Larissa

Where to find Larissa online


Books

This member has not published any books.

Smashwords book reviews by Larissa

  • Ties To The Blood Moon on Dec. 01, 2011

    3.5 STARS: A very enjoyable read, I recommend you check it out. I really liked reading Ties to the Blood Moon. I greatly enjoyed Robin Waldrop’s spin on the werewolf/vampire myths, all the creatures had a detailed history, and I love backstory in books. The settings are beautiful and very well written, I love Alaska and New Mexico, but I haven’t read many books in those locations, so that was a treat. I loved the interactions with Luna and her brothers, and the multiple minor characters that all have distinct personalities. Also, this book had one of those Oh-My-God-that’s-so-awesome! Moments for me. In the book there is mention of a small Alaskan town called Tok, which I have actually been to and remember very well for their amazing BBQ ribs, so that was cool! What I didn’t enjoy so much from this book was that there was so much information going on at once that it was a bit confusing to keep track of it at times. Also, the main character, Genevieve, though coping with many traumas, it felt as if she cried every other chapter which got a little annoying after a while. That being said it was a fun exciting read, with a killer plot twist at the end that I totally didn’t see coming. I will definitely be continuing on with the series to find out what happens next. I would recommend this book especially to lovers of urban fantasy and of the werewolf/vampire myths.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper on Dec. 05, 2011

    4.5 STARS: A really great read, I highly recommend! From the moment I picked up this book I was instantly drawn into the story. Don’t Fear the Reaper opens with the protagonist, Keely, taking her own life, and reflecting on the things that lead to that moment. The pain she felt throughout the book felt very real to me even though in most of the book she is “living” through very different situations than one generally faces. Michelle Muto’s writing is absolutely beautiful, and all the characters have depth and are well developed. I really don’t have anything negative to say about this book. It brought me close to tears on more than one occasion, and I can count with the fingers on one hand the books that have made me cry. I could also relate to this book on a more personal level because I am a twin myself, and felt I understood Keely’s connection with her sister very well. One thing that set this book apart for me and made me love it was that it was in no way a cookie-cutter YA novel. It was original and raw, and the author did not put anything in that took your attention away from the plot to add interest when it didn’t need it. Once you read YA for a while, you really start to appreciate it when an author relies purely on their own originality and ideas and doesn’t go to any “plot formulas” to lead their story on. In short, this is a beautifully written, emotion-evoking book, and I highly recommend it.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper on Dec. 05, 2011

    From the moment I picked up this book I was instantly drawn into the story. Don’t Fear the Reaper opens with the protagonist, Keely, taking her own life, and reflecting on the things that lead to that moment. The pain she felt throughout the book felt very real to me even though in most of the book she is “living” through very different situations than one generally faces. Michelle Muto’s writing is absolutely beautiful, and all the characters have depth and are well developed. I really don’t have anything negative to say about this book. It brought me close to tears on more than one occasion, and I can count with the fingers on one hand the books that have made me cry. I could also relate to this book on a more personal level because I am a twin myself, and felt I understood Keely’s connection with her sister very well. One thing that set this book apart for me and made me love it was that it was in no way a cookie-cutter YA novel. It was original and raw, and the author did not put anything in that took your attention away from the plot to add interest when it didn’t need it. Once you read YA for a while, you really start to appreciate it when an author relies purely on their own originality and ideas and doesn’t go to any “plot formulas” to lead their story on. In short, this is a beautifully written, emotion-evoking book, and I highly recommend it.
  • A Little Magic on Jan. 08, 2012

    3.5 STARS: A very enjoyable read, I recommend you check it out. A Little Magic is a fun, quick, Middle Grade/YA novel about a teenager who discovers she has an extraordinary power, and must help restore a sacred Jewel to the realm of Faerie. Valerie Gillen added many entertaining elements into this story. I loved reading about Siobhan’s step dancing, even though it was not a central focus of the story, it was fun to learn a bit about that art form. Bartholome definitely added a lot of comic relief in the story too – what isn’t funny about a cat that speaks in a British accent? I liked the fresh spin on magic that Valerie Gillen had in her story. I always love seeing the different versions of myths and fairytales, like the Fae, and how they get interpreted through novels. There was also a plot twist that brought the story together like the last piece in a puzzle that I didn’t see coming! Overall, I would recommend reading this book if you are looking for a quick, entertaining read with a little magic thrown in! It would also be a great book for younger readers (around 8 and up) to enjoy as well.