I've read 6 of them and enjoyed most of them. Here is a brief reaction to those I read and they are not in order of the boxed set or that I read them....moreI've read 6 of them and enjoyed most of them. Here is a brief reaction to those I read and they are not in order of the boxed set or that I read them. :)
One really ticked me off, which surprised me because I've previously enjoyed that author. However, the selection for this boxed set didn't make any sense to me. I'm purposely not using names because I do like this author. This one just wasn't for me.
One story I skipped just because it didn't sound interesting to me.
One story was a good romance but the suspense was almost non existent.
One story was good but felt too short. I guess that's a good thing.
It only took 5 hours to read. Note, not the best to read while flying. It's emotionally powerful and I cried through many scenes leaned up against the...moreIt only took 5 hours to read. Note, not the best to read while flying. It's emotionally powerful and I cried through many scenes leaned up against the airplane window in an effort to hide.
Abramson makes you care about Maya from the very beginning. Her quiet strength and tenacity makes you ache with each thing that tries to tear her down. I wasn't sure about Ben at first, but it didn't take him long to be raised to "knight in shining armor" status.
Heiner writes these true events with great story telling skills. You start to get lost and then it hits you...these are real people and real events. I...moreHeiner writes these true events with great story telling skills. You start to get lost and then it hits you...these are real people and real events. I've already cried my way through several chapters. My heart aching for the trials and fear these women went through, but also feeling a pride for their strength as well as those who stepped up to help from the very beginning. (less)
I should admit that Marcy is a friend and fellow moderator over at Unicorn Bell with me. She is also with the same publisher I am--WiDo Publishing. Th...moreI should admit that Marcy is a friend and fellow moderator over at Unicorn Bell with me. She is also with the same publisher I am--WiDo Publishing. This is her debut novel and holy cow does she come out swinging. I read her book in one day. It's been almost a week and I've put off this review for one reason.
I'm not sure what to say. I've been trying to think of real "review-type" things to say, but I can only think of a few and I'm afraid you'll think I'm just being nice to a friend. But that's not it at all. The fact is I got lost in the story and didn't pay any attention to the writing. I felt fear for Katie, angry at Jack for being such a jerk in the beginning, but grew to like him as much as Katie did.
Marcy floored me by making me feel like I really was back in 1881. The style is different, but the details were as good as the Louis L'Amour books I read as a teen. Didn't see that one coming did you? Yes, it was awesome. And when our characters were in the "near future" time of their actual time, Marcy had nice little details that made it feel real and totally possible. Nothing way out their crazy, but just little things that still gave it the flavor of "not now".
The best way I can sum it up is--Back to the Future III meets Somewhere In Time.(less)
Another excellent novel from M.D. Waters. I fell into Emma's world on page one. It hasn't been too long since I read the first part of the story--Arch...moreAnother excellent novel from M.D. Waters. I fell into Emma's world on page one. It hasn't been too long since I read the first part of the story--Archetype--but I don't think that's why it was so easy to get lost in Waters book. Emma is wonderfully human. She is often confused and scared but has hope that if she keeps moving she will eventually find the peace and happiness she craves.
She makes mistakes, but she's willing to admit that. Because she loves Noah and Adrienne so much she's willing to do anything not to hurt them, even if it means giving them up again. Thank goodness Noah won't stand for that!
This book was hard to read in spots. Why? Because I was so emotionally entrenched that I was afraid to read what was going to happen. As an author I knew what the worst possible thing was that could happen to Emma. I knew that it was coming, but I didn't want it to. Who would be the one to betray Emma and destroy her delicate happiness? I actually put the book down and walked away for a few hours when I got there because I'd been on the edge of my seat so long I needed an emotional break. That's how good it is!
