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Smashwords book reviews by neekie123

  • The Athena Effect on Feb. 16, 2013

    The Athena Effect is an enjoyable book to read. The story begins with the main character, Cali, in her comfortable remote location (as she knows no different) with her parents. This drastically changed with an accident involving her parents leading to her moving to live with her Aunt, whom she had never met, in the city she had never been. Cali then has to relearn how to live her life with all the elements of civilisation including school and a boy called Cal. I loved how relatable the story was and how realistic the characters were especially with their insecurities. There was another element of auras that helped establish emotions that you don't get from other stories which was highly effective. This element is Cali's special gift, she is able to see people and animal's auras and identify how they are feeling. Neat trick but you soon realise how hard it must be for her practically being a lie detector especially when The characters in the book are easy to like and I love the interactions between the main characters and how awkward and unsure those interactions can be. The writer effortlessly incorporated both characters points of view throughout the story which enabled you to understand Cal and Cali's characters. Cali is such an interesting, innocent and lovable character; she had been away from civilisation her whole life so it was interesting reading the book from the viewpoint of being oblivious about civilisation. The book resonated with me in that it was a wake-up call for all the things I take for granted in my daily life, such as electricity. Cal was the complete opposite, he's the bad-boy that is never short of attention, specifically female attention. Along comes Cali and makes him re-think his whole life. The friendship that builds between the two was amazing along with their ability to understand each other even though they are completely different. The other characters in the story are also very relatable, some good and others not so good but each person had a place in the story that bound the whole book together wonderfully. The Athena Book was a great book that I recommend to all YA fans. This book was easy to read and be engrossed in. I am now eager to find out what happens next. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
  • The Legend of the Blue Eyes on May 22, 2013

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This book was an enjoyable, easy read that kept me interested throughout the whole story. The book begins with the main character, Arianna Grace, living a care-free teenage life. Her world shifts dramatically on her sixteenth birthday when she changes into a vampire. This is when the drama started and with the help of her Personal Protective Unit (PPU) she survives a kidnapping to discover she is not what she thought she was and neither is the world she has been living in. She is introduced to a world of night creatures, including Baku, Tengu, Dearg-dul and Lycan. Along with the Legend of the Blue Eyes and all that it entails including boys and lots of them. The characters in the book are easy to like and all the characters were integral to the story. Arianna is a sweet, innocent girl trying to figure out how to live in this new world she knew nothing about. As she had been kept secret from this world with her adopted parents, she did not have access to her family including a grandfather - the leader of the Derg-dul and Uncle - the leader of the Baku. Arianna was introduced early in the story to Devin who was prepped to be her protector from a young age. I was interested in how Arianna and Devin's relationship would develop and it was not what I was expecting at all. With the revelation of aspects of the Legend other male figures become involved. I am intrigued as to how this will all turn out. The Legend of the Blue Eyes enjoyable and recommend it to all YA fans. The story was fascinating especially the different types of night creatures and how they interrelate. I love reading paranormal books that alter the common perception and learning about what the authors beliefs are on the topic. I would have liked more details on the Legend in this book but as this is a trilogy I will be awaiting the next book to see how this world develops.