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  • Trapped in a Dream on May 25, 2010

    I got this for free during 'Read an Ebook Week' and do not think it is worth $7.99. I give the author props for a neat premise and a very gripping prologue, but as I got further into the book it started to drag a little. The dream sequences were not as interesting as the real-life mystery, and certain turns of phrase made it clear that English is not the author's native language. The book has promise, but it needs a bit of an edit, and at a commercial-level price like this one, readers deserve a book that's had one. I checked the author's website and she seems like a neat person, I will keep an eye out for her other stuff. But this book imho is not worth $7.99 in its current state.
  • Travels in Ghana on Jan. 17, 2011

    Travels in Ghana is a simple but charming account of a woman's travels in Ghana in 2009. The book is a quick, but interesting read full of interesting characters. The author's driver, Stanley, was especially well described and it was great fun following them across the countryside together. Each chapter dealt with a different phase of the trip and many of the chapters included photographs. Cultural details about life in Ghana were incorporated when necessary and did not detract from the narrative or overwhelm it in any way. Ghana is a country many people would not think to visit on their own. I was interested to learn more about it and really felt like I was right there along with the author on her trip. The book ended with a short chapter on tips for travelers that was a helpful bonus.
  • Vampire General: Intern with the Vampire on June 12, 2011

    Great concept, and an intriguing fantasy world. Well-written too. But most of the characters are extremely unlikeable, and I got tired of the unremitting nastiness. Not sure why the author made that choice, but it didn't work for me. There was plenty of drama just in the premise itself, so I'm not sure why the characters all had to be so horrible.