Rachel Morgan spent a good deal of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making, crafting endless stories of make-believe and occasionally writing some of them down. After completing a degree in genetics and discovering she still wasn’t grown-up enough for a ‘real’ job, she decided to return to those story worlds still spinning around her imagination. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those young at heart.
Rachel lives in Cape Town with her husband and three miniature dachshunds. She is the author of the bestselling Creepy Hollow series and the sweet contemporary romance Trouble series.
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Smashwords book reviews by Rachel Morgan
- A to Z Stories of Life and Death
on Nov. 08, 2011
Bite-size literary snacks. The tasty kind. The kind you keep going back for more of when no one else at the party is looking. (And of all the snacks I’ve tasted at this party, I love N the most!)
on Nov. 10, 2011
THE GOOD: Amidst all the vampire, werewolf and fallen angel novels out there, EXILED is a refreshing and unique read. Little details brought Venus’s world, Kelari, to life: everyone's features are the same (silver and white) until they become immortal, Kelari's atmosphere is different, they have unique swear words (because why should someone on a different planet use the same swear words we do?) and, of course, the Kelvieri's Boots.
These boots fascinated me. "They were black as a starless night, soft as feathers, yet stronger than any metal ever discovered. Thrantum. That’s what the Gods called the material." Within the heels of these boots, the Gods capture symbols of a person’s imperfections. The idea almost gives me shivers!
RaShelle didn't waste time in getting the plot moving, meaning I had no problem turning the electronic pages on my Kindle. It was also great to see the story unfold from different characters' perspectives (Venus; her personal guard, Zaren; the human, Michael; the bad guy, Dervinias...). No character is present by accident, and almost everyone with more than a passing role turns out to be related to the conflict in some way. I love a book where the details fit together like pieces in a puzzle, and although this picture isn't complete yet, I can look forward to more pieces falling into place in the next book in this series, BEGUILED.
THE BAD: My enjoyment of this book was somewhat hampered by the numerous missing apostrophes, occasional clumsy sentence structure, one or two tense mix-ups and an accidental extra word here and there. BUT I have since noticed that a second version of EXILED was uploaded two days after I downloaded the first version. I haven't looked at the second version, but I'm sure the author has fixed up all those little errors I came across.
THE PRETTY: Do I really have to elaborate? I mean, look at that cover! Gorgeous!
And, for the record, TEAM ZAREN! (Yup, I have a thing for Venus's sexy guard...)
- The Big Smoke
on Oct. 19, 2012
THE GOOD: Relationships, romance, drama, humour, heartbreak, coming of age--this book has a lot packed into it! It's a long book. Not long in a this-story-is-dragging-on-forever-I-wish-it-would-end kinda way. No, no, no. Long in a I-scored-two-awesome-books-in-one kinda way!! The chapters alternate between Seb and Ceara, two very different characters with distinctive voices. They're heading off to university with all their hopes, dreams, fears and expectations--which is already a lot to deal with before you add in the ordeals life is about to throw at them: eating disorders, horrible house mates, broken friendships, and more.
Ceara is the reserved, bookish type, so I identified pretty well with her ;-) And Seb ... well, he's a guy! I've obviously never been inside the head of a boy (duh!), but it seemed like the author did a great job of getting inside Seb's head. I LOVE reading a story from two points of view, and it was fascinating to see all the threads of these two separate lives interweaving, criss-crossing, just missing, and then finally coming together (how and when? I'm not going to tell you that. You have to read it for yourself!).
THE BAD: There really isn't anything to say here. I read an early ARC, so I can't comment on the absence or presence of typos or grammatical errors in the final version. (But I can tell you that the author is something of a perfectionist!)
THE PRETTY: I just love this cover. It's different from a lot of other covers out there. It's more arty, which is cool. And I LOVE the lights and the hazy reflection in the water!
So, if you're a fan of contemporary upper YA or NA, you should definitely check this one out when it's released later this month :-)
on May 27, 2014
Cherie Reich's debut novel is wonderfully creative and beautifully written.
REBORN introduces us to Yssa, a seventeen-year-old girl about to take up her duties as the Phoenix Prophetess. We accompany her as she journeys from her ordinary island life across a dangerous sea towards the future she's always known she'll have to face. But surviving a sea serpent attack is only the beginning. Secret plots and terrifying visions await Yssa when she arrives in Amora, and I couldn't wait to get back to my Kindle each night to see where Yssa's adventure would take her next.
I thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in the fantasy world of REBORN. The descriptive prose and colourful metaphors allowed me to visualise the story as if I were really there, and clever worldbuilding introduced new mythology, customs, creatures, and slang in a way that was both intriguing and believable.
The ending brought new revelations while tying up some loose ends. Other mysteries are yet to be solved, though, and I'm eager to discover what comes next!
And for those who are romantics at heart (like me), never fear: the growing (somewhat forbidden) relationship between Yssa and a certain ferryman's son will not leave you disappointed ;-)