Jennifer Hyndman


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Holidayland Apocalypse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,750. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
Welcome to Holidayland! --where you check out, but you might not check back in. The holidays are in danger of being wiped out by the humans. Can the creatures of Holidayland implore the Halloween monsters for help? Perhaps maybe some bodyguards? With Guardian angels, gremlins and rainbow toots, someone is bound to have a solution. Too bad for the humans that its insane.

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Smashwords book reviews by Jennifer Hyndman

  • The True Light Chronicles on Dec. 28, 2012

    Irregardless of fame or notoriety, you can tell when a writer has left a piece of him or herself in the book. A real piece. When someone writes so intently that soulprints, like fingerprints, are left then you are given two gifts--a story, and an introduction to an authors real mind. Like a portal into the subconscious, this book was a macabre dive into the unknown. From the beginning I was reading about regular people who evolved nicely into something more...yet they stayed true to their roles, as dark as some of those roles were. Their personalities stayed stable and true while their deeper powers didn't own them. What I mean is that when some writers add mystical elements to their stories, the powers and magic become all the story is about. They drown the characters. Not this story. Not at ALL. In fact, it got more insane and twisted the further I read. I had to read one section twice because it was so intense. The story starts out on the road, and you get the idea that these travelers are not ordinary humans. Though, from their encounters with people, they show more depth in character than any of them. Dark, macabre war beneath the flip-side of the reality you look at every day. There is lots of real, believable (yay)dialog, You get to truly enter the minds of each character, and its perfect. I don't normally leave reviews but sometimes a good book comes up that I want to share. I HIGHLY highly suggest giving this book a read, give it a few pages and it will draw you in. It was a nice break away from the cliche books that seem to be popping up all over the place. If you like dark, paranormal fantasy action thrillers you will LOVE THIS!!!
  • Vagabond Boy: Memoir of a Youth's Journey Through a Heartland of Chaos on Feb. 01, 2013

