I picked up this book on an author-giveaway-day on Smashwords. Somehow I forgot that I already had it. Then Kindle had a freebie day and I pick it upI picked up this book on an author-giveaway-day on Smashwords. Somehow I forgot that I already had it. Then Kindle had a freebie day and I pick it up there, too. Does that ever happen to you? I look at the cover, it does play into how I feel about a book. Then I read the blurb and about the author. This book must have passed those criteria with flying colors!
After a slow start, getting to know the characters, Proximity took off. I was hooked. From about 60% of the book, I couldn't stop reading. In fact, I was still reading at 5 this morning. Thank goodness for an ending that didn't leave me hanging. Sure there was a few threads that need to be taken care of, but I was left elated which, of course, made me wakeful, wondering how the next bits will be taken care of. (Non-spoiler enough?)
I can't wait for payday so I can get the next book. Thank you M.A. George for writing such a different, kind of story. Oh, and I need to mention how I loved that the characters were very well educated with goals and talents, along with a little romance. Very good!...more
Sometimes when you read something that doesn't work, you have to put it aside and come back with fresh eyes. That is what I had to do with this seriesSometimes when you read something that doesn't work, you have to put it aside and come back with fresh eyes. That is what I had to do with this series. The first time I tried to read it I found myself getting messed up with the dates and years. This is where a tree book would have solved my problem quickly. But with the Kindle flipping through pages to see the beginnings of each chapter messes with the ability to sync between apps. So I let it go and started this again a couple days ago. I still had that date issue but plowed on through and--wow! I was glad I did! Turns out that things resolve themselves so that you can figure out if it is in the past or present moment. So don't worry about it.
Okay. If anyone knows me, they know I am not into werewolves, angels and demons, etc. Nightmare stuff for me. So, take it from me, that S.M. Reine can tell a story that will keep you focused on nothing else but her story. Yeah, there is a lot of blood and guts, and all the above. Yet the characters she has inhabiting my world (yeah, Reno!) are likable and flawed. There is enough faith in these characters to know that the good guys win and make it a better place to live.
Did I mention Reno? Ms. Reine placed her story in my city and I could picture everywhere than she mentions in this book. I have to admit that I will keep on the lookout for zombies and giant spiders near the university. And watch out for demons here, everyone!
The pictures I see of the author make her look like she's twelve, but she is a fantastic writer. Not a word is wasted, every word moves the story and you just can't wait to see what her young mind can make real next. You would think I would understand how it is she writes so well with as many of hers books that I've read, but I am more amazed with each book.
For those of you just getting started I'd read the Seasons of the Moon series first and then move into the Cain Chronicles then you can do the side step into the Descent Series. I still have a couple more of those and then there is the Ascension series. I plan to read them all. I can't get enough of this author's words and worlds. Well done!...more
Disclaimer: this book was given to me by the author for an honest review.
I'm not one to read about demons. And at times, this book felt like a nightmaDisclaimer: this book was given to me by the author for an honest review.
I'm not one to read about demons. And at times, this book felt like a nightmare. But somehow my mind did not pick up on that. I didn't have a nightmare.
Demon possession occurs when you first get into the book. Not the demon possessing you, but you looking through the eyes of the demon. It was a bit weird for me because I hadn't read the books that the demon had come from. But that didn't stop the story from being understandable. Had I not read anything by S.M. Reine, this still would be an interesting story.
I love Ms. Reine's characters, in spite of being paranormal, they seem very real. This book will keep you on your toes, biting your nails with all the suspense. And get ready because the last part might keep you up all night. It was really bad because I finished it before I went to sleep. I had to start another book to dull me back to sleep.
If you can handle the paranormal if you love the paranormal, this book is for you. I will be looking at the books I haven't read yet, so that I will be ready when the next of the series is out. Thank you Sarah for letting me read your great book....more
These are the tags/shelves I gave to this ebook. 1990s, book-1, ebook, free-for-review, free-from-author, grunge, read, screenplay, teen, young-adult Si These are the tags/shelves I gave to this ebook. 1990s, book-1, ebook, free-for-review, free-from-author, grunge, read, screenplay, teen, young-adult Since it is a screen play I found the text-to-speech cumbersome with stage directions, etc. So I didn't include that feature. This was a PDF that I had to convert using my Calibre or I wouldn't have been able to read it at all.
As the author told me, this was her first. Given this and the fact that I am not the demographic the screenplay is directed toward, I knew I was just using the book to reacquaint myself with the medium of screen writing. I have written a partial screenplay and found it very hard! So for that I give the author GREAT Kudos! And I do think, now that I am into it I will like the next ebook much better.
Look, I am 63. My children and their friends in L.A. county, CA probably would 'get' this more than I do. My favorite view of that generation was Dawson's Creek. If that says anything. When I read in the Afterwords of the ebook that this story had LGBT parts, I was surprised. I must have missed a lot of innuendo or something. But I applaud the effort and maybe others who are closer readers will see it.
When I was a teen, we dated a person and that took us away from the core group. What I like about the 90's teens is how they stayed a group and regardless of who was going with whom the group absorbed them and gave them a stable backing. So I did see within the ebook that great evolving avenue for teens.
Unfortunately the worst part, for me, is what I am so far away from as an old lady. Angst. Drama. I am not saying that is wrong. It is what we all went through. It is a common denominator for all generations. I would NEVER want to be a teen, as exciting as it was, ever again. That drama of insecurity while trying to grow up was painful at best. OtessaOtessa Marie Ghadar Got it right-on!
I did feel cheated when I finally finished the book and headed over to watch the actual webisodes. I was hoping that watching would fill in the gaps of what I didn't catch in written form. Unfortunately the old ones cost $14 and with my tight budget I can't afford 99 cents, so that seems a fortune to me. Hopefully, I will be able to watch them later. I do plan to continue to read the next ebook. I do find the medium of the screenplay inspiring. Maybe I will get back to mine when finished reading these....more
Libraries, bookstores and friends (family) the true gold of this world. At least for me. Family fits in there, too, but to me, they are friends with cLibraries, bookstores and friends (family) the true gold of this world. At least for me. Family fits in there, too, but to me, they are friends with common DNA. Just like books in the bookstore or library, a friend/family member is there to lend their uniqueness to your life. Gold.
I borrowed this book from the library. I was lucky that they had it in Kindle form and that text-to-speech was enabled. I think I will have to buy this book in Kindle form and see if there is an Audible version. That would make the book even more golden.
Thank you, my good friends, for recommending this book so highly. Though it fits none of my criteria for my reading goals of 'books by women with strong female protagonist', it still has a couple women that are smart and goal oriented. Still, it wouldn't pass the Bechdel Test http://bechdeltest.com/.
Look, for many of you the title will dissuade you from reading the book. It, frankly, sounds dreary! But as I was telling my husband, it feels as intriguing as Da Vinci Code (sorry, I never read that one--not my kind of book). There are codes to solve and mysteries to unravel all against the background of San Francisco and New York. For me, the best part is that there is no blood and guts to worry about. Yet the story keeps you engaged, wondering what is going to happen next.
I would like to read it again. I look forward to the second book. ...more
"You've Got Mail!" That was the first thing I thought about when I picked up this book and CD from the library. The history of that movie for me, is t"You've Got Mail!" That was the first thing I thought about when I picked up this book and CD from the library. The history of that movie for me, is that my husband and I consider this 'our' movie. We met on an online pen-pal forum. So we had watched it a million time, give or take. We both are obsessed with books, reading and writing them. So when I saw the title of the book: by Noel Streatfield, I realized that the 'shoe books' were real, not just a title made up for the movie. That, also, brought up the sadness of small family bookstores or other small stores being run out by the big 'Fox' type stores. So as I started reading the book I felt a melancholy mass of emotions.
Those feeling quickly went away. I was soon absorbed into this charming story of three adopted sisters in the 1930's. I loved that the books didn't talk down to children. The vocabulary was more advanced than many adult books of today. And let me mention the narrator, Elizabeth Sastre, was so delightful to listen to as I read the paperback. I now have to find the next book and CD. I want to see what happens next.
My only complaint of the book was the last line in French. There was no interpretation offered. I assume it may have been the same line used previously in the book that was translated. But this was a library book and I already turned it in when I thought of that. Maybe someone could let me know. Meanwhile the book and CD are on my wishlist for my own copies....more
What backwoods, backward thinking (taking women back to the chastity belt days) piece of c***. I only got to 10% and couldn't bear this anymore. TakeWhat backwoods, backward thinking (taking women back to the chastity belt days) piece of c***. I only got to 10% and couldn't bear this anymore. Take a lesson from Dawson's Creek and the dialogue might be worth reading. Still the concepts of parental abuse, and old fashioned ways to keep women in their place according to Daddy. I have finally found a book I cannot recommend to anyone, especially young adults. It may get better. There seems to be a lot of people who love this book. But I have had enough. I have over 3K books to read....more