Lissa Smith

Biography

I’m a book worm born and raised. I enjoy any book that will latch itself to my imagination and play out in my minds eye. I have a rather large family of two daughters who enjoy reading, three nephews who could care less for book however they will read one or two just to shut my yap.
I have always been into a good down to earth love story or a mind blowing biography. However now I have branched out. Being the neighbor hood community mom I have been introduced to the realm of Young Readers. Now a day it’s all about the Vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, magic and angels.... And the best part is I still get my love stories in the paranormal mix.

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Smashwords book reviews by Lissa Smith

  • Vampires Rule on Sep. 19, 2011

    As a lover of the written word and an overprotective much too involved mother not to mention a fan of the sups world, the title Vampires Rule caught my attention when my 11 year old wanted to read it. We just couldn’t wait to sink our teeth into this one (pun poorly intended). I try not to judge books by their covers (my daughter however, does), but I did find the cross on the VR cover to be eye-catching and it left many question and I had to dive in too see where it would lead. Once purchased, the fight ensued between my daughter and I as too who would have VR on their kindle first. Ha! I won, due to the fact I review books for a web-site; thanks for that HC, (I owe you another). In spite of this, I was also reviewing five other books at the time, so she took the opportunity to swipe the book from me. Thus began the great debate VR adult v/s child. As the debate raged on it was obvious we had different options regarding the originality of the story line. Yes, I can see how to younger readers the story may seem original, but to the older reader or adults, not so much. It’s easy to feel out the subtle whispers of books and shows the author has enjoyed in his past. Whether he happen to occasionally read popular books such as Swoon, Vampire Academy, and others too many to name; or catch episodes of television shows such as Buffy, Angel, Supernatural and Dead Zone, there influences are dominate throughout. We did manage to agree on a few things. First it was obvious the author had intentions on a series by splitting the novel up into two books before the big climax. (More $$money that way I suppose.) As readers we vote big fight climax then leave us hanging on another story line. Second, it fell somewhat flat. The characters seemed forced and considerably unrealistic. Third, not that I am perfect; (avid user of ABC spell/grammar check and benchmark and geese…do I need it!) I found several errors in spelling and plot changes. No one is perfect least of all me; though I did enjoy the read and the debate with my daughter’s. I would suggest it for the Jr. High/ Middle School girls as my eighteen year old was just not that into it saying, “It’s poorly written, just right for the Bieber Fever kids.”
  • The Ugly Princess on Sep. 19, 2011

    I read this to my daughter and it was surprising hard for me to keep from laughing. The story is horrible due to the fact that this poor child is criticized by everyone including her own mother. However, this could be used as a teaching tool for young children as a lesson on how easy it is to hurt someone’s feelings or beauty is what’s on the inside.
  • Dark Matter Heart on Sep. 21, 2011

    For reasons beyond my control, (technology… after all is only as smart as its user) my original review (in July) at was not posted. So here I sit again in an attempt to post (fingers crossed) armed with a new computer (that seems to hate me just as much); wish me luck. To put it simply in three words “I loved it!” Yes, I know it quiet the red-carpet affair for one (especially me) to claim to love a book but I did. Why you ask? Straightforward, it was the point of view. Nowadays the book stores, e-store and libraries are bogged down with sups stories from the female point of view. Let’s face fact, sometimes a lady just want to know how the guy sees things. And young men need some way to relate to the young ladies reading Twilight, Vampire Academy and other related sups books. I know romance from a guy’s p-o-v, who would have thought? Hey, it worked for HB’s Vladimir Todd Series as well as FM’s Bloodthirsty, and it works for Nathan Wrann’s Dark Matter Heart as well. Additionally, it’s a clever new twist to the whole sups pop culture that every young guy can relate to (I’m speaking of the love) and every girl who loves sups stories should read. Overall, Dark Matter Heart was a great debut that will hook all readers and the male p-o-v will definitely stand out. It contains its own unique set of characters, and a plot. Some might argue that it lends ideas from other popular books. As an avid reader I can accept that but to me all books reflect each other in some fashion. DMH is a classic tale of coming of age with a supernatural bite that even the guys will secretly love. READ!! READ!! READ!!! What else can I say?
  • Adventures In Funeral Crashing (Funeral Crashing Mysteries #1) on Dec. 21, 2011

