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Smashwords book reviews by NatashaMay

  • The Moon Dwellers on Dec. 11, 2012

    A wonderful dystopian read of two worlds colliding. I like Adele. She’s a tough cookie dealing with a shit life she’s been given. The story is written from two POVs but I felt something lacking in Tristan’s POV. I wasn’t as convinced reading it than the Adele’s part. However it was a pleasure to read about their adventures while running through the tunnels. I was really excited to see when will they bump into each other. Now I can’t wait to find out what their connection is all about.
  • Forever Fae on Jan. 06, 2013

    This is a wonderful fantasy read with classic romantic triangle and falling in love at first sight. A true fairytale with a strong and stubborn main character princess Calista that falls in distress and needs to be rescued by a fearless heroic prince. As all fairytales this too has a happy ending but at the same time the danger is kept open so we can expect sequels.
  • Chasing Nikki on Jan. 06, 2013

    It’s interesting to read the story from the guy’s POV but I’m afraid it didn’t have as much of an emotional effect for me as it could if at least some parts were from the girl’s POV. It’s a story about a boy who has been dealt a couple of shitty hands in his young life and we get to watch how he handles it. I expected more drama and suspense though. He didn’t chase Nikki all that long and apart from the fight and the accident the rest was quite boring. But still it was a heartfelt read.
  • The Athena Effect on Jan. 17, 2013

    This was a fabulous read. I just loved how Cal and Cali were falling in love. It was so beautifully written full of suspense and emotions without the annoying teenage swooning. Cali is such an innocent character and at the same time she’s full of wisdom. Cal on the other hand thought he had everything figured out until he met Cali that didn’t give into his charm at first sight of him. I was so happy when Cali finally stood up for herself in front of Phil and her Aunt. Granted she used her powers but if she has them why not use them to protect herself. There was a surprise twist in the story and a relief at the ending. My heart went out for Layla though.
  • Bone Dressing on Jan. 20, 2013

    A very descriptive writing that I’m not really fond of. Dialogues however were a delight to read once I got to them. Our protagonist is a very sassy and strong headed teenager with a lot of issues and a load of sarcasm. As much as I loved her sarcasm I really didn’t care about what she was saying. I mean who the hell professes her love and attraction to a complete stranger in a graveyard when she’s about to be attacked by a panther? You just took out all the romantic suspense and everything Syd does or says from now on that is in contrary to that we and the other characters know she’s just putting on an act. Frankly I was ready to quit reading this book at that moment but I had to write a review so I forced myself to continue. I must say the idea for this book is good it’s just the writing that doesn’t do it for me. We’re not getting far with information. It’s lost there in the sea of sarcasm and repetitive dialogue. What I mean with repetitive dialogue is not that the words are repeated but the whole idea of holding a conversation. Everything that is said, Syd makes sarcastic remarks that lead nowhere in particular. It makes for a fun read when in moderation but this was a little too much for me. If all the unnecessary words were left out, we would be left with a third of the novel.
  • Exposing ELE on Jan. 31, 2013

    I'm actually giving it a 2.5 stars. I loved the first two books but this sequel disappointed me. Willow was a little bratty in this sequel. Ok, a lot. I kept wanting to slap her because she kept insisting on doing things she’s not suppose to be doing, ignoring everyone’s feelings in the process and getting them in trouble because of it. And all the lying she does is just plain sickening. Honestly, I really didn’t like Willow in this sequel. I had difficulty reading this book because of her. Especially after she was proclaimed the new leader. How can you follow someone who disobeys orders and only cares about herself? Of course she always claims to do stuff out of love for her friends and family but she lies to them, uses her powers on them, treats them like shit, and she doesn’t care about putting the rest of the people in danger while she’s rescuing “her loved ones”. But I did like Tony character. He actually had some growth and change happening to him and it was interesting to watch how he handles it.
  • Cascades of Moonlight (The Parker Harris Series: Book #1) on Feb. 17, 2013

    Parker is such a fun character. I so enjoyed reading her thoughts and the way she conversed with people. After the killing I didn’t suspect the killer but it soon became clear who it could be and everything that followed afterwards I kind of thought I would anticipate because it was clear the author had to build up to the climax of the story but boy was I wrong. Things kept happening that I wasn’t expecting. First what happened to Will in the woods caught me by surprise. I first thought he was an accomplice by the fishy way he was acting. And then the whole brainwashing. What was that? One problem I had was that there were very few dialogues but descriptions of what everyone said instead. And everything seemed to happen rather quickly. The whole proclaiming of love between Parker and Quinn and being best friends with Will when they only knew each other for a month. That was a little annoying but other than that it was a great read.
  • Clone Three on March 15, 2013

