Smashwords book reviews by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa
From Where I Stand
on Dec. 14, 2012
This is an astounding collection of poems that has really blown me away. The heartfelt, honest, moving, and down-to-earth writing style developed by the author makes of this poetry collection an amazing read, even if you are not too familiar with poetry (just like me). Forget about cryptic poems whose meaning you cannot figure out; these poems will speak right to your heart, and they feel as if the author is talking right to you while chatting over a cup of tea (or coffee). Some of the poems hit home in my case, since I found them relatable to certain aspects of my past; that contributed to my liking them even more. I really don't feel familiar enough with poetry as to write a more professional review. I just can say that this poetry collection is a great addition to any book collection, and it will take you on a rollercoaster of feelings and emotions that won't leave you indifferent. Highly recommendable.
Winter's Homecoming and Other Poems
on Jan. 08, 2013
Very few poems in this chapbook, but all of them are beautiful and heartfelt. You feel connected to nature and different seasons through the poet's words. Prosaic poems with a very special musicality that makes you feel connected to them easier. Fantastic job once more.
The Zeppelin Chronicles
on Feb. 02, 2013
This wonderful story has really surprised me. Talking about the terrible events that happened during the Nazi domination in Germany is not an easy task, but Ben Ditmars manages to write a delicious sweet story about that. How? By presenting the events through the innocence of children's eyes.
When a mysterious and magical zeppelin appears in their lives, Susan, Millie, and Kip know that things won't ever be the same. Mixing history with magical elements and even sci-fi, this story makes us look at the Holocaust in a different way.
Surprising story, very well written, that will make you experience different feelings, despite its brevity. A must-read, for sure. Well done!
on Feb. 11, 2013
This very short story conveys a lot of emotions in few words. It is very easy to relate to that crush from our school days. I would like to read a longer story developed from these premises.
on Feb. 15, 2013
I wouldn't have expressed better the longing you feel when you are in a long-distance relationship. Very emotional read.
Breakfast In Bed
on Feb. 26, 2013
For being a first attempt to write erotica, I think it was a good one. It's flash fiction, so it is very short, but it gets straight to the point. A short piece about a couple enjoying their very own "breakfast in bed", as they start their morning in a very exciting way.
One Shade of Red
on April 02, 2013
This book was intended to be a spoof of "Fifty Shades of Grey", but I can tell you that Scott Bury managed to write a book that is much better, more interesting, deeper, and better written than the whole Fifty Shades Trilogy put together.
Damian is a naïve young man that faces a whole summer with the uncertainty of what those months would bring. Worried about making enough money for his next year at college, he couldn't imagine that taking care of his flatmate Nick's business when he left the city would lead him to live the summer of his life. Meeting Ms. Alexis Rosse would turn his world upside down. The expected uneventful summer becomes a real adventure, with plenty of hot sex encounters, love issues, handling friends and overcoming obstacles.
This book is extremely well-written; so well-written that it flows quite easily, hooking the reader right from the beginning. I had real problems to stop reading it, and indeed it just took me three seatings to read the whole book.
One of the best things about this book is that every single character has a distinctive voice, and that fits really well into the story and makes characterisation very good. You can know who is talking and get the mental picture just by reading how they talk. It's brilliant.
This is an erotic book, so yes, there is sex. A lot of sex. Knowing the previous books by Scott Bury, I must admit that I was a bit surprised. However, now I can safely say that he did a great job; the sex scenes are steamy hot and don't interfere with the plot story. I mean, this books is not only about the sex; it deals a lot with Damian's struggles with his feelings and with trying to do the right thing.
So kudos to Scott Bury for creating a well-crafted erotic tale about love and the ways of the world, as the Classics would say. While reading this book, I didn't think even once about Fifty Shades, and you would agree with me that there is no better compliment than that.
5 well-deserved stars for a memorable story.
According to the List
on April 18, 2013
When I sent D.e.e.L my set of interview questions, I knew that I was going to get the most original answers possible, and I knew that his interview would be different to any other interview by other authors. To my surprise, he wrote a short story "according to my list", and, once more, he left me dumbfounded with the way he has of creating beauty from the simplest thing. If you want to know more about this author, this is the story to read. Let the words fill you with images, sounds, and even smells. You won't regret reading this short story.
on April 18, 2013
This short collection of poems deals about different topics, and all of them will make you experience sadness, love, loss, beauty, dreamy states, and more. Much more. D.e.e.L has a way with words that will make the poems go right under your skin. You won't get rid of the poems and the feelings they will rise in you for a long time. Looking for a poetic read for the weekend? Read this.
Devil - a Charles "The Solver" Splints case
on April 18, 2013
If you like detective stories, you need to read this short story. Following the tradition of hard-boiled detective fiction, with touches of noir fiction, you will feel hooked with this story from the beginning. Charles Plints is an ex-cop who works as a private investigator, solving cases. He appears in "Blissfire", the debut short story collection by D.e.e.L, and I am quite glad he decided to recover this character to give him more prominence. When a woman goes to his office and asks him to get rid of the most dangerous controller of the city, he knows he will have to face difficult times. What will happen? Well, I won't tell you. Grab a copy of this gripping short story and enjoy D.e.e.L's words.
Rhiannon's New School
on Sep. 17, 2013
I really don't know what to say about this book except for... what's wrong with the author? The premise of this story is all kinds of wrong. A school for teaching girls to be sex slaves? What the hell! The writing is not good either and it needs a lot of editing. It needs a change of topic too!
on Sep. 23, 2013
This collection of poetry will definitely make you want to read more from the same author. Forget about the concept of difficult poetry that is difficult to understand. These poems will touch you and make you think. Poems about love, life, and things that are close to all of us. Don't miss it. You would regret it. And it's FREE!
The Incredible Jaki: Dark Second Sun - Part 1 of 3
on Sep. 23, 2013
The more books I read from this author, the more amazed I am. Such a great talent, so amazing either if he writes poetry, funny stories, scary stories, contemporary stories, or, as in this case, fantasy stories. The Incredible Jaki is the first story in a series of three fantasy stories that follow the adventures of Jaki, who has to go on a quest to save his people. During his journey, he will find different people and creatures. Will he be successful? Will he be able to go on? Are you ready to embark on this adventure with Jaki? Very well written in the very peculiar style of D.e.e.L, you won't be disappointed and you will look impatiently forward to reading the second part.
Wads - Hard Boiled - Detective Fiction By: D.e.e.L
on Sep. 23, 2013
I read this story long time ago, so I am happy to see it published so now even more people can enjoy it. Written in a way that will make you think of those stories belonging to the noire genre, but with the special touch that D.e.e.L gives to all his stories, you will greatly enjoy this one. Read it to discover what happens when a shy guy and money, quite a lot of money, happen to be in the same place.
on Sep. 23, 2013
This was the first scary story that I read from D.e.e.L and I have to say that it disappointed me a bit. Just a bit. I enjoyed reading the story, and it was an original plot, but it was kind of predictable. Quick and scary story to enjoy before bed, written with witty touches and a bit of sarcastic humour.