If I had to nit pick for something to complain about it would be the fact Emma doesn't use contractions when she talks. Maybe no one else did either. Maybe it was a clone thing. I don't know, but Emma's dialogue is the only place I found myself noticing that she never spoke in contractions. Other than that, I was completely lost in another person's life. (less)
This book had me from the very first chapter. The voice is great. It somehow stays light and fun while delving into solving a gruesome crime.
Callie's...moreThis book had me from the very first chapter. The voice is great. It somehow stays light and fun while delving into solving a gruesome crime.
Callie's relationship with Ashara and her Maw-Maw is so naturally funny and heart-warming that sometimes I forgot poor Molly got hacked up. There are moments of delicious suspense where I was on the edge of my seat, almost wanting to yell at them to watch out! Here's a quick list of the goods and lows of the book.
What worked: the voice the relationship between the characters the logical progression of their detective work the suspense
What didn't work for me: I really wanted to know more about Callie's death (Since this is the first of the series, I'm sure more will come) The language (I'm not big on swearing and this one had a lot for me)(less)
It felt like a slow start, but once I settled into the world I really enjoyed it. The time "bubble" was a great idea and way to keep these two worlds...moreIt felt like a slow start, but once I settled into the world I really enjoyed it. The time "bubble" was a great idea and way to keep these two worlds going. (less)
This is the first LDS fiction that I've read in a LONG time. I used to read them as a teen, but eventually moved away from them. They all followed the...moreThis is the first LDS fiction that I've read in a LONG time. I used to read them as a teen, but eventually moved away from them. They all followed the same pattern and were borderline cheesy at best.
NOT so with Deep Cover. In fact it was so good I read it in one day. And I didn't start until the afternoon. Yes the main characters were members of my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), but the story was a CIA/FBI story. Church wasn't a player. Well, there were moments that another member of this church would feel extra sympathy with Kelsey because of all she was giving up in order to be really good at her job. But non-members will be able to connect with her for the same reasons. AND Abramson kept the church cultural references to a minimum so that readers wouldn't feel lost there.
Having met Traci and learning that she is former CIA, I believed every bit of this book. Write what you know and all of that. The pacing was great. Moments of intense conflict and tension and then slower moments to catch our breath. I felt for Kelsey and the way she was trapped between so many decisions. She was REALLY good at her job. A job she didn't exactly choose for herself. But she knew she could make a difference in keeping the US safe from terrorism. But this job requires her to lie to everyone she loves. And if you have to use an alias while working at the CIA you are really Deep Cover.
I give Deep Cover by Traci Abramson a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) because it was cleanly written, and I read it in a day I enjoyed it so much.
1-5 scale and what it means: 1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad 2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing 3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive 3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love 4: Solid mind candy / worth reading 4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read 5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure(less)
This one was hard for me. I don't read a lot of fallen angel stories. For some reason they all feel the same to me, even when they are completely diff...moreThis one was hard for me. I don't read a lot of fallen angel stories. For some reason they all feel the same to me, even when they are completely different. (Yeah, it doesn't make sense to me either.) I guess technically this one isn't a fallen angel book to begin with, but let's jump in anyway.
What I Liked: Gabby. She's real, quirky, emotional, and every bit a teenage girl who gets her wires crossed leading to trouble.
Jake is the perfect hero for her. He's all guy and some of his actions make it easy for her to misunderstand his intentions.
Arroyo has some good twists and turns in the mystery part of the story. You're never quite sure who the good guys are or the bad.
She knows how to write terror!
What bothered me: There were a few typos, but that wasn't too bad. However, there were some spots where I just had no clue what just happened. I don't know if it was an editing mistake, or if it's just because I don't read a lot in this genre and am clueless.
I felt like the book contained two styles of writing. For the most part it read like a YA book, but the murder scenes were gruesome and dark. And detailed. More like some of the hard core murder/detective novels I've read. It jarred me a bit each time.
