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Smashwords book reviews by Mineliz Medina
The Water Thief
on June 22, 2012
The story was well written and so believable that with slight alterations much of this could take place in today times. The water thief is great example people being complacent in there every day life's. Soilent Green and 1984 have nothing on the water thief. Bravo Nicholas well done.
on June 29, 2012
I love how every line, page and chapter of this story keeps you glued to the book. As the story unfolds the pieces of the puzzle fit together in an unexpected manner. It's so descriptive that it's easy to block out the rest of the world and just lose yourself in the story. I enjoyed this book even more than the Twilight series and there were certainly no boring bits!
I hope there is a sequel soon as I would definitely buy it.
on July 07, 2012
I liked this book from the beginning. Also the sacrifice Lia has to make in order to care for her handicapped brother and little sister. She is a strong female character that had to learned to survive from an early age. It is good to see that not all women need a man. We can be strong too. There is lots of mystery surrounding Gabe which makes the story appealing and leaves you wanting more.
I just can't wait to see what else is in store for Lia, Gabe, Adam and Others.
on July 20, 2012
I liked this book, particularly because it seems pretty original. It's a story about Angels and Demons but they have special powers so they're pretty cool!
I like that the book was written about a girl in college because most YA books are written about characters in high school, so it was nice to get something different. Taylor and Sam are fun, energetic girls and I liked reading their stories. Sometimes I think Taylor needed to ask more questions, but overall I liked her. Gab was fun to read about because he seems to have a lot of internal struggling happening. Chris was my favorite character. We get enough of him to be interested but not enough, which keeps him interesting.
I liked that we knew what everyone was thinking at the same time I didn't like it. It was great because we got to see the story from so many different angles, but at the same time it seemed like a chapter would be about someone particular but then we would get a sentence or two about what a different character was thinking. I might not have been following the POVs right but it confused me sometimes.
Although I liked the story, something seemed missing to me and I can't tell what it was. Maybe there was too much foreshadowing? I'm not sure. I think maybe more subtle foreshadowing would have been better. Something I would have needed to figure out instead of being told. That makes the books more exciting for me. But I do like that we were kept in the dark sometimes. Because we could really get into anyones head in this story, it was nice to not know everything that was going on.
The two different battle sides were REALLY interesting to experience - because we don't have, or I've never seen, anything like those in our world. It made me want to be in one of those places just to see everything that was happening!
I have a couple questions, but there is another book so I'll wait and see if they are hopefully answered!
on July 20, 2012
I had a bit of a problem getting into the story first. It was kind of slow in building to the interesting parts. But about 1/4 into it, it got my attention.
Something I liked was the different POV's in the story. Many authors have trouble making the POV's unique to the characters.
Also liked the struggle Evangeline has with accepting the truth of her ancestry. 'Cause let's face it it's not everyday a girl is informed she is descendant of someone famous, and it gave the story an edge.
I liked the hint of romance mixed in the story. I would love to read more about Raphe.
Something I didn't like...some of the things where to predictable.
But all in all it was a good story.
What Kills Me
on July 28, 2012
Wynne Channing’s debut novel, “What Kills Me,” is to die for. I’m not being cute here; this vampire novel kicks the you-know-what out of most other vampire novels out there.
The premise is original. The characters are well developed. The settings are beautifully described. The story is fluid and fast-paced. The action is almost non-stop, but never over the top. Most importantly, the series’ potential is unlimited.
The main characters, Zee and Lucas, make you want to cheer. They’re damaged, yet determined. They’re also a great team, whether working in tandem to remove heads and limbs from enemies or supporting each other through a never-ending series of betrayals and heartbreak. Thankfully, Channing depicts how they deal with their burgeoning feelings for each other with style and finesse, instead of overwhelming the reader with endless prose about physical attraction and pseudo-narcissism.
The ending was one of the best I can recall. While bringing the story to a satisfying, albeit surprise, conclusion, the information revealed has the potential to turn the entire series on its ear.
I eagerly—but not very patiently—await the next installment.
I highly recommend “What Kills Me” for fans of YA, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy … although I firmly believe it should be on the must-read list for anyone who loves great fiction