Kelly Lester

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Smashwords book reviews by Kelly Lester

  • The Tribe on Aug. 10, 2011
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    This book really landed in the right lap. As you loyal followers know, I am a huge animal person. About the only animal I’m not really all that into are cats. This book is mainly about kitties. The message in the book though, is for every responsible pet owner. It’s aimed at the young adult demographic but I found it to be a rather enjoyable read at my ripe old age. This book is wonderfully written and the characters (the animals) really jump off the page at you. It’s a delightful and responsible book and perfect timing for the problems we face today. What I liked: I love the message of this book and I find it very interesting that the author chose to tell it while focusing on our kids since they will be the ones to fix problems like this. It’s a good story and well thought out. Heartwarming. What I disliked: This wasn’t my personal cup of tea and I feel uncomfortable writing this review because of that. If you are interested in this book and looking to my review to decide your purchase, please read other reviewers of this story along with mine.
  • Half-Inch on Aug. 10, 2011
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    This is a short story of a woman who is at the end of her rope because of her abusive, alcoholic husband. But she has a plan and she’s going to off him and bury him, truck and all in a hole that she has dug. She has this plan figured out down to the “T.” The problem? Murphy’s Law strikes and it doesn’t quite go as she wanted so she has to quickly start relying on Plan B, and maybe even Plan C. It’s an interesting, nail biting, well written story but, I’m not quite sure of one thing. Why? There’s no moral to the story or bad ending or good ending. It just ends and it left me wondering if I was missing the purpose to this book. What I liked: Once the “murder” was happening, things moved quickly and with a great deal of excitement. There was a good amount of build up and intrigue. Lots of holding your breath type moments. What I disliked: I think this is one of those books where the story is good, but highly improbable and as I said, I am still wondering what the purpose of the story even was.
  • Monster Story on Aug. 10, 2011
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    I read a fellow reviewer’s review on this book just to weigh our opinions against one another, and then I read another and another and then with my opinion, I think I can safely report that everyone agrees that this book should be considered a “cozy” horror story that has a sort of backwoods redneck horror atmosphere. You know the scene, someone is dead, a bunch of characters go “hunting” in the scary, dark woods. Some live, some die, some meet the monster that goes bump in the night. That’s how this story reads. It’s a good, familiar type read while introducing us to some fun characters, some that make it, some that don’t and a truly crazy monster (that’s crazy in a spooky, don’t turn the lights off sort of way). Throughout it all though, there is a unique and likeable writing style and if you are a lover of scary movies, this book is for you. What I disliked: I am a lover of characters in my books, but I am finding many authors that seem to be throwing in character after character for no reason. That is sort of the case here, except because some of the characters are victims, I sort of am okay with it. But I can’t help but wonder if it really would have made that big of a difference if there were less characters and still the amount of victims if it would have been so bad? The book for me was slow in some spots. I felt there could have been better flow to the story. Now having said that, I’m going to turn around and compliment the writer on an excellent writing style that presented the story in a unique yet familiar way. Perhaps a slightly shorter tale would have been better. What I liked: I really liked a point of view in the story that was presented from the monster’s side. Yes, it’s been done, but this was done well and I appreciated it. This book is a classic horror story written in a unique way by an author who has proven herself to me to be special. I will speak nothing derogatory about this author and indeed, I am hoping on the fan bandwagon. Maybe I’m not sitting in the front seat, but I’m still on the wagon.
  • Of Witches and Warlocks: The Trouble with Spells on Aug. 10, 2011
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    This is a YA novel that I got as a freebie when I read about it on a book tour. This is apparently its second printing. It sports a new and much improved (if you ask me) cover and supposedly has fixed grammatical and spelling errors. Um…I found quite a few spelling and grammatical errors in the book and while I don’t think I’m an expert in English, I easily found these so they really should be repaired. We meet Portia as she turns a sweet 16. She gets quite the birthday present too. First, she finds out she’s a witch and not only that, but she gets her very own warlock, one hot tamale by the name of Vance. Vance has some family problems, like his Dad hunting him down to either convert him over to the black arts or to kill him. Whichever comes first. We meet Portia’s friends in her high school and her adorable Grandmother who is also a witch (oh, did I forget to mention? So is her Dad. Mom isn’t but she knows all about everything going on around her.). There are some very tender, romantic love scenes between Portia and Vance, I’m talking very tender. There are some life lessons built in too. The best part of the book was the exciting end of the story which involves the actual death of some characters. This book is great fun, although a tad slow in the beginning, it winds up in an exciting ending that while a tad predicable, was still fun. This is a fun first book in the series and I imagine, will drive teens crazy with “what will Vance and Portia do next?” questions. This is a mix of the House of Night series, the Twilight series and the Immortals series. Teens will probably go absolutely crazy about this book. What I liked: I am SO gratefully that the teens in this story aren’t whiney poor me types that are in a lot of YA novels. That teen angst thing is OVER. I loved the “exciting” scenes because they really were exciting and kept me, as a reader, turning page after page. What I disliked: Sometimes I felt the author got a little too descriptive with things. The blow by blow, for example, between Portia and EMTs I found to be interesting on one level, but probably slow and unnecessary for the book. There were a few unnecessary descriptions for the book. It felt like the author had to get in a word count on her writing or something. It didn’t take away from the story, and it was a relatively quick read at just about 200 pages, so it wasn’t a huge deterrent to the book. I wasn’t very fond of the “cliffhanger” at the end of the story either. I was already hooked into the next books anyway. The cliffhanger really wasn’t necessary at that point.