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Smashwords book reviews by Gina Schwartz

  • Dirty Little Angels on Dec. 22, 2010

    Dirty Little Angels Dirty Little Angels is a family drama which follows the life of Hailey Trosclair . Hailey's family has stumbled on hard times including a miscarriage and other financial situations which leave her mother depressed and Hailey and her brother struggling to find their own way. My Take. I was not sure how to approach this book and didn't much like it until I was about two thirds of the way through. Hailey is an unimpressive heroine most for most of the novel - she smokes and drinks - she goes off with her best friends boyfriend and she seems strangely entranced by Moses who to me seems like a totally unsavory character from the very beginning. It is difficult not to include an spoilers in this review but I will say that Hailey's dramatic act in the middle of the novel really shakes up her parents and wakes them up. Not only that but it also changes the entire character of the novel. They declare their love for her and this seems to inspire her to be the heorine that she becomes by the end of the novel. She is truly the saviour for ther family - she saves herself her brother and untimately her whole family by her actions. At the end of the novel she goes to Moses' house prepared to do whatever is necessary to save her brother but while she is there she decides that she does not want to be a victim and the simple decisions of pushing Moses away gives her a whole new confidence which allows her to really save her brother for good this time. She gives up her friend and is no longer a slave to being liked or being popular and in doing this she saves herself from the life she had before - sneaking around with other girls' boyfriends, frequenting slummy places and people. You get the sense by the end of the novel that everything is going to be great with her. She has shaken off the old and come of age. The Cover I read this book in Ebook form on my computer but I did peek at the cover on the smashwords site. I didn't like it. My Rating Out of a total of 5 Stars I give this book 3 and a quarter. I am determined to read it again just to make sure I did not miss anything. Happy Reading.
  • The Queen's Blade on Jan. 26, 2011

    This novel is a fantasy set it a fictional place called Jashimari. Blade is an assassin of unmatched skill hired by the Queen of the Jashimari to help her to end a decades old war. Blade will need all of his senses to keep his end of the bargain. My Take I seldom read fantasy but when I do I am always captivated at the thoughts other have about the world around us. I always think that fantasy writing tells us more abou tthe authros themselves and their inner thoughts than anything else. Perhpas the most original and intriguing element in this fantasy novel is that in this story the people are identified by animals - there are cat people, dog people, birds, bears and even snakes. I did not get any sense in the novel that there wer physical traits linking the people with the animals it seemed more of a behavioural linking. Many of the protagonists also had familiars. For those who don't know a familiar is a spirit which does its masters bidding. It is often does not leave its master's side for any extended period. It is a medieval concept and these spirits often took the form of animals and less so humans. I find it an entirely fascinating concept. In this novel the familiars are all animals to keep with the animal theme. It makes me wonder whether the author walks around seeing animals in all of th people that he meets. That aside the story in itself is compelling - Blade's story is haunting and sad as is the sotry of many of the individuals in the novel including the queen and the Cotti prince. The cliff hanger ending adds mystery and leaves the reader wanting more. I am avidly looking out for the second installment The Cover I loved it. Rating 3.5
  • Mud and Gold (Promises to Keep: Book 2) on Jan. 05, 2012

    I am really loving this series. Can't wait to read more about Amy.
  • Settling the Account (Promises to Keep: Book 3) on Jan. 05, 2012

    Loved it. Great series
  • Templand on Feb. 01, 2013

    Loved it. Very funny
  • Elevator Music: A Romantic Holiday Story on Nov. 21, 2013

    Loved it