Shannon Walters

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Smashwords book reviews by Shannon Walters

  • Entangled in Darkness on May 17, 2011

    A very dark, depressing book about a girl moving out of her parents home for the first time. Starting college and finding it difficult and demanding, the being betrayed but a guy she likes/sort of dates, she spirals into some unreal pit of bi-polar, schizo, depression. I felt the characters were not developed enough to form any empathy for them. There was barely an explanation how she goes from totally fine and functioning to a total suicidal wreck over lifes normal stressors. Perhaps mental illness is exactly like this and I just dont get it. I hope that is the case.
  • Gravity on July 20, 2011

    Fast paced YA paranormal thriller. I read it in one sitting, very entertaining. I found the characters easy to relate to and the storyline developing nicely. I expect the next book to clarify some of the dangling loose ends.
  • The Telescope Builder and Other Stories on Oct. 11, 2011

    I read this in one sitting, as I was always excited to see what happens next. I felt like I was a kid again! Some stories werem sad and some were funny, but all were easily relatable. Apon finishing the book, I found myself thinking how all the tiniest things we do everyday, somehow effect us or others in a never ending stream.
  • Denibus Ar on Nov. 08, 2011

    I received this book from Library thing member giveaway. A vividly written story of supernatural suspense in an Indian jones-esque manner. The author has a flair for describing the surroundings so well that I felt I was nearly sweating in the Egyptian sun. The story line was a bit trudging through the middle but overall a very good read!
  • Dirty Little Angels on Feb. 01, 2012

    Gritty, suspensful. real. I really enjoyed this book and read it rather quickly because I just had to find out what happened to the poor, lost, teenage protaganist. This book has a tendancy to cause personal reflection. What would YOU do in her case? No one is perfect and this book certainly puts a spotlight on that imperfection. I definately recommend this book.
  • Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools on Feb. 10, 2012

    Another reviewer said that she felt as though she were on vacation herself while reading this book, and I have to agree. Its the middle of a dreary winter here in New York and this is just what I needed! There are so many funny and endearing parts, I felt like I wanted to jump on a plane headed for Spain and experience this myself. The description of the people and surroundings was so well done I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. The chickens....well.....you have got to read the story and you will have a new appreciation for chicken owners! I cannot say enough, this is a wonderful story and I highly recommend it to anyone. Also of note, there are mouth-watering recipes included in the book that can help you authenicate your Andalucian experience!
  • Mouth-Watering Spanish Recipes on March 13, 2012

    This book is a keeper! I normally only cook from Gordon Ramsays cookbooks but now he will have to share a spot with this one! Delicious food, easy to prepare and I havent had any problem locating the necessary ingredients even though I am in rural New York. My favorite is Gambas al pil-pil, or chili garlic prawns. Oh so good! There are also lots of suggestions and comments from the author that make it feel like she is in the kitchen with you..
  • In Harm's Way: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse on July 10, 2012

    I love this series! Well-written, exciting, nail-biting zombie action. I had trouble sleeping after reading this, the author really has a way of getting under your skin and you really get emotionally invested in the characters. I highly recommend this and the previous two. I anxiously await the next installment!
  • Fire: The Collapse on July 18, 2012

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. Which, I am so happy to do and will immediately purchase the next part. I am a pretty avid reader of zombie fiction and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While I was a bit disappointed by how the actual details of the zombie rising were skimmed over, the rest of the story makes up for it. There is quite a few edge-of-your seat moments that I had to ignore the ringing phone or other distractions because I could not put it down! I wish the book had been a bit longer because some of it felt rushed but I am hoping for a catch-up in the next installment
  • A Pound of Flesh: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse on Dec. 23, 2012

    Another excellent installment. The continuing story of the Grayson family and their fight to survive. I was pleased to see other characters back for the fight as well. Quite a few plot twists and an ending that has me yearning for more!
  • Allegiance: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse on July 18, 2013

    I have read the previous four books in this series and none of them failed to glue me to my seat, forsaking all my chores and responsibilities just to find out what happens on the next page. This book is no different. The cast of characters provides something for everyone, even if you are a woman who previously would NEVER pick up a book with anything vaguely military on the cover (that would be me, I am certainly glad I picked these up!!). Shawn Chesser has a way of making you care about these characters, feel what they feel, experience the pain of their losses and the joy in their achievements. I have found myself fist-pumping the ass-kicking they bring to the enemies,whether that be zombie or evil human, and then weeping at the loss of much-loved friends in this series. Do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in this world for awhile. You will be glad you did.
  • Dead Quarantine on Aug. 18, 2013

    This was a fantastic zombie/apocalypse story. Told from two perspectives, one, a boy who is a bit of a loner the other a popular girl, both are high school seniors. They have similar experiences when their average, normal world is shattered by a flu virus that turns most people into the walking dead. There are some truly heartbreaking moments and a lot of parts that had my heartbeat ramped up and adrenaline pumping! Yes...this has been done over and over but this one is a keeper as it kept me up all night, for I could not put it down...I just had to find out what was around the next turn. It is very exciting and very realistic and the characters are well fleshed out and totally relatable. I believe the ending leaves off in preparation for sequel. At least it better or I shall hunt down the author and beg for more!!