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Smashwords book reviews by pj13

  • Her Dark Destiny (Hunters of the Dark #1) on Nov. 11, 2011
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    3.5/5 While reading this book I was really confused about how I felt about the book as a whole. There is a lot that I really liked about it and there is a lot that drove me bonkers. But the author did something right in creating a story that has made me eager to read the next book in the series even though I wanted to scream occasionally while reading the first one. What I liked about the book is the world that the author created. I thought it was clever and interesting and I enjoyed his use of history and myth to explain the creatures that inhabited the story. I also enjoyed the storyline even though at times it seemed a little disjointed. I liked what I could get from the characters and I feel like they all have a lot of potential to be developed. I would have liked to get to know some of them better and I hope that we get that in future books. What drove me bonkers the most was the number of character POVs. I have no problem with there being a lot of characters in one book, I also don’t have much of a problem switching POVs every now and then during the book. What I do have a problem with is the amount of POV switches and the amount of different POVs in this book. Sometimes it was really difficult to get into the book and to really care about the characters because just as I was getting comfortable with one, we would switch to another. I think this book would have benefitted from sticking to one or two different POVs (maybe three at the most). Jordan and Shanna would have been the perfect POVs to stick with since they were the ones changed the most in this particular story. Then maybe in book two the author could have switched the POV of two other characters and so on. Overall, I think that this was a good start to an interesting series. There were moments of firstbookitis, but those were easy to overlook for the most part because of the pace of the action. And while the POV switches drove me crazy, I soldiered on because I was so intrigued by the story and where it was going. Hopefully, the second book keeps up the pace and continues to build on the great things from the first book.
  • Give Me, A Tale Of Wyrd And Fae on Nov. 11, 2011

    After reading the description for Give Me, a fairy tale, I knew that I would like it, but by the time I was finished with the book, I was very surprised just how much I did. It was the perfect blend of paranormal and romance and the romance wasn’t sickly sweet. The POV switches from past to present were sometimes a tad jarring, but it actually worked really well for this story. Lilith was a believable, relatable character that I really connected with from the beginning until the end. I love that the love interest wasn’t drop-dead gorgeous. In fact, I do believe that at one point, Lilith wasn’t sure if he was strangely handsome or strangely ugly (or something like that). I’ve often had to explain to people my attraction to a man, so I totally understood what she was thinking in that moment. My only complaint about this book is that it was over too quickly. There are so many things that I want to know about and I’m hoping that this is the beginning of something bigger. There are a lot of characters past and present that I would like to see more of and I wouldn’t mind seeing what life is like for Lilith and Cade and if she ever tells him about her new found secret.