Elizabeth Barbarick

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  • What Kills Me on Aug. 16, 2012

    What is the book about? Axelia, or better better known as Zee, is a seventeen year old Canadian who has adventured out to study in Rome but has never returned back home because she is now dead. She wakes to find that she's beautiful, with no flaws to be seen, and power that is unimaginable, just like a vampire should be. She's more powerful then a regular newbie vampire because she has been turned by an ancient vampire and his blood pumps through her body. Unfortunately the vampire world thinks that due to her unconventional means on becoming a vampire, causing them to think that she will be the downfall of the entire vampire race. Now they want her dead. What did I think of the book? You really relate to the main character even when she makes silly mistakes. You find yourself really sympathizing with her as she learns to become a vampire. This book is filled with violence, action and drama and will keep your hands glued to the book. This is not a "I'll put the book down after this chapter" type of book. I found myself saying this all throughout the book, and I never ended up laying the book down, reading in all in one sitting. I hope that Channing has decided to write a sequel to this book because even after I finished the last chapter, I was hoping for more!
  • A Black Deeper Than Death (Miki Radicci Book 1) on Aug. 30, 2012

    What is the book about? Miki is a sixteen year old artist who has made it famous. Not only is she talented as an artist, she is also a psychic who can feel people's emotional and physical pain. It's when she accidentally feels the murder of a NYU student, who has an interesting job on the side. Now she draws attention to herself and now the killer if after her! She must hunt down this killer in order to stop the threats on her and her family. What did I think of the book? Miki is in search of answers and she will get them even if it means lying with false ID's and alias's. She is clearly a character that can take care of herself since she's basically been on her own for so long, a curse to having con-artists for parents. She's still a kid though, passing out drunk on the street because no one is there for her as a parent, she finds herself in quite a few sticky situations. I found myself quite frustrated while reading this book since it seemed like Miki was making all the wrong decisions. She really needs parents or some guidance in her life. She made life way harder than it had to be, in order to save herself from the killer, without the help from detectives. That's either one really brave or really stupid girl. www.stuffedshelves.com
  • Times of Trial: Christian End Times Thriller (Book 3) on Aug. 30, 2012

    What is the book about? An Arizona church that takes care of all it's members is is dying out. The second family who is in charge at the church has decided to head to Wyoming to escape the persecution of Christians. What did I think of the book? I've never really thought about the idea of Christians being persecuted for their beliefs, and this book shows how scary it would be if it actually happened. Christians aren't usually the ones that you would imagine being persecuted since they are so overwhelming in population, but it's been done before to other religions so I suppose it's not all that unfathomable.
  • Staying Human on Aug. 30, 2012

    What is the book about? Jack, at five hundred years of age, is experiencing black-outs and amnesia and during these times horrific things happen. He must retrace his steps to figure out who he is and what he is doing during these black-outs and how he can stop them from happening in the future. As he remembers the blank spots from his past, he isn't quite happy with what he finds out. He does have some help after meeting Sarah and her daughter, Leni who he immediately has a connection with. Jack deeply cares for them, and uses his love for them as motivation to survive and keep the world a better place. What did I think of the book? Jack is a huge mystery, even to himself, it was great figuring out who he is along with him. The biggest thing that bothered me about this book was it's spelling and grammar. Although, this is the author's first book, and he is only twenty years old, so I'll give him a break on that. He can definitely write, but just needs some direction and a good editor. www.stuffedshelves.com
  • Law on Oct. 15, 2012
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    This book is sectioned into three different parts, beginning with a character named Max who is going to be the test subject for a very unconventional surgery, but before you can find out what is going to happen to Max you are thrown into the next character, John who has multiple personalities. They are many personalities with many different names. So not only are you bouncing back and forth between Max and John, but you're also being introduced to all of John's personalities. One chapter begins with one chapter, but don't expect to be reading about that one character for very long, almost instantly as you are getting into one characters story, a new one begins at the start of anew chapter. This made it extremely hard to figure out the characters, and follow the story line with each one. While jumping from chapter to chapter, character to character you are also jumping through different time periods with each character. There is almost no structure to the book, it's just a bunch of chapter containing different information about the main characters but in a very bizarre format that I found too hard to follow. It almost seemed as if this book was written in dream format, with all information scattered, jumping from scene to scene, it felt like I was reading about a dream. The scattered layout was clearly the intention of Mr. Willis and I'm sure for some people this is more of a unique book full of puzzle pieces ready to be put together to form the complete picture, but for me there were too many pieces and the finished picture was unclear to me. I can appreciate this unusual and unique book because not many people can write in such a style, and for this I rate this book 3/5.
  • Mesmer, Book 1: Sanctuary (A Three Towers Fantasy) on Jan. 02, 2014

    Lea is found in the Forbidden Forest, beaten and bloody. We are all unsure on what to think since Lea lives a very secluded live, hiding her true identity from those around her. This kind of feels like it was used as a reason to not explain Lea's character fully, I am not quite certain, but there's something off about her mysterious character. Up until now she has believed there are only two different kingdoms, her kingdom, Lorien of the White Tower, and Makliaven, with the Black Tower, which are both run by non magical humans. Caleb is the man who rescues Lea who takes her back to his kingdom, hidden deep inside the Forbidden Forest. This is a whole new kingdom, Verlaine, which is home of the Grey tower. She's nursed back to health with a luxurious amount of attention including wardrobes made of the finest materials, and a room that's fit for a king, for her to recover in. Although the King of Verlaine likes to think she's being kept as a guest or a visitor, Lea feels she's being held prisoner because she is not allowed to leave until the King feels she is not a threat to the people of Verlaine. Thus begins her attempt at hiding her true identity, something she's already so used to doing. She spins a huge web of lies to Caleb. She doesn't plan on opening up to anyone until she knows she is not in danger. Everything she see's in Verlaine she assumes is due to magic because she doesn't trust her own sight or the appearance they give off. Now she must attempt to escape, without being hunted or followed. Mesmer is a difficult book to place in a specific genre. I would have to say that it fits in fantasy quite well, with some romantic aspects to the sub plots. It crosses over many different genera's making this a fit for a wide range of people. It's written very well with an easily flowing plot, with no grammar or spelling errors that I found. I did find it to be quite a lengthily book, but since it captured my attention so quickly, it was hard to notice how long I was reading for. I read most of it in one sitting, so that also helped. It took a long time to get to know the characters, since little pieces of information are given at one time. I am intrigued enough to read the second book in the series, but I don't know if I'm invested enough. I give this book a 4/5.
  • A Black Deeper Than Death (Miki Radicci Book 1) on Jan. 02, 2014

    What is the book about? Miki is a sixteen year old artist who has made it famous. Not only is she talented as an artist, she is also a psychic who can feel people's emotional and physical pain. It's when she accidentally feels the murder of a NYU student, who has an interesting job on the side. Now she draws attention to herself and now the killer if after her! She must hunt down this killer in order to stop the threats on her and her family. What did I think of the book? Miki is in search of answers and she will get them even if it means lying with false ID's and alias's. She is clearly a character that can take care of herself since she's basically been on her own for so long, a curse to having con-artists for parents. She's still a kid though, passing out drunk on the street because no one is there for her as a parent, she finds herself in quite a few sticky situations. I found myself quite frustrated while reading this book since it seemed like Miki was making all the wrong decisions. She really needs parents or some guidance in her life. She made life way harder than it had to be, in order to save herself from the killer, without the help from detectives. That's either one really brave or really stupid girl. I give this book