    bookshelves: own-kindle, romance, single, young-adult Recommended to Lissa by: Reads 2 Review Club Recommended for: Audults and children ages 11 & up looking for a fun quick read. Read from December 08 to 10, 2011, read count: 1 I was fortunate enough to make the cut for reviewing this book for R2R and in no way does this affects my review… Adventures in Funeral Crashing… Mother verses Daughter, the skirmish for control of the book pursues… need I say much more. It has certainly been a challenge keeping this book in my possession, as my 11- year old daughter Macy would snatch it away every time I turned my back. We both were drawn to the book; by what you might ask. Why the cover art of course. No it not some out of this world work of art but, a basic child like sketch of a girl in a skirt wearing tennis shoes. Macy thought it was just cute and it reminded me of a girl stuck in the awkward stage of not a child and not a young woman who has discovered… lawd help us… b.o.y.s. Not having first read a description of the book the title alone lead me to think it was a paranormal zombie story or a twisted retelling of The Dead Zone… Macy on the other hand thought it was going it was going book version to television’s The Ghost Whisper or Medium. As our guess would have it, we were wrong. It was defiantly not a paranormal read yet it held not only my attention but that of Macy as well. It was packed full of creepy energetic mystery that was just so downright eatable. Which is why I found myself battling with 11-year old for the right to read. Milda Harris did an excellent job at bring the teenage character to life. Kids today are just too jaded and are missing out just being kids and experiencing just what that means. Yes, some Macy included may think the kids are immature at time but in my humble opinion… kids need more time being kids and MH delivers that option in Adventures in Funeral Crashing. Both Macy and I cannot wait to see if the story continues and we expect more from this talented author.
  • My Enchanted Life on Feb. 29, 2012

    Sorry! I posted my review on Good Reads and failed to return Smash Words and leave the review here as well…. Hope you enjoy the book as much as my daughter and I did. Lissa Smith's review Feb 26, 2012 Rated 3 out of 5 Stars bookshelves: young-adult, single, paranormal-romance, paranormal-magic, paranormal-fae, paranormal-demons, own-kindle, mythology Recommended to Lissa by: Read to Review Group Recommended for: Grades Four (4) and up Read on February 26, 2012, read count: 1 On the hunt for a book that my daughter and I could consume in one day we ran across My Enchanted Life. Yeah! I had been chosen to review the book as part of Read to Review. I was so excited. Thank you Laura Eno and R2R for providing me a copy! So I down loaded and Macy and I immediately jumped in. Laura Eno did something no other author has managed to do in long while. As I read alongside my daughter this enchanting tale of young Emma, I was reminded of my own childhood and fairy tale adventures. The tale is simple but elegantly written. A perfect way to spend a beautiful afternoon perched under the canopy of a shade tree, with your daughter and book. Together, Macy and I ventured with young Emma across the pond to England and through a magical vale that took us mythological delight. Emma raised loving by her Aunt and Uncle after her mother dies, turn eighteen and is delivered a mysterious letter that informs her father’s brother has passed and he has left the homestead to her. The next morning another mysterious package is delivered with everything she needs to travel to her newly acquired home. With passport and funny money in hand Emma board a plane looking for a summer adventure to share with her friends and what she finds is more that she could bargained for. Adults will have issues with how fast Emma accepts things but the child will squeal with delight just as my daughter did. I loved it; although it was a little short, it was not left wanting. It had all the right ingredients to keep me intrigued until the very end. If you are looking for something to pass the time between books defiantly give this a read, I can almost guarantee you will wear a smile on your face. It would make a great gift for children grades four (4) and up.
  • My Enchanted Life on Feb. 29, 2012

