kutia

Biography

I teach elementary school in Texas. I also have freelance editorial business on the side. Reading has been my favorite activity since the age of 3. I also like to bake and do crossword puzzles. One of my goals is to submit a puzzle to the New York Times. Notice I said submit not have accepted. I'm nothing if not a realist.

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Smashwords book reviews by kutia

  • Beach Potato on Feb. 06, 2011
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    I really, really liked it. Jess is a nice character. I wish I could live in a place like Titterstone. There is a magical quality to the way their life is described and the activities they enjoy. I do have one or two problems with the writing. None of the children that Jess makes friends with seem to have any parents. They spend the night, go surfing at 5 in the morning and never have to call home. Like I said, this is a very minor problem. It did tend to pull me out of the story. I forgive this fault because it was a really nice story.
  • Peekers on March 14, 2011
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    Impressively creepy given the length.
  • Anyone on Oct. 30, 2011
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    Titania has the name of a fairy queen and the face of a Neanderthal. After the Cataclysm that devastated large portions of the world she and her mom are now living with a distant relative. Titania isn't looking forward to starting over in a new school, especially since she is starting to worry that she is going crazy. She keeps having the impression that she is hearing people's thoughts; not to mention she could swear she saw her face change when she looked in a mirror. Usually I avoid like the plague any book that mentions "the fae." This book started out differently though. I was very intrigued by the Cataclysm and really wish there had been more on that topic. This book does really well for about the first 3/4. Then it gets a little convoluted with the descendants of "the folk" and people who are anti-Folk and something about a crown that caused the Cataclysm. Or possibly the crown stopped the Cataclysm. Or something. I must admit, I got a little lost.
  • Raven on Oct. 30, 2011
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    Lilly has always lived a rather strange life. She didn't realize how strange until her parents disappeared one day. While her parents are missing; Lilly must move to Canada to live with a grandfather that she has never met. Once she arrives, she discovers that the woman she thought was her mother isn't. Not to mention the fact that some members of her family have the ability to turn into ravens. It turns out that Lilly's life is only going to get even stranger. I was pretty intrigued by this book. It has a good premise and some interesting takes on the whole paranormal normality. The history and the organization of the shape-shifting community is very interesting. What detracts from the book are the character's reactions to events. All the characters are completely open minded and angst free. I honestly could not make up my mind whether it was a refreshing change of pace or completely annoying. At the very least it was unrealistic (I know, I know it is a fantasy book but still...) Several of the characters received extremely unexpected news and they all basically say "huh, that 's weird, but I guess I'll get used to it." At the end we get a teaser about what has happened to a fairly minor character in this book. If the minor character gets a book I hope her reactions are a bit more realistic.
  • Finding Fiona on Nov. 29, 2011
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    Fiona has no clear memory of her past. She isn't even sure that Fiona is her real name. She has vague impressions of running away from a fire, bleeding from stab wounds and nearly being killed. One day while at the library she comes across a back issue of a scientific magazine. In an article on human replication, she comes across a picture of a couple she recognizes. The couple are scientists who think that human replication may be possible. Fiona thinks that they may be her parents and that she may be a replica of their daughter. Point in this book's favor: the pacing is very good. Which is also kind of a point against. The story was good and I enjoyed the suspense. What bugged me was Fiona's complete willingness to believe and trust this guy she just met. Maybe I'm just cynical but.... Okay, no buts. I am a tad cynical. Which was totally justified by a development that I didn't see coming. I was really intrigued by the whole idea of "replicating" a person. I loved the parts that got into the consequences of that. Very interesting.
  • Finding Fiona on Jan. 31, 2012
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    high school & up Fiona has no clear memory of her past. She isn't even sure that Fiona is her real name. She has vague impressions of running away from a fire, bleeding from stab wounds and nearly being killed. One day while at the library she comes across a back issue of a scientific magazine. In an article on human replication, she comes across a picture of a couple she recognizes. The couple are scientists who think that human replication may be possible. Fiona thinks that they may be her parents and that she may be a replica of their daughter. Point in this book's favor: the pacing is very good. Which is also kind of a point against. The story was good and I enjoyed the suspense. What bugged me was Fiona's complete willingness to believe and trust this guy she just met. Maybe I'm just cynical but.... Okay, no buts. I am a tad cynical. Which was totally justified by a development that I didn't see coming. I was really intrigued by the whole idea of "replicating" a person. I loved the parts that got into the consequences of that. Very interesting.