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Smashwords book reviews by Sarah Smith
- The Society of Sinners
on Feb. 15, 2012
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. I think this was a great quick read (5 short stories). It definitely held my interest and made me crave more. I really enjoyed that this wasn't your typical vampire/werewolf story. It definitely had an interesting take that I found refreshing. However, it seemed more like stream of consciousness than interconnected stories. Yes some of the stories had the same characters from the previous stories but it just seemed kind of thrown together.
- My Enchanted Life
on Feb. 15, 2012
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. I absolutely loved this book. The characters were very engaging, the plot was refreshingly different from anything I've read recently and the entire story flowed fantastically. I really hope there are many more to come for this series. Laura Eno is a great author and this book should definitely be picked up now!
- Angel Evolution
on March 11, 2012
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. This was a great quick read. I thought that the characters were well thought out, and even though the plot centered on the conflict between angels vs demons, the authors take on this subject combined with the fact that these two groups aren't related to their biblical counterparts was very original. I would like to have seen the main characters' 'abilities' exploited/explained a little more, but overall I really enjoyed this book. David Estes is a great author and I can't wait for more of this series!
- Betrayal's Shadow
on March 15, 2012
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. This book started out a little slow. The first night I picked this up I probably got only a few chapters in before I put it down. Honestly it was a little boring at first. I figured that had to do with the set-up/background information that inevitably has to be thrown in for (1) new readers, so they aren't completely lost if starting in the middle of a series, or (2) in this case a new series. So I persevered. I do have to say that I am very glad that I did finish reading this book, because it certainly ended with a bang! The characters were engaging, the plot was intriguing and even though this is a paranormal story, the romance between Turen and Mia seemed very realistic. It doesn't hurt that the love scenes between Turen and Mia were extremely hot! I really hope that the author writes many more books for this series since there are many 'minor' characters that definitely deserve their stories to be told. I'm looking at you Grimm! Can't wait to check out the next book in this series which features another great character, Briet.
- Immortal Desires (a Well of Souls novel)
on March 24, 2012
I received this as part of a Goodreads group The Knights of the Round Table giveaway. I absolutely love Laura Eno's writing style. She is a great author. This story was hard to put down once I finally got a chance to start reading it. The characters were very engaging and the scenery descriptions made me want to run out and get on a plane to see the scottish highlands for myself. And although I am not the biggest fan on the scottish hero genre, I found myself intrigued by the relationship between Deanna and Ian and really hoping that there are going to be many more to come for this series.
- Illicit Magic (Book 1, Stella Mayweather Series)
on March 28, 2012
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. Overall I liked this book and am looking forward to checking out the next in the series. However, it seemed slow and slightly boring at first, even though you are pretty much thrown into the action of Stella against the Brotherhood almost immediately. This was most likely due to the requisite set-up/background information that inevitably has to be thrown in for a new series. So realizing this I kept reading. I am glad that I did, because it certainly ended with a bang! The characters were charming, the plot was very interesting and the romantic aspect was great. I kind of question Stellas' attachment to Etoile and Marc, even though they were pretty much the first of her kind to welcome her to her new world. It just seemed kind of unlikely to me that she would make friends with anyone so quickly since she was tossed around foster homes her whole life and never really had any friends (because of her 'accidents'). That aside, I thought this was great and I will continue to read this series since now I am hooked and looking forward to see Stella come more into her powers as she continues to battle the Brotherhood.
- Meeting Destiny
on March 28, 2012
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. I have to say it was not what I was expecting for a paranormal book. I was slightly disappointed that the main characters 'abilities' weren't exploited/explained more. It read more like a straight romance novel (with some ESP) than a paranormal novel. That said the romance was very sweet and had me wanting to read more. I really liked the way the book ended. It had me looking forward to reading more in the series.
- Shepherd's Moon
on April 02, 2012
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. Overall I ended up really enjoying this book although it was a bit inconsistent. Anyone who has read my reviews knows my main issue with new series' (a lot of set-up/background information makes for sometimes boring starts) so I'm just going to say despite this, by the end of the book I couldn't put it down! The concept of a were-whisperer was very original and refreshing. The characters were for the most part engaging (I did want to smack Billy around a bit with his mood swings), the plot was intriguing, the romantic aspect of the book was very subtle and also a bit refreshing, since a lot of the better book romances don't have anything 'happening' for at least a few books. I really hope that the author writes more books for this series since I can't wait to find out what's going to happen with Tristan and Alex (if they even pursue anything; which they should...hint, hint), and since there are many 'minor' characters that could potentially 'own' their own series.
on April 17, 2012
I received this book for free from the Goodreads group Making Connections in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
All in all I ended up liking this story since it did keep my interest, but it was also very frustrating. The plot really appealed to me when I read the synopsis, but the delivery seemed disjointed, almost like it was written as stream of consciousness (which I'm not a huge fan of) rather than a coherent story.
As for the characters. I really wanted to like Sam, but I was not overly impressed with her. I just kept waiting for her to learn a lesson, grow up, something, but that just never seemed to happen. Perhaps it wasn't supposed to, I'm just not entirely sure. And I have to say WTH is up with Shells. I am all for quirky, funny sidekicks, but this was ridiculous. I almost stopped reading because of her. I personally find the occasional use of urban slang to be amusing, but when it apparently makes up the bulk of your vocabulary you just end up sounding like a moron!
Despite all of the above, despite any complaints I was intrigued by the story, and I think the characters did actually work together since there were many laugh out loud moments, especially from Sam and Shells investigations. I just suggest cooling it with the "straight up yo"'s.
- Rook: Allie's War, Book One
on April 21, 2012
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. Overall I liked this book, but it was somewhat frustrating to read. The plot was very interesting and original, but the delivery was a bit overwhelmingly jumpy. I found the story hard to follow in parts due to the switching first person narrator.
All in all, the characters were charming and the plot was very interesting and despite any complaints about delivery I was extremely engrossed in the story and definitely interested in checking out the next few books in the series.
on April 25, 2012
I received this as part of the ARR Women's Fiction part of the Making Connections group on Goodreads.
I really quite enjoyed this book. It was a great quick read. At first I thought that the characters were a bit hard to relate to given that I am not a fashionista, but once they ripped into Cassie a few times for being such a snot, they were definitely after my heart. I really enjoyed all the situations the girls got into and all the places they visited. I would have liked to have seen more of Carlos since he was hilarious, but overall I really enjoyed the book and I thought it was well paced and the budding romances were very sweet. Ellie Spanos is a great author and I can't wait for more of this series! Vegas baby!