Sherre Leach

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  • Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology on Jan. 12, 2012
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    I normally avoid posting bad reviews, but in this case, the author who requested the review requested that I post the review despite my hard feelings. I had many high hopes for this book after reading the synopsis, and I felt I was completely let down. I would like to point out though that, although I did not like this book, I did read many good reviews which lead me to believe this book just wasn't for me. Everblossom was told through a series of poems and short stories relating to the growth of a flower. I love poetry, and although I thought this poetry was interesting, it just seemed elementary (again, in my opinion). There were none I actually liked. The short stories were somewhat better although not much. They all seemed too short and rushed. I couldn't get into any of the stories and as soon as I felt an inkling of interest, the story ended and my interest dissipated. At 61 pages, I was sure that the author could have added something that would have made the book more interesting. It seemed as if it was written in a short amount of time. As my encounter with a book by Larissa Hinton, I was disappointed to read the others. There were plenty of stories that had the potential to be wonderful books but they were too short here for me. I give this book 1 star, for the potential of what it could have been had the stories been a bit longer. Remember, this is my opinion, you may feel differently.
  • Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology on Jan. 12, 2012
    star
    I normally avoid posting bad reviews, but in this case, the author who requested the review requested that I post the review despite my hard feelings. I had many high hopes for this book after reading the synopsis, and I felt I was completely let down. I would like to point out though that, although I did not like this book, I did read many good reviews which lead me to believe this book just wasn't for me. Everblossom was told through a series of poems and short stories relating to the growth of a flower. I love poetry, and although I thought this poetry was interesting, it just seemed elementary (again, in my opinion). There were none I actually liked. The short stories were somewhat better although not much. They all seemed too short and rushed. I couldn't get into any of the stories and as soon as I felt an inkling of interest, the story ended and my interest dissipated. At 61 pages, I was sure that the author could have added something that would have made the book more interesting. It seemed as if it was written in a short amount of time. As my encounter with a book by Larissa Hinton, I was disappointed to read the others. There were plenty of stories that had the potential to be wonderful books but they were too short here for me. I give this book 1 star, for the potential of what it could have been had the stories been a bit longer. Remember, this is my opinion, you may feel differently.
  • The Turning Tides on March 22, 2012
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    Why oh why does this series have to be over??? Okay, so usually self published books get a bad reputation. People think the books suck and have bad grammar or something, but that hasn't been my experience with this series at all. Yes, there is a grammatical mistake maybe once or twice, but you also see those in major publishers books so it really doesn't matter. Besides, books with major publishers tend to suck sometimes, so I say, self publish or agent, I'll give it a try. I am so glad I gave this series a try. Like I said in some of my other reviews, this was my first mermaid book, and I loved every minute of it. There's just something about a book that affects you so completely that you spend time trying to figure out the best way to see if you may be a mermaid. (I wont go as far as drowning myself to see if I turn though.) It made me want to try my hand at surfing, and swimming, and all that wonderful stuff that Marina does. Oh well, we can't all be supernatural creatures.... This book picked up right after the last book. I hate spoilers of previous books so I will try not to give them. Ethan and Marina are still going strong and she's still not as trusting as she should be, but I dont blame her for it. It's hard to burden others with your problems. Marina's a bit naive, as I tend to be, so she finds herself, once again, trying to figure out why someone keeps following her when she visits the mermaids. She gets herself in all sorts of slippery situations (get it? Because she's a mermaid. HA! I just crack myself up.) and I really thought that this would be the time it all goes downhill for her but luckily it didnt because I love Derrolyn's sweet endings. Oh and I love me some Ethan. If only fictional characters could be real........ This was a great ending to the series that had me hooked from the first page. That said, there was something I didnt like. At times, I just wanted to slap Marina. She made mistakes she should have fixed a long time ago and I got annoyed that she kept doing them. She argues with Ethan at one point and it just gets worse and worse and the way it all happens annoys me so much. Probably because it reminded me of the way things happen in real life and I didn't want real life, I wanted fairy tale. (Yea I know...that's my problem) I'm so sad this series is over. I loved it and I will read them over and over. If there's anyone out there that know's how, please, oh please tell me how I can become a mermaid? The Rating I give for this book? 4.5 Stars.
