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Smashwords book reviews by Victoria

  • Again on Aug. 11, 2010

    This book is an ideal representation of the modern romance, and the struggle between marriage and passion. As a woman of two worlds, Eryn also as Catherine struggles to decide between the man she believes she has to marry and the passion she wants to feel. This book could use some more polishing, the descriptions did not flow as well as they should and many of the events in both worlds were very similar. I was not expecting the emotional rollercoaster ride of a redemptive tragic romance; I usually like humor in the romance I read, so I gave it a three instead of a four. This book is worth reading, though I do not agree with the reincarnation, it brought up the very real issues of relationships of today and “living for yourself” as well as others.
  • The Wolf at the Window on Jan. 10, 2011

    I won this book from Library Thing a while ago and it's taken me a while to get through this book. I should first say this was a great idea, but filled with a lot of missed opportunities. In the new world of the colony of Uveris a war wages between the Immortal ruled colonies and the failed human experiments outside the colonies called the Others. This story takes place after a cataclysmic event that was stirred by human's environmental impact that made genetically engineering the easiest way to adapt, which lead to a dark age of sorts with a more basic way of life. It was really hard to get into this book; a lot of it had to do with the theme of boredom as being better then change or war, but there is a difference between feeling the characters boredom and the reader being bored, and I was definitely bored. I found a lot of weak sentences full of repeated words and editing problems that made reading this book really distracting. Over all the characters were pretty frustrating and unlikeable, they all seemed to be there to make the main character's life miserable (even herself), with no resolution except to change their personalities. The plot needs to be tightened and the inconsistencies worked out, before this can become a good book.