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Smashwords book reviews by Steph Coleman
- A Luminous Future
on June 21, 2012
"A Luminous Future” has a shocking and powerful opening that tugs at the heartstrings, and doesn’t let up until the final pages. I was emotionally captivated by the story of Teodor Flonta’s life and the hardship his family is forced to endure, but I was especially moved the love and support his family showed to each other! I especially loved his dad! The whole time he was being messed with by the “Securitate” (the Romanian Secret Police) I was really worried something horrible would happen and he wouldn’t come home. I think I even held my breath during a few of those frightening scenes The author Teodor Flonta (who’s life this story is about) did a brilliant job of creating tension and describing a world where you never feel 100% safe...there are always threats and dangers lurking around every turn. They all felt so real that I felt like I was a part of the family as I was reading along, and I was sad to see it end. But I really loved the pictures at the end! If you are reading on your Kindle make sure to keep going even after the text is done because there are some wonderful images of Teodor and his family there!
- Blood Skies (Book 1)
on Sep. 08, 2012
Original and breathtaking, Blood Skies takes the whole ‘dystopian-fantasy’ genre up several notches. With a captivating plot and fantastic writing, author Steven Montano is sure to please the hearts and minds of fantasy lovers everywhere with his dark novel. The world is in a perpetual state of chaos, and filled with almost every supernatural creature you can imagine. Warning, this is not a light, fluffy read, and it will take you to the deepest pits of the human psyche. But the tension is real and the characters struggles pull you along to the last page. I only noticed a few errors, which is totally forgivable and didn’t lessen my enjoyment any. There were a few questions that I still had at the end, but since it is the beginning of the series I imagine they will be answered soon. Off to read the next one!!
- Angels Gate
on Sep. 30, 2012
"Angels Gate” starts off by bringing us up to speed about socio-economic conditions of Los Angeles, and how the drug trade was booming. There are four surfer buddies(Randy, Terry, Jeff, Scott) and a drug smuggler (August), who participate in the “greatest heist—never told”. Well, its been told now, so the cat is out of the bag! But it was a whirlwind of action from start to finish, with one complication after another that kept me on the edge of my seat dying to know what would happen. I loved that I was on the side of the criminals, not something I usually do. But it felt good to be bad for a while, and this is the closest I’ll ever come to being a criminal mastermind, and it was fun while it lasted!! Highly recommend.
- A Life In A Moment
on Oct. 25, 2012
Wow! I just finished “A Life in a Moment” by Stefanos Livos and I thought it was just fabulous! I loved that last chapter especially (57, the ending) and thought that was some of the most beautiful and haunting prose I’ve ever seen anywhere. The story itself is very well written and interesting, told from the point of view of Vassilis as he recounts his family life and love. It is interesting and engaging and I really enjoyed it! Recommend for fans of literary fiction and poetry.
- Kingdom of the Snark: The Quest for the Sword
on Jan. 08, 2013
Okay, you’d have to be totally devoid of any sense of humor or dead in order not to laugh out loud as you read “Kingdom of the Snark” by Melanie Hatfield. This book had some of the best one-liners I’ve seen anywhere. (Also a warning, don’t read in public places if you don’t want people looking at you funny when you laugh out loud.) It is the story of a girl, Renee, who goes on her special version of the hero quest, and meets many interesting characters (and challenges) along the way. Highly entertaining and I’d definitely recommend for people who want something on the humorous side, but also with an engaging adventure.
- Return of the Crown
on Jan. 31, 2013
Simply fabulous. Beautiful, descriptive narrative that just sucks you right in from the opening pages. The writing was so descriptive and atmospheric I felt like I was watching a movie unfold before my eyes (note- this would make an AMAZING movie!!) I didn’t want to put the book down once I started reading, as there was always something waiting to happen just around the corner. I loved the depiction of magic in this world and thought it was unlike any I’d seen before. Ravyn and Blade and Connor are great, and so are the supporting characters. A definite must-read for fans of the YA/fantasy genre. Well done.
- Peas, Beans & Corn (Book 2 in The Sovereign Series)
on Aug. 08, 2013
This is my favorite type of book: give me some ‘real life’ people with real issues set in a small town. I enjoy reading many of Nora Roberts’ books for this reason, and while not delivered with quite the finesse, I thought “Peas, Beans & Corn” fit in quite nicely with my preferred reading. (But I must admit that the title was not all that compelling to me). But once I looked past that and got to reading, I thought it to be very well-written with a nice, easy flow. I found the characters to be believable and the dialogue natural. Although I had a hard time believing the male lead had heard of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, but had never heard of Emily Dickenson?! Overall a nice story that kept me invested emotionally from beginning to end. Will be looking for more from this author in the future!
- Silicon Succession
on Aug. 08, 2013
I liked how there was much more to “Silicon Succession” than meets the eye. Sure, at first glance it may just look like another typical AI novel where the fate of humanity rests on one man’s shoulders. But it is also a philosophical look at our world and how much influence we have over our daily lives and what is considered “real” and what is just an artificial construct of society… how we view and influence our reality, and if we are all just pawns in “the game”, and if so, can we change it. I though the author did an excellent job of organizing his concepts out and the story unfolded in an organic way. There were a few times that I thought an eagle-eyed editor might have helped clean up some unnecessary parts, but all in all a solid read that will appeal to many.