  • The Athena Effect on Sep. 06, 2012
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    When I got an email from Derrolyn Anderson requesting for me to review her book I was ecstatic. I mean, I was TOTALLY in love with the Marina's Tales Series and any book from Derrolyn has me sold. Luckily The Athena Effect did not disappoint. We start off this book with Cal (the girl Cal, not the boy. It's easier to call her Cali as the book discusses since it'll be hard to discern between Cal and Cal, the boy) as she's wandering the woods, and when she returns to her home, she finds that her parents have died. Her parent's have kept her hidden in the middle of the woods for 17 years and now that they have died, she has to go to the next of kin, her aunt Angie. Her aunt is nice, and so Cali is okay living there, until she notices the intense predatory aura around her aunts boyfriend while her aunt's away from work. Yep, you heard that right, Cali can see auras. Beyond that, she can project feelings onto other people and animals when she looks into their eyes. Not quite grasping the extent of her powers, Cali takes to the streets, preferring to live among nature while her Aunt is away to keep the boyfriend from harming her. Prowling the streets is how she comes to save a ridiculous and infuriating boy from a gang. Cal (the boy) is all about women and alcohol and money. That's it. He's a bad boy who rides motorcycles and lives with his brother who goes to jail every other second. Cal pretty much has nothing going for himself, except perhaps the fact that he's insanely attractive. After he is saved by the weird girl in school, Cal finds himself wanting to know more about her, and feeling things he never knew he would. Unfortunately, Cali's past comes back to haunt her, and we are left wondering if Cal can even protect her, or whether she's going to receive the very same fate her parents hid her away from. I loved this story. As most of Derrolyn's books are, they're all warm with intense love between teenagers that seems way too intense to actually be real. I love it though. I like the soul shattering, intense, nothing can touch me, love Derrolyn creates and i love when it hits people who never thought they'd feel it. Because Cali has grown up separate from everything, she's like a child when she enters the world. Kind of like a wild animal pulled into captivity. She has to learn everything (and I do mean everything...she's never experienced electricity, indoor plumbing, computers, restaurants, nothing! she has read about them though.). It's because of her differences that Cal is drawn to Cali and wants to protect her. The book was sweet and nice with some intense moments. Cali is a fighter despite what her calm demeanor shows and I love it. I would have liked to see Cali get a bit drunk off her power and begin to misuse it at some point. Sometimes I think she was a little to nice and sweet and perfect. There's always the next book though. I give The Athena Effect 4 stars.
  • Captured (The Captive Series Book 1) on Sep. 12, 2012
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    This free book (on smashwords) was a savior during my boring last few days at work. I hadn't expected much from it, since it was free, but it was a a lot better that I had ever hoped. Since the description gives away pretty much everything I could say about this book, and since it was short at only 113 pages, my review will be brief. This was a love story between Braith and Aria told from their alternating points of view that keeps you wanting more and more. It captures your interest and has you feeling just as confused as they do about it. You find yourself hoping that something could be done to keep these two together. A love like theirs shouldn't be hidden, it should be allowed, but after knowing all about the world they live in, you know that they can't. You know that, like Juliet and Romeo, there's nothing that will stop the horrible ending, there's no way to stop the hate between the two races. There is a second story (which I've already begun to read as I'm writing this) so obviously they don't die at the end, but just know that these two become quite dark and depressed, and I would like to see if they'll every be able to overcome their differences and come back together. I loved this short read and I would probably read it again. Due to the grammatical errors and other little inconsistencies, I can't give this book a full 5 stars, but 4.5 will do the trick.
  • Captured (The Captive Series Book 1) on Sep. 12, 2012
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    This free book (on smashwords) was a savior during my boring last few days at work. I hadn't expected much from it, since it was free, but it was a a lot better that I had ever hoped. Since the description gives away pretty much everything I could say about this book, and since it was short at only 113 pages, my review will be brief. This was a love story between Braith and Aria told from their alternating points of view that keeps you wanting more and more. It captures your interest and has you feeling just as confused as they do about it. You find yourself hoping that something could be done to keep these two together. A love like theirs shouldn't be hidden, it should be allowed, but after knowing all about the world they live in, you know that they can't. You know that, like Juliet and Romeo, there's nothing that will stop the horrible ending, there's no way to stop the hate between the two races. There is a second story (which I've already begun to read as I'm writing this) so obviously they don't die at the end, but just know that these two become quite dark and depressed, and I would like to see if they'll every be able to overcome their differences and come back together. I loved this short read and I would probably read it again. Due to the grammatical errors and other little inconsistencies, I can't give this book a full 5 stars, but 4.5 will do the trick.
