I like to read mostly fantasy, science-fiction, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, dystopia, romance, popular science, anthropology and sociology related material. Also graphic novels, feminist, philosophy, history, and the occasional smutty read. I'm very open to new things though, so I'm always interested in reading into uncharted territory.
I'm also into design, DIY, art, and crafty stuff.
When I'm not reading I'm drooling over fashion and DIY projects, watching good movies and TV shows (like Big Bang Theory and old Whedon shows), being frugal and figuring out how to get something for nothing, being a hopeless romantic, finding adventures, eating and getting creative in the kitchen, and dreaming. I'm trying to write me some fiction too, which is pretty exciting and definitely a trying process. So we'll see how it pans out.
About my ratings:
I sometimes give books an extra star on Smashwords than on my GoodReads account. 1) Because I worry about the rating system not translating the way it does over there, and 2) Smashwords is full of independent authors that I want to support, not discourage by unintentionally bringing their rating averages too low.
The reviews are almost always copy/pasted though.
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Smashwords book reviews by Nicky
- Captured (The Captive Series Book 1)
on Nov. 15, 2012
Let me give you an example of the redundancy that you will find in these pages:
...Her eyes widened...
...She stared up at him in wide eyed amazement...
...Her eyes were wide, brilliantly blue as she stared questioningly up at him...
...His strong, masculine scent engulfed her...
...Aria tilted her head back, her mouth parting slightly as she gazed at him in silent wonder...
She had not seen him since last night, but she had not imagined his size, his aura of power, or his hard masculine beauty...
The author would have done well to cut down her word count and trust us to come to the intended conclusions on our own--That Braith is very masculine and sexy and Arianna has big bug eyes that pop out every time she is awe-struck by something (which is unnaturally often). Oh and she cries A LOT for a fierce rebel warrior that "never cries". Psh!
Sorry, it just didn't gel with me, being force-fed unnecessarily repetitive observations. Much too much filler got in the way of the plot.
Speaking of which, is sort of like Beauty and the Beast... vampire style! But without the neat happy ending. So at least there is that.
Aria is taken prisoner as a blood slave to a vampire prince, which we gather means a life of sadistic torture and eventual death, but Braith isn't like all the other vampires. And the two soon develop trust and a forbidden love... Aria has been brought up as a rebel (daughter to the rebel leader, actually) and to hate vampires, yet she quickly and totally becomes enamored by him even though he is a leader of the monsters that are oppressing and using her people.
There are people dying and being tortured around her and she doesn't even consider gathering information to use for the rebels but only considers how she will escape? It is all just too nonsensical for me. Yes the "inexplicably-drawn-to-him/her" love relationship is inevitable, but I think something more could have been done with their relationship and their interactions.
Not that it was totally horrible and I don't see this book appealing to others (because other ratings show that it does), but I just didn't like it. So that's why the one star.
If it weren't for that calamity-foreshadowing ending and the Beauty-and-the-Beast-like similarities, the story would be completely irredeemable to me. But as it stands, (though I'm not a huge fan) I am still kinda curious to see how things will work out after that unexpected conclusion... don't worry, no spoilers! :)
on Nov. 16, 2012
I've read quite a lot of Hocking's work (namely the My Blood Approves series and the Tryll Trilogy) and liked 'em, so I saw this one for free on Smashwords and thought I'd give it a shot...
By far, this is MY FAVORITE SERIES OF HOCKING'S and I feel it is her best written.
It was a lot tighter, succinct where it needed to be, and more eventful than MBA. And much more intense and gritty than Tryll. I feel like it is extremely underrated, since you hear a lot about her other books and hardly anything from this one! If you liked her other work, you will probably like this series even better. You can tell she has developed into a stronger writer and improved the pacing (which was a major con for me in MBA).
The book kinda says, I'm not going to lay it all out for you, you need to read between the lines a bit, which is so nice! It didn't try my patience and I was left to mull over a few parts that weren't completely transparent.
I only have a few qualms: I would have liked to see more of the character's internal thoughts, but then again Remmy is not the kind of person to dwell on the past. Also the relationship with Lazlo--I didn't feel there was a definite catalyst for them to be drawn to each other. Other little problems I had with it are just a result of being self-published I think, and with more extensive editing would have been addressed.
But that being said, I REALLY liked the story. Remmy is a bad-ass zombie killer and doesn't let her emotions get the better of her. She can't. She is a survivor and that means having to make tough choices that haunt her. But it is her love for her little brother, the only thing she has left in the world, that keeps her trekking across the country and braving the horrors of post-apocalyptic America till she finds him. On top of the obvious zombie run-ins, the people can be just as dangerous... if not more!
There are some awesome twists, a surprising revelation, and a cliff-hanger ending, but I won't give it all away. The great thing about this book is it feels like a real adventure. You will be surprised and find the unexpected at every turn.
I have already read the sequel Hollowmen too, which I liked EVEN MORE.
By far, my favorite series from Amanda Hocking! And probably my favorite zombie story ever.
P.S. Ripley FTW! I want one :)