Theresa Grisanti

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Smashwords book reviews by Theresa Grisanti

  • The Accidental Siren on Oct. 16, 2012

    The best books are the ones you can't stop reading. You just have to know what is going to happen next. The Accidental Siren is all of that. Vander Ark has created a story that you can't stop reading with characters that you love and hate. James, the leading character, is adorable and you just want to hug him. Mara is alluring and psychotic all at the same time. I love complex characters and all of these were point on in their multi-layered personalities. I have to admit I was reluctant to read this story. I don't enjoy pubescent love stories. They don't call to me even though I do enjoy a good adolescent sci-fi or fantasy story. I guess the throw back to romance in those awkward days are just too much for my damaged teenage psyche. This story is different in that you can relate to difficulties of the young people in a way that reminds you it wasn't just you that had troubles in your teens. Vander Ark is a talented writer with a wonderful gift for crafting with the written word. I am excited that he has chosen to write as a means for his passion. I look forward to reading his other books and finding more great gems from this young man.
  • Your Mark On The World, Stories of service that show us how to give more with a purpose without giving up what's most important. on Oct. 22, 2012

    If you have ever thought there was someway you could serve in your community or beyond, this book will tell you just how to do it. As we start to see the ways in which our lives are blessed by abundance, there are many ways we can give back. I have been seeing this trend in my own community. This is the first book I have come across that has been supportive and informational without preaching about obligation or making the reader feel guilty about not doing enough. As the author says, every little bit helps but if you plan you can make an even bigger impact on one cause that is close to your heart. The conversational style of this book makes it very readable and offers wonderful advice on how to arrange your life to serve. I enjoyed how the author alternated between real life stories of families and individuals who made their influence in the world and sound advice on managing your affairs to make a life of service possible. The stories helped me to see the possibilities in my own life and inspired me to begin taking action. There was a time I tried to serve through my career but it didn't fit me personally. I like the idea of choosing to serve through my personal time and including my family in the mission. There are so many opportunities here and in communities all over. The suggestion to include your travel in your mission of service, if you like to travel, as a great way to see the world and help at the same time. This is a wonderful book and fits well into the trend of giving. A quick read that will lift your spirit and make you feel like you can change the world.
  • Broken Promises on Nov. 29, 2012

    Belinda Boring, you wicked writer. This is a story filled will all the things that make people love romance novels. It's steamy, unpredictable and a unique storyline. I love how you presented a different perception of Fae. The passion between the characters Bri and Quinn is palpable and will leave more than one woman wishing she could find a love that intense. I stayed up two nights in a row unable to stop reading just to find out what happens next. **Spoiler Alert** I had to know if Bri would be able to save the Quinn she once knew despite how horrible he becomes. I mean I really started to hate this guy. At least once I wished I was Liam when he tazered the guy. He really deserved to get his butt kicked. Then you left me hanging. Ms. Boring tell me you are coming out the the second book soon. I need to know. The situation seems so hopeless. There has to be a way out and I need to know how the Guardians save the day...if they can. BTW, amazing story. The characters are believable and complex. The storyline is compelling. The terror inflicted on the human race left me desperate to know the outcome. Bravo! Another great tale. I was provided a copy of this book by Promotional Book Tours for review. All opinions are 100% my own and no other compensation was provided.
  • Enlightened on Dec. 05, 2012

    There really is something alluring about vampires...and a little scary. In the paranormal genre we get accustomed to all the common "truths" we have grown up with about witches, vampires, healers, shapeshifters, and werewolves. These are tested and twisted when Lummis introduces us to a mythical new life form that will intrigue the reader. Lummis takes some liberties when she introduces a pack of enlightened vampires, working toward the spiritual growth and enlightenment of the world alongside hippies, a guru and yoginis. Amazingly, it works. You can feel the caring and connection they have with each other and for good. This close knit group of vampires, witches and healers work to save the world form a demented mind older than all of them. Enlightened is a well written story with surprises around every turn. I was up late three nights in a row reading until my eyes could not be propped open. If you are a paranormal genre reader you will enjoy this story immensely and, I imagine, the sequels she promises to deliver. I received this book in exchange for my honest review. These opinions are 100% my own.