Sara Gordon


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Smashwords book reviews by Sara Gordon

  • Fated Dreams (Book One In The Affinity Series) on June 19, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. Christina Smith wrote in a way that keeps the mystery and intrigue going until the end. This book takes you through a few emotions of sadness, joy, love, anger, frustration, and surprise. I fell in love with Lucas as he fell in love with Sarah. There are many other characters and surprises to love or hate. Great read for all teens and adults. And now I want to get a punching bag or heavy bag!!
  • Brunswick on July 11, 2012

    This was an enjoyable book into the imaginative world of Jonathan Brunswick. He is a fifteen year old boy that loves to write stories, and ends up being transported to this world he has created. There he meets many different people, and helps them save Brunswick from the evil that has taken over. When he finally confronts the evil doer he is on for a surprise of who it turns out to be. This was a fun read with lots of battles and courage. I think this would be especially good for boys ages 11 and up, and everyone else, too. This book was clean for youth to enjoy.
  • In the Middle of Nowhere (Willow's Journey #1) on July 20, 2012

    This was an enjoyable book about a couple of teenagers. Willow is the voice of this book, and it is her story of what she goes through the first year of moving to a new place after her dad's death. She meets a boy on her first day of school that throws a paper airplane poem at her head. First she is annoyed and then she starts to get to know this strange boy that is never at school. His name is Micheal, and I really liked him, even though he wasn't in the book as much as I had hoped. Willow makes a lot of teenager mistakes, and was quick to give into peer pressure with her new friends. This kind of bothered me, as she kept doing stupid things. This is why I mostly recommend this book to teenagers. It was an enjoyable book with a few lessons learned. And thank goodness it did not end how I was afraid it was going to end, and I liked the epilogue surprise.
  • Mobster's Girl on Sep. 28, 2012

    I would like to thank the author for giving me this book for an honest review. That being said: I loved it!! I wasn't too sure what I would think or feel, but as soon as I started I couldn't put it down. This story is about Megan and Antonio. They both live in Jersey and have been told they are off limits to each other since they were kids. But secretly, they have had crushes on each other forever. The beginning felt a little like Romeo and Juliet. They are now 18, and Antonio is having a hard time keeping his feeling to himself. He watches her all the time, and all his friends and family notice. So Alessandra decides to help him out, invites Megan to a party, and things heat up from there. Antonio takes a chance and Megan gives in. But things aren't always as they seem, and both have problems in the mob, even if they don't realize it. Circumstances try to tear them apart, but in the end they are thrown back together to survive. Even though Antonio is the mob boss' son, I could not help falling for him and wanting things to work out with Megan. And Megan ended up being a pretty stong female with what was thrown at her. The romance was great and tense, and not overbearing. This does have mob violence and language, so it is for a little bit older teen and adults. I highly recommend for a different kind of love story, and I am off to go look up the next book!
  • Reflection on Oct. 29, 2012

    First, I need to thank the author for giving me this wonderful book for an honest review. I loved it, and I am hoping when I go check, that I will find the next book already out. Heather has had a rough time during her teenage years since her mom died. So she decides what she needs is to go away to college and leave the small town behind, and also her best friend Creed. She is hoping to start a new life where no one knows her family history. Here is where she meets Nick, and slowly let's him into her life. But then she is in a tragic accident that almost kills her and puts her in a coma. Most of the story is told while she is in this coma, and having Reflections, or dreams of what really happened in her life. This is where I grew to love Nick. Jessica Roberts is a very descriptive writer. Sometimes I was a little confused about what was going on, but in the end it all came together. And then it absolutely broke my heart and left me needing, no aching, for more. This is a very touching love story, and in the end made me want to cry! I was heart broken! Throughout the book I went through many emotions, especially while trying to figure out what was real or alterations from her dream state. I highly recommend this to everyone. I NEED the next book immediately.
  • Awakening the Mobster (Book 2) on Dec. 08, 2012