    Sorry! I posted my review on Good Reads and failed to return Smash Words and leave the review here as well…. Hope you enjoy the book as much as my daughter and I did. Lissa Smith's review Feb 26, 2012 Rated 3 out of 5 Stars bookshelves: young-adult, single, paranormal-romance, paranormal-magic, paranormal-fae, paranormal-demons, own-kindle, mythology Recommended to Lissa by: Read to Review Group Recommended for: Grades Four (4) and up Read on February 26, 2012, read count: 1 On the hunt for a book that my daughter and I could consume in one day we ran across My Enchanted Life. Yeah! I had been chosen to review the book as part of Read to Review. I was so excited. Thank you Laura Eno and R2R for providing me a copy! So I down loaded and Macy and I immediately jumped in. Laura Eno did something no other author has managed to do in long while. As I read alongside my daughter this enchanting tale of young Emma, I was reminded of my own childhood and fairy tale adventures. The tale is simple but elegantly written. A perfect way to spend a beautiful afternoon perched under the canopy of a shade tree, with your daughter and book. Together, Macy and I ventured with young Emma across the pond to England and through a magical vale that took us mythological delight. Emma raised loving by her Aunt and Uncle after her mother dies, turn eighteen and is delivered a mysterious letter that informs her father’s brother has passed and he has left the homestead to her. The next morning another mysterious package is delivered with everything she needs to travel to her newly acquired home. With passport and funny money in hand Emma board a plane looking for a summer adventure to share with her friends and what she finds is more that she could bargained for. Adults will have issues with how fast Emma accepts things but the child will squeal with delight just as my daughter did. I loved it; although it was a little short, it was not left wanting. It had all the right ingredients to keep me intrigued until the very end. If you are looking for something to pass the time between books defiantly give this a read, I can almost guarantee you will wear a smile on your face. It would make a great gift for children grades four (4) and up.
  • Survival, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book #1) on March 01, 2012

    It was another one of those I saw the cover and didn’t bother reading the blurb. It was eye catching, considering I hold a family annual passes to the Planetarium. And what you know, I was right! I absolutely loved it. Hargrove did an excellent job at choosing her cover pic. I was especially elated to learn that the cover indeed has meaning that can be discovered while reading. Survival— from the series Guardians of Vesturon a perfect title for this book as that is just what Maddi seems to keep doing through the entire book. It seems as she just can’t catch a break. Hargrove does an excellent job weaving such a masterful mystery while giving us a little taste of romance with just enough laughs out loud and heart wrenching moments to keep the pages turning. The magic of character development? Check. Yes, I know Maddi is the strong, fierce willed woman who has to drudge through one bad thing after another. I would have cracked myself. But we can’t dismiss Mr. Yummy himself Ryan. (Mover over John Smith you have been replaced!) The one who is used to getting his ways and never being question… has met his match in Maddi. And the siblings I smell sibling rivolry and if so the CW’s newest hit… (You will be out to Salvador brothers). Now I can’t over look the other brother’s and the sole sis can I. They bring warmth to the pages when dealing with Maddi, got to love them for that! However, the Rayn’s dads… not my cup tea in his short visit. I enjoyed the way Hargrove gives you clues as to what the Guardian is and lets you draw your own conclusion. Then reveals it to the reader’s but is hesitant to reveal himself to Maddi. Writing is hard and when a story is weaved with multiple storylines it even harder. When it’s a sequel it’s imperative that the reader is satisfied. And I was! It was terrific read and I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on Resurrection, with Maddi fighting death again, Rayn feeling her pain unable to get to her and the sibling not able to find her and let’s not forget her dead parents are with her. And what is the mark she has on her back? Is it possible something lingers with in her bloodline? Disclosure: I participated in Read it Reap in the Shut Up & Read Group and a copy was provided to me by the author. No payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was not any obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist, or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  • Claimed on March 04, 2012

    I have not yet read the series so I cannot comment whether this is a prequel or a short with-in the series. I can tell you the story begins in August 1999 while Jessica is returning for a camping trip from hell with her soon to be ex-boyfriend Steve and his friends Brian and Abi. Where in diabetic distress Jessica Tandy meet Flint Riverclaw and he tends to immediate needs of her health. The cover art was just horrible. I only downloaded “Claimed” for free because of the Good Reads Synopsis: Jessica Tandy is coming back from a camping trip in Alaska, when she meets the tall, dark and handsome Flint Riverclaw. They chat in a bar during a rest stop, which eventuates into a one-night-stand, and ultimately changes the rest of her life. Why do Flint’s brown eyes occasionally glow turquoise, or he growls so much? Imaginations run wild, in this supernatural, romance novella, “Claimed” is a small nugget of a novella written by K.R. Smith to bring readers into her “Circulate Series”. Now does it work? For this reader would have to o’l fat “YES”!
  • Resurrection, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book 2) on March 22, 2012
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    bookshelves: 2nd-in-series, own-kindle, paranormal, paranormal-magic, young-adult, paranormal-romance Recommended for: Young Adults Paranormal Readers's Grades 5 and up Read from March 01 to 02, 2012, read count: 1 Following in the footsteps of its predecessor “Survival” the cover to “Resurrection” is amazing! I absolutely love it! We get an imaginative look at Vesturon. And did anyone else notice the mark of Vesturon Blood cascading in the waters? My only disappointment was the marks of the first born were not weaved into the cover somehow. Although I could be wrong on that fact as I have a kindle copy and sometimes—cover art can be tricky. I did notice etching around the title. Hargrove must have a genie in a bottle whipping up her title names. Not only is Maddie resurrected from for being a helpless human who seem to always be at the grips of death time and time again, but Rayn finds himself in a fight for his own life. All while Maddie is becoming an independent free thinking female with her own strengths and abilities. Hargrove managed to stun me as she continued to weave a plot with more mystery and utter heart breaking moment that seized my very breath. Hargrove didn’t slack on character development as she intertwine the plots from book one and built a solid foundation for the series to thrive upon. “Resurrection” begins where we were last left in “Survival” and takes you on a emotional journey full of up’s and down’s; twist and turns. You will be on the edge of your seat unable to turn the pages fast enough. This was another terrific read from Annie Hargrove and she ends the story with an unexpected twist involving Rykerian, it’s enough of a teaser to definitely interest me in reading the third book! I honestly can’t wait to see Maddie surrounded by more of the humans she loves. Disclosure: I participated in Read it Reap in the Shut Up & Read Group and a copy was provided to me by the author. No payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was not any obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist, or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  • Resurrection, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book 2) on March 22, 2012

