Maritza Lafferty

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Smashwords book reviews by Maritza Lafferty

  • Fated Dreams (Book One In The Affinity Series) on June 22, 2012

    Fated Dreams is a story about a boy and girl who dream about each other in love, but the dreams always ends with their deaths. Although they try to avoid each other, ultimately they can not resist. As their relationship develops, Sarah becomes the target of a stalker intent on harming her. I thought that this was an original story with good pacing to keep you interested in the mystery of the plot. Some of Sarah's choices I did not agree with, but the character/author always explained her decisions so I have to accept them. I also felt that her parents response to Sarah's life being threatened was sometimes soft. At times her parents seemed very overprotective and at others, too laid back. Small issue, so otherwise an overall good novel to spend time with.
  • A Bed of Knives on July 30, 2012
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    I was offered free copy of "A Bed of Knives" for an honest review. Although it is not my usual genre, the plot sounded interesting so decided to give it a try. The book is well written, however I just did not enjoy the plot. It is about a group of friends, two boys and two girls who all attend university together and after graduation decide to enjoy a night out together before the guys head out to start their careers. Gina had always had a crush on Spider and they end up sleeping together even though Spider has always been interested in their other friend Rose. Rose who is in love with Eddie ends up sleeping with him. The story alternates between the past and then five years later and what happens to the characters during that time. The girls end up not seeing the guys again during the 5 years, yet they still all pine for each other. Spider shows up at the end of the five year in a homeless shelter and is now addicted to drugs and alcohol. Gina, Rose and Eddie show up to help him out and Gina ends up having him stay with her. Rose and Eddie reconcile and everyone ends up happy. For me, I just did not find it all that believable. The events that occur during the five year estrangement are interesting, but it just wrapped up a little too easily to be credible. I do think that the author shows promise and I would read another of her books given the opportunity.
  • The Soul's Mark: FOUND (The Soul's Mark, #1) on Aug. 13, 2012

    I was given the opportunity to read this book for free through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. Although the book is well written, I just didn't like it that much. It starts off with Amelia being insecure and shy, graduating from high school with no friends. She is described (or perhaps it was my wrong interpretation) as timid. Suddendly when she moves into Mitchell's home, she is forceful and very vocal. Mitchell is her soulmate who has visited her in her dreams for the past 5 years and she is in love with him. But when she meets him in person they are ready to kill each other even though they love each other. They can feel each others feelings yet say and do hurtful things to each other. For me, this just didn't feel true to me. For years you dream of the perfect man and you love him but when you find out he is real and your soulmate you are angry and want nothing to do with him? Really? There is much action and Amelia turns out to be a very powerful witch and Mitchell is a vampire which is supposed to explain their strong reactions to each other. Of course it all works out in the end and they have their HEA. The rest of the plot did hold my interest, but the characters reactions just didn't seem believable to me.