Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether by touring the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or taking a road trip to the next town. After attending three different universities without managing to square a degree, she decided to do the next logical thing; become a writer. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven's Edge series and Silver Hollow. To stay tuned, please have a gander at her website: http://silverwoodsketches.blogspot.com
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Smashwords book reviews by Jennifer Silverwood
- Kings & Queens
on June 28, 2012
Kings & Queens offers a little bit of everything, romance, action, intrigue, all wrapped around one town's set of high school melodrama. At times it was heart & gut wrenching. Others it made you want to laugh out loud and cry. Yet for some reason I got confused almost from the start of this novel. In spite of its complexities it was difficult to follow the plot with too much going on at once. Although it requires you to think, something most YA books fail at, Kings & Queens weaves so many webs that even at the end I couldn't understand what exactly happened. I give Vail props for a good effort, however. It was nice to read something spiritual that isn't poking fun at religion or fake about the truth. And the main characters were compelling when they weren't giving me whiplash from their constant mood swings. All in all, however, I can appreciate this novel for not pulling its punches.
- Smitten: Part I-Zerrin
on Sep. 11, 2012
"Smitten" is a mermaid tale unlike almost any you've read before. While it took quite some time to get us to the meat and climax of the story, it was refreshing to delve into such character depth. Lana's life as a foster kid is believable and gut wrenching at times, particularly her role looking over the younger children. Both the human world and the sea are painted in clear tones. And Jonas is one of the most compelling new characters I've read in some time. Liked this one so much I went ahead and bought "Zerrin," the full story.
- Nordic Fairies (Novella series)
on Sep. 11, 2012
Before buying this I got in the mood to read something light but modern, your classic subscription for a YA novel. I'd picked up Saga Berg's novella, "Nordic Fairies" a week or so ago and had been meaning to read it.
First of all I was shocked it was a novella. I think I was expecting something more involved or longer. Obviously someone didn't read the full description carefully enough upon purchasing...ahem... Well it may have only been a short novella but it was certainly more than involved!
Svala, the main light fairy, is one of the most interesting heroines I've read lately. Hers and Viggo's story is so tragic and addictive I sincerely hope there are at least a dozen of these short stories. Viggo is frigging gorgeous of course.
Even though this is technically YA it feels much more adult. I love the concept the author has introduced here and don't know if she based it more heavily on the Nordic tales or invented it. Either way Saga Berg is now one of my new favs! Makes me wish I was Swedish!
- The Athena Effect
on Oct. 14, 2012
“Athena” effects more than the usual YA/NA novel elicits. Not only does it have the usual helping of Anderson’s signature intrigue, romance and sense of wonder. But it dares to delve deeper into the morally ambiguous and the depths of human emotion. It also manages to do this while being a blast to read. A stellar improvement from Anderson that shines even brighter than her “Marina Tales,” I recommend this book to anyone looking for something meatier and grittier than they have dared to go before.
- The Frey Saga Book III: Rise of the Seven
on Oct. 14, 2012
At last, Wright’s much anticipated final installment in her Frey trilogy has arrived with a bang. RoTS shines in plentiful, often garish colors, pairing the grit with the gumption of a fully matured kick-butt heroine. One of the things I admired most while reading this was the added depth of Freya’s character. With a return of her memories at last, the character is given several new dimensions that all flow seamlessly together. The pages turn like a well-oiled machine, now that we have come to know the company so well, allowing for even more action. The addition of fey to this world was a delightful surprise and only added to the broad spectrum of the world Wright has created. Magic abounds with intrigue and at the heart of the novel is Chevelle’s unwavering love for Freya and their long history together. And in the end, all loose ends are tied and wrapped in a rocking package that you’ll want to pull apart and read over and again.
- Blood Warrior
on Feb. 01, 2013
Blood Warrior is the kind of supernatural tale that sucks you in and doesn't release you until you've finished that final page. While I often prefer reading books with a lot more exposition, this book managed the best of both worlds for me. It was both a complex tale of betrayal, intrigue, and mystery, while also delivering the typical perks of commercial fiction. It was occasionally campy in a Buffy-esque way, without going overboard. It had romance and heat in ample variety. Teen language was believable and the action scenes were engaging enough that I didn't skip over them. In fact, there was nothing I felt the need to skim through in Blood Warrior. like I said, this isn't your average vampire & werewolf tale.
Sink your teeth in and prepare for the wild ride this saga promises to bring. I know I'm going to buy the next book in the series after posting this.
This was an honest review for a kindly offered free copy from the author.