This short story is actually pretty good. Compared to the description, this wasn't what I expected at all -- there's a huge twist in the story and it'This short story is actually pretty good. Compared to the description, this wasn't what I expected at all -- there's a huge twist in the story and it's awesome.
The reason this gets 3/5 stars is because the ending was abrupt, and although it made sense, the pacing changed so much at the very end that I couldn't rate this one higher. If the ending had been drawn out a bit more, and the overall story was a bit longer, I would have enjoyed this more....more
This review has been brewing in my mind for weeks, but I haven't quite known how to write it.
To start, I loved the hell out of this book. Sophia is WiThis review has been brewing in my mind for weeks, but I haven't quite known how to write it.
To start, I loved the hell out of this book. Sophia is Wiccan, and the way the religion is portrayed is so accurate and peaceful that I can't help but appreciate it. I loved the small town she lived in, that her mom is a bit of a nut, and how Sophia has a certain knack for showing up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Rebecca Hamilton does a great job creating a unique and mysterious paranormal world, and I loved the characters as well as how everything was tied up so well in the end.
When I finished this novel, it felt as though it worked just fine as a stand-alone novel (and I read in an interview here on goodreads that Hamilton did have that intent), I'm glad it's part of aa series so I can read more of Sophia's adventures....more
I wanted to like this, but it was clear from the first page that I wasn't going to. The scene description, character descriptions, dialogue.. it's allI wanted to like this, but it was clear from the first page that I wasn't going to. The scene description, character descriptions, dialogue.. it's all mundane. Twice in the story (and it is SHORT), the author wrote in the total bill for their lunches. TWICE. And described your run-of-the-mill school cafeteria, with absolutely no interesting or unique details.
This is a short story which takes place in a cafeteria, and the main character is convinced she's in love with a guy she's never talked to. Heard that one before, right? And when you idolize someone you don't actually know, they often disappoint you. So, guess what happens...
With an ending like that, I have no idea why the author even wrote this story. No character development, no lessons learned. It doesn't have a point, really.
The good part: I finished this in about 5 minutes....more
The whole void / taker aspect was interesting, but not taken as far as I would have liked. The opening scenes were intriguing, Evee discovers her frieThe whole void / taker aspect was interesting, but not taken as far as I would have liked. The opening scenes were intriguing, Evee discovers her friend Jaeger's soul has been taken by, oh guess what, a Taker, and she's set on getting it back.
How she manages it in this short story, though, that part's a little far-fetched...
Everything was solved too quickly, the only action scene read like our protagonists had no trouble at all, and the ending was cheesy.
This story follows two best girl friends who are forced to come to terms with one of them having breast cancer.
The cover makes it seem as though thisThis story follows two best girl friends who are forced to come to terms with one of them having breast cancer.
The cover makes it seem as though this is just about two women relaxing at the beach, but it's a lot deeper than that. Addison tells her friend Rori that she has cancer while they're on vacation. This short story is well written and tells of the friendship these two women have, along with the sacrifices and hardships which must be made and dealt with during Addison's cancer treatments.
I was skeptical about this one, not sure I was going to like it. However, the characters are well written and their actions and dialogue felt real so I was pulled into the story.
It is a quick read, but emotionally it may not be the easiest....more
Jeremy, a child who was dropped off at an orphanage by his parents at a very young age, tells a memoir type story of his life. It's told mostly in pasJeremy, a child who was dropped off at an orphanage by his parents at a very young age, tells a memoir type story of his life. It's told mostly in past tense, though sometimes switches to present tense and back again.
The first part of this story caught and held my interest as Jeremy leads the reader through his sorrow-filled past.
The second half is more mysterious, perhaps even more ominous, but for me misses the mark. There isn't much dialogue or action, instead it's still as if Jeremy is simply telling the story rather than living it.
It's obvious Brina Courtney has a lot of good ideas, it's just that none of them are fully realized within this short story. I realize that may be the point, to entice the reader and get them to buy the subsequent book. But for me, I'm not enticed. The second half of the story was disjointed and offered too many ideas without giving consideration to explaining enough of them.