    bookshelves: 2nd-in-series, own-kindle, paranormal, paranormal-magic, young-adult, paranormal-romance Recommended for: Young Adults Paranormal Readers's Grades 5 and up Read from March 01 to 02, 2012, read count: 1 Following in the footsteps of its predecessor “Survival” the cover to “Resurrection” is amazing! I absolutely love it! We get an imaginative look at Vesturon. And did anyone else notice the mark of Vesturon Blood cascading in the waters? My only disappointment was the marks of the first born were not weaved into the cover somehow. Although I could be wrong on that fact as I have a kindle copy and sometimes—cover art can be tricky. I did notice etching around the title. Hargrove must have a genie in a bottle whipping up her title names. Not only is Maddie resurrected from for being a helpless human who seem to always be at the grips of death time and time again, but Rayn finds himself in a fight for his own life. All while Maddie is becoming an independent free thinking female with her own strengths and abilities. Hargrove managed to stun me as she continued to weave a plot with more mystery and utter heart breaking moment that seized my very breath. Hargrove didn’t slack on character development as she intertwine the plots from book one and built a solid foundation for the series to thrive upon. “Resurrection” begins where we were last left in “Survival” and takes you on a emotional journey full of up’s and down’s; twist and turns. You will be on the edge of your seat unable to turn the pages fast enough. This was another terrific read from Annie Hargrove and she ends the story with an unexpected twist involving Rykerian, it’s enough of a teaser to definitely interest me in reading the third book! I honestly can’t wait to see Maddie surrounded by more of the humans she loves. Disclosure: I participated in Read it Reap in the Shut Up & Read Group and a copy was provided to me by the author. No payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was not any obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist, or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  • One Last Bite on April 04, 2012

    bookshelves: 1-5st-in-series, adult, own-kindle, paranormal-vampire, paranormal-romance Recommended to Lissa by: Amazon Free Temptation Recommended for: Adult Readers of Paranormal Romance and Vampires Read on February 13, 2012, read count: 1 "One Last Bite" is a short story about a two vampires brothers Aidan and Sebastian Raines and sisters Chloe and Chucks and Chloe’s son Jake. This quick read gives you a short encounter of their life and just enough sweetness to enthrall and wet your appetite for more. I for one am looking forward to continuing the read with “Must Love Vampires”.
  • Water on May 15, 2012
    (no rating)
    bookshelves: 1st-in-series, paranormal, magic, nc17-mature-adult, romance Recommended to Lissa by: Terra Harmony Recommended for: Adults 18 and older Read on April 27, 2012, read count: 1 Synopsis : Elemental powers in the palm of her hand...and it won't be enough to save her. When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Just as her new-found life holds promises of purpose, romance, and friendship, the organization divides and a rogue member holds Kaitlyn hostage. Now one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between her and Earth's survival. Lissa's Review: I had never heard of “Water” until I received an email for sign-up reviews. I was immediately dazzled by the cover art. There was something magical about the single drop of water suspended above a lone hand. That was what first drew me into taking a peek at the pages beneath. I was not disappointed. As for being her first attempt it doesn’t show as Terra Harmony had the ability to straight away draw me into Kaitlyn’s story. She seemingly effortlessly moved the story along all while plummeting me deep and deeper into the life of Kaitlyn in a swirl of emotions and unspoken Stockholm syndrome. Her ability to capture the syndrome without focusing on it took me by surprise. However I did get more than I expected and was charged with excitement from the start. Harmony has a fanciful way with words no matter which character she was working with. She manages to take hold of the characters and develop them in ways that leaves a part of you that developing a love/hate with each one as you turn the pages. “Water” takes you on a page turning journey as Kaitlyn discovers who and what she is truly is and is capable of. “Water” is packed with just the right amount of mystery and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end and leave you begging for more, more and more! But let me be clear, “Water” is not for the faint of hearts as Kaitlyn story develops and twist and turns are introduced things get beyond ugly. For this reason I would suggest a rating of NC-17 and suggest that you pick up a copy and start reading today….. You will not be disappointed as Harmony leaves you so many haunting questions and with a true cliff hanger that will leave you digging in your sofa cushions to scurry ups the change to jump into Air.
  • A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood Series #1) on May 31, 2012

