Amy O'Neal


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Smashwords book reviews by Amy O'Neal

  • Aaron & Keja: Time Dragon (Orgarlan Saga: Book 1) on June 07, 2012

    I picked up this book because the story seemed interesting. The story begins with a group of elves causing a dragon to go between worlds, with the intent of killing the dragon. They lose the dragon when they get into the other world and are followed to there by a group of orcs. The ending of the book seems, to me, that it should have been the beginning of the next book. I think the last chapter of the book should have been cut out and put into the second book of the story. I understand that you are trying to get interest in the next book, but the story should have an ending that does not seem as if it should keep on going. The story that was written was good. The writing, however, suffers some grammatical, spelling and word usage issues. I understand that the words ‘through’ and ‘threw’ sound the same, but they have very different meanings. The author of this book should have spent a little money and hired a good copy editor to clean up the grammar and other errors that were scattered throughout the book. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to reading the second book of the series. I would hope that the author takes note, and fixes some of the grammatical issues that are in the book. It would make the book a little less difficult to read. For the story line, I would give this book a 4 out of 5, but the grammar and other errors reduce my enjoyment of the book by about a point, so the book ends up getting a 3 out of 5.
  • Fire: The Collapse on June 07, 2012

    I received a copy of the William Esmont book Fire (Elements of the Undead Book One) so I could review it. The book started out switching from character to character. The plot came together quite well once all the characters were introduced. At the end of the book, there were two groups of people who were totally separate, and I still am trying to figure out how the two groups are associated. This is one of the questions that are left unanswered at the end of the story. The basis of the book is when a disease is started (created?) that turn humans into flesh-eating zombies. The story is about the people who survive the initial onslaught and how they survive in the wake of this disaster. Add to it that many of the US major cities have been nuked to try and circumvent the takeover of the zombies and you have an interesting read. The book left many questions to be answered as I read through it, and quite a few of those were left unanswered at the end of the book. They author has already stated that he is planning on writing both a prequel and a sequel to this book, so I hope that some of the questions will be answered in one or both of those books. Overall, the book was well written and enjoyable to read. However, there are several scenes that are fairly sexually graphic in terms of how they are written. These could have been toned down to make this a little more accessible to people who do not appreciate explicitness in their reading. I would rate this book at a 3.5 out of 5.
  • Witch Book (Orgarlan Saga: Book 2) on June 07, 2012
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    I picked up this book because I had read the first book and enjoyed the story. This is the second book in the Orgarlan series. You can find my review of the first book, Aaron & Keja, here. This story began with a totally different main character. I had been expecting the characters from the first book, but they did not appear in this book at all. Now, don't take this as a bad thing as it's not meant as such. The character that was focused on in this book was a logical choice. After her cousin caused things to go wrong in a ritual, she left home and this is the story about her travels. The story itself was again good, but once again in this book, the grammar and spelling mistakes were present. The mistakes were less and didn't appear until later in the story, so I think the author took the previous criticisms of her English usage into account when starting this book. Again, spending a little bit of money for a good copy editor is recommended. Overall, I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to the next book of the series to see how the two stories will be tied together. While the grammar and spelling improved in this book, I would hope the author would take into account these criticisms and improve even more. For the story line, I will rate the story a 4 out of 5, but once again the grammar and spelling issues reduce my enjoyment of the book, but not quite as badly as the first book. I think I will reduce the rating by a half point, so that makes my overall rating a 3.5 out of 5.