    Hands down, this story has the best use of euphemism I have ever read. Flawless writing in that the thoughts the author has penned are fluid and graceful with enough detail to literally paint portraits in your mind. You will SEE what he wants you to see, and without a trace of doubt in my mind you will FEEL what he wants you to feel. What an amazing artist of words, this novel being his masterpiece. So that you understand what I mean by his poetic use of euphemism here is one paragraph. He is talking about something very deep while delving into a challenging subject and I copied that as an idea of euphemism for those who are not familiar with the term. "Many young parents tend to start out with poorly-equipped kitchens containing only the barest essentials, often having inherited the equipment from their own parents. This can be a disadvantage for the livestock under their care but the natural motivational juices and resilience of boys and girls can sometimes compensate for these shortcomings, unless it becomes obvious that their caretakers have absolutely no business in the kitchen. In such cases the dish they produce may be unfit for even the simplest meal, let alone the grand banquet of life. Then salvaging the best that a child has to offer at the banquet to come depends upon other chefs and the inner resources of the child." I laughed out loud and one point I cried. He is magic with words and I wish EVERY PARENT could read this. Every parent. It was captivating, moving, and my goodness I can't figure out how to leave a review good enough to entice you to take a chance and read this. One line that made me laugh out loud during a touching a sad scene about his mother was this: "...she only punished me when I needed it, like when I threw a hammer at my brother." I think I've fallen in love with this author's words. I've never read anything quite so soul-stirring. To be at the dusk of your life and, when confronted with mortality, to comprehend that you did not truly live as you realize you should have, but as you thought you should have or were forced to terrifies me. Vagabond Boy brought me to this soul stirring epiphany. I feel like I owe this author a favor because, as I read, my very heart was somehow pulled into the journey and somehow it changed me a little. I could go on and on about why you should read it and tell you all about the wayfaring but I'd like to tell you this instead: don't discover that you have forced a way of life upon yourself or your youth because you feel that is what you need or deserve or whatnot. I say to you, live. Look. Look at the colors everywhere, hope Ali Babba doesn't attack you and reflect on how impossibly fast mothers are. Moms are like rabid animals when you make them angry but his renderings of such things are EPIC. When his mother catches him and how, you will actually enter the child's world and leave yours. Fact. AND you will laugh. Vagabond Boy is about more than living or traveling or discovering or dying, it's about that little thing inside of your human body called a soul. This author left a piece of his life here and even the trials and pain are written in such a way that when the book is finished it will, WILL, have forever touched you. I felt every emotion a book could reap from me; humor, sadness, worry, all of it. I implore you to read the first free excerpt from Amazon (click on the cover) and when I say its gets even better, it does. I had more fun reading this book than I did reading Terry Goodkind's Confessor!! Just so you know, that means A LOT. Two more excerpts so you can have a taste of how the author can bring you into a scene (this is a hospital scene): "Our regular bedtime hour arrived, but I wasn't able to sleep after the lights were turned out. I just laid there worrying. When the nurse came in later she noticed me still awake and said she would see if she could find something to help me sleep. She came back later with a pill and made me roll over. Then I felt the pill pushed up my behind like a turd going the wrong way. I didn't like it at all and figured the nurse was new and didn't know that pills should be swallowed with water like the St. Joseph's Aspirin my mother used to give me at home. I told the nurse to ask Bea to show her how pills should be given, but she left the room without answering me. Soon I went to sleep." (a few paragraphs later, I don't want to ruin it for you) "My mind catapulted awake in absolute terror and I was screaming that there was no air to breathe. I knew I was dying and would absolutely be dead in the next second if I couldn't find a breath. Blackness and panic enveloped me and I started thrashing from side to side. My body bucked in the blackness, demanding a breath, and I tried with all my strength to sit up but something stronger was pressing on my face and I couldn't lift my head up even an inch. Then I felt something pushing against my chest that was preventing me from sitting up. I tried to scream again but no sound came out. My heart pounded in my ears and felt like it was about to burst as though I had stayed underwater too long and the black water was rushing in. I'd be gone in the next second and now that second was here as the terror flooded through me and I choked and gagged..."
  • Lest The Dew Rust Them on April 01, 2013
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    Enter the crime scene. It's a beheading and there are tripod marks on the floor in the blood. Terrorism? The author smoothly, quickly and concisely paints each character and scene in the book so that you do more than read about them, you understand them. Rather than spend pages on character development this author effectively achieves the same effect within just a few paragraphs. I LOVE how he switches between character perspectives at exactly the right time so you get the round-robin effected scene. You see it from each vantage of each character and it works! It keeps you going further into the chapter and eventually you'll be in chapter 4 wondering how you got there so fast. This entire book was nothing but entertaining. That's why I had to leave a review, so that I can thank the author. I have never read a crime-type book that I liked and this book was so good that it's going on my favorites shelf. I'm reading it again for bedtime reading because I felt I read it too fast the first time. I just wanted to share how fun this was and I'm thoroughly impressed at the story-telling of this new author.
  • Paradise Squandered on April 04, 2013
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    First of all, I was expecting a teenage drama and boy did I get more than I bargained for. What a beautiful, funny, deep and well-written story of the human condition. There are so many different personalities covered from the aspiring to the aimless. Written so well it was like reading poetry. I was really blown away that there was only one review. It was so nice to stumble across this, I feel like I found an treasure except I want to share it!!!!
  • Educating Autumn on April 22, 2013

    Well written with a backdrop that reminded me of Little Women. You follow the story of Autumn and Orien and you get to experience the vantage point of each. Orien purchases Autumn after becoming infatuated with her and her mind. Around them, other marriages are experiencing things ranging from horrific abuse to rapes and miscarriages. It's hard for Autumn to comprehend these things until it becomes very real to her in the worst way. Orien strives to be the best husband and after a long separation they begin to work on building the new marriage as well as build and forge love. The lives of all involved become intertwined and many changes occur after much struggle. Their lives seem like the days of Little Women where morals and God are highly defined. In the end I was left with an incredibly beautiful romance that was sprinkled with the life and times of Autumns sisters and their friends. Great editing and just a smooth, very entertaining read.