Christopher Bennett

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  • Shattered Soul on July 23, 2011

    Heartrending and desolate. Jennifer Snyder weaves a wonderful story about the cost of addiction and the struggle to win free of it. Seth and Ali start on opposite sides of the addiction spectrum when they meet and as he starts to break the grip it has on his life, she gets further drawn into it. SPOILERS BELOW!! A number of reviewers on Goodreads.com have said that they didn't see the ending coming. I'm not sure who they didn't see dying in the end. I knew from about halfway through the book that Seth would kill shoot his brother, I just wish he had did it earlier, I was hoping he would after Kerri and Ali kissed, in order to try to save her before she fell too far. In the end, I am probably one of the few who understood how Ali could commit suicide. It is tough to say after reading Th1rteen R3asons Why and seeing Hannah commit suicide there, and believing that there is no good reason to commit suicide, but, maybe, in this case. . . .I actually gained a little more respect for her character. It seemed that she recognized how fall she had fallen, and didn't believe that she could recover, and if she did, she felt she had lost Seth. To me, this reminded me a lot of Romeo and Juliet. Seth and Ali are really from two feuding families (Cops and Drug Dealers). Despite this, they fall so deeply in love, when Ali feels she has lost Seth, she commits suicide (and yes, this was a suicide, not an overdose - Jade tells 911 that she "just grabbed a handful and shoved them in her mouth!"), and that leaves Seth (after clutching her dead body to him) to commit suicide by police - he even asked himself "How was I supposed to live with the hole...where my heart used to be?" So in the end, Ms. Snyder weaves a modern Romeo and Juliet tale of young love and its tragic ending, as well as showing us the hazards and costs of addiction.
  • Touch (A Reaper Novella) on Oct. 17, 2011

    After Jennifer Snyder's stunning debut, [book:Shattered Soul|11472101], I have been anticipating this novel. Ms. Snyder does an excellent job of painting a picture for you as she writes. Her writing is very fluid and easy to read and the way she describes everything is great. All of this carried over to her second novel. The writing in her second novel was just as good as her first and it was just as well written. This novel was more of a straight romance then her first, which I normally don't read, but the writing was good enough that I still enjoyed the book overall. Towards the end, there were a number of open questions that I would have liked to have answered, but I have sinced learned that this was the first book of a series, so I'm sure that my questions will be answered as the series continues, which I'm looking forward to reading. Overall, this was another wonderful story from Ms. Snyder, and I'm looking forward to her next novel and the continuation of this series.
  • Touch (A Reaper Novella) on Oct. 17, 2011

    After Jennifer Snyder's stunning debut, [book:Shattered Soul|11472101], I have been anticipating this novel. Ms. Snyder does an excellent job of painting a picture for you as she writes. Her writing is very fluid and easy to read and the way she describes everything is great. All of this carried over to her second novel. The writing in her second novel was just as good as her first and it was just as well written. This novel was more of a straight romance then her first, which I normally don't read, but the writing was good enough that I still enjoyed the book overall. Towards the end, there were a number of open questions that I would have liked to have answered, but I have sinced learned that this was the first book of a series, so I'm sure that my questions will be answered as the series continues, which I'm looking forward to reading. Overall, this was another wonderful story from Ms. Snyder, and I'm looking forward to her next novel and the continuation of this series.
  • Give Me, A Tale Of Wyrd And Fae on Oct. 28, 2011

    I enjoy reading modern retellings of classic fairy tales, and that was what I expected when I started Give Me. If it is a retelling of a classic, it is one which I haven't heard of before, but this did not detract from the wonderful story that L.K. Rigel told. The writing was smooth and fluid, and I enjoyed the story which was told as well. There were a couple of flashbacks during the story that I thought could have been introduced better, it took a page or so to realize that it was an actual flashback and not a dream of Lilith, which she has throughout the novel. Overall, I enjoyed this new fairy tale. It was well written and moved along well. I would have liked to know some more background on the characters and had a little more clarity in the switch between the present day and flashbacks, but overall the story was very good.