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Smashwords book reviews by Amy

  • Mobster's Girl on Oct. 07, 2012

    Wow! I read this book in just a few short hours tonight. It totally sucked me in! I loved Megan and Antonio and their relationship. I received this book for free from the author and I am so thankful. Based on the description, it didn't really sound like something I normally like, but I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did. I loved the story. The "twist" seemed a little predictable, but it wasn't totally obvious. I'm sad I can't recommend this book to my middle school's librarian because of the cursing. I am glad that Amy Rachiele didn't make it a smut book. When I read YA romance, I was worried there might be too much of a focus on the physical. While I enjoy books like that from time to time, it just seems it distracts from the plot and a lot of authors don't write that kind of stuff very well. I really enjoyed Amy Rachiele's writing style. I also really liked having the switching POVs between Megan and Tonio. It's always great, to me, to get to hear the other person's point of view and what they're thinking. Such a quick and easy read that really sucks you in...just my kind of book! All in all, I'm so thankful for my free copy and I can't wait to read about what happens next for Megan and Antonio!! :D Rating: definitely 4.5/5 stars. Remember, I'm very stingy with my 5 star ratings. But this was so close, so it deserves better than just a 4 star rating. Additionally: I bought the second book, Awakening the Mobster, today and read it all in one sitting. I LOVED it!! I couldn't put it down. Make sure you pick up the second book right away!
  • Awakening the Mobster (Book 2) on Oct. 07, 2012

    Ahh!! I loved it!! I read this book in about 3 hours or so this afternoon. I got the first book in the series, Mobster's Girl, for free and it left me dying to know what happens next. I bought this book on smashwords this afternoon and read it all in one sitting. The story totally sucks you in. I love the romance aspect as well as the action aspect. I really enjoyed getting to know Vito in this book. He's such a cool character. I kept wondering: does he have a thing for Erin? He was so protective of her. Troy really got on my nerves in this book. He was such a sarcastic dick, but I guess it stems from the whole jealousy thing. He did get better towards the end. Now I'm just dying to know what is going to happen to Megan and Tonio. This book leaves you with such a cliff's unbearable. I hope Amy Rachiele is furiously writing the third book as I type this. I just have to know what happens next! Here's to hoping I don't have to wait too long! :) I really enjoy Amy Rachiele's writing style. I'm so expert on writing or the terms you're supposed to use. But I know what I like and I really like reading Amy Rachiele's writing. There's just something in her descriptions and dialogue that make it all flow so easily.
  • The First on Oct. 24, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book for one main reason and that was it's uniqueness. I've never read a book with a plot like The First. It was different in a good way. I really enjoyed Violet and learning about her powers. I was worried at first that I wasn't going to like it because of the fantasy elements, but it was quite believable and interesting. The last 1/3 of the book really sucked me in. I just couldn't stop reading. After Cassie got back from the orchard I just knew the proverbial sh*t was going to hit the fan. I didn't know the action was going to be that enthralling though. I was reading at a restaurant that was closing when I had just a little bit left and it killed me to have to stop and drive home then finish the book. Thank you to the author, Sara Zaske, for the opportunity to read such a unique story. It was most enjoyable. Sorry my review is so short. I just think I summed it up very concisely. Five stars for the action and uniqueness of the plot. Great read!
  • The Language of Souls on Dec. 18, 2012

    For this to be a novella it sure delivered a wallop! Goldfinch did a better job with world building, character building, and plot than most 300+ page books I've read. Her writing was fantastic, the plot was interesting, and the characters were relatable. Even the language barrier between main characters was written perfectly. Solena was such an interesting character. She was so strong and brave and knew exactly what she needed to do and set out to accomplish just that. Rundan was a great character as well. His struggles with his relationship with his father was definitely relatable. The love story part of it was a tad unbelievable, but then again I've never experienced something like what Solena and Rundan went through so it's hard for me to say it would be impossible to fall in love so quickly. I loved the world of Language of Souls. The explanation of the cultures and their heritage was fascinating. Again, I'm so impressed that Goldfinch did such a great job building this world in such a short novella. Basically, this novella was fantastic and you should definitely give it a go. Short, easy, and interesting read!
  • Mobster's Vendetta on July 02, 2013

    AHHH!! Why is it over?!?! I want to read more books about Megan and Tonio NOWWWWW!!! Gimme gimme!!!! Ok, enough of that silliness. I enjoyed Mobster's Vendetta very much. I just think it went too fast. I know I'm not a fast reader, but for some reason I keep getting through Rachiele's books super fast. Maybe it's because I enjoy the story so much. On that note, I absolutely cannot wait until Vito and Erin's story comes out!! YAY!!!! I'm having too much of a fangirl moment to write a proper review. I can only say I love this series and anyone else who likes a little romance mixed in with their action and drama should give it a shot.