Gwynneth White

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Smashwords book reviews by Gwynneth White

  • Pandora's Key on July 24, 2012
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    This is a very quick read, but I think the premise of Pandora's Key book was better than its execution. Things I liked: It was interesting to see Greek mythology from the perspective of us mortals. And I liked that Nancy Fischer didn't sugarcoat the gods - they were awful and she didn't hide it. The plot line was fascinating and well worth a read. Although I did not like Mallady, and had very little sympathy with his plight, he was well-sketched. I also enjoyed the complexities of Juliette's character. These two carried the book for me. That said, I also had a soft spot for the doctor. The book certainly had its twists and turns and I admit there were a few things I just didn't see coming. Well done to Nancy Fischer for that. Things I didn't like: Evangeline. No way! I just could not get my head around this girl, and therefore had no sympathy with her. I thought she was self-absorbed, selfish and spineless. Also, I thought the whole 'Raphe betrayed me' act was unbelievable. It was as if the author added it to spice up the drama. It was very transparent. So, Evangeline? Not a favourite heroine. I also struggled with Samantha. She was supposed to be a kind, caring friend to Olivia and Evangeline, so why was she such a bitch? Can people change so much? I didn't buy it. Will I read the next book? To be honest, no. I just am not invested enough in the story or the characters. But I have no doubt that my daughter, with her obsession with Greek Mythology, will lap it up.
  • A Question of Honor (Swords and Salt, Tale 1) on Jan. 24, 2014
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    What can I say? Lindsay Buroker has done it again. A cracking short story, structured on a strong plot, filled with the living-breathing characters we've come to expect from her. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be reading more.