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Smashwords book reviews by Renetta

  • Pandora's Key on July 24, 2012
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    My actual rating of this book is 3.5 stars. It was fun to read a story about how Greek mythology plays a role in current time. I enjoyed the prologue which told the mythology version of Pandora's Box. Not exactly how I remember the story but it was an interesting version. The story is set in Portland, Oregon. I lived there for a few years so I liked the familiarity. The story is about an average teenage girl, Evangeline, who finds out she's anything but average. Her mother isn't well and she fears losing her and being on her own. While her mother is hospitalized she learns that almost everyone she knows has secrets they've been keeping from her. The secrets of Pandora's Box and how she's involved with the "cult" as she refers to it. There's another story going on that later entwines together in the story. A teenage boy, Malledy, is part of a secret group, known only to the rich and powerful, that searches out powerful talisman for their wealthy clients. The search becomes personal when he figures out that it can save him from the incurable disease he has, Huntington's disease. Evangeline has to quickly find the courage within her to learn about her family's history and protect herself and the people she loves. This being the first book in a trilogy, I will definitely read the next two books and follow this story to it's end.
  • Paramount on Sep. 24, 2012
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    I am marking this book as read and loved!! By loved I really mean looOOOooooved! Childhood best friends Pax Burnson (tom boy, tough girl, granddaughter of the fire deva) and Amara Kalgren (deva descendant who was shopping more than practicing her magic)are both left heartbroken and wanting revenge. Revenge! Pax has been dating Amara's sucessful brother Thornton Kalgren while Amara has been dating Pax's not so successful Uncle Ashton Burnson. (I just love the names) Are you still with me? The book definitely has a soap opera feel to it. The girls come up with a brilliant plan to make the boys suffer the way they have. I love the relationships between the characters. I felt connected to all of them. I was cheering them on and getting mad and frustrated. It was a roller coaster of emotion. The way Pax and Amara talk remind me so much of how my best friend and I would talk if we were demi godessess seeking out revenge by means of ancient magic! Oh and we would if we could! With several twists and turns the girls learn of many secrets. Secrets from their boyfriends and from their families, they have a few of their own also. By practicing ancient magics they attract the attention of Suja, Queen of the Asura, who has been having marital problems for centuries with Sakra, Lord of the devas. Bitter and power hungry she's been up to no good. *note to author... I would love to hear their story too! Best friends, revenge, magic, battles, love, betrayal, secrets, seriously hot guys, humor, this has it all! It's soap opera, comic book and mythology all rolled into one.
  • Homeless on May 13, 2013
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    This caught me off guard. Well written short stories usually do. Emily and Wiley have a beautiful and pure friendship. This was an endearing story.
  • Keepsakes on May 13, 2013
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    Love the ending! After reading this I definitely see that I have hoarding tendencies, but come on, as soon as you throw something away that you've had since childhood and never look at, you need it within a weeks time! Okay, that was half joke and all truth. I am happy to report that you can see all of my floors and the tops of my tables. I do understand the desire and the rationality, or irrationality rather, involved in hoarding. I could relate to what she was feeling. I do however have "the red room". It's the one room I've dedicated to toss things in and close the door. It is a small room but it would be nice to get to my sewing machine! I like to think of it as a big closet. Fun short read! Makes me want to go clean now.
  • The Raven's Unicorn on May 13, 2013
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    Ha! I didn't see that coming! The ending was the impact of the story and what I want to talk about. It's the kind of story all you can say is, "Just hurry up and read it so we can talk about it!" Thank you for the read.