I am an unpublished (hopefully not for long) author based out of Raleigh, NC. My favorite writing topics include the Paranormal, Fantasy and Science Fiction. I love books that incorporate the real world so that the events of the novel could be happening under your very nose and you'd never know.
Among my other interests, I also partake in photography, photoediting, and, so that I can afford my mortgage, genetics. I will be starting my PhD in Functional Genomics in the Fall (and will thus be broke for the next five years, yay!). With my background in the sciences, I always try to incorporate some of my own expertise into my works, which isn't easy when Biology, and especially my specialty of Genetics, has a language all its own. Still, I enjoy bringing a feel of the real world to topics that have, in the past, been relegated exclusively to the mythos and the shadows and the things that go bump in the night.
With any luck, you will enjoy reading my writing as much as I enjoy writing it. I encourage people to contact me at my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Smashwords book reviews by Danielle Forrest
- The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy, #1)
on March 02, 2013
I truly enjoyed this book. Alesha Escobar is a wonderful storyteller and weaves an alternate world where magic is commonplace and those than wield it hold the world in the balance.
The story takes place during an alternate World War II and starts with people trying to kill our heroine, who goes by many, many names. The story will take you from battle to battle, with few breathers in between. Filled with mysteries and betrayal, the main character must make her way through France, complete her mission, and not get killed in the process. Did I mention that she seems to grown enemies as quickly as she loses allies?
To add to that, I loved the way the book ended. It had a twist ending I would have never seen coming, and yet made total sense in hind sight.
The only thing I did not like about this novel was the editing. Though the book was edited well enough for me to read and review it, it did take longer than usual for me to read and the errors were plentiful, though they rarely detracted from the reading (unless you're an editor, in which case you can't help but notice). The errors I found were almost always systematic, meaning she made the same mistakes throughout the entire novel. With a proper editor, this book would have been well worth five stars.
Source: Gifted by Author
eReader: Stanza for iPad
File type: ePub
- The Sixth Power
on April 12, 2013
This story intrigues from the very beginning, with Tania's brother sneaking in and saying his goodbyes. You know something bad is going to happen. You can feel the emotion, the tension, as he says his final farewell, constantly cognizant of the enemies that lurk.
This story is like one of those Russian dolls - you take off a layer, only to find another beneath it. Each layer peels away, revealing more clues, more hints, until everything is made clear. The mysteries in this book will keep you guessing and reading just to know - where did Tom put the formula?
And it isn't just the mystery that keeps you reading on. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat, never quite letting the tension, the suspense, the danger ease.
One thing that surprised me about this book was how much I laughed and smiled through it. I was fully expecting the novel to be dark - and it was. But the author was just as good at bringing lighthearted moments just when you, the reader, needed them most.
I only had three complaints about the book. 1) In the past, a character in the book was arrested for statutory rape. However, according to Arizona law (Arizona 13-1405), statutory rape is "Sexual conduct with a minor to engage in sexual intercourse with someone under age 18." That means, since one party was 16 and one party was 14, both would be guilty of statutory rape and the parents wouldn't be able to bring charges against the boy without consequently bringing charges against their daughter as well. 2) I've worked in restaurants before and restaurants never let employees go on break at 12:30pm, right in the middle of lunch rush. Not to mention, restaurants routinely work on five-six hour shifts. This because they don't have to give breaks to minors and it breaks the average restaurant's day into two shifts. A "double shift" is generally 8-10 hours. 3) At one point, she mentions flash drives being hidden in object far too thin to hold them. This took me out of the story momentarily.
All in all, this was a good book, a good read, that kept me engaged with the characters, the plot, and the mystery straight to the end.