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.
- 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!
- Slow Burn: Zero Day, Book 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse Series
on Sep. 08, 2013
I might be biased since it was officially my first Zombie book, but I can honestly say that I loved it and every time I put my Ereader aside, it called me back. I wanted to know what would happen next.
This is not your regular horror story as we see what happens in the first POV through the eyes of a slow burn: one that has been infected but is somewhat resisting the disease.
Zed is a regular guy, not interested in the news, so when all this happened he was taken by surprise. Albeit all that, he never gave up. He is a stand up guy, faithful to his new friend Murphy even though most human beings would have ran and tried to save their own life at some point. So over all, I liked the main character. It is easy to put yourself into his shoes.
The story reads well. Bobby Adair has a great explanation on how the epidemic started, which makes it plausible (and scary). I would recommend this book for any fan of Zombies, Epidemic or End of the world genre and to any one who likes a good story. I am looking forward to read the second installment.
- 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.
- The Runaways
on June 12, 2014
Quick and interesting read. I don't usually read short stories but as it happened, today I felt like giving this one a chance. The author did a good job at making the characters come to life. Their world sounded real enough to catch my attention. Most of all, although I sure would want to know what happens next, it still has some kind of ending, so it didn't make me want to throw my iPad on the walls.
- 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.
- A Ranger's Tale
on March 20, 2015
Mysti Parker reconciled me with Fantasy. Don't take me wrong, I always liked Fantasy. I just hadn't read one in a while. There was a time when that was all I ever read so maybe I got tired of it. The formula for Fantasy (elves, dwarves, orcs, etc) is usually always the same. Authors are doing all they can to create new worlds. While Parker's story has its own, the emphasis is on the characters and on the small details around them, so it's through them that we learn of their world and not with long descriptions.
The story is written in the first person POV. The protagonists telling the story alternate throughout the book, but it's well defined so I never got lost. While I found the story itself a bit predictable in a way that I could guess where it was heading, it never deterred me from continuing to read. The words flowed on the pages and the first thing I noticed I was at the end.
The characters were great; however, there were times where I wanted to shake the main protagonist, Caliphany, and tell her, "Why do you react so badly to what he tells you? Why the sudden change of heart?"
Now, people who know me know that I hold a special place in my heart for male protagonists. Galadin didn't fail me. Like Cali, he had his moments, but his felt more natural, less sudden…less PMS. As for Jayden, he left me cold at first, but I warmed up to him, and now I'm looking forward to read his own adventure in the second book of the series.
Recommendations: you don't need to be fan of fantasy to love this book. Sure, there are elves, wood elves, dark elves, high elves, dwarves, even fae people with wings, but don't let that stop you if you're not a fan of the genre. They are just characters in a great story.