Mary Ellis


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Smashwords book reviews by Mary Ellis

  • Catharsis, Legend of the Lemurians (Earth Keepers Chronicle 1) on Oct. 03, 2012

    CATHARSIS immediately drew me in! I've just finished a really intriguing short story written by Lada Ray: Catharsis, Legend of the Lemurians, is Book 1 of the new Earth Keepers Series. It is a metaphysical/dystopian short, which is also the companion and prequel to the upcoming YA fantasy/thriller novel, THE EARTH SHIFTER. Catharsis is only 11K words, or about 30 pages in length, but it delivers quite an impact. The characters, back story, setting—all work together to create the aura of fairytale magic, along with important lessons to be learned. I found myself rooting for the Uglies, especially the protagonist Morf, as they try to save the planet, and as they have to make the hardest choice of their uneasy lives. This first book of a very promising new series, is a relatively quick and easy read. Heart warming message about remembrance, and what it means to be a genuine human being. In these times, when we focus on all the bad news around us, it's easy to forget this precious lesson. A truly great and inspiring read, recommended for all age groups but especially for young people... it will give them hope and a brighter outlook for the future! Highly recommend, I am eagerly awaiting the next installment, which will feature the Lemurians’ and Atlanteans’ life on Earth. 5 Stars for this elegant work.
  • Green Desert (Accidental Spy Prequel) on Oct. 16, 2012

    Reap What You Sow! Very nice story of karma, and how our lives are much more interconnected than we really realize. One's actions have very real consequences in this world whether we may be consciously aware of it or not. So the lesson is to realize the future of humanity depends on our willingness to put aside our differences and unite... or else suffer the horrors of war. Excellent storytelling and character development. Short novella, hoping this author follows up with the next adventure because it's a really great series about justice and hope.