kimberly judd


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Smashwords book reviews by kimberly judd

  • The Moon Dwellers on Dec. 23, 2012

    I was really impressed with The Moon Dwellers by David Estes. It is a beautifully written dystopian/YA/urban fantasy. The book is full of mystery, suspense, action, and the beginnings of romance. The perfect combination. I loved it and can’t wait to see what happens next. The Moon Dwellers follows Tristan and Adele, and their journey through a post-apocalyptic underground Earth after the surface is left inhabitable. They, and everyone else it seems, are trying to escape the oppression of the sun dwellers, as well as rescue Adele’s “treasonous” family. All while trying to figure out the painfully strong connection between them. The world building and storyline were very realistic and believable (except near the end). The book was great from the start. The end was a little unbelievable for me, but that in no way ruins the story. I love the characters, especially Adele and how strong she becomes. I would recommend this book to fans of the The Hunger Games and the The Uglies. I’m a sucker for dystopian novels so keep ‘em comin:)
  • Dreams of the Queen (The Brajj 1) on Jan. 03, 2014

    Dreams of the Queen is like a romantic dream turned nightmare. I found the book to be alternately thrilling, romantic, stressful, disgusting, and horrific. Dreams of the Queen is a sci-fi/time travel/horror/conspiracy/romance book. The story follows genius scientist Dr. Cassiopeia (Cass) Baros, and her journey through space and time. Plagued by dreams of an alien planet and its inhabitants, especially the handsome Brajj warrior Jeamon, she obsessively creates a worm hole that enables travel to this alien planet. From there events and characters quickly make a drastic change mostly for the worst, with the exception of the budding romance between Cass and Jeamon. The book was written in both third person and first person point of view, switching between characters. You get to see how both the aliens and the humans see things, as well as the heroes/villains. I liked the idea of detailing how each character felt in a certain situation, but at times it also felt repetitive. Switching from a narrative view to first person view was also at times awkward. The characters were well developed though some changed so drastically immediately after travelling through the wormhole (Cass, and Julian) as to be unbelievable, while others seemed to change very little. I loved the descriptions of the Brajj race, and the alien world they found themselves on. I would be interested in reading more about the alien culture, and the planet itself. The zombies were also a nice addition. I also loved the military, especially Captain Lewis, and Jeamon. I REALLY didn’t care for the very descriptive rape/murder scenes, and there were at least 3 rapes described in the book. I did not like most of the characters, although they were mostly believable. I am also a sucker for a happy ending, and Dreams of the Queen definitely did not offer that. Overall it was a thrilling entertaining read. It is fast paced, but it is definitely not for the faint of heart.