  • Renegade (The Captive Series Book 2) on Sep. 12, 2012
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    So Aria is finally free of the palace, but is she really free? Her heart still seems to belong to Braith, and she begins to hate him for the way he's made her feel. She wants to like Max, but she can't, and no one seems to believe the fact that she even really loved Braith. They're convinced her mind has been messed up and twisted into believign the impossible. Then, (as you read in the description) their safehold is raided and everyone is scattered. It's then that she sees Braith again, only he's not there to recapture her, he's there to kill her for the pain she caused him. Of course, everything in love is always a misunderstanding, and soon they're back to being forbidden, hidden lovers again, sharing blood and all that. Kissing and holding and trying not to,let go of the bond they share again. It's kind of like the excessive attachment that was formed between Edwad and Bella after New Moon, it was like they couldnt be apart. It's here that we begin to see that they're not just in love, they're drowning in it. It's both their strength and their weakness. Its passinate and blinding and all consuming. Soon they both must do things they dont want to do in order to hold on to the love they can't quite have. I loved this book just as much as I loved Captured. I cant wait to see what happens next. I love love stories (yea I'm a big softy) and I hope to see that it prevails. 4.5 Stars!
  • Mortal Obligation on Jan. 12, 2013
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    I won Mortal Obligation in a giveaway a few months ago and it took me quite a while to attempt to read it. Based upon the giveaway sponsor's review, I expected the book to be amazing. Although it wasn't quite as great as I'd hoped, it was still pretty good. Mortal Obligation follows Ree, a high school girl who's brother recently died and who can see darkness everywhere she turns. One day, something strange happens as she's headed to a concert and she learns that she's been gifted by the gods and is a super human destined to save the world from the Dark Ones. In addition, her friends have been placed with her to help protect her and they are immortals. Her life will never be the same again. The story started out kind of strange in my opinion. We we thrown into the action and then a lot of time was spend in the middle of the story explaining things, only for it to end quickly. Despite being pretty predictable, it was still good to read about. As with all YA novels, there were 2 love interests, and as usual, Ree picks the one I would never choose. I wont give any hints in case you all want to read it but just know, I'm not pleased. It was a good book, and although I probably wont be reading it again, I don't wish to have the time back. It was a great storyline and an interesting story on the idea of immortals and vampires. 3 stars.
  • The Mackenzie Legacy on April 09, 2013
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    When Derrolyn contacted me to request a review, I was ecstatic. I mean, I had JUST finished checking out her goodreads page looking for her latest installment into her Athena Effect series. The series follows a girl Caledonia, nicknamed Cali (also sometimes nicknamed Cal but it becomes too confusing so we'll stick to Cali) and her boyfriend Calvin, nicknamed Cal (see what I mean about confusing) as they try to survive in a world where people want to use Cali for her aura reading powers while they try to fast to their deep and sometimes blinding love for one another. (some spoilers for Athena #1 may be included) In this installment, Cali and Cal have escaped the professor who wanted to use Cali for monetary gain, but they are quickly running out of money. Soon, Cal haphazardly learns of a way for he and Cali to earn quite a bit of money by using her powers. Soon, they have more money than either of them can deal with, and as the saying goes, with more money comes more problems. Their easy lifestyle has dangerous consequences, and soon, Cal and Cali find themselves mixed up in the wrong crowd. Even worse, Cali is realizing that she needs to find a way to help the only others that she knows who are like her, the twins she met while she was in the professors care. Only, they are no longer in the care of the professor, and the person who's care they are in is more dangerous than the professor ever could be. I loved this installment. The love between Cal and Cali is as intense as ever and though at times it seems unrealistic in the way that they barely argue, I still love seeing it. The story was fast paced and intense and I cant wait until the next story, The Caledonian Inheritance. Something was certainly brewing at the end of this novel and I can't wait to see what happens. As usual, I must name the few issues I have with the story. First, some of the conclusions drawn and the details of certain plans made were a bit confusing for me to follow. I'm not sure if it was because I was devouring the book entirely too fast, or if it really was that hard to follow. Second, there was one situation in the story that I worried about. Calvin seems to be one who knows the intricacies of the world including the way people can be tracked and followed. Why then, does he not take proper precautions in terms of making sure they are not followed. It makes the end of the book a bit predictable. Finally, I'm a bit worried about the strength of Cal and Cali's relationship. Sure they love each other deeply, but one must wonder about the insecurities each have in their relationship and the willingness Cal has of using Cali for their advancement. It will be interesting to see how this turns out in the future. All in all, it was a great book and I am super happy that Derrolyn thought of me when she sent out her review requests. A copy was sent to me in exchange for an honest review of the book. I give it 4 Stars.