Friday, June 21, 2013

The Adventures of Anna... At the Aquarium by D. L. Bentley

In this kids picture book, the
series continues the educational adventures of Anna, her friend Susan and her
parents going to the Aquarium.  The book's
format remains the same with more beautiful, engaging and appealing pictures
intermingled with the text in a very non-traditional and intriguing format that
immediately catches the reader's attention.

I received this book as a read and review gift. It's available for $0.99 on Amazon.

I reviewed it at 4 of 5 stars
The Adventures of Anna At the Aquarium is a really good children's book. Like in the first book it's very educational and the picture association helps little kids to learn what certain things are and how to lock an image to an item or word. I really enjoy the fact that the author doesn't go through the whole location and bog down the book with detail and information. Again, the dialogue was a bit dragging and repetitive in spots but it's easy to overlook when you get to learn about sea life.
B. Gillilan

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reviewed on June 21st, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Adventures of Anna ... At The Zoo by D. L. Bentley

The Anna series is an educational adventure series of books for toddlers that first takes Anna and her parents on a trip to the Zoo. The books are informative and interesting books for kids but that parents will enjoy as well. There are many beautiful, engaging and appealing pictures intermingled with the text in a very non-traditional and intriguing format that immediately catches the reader’s attention.

The story is further highlighted with exciting, little-known facts about animals that you would not necessarily learn at a real trip to the zoo. For instance, the word giraffe means camel plus leopard (a big tall camel with spots), that camels eat fish, and that zebra’s stripes are like fingerprints (none are alike). 

I received this book as a read and review. You can find it on Amazon for $0.99.

I reviewed it at 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. The educational value is very appreciated for children. Picture association increases the educational value for younger kids and adds a bit of fun to the book. My only issue with this book is that the dialogue drags on a bit. But it leaves a personal touch that identifies with children.
B. Gillilan

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reviewed on June 20th, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Trouble with Toads by Danyelle Leafty

Once upon a time a young girl wanted revenge. But first, she wanted to be beautiful.

Twelve-year-old Bettony has read enough stories that begin with once upon a time to know what happens to the ugly stepsisters at the end, and she’s determined to escape that fate by any means necessary—even by magic.

Unfortunately, when it comes to magic, there is no place for regret, refunds, or exchanges. Even if you accidentally turn your older sister into a toad.

If Bettony wants her happily ever after to end well, she’s going to have to find a way to turn her sister back into a person before their mother finds out she’s been dabbling with magic and grounds her for life. And if she wants to do that, she’s going to need more magic.

Tracking down the family magic turns out to be surprisingly easy. Now, if only it came with instructions . . .

I received this book as a read and review. It's available on Amazon for $0.99.

I reviewed it at 4 of 5 stars
I love when an author comes up with a fairy tail and adds in a few twists and turns from classics. This book is a bit slow to begin with  but once it gets going, it's really cute. The behavior between the sisters really grabs a reader and makes then think of the relationship they have with their own siblings. This book is full of magic and life lessons that the sisters, and in essence the reader, learn as the book carries on.

B. Gillilan

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reviewed June 18th, 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm by K. S. Brooks

The adventurous traveling terrier, Mr. Pish, takes us on a personally guided tour to show us what goes on at a farm. From playing with a cute lamb to driving a big swathing machine, Mr. Pish explores it all in Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm. In this sixth book in the Mr. Pish Educational Series, full color photographs and engaging text provide us with entertaining insight to teach us where our food comes from! Best viewed on a full color device.

I received this book as a read and review. It's available on Smashwords for $2.99

I reviewed it at 5 of 5 stars
Very cute!
I love that he starts off not wanting to go and in the end was super excited. Just like a little kid.
I really enjoy the educational aspect as well as giving kids a farming experience. The pictures of Mr. Pish with the animals was great!
Learning about the vehicles was a great experience and Mr. Pish in one of them was a cute touch.
I've really enjoyed this adventure.
B. Gillilan

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reviewed on June 16, 2013

Postcards from Mr. Pish: South and West Edition (Volume 4) by K. S. Brooks

 The adventurous Jack Russell Terrier, Mr. Pish, is back - this time to guide readers through portions of the southern and western United States in Postcards from Mr. Pish Volume 4. Each postcard Mr. Pish sends is filled with engaging text and full-color photographs designed to inspire both young and old to read, explore, and learn. As with all his books, history, geography, and more become inviting and fun - because of the charismatic traveling terrier! This is the fourth book in the Postcards from Mr. Pish Series, and the fifth book in the Mr. Pish Educational Series. (Best viewed on a large, color e-reader.)

I received this book as a read and review. You can purchase it for $2.99 on Smashwords.

I reviewed it at 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed Mr. Pish adventure through the South and West. I am from Alabama and I really enjoyed the history given about the Vulcan statue in Birmingham. I enjoy the feel of these books because it encourages kids to imagine they are on the trip with Mr. Pish. The pictures are a fun and personal touch.
B. Gillilan

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reviewed on June 16th, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Postcards from Mr. Pish: East Coast Edition (Volume 3) by K. S. Brooks

Mr. Pish, the lovable Jack Russell Terrier, leads readers on an expedition down the East Coast of the United States in Postcards from Mr. Pish Volume 3. With each new discovery, the traveling terrier sends a postcard with full-color photographs and engaging text geared to promote outdoor learning and literacy. Mr. Pish's enthusiasm inspires young and old to read, explore and learn in a fun way. (Fourth book in the Mr. Pish Educational Series, third in the Postcards Series.)

Best viewed with a color eReader.

I received this book in a read and review. It's available on Smashwords for $2.99 and on Amazon for $0.99

I reviewed it at 4 of 5 stars
This is a very interesting book. I feel like a child would enjoy this book due to the talking dog while parents would enjoy the educational aspect. 
I really enjoy the pictures of the places Mr. Pish has visited and the historical facts of each place. 
Children will enjoy the book while learning at the same time!
B. Gillilan

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reviewed on June 13th, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Right Wrong Number: A Short Story by Barbara Delinsky

In this 30-page short story by bestselling author Barbara Delinsky, Carly Kelly has just been presented with a life-changing business opportunity for tiny nursery and flower store, Plant People. But she only has four days to decide, which means she will most likely have to cancel her weekend trip away. She dials her friends to let them know, and excitedly launches into a speech about the opportunity. But when she pauses, a sexy, inquisitive stranger is on the other end, and he’s eager to hear about her store, her passions and her life. She’s dialed the wrong number--- and the man on the other end, with his deep voice, his charming jokes and his excellent advice, is a surprise she never expected…
Will this wrong number turn out to be right man for Carly?  Don't miss this 30-page short story from bestselling author Barbara Delinsky.
Featuring an excerpt from Barbara Delinsky’s upcoming novel, Sweet Salt Air, available June 2013.

I found this book on a Free Run on Amazon and it's still currently free.

I reviewed it at 3 of 4 stars
The Right Wrong Number is a cute short story. I know plenty of people wish they could end up with the same result when they call the wrong number. I know I would, usually I just get yelled at! I like the idea and the plot I just wish there was more to it. But the story is a fun read and kind of makes me think of the people I accidentally call and what could have happened.
Cute read
B. Gillilan

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reviewed on June 12th, 2013

Rowena Through the Wall:Expanded Edition (Land's End-Book#1) by Melodie Campbell

Book 1 in Land's End series

"Is that a broadsword on your belt, or are you just glad to see me?"

When Rowena falls through her classroom wall and lands in an alternate world, she doesn’t count on being kidnapped―not once, but twice―and the stakes get higher as the men get hotter.

College instructor Rowena Revel has a magical gift with animals and a huge problem. Gorgeous tunic-clad men keep walking through the wall of her classroom. If that isn't enough, she's being haunted by sexy dreams in a rugged land. Curious, she checks out the wall and falls through a portal into the world of her dreams.

After years of war, women are scarce. Rowena finds herself in a heap of man-trouble when she 'accidentally' marries distant cousin Ivan. Enter Cedric, who dabbles in black magic and has an even blacker heart. Throw in a Viking, the local wolf-king, a band of brigands and a goth-clad student who follows her through the portal, and Rowena is off on a rollicking adventure.

Unwanted husbands keep piling up, but that doesn't stop her from falling for the wrong brother. Not only that, she has eighteen year old Kendra to look out for and a war to prevent. Good thing she has the ability to go back through the wall. Or does she?

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This special expanded edition features an all-new ending based on a sequel I had planned. Due to the overwhelming response from readers who were too excited to wait, here's the entire story, including the thrilling conclusion to Rowena's journey.

I found it as a Free Run on Amazon and its now available for $2.99.

I reviewed it as 4 of 5 stars.
Melodie Campbell is an awesome writer and with Rowena through the Wall: Expanded edition she really takes the cake! I love the major and comedy of this book! It really draws the reader in and keeps them wanting more. I'm looking forward to the next book Rowena and the Dark Lord!
Looking forward to more!
Brandi Gillilan

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reviewed on June 12th, 2013

Through the Wall (An Apple Trail Novella) by Keri Ford

 She doesn’t want wild and raunchy, just a little spice…

He wants commitment and long-term, not a quick roll…

Two best friends who both want each other, but for very different reasons.

The walls are thin in the Apple Trail Apartments. Ever since she moved in after her divorce, Stephanie has listened to her best friend next door getting busy. By the bed knocking on the wall and the gasping women, Stephanie wants to be one of those women on the other side. She just has to get the courage up to ask.

The only woman Parker Madison ever wanted long-term was the very-married Stephanie. He’s tried finding a substitute, but there just isn’t another woman like her. Now that she's available, he just has to keep his hands to himself for a respectable length of time after her divorce. He’s planning to make a move after eight months. Stephanie takes him by surprise after three. Does he fulfill her request and risk becoming that best friend rebound guy or wait it out to better his chances for happily ever after?

I found it on a Free Run on Amazon and currently it's still free.

I reviewed it at 3 of 5 stars
Through the Wall is a funny and erotic story. I enjoy his reluctance at jumping into anything with her and the fact that he wants her to really think about it. It's a modern twist that the pursuer is the female this time. The story was well written and an enjoyable read. My only real critique it that the story feels like it should be longer,almost like it needs a few more pages to really tie it all together.
Great Read
Brandi G.

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reviewed on June 11th, 2013

Hell Hounds Are For Suckers (San Francisco Vampire Series) by Jessica McBrayer

Vampire, Hannah’s best friend has coupled up and Hannah is feeling alone and lonely. One night on a stroll through her favorite grave-yard she is be-hounded by a small growling fur ball. The puppy refuses to leave and reluctantly she takes him in. She soon needs expert advice because the puppy won’t eat any of the expensive dog chow she buys and burps fire.
Hannah consults her vampire friends and a friendly jinni and finds out she’s got herself a hell hound. And more, the jinni warns, there is sure to be an owner in the background somewhere. When a gorgeous demon shows up pounding on her door wanting his dog back, Hannah is suddenly in the middle of a humorous predicament. This between-quell, the second episode of the Vampires of San Francisco series, is a novella of 60 pages.

I found this on a Free Run on Amazon and it's still free.

I reviewed it at 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this read. Hades is an adorable Hell Hound and is a complete ham. Getting glimpses of Hannah's friends and a bit of their story makes the reader intrigued enough to be interested in purchasing the other books in the series to find out the whole story. Aidan is so sweet and your heart breaks for him. Diel's description is very sexy and I can picture a hot demon in my mind when it's his part. I really enjoyed the Hannah/Diel interaction and relationship. My only critique is the story is too short.

Good reading
Brandi G.

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reviewed on March 24th,2013

Angel Baby by Leslie Kelly

FIRST TIME IN PRINT--A Sexy, Heartwarming Romance from bestselling author Leslie Kelly

When Claudia Warren goes into premature labor in the worst possible place, at the worst possible time, a handsome stranger comes to her aid, saving her life and the life of her daughter.

Former rebel Chase Paxton is a loner, and he likes it that way, so delivering a stranger's baby shocks him to his core. Even more shocking is that the beautiful young mother disappears before he can even learn her last name.

Now, fate has brought the very sexy, available Claudia back into Chase's life. And while the physical attraction between them sizzles, neither wants any emotional tangles. Can two people who've sworn off love for good ever move beyond the past to trust in a future together?

I found it on a Free Run on Amazon it's now available for $2.99.

I reviewed it at 4 of 5 stars
It's a very sweet book. I really enjoyed the instant events in the start of the book and then the build up and development of the relationship later on. Sarah the baby is SO precious and a little daredevil! Her biting to learn thing she does reminds me of my nephew. EVERYTHING goes into his mouth. I love the roller coaster the romance goes through, it makes it more relate-able to the reader and it makes you stop and think of relationships you or your friends have gone through. Great book.
Brandi G.

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reviewed on February 5th, 2013

Out of Sight (The Men of T-FLAC: The Wrights, Book 5) by Cherry Adair

Sometimes chemistry is a matter of life and death. . . .
Though her confidence is badly shaken by a training accident, A. J. Cooper vows to become an excellent T-FLAC operative. She is everything the antiterrorist agency looks for—she’s smart, resourceful, and a crack shot. Eager to prove herself to her instructor, the highly regarded Kane Wright, A. J. takes on a difficult and potentially deadly assignment. A success in the field could be just the thing she needs to make her career with the agency—and working so closely with the extraordinary and irresistibly sexy Kane is a fantasