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Smashwords book reviews by Stephanie

  • Enchantment (The Channie Series Book One) on Nov. 01, 2011

    This book was very weird to begin with but once I got past the first 10% I was hooked. It is about a girl named Channie (Enchantment) who is cursed by her parents so she would not end up like her sister. She was given the name "Chasity" and all of the magic that comes with that power name. She feels betrayed and angry by this betrayal of her parents and sneaks out of her house in the middle of the night. She meets two boys at a park and in order to test her new powers that "Chasity" has given her, she entices a boy to kiss her. Her powers rear their ugly head and the boy runs away thinking that he has been tased. Channie slowly begins to build a friendship with the boy, named Josh, and falls in love with him. They, being teenagers, want to be able to have a "normal" relationship meaning they would like to hold hands, kiss each other or anything that involves touching each other. In order to get rid of Chasity's curse, they become involved in dark magic and most of the story centers on them trying to get through it together. The first 10% was all about Channie's family and them having to move to another state to escape a blood debt. I think the part that had me thinking, "okay, what?" was all of the names. The names they have been given carry huge weight with who the person is and what kind of powers they have been given. This book drew me in when we were introduced to Josh. He is such a great character and I immediately fell for him! I loved how he stuck with Channie through everything even when it cost him his dreams. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone past ninth grade. It was a quick read and has been set up for a second book that I cannot wait to read!
  • Her Dark Destiny (Hunters of the Dark #1) on Nov. 01, 2011

    This book is about an 18 year old, Shanna Hunt, who has spent years hunting demons in an effort to avenge her parents murder. She goes to a party that ends up as a massacre by demons, shape shifters, vampires, etc. After this showdown, she decides to join with "The Alliance" which is a group of people who hunt down these creatures. The book is about Shanna coming to terms with who she is and helping her new friends track down their enemies. This book was...interesting... the plot was great, but the writing needs a little work. I love the ideas that Dave Ferraro came up with and how he created a world with all types of mythological creatures. The part that I felt was lacking was in the writing. There were some parts where I could not put the book down but then it would lead to a very boring section of the book. There was a lot of descriptions in the book that I eventually started to skim through because I got bored with it. I really enjoyed the last fight scene that had two unlikely heroes join in the fight against the "bad guys". Overall, the book was okay. I feel like I would have enjoyed it more if it were to be edited down a little bit and some of the descriptions were cut down.
  • Blood Warrior on Jan. 03, 2012

    When I went to read this book this morning I just planned on reading a few chapters then getting up and doing something relatively productive with my day. Well, long story short, a few chapters went to a few more chapters until finally I had read the entire book. I had heard such great things about this book and I was not disappointed with it! Blood Warrior is about a young girl named Alexa who has been training to fight her entire life for some reason unknown to her. She has a mother she feels neglected by and a sister that she would die for. She is known for getting into fights at school and can pack quite a punch for a girl of such small stature. One day, after staying home from school, Alexa is met with a creature that is not quite human who has a thirst for her blood. After leaving her mother to fight off these creatures, Alexa takes her sister Nelly and they run for their lives. They only have the phone number that their mother left them to lead them to safety. This number leads them (with a stop or two along the way) to a kind of safe house for her kind. There is something special about Alexa, not only is she not quite human, but she is the only one left of her kind: a sun warrior. She is seen as a kind of savior- someone who can rescue these people from the troubles that surround them. Alexa wants to fight for what is right, even when it goes against everything that the city is built upon. Alexa feels drawn to the sullen warrior Kayden and he seems to be the only one that can calm the fire raging inside of her. The question is, will she let him? The thing that I loved about this book was that there were so many different questions that kept popping up. What were Alexa's mother and Nelly keeping from her? What was she? Who can she trust? These questions were able to be answered in a timely manner and in an exciting way. I loved how dedicated and loyal Alexa was to those she cared about. She would lay down her life for anyone that she felt deserved it- and maybe even those who don't. This book has everything; intrigue, romance, friendship, and loyalty. I wish I had a tenth of the courage that Alexa holds. I personally can not wait to see what unfolds for Alexa as she heads off to search for someone she holds dear. Make sure to be on the look out for "Half Black Soul" book number two in the Alexa Montgomery Saga. Expected publication is January 2012.