Shelly Hammond

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Smashwords book reviews by Shelly Hammond

  • Don't Tell on Feb. 23, 2013

    This is a wonderful short story that will take you on an emotional roller coaster in a good way. The author takes you on a journey that touches on loss, abuse, love, loneliness, fear, hope, despair, happiness, and more. Not an easy feat in less than 75 pages, yet it's done beautifully in this story. The reader quickly gets pulled into the story and feels as if they know the main character, Lucy, personally. She is charming and polite, nice to everyone yet harbors a secret that she hides from the world. I won't give the story away because you should read it for yourself (you will be glad you did) but she is a character you care about in a short amount of time and will likely find yourself cheering for. I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone who likes stories that are not super long but are to the point, very well written, and capture your attention causing you to keep reading until it's done right from the start. I really enjoyed this book and think that there is a good chance many others will as well.
  • Freewill on Feb. 23, 2013

    This is the first book in a trilogy and it sets everything up perfectly. The author is a brilliant story teller who immediately sucks the reader into the story and keeps them glued to the pages from beginning to end. You will find yourself caring about every single character very quickly and at times you will want to hug them and at other times you may wish you could reach in the pages and give them a bit of a swat upside the head! I won't give the story away, but there are a lot of twists and turns within that will leave you on the edge of your seat and right when you think you figured it out, you will realize you really didn't. This book has a very unique concept and the author delivers a perspective on the world that hasn't been seen before. This book sets up the first of a trilogy that, if the other two follow the same pattern, promises to deliver a brilliant and entertaining reading experience and one that should not be missed by serious readers of all ages. Extremely fun and entertaining read and one that left me eager to get to the next in the series!
  • Wunder (#1 The Approach) on June 13, 2013

    This was one of those stories that I really didn’t know what was to come by the title alone. I had so many things running through my mind based on the title alone! This is a very short story, coming in at 19 pages, so I decided to find out exactly what it was all about so I began to read… It starts out with a prologue that introduces the reader to a world of zombies and those that are trying to survive. It’s told from the perspective of a girl who is telling the story of her mother and father. As it goes on, it sets up the opening of the story perfectly. You get to follow Wunder, the main character, through a short, but fun and quite steamy, adventure that builds neatly up to a planned follow up that you will seriously be begging for. At a few points in the story it is a tiny bit rushed but and I repeat that big butt (and refrain from singing about big “buts” and hope that you are right now just because that would make me giggle) not enough to take away from this brilliantly fun and totally unique short story. It’s hard to write a short story that makes this much sense, has a new concept, keeps the action going, has an incredibly hot make-you-blush-a-bit love scene or two, and zombies to boot keeping it all under 20 pages but here it was done and it was done wonderfully. Ah, if you thought you were getting more than that about story, characters, and plot, you’ve never read any of my other reviews! I don’t give the story away. That would just be silly and ruin it for you. You only get the basics and told that you need to go get your own copy and read it for yourself! Get it, it’s a great fun read. I really enjoyed it and I am on the edge of my seat waiting on the next installment to find out what happens. What a cliffhanger to leave it at!! I can’t wait!