MaryAnn Schroeder


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Smashwords book reviews by MaryAnn Schroeder

  • A Marked Past on March 27, 2012

    I was given this book by the author via goodreads group for an honest review. A Marked Past is a wonderful read! I love the storyline – The book starts with Lyla a teenager in high school, so excited to be part of the cheerleading squad and to tell her dad the good news of making the team, however she never gets to as he died that same day. Her mom is grief stricken and decides to move them to their family home in Salem, MA to start over. Lyla is in a new town, new school and has to make new friends, all while there are rumors about her family. She meets her uncle Nathan and her cousins Hana and Sage, and learns all about her family history including details about her ‘mark’. She no longer has a ‘normal’ teenage life like she had in Chicago. Soon, she learns someone is after her and wants her family dead. Who can she trust, is she strong enough to fight? This book has witches, magic, history, and even some romance. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
  • Howl (Kane Wolves, 1) on April 05, 2012

    This book is a great read! Sophie is 19 and a werewolf. Her pack family has been living in secret from the humans, but what happens when she falls in love with one? Why are there suddenly humans being murdered near their home in the national forest? There is also a male werewolf who is vying for Sophie’s attention and perhaps more suitable for her according to her family. Will the family remain intact, or be torn apart? Can she follow her heart or her family’s wishes? Will the humans find out about the werewolves? I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next one! This book was given to me by the author through the Goodreads group Basically Books for an honest review.
  • Angel Evolution on April 10, 2012

    Angel Evolution is a wonderful read and I love the author David Estes’ take on Angels and Demons. Taylor is starting college with her best friend Samantha, Sam. They are excited about classes, meeting new friends and of course meeting the new boys! Taylor has been experiencing nightmares about a black snake and cannot figure out why they are haunting her. She meets a handsome stranger named Gabriel, an angel. In her dreams, he is saving her from the snakes so she is determined to find out why. They quickly fall in love, and he decides to let her in on his ‘mission’, well, his own version of it. She has an aura that both the angels want as well as the demons for she will give whoever is near her, incredible powers. Her best friend also finds a boyfriend in a demon named Christopher, who was also sent to find Taylor. However, they all become friends and none of them want any harm for Taylor. Who will she side with – the Angels or Demons? Will it finally end the war between Angels and Demons? Who will betray her? Will she still find love, or just be used? I really enjoyed the storyline and the author keeps the reader wanting to see what comes next! I can’t wait to read the next book Demon Evolution! I was given this book by the author and the Goodreads group The Nexus for an honest review.
  • Vengeance of the Wolf on Aug. 16, 2012

    Vengeance of the Wolf is a story of a mass murderer who kills his victim's in their dreams... it touches on the paranormal realm and was an interesting story. The murderer has a plan and goes in a sequence with his murders. It was pretty creepy, describing the murders. The author does flashbacks of the murderer's childhood and ties it together at the end. I really enjoyed this book, it was intriguing! I kept reading because I wanted to know how it ends. The ending was good, however there were a few things that were not answered and I was hoping to learn more; Celeste and her family, and how she taught the killer to "dream kill". I was given this book by the author and the goodreads group Shut Up & Read for an honest review.
  • Embrace - Kane Wolves, #2 on Sep. 16, 2012

    Embrace is the second book of the Kane Wolves series and begins where Howl left off. I really enjoyed the first book and this book does not disappoint! The story has action, romance and deals with family. Sophie is a brave, bright lead in the novel and of her pack. She faces many difficult issues in this book, and shines throughout. Her family history was interesting, and adds another layer to her werewolf heritage. In her romance triangle, does she finally choose between Jamie and Daniel? Great book! I received a copy of this book by the author and through The Nexus groupin Goodreads, for an honest review.
  • The Moon Dwellers on Dec. 31, 2012

    I loved this story! The chapters jump between the main characters viewpoints: Adele, the heroic and brave girl who is serving time because of her parents acts, and Tristan, the handsome and good prince of the Tri-Realms. There are three castes of people in this new world, The Sun Dwellers, The Moon Dwellers, and The Star Dwellers; and Tristan's father, the President, wants to keep things that way. When Tristan sees Adele in the "Pen", he instantly feels pain in his head, as does she. Why does the prince and a convict have a connection? Tristan decides to find out. The book details his journey to find her, and follows her and her friends escape to save her family. Meanwhile, a war between the Star Dwellers & Moon Dwellers is breaking out. All the characters are well written, and the story is action packed! I still have so many questions that need answers! I can't wait to read the sequel! I was given a copy of this book by the author through the Goodreads group Basically Books, for an honest review.
  • The Language of Souls on July 23, 2013

    When I first read the summary I was intrigued and glad I got to read it in exchange for a review. Thanks to the author for the copy! Solena is a young girl with an amazing gift. Her love of her grand-peer who is dying, sends her off on a mission to a foreign land. She knows it's dangerous however she cannot bare to lose her grand-peer just yet. In this foreign land, she is captured by a young soldier, who is trying to appease his father. He ends up helping Solena instead of following orders. I loved this story! It captured my attention right from the beginning and I read it in one night. The author does a fabulous job of making the characters interesting, and the plot just flows smoothly along. The love story was so sweet! The journey back to her land was captivating. I highly recommend this book!
  • '56 on Aug. 25, 2014

    My parents were born in Hungary, and even though they were children when the Hungarian Revolution was going on, they have very vivid memories of their lives and what my grandparents were going through. My mom remembers the Russian tanks going through the city. It is mostly why my grandparents decided to move to America not much later. It was a difficult and scary time to say the least. The very real historical aspect of the storyline and descriptions were despairing, yet captivating. I enjoyed the love story too. I especially enjoyed the bits of Hungarian that were included in the dialogue. Great job! I hope she writes more novels!