited to read it when I got it.
I loved this book, it was really well written and the character Tangi was very easy for me to relate to. It was such an easy story to picture in my mind as I read it,which I love when I am able to do that.
You meet Tangi, a girl who has a "short leg" and is an outcast because of this. Her father dies and leaves her 3 bottles. She goes to live with her Uncle and gets treated badly when he is away at work. Then she has a dream that seems so real and could change her life as she knows it....
When I got started I couldn't put it down until the end because I just had to find out what happened. I really wished there could have been more stories in Rosevine, maybe a second book perhaps? I know I would read it if there was.I would recommend this for Young Adults and adults alike, especially those interested in fairy tales.
- Angel Evolution
on May 22, 2012
I recieved Angel Evolution, the author David Estes, through The Nexus's Author's Requesting Reviewers program on GoodReads. I would first like to thank the author for offering it. I was plesently surprised and loved his different take on Angels and Demons. When I went into the book I was expecting something completly different and I liked that as the story went on I had to forget about everything I knew about the typical angel vs. demon and wrap my brain around the authors vision of what they were, which was amazing.
You first meet Taylor, a young woman who has just started at UT college with her best friend Sam. Sam is a gorgeous "cheer learder" type girl where as Taylor is more unique in apperance, opposites personalities attract sometimes right? Taylor is out on the lawn looking for a 4 leaf clover to prove that she is supposed to be there when a "glowing" Gabriel (the angel) shows up and after she meets him, she feels uneasy about him, but why?When you meet Christoper (the demon)in the story (who was one of my favorite characters) you find out that Gabriel isn't what he seems and ultimately Taylor has to decide if she can trust him or not.This book had me wondering one thing the whole time: were the demons or the angels the bad guys?
Angel Evolution is a wonderful read and I loved the surprises it had. I would recommend it to anyone who likes YA books and people who would like a different take on an angel vs demon book. I am now going to get the second and third book because I just have to keep going.
- Children of the Gods - A Chosen Novel
on May 27, 2012
I got a copy of Children of the Gods for review via the Goodreads.com group the Nexus. I would like to thank Monica Mallard for offering this book, I was really excited to read it when I got it. When I first started the book, it was a
little confusing. I didn't know right away that I'd like this book but I kept reading and the more I read, the more interested in it I became. By the end of the book I didn't want it to end. I really liked Reka, the main character, she
was a strong female who really just wanted to make the best of a bad situation. it was also fun to read how her and Jaxsons relationship grew. I did have a few issues with the book. My first issue was you didn't really get to know Reka as herself before she had been "chosen". Not being able to
understand her abilities and such. Another issue I with the book was the ending. it came out of nowhere and came on too fast and just everything happened all at once. It was rushed and I think it could have been better. I did, however , love the read and if there was another Reka book, I would love to read it aswell.
- Blood Heavy: Ascension
on June 28, 2012
After loving the authors first book Blood Heavy by S.L.J. Shortt, I recieved a e-book copy of the second book in the series Blood Heavy: Ascension. I Loved the book just as much as the first and how the clan of characters I loved from the first book were there (cass, sophie, claire etc) but there were new characters that had just as good back stories and personalities.. Thr relationships and bonds between all of them are very well done, you have Shophinia/Jerry (mother/daughter) Rach/Jerry (brother/sister) and of corse Goose/Jerry Bestfriends turned family. I did tear up a few times during the book as the author made really good choices about how to write the "touching" interactions between the pairs.
I am a big fan of this series and loved everything about it, it really made me think of all the different spiecies in the book especially demons and angels. I am very happy that we found out who saved Jerry in the first book. That was one thing that I had not been expecting. You also get to meet who was responsible for taking out the majority of Black Forest in the previous book.
The villian in this book, Aria, was a great character! She was smart, has stlye, and does whatever it takes to get what she wants and in my opinion was very original,especially her motive. I loved the fact that it was a female as you get a lot of male villians.
It was a very fast pace book and I didn't want to put it down. And when it was over I was already thinking about what may come next for Jerry and his family. I have also recommended thid to any of my friends who I know read. Very well done!
- Oath of Servitude
on March 09, 2013
I got an e-book copy of Oath of Servitude (The Punishment Sequence)by C.E. Wilson for review via a Goodreads.com group. I Loved this book. When I first read the book information I thought it sounded very interesting and had to read it. I will say it was very original and one of the best books I've read in a while. The characters are very well developed and the story is very intriguing.
You first meet Owen, a father who is living with his son, Teague who had an accident playing baseball causing blindness and has recently spent all of his time drinking to "get through life" . Owen wants him to get better, all Teague seems to do is drink and sleep. He would do anything to help, even call in a favor from a Pixi friend.
Cailin is a "rebel" Pixi who has been sent to live with Teague and Owen as a punishment instead of the usual pixi punishment of going to the Darkness. I loved the two main characters Teague & Cailin. They fought and teased eachother, but really behind all that were 2 beings that started to feel things for each other. When Cailin finds out that her sister may be sent to the Darkness, Cailin wants to break her oath to try and help her, which could cause more harm than anything....
Great book, I loved it. I am so getting the next book and cannot wait for it to be out !!!