In the end I enjoyed the story and was torn about where Gabby finds herself. She's changed, and yet she's still not sure what she is. And Jake is...oops...sorry, you won't get any spoilers out of me. :)(less)
I had the privilege of reading this book before it was contracted. The second read through was just as enjoyable and rewarding as the first time. Coff...moreI had the privilege of reading this book before it was contracted. The second read through was just as enjoyable and rewarding as the first time. Coffelt crafts a wonderful story of courage and love set in a chilling reality where one crazed woman controls all those who can work magic. Well, almost all.
Justus is a strong hero. Even in his sullen moods you can't help but like him. He lives by his convictions and is doing quite well for himself until the unexpected happens. He falls in love. And with the most dangerous woman possible. Sable is running from the Imperium, but she's never free of their watchful eye. She is the prize worth waiting for, and once crazy Tiarra gets her she'll be the weapon to bring down all who resist the Imperium's control.
I love all the characters in this story. Bert the impertinent teen who has to learn the hard way, the sweet couple who take care of everyone, even the two hunters struggling to break free of Tiarra's grasp.
Without giving any spoilers, I just have to say that I loved the subtle difference between the original ending and the published ending. The clues have all been dropped and I'm just waiting for Coffelt to write the next book. I love how Justus' inner struggle is more of the focal point at the end as well. I can't wait for the next in the series!(less)
I received a free copy of this for reviewing several months ago and although I'm not finished with the book, thought I'd go ahead and share my thought...moreI received a free copy of this for reviewing several months ago and although I'm not finished with the book, thought I'd go ahead and share my thoughts with you. The only reason I'm not finished is because I've been working through the steps Dr. Drago sets out to solidify some of the characters I'm working with in my WIPs. Since I haven't been writing much the last the last three months, I haven't been thinking along the lines of improving said writing.
I did however get 45% through the book and have found it to be very helpful with digging into the subconscious motivations of my own characters. I read one review where the reader complained that this felt like a psychology book, this is one of the things that I liked about the book. They also complained that it was similar to other books on the same topic out there. Not having read any other books on this recently I can't comment on that. I can only say it was helpful for me. I also liked how he used characters from popular movies and books to illustrate his point.
I've been going through slowly, step by step with each of my characters. As I get to know how their minds work I'm understanding how they will act and react to certain situations. When I get to sit down and finally write, I'm hoping this will result in realistic and natural progression of the story.
If you are having trouble figuring out your characters, this is a great place to start.(less)
I'm a sucker for cowboys, don't know why, but I am. I even devoured Louis L'Amour books in high school. Anyway, this one had all the hero factor he ne...moreI'm a sucker for cowboys, don't know why, but I am. I even devoured Louis L'Amour books in high school. Anyway, this one had all the hero factor he needed to make this story work. Melanie's health issues came on very fast, and at times (just the beginning) I wondered if they could come on that fast, but in the end I didn't even care. The chemistry between her and Adam was wonderful,
My favorite part of the story though was the suspense. How creepy to know someone is watching you, judging you--and then deciding that you don't get to live. I loved that Adam brought out Melanie's own strength. He was the hero by helping her realize that she could save herself. That's something girls don't get a lot of these days--you can be beautiful, feminine and strong as nails.(less)
I picked this one up on the recommendation from a friend. There were no expectations on my part, and the first chapter had me really confused. There w...moreI picked this one up on the recommendation from a friend. There were no expectations on my part, and the first chapter had me really confused. There was a lot of jumping around in time and I wasn't sure who I was supposed to be focused on. I almost stopped reading, but I'm glad I didn't.
Once the background info was set down through those 3 (?) short (thank goodness they were short!) scenes the story settled down to one timeline and one character. That's when I was able to find my footing and enjoy the story. I enjoyed the things I learned about dog grooming. Perhaps this is because I've been trying to groom my own dog for the last year. However, the story really come alive with the creep factor and the supernatural elements. Even the romance felt barely there compared to the dark force haunting Brenna, her land, and ultimately all of humanity.(less)