martin xiong

Smashwords book reviews by martin xiong

  • Ninja Girl: The Nine Wiles on March 27, 2015

    5/5 OH EM JESUS. One of the most thrillingly action-packed adventures I've read. Why aren't there more reviews?! It's sweet, stupidly young love blossoming into an inevitable tragedy (though unfinished--so who knows?). It's that intense lotus kinda flame that bursts into a million freakin' hot and heavy beautiful hues, quickly burning everything down into Ash. Despite the common theme of 'ninja,' ("HELLO?!" generic themes: tycoon, sheik, vampire/werewolf, 'ETC.') one can't help but marvel at the immature characterization of sixteen year-old Ashley--and fall for her!!! Seriously, one gets dragged along stealthily, before that plot unexpectedly twists shadowed surprise and readied pain into your back. If it's seemingly sluggish for a story--wait for it--duh, it's worth it. I was thoroughly impressed with how the female protagonist, weak and bumblingly pathetic, ended up severing restraining ties that made her who she was, a simpleton sixteen year old in highschool, and ultimately becoming the badass you so yearn for her to finally accept that she is completely. Good story? Yeah. Great story? No. (Unfinished, but well loved, DUH) Future Kick-Ass Legend? No doubt.
  • Emily's Diary: Confessions of an Emotional Predator on Aug. 20, 2015

    Upsetting. Rather very well AND completely upsetting. But all in the end, the book serves up a good dose of reality, that people are cold, and they're mean, and unemotional, but everyone is also very much human. Screw philosophy and so forth, this book was good in general. Sure, sure--in the end, this book may never see the daylight of any possible reward, but it is definitely revealing and satisfactory. The way it all ends is completely untoward--an awry but solid ending to a story that seemed initially exciting and emotionally grating (tears and sorrow clearly excluded), but it was in itself a good adventure of malicious insight. NO SPOILER here, but the confession in its entirety makes you think more than twice of all the human missteps we take with one another, whether purposefully or accidently, additively with whether or not it be some relished fondness for aggressive debasement and cruelty, or altogether an accidental explosion of tragedies stacked mishappenly. I'm unsure in the end what this review means, actually, but I give it a good full five stars! Read it people, it's pretty damned good reading.
  • A Trip Back to Snowy Pines (Book II in the Christmas Village Trilogy) on Sep. 16, 2015

    Your books are genuinely good reads, and HEY, I know there's be haters out there--b-u--u-t, aside from that, there's always a ways with the good 'ol pick-n- choose-of-choice. And I think these cleanly written stories are engrossing in their completely honest and enchanting premonitions-like-ish (let's just pretend these words are real). A.K.A. - all in all, I find these stories to be quite refreshing, from both dialogue to the quick turn-around of strange events becoming reality. It's really, really sweet, and I hope you continue to impress with yoir already impressively clean-slate writing style. After all, it's like an unexpectedly chill and fresh summer reprieve of stark downpour as compared to the stifling dross conjured up by one-too-many an ingenuine author (those who clearly etch works just shy of plagiarised content that isn't even worth reading, unless one seeks to gorge themselves upon FIFTY repetitive scenes of 'sticks-n-holes'. Keep on writing, I love this series!
  • IceFlight on Sep. 16, 2015

    Grammar and tidbits here and there about tossed aside, this book is very, VERY good. Some of the terms were hard to latch onto on their, that is without having had the wonderful insight of a highly sarcastic but super smart kick-ass heroine-ish. And she definitely IS NOT a wilting violet. She's supa cool-headed, even despite the alien (ha, ALIEN...) allure of well...aliens!!! It's so sweet and yet thrilling the obvious bloom of character development between the two mains. Keep writing! I'm gonna smoozh on over to your other Altar Iron works. Well done!
  • Last Dance of the Roses on Feb. 15, 2016

    "Very, very, VERY good...," could have been the singular phrase used to depict the emotional charge and unaffected realism in this book. The only factor dividing morbid decency from an intact and irrefutable reason to cherish this story is the plain despair of the story's hastened structure. It's good no doubt, that being the premise perhaps alone? Better a question of fulsome delivery rather than a disingenuous sense of honest pickpocket-peddling. The entire thing was rushed, and that in itself was the downfall. The plot needed little review. It was good overall, but evidence to the contrary of a ballerina's naked ardor toward a tenuous career fraught with numerous egos and selfish wants within an equally all the more competitive dance universe (the former thought was to emphasize the obvious but pleasurable struggles of an artist/performer overcoming trials of the inner critic) was fleshed out well enough: lost thoughts missing little punctuation but for certain words (not on my end, but absence due to either negligence steered by speed publication and even speedier editing or lack thereof), certain expectancies of bursting plot twists becoming obvious in character dialogue--especially the would-be almost fairy like creature Rose, and last and but nevertheless foremost, all characterizations fell short to sufferance simply from a lack of proper structuring of story elements (figures are easily drawn from simply reading and regretful cringing at the bald state of affairs remaining still unattended). Overall, the story sounded good. The plot was genuine, though not genius. I would LOVE above all else to give a rave five-star, BUT sadly accordingly a three is generated simply through standard at this point. It's not disappointing if you can garner what the story represents in totality, but disaplointment will assume much failure if one continues reading past the plain to see discrepancies. I thought it was refreshing, though the much rushed tactfulness soured the happy ending a bit. Literary dissensions aside, I actually--strangely enough, fell in love with the story and who it was about: Rose, a ballerina struggling beyond herself to overcome the limitations every performing artist suffers from, a lack of settled peace with funnily enough one's own limitations. Good story. I learned to love the almost--or is she actually?, OCD Rose. Oh, and Blake. But good story guys. Read up. Shove disappointment aside and read it, withstanding a bit of mild discomfort from lost thoughts and frayed sentences and expected plot "twists". I found it sweet with a smiley face to boot.