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Marilyn lives on the outskirts of Melbourne with her husband and two children. A fully qualified Secondary School Teacher, she spent thirteen years in the classroom before taking leave from her profession to become a stay-at-home mum.
Since early childhood, she has been an avid reader. Growing up with books like, 'The Wishing Chair' and 'The Magic Faraway Tree', as some of her most treasured favourites, she has always had a fondness for fantasy and the mythical world. Moving into her teenage years, she developed a highly active imagination and often created stories which she liked to share with her friends. However, with a focus on her studies, she never seemed to find the time to commit those stories to paper.
Now, many years later, inspired by authors such as Stephenie Meyer,Becca Fitzpatrick and Claudia Gray, Marilyn has finally fulfilled a lifelong dream to write and publish a novel of her own.
For those of you who take the time, she hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she enjoyed writing it.
on Jan. 12, 2014 :
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I enjoy angel story lines, there are a few different versions and that being said this one did not disappoint. It was a new(ish) plot but it was very well written with little twists and turns here and there just to keep it interesting. The story was well developed and the characters well written. I LOVE Samantha and Shadow, Mia is hysterical and I really liked the way Claire ended up. I'm really interested in finding out what happens next for Samantha and Shadow.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Dec. 07, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the next in the series! This was one of those stories where, once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. The love story between the 2 main characters was beautiful & gentle. The plot twists were not obvious and caught me by surprise. If you enjoy reading this genre, I'd say this story is one of the best.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Dec. 01, 2013 :
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I'm a bit torn about this book, if I'm completely honest - and I'm going to try to be honest in my reviews.
Although I found that the book was, generally, quite well-writen, I really wasn't keen on Samantha's relationship with Shadow. I found myself growing bored for a lot of the book. I was more interested in Samantha's exchanges with Mia. And it had the whole love-at-first-sight thing that I really don't like.
The mystery around the book was good, but I would have liked it to be a bit longer. It was also fairly obvious who was responsible for and who the death/s Shadow had come to avenge were.
The whole thing with Samantha's father was pretty interesting and I found Claire, Mia and Tom to be interesting and well-developed characters. I do think that Samantha made a lot of poor decisions - and also the fact that she figured out the whole angel thing really quickly. I think there should have been a lot more working out/disbelief at first. I don't think most people would automatically assume a person was a supernatural entity of some kind.
Once the relationship between Samantha and Shadow was established, I did like the book a lot more and found it easier to read. I just think that more time should have been spent on making the relationship believable in the beginning. And not the main focus of every single one of Samantha's thoughts/conversations with her friend.
I did notice several errors in the book - mostly grammatical and punctuation errors. There were also a couple of instances where periods of time were skipped over in the next paragraph, which was a bit confusing at times. There were also a couple of times when other characters' emotions were stated, despite it being from Samantha's POV and written in first person.
I did like Hunter and Celeste's relationship and I would have liked more of them in the book. I do have the second book on my Kindle and I will read it. But I do think there are some things that could be improved.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
on Dec. 03, 2012 :
I found another epic love story type paranormal book. Wow, just fell in love with Shadow. I really liked the main character too Samantha Hunt, aka Sam. She has gone through a major tragedy, and you really feel for her. I really connected with her, and fell in love with Shadow along with her.
I really loved the love story in this book, but still paranormal, which is what makes it exciting to me. Got to have it.
I won’t say anything that will spoil the book, as it’s great to discover the little mysteries throughout the book like I did.
I have a new book crush, in Shadow. He is a mystery to Sam, and she is determined to find out his secret. He has saved her in several mishaps and has the uncanny ability to find her and help her when it’s needed.
She also finds out about lies that were told her surrounding her parent’s death.
There is plenty of mystery going on, some suspense too. Not much action, but it’s not really needed. It’s an epic love story that really touches your heart. I really liked that their love built up over time. Yes, there is a paranormal development that is the initial attraction, won’t say what, but even then, it built up over time, and I liked that.
When I think of Shadow, I think of Ian Somerhalder, his description fits him, but not just that, the attitude and snarky quirks Ian has on the Vampire Diaries reminds me of how Shadow would act.
This book is really well written too, and guess what? NO CLIFFHANGER! What a relief to finally read a book, that is just one great story, not a series that will drag on, and on, with cliffhangers. I am not saying this won’t be a series, but it doesn't feel like it. It could I suppose, but just really happy that I was not left hanging. I hate that more than anything.
I highly recommend this book. Anyone who likes romance books will love this, even if you usually do not read paranormal, I believe you would still like it.
I was provided a copy of this book for the book tour with SupaGurl Book Tours, for my honest review.
See the tour at my Blog, Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books. http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com
Tour page with Giveaway is Here (ends Dec 10)
5 out of 5 stars for me. Give it a try!
(reviewed 81 days after purchase)
on Aug. 15, 2012 :
This is a beautiful love story where opposites do attract!! I really enjoy novels about Angels and Humans and this was definitely another great read. It wasn’t action packed (no fight scenes); it has a more romantic storyline, revolving around the growing relationship of Sam and Shadow. However it has a little bit of mystery about it too.
After a tragic accident which resulted in the death of her parents when she was 11, Samantha moved in with her Uncle Mike, Aunt Carole and Cousin Claire. Sam and Claire were like sisters prior to the accident, but after Aunt Carole moves away, the girls have a falling out. Sam becomes quite withdrawn and her only friend is Mia, who 5 years later, is still her best friend.
Sam is a very shy character who lacks confidence. Most of the decisions she makes in regards to Shadow are usually encouraged by Mia. She is always making plans for Sam and giving her the courage to act on her feelings.
Shadow is a very strong character and in one scene Sam describes him as “arrogant, egotistical, annoying, conceited, self-centered...” He, of course, is all of those things, but he is also very caring, especially towards Sam, not that she always knows about it. He appears to be moody every time Sam tries to speak to him and he is able to stir her emotions so easily!! Even I was getting frustrated with Shadow at times when he manipulated her feelings. Ahh... Men!!
Mystery Falls is an easy read and I was absorbed into the book so quickly that I couldn’t put it down. I love the cover, the mysterious blue of the falls and the feather (which gets a mention in the book).Marilyn has done a fantastic job writing her first novel; it is a great start to the series. I am eager to see where things go next!!
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)