Smashwords book reviews by Margaret (Literary Chanteuse)
Don't Quote Me
on June 03, 2011
I enjoyed this witty book about a modern thinking woman who finds love gets in her way. However she soon discovers that love can mean more than she had originally anticipated while she discovers herself along the way. A delightful read!
Dirty Little Angels
on June 18, 2011
This was excellent!!! I found I was attached to the characters instantly and cared as the story went on.
The Shrew Untamed
on June 29, 2011
I enjoyed being taken back to the time of Shakespeare with all it's colorful characters and dialogue. Very witty and entertaining!
on Aug. 15, 2011
When I began the book it almost had a short stories feel to it but as I read on the story began to tie in and I found it enjoyable. It did get a little technical and predictable however it is modern and fun with a creative approach.
Amaranth (The Resistance Trilogy, #1)
on Oct. 02, 2011
I loved the setting of this book in Louisiana! It instantly conjures up images that as the story develops it begins to live up to. You go into a world that is not for the faint of heart. Quite an amazing story that leaves you wondering if love can prevail even in the world of vampires.
Born of Tyranny: Port of Errors
on Oct. 08, 2011
I love a good pirate story and this book was certainly that! A lot of swashbuckling action and adventure but with a very good story behind it. Also with quite a few surprises right up until the end that kept me on the edge.
on Oct. 29, 2011
This book with a mix of chick lit and mystery had me trying to figure out just how it would all end. It seemed to begin one way but ended in another with a few surprises along the way. Over all an enjoyable read.
The Kindred Curse Anthology
on Nov. 07, 2011
Very thrilling and although short has quite an elaborate story behind it. I liked the ancient vampire mythology that was the backbone however I felt it just needed a little more in the way of I guess time for everything to be absorbed. Regardless it's good and leaves you anticipating the next book!
Daughters of Iraq
on Nov. 12, 2011
Being from an ethnic back round myself and having heard stories from family members of how it was back home I felt like I was hearing them again while reading this book. It gave me a warm feeling of family and tradition. It enriches our lives to remember and pass on to future generations. The endurance of the women in this story is amazing. There is a sense of pride and hope that you are left with.
on Dec. 29, 2011
A nice story of girl meets hot guy, girl drools over hot guy and just maybe hot guy feels the same. I found the ending just a little abrupt but for a short story not a bad read.
In My Shoes
on Jan. 14, 2012
I can say right from the beginning I liked this story. It is seen through the eyes of a teen boy which for me is a different approach as I have mostly read books seen through the eyes of a girl. It does switch up however from both perspectives accordingly. Incredible attention to detail by the author and no stone is left unturned here. Very funny and entertaining. I also must say I loved the ending! I would highly recommend this to any young adult.
The Tale of Liril
on Jan. 15, 2012
A short story told in the manner of a fairy tale. Really interesting and a lesson to be learned in the end makes this a really good choice for any middle grader.
Ties To The Blood Moon
on Jan. 18, 2012
I liked the native legend angle and that it was set in Alaska. Good use of the landscape. A love triangle and friends having to unite to fight the enemy. It is a very action packed paranormal story. Lots of the unexpected.
on Jan. 24, 2012
I have to say that this cover is beautiful and had me wanting to read it as soon as I saw it! I was hooked from the first page. I was expecting a young adult book but this honestly has a mature flavor to it which I found appealing. It is a unique story and I was really drawn to the heroine. She has a strong presence throughout and with so may twists and unexpected events I could not put it down.
on Feb. 08, 2012
My initial reaction was I liked the characters but I found them a bit immature. As I read on I began to consider that a lot of people really do live life to the extreme on vacation and what's a trip to Europe without the stories to tell all your friends when you get back. Not only did the heroines discover love but they discovered themselves and a new direction in their lives. Not bad for two girls who began hell bent on just partying. It's a fun chick lit novel and I liked the ending which has me interested in whether there will be a sequel. I'll definitely read it!
The Boddy in the Snowbank
on Feb. 29, 2012
If you were a fan of the game Clue you will find this story delightful. Brings back all the original players and adds a very interesting twist to the question who killed Mr.Boddy?
