Sheryl Painter

Smashwords book reviews by Sheryl Painter

  • The Mating: The Original Law of the Lycans Story on May 30, 2010

    I'm in line with everyone else...sequel or series should follow this one. Didn't want to stop reading, and then I came to the end...really sad to read those two words! Hopefully more are coming!
  • Falling Star on Feb. 25, 2011

    Falling Star was an incredible journey, from the 1960's to the 1990's. I loved how Mr. Chen was able to bring such a wealth of science and history together into a fictional story. Mr. Chen was able to keep the current story moving at a fast pace, while slowly bringing in new and intersting characters like Mike, Martha and so many others. The interwoven storyline with scientific and historical facts kept blending perfectly into a thriller that was hard for me to remember wasn't real. It was impossible not to be caught up in the emotions of the characters, whether at the bottom of the ocean near the Sentinel, the top of the dessert mountain waiting for the sunrise, or rushing from city to city trying to uncover the mole. The story never lagged, the science never bored, the history never wavered. Mr. Chen kept every piece of the story flowing seamlessly and the resulting work was rich with suspense. I found myself holding my breath in anticipation of what would happen next. Every part of Falling Star was believable, well written, and suspenseful. I hope to see the story pick up in a sequel - I cannot imagine leaving Mike, Martha, and the many others without knowing what happens next. Bravo Mr. Chen. Well done!
  • Dare to Bleed (Book one of the Emily Sullivan Series) on June 15, 2012

    I enjoyed this novel - chocked full of paranormal creatures that were interesting. But the story line never stopped. Normally I love the constant action and twists and turns the author takes me, but the story seemed to bounce a little too much. The characters were interesting, and the author has a real talent for describing hot male men, but every other page seemed to have one of them having a hissy fit or emotional melt-down. How many times can someone explode and then two minutes later forgive and get all lovey? I felt there could be just a little more background to the main characters as well. BUT even with these issues, I rated this book as 4-star. It kept me quickly turning pages, holding my breath during the twists, and never could guess where the author was taking me. I did enjoy and look forward to the next book. The story took me away from reality and into a fantasy world that I was sorry to leave. I wanted to run out to a 7-Eleven just to check out the customers! This story has a little of it all - fantasy/paranormal creatures, romance, suspense, mystery, murder and mayhem - plus a fun BFF and an obnoxious frenemy. You just can't beat that mix!