    bookshelves: 1st-in-series, paranormal, demons, romance, young-adult Recommended to Lissa by: Penelope Recommended for: Grades Eight (8) and up Read on May 15, 2012, read count: 3 I would be lying if I said I was interested in reading this book for any other reason than the catchy title and the beautiful cover that screamed… I am just a beautiful innocent young woman. Then again you could flip the coin and call the cover that beckoned… the innocent, who me cover girl. It might have been the cover that drew me in but it was P. Kings ability to weave an interesting story line that kept me interested and ultimately vested in the characters. I love the fact that by day the progeny was one way then when night fell she was completely opposite. It reminded me so much of the season of Buffy when she had to deal with the crazy deity that was a guy and possible love interest during the and the wacked out deity at night. It always interesting to read and see how each author betrays one internal struggles of good versus evil. The story goes that during the day we have Liora. She is your normal high school student who on occasion gets into a little trouble. Oh and she has only one real friend. During the night, while Liora is sleeping, we get a peek at Lucky. Lucky’s a not so nice rough and tumble demon who lives for hunting and killing other demons, especially the ones who killed her best friends. What you have to understand is Liora and Lucky share a body but are two completely separate individuals. Now the biggest question is whom does Kieron fall for? Is it Liora or is it Lucky? Only time and reading will tell or does it? And trust me it will leave you on the edge of you seat. King does a superior job at weaving a story line with so many intriguing characters. She does an excellent job humanizing her charactors while lacing them with such innocents and desires. Over all this King’s “A Demon Made ME Do It” was truly an eye catching and terrific read. King offered the perfect mix of good versus evil wrapped in delicious characters you can’t help but to love. I was drawn in hook line and sinker from the first chapter. I can’t wait to read the second installment in the series and highly recommend you stop reading my review and hop on over to Amazon.com and pick up your own copy. I highly recommend this book and it's probably more appropriate for mature young adults (Grades 8 and up) due to the mild violence, some language in a few places, and some romance scenes.
  • Claimed on Jan. 13, 2013
    (no rating)
    bookshelves: 1st-in-series, adult, own-kindle, paranormal-werewolves, paranormal, paranormal-romance, novella Recommended to Lissa by: Daughter Recommended for: Adult Readers of Paranormal Romance and Werewolves Read on March 04, 2012, read count: 1 I have not yet read the series so I cannot comment whether this is a prequel or a short with-in the series. I can tell you the story begins in August 1999 while Jessica is returning for a camping trip from hell with her soon to be ex-boyfriend Steve and his friends Brian and Abi. Where in diabetic distress Jessica Tandy meet Flint Riverclaw and he tends to immediate needs of her health. The cover art was not horrible but with the story I expected more. My daughter downloaded “Claimed” for free on by kindle because of the Good Reads Synopsis: Jessica Tandy is coming back from a camping trip in Alaska, when she meets the tall, dark and handsome Flint Riverclaw. They chat in a bar during a rest stop, which eventuates into a one-night-stand, and ultimately changes the rest of her life. Why do Flint’s brown eyes occasionally glow turquoise, or he growls so much? Imaginations run wild, in this supernatural, romance novella, “Claimed” is a small nugget of a novella written by K.R. Smith to bring readers into her “Circulate Series”. Now does it work? For this reader would have to o’l fat “YES”!