Breakfast In Paris
on Feb. 29, 2012
A very short, short story but not short on appeal. It was intriguing fro the get go and the anticipation really leads you through to the end.
on Feb. 29, 2012
Not being a particular fan of camping myself I could relate to this character. Lots of truthful humor. Great story!
Ice on the Grapevine
on March 27, 2012
I enjoyed the return of the hero sleuth in a different mystery to solve but with the same integrity and once again I was kept guessing. The author has chosen characters that really seem true to life old and new. I would have liked to see his romantic side explored just a little more but otherwise equally as good as the last book.
An Unproductive Woman
on April 07, 2012
This is an excellent book. It is well written and from just a chapter in I felt both moved by the story and like I knew the characters well. There is such diversity and dynamic relationships between characters. I really look forward to reading more from this author.
The Post-College Guide to Happiness
on April 23, 2012
This is an extremely enlightening book. Even if you think you don't need it, it is worth a read. Simple philosophies with easy hands on methods. It is also not a long book. I liked the simple humor, easy to relate to examples and the recap chapter at the end that helps reinforce the concepts.
Shoes Hair Nails
on May 12, 2012
Although well written I found I would get really into a story and then it would lose my interest. 2.5 stars
The Girl in the Converse Shoes
on May 18, 2012
A very fun story of an average boy trying to find his mysterious love. Whoever said love was easy to find didn't get the delight of reading this book. A short but sweet story!
Painted Leo: Short Story
on May 19, 2012
This story oozes seduction. Extremely well written, it captures your senses. The main character is powerfully alluring and she may leave you breathless.
All Night Long, I Remember You
on May 21, 2012
The intense emotion and desperation came across to the reader brilliantly however the story was an okay read.
Doolin's Second Pub
on May 21, 2012
The humorous style of many Irish films that I have seen is brought to life in this short story. The characters and their brilliant and not so brilliant ideas kept me well entertained.
Taming The Tiger
on May 30, 2012
A very interesting short story that leads the reader down a curious path to discover more about the characters. While reading the mind has space to wonder and imagine. Well written.
The Beacon Singer
on July 08, 2012
A soap opera type story which has a variety of characters that mostly connect on some level or other and each story develops as you switch in between them all to discover what happens next in their lives. The gossip travels fast as it usually does in small communities. The jazz singer is quite a cunning character. I was surprised to see the story not entirely revolving around her. I found my interest was piqued more by certain characters and their stories and not by others but overall enjoyed it. 3.5 stars
on July 12, 2012
A very fun chick lit short story with really good characters. I loved the combination of coffee and a hot guy. I'll definitely be scoping for one the next time I hit Starbucks! A reminder that sometimes it pays to take a chance and let your heart guide you.
Crime Against the Goddess
on July 24, 2012
An interesting short story set in historic Alexandria. The author captures the interest in higher learning and the divercity of people that would have been living in Alexandria quite well. Surprisingly it turns into a mystery and although some of the dialogue would not have been spoken in this time period (little too modern) it does add some whimsy to both the characters and helps to lighten the intensity of the story. Overall I really enjoyed it!
Head Above Water
on Aug. 07, 2012
A love story with an uncoventional ending makes this a very unique read. The characters are really brought to life with depth and richness. Where they begin is not where they end up and you are lead through a series of extra ordinary events along with alot of emotion both sad and joyful. There were moments that I felt it dragged slightly with a few too many details but otherwise I liked the flow of the story and the author's writing style. 3.5 stars.
The Necromancer Part I
on Aug. 11, 2012
An incredibly interesting book on the inconclusive story of Richard III and the princes in the tower. Whether you believe black magic could have played a role or not the writing is eloquent and engaging.
A Candlelight Courting: A Short Christmas Romance
on Nov. 09, 2012
This short story is wonderful! The author has created one of the most unique love stories I think I have ever read. Christina, a compelling young woman during medieval times that truly touches the heart, is faced with marriage instead of fulfilling her dream of dedicating her life to the church. How she manages to find love and a guardian of her heart in Burthred, her betrothed is amazing. An excellent choice for Christmas or anytime of the year.
