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Smashwords book reviews by TrellAndMaritzia

  • Between Darkness and Light on Oct. 29, 2011

    Started this book on a whim, and was very happily surprised with the quality of the writing, story, and characters. It's interesting from the beginning and well worth getting. Will we buy the second book? Absolutely, it's already in the cart.
  • Fatal Boarding on Nov. 03, 2012

    Overall a terrific read. Great value for the price (free). I would heartily recommend it to anyone as it is written now (some editing needed) even if it was priced at $3 or so. With the edits mentioned by sourcejedi in the review below, this book would be on my recommendations list even at $5. Firstly, I am darn cheap so prices tend to reflect that. At the same time, there is a lot of competition for our book dollar these days. Secondly, the grammar/spelling issues detract from the quality of the book, and I think unfairly in that they are easy to fix. Both my wife and I trip over those issues, it pulls us out of the story and we are the kinds of people who read every word. The flow of the book and the characters are just fine, in my opinion. But thanks very much to the author! Writing is hard work, and the value provided here is terrific. And also thanks to sourcejedi's list of fixes. That also takes time, and I do believe it is meant to make the book even better. I caught many of the issues sourcejedi pointed out, yet only got to about half of them and I didn't take the time to list them here. So hats off to the author for the free book, and sourcejedi for the free editing review. Now, on to Deep Crossing!
  • Keeper on Nov. 28, 2012

    This is a terrific book, well written, entertaining, interesting characters and plot. The low price is gravy, but what good gravy it is. Highly recommend this book.
  • Madness on Dec. 24, 2012

    Just as good as book 1 of the series. Great value for the price (the whole series costs less than most ebooks). I agree with other comments on a bit too much repetition, but not irritating enough to take a star off. I read the entire series one after the other.
  • Tools of Extinction on Dec. 24, 2012

    It's more of the same from the first books without being just "more of the same". I like the series, and think it's terrific value especially for the price charged.
  • Sha'erah on Dec. 24, 2012

    This is the best of the series, darker, faster paced, nice twists. It suffers much more than the others in needing editing though, which does irritate me as I read since I think the author does a great job of taking me into that universe, but then the grammar/spelling issues take me right out. Still a terrific book, but short of perfect. Frankly it's a 5 star book but the editing part would drop it, but I also think 4 stars isn't right. So, it's 4.5 stars from me but since we can't do that and it's been a good day (Xmas eve), and so 5 stars it is. :)
  • Deep Crossing on Nov. 05, 2014

    Continues on from Fatal Boarding. As others have said it suffers a bit from grammar/spelling and the first part is a bit long winded but still ok. Then it really picks up. Given the price, it is great value. Mr. Mason writes entertaining stories and shares them with us. Similar to our review for Fatal Boarding, we would still think it is a good deal even if there was a $3 charge for the book. It takes work and imagination and dedication to not just write a book, but a series. Thanks very much!
  • Shock Diamonds on Jan. 04, 2015

    This is the third book of the Adrian Tarn series. All of them are very good, but this one is the best. I would recommend reading them in order though since it is one continuing story. Well worth the price.
  • A Journey Deep on Jan. 26, 2015

    Added this book to our library after reading the reviews. They are pretty much right on. Excellent story, unique environment, interesting and believable characters. I was sucked into the story right from the start, and right through to the end. It's very consistent for quality. Some minor editing errors, but overall a very, very good book. And yes, we have more of her books now!