Alison Gussack


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Smashwords book reviews by Alison Gussack

  • Reflection on May 25, 2012

    I received this book from Tt and Shut up and Read's Read it and Reap. I did not expect to like Reflection so much! It seems written for slightly younger than YA, but the writing is good and the author has that ability to express emotions that kind of sneak up on you. The story is compelling, centered around a young girl starting college and a new life with some twists which I'd rather let you discover on your on. I will say that at first it is difficult to determine whether the girl, Heather, is a typically self-absorbed, angst-ridden teen, or it is her condition that causes her to be so insecure and intense. I am still not sure on that point, and possibly that was the author's goal. In any case, the questions raised were intriguing enough that I was racing to the end to find out what was "real" and what was part of Heather's active imagination. There were very few editing/grammar mistakes which is a huge plus for me and despite my disappointment that this book is yet another first in a series (ARRRGH!!) I will look forward to the next installment. I feel like the book should have ended, but I hope the author will surprise me with the rest of the story!
  • Shades of Grey on June 20, 2012

    I read Shades of Grey to review for Shut Up and Read. These 3 stories were very well written. I enjoyed the first and the last the best. They both grabbed me from the beginning like a good short story should. The middle one was a little drawn out, but still very good. Thanks to Tt and Read to Review and the author! I am eager to see what else Michael Cargill has to offer. Considering he is a self-described "new author" the writing is especially good!
  • Embrace - Kane Wolves, #2 on Oct. 01, 2012

    (3.5 stars)I received Embrace from the author for review through ARR/Nexus on Goodreads. The continuation of the Kane Wolves story hit the ground running and the action did not stop. At the end of Howl, I was not sure about Daniel, but feel he redeems himself in Embrace. Sophie finds her place protecting her family and pack even though it takes her awhile to admit it. And Jamie turns out to be the great guy I thought he was to begin with. Great characters, engaging story, I enjoyed it very much and was disappointed to find out this is the end. Thanks to the author for the opportunity to review!
  • Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight on Jan. 10, 2013

    I received this book from the author in return for an honest review. The things that I love about this book are: - The cover illustration is so cool! - The idea of a hidden world that no one knows about is, of course, awesome, and classic - Fife's world of Knights of the light and dark is also classic and yet he puts a new twist on it and we have yet to learn of the "grey" although there are hints - The idea of the bonded weapons is not entirely new, but pretty cool - The discoveries at the end of the book were great, but I am not sure yet whether they were worth the journey (see below). What I did not like: - It was a way too long and painful trip to get to the interesting and exciting part (no spoilers here) which was around page 375 - The language of the kids is non-realistic, stilted, uncomfortable and was difficult for me to get through (the main reason it took me so long to finish) - There is too much repetition, such as constantly reiterating the exact way that the knights shakes wrists and arms instead of hands. There are other examples as well, but this is the one that stands out in my mind. - Danny's friends' personalities seemed very much caricatures of themselves, a little overdone. And again, very repetitively overdone. Many people really enjoyed this book so I may be in the minority. I believe that you have to assume that young people know what you are trying to get across and you do not have to write down to them or be overly repetitive to get your message through. I wish Mr. Fife the best and believe there is much more to come from him. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read and review Light and Dark!
  • A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries #1 on Aug. 16, 2013

    I very much enjoyed this well written story. It did start slowly, but by the end I had trouble putting it down. I downloaded the next in the series at 12:30 this morning because I just could not stand not knowing what happened next. So far, the 2nd book is just as enthralling!