Biggle and Bee
on Nov. 10, 2012
An extremely adventurous story about a groundhog and a gosling that will have you glued to each page. Just when you think the adventure is coming to an end the courageous duo find themselves in yet another dangerous predicament and manage to come through with learning a few lessons along the way. My daughter age 7 who I refer to often as the kinder critic read this story to me and gives it a 5 star rating. A few challenging words for those advanced readers and a little longer than I had originally expected I give it 4 stars. Either way definitely a great story with a good moral lesson.
on Dec. 10, 2012
A really intriguing short story that has a bit of a mystery to unravel. The characters are the kind you hope will get together in the end. They have a real honesty about them. I was a little disappointed in the ending though and found it a bit abrupt.
The Austen Avenger
on Dec. 10, 2012
A completely different idea for a Jane spin off but very fun and entertaining. She does portray a wonderful superhero type character and effects the lives of her rescuees in more ways then they might guess. Her wit is captured here quite nicely and for any Jane fan this is a light and pleasant read. 3.5 stars.
on Jan. 25, 2013
A lovely short story that really touches the heart. In a few pages this author amazingly creates a multitude of memories and feelings that reminds us of how exhilerating that first crush can be.
on Feb. 20, 2013
A very intriguing story told by Hermione, the daughter of Helen of Troy. Not only does the story tell of her personal experiences but of the after math of the war and how it affected many of it's participants both the willing and unwilling. An amazing amount of events take place that had me glued to the end. I felt like I was truly witnessing the ceremonies, rituals etc. as though I was walking within the palace walls wearing a white Spartan gown and sandals on my feet. This author gives great detail in it's complexity and such a well rounded view. For those readers who enjoy Roman or Greek historicals this is a must read.
On a Foreign Field: A Story of Loyalty and Brotherhood
on Feb. 21, 2013
A story set during the rebellion of the Scottish against the English lead by William Wallace told through the eyes of an English soldier. A new approach that I have not read before and can say I thoroughly loved. There were a few fictional characters mainly the said soldier Reeve, who gives such an honest and courageous view. Each one was interesting and engaging. You feel the honor these men had and the respect earned by each other and what it meant to gain Scotland's freedom. Not only is the story such a good one but the characters just had me from the get go. Loved this book!
A Little Magic
on June 04, 2013
“A very fun fantasy story starring a young girl who discovers she is from a line of witches. She then needs to save a fairy world and her family from a mysterious theft and evil plotting. She comes out with shinning colors and learns her strength. A great read for tween/young adult.
The White Peacock
on Sep. 28, 2013
Loved this story from beginning to end and wow, I did not see this ending coming! I really enjoyed getting to know Juliette and her strong but sincere character and Miles, the irresistible guy that I wish I could meet at a bar. Two things that always stand out for me in these girl meets boy type stories are the dialogue and that first kiss. Amazing is the best choice to describe both. The unexpected twist of this story had me in awe and all of this from a short story. Proof that one can be fulfilling and worth getting your short shorts on!
on Dec. 13, 2015
A really fun look at a Freaky Friday type switch with two very unexpected characters. It started out with more of a middle grade feel than a young adult but later on it is evident there are details that would be much more suited to a teen. In any case it is humorous and intriguing. A perfect choice for Halloween! I am really looking forward to the second book.
on Dec. 13, 2015
This started off very well with a heartfelt romance but about half way through it failed to completely maintain my same enthusiasm. It has a number of turns that steer the story into a very different direction. A mystery emerges that although was interesting didn't completely win me over, yet it is a good story with intriguing characters that did manage to return my interest once again until the end. 3.5 stars
I received a copy for an honest review.
on Dec. 13, 2015
Ashley is back as the sweet angel we know from Amateur Angel (the first book) but things for her have changed drastically. While she is still trying to get comfortable in her new role as a guardian angel she has had to take on teaching and guiding Cannon as a guardian angel as well. No easy task. Because she loves him and that really comes across, it becomes easy to forgive him his faults. The twins that are also a focus in this story open up a new perspective for both the characters and the reader. A few new developments that keep this story interesting. We see a lot of heart this time around and although there are a lot of similarities to the first book it is a nice story.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.