Leila Brenner


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Smashwords book reviews by Leila Brenner

  • Guiamo on June 21, 2013

    Okay, bare with me. This one is difficult. I need to find the right words. I have to be honest. The first few pages of this book? I hated it. I couldn’t pronounce the words/names. I was frustrated. I put it down and walked away. If I didn’t have to write this review, I don’t think I would have picked it back up to read. (Just being honest.) THANKFULLY, I had to write this review so I had to pick it back up and finish it. I really, really, really enjoyed reading this book. (Even though I still struggle with names and words!) I cannot explain the story line. It isn’t romance. It isn’t suspense. It isn’t drama. It isn’t science fiction. The best way for me to describe it to my husband was “historical fiction” that had some true historical parts intertwined with the fictional story. Additionally, I felt that the book was riddled with little life lessons that were meant for the main character in the book, but really left me thinking about it for days after reading it. I really truly enjoyed this book (and I hate history and never paid attention to it in school) and was actually upset with the ending because it just ended (fortunately, I can purchase the Kindle versions for the next three on Amazon so I’m okay now!) I very much so would recommend this to others and will hopefully be getting hubby to read it because he enjoys history and I think he would very much enjoy this historical fiction that follows young Guiamo on his life lessons. Disclosure: I received a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
  • River Magic on Aug. 12, 2013

    I’m not entirely sure what to classify this book. And I’m not entirely sure how to share my feelings on this book. The book was long and drawn out, but not in a bad way. It was a good read. Enjoyable. But it was really long and nothing of pure interest got my attention until the end. Literally, the last 4-5 pages of the end. That is where I got hooked and will be grabbing the next book to see how it continues. There wasn’t drama, action, suspense. It just was. It was a story of two girls. It was a good story about two girls, but not with a lot of the normal book “stuff”. It is something I would read again and as I mentioned, I will be picking up the next book (False Magic) to see what happens in the continuation because I have grown to care for these two girls. Overall, because I did like the story and I did become attached to the girls and because I am dying to know what happens, I give this book a 3.5-4 rating out of 5.