    It’s not your usual dystopian story. We have Clone Three, Trio for short, that suddenly appears in this dystopian world with no memory of how it all happened. She has some extraordinary abilities and has Crawlers after her. But we soon find out they’re not the only ones. Trio character feels a little detached to me even though she’s full of rage and fear but only when she’s in shady situations. Apart from that I don’t feel any emotion from her even though author says she feels protective towards Poppy and her eyes tear up a couple of times. But I do like it when she saves the dog and puppies. Cade is actually the most interesting character of them all. I got all excited when he entered the story but he wasn’t there for long. I thought Beckett would have more of an impact but he just seemed to be there to fulfill a blank spot. And as much as I get Nico’s jealousy and resentment toward Trio I don’t understand her betrayal. I don’t understand why she risked the lives of her friends, especially Beckett’s who she’d been obviously in love with and the sanctuary she was looking for ever since they had to leave their own place. It would make more sense for her to trick Trio somehow or lure her into a trap. And what’s with the hisses? Everybody is hissing and it’s not some sort of ability but just a way the author describes character’s disapproval. Very annoying. But the story is interesting and I liked all the different groups of “people” that “survived” the sickness. I felt this story is more about the journey than the end goal so far. Maybe because we don’t know what the goal is apart from Trio’s going to New York City. That’s also the reason why I didn’t feel the ending was much of a cliffhanger. I’m looking forward to the sequel.
  • Finding ELE (ELE Series #2) on March 15, 2013

    A wonderful sequel. I love how the author introduced new characters and gave different eye color to the powers. Willow’s character developed beautifully but Tony stole the book for me. Wish there were some parts from his POV because it would be great to see events through his eyes. I think it would’ve given some powerful emotional suspense to the story.
  • Gifted on March 15, 2013

    At the beginning the writing style was very narrative. There was very little dialog and it almost seemed her dreams were more exciting than reality. The story picked up some pace when Chase came into play. It was a nice little teenage romance and of course mandatory heartache at the end. I find it hard to believe it took her this many years to figure out it’s her emotions that force the change. And the question is why all this realization about her powers right now and not before. I find it very frustrating when adults keep the kids in the dark about the stuff they’re supposed to find out sooner rather than later and then they die and the kids are left alone to figure it out. That letter from grandma didn’t explain anything. It just made me wonder why Morgan didn’t question her grandfather’s death when she found out about soul mates. An interesting read.
  • Walking Dead Girl: A Vampireland novel on April 06, 2013

    I read the free introduction first and it got cut off when Mia and Ryan kissed. But I was already hooked on the story so I had to buy the whole novel. Mia is a feisty thing with just enough stubbornness and plenty of sarcasm. I loved her instantly. But this was a really good read. The storytelling is phenomenal and it made it so real. Mia is such a fighter and I really admired her will to escape or die trying. She didn’t put up with any of the crap even when she was at her weakest. Ryan was a great character, too. He was an evil bastard that had a change of heart. But just when I started to like him he did something stupid and turned him into a bad guy again. I did not see the twist coming but I liked Mia’s reaction to it. I was so glad it didn’t turn her into a mushy thing but actually repulsed her. Although I didn’t expect her best friend Evie to react the way she did. It was heartbreaking. I can’t wait to read the sequel.
  • The Mating: The Original Law of the Lycans Story on April 23, 2013

    Elise was a cute character but nothing much stood out from her apart from being totally naïve. There were some attempts of trying to portray her as a strong female but I didn’t really buy it. She did exactly what everyone told her to do including being mated with a total stranger. A couple of times where she supposedly stood up for herself were really weak and it wasn’t what she said or did that made her the “winner” but more of the fact that the other person backed down for an unknown reason. I always have trouble with protagonists in a story being dishonest and keeping secrets for no apparent reason. That Marla character was so obvious and I was surprised Elise was falling for her tricks considering she knew what kind of a person she is and that nobody in the pack thought her trustworthy. It actually went so far that Elise was giving Marla precedence over her own mate by letting her manipulate her into keeping secrets and lying to Kane. I know that was all a set up for what happened later but it just showed how weak of a character Elise was which I’m sure wasn’t the author’s intent. The story itself wasn’t original or surprising but still rather interesting to read. The author has a nice writing style and I enjoyed reading it.
  • New Beginnings on July 21, 2013

    I totally adore this author’s writing style as it’s real. When you get a sentence in like, “Gregory ripped a nasty fart and she just about died from the stench.” right at the beginning of a story, you know you’re in for a fun ride. I liked Jess. She was tough and she could take care of herself. And the fact that she was psychic was an added bonus that guarantied some action and drama in the story. She was however a little too cautious for my taste. She kept looking for reasons to not believe Slater’s feelings for her. It was a little annoying how easily she dismissed the matting bond between them. That’s why I was a little confused about the mating bond. It was portrayed as something either one of them can fight off and I really didn’t get the feel it’s all or nothing so I was questioning the point of it. The mating is supposed to be this unbreakable connection that ties two wolves together. In this case it was more of a sexual desire and nothing else. It was something that can happen accidentally while having sex. So what good is a mating bond if they can so easily mate to each other and to the wrong person at that? Slater was a good leading man but I think he was a little too soft for an alpha. As much as I liked his character and how he treated his pack equally, he lacked some of that edginess of the alpha where you could feel the power radiating off of him. I liked the way story unfolded and even though we know all along that Liam is the bad guy I was surprised how things went down in the end.