Jenna Brewster

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Smashwords book reviews by Jenna Brewster

  • A Luminous Future on June 20, 2012

    Sometimes you can read a book, and the topics may be interesting, but the writing really isn’t all that great. Sometimes you can read a book that is exquisitely written, but the storyline is kinda ho-hum. But it is extremely rare to come across a book that is both flawless in its execution, and also riveting to the point of being crazy addicting – and this is exactly how I thought “A Luminous Future” by Teodor Flonta was. It was stylistically near perfect, with great pacing and an always-advancing storyline that touched on a wide range of topics and events. The characters and descriptions were well-rounded and vivid, and I truly felt transported to 1950’s Transylvania, experiencing life through young Teodor’s eyes. It really helped to broaden my perspectives and opened my mind to a new world I’d only thought about in passing, if at all. Highly recommend to everyone.
  • When Earthlings Weep on June 23, 2012

    I don’t really know how to best describe or sum up this book, because I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. Some parts I thought were downright amazing and perfectly executed. Sometimes I felt that the story seemed to lose focus and wandered all over the place. There were great characters who added to the plot and tension, and some who just seemed to take up space. I did notice some editing and grammatical errors which I was able to overlook for the sake of the story, but they were present. It took me a long time to feel grounded in the story and get a feel for what was going on, but once I did I admit I was hooked and had to see what would happen next. And I wasn’t disappointed in the least! I think Michael Barnett definitely has potential as a writer and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more from him in the future!
  • Angels Gate on Sep. 23, 2012

    Angels Gate is amazing…I read it in one sitting! It was so realistic, its like you are actually THERE as all this is happening. The dialogue was authentic, and even though some of the things that happen are pretty unbelievable, as they say - truth is stranger than fiction. Its almost a little creepy how the author knows so many details about this heist, and I assume that some of the narrative is fictionalized. But that doesn’t make it any less awesome! I love true crime books and thrillers and this has to be one of the best I’ve read in a long time. The writing was near flawless, and I didn’t see any editing errors anywhere. I’ll definitely be reading more from these authors in the future.
  • A Life In A Moment on Oct. 31, 2012

    I really liked this book, however, I was a bit lost in the beginning only because I wasn’t sure who was doing the narration. I sort of figured it was a male, but didn’t have an age or name or anything until a few chapters in. I would have liked to have known more details up front, but once I learned about the character it was really good! The quote marks looked funny though, they were weird sideways “v”s instead of quote marks when people spoke. I thought it was a bit distracting. But I loved the way the author writes and I read this book in a span of an evening. I’d definitely love to read more from Stefanos Livos in the future.
  • Kingdom of the Snark: The Quest for the Sword on Jan. 12, 2013

    Kingdom of the Snark is unlike anything I have read, but is a cross of many things I enjoy. First off, props to the author because the editing was near flawless, and I notice things like that. It was fast paced and easy to get caught up in, and I kept wanting to read more. I liked the characters and found it to be genuinely funny (I don’t usually read comedic books—this was a first for me). I was never bored for a minute and found myself invested in the characters’ plight. Which brings me to the ending…I don’t like when books end in the middle of the action like this one does; I need resolution even in a book that is part of a series. I know some people don’t mind this, but it is a big thing for me. So this is the only reason I’m giving this book 4 stars instead of 5, and I can’t wait to read the next one to see what happens!!
  • Sugar and Spice: A Karma Café Novella on Jan. 31, 2013

    I read this book in one sitting! It is on the shorter side (it’s a novella), but it was the perfect length for me in my busy day. There wasn’t a whole lot of outside conflict, and the action was mostly limited to the hero/heroine finally succumbing to their desires, despite the obstacles around them. My only complaint is that I wasn’t sure exactly what purpose the women in the bakery really served, and in a book this short it seems that every little thing should be directly related to the plot, and just to me their roles and conversations felt a bit unnecessary. But this was a great book and I’ll be sure to look for more from this author soon! Happy to see she has quite the extensive backlist!
  • The Seekers' Garden on Feb. 03, 2013

    "The Seeker’s Garden” by Isa Ritchie is an incredibly vivid and emotionally charged story about several individuals, each whose separate lives intersect with the others, creating a larger story in itself. The writing style of Ms. Richie is lush and atmospheric, and I was drawn into the story by the end of the prologue. Each of the main characters were well developed and each with their own distinctive “voice”. The pacing was consistent throughout and I enjoyed how everything fell into place. Recommended for fans of women’s fiction.
  • Oil and Corruption on March 06, 2013

    REally very good! I liked all the action and the fast pace. So many interesting characters who do crazy things, or have crazy things happen to them. Sometimes they are really over the top, but it works. The only way I can describe it is that they are exaggerated, but believable, if this makes any sense. Like how Falcus was, and “The Cajun”…I think my favorite was Captain Pink. (The line where he walks in clutching a latte like a live grenade cracked me up…I could picture it perfectly!) And there was an underlying darkly comedic tone that is unexpected in this type of novel, but I thought it worked. For me it was a great way to spend a few hours. Thanks!
  • The Hunt for Elsewhere on April 15, 2013

    The Hunt for Elsewhere by Beatrice Vine is the story of animals (mostly a fox, a crow, and later a wolf) all who have human traits and qualities, yet live the lives of wild animals. It is an interesting technique, and one that has been done before, I’m sure, but Ms. Vine created a story that was, at least to me, wholly original. I was surprised at how unpredictable it was, like when I thought it would be all about Saxton reuniting with his family (which would happen at the end of his journey), I was wrong. And I was wrong about Quill’s fate. It was this unpredictability that kept me engaged throughout and I appreciated the risks that the author had her characters take. All in all an enjoyable book, one I’d say is suitable for ages 13+.
  • Silicon Succession on July 07, 2013

    I was pulled into this book right away. From the first pages are thrown into the midst of the action as the lead character Iain has a very strange day (to say the least!), and then his whole world as he thought he knew it is completely turned on its head. I liked the idea of the ordinary every-guy being the hero, but I have to admit I wasn’t exactly sure *why* he was chosen…what exactly set him apart. Maybe it was explained and I missed it because I was reading very fast. But I was really into the story and didn’t want to slow down. The ending made it seem like there would be more books to follow this one and if so I’ll definitely read it to see what Iain will do next.
  • Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism on Dec. 06, 2013

    This book was strange to me…I loved so much of it, but wish I could have cut out some parts. It starts of so wonderfully…engaging, positive, almost like a friend is welcoming you into his arms and telling you a wonderful story. The pacing is great and the writing and editing flawless (and I loved the designs on the chapters). This felt like such a beautiful and intelligent treatise and I was becoming more and more impressed and immersed. And then a whole section seemed to have nothing to do with the rest of the book and then actually made me question what the whole point of it really was…because at first I truly believed it was to enlighten the masses into a culture that many may not know much about…only to feel like at the end it was so that the author could use it as a vehicle to argue with or discredit other scholars. I have no dog in this fight. I’m no scholar, and this is the first book on Hinduism I’ve ever read and for the most part it was very good! But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the negativity towards the end almost ruined the whole things for me.