    I received this book from the author for an honest review. Thanks! I read Mobster's Girl a few months ago and was excited for the chance to read the next book in the series. Awakening the Mobster starts off right where Mobster's Girl ended, with Megan, Antonio, Vito, and Erin going away to hide at Notre Dame. But going away does not mean they are away from danger. Antonio's father, the mob boss, has him on a job to collect money from a runaway in Chicago. But all isn't as it seems, and they can't trust anyone, even family and friends may be betrayers. They are stuck in a dangerous and deadly battle of mob against mob, family against family. And not all will make it through unscathed. This book involves the mob, so there is a lot of action and killing going on. Even though Antonio is training to be the mob boss someday, so you know what he does and is capable of, I couldn't help loving him. I think it is because of the love he has for Megan. And Megan is a strong female character that doesn't fall apart while at the same time is trying to keep her sister Erin together since everything going on is affecting her mental state. Vito is sexiness all in himself. He is big and tough, and caring, and will do anything to protect the girls. I think that is what I love, how uber protective Antonio and Vito are with family and those they love and have sworn to protect. This story obviously involves the mob, and some heavy violence, and there are a few bedroom scenes, but Amy Rachiele keeps it from getting too detailed. So I would recommend this to 17 and older. I can't wait for the next book!
  • The Language of Souls on Dec. 26, 2012

    I would like to thank the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review. The Language of Souls is a short novella romance. Solena is a healer in the land of Torrani. Her grandfather is sick with a cough that requires a plant called tymia for him to get better. So she decides to take the risky, dangerous journey to the land of Oden by herself. Oden is known for its capturing and killing of any intruders. When she gets there she is captured by Rundan, who just happens to be the son of the commander. He orders Rundan to take her to the palace, most likely to be executed. On this journey Rundan and Solena become closer, despite the language barrier and her mistrust in him. Through an attempted kidnapping, and a daring rescue, they are brought closer together and fall in love. And they discover they can both speak the ancient language, so they can now communicate and learn things about each other. My favorite part of this story was the selfless sacrifice that Solena makes for Rundan while he is deathly injured and she is working on healing him. It was very beautiful. This is what starts to change the direction of their feelings for each other. What I did not like about this story is the almost instant love. It wasn't love at first sight, but it was pretty close. I just wish they had more time to get to know each other before they were confessing love. I also did not like the eye for an eye attitude of the law. She is a healer, but everyone she helps is supposed to repay her, even though she wants to give freely?? Not a concept I am accepting of. As a short story this was well written, and I would recommend as a really quick read. I do wish the story was stretched out, though, to make some of the love more believable.
  • The Athena Effect on Feb. 19, 2013

    I would like to thank the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was about Cali who has been raised way up in the back woods hidden from the world. She has the ability to read auras and manipulate feelings in animals and people. Her parents always told her to trust no one. But then they died in an unfortunate accident and Cali must move in with an aunt she has ever met, but is the only relative they could find. Her aunt seemed to never be around, and a terrible gurdian, and her live in boyfriend was creepy on so many levels. To steer clear of him, Cali stayed out late at night and wandered the neighborhood, and even had herself a place she would sleep in the outdoors. On one of her walks she meets Cal or Calvin. Yes they were both Cal. Anyway she ended up saving him one night, and after that he was intrigued and followed her around and eventually they become more than friends. To make a long story short, they discover what her parents were hiding her from, and then they are on a race to stay away from uber creepy mad scientist, Teddy, and his crazy science experiment, The Athena Effect. Sadly, I cannot say that this book was my favorite. For one thing I felt it was too long and dragged a lot. Her aunt and uncle were both disturbing and terrible guardians. The aunt really had no clue Athena was never home. Teddy was just creepy and dilusional. And his servant, Max, seemed like a side story all his own. I did not feel like his thoughts and feelings were really needed. Except it does sound like the story is taking a turn in his direction, so maybe there is something there. Things I liked. I liked Cali. Even though she was raised with no experience in the world, she was tough as nails. She seemed fragile, but could defend herself, and would. I think I liked Calvin. Sometimes he was like a lost puppy. Like his dog Rufus. The romance was sweet. I would probably read a sequel to see where this is going. I recommend to older teenagers that like books with a science supernatural element.