Ashley Eisen


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Smashwords book reviews by Ashley Eisen

  • Cabbage, Strudel and Trams (Part I: Czechoslovakia) on March 01, 2011

    A quick entertaining and enjoyable book. The story is about the life of Vendula, a teenager growing up in Communist Czechoslovakia, and her family and friends. The book describes life in the Soviet Union, everything from surveillance to shortages. Through the course of the book Vendula deals with issues that all teens face including getting her heart broken and her first kiss. The illustrations were fun, and added to the humour of the book. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading part 2.
  • Entangled in Darkness on May 09, 2011

    This book was really intense and sad. The author does a really great job of showing how mental illness not only affects the individual suffering the mental illness but also how it affects an entire family. I enjoyed this book but there were a few things that the author could have improved. I didn't like how time would jump between paragraphs or even sentences and there were be no indication that you're at a different point in time, it would be nice if the time changed with a new chapter. Also, the ebook could have used a bit more editing, some of the words were spelled wrong or the wrong word was used.
  • Vestal Virgin on June 20, 2011

    I started this book and could not put it down. The writing was great and gripped you from the very beginning. The story was obviously very well researched. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
  • Thereafter on Oct. 28, 2011

    I found this book interesting. It brought up interesting ideas about the afterlife and a persons purpose after they are dead. I found this book interesting, and overall I enjoyed it.
  • Not Really Mr. Smith on Jan. 22, 2012

    This book was ok. I found it hard to relate to the characters, especially the main character Aden, who refuses to deal with reality, and has kind of annoying ways of creating her own reality. I also found that the book ended really quickly. The book was sweet, but I found it hard to get into because of my dislike for the main character.
  • Edge of a Dream on April 14, 2012

    Overall I thought that this book was pretty good. The main character, Rija, a recent immigrant from Sarajevo works hard just to make ends meet after her husband leaves her and her child. After working so hard during the entire book, the ending wraps up too well. I enjoyed the book a lot, but found the ending to be a bit too convenient.
  • The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster on Jan. 19, 2013

    I liked the story of the book but I found there were some plot holes and a lot of grammar mistakes. The book took a while to get into, but about halfway through I started to get interested and more invested in the characters.
  • Confessions From a Moving Van on Feb. 20, 2013

    This book was out of the ordinary and a bit unusual. The lives of five people are told through the eyes of the moving van that moves them across the country. This book is easily read in an afternoon. I really enjoy short stories and found this book interesting and fun to read.