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Smashwords book reviews by Simone Egerter
- Final Life
on Sep. 12, 2012
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. This is Book one of The Transhuman Chronicles. I was really surprised by this novel, quite a bit happens and the book is only 185 pages long. Dominique’s family moves to a new state during her final year of high school. Not only is she the new girl in town, but her old friends have moved on without her. You can understand Dominique’s frustration at being lied to for so long by her parents as she grasps trying to understand what has been happening to her and what the visions are she has been seeing. She learns of a war between the Tainted and the Pures, which she has been fighting for 8 lifetimes…this is her final life. Will she end the war or die trying? I guess you’ll have to find out for yourself. I honestly can’t wait for book two, this one was practically impossible to put down.
- Finding Summerland
on Oct. 22, 2012
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This was a fun book with some aspects to it that made me think it was “Twilight + +”. I loved the story, it jumps around a bit but eventually comes together. I think this was the first time that reading the prologue actually gave me an all around feel for the novel. It drew me in and kept me interested. I also loved the way it helped you understand Wes and all he was experiencing, what he felt. All in all, a pretty good book. The only issue I had was that it left me hanging, now I wait in anticipation for book two!
- Your Mark On The World, Stories of service that show us how to give more with a purpose without giving up what's most important.
on Oct. 26, 2012
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This is a truly unique book. It doesn’t preach about religion or anything like that. Basically, it encourages you to find an interest you’re passionate about. What would you like to be remembered for when you pass away? This is something I have struggled with for years, I have a strong desire to make my life matter in some way. I feel so fortunate to have gotten the chance to review this book, because I now know how to make that happen. We can all make a huge difference in this world as easily as giving up that second cup of coffee every day and donating that money to the charity you hold close to your heart. Are you ready to make your mark on the world? I know I am!
- Determinant, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book 3)
on Nov. 09, 2012
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. January finds out on her graduation day that she was a product of rape, not only did her family not show up for the ceremony, she was thrown out of the house the very same day. I loved how the story started out as a drama and turned into a sci-fi novel. My only issue was that January didn’t come across as a strong female character that I’d have expected to develop because of the situation she was in. Other than that, I think it was a great story and it kept me hooked!
- Summer In Salem
on Nov. 25, 2012
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Teagen has had an extremely rough year. Her boyfriend vanishes into thin air, the guy she thought she’d spend the rest of forever with. Her heart broken, she falls into a deep depression. Her grandmother, getting up in age can no longer live alone. Teagen seeing this as a chance for a fresh start, packs her things and moves from New York to her grandmother’s mansion in Salem, Massachusetts. Right away she gets a fantastic opportunity at a Gallery to sell pieces and display her own work. Life finally begins to feel normal; until Lark and Teagen come across the body of a murdered young woman having a striking resemblance to Teagen. Suddenly Teagen has the “irrational” fear that the murderer was after her. Then she sees a young man that looks very much like Jason, her lost love. On the brink of a breakdown she goes in search for answers. Will Teagen be able to handle the truth? This was an amazing story, it had everything needed to keep my interest. The only part I had trouble with was the character Jason, why he was Celine’s patsy and did he or didn’t he ever love Teagen. I’m hoping book two of this series clears that up for us.
on Jan. 27, 2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This is an awesome beginning to a great series! Rayla escapes her over protective aunt to go away to college. She finds out more about herself than she's bargained for as she has drop dead gorgeous men vying for her affections. The story gets even deeper as she realizes she might have to fight her attraction to them in order to prevent being trapped forever. I love a good fae story, and this is certainly one of them. This story was truly unique, one you can easily get absorbed into once you get over the, “I'm attracted to everyone” thing. The book gets far more interesting during the second half which sets up a great stage for further additions to the series.
- The Voice
on April 21, 2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Audrey has been through quite a lot this past summer. She was kidnapped, held captive and raped. The only thing keeping her sane and giving her hope is the voice she hears in her head. She needs to escape from the media and the memories, so she leaves her home and goes to stay with her Aunt Kate in California. There she realizes her nightmares are far from over. With the help of Caleb, Justin, and Kate, can she overcome the new dangers that have arrived?
This was a beautifully written novel. It dealt with a topic many of us can understand…sexual abuse. The Characters were amazing and I loved the fact that Audrey was so strong. She was able to learn to trust again and finally feel normal again. Caleb was a great guy, even if his looking after her made his girlfriend jealous. Justin reminded me of myself in high school, in his own world and extremely quiet. There’s even romance in this book, that just made it like icing on the cake. Don’t be fooled, it’s a pretty serious book, with a serious topic. But there’s a lot of good information added into a great story. In honor of Sexual Abuse Awareness Month, all digital editions of this book are only 99 cents until the end of April.
- Soul Catcher
on May 26, 2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This is book 4 of The Soulkeepers Series. Staying true to the theme this series has been on, this book focused on only a few characters. In this portion, the Soulkeepers are in Eden training and trying to figure out what Lucifer will do next. Malini feels that Dane plays an important part in the search for the new Soulkeeper that is missing.
This was a great read, one that was very difficult to put down. It had quite a few twists along the way, to keep you engrossed. But, I’m giving it only 4 stars though. Only because the development of Dane’s relationship seemed to move slow. You could see the attraction from the previous novel, so why wait until the end on this one? All in all, a great YA fantasy. If you’re uncomfortable with homosexuality, or don’t want your kids reading it, then this may not be for you.