Jude Henderson

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Smashwords book reviews by Jude Henderson

  • Chasing McCree on Sep. 14, 2012

    Best part of Chasing McCree? Briar. I really liked her as a character. I've read quite a few books were the main character struggles with the decision of following her friends and what's expected of her, but not one with as much determination as Briar. The night her friends left her and she met Chase, she made up her mind. She never really doubted what she wanted to do and who she wanted to be, which is something I really admired in her. Her mother was also a really pushy person that expected waaaay to much of her, I really did hate the woman. Still, even if there was pressure, Briar stood her ground. As for Chase, apart from the times were he mentioned he enjoyed to shoot and killed his first animal at the age of 10 and me constantly thinking he was a savage for doing such a thing, was pretty charming. He was a cowboy to the core, and also a gentleman. He wasn't a city boy at all, he belonged in his ranch. As for Briar, even if she was raised as a city girl, deep down, she felt more alive and like herself in the ranch also. I had a small conflict with this. I wasn't really able to relate to that aspect of the story. I'm definitely a city girl - not like Briar, I'm not rich and I do more things than shop, but I am so Not a ranch/outdoors girl. I'm not one to go camping, or riding horses. Don't get me wrong, camping must be fun - as a once in a lifetime event. And horses are pretty - from far away. The idea of breaking free from the city sounds romantic and pretty; liberating and honest, but while showing this I think the book made life in the city seem too shallow. Aside from this the book was really fun, lighthearted and quirky, especially Briar's Grandmother. Crazy lady, really funny, no doubt! She was a really entertaining character! But if my Grandmother ever starts acting that way or says the phrase 'No Glove go Love' to me, I'll freak out o.o And a great ending! Really liked the Epilogue, really showed a HEA. I'll definitely be reading more books by this author! :)
  • Uprising (A Collide Novel - Book Two) on Sep. 14, 2012

    Uprising starts right where Collide finished. It kept the pace of the book and the fluid writing style. We are immediately introduced to more new characters - these novels have an insane amount of characters. I finished Collide, immediately started Uprising and had already forgotten or got confused with some of the names. You never know if the characters are on the bad side, the good side or just plain nuts. But even though there are a lot of them, in this book I got a better glimpse of some of them, what was going on in their minds and such. Uprising did not fail to deliver in action and romance! No character came out without a scratch! lol, I probably sound a bit crazy for saying that, but it's really great to seem them all struggling in their own battles and that they have obstacles, instead of everything working out magically for them. And another Ouch for Sherry, she always seems to got through the worse. Another great aspect was the turn the story took with Sherry and Merrick (in a good way) taking on roles they would have never expected, as well as the little bumps they faced. It was a great novel! Really like Cain, Lilly and Miguel :) Cannot wait to start Catalyst!
  • Collide on Sep. 14, 2012

    Collide was a fascinating story! It was sort of like an "alien" story. I don't like the term really, I think it makes things sound a bit ridiculous, it was a bit similar to The Host by Stephanie Meyer - no green people, just, you know.... lol, couldn't resist to use that image. On a serious note though, Shelly Crane created new beings and gave a whole other concept to 'The end of the world.' No huge explosions or very radical changes. The book starts with the world as it is right now, and slowly, through the story you get to see how everything starts to change and the world as we knew it begins to fade away. We have the Keepers, who are protectors/guardians of the Specials, who are humans with a 'mission' or 'purpose' to fulfill. We have the Lighters - Bad Guys. And other weird creatures that introduce themselves further into the story. In the middle of this new world we have Sherry, a plain and completely normal human who is the sister of a Special; and we have Merrick, the Keeper of her brother, and someone who is madly in love with her. Problem is, he is not from her world, it is against the rules to fall in love with a human, and she is not whom he should be watching over. Still, he's willing to break all of them. I really like that the author doesn't let her characters go on intact, they all have their share of suffering and bruises. Really felt for Sherry in this book, she had to endure a lot at a certain part. Ouch. Another thing is that Sherry seemed to be a magnet for douche bags o.O Seriously! And even though she was strong and very determined for many things, when it came down to the guys she acted like she was too fragile, saying 'Oh no, please leave me alone' instead of 'Dude, back OFF!' I would've liked to see her act more feisty about this. Merrick was awesome, I'm in love with him. Did I mentioned he was awesome? Yeah, he is. Did I mentioned that I love him? The Great beginning for what is sure to be an amazing series :)
  • Catalyst on Sep. 14, 2012

    The action and trouble for Sherry keep on coming!  I'm very glad to say that Catalyst was even better, I liked a lot that this book had many points of view from different characters. It was really great to be able to see things from one point to another and know much more, especially considering that Collide started with only Merrick and Sherry. The novels slowly started to incorporate the supporting characters even more and more until they all got their own spotlight. In Catalyst There was Jeff & Marisa, Lillian & Cain and Merrick & Sherry and it's all just <333 The book was simply intense, I went through a whole blender of emotions. I wanted to punch certain people, kiss others - like Merrick, it was a heartbreaking book and it was also romantic, shocking and action packed. At the moment I have my mind all scrambled just trying to process everything, like the ending! Simply wow, insane cliffhanger. Must read Revolution now!
  • What Kills Me on Sep. 14, 2012

    I Loved the tragic aspect of the book, no, not in a sad way. But how Alexia became a vampire, and what she had to face afterwards was pretty much brutal. I really felt for her from the moment she woke up as a vampire. She had such a short time to grieve what she's lost before she's given a death sentence. Lucky her, she's special. The unlucky part is that she has to learn the hard way. Speaking of unlucky characters: Meet Lucas. Hot and strong and protective. Did I miss anything? He also had to loose a lot in the beginning. He was a very bitter character in the beginning, his mood softened a little as he got to know Alexia, and together they had great-sarcastic sense of humor, I really enjoyed the interaction between these two. Apart from the great dynamics between the main characters, was all the action. No dull moments. Always on the go and running for their lives. I was really intrigued by the prophecy in the book. The fact that Alexia is was meant to basically extinguish vampires was a bit funny yet exiting and interesting. Especially if we consider that Alexia feels really bad for stealing someones car... not exactly what I had in mind for a main character with a huge destiny. Alexia was original in this aspect. She's not your typical hero, she's quirky, awkward and she can't seem to shut up x) She's in the stage of trying to find out who she is as a vampire and who she is to the vampire race. By the end she became stronger and braver. I really enjoyed the ending and the shocking aspects of it. Looking forward to the sequel :D!