Jhonni Parker


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Smashwords book reviews by Jhonni Parker

  • A Luminous Future on June 30, 2012

    This book was incredible! "A Luminous Future" by Teodor Flonta is a narrative autobiography/memoir that recants his early life in Transylvania. I admit that a book such as this is outside my normal “comfort zone” for reading, and I wasn’t entirely convinced that I would be all that interested in it. I decided to try 1 or 2 chapters, just so I could say I tried it. Well, am I glad I did! Not only did I absolutely LOVE it, I think this is the best book I’ve read all year! The problem I always have when trying to learn about history or other cultures is that is seems really dry, or presented in a way that I can’t connect to. In this book I immediately felt like I was not only a part of the story, but a part of this wonderful family. I felt like I was Teodor, and was really experiencing life the way he did. I can’t believe how amazing this book was, and I read it in two nights (a record for me). It was PERFECTLY edited, something that is really rare in self-published books. So I give the author much credit for the professionalism in which he displayed in the publication of this novel. In my opinion it was well worth every cent and I highly recommend it to others, even if it’s not your typical read. Try it, you might be surprised. And you might learn something.
  • Blood Skies (Book 1) on Aug. 30, 2012

    This book was epic! First let me just start off by saying that I had totally sworn off the whole “vampire thing”, and let out a small groan when I realized that this post-apocalyptic/ sci-fi/fantasy novel had lots of them. But I soon realized that this was no ordinary vamp novel, in fact if they were ALL like this I’d be in heaven! THIS is dark fantasy done right! The writing was evocative and disturbing and beautifully descriptive, down to the creepiest detail. I read this book cover to cover in the course of 2 nights and am anxious to start the next asap!
  • Margaret of the North on Aug. 30, 2012

    Loved this book! Wow, I only just finished it a few hours ago and I can’t get it out of my mind! I wanted to stay forever lost in the pages of this story, never to leave. I love the way the E. Journey writes, the words seemed to almost put me in a trance at times! I was totally pulled into Margaret’s world and felt her struggles along with her as she navigated the terrain of her new life and all the conflicts that came with it. Was this book perfect? Of course not…no book is. But what it did do was provide me with hours of blissful escapism for a teeny tiny price and for me that is pure heaven! This novel is in my mind a wonderful companion to the “North and South” miniseries and stands in its own right. I’d definitely love to read more from this author in the future as she has a new fan in me!
  • Sugar and Spice: A Karma Café Novella on Jan. 22, 2013

    Dedra Hansen is the plain-jane assistant to the dashing Paul Chastain. She lusts after him, but he is getting ready to marry someone else. However, his marriage is more for business purposes and not for real love. But Dedra can’t stand the thought of him being with the woman she despises, so after she secretly tenders her resignation to his brother, she devises a plan for seduction with the help of her mysterious and quirky friend from the Karma Café. What follows is an interesting encounter that is sure to titillate and please! Easy to read, and quick paced with a satisfying conclusion, “Sugar and Spice” should be in the library of every romance lover’s collection.
  • Return of the Crown on Jan. 22, 2013

    I loved this book! Fantastic fantasy adventure suitable for all ages. The heroine, Princess Ravyn, is a teen, but this isn’t just another YA fantasy book. There is little to no angst, and it is not a romance (thank God). The writing very strong and the plot is compelling and intelligent enough for adults to be hooked as well. Recommend for fans of the fantasy genre, as well as action or adventure. Would love to read more from this author in the future.
  • Peas, Beans & Corn (Book 2 in The Sovereign Series) on Aug. 11, 2013

    This is one of those novels that will stay with you long after you have finished reading, and you will end the book 1) feeling that you had just been to another place with new friends, and 2) wishing there was more. I hope the author continues this series and I was happy to have discovered her and her books! There is a charming simplicity to the story, and I liked that it was set in the small town and everyone had their little groups and clubs to show the roles of the people and their interactions on day to day life. At times I thought the story could benefit from more heightened tension in order to really propel the story forward, and there were a lot of characters to keep track of (that were often referred to by first and last name, which I though was a tad odd). This is definitely a different type of book in terms of writing style and narration, but the characters are likeable enough and quirky (always a bonus), and the charming setting is described in lyrical detail. Recommend for fans of women’s fiction and romance.
  • The Sense of Touch on Aug. 11, 2014

    I thought it was really impressive how the author Ron Parsons was able to create such vivid scenes, and how he can create wholly new atmosphere and characters in such a short time span and do it so convincingly. Each story felt fresh and new and like we are getting snapshots of these characters lives that are taken at just the exact right moment. The ‘money shot’ if you will. Loved the fast pace of the plots and the writing; there’s no room for needless prose, thank goodness. (I’ve read too many authors who think ‘more is more’. No it isn’t!) You can practically taste the air as the characters moved and walked around, and I was entranced by how everything unfolded. Definitely worth reading, and I highly recommend it!