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Smashwords book reviews by Liz Fierman
- Dirty Little Angels
on March 20, 2012
"Dirty Little Angels" by Chris Tusa, is an interesting dark novel about a teenage girl name Hailey Trosclair and her family. She grows up in a poor, distressed community in New Orleans (similar to post Hurricane Katrina) where many problems are bigger than she (drugs, violence, sex, crime) is but Hailey fights to keep it all together after losing her faith in god.
Her mom has become a recluse after a miscarriage her dad spends most of her time drinking and gambling and her brother has gotten involved with some very shady men. Hailey is not perfect she’s empathetic but very angry and wants someone or something to blame.
In my opinion the characters could have used a little more background and depth, some were flat while other exploded off the page. I was left wanting more from this story and Tusa, I felt that there was so much more to tell about Hailey and it left me a little empty.
I know it was a short story but I think it would make a fantastic book.
- My Favorite Corpse (A Skullduggery Inn Short Story)
on Nov. 11, 2012
What a cute little story "My Favorite Corpse ( A Skullduggery Inn Short Story) is. The story takes place in Fairhope, Alabama not from Mobile at The Skullduggery Inn overlooking the bay. The Inn is owned by a woman named Ashley and her sister Kiki, the theme of the Inn is literature with many of the rooms named after great authors with the decor to match the novels. One of Ashley's guest at The Inn is a man named Trevor, who has rented a room for a year. He is a very mysterious, handsome man, who comes and goes as he choose and claims to be a insurance actuary. The night of the Jubilee ( a natural phenomenon that occurs sporadically on the shores of Mobile Bay in which many species of crabs, shrimp, as well as flounder, eels, and other demersal fish will leave deeper waters and swarm—in large numbers right up onto the coast, where people will catch the bounty to enjoy. Ashley sees a corpse in the water and that is when the fun and mystery begins in " My Favorite Corpse."
My favorite part of the book is " My scream morphed into sobs. What was a corpse doing with all my fish? Jubilee is a happy time and you just don’t expect to find something so awful, so atrocious mixed in with all the lovely fish."- Ashley. This is my favorite quote in the book because it seems to backwards to me. Why would the death of thousands of sea life be something to celebrate? Because you get a meal for free? The whole Jubilee in my opinion is a horrible death for thousands of innocent sea life, I understand it's nature but still. It seems sorta of fitting that a corpse would be with the dead sea life, makes it just enough of a eyebrow raiser. Not sure if that is what the author had in mind but I hope others see it