Laura P


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Smashwords book reviews by Laura P

  • Entangled in Darkness on May 12, 2011

    Reading a book about mental illness and depression is not easy to do. However, this book brings awareness to the struggles of those who either battle the disease or live with someone who does. I talked with some friends about this book and I was surprised at the number of people who can relate this book to someone in their own lives. Even today, there is a stigma that is associated with the disease. The author portrays many upsetting experiences within the book and apparently has first-hand knowledge that allowed her to do that. She was able to convey her message in a powerful way. However, on her next book, I would constructively suggest the use of a proofreader or reviewer to help deliver the message more effectively. Good job for a first effort.
  • Legacy - Book One of the Balancer Chronicles on June 09, 2011

    Legacy brings us the story of James and Kat, two relatives who are communicating across time and dimension. The premise of the story revolves around the Balancers, who have the role of mediating the supernatural and the natural worlds. It is really a chronology of James life, narrated to Kat through a journal. James is orienting Kat to her new role as a Balancer, due to her untimely death. Chris Adonn gives us extensive descriptions of the supernatural world and Jame's navigation of it. Often, I wished that Kat had a more substantial role in the novel and it appears that in the future she may. Her role as the listener, learner and, finally, unexpected romantic interest, certainly has the basis to grow into a more complex character. There is no harm in having a strong female character. My only suggestion is that the transitions between James narrations to Kat of events versus his explanations of the characteristics of the Balancers and their environment become more integrated. I found myself interested in James' story but when it would segue into details of Balancers and their abilities, I found that it detracted from his story and my interest would wain. A good effort and I will look for future works.