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Smashwords book reviews by Dawn Jayne
on Sep. 10, 2011
Just finished Supernonva and it was a superb read! The beginning grabbed me right me away and the story didn't let go. Lots of great characters, tons of emotions and energy. Told from the point of view of Evania, a young woman with a dark past, the story follow her journey as she discovers her place as a mysterious (and very cool) Guardian. Her friendship with the Priest, Daniel, was touching, and her relationship with Desmond and the rest of the Guardian gang was great fun to watch evolve. I adored Jackson, the bi-polar hottie.
Evania, by the way, had the best birthday EVER! :D
There were suprises and some wild turns that left me utterly shocked, in good ways! I didn't know what was coming next and made me want to keep turning (clicking) the pages. I'm trying to be very careful as to not give anything away so I don't spoil things, ha!
There were very intriguing backstories for each character and I enjoyed that each chapter had an individual title. Evania has some super cool abilities, as do the other Guardians. And their foes, the Adversaries and Equals, were dangerous enemies. LOTS of great fights! Highly recommended and the teaser chapter for Tsunami was a wonderful present.
I will not look at plastic wrap the same ever again!
- Her Last Chance
on Sep. 24, 2011
Her Last Chance was a well-written romantic excusion that started in New York with a horrible betyayal, and ended in Conecticut with something very different. Kat was a tough nut to crack, but it was hard to resist the handsome Doctor Warren, who also had a lot of his own baggae. Watching these two come together was beautiful, sometimes infuriating, and even funny. They're wonderful suprise at the end dealed the deal on this couple that has been fated for years to fall in love. A charming romance, woven with the help of some other-wordly threads, made this an unique and heart-warming story! My favorite line was from dad "Free Health Insurance!" Ha! Five stars!
- A Home for the Holidays
on Nov. 30, 2011
I won this copy in one of the fun online events set up through FireFlyand Wisp, and I will absolutely be buying the print version ina few weeks. I must have this on my bookshelf within easy reach, as it will be read again next holiday season.It will become a tradition!
The cover art was lovely and Christmasy, with a great feel that set the tone for the collection. There were twelve stories, most were a little longer than a standard anthology, but all were great, fast reads, very smooth writing, flawless editing. Now for the stories!
I cried three or four times, this is the level of talent involved, able to create a story with characters that you are invested in almost instantly. There was a character with cervical cancer, one in a wheelchair, a sick child, a woman that had breast cancer, several had suffered terrible loss of love and family. These things are so devastating, it's hard to read about them. But they were never presented in a negative fashion, the stories were about overcoming lonliness, bitterness, anger and finding love in the strangest places. The holiday theme was present throughout, and several had wonderful twist ending I didn't see coming.
It's a colleection I'd be proud to give as gifts to family and close friends, anyone who appreciates heart-warming, inspiring stories of loss, pain, joy and love.
I cannot choose a favorite, but Nothing's Terminal really left me a range of emotions. I'm thinking of reading it again tonight! I have a bit of a crush on Captain Jack (not THAT one, ha!)
A very beautiful anthology collection, perfect for this time of year. Highly recommended!