There is a good chance though that the novel is better organized and explains Courtney's ideas thoroughly instead of throwing them out at random--and it does have good reviews on goodreads so it isn't quite fair to write it off....more
Such a great freaking parody! I haven't read either Twilight or 50 Shades, had no idea 50 Shades was originally a parody of Twilight or any of that. RSuch a great freaking parody! I haven't read either Twilight or 50 Shades, had no idea 50 Shades was originally a parody of Twilight or any of that. Regardless of me obviously being clueless as to exactly how those two books are written / what they're about (though, come on, nobody can be ENTIRELY clueless when it comes to either considering how much hype they get), this was awesomely hilarious!
Shaffer mentioned that he'll post more chapters on his website, and of course I will be reading those as well!...more
This fell pretty flat for me. Rei is a runner, which I guess means she delivers either packages or a message to a person. Definitely not the legitimatThis fell pretty flat for me. Rei is a runner, which I guess means she delivers either packages or a message to a person. Definitely not the legitimate type job you brag about once you land it. Rei ends up delivering a message to a blue-haired girl, and I have no idea why that scene was important.
What I did learn: Rei wants to quit her dangerous job because she's in love with a guy.
Not interesting enough for me to want to read Girl Parts. I actually didn't take the time to read the excerpt for that book in the back after this short story ended so abruptly....more
This read a bit like a typical urban fantasy. There are vampires and werewolves, a mysterious and dangerous vampire who seems to be potential love intThis read a bit like a typical urban fantasy. There are vampires and werewolves, a mysterious and dangerous vampire who seems to be potential love interest, and a werewolf who thinks he's a big bad wolf.
Men with ego problems, it sounds like. Arys, the dangerous vampire, meets Alexa (our MC werewolf) when she's out one night trying to take out some vampires. She makes a mistake and ends up caught with no easy way to escape, that is until Arys comes into the scene.
In the second chapter, Alexa is at a party where she ends up in a room alone with the big bad wolf, and yes, he is deserving of that nickname based on what happens here. Luckily, Alexa gets away, but it's only to meet up with Arys again in chapter three.
What's a bit fascinating is that there is some unique paranormal chemistry or attraction between Alexa and Arys, though she is werewolf and he is vampire. I'm curious as to what's going on between them, and I'm sure the full-length novel would let me know if I decide I want to read it. ...more
This novella is an enjoyable read for its interesting take on vampires. It starts out as though this is intended for a young adult audience, but quickThis novella is an enjoyable read for its interesting take on vampires. It starts out as though this is intended for a young adult audience, but quickly turns adult.
In the beginning of the story, Trinity is a teenager working a simple retail job and arguing with her parents about whether she can go out to a club. Trinity, being eighteen, heads out for the night even though her parents tell her not to because, hey, she's a legal adult. Her immaturity in the beginning versus her new found adult personality after she's been turned into a vampire is an intriguing revelation.
Suddenly, Trinity doesn't behave like a young adult, and she finds herself able to easily make her own decisions or communicate with her parents without throwing tantrums or involving herself in petty arguments. I like this aspect of the story because it's a unique take on vampires--that it isn't just a physical change, but a mental one too.
When Trinity wakes up as a vampire, it is her mission to find the man who made her this way, and to find her friend whom was at the club with her the night of her transformation. There's a cute detective, a few erotic scenes, and a violent vampire who gets a kick out of sadism.
The story switches between Trinity's point of view and the detective's, which is intriguing because in this vampire world Trinity can have a mental impact on a human (the detective in this case) even whenever she is nowhere physically near that person.
Overall, I really liked this novella. Yes, there are some scenes intended for 18+ readers, which are both erotic and violent. A few parts are humorous, others may be bothersome or disturbing to sensitive readers, and much of it is very well-written. Trinity is a solid character who is enjoyable to read about. ...more
What a fun read! This short story has lively characters, an intriguing plot line involving training to battle demons and hell hounds, and gorgeous illWhat a fun read! This short story has lively characters, an intriguing plot line involving training to battle demons and hell hounds, and gorgeous illustrations to bring it all to life. I liked the training scenes, the conflict between Raven and Mace, and the overall story. ...more
I made the decision to download and read this book because it sounded funny, and it did not disappoint! There are, as the title suggests, 101 tips forI made the decision to download and read this book because it sounded funny, and it did not disappoint! There are, as the title suggests, 101 tips for traveling with a vampire. These tips are often aimed at the human who must help a vampire travel, because according to the author, sometimes being a vampire means you have to travel quite a bit. And since vampires can only travel at night or in dark places, and they need to feed or drink blood on a regular basis, well.. as the human companion traveling with a vampire, you should be prepared!
There are tips for traveling by air, boat, or on a road trip by car, and each of these sections has a lot of good tips to help you decide the best way to travel with your particular vampire companion.
At the end, there are 25 more tips for dealing with your vampire, and those are amusing as well. ...more
This is a fantastic science fiction story about Nora, a no-nonsense woman on a mission to find her son. She is lucky to have the companionship of JuleThis is a fantastic science fiction story about Nora, a no-nonsense woman on a mission to find her son. She is lucky to have the companionship of Jules and Gordon, a husband and wife team, to accompany her on this adventure.
Action-packed and suspenseful, this story exceeded my expectations. The storyline was clever, and I love the world that M.S. Fowle created. I highly recommend this to any scifi or short story fans. ...more
The first thing I want to say is that unlike other reviewers, I did NOT expect the ending.
Charlie is late, and as the short story says, it's the mostThe first thing I want to say is that unlike other reviewers, I did NOT expect the ending.
Charlie is late, and as the short story says, it's the most important day of his life. He is a small and frail man, and an awkward character. The other people in the story don't seem to care about him personally, and everyone else is quite nonchalant when interacting with him. Considering the ending, this puts off a bit, but I still enjoyed this story. ...more
Hillary is an eighteen year old girl who is glad to have graduated, as she didn’t have the best time in high school. Due to constant bullying, she creHillary is an eighteen year old girl who is glad to have graduated, as she didn’t have the best time in high school. Due to constant bullying, she created a ritual to guard her from a girl named Krystal Sykes who continuously gave her a hard time at school. Hillary had a trip planned to Hawaii to visit her sister Molly, and though Molly’s husband Steve passed away between the time Hillary’s travel plans were set and the dates of actual travel, she was still invited and encouraged to make the trip.
Hillary’s time in Hawaii is more than a simple summer vacation, as she soon learns. Moa is a seven year old girl who used to be human, but now has a very important role as an Ancestral Gatekeeper which is linked to the Ancient World. She is in dire need of Hillary’s help, as she has powers she needs to fully realize in order to save Hawaii from ceasing to exist. The plot is interesting, and I appreciate the inclusion of spirituality and the metaphysical. As the story moves along, it becomes more of a tale of self-discovery and growth, and has a theme where the characters strive to create stronger family relationships.
The beginning of each chapter offers a ritual including the necessary oils and incense, an incantation, and instructions for how to perform the ritual. I enjoy these, as they give a better sense of the metaphysical world within the novel, and more of an understanding as to the types of rituals that Hillary is performing throughout the story. As someone who strongly believes in the metaphysical, Hillary believes heavily in signs and connections which cannot be explained. Due to her own beliefs, Hillary’s relationship with Moa is intriguing. Within the novel, there is art, Hawaiian history, and words translated into Hawaiian, and each of these aspects help to make the setting of this novel more solid.
The writing itself seems to switch between first and third person, making some aspects of the novel unclear or confusing. At the beginning, I thought the story was being told from Hillary’s point of view, but I learned later on that it was not. I understand that this must be an intentional move by the author, but there may have been a less confusing way to write that into the story.
This story, along with all of its metaphysical components, was intriguing and enjoyable to read....more