Annette Guerriero

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  • Semester Aboard on Sep. 23, 2011

    Today's review is on Semester Aboard by Elizabeth Kirke Semester Aboard is the first installment in Kirke's More than Magic series and brings together vampires, werewolves, witches and a whole slew of other magical creatures. Jen Maddox is college student who is lucky enough to be able to spend the summer studying aboard a cruise ship traveling through Mexico and South America. Little did she know that she would be thrown into the adventure of her life though. Not only does she find out that there really are things like vampires, witches and werewolves, but there are other magical creatures too. More surprising though is that she herself IS a magical creature. She in fact is a witch. If that's not enough to handle, aboard the ship there is a vampire who is feeding off of the passengers. With Jen learning how to cast just one spell, it is up to the rest of the MES team aboard the ship to not only protect the people on the ship but her also. Along the way Jen learns a lot about herself and her new friends and somehow finds herself falling in love Thomas and becoming part of TS' pack. After battling Nathaniel the evil vampire and the rest of his gang; with nearly everyone of Jen's new friends not unscathed, the trip comes to a close and it's time to go back home and wait for the next adventure. Semester Aboard has all of the elements of a really good book. However, with that being said, it was also a book that seemed to go on and on and on between exciting portions. I know that lately I have been getting down on books that seem to be to short; 68, 87 pages long, but then again some books have to much fluff in between the slices of bread and Semester Aboard is one of them. There too were quite a bit of grammatical errors and for that alone I have to lower my rating. I loved the characters and the main story. I just would have liked to have less of the other fluff. I am however looking forward to the next installment. (I just have to see where Jen and Thomas' relationship goes from here.) 3 of 5 stars
  • Claimed on Oct. 19, 2011

    Today's review is on Claimed by K.R. Smith Claimed is the first book in Smith's Lokoti Werewolf series and though I have read some negative reviews of this book, I think it was pretty good and I really enjoyed reading it. The copy that I have been given did have one or two error's, but I was notified that the author has already submitted a revised copy. Jessica Tandy, a self proclaimed city girl and business professional, goes on a camping trip with her boyfriend of two months and a couple of his friends. Unfortunately, what she thought would be fun turns into the camping trip from Hell. All she wants now is a nice hot bath, a nice bed to sleep in, some good old fashion room service, and an actual toilet. When the group stops at a local bar it seems she will not get any those things though, plus she's hungry and her blood sugar is low. There is one shining star in all of this though. It seems she has caught the attention of a tall-dark-and-handsome Lokoti man. Flint offers to drive Jessica to Anchorage; which is a four hour drive, wanting to make sure she gets there safe. After all, her "boyfriend" doesn't seem to be taking care of her and he's been drinking. But once at her hotel room neither one of them can control the passion that is flowing between them. In the morning she leaves before he awakes and heads home to Seattle. Once home and settled, she finds that she just can not get the handsome Lokoti, Flint Riverclaw, out of her head and is surprised when he shows up on her doorstep. Flint has some surprising news for Jessica. Not only does she find out that Flint is a Werewolf, but that she is now his mate and is carrying his child. Claimed was well written and flowed nicely. No, it is not a perfect story, but it IS good. A nice one day story that will leave you with a smile. 4 of 5 stars