Charles Young


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Smashwords book reviews by Charles Young

  • Meeting Destiny on Oct. 28, 2011

    Oh my gosh! I just finished "Meeting Destiny" and it is so good! Nancy Straight's debut novel is a wonderful tale. I love the romantic/young adult angle the books takes in addition to a paranormal storyline that blends in perfectly with the characters. Not since "A Discovery of Witches" have I fallen in love with characters in a book. Lauren and Max are such great characters; I cannot wait to continue their story in "Destiny's Revenge"! As for Mrs. Straight, all I can say is Brava! Her writing style is wonderful and maintains an adult, yet youthful dialogue among her characters. It is refreshing to read a story in the young adult paranormal genre that does not use teenagers (who usually have too much free time on their hands) as the main characters. Self-published, Mrs. Straight's work is clear and concise; the editing is better than some best-sellers I have read as of late. Her Destiny trilogy is a must read and I highly recommend it!
  • Destiny's Revenge (Destiny Series Book 2) on Nov. 02, 2011

    What can I say? This is a wonderful addition to the Destiny Series. Nancy Straight does it again. The characters draw you in from the beginning and keep you engrossed in their tale until the final page (at which point you are wishing for more). One cannot help feel for Lauren and Max and their struggle to lead normal, happy lives. As their adventure continues from the pages of Meeting Destiny, the reader is once again cheering their love on as they struggle against new enemies and evil. I cannot wait for the next book in this series; I know it will be as good, if not better, than its predecessors.
  • Damian's Immortal (War of Gods, Book 3) on Dec. 12, 2011

    Another great story from one of my newly found favorite authors! I feel Lizzy Ford has really found her pace in this third installment. There are new characters to meet and plenty of old friends to blend the stories together. This one was the best by far! I really liked the plotline and how Lizzy has set us up for the fourth book for the Grey god. I can't wait till the next one comes out! Keep up the great work Lizzy!
  • Destiny's Wrath - Destiny Series Book 3 on Jan. 24, 2012

    It feels like I've waited forever to read Destiny's Wrath! This book was definitely worth the wait! When we last left Lauren and Max, Samuel transferred into Jimmy and Max was free from the threat of death at the hands of the Council. Now, several months later, the results of the events on that long-ago night are coming back to haunt them. Nancy Straight did a superb job on this book, and I was glued to my seat from the beginning! This book definitely takes our beloved characters on a darker journey. This aspect not only allows the characters to grow but helps ground the storyline in a more realistic set of events. Nancy has definitely grown as an author and this book proves it time and time again. Although I was sad to see the story come to an end, I was pleased with the ending. I'm anxious to see what she will come out with next. While I recommend this one to Young Adult Paranormal Romance fans, the writing and darker, adult tones of the story will appeal to the older, more mature Young Adult fans. It's definitely a page turner, with twists and turns that create a wild and fun ride! Get your copy and get settled in . . . you will not want to put it down!
  • Centaur Legacy on Nov. 23, 2012

    This is another addition in a great line of books from my favorite author Nancy Straight! The story picks up right after the first book and continues the adventure of Cami and Drake as they try to find a way to protect the love they are fighting to hold on to. This story introduces new, loveable characters and has a few surprised in store! Full of romance and twists, I was swept up from the first chapter and joined in as the adventure unfolded. I'm anxious to read the next in the series and to continue on with these characters I've come to love. I can only imagine what will happen next, but I'm certain it will be another great adventure!