After she encountered strange lights in the sky, GG Atcheson became obsessed with extra-terrestrial life. She often daydreams about possible life in the universe.
When she's not stargazing, she reads, or plays MMORPG on the computer.
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Smashwords book reviews by GG Atcheson
on June 20, 2013
I was surprised but when Tara Elizabeth offered me her novel free in exchange for an honest review. But I am glad I accepted! I am usually a little reluctant reviewing people's work because I don't want to hurt anyone's feeling but this one, this story and the way it is delivered, made it so easy for me.
Where to start?
Well first, I would like to say that Tara's style reminded me a lot of Charlaine Harris' in the way her protagonist talks. She is lively and real. You can almost feel Emma come alive under Tara's magic fingers. The surroundings are also well described, without being overly done, so it is easy to follow the story and imagine yourself right in it.
(May I say that I pray our world doesn't turn that way in the future? Who wants to be a zoo 'animal'? Certainly not me!)
That said, I am a sucker for time travel stories and this one sure hit the spot. I have to admit that at some point I wondered where the story would lead us—could it get even better or would I slowly fall down to Earth? It did not let me down. I was drawn into the pods with Emma. Once or twice I felt like slapping her so she would wake up and open her eyes to what, us the readers, could clearly see. I even shed a few tears, which I did not expect at all.
Overall, a very good read that I would recommend to anyone who likes the genre (and even to those who are not sure about it.)
This would make a wonderful movie.
- The Ballad of Clyde
on July 10, 2013
I haven't read the main book but since this is mentioned as an important character, I decided to give it a try.
First, I'd like to say that the way the protagonist 'thinks' is quite clever, fun, and natural. The only minus I found is that sometimes it is hard to know who is doing the actual talking since most of the time the narrator speaks and comments on what has been said, and that is how you know who talked. Strange? A little bit, and a few times I had to go back and read again, but, yes there is always a but, by the end of the book I was quite accustomed to it.
As for how many stars? I don't know how Smashwords work as it won't let me change the rating, and I don't know the actual meaning of the stars here. So I will just say that I liked it although it was quite short and I wished it would have been longer.
- The Moon Dwellers
on July 21, 2013
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
First, I want to point out this is not the kind of books I usually choose to read. I like dystopian but the constant chatter style of YA leaves my head spinning. I feel as if I had a few teenagers blabber in my ears for the duration of the book, although I love reading the story through both Adele and Tristan's eyes. First person POV is by far my favorite.
The story was good and well written. The idea of an underground world is plausible and the story flows well without pauses. The author did a great job, as you want to keep turning the pages. It had everything from mystery to well depicted fights and even if I didn't get all the answers by the end of the book, the ending still somewhat satisfied me.
(And while I am sitting by my window, I suddenly realize that we have it good. A view of the blue sky and land covered with trees and grass sure beats the monotonous look of rocks and artificial lights!)
Thank you Mr. Estes for reminding us of these simple facts with a great story!
- Smashwords Style Guide
on Aug. 31, 2013
Fantastic book. Easy to follow. I have been using Office word for many years now and with this guide I finally learned how to use it well.
If you are planning on self-publishing, or even if you are just doing it for yourself, this guide is a must!
- Eons of Darkness Book One: The Purging
on Sep. 14, 2013
Before I started, I had in mind it would be one of those horror books, with lots of gory descriptions. However, to my surprise it was much more than that. It tells you of an apocalyptic war started by the sups (vampires, werewolves, elementals etc.) who want nothing more than to destroy human kind and return to the top of the food chain. Along the way, you meet people (and other sups) who are fighting back, determined not to let that happen.
I love the way Mr. Bosgoed introduces the characters. They have all their own stories, and you get to know them as the attacks are launched in the cities. Some even gained new powers! I can't wait to read the sequel and learn how Jean, Mo, Yvette, Ben, Natusko, and company will fare against the growing numbers of their enemies.
Although Mr. Bosgoed has a slightly different ways of presenting dialogues and doesn't use the usual formatting, it did not deter me from the story. I was sucked in from the first page where he introduces the head of the foes, Kagan, and he kept my interest high right until the end. I loved the story and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the superhero kind of story/movie.
- Safe Hex With a Vampire
on June 20, 2014
I found 'Safe hex with a vampire' as entertaining and delightful as Vampires Vixens was. If you liked the first in the series, then you should love the sequel. Why should and not will? Simple. If you go and buy the book thinking that you will learn more about Noah or Nathaniel, you might be disappointed, although if you read the blurb, you should already know that.
This story follows another of the cousins: Aiden. (Yes, that Aiden, the one who didn't leave such a good first impression.) When I realized who he was, I wondered about the author's choice, but I soon forgot what he had done in the first book and learned to like him (a lot, in fact).
Safe Hex is a sequel and like all series it's always better to read them in order, however, I still believe that if you haven't read book one, you shouldn't have problems understanding and loving book two. What's not to love? The characters are likeable and although they are vampires (or other) they feel real. I love how Tempest and Aiden interact with each other.
If you love paranormal romance, you will love this book. Like the first one, it has its ending, so no dreaded cliffhanger. However, Ms. Lawson mentioned something at the very end that got my attention and I can't wait to read more about it.
- Raven's Blood
on Sep. 10, 2014
This is the fourth book I've read from this author, and I'm looking forward to read more.
Closely related to zombie stories, this vampire book could also be classified as post-apocalyptic. Raven's blood starts with the events that led to the creation of vampires. After greedy, selfish humans decided that the poor and the sick were a nuisance that leeched out of society, they plotted a way to eliminate them while staying under the radar. From this stupid mistake two kinds of vampires emerged: turned and born ones. The first are savage killers, the others (and a few exceptions of the first kind) sought the help of humans; yet, both were hated equally. (I'll stop at this in fear of revealing spoilers.)
From the wood nymph, Raven to the born vampire, Connor and everything in between, we learn of their story. What happened between now and a hundred year earlier after the world changed drastically. Reading about how life was altered after the events, how low people fell and what they did kept me turning the pages. Sure, the story itself is about those two protagonists and the first part is just a tiny part, but everything, back story included was so well depicted that I felt I was there with them. The introduction was so well done that I hurt with them, and even cried with them. This was not just 'another' vampire story for me. It was so different from the usual PNR. Sure, there was romance. Nymphs are in fact all about sex, they need it as much as they need to breathe, yet, there was so much more to Raven's Blood than that.
I'd recommend this book to both lovers of vampires and post-apocalypse/dystopian genre alike.
- Out of the Darkness
on Dec. 26, 2014
This book is different from other stories in many aspects. The first 2/3 of the book has no dialogue, but it adds to the mysterious life the protagonist leads. Nameless' story starts as a newborn baby. His mom dies giving him birth. He is 'tossed' to another pregnant slave woman for her to take care of him. From there, he fights his way into life, trying to stay alive, but not as a normal slave, he's left alone in a dark cage to fend for himself, never given a name, and never even talked to. That left him without any idea why he sometimes got food and sometimes not, or why they would beat from time to time. Having no dialogues helps see the world through the child's eyes. So as strange as it may seem, I believe it works well.
One of the few cons about the story is that since the protagonist doesn't get a 'name' until far in the book. He's being referred as the child, the youth, and the Silk, which confused me sometimes. Because of it (and maybe some other things), I often found myself reading a paragraph or two a couple of times before catching the meaning.
That said, over all, I greatly enjoyed the book. If you like gladiators and the likes with a little addition of fantasy, you should give it a try.