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Smashwords book reviews by Josie Ann
- Eternal Spring (A Young Adult Short Story Collection)
on April 19, 2012
As much as I love reading anthologies, I always dread reviewing them because it's really a difficult task, but I really enjoyed this book! I started reading this book last week for Spring Break and I finished it this afternoon. I was hoping this anthology would get me in the springtime mood, and it did!! This anthology consists of 13 stories by 13 different authors. What I love most about this novel is that all the stories had their own genre…none of them were exactly alike; some were romantic, other's were funny…the list goes on. Overall, I really enjoyed this story; some of my favorites were Camp Cauldron, The Princess of Egypt Must Die, Spring Perfection, Off Balance, Dating After Dark (With Clowns)…I really enjoyed most of the stories. It was really hard for me to get into On a Field, Sable and Sometime though…they just weren't my sort of story. A lot of these stories made me think though; for example, in Camp Cauldron they attend a camp, and it really made me wish that I could've went to a camp as a child or even at 21 become a camp counselor. Unfortunately, the only camp my parents are willing to send me to is Fat Camp (and not to be a camp counselor either)!! I really enjoyed reading this book, and I would definitely recommend it to other people, especially during the Spring. Before I read this anthology, I was only familiar with Leslie DuBois' work, so it was nice to see what the other authors were like. I must admit though, while I was waiting for this book to come out, I did some research on author, Tawny Stokes, who wrote "Dating After Dark (With Clowns) and I wouldn't mind reading more of her…also, it's a huge plus in my book that she's an aspiring Screenwriter; it's nice to know of other aspiring screenwriters besides my classmates sometimes. This is a great book, and you do NOT want to miss out on it!!!
- Espresso Macchiato
on June 05, 2012
Espresso Macchiato is a very unique book, and I don't think I've ever read a book like it. The book begins with Freya Emerson, the thirty-two-year-old main character, sitting in the coffee shop, admiring "Espresso Macchiato". As days go by, they flirtatiously pass notes to each other as they wait for their coffees. This story was cute, but it would've been even cuter if it was a little longer. I thought it was cute that she referred to him as Espresso Macchiato and he referred to her as Cafe Mocha. I was shocked and disappointed when it ended because I was hoping for more to the story.
- My Fake Fiancé
on June 05, 2012
I have been wanting to read this novel since I read "Fairy Tale Flirts!"; I love Lisa Scott's Flirts! novels. In "My Fake Fiance", Samantha Cooper is invited to her frenemy, Carrie Lamont's wedding. Feeling desperate about her nonexistent love life, she and her roommate, Micki, devise a plan to create a fake fierce and find the perfect guy to play the part. Justin Banks, the heartthrob who agrees to play the part, uses the situation to his advantage by telling his ill mother he has a girlfriend. This story was absolutely adorable! I love that it it told from Sam and Justin's point of view. I also loved how sweet and caring Justin's character was; their fake relationship was literally the icing on the cake…it developed fast, and it was like they instantly clicked. I can't wait to read the rest of the stories in the Wedding Flirts! collection.