Denise Pappas


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Smashwords book reviews by Denise Pappas

  • Finding Fiona on Nov. 29, 2011

    I won this ebook off of a Member's Giveaway on Librarything. Finding Fiona is a novella about a girl, Fiona, who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of her life. She eventually learns that her parents had been working on a human replication machine and that they were murdered because of it. I really wish that this was longer than it was. As a reader it was a little difficult for me to fully connect with the characters because there wasn't as much background and description as I would have liked there to be. I really think that this would be really amazing as a full novel. Just from reading Finding Fiona I can tell that Emily Ann Ward is definitely an author to watch.
  • Irreparable Harm (A Legal Thriller) on Dec. 04, 2011

    I won this book through a LibraryThing Member's Giveaway. I am so glad that I won this book. I am a big fan of legal thrillers and this book is an amazing legal thriller. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. This book follows Sasha McCandless, an attorney at a large legal firm. The airline that Sasha's firm represents has just had one of their planes crash, and now Sasha's firm must defend the airline against a lawsuit. Lawsuits aren't the only thing that Sasha has to fight against. Sasha discovers some information about a certain suspicious program that was installed in the crashed airplane and finds herself fighting against attacks by people who don't want her to dig any further. Melissa Miller gives the reader a glance into what it is like to work in a law firm. She doesn't overdue the legal jargon, and she makes it interesting to the reader. Miller throws in many twists and turns that will leave Sasha and the reader wondering who to trust. The reader can see that Miller definitely knows her stuff.
  • Saturation on Dec. 10, 2011

    I won this ebook from a Library Thing Member's giveaway. I was interested in this book because of the fact that alcoholism runs in my family. I've always been curious of what life was like for them with their struggles with alcohol but I've always been too afraid to ask them. This book helped me better understand what they are going through. Jennifer Place, in this memoir, writes about her struggles with alcohol; from going to jail, to being in and out of treatment facilities. Place doesn't hold back in the book, she describes her struggle with such honesty that you as a reader feel that you are taking her journey with her. At times I felt myself a tad annoyed with her when she would use biting words at others but that's just who she is and she doesn't apologize for it. The ending seemed a little abrupt to me, but I would love to in the future hear more about her journey
  • Promise Me Eternity on March 15, 2012

    Everybody wants something from Dr. Simon Patterson; his wife, Helen, wants him to make more money so she can have better things, his chief at the hospital wants him to just concentrate on being a neurosurgeon, and his assistant, Jerry, wants Simon to let him become an associate. With all these people harping on him for something Simon finds himself running into the arms of Christine Vucci, the wife of local mobster Carlo Vucci. In the end no one is safe from all the revenge going around. There are many characters in this book which at first had me a little confused but once I got used to all the characters I was hooked at how all their lives seemed intricately connected. While the book is mainly about Simon it does also follow the relationships of others and some glimpses into the lives of the other characters. Throughout many of the relationships in the book there seemed to be one character that was controlling and the other that seemed weak. This can be seen through the many romantic relationships, i.e Simon and Helen, Anita and Jerry, Carlo and Christine. I liked the contrasting of the controlling and weak characters. I loved the action in this book, it was fast-paced and I couldn't get enough of it. I also liked that with the action there was also some mystery, like who really killed Helen? I have to say that I was surprised when it was finally revealed who killed her. In regards to Simon's arrest and trial, from what I had read I didn't think the police really did have enough evidence to arrest them and really not enough to try him for murder. That is probably just the paralegal student in me though. I was happy to see some characters get their revenge in the end. In the end those characters who were driven to do deceitful things get knocked down a notch. Overall this is a fast-paced book that jumps into the action right away. Readers are shown characters with different wants and just how far they are willing to go get what they want. For some of these characters you'd get chills just to see how far they are willing to go. [I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.]
  • Kitsune-Tsuki on Oct. 26, 2012

    Before reading this book I had not read any Japanese folklore, so this book was something completely new to me. I am really glad that I decided to try something new. Even though I had no knowledge of Japanese folklore or the Japanese language before reading this I still found this book to be really interesting and fairly easy to read. I did make sure to have a Japanese to English dictionary handy while reading this book but I don't think it is necessary in order to read the book (I just wanted to fully comprehend everything). The only problem I had with this book (which is really a short story) is that the ending felt a bit abrupt to me, I was so hooked in the story that when the ending came I was like "Wait, I want more!" I would recommend this book to people interested in Japanese folklore, even if you haven't read any before. (I received this book from a Librarything Member Giveaway, that does not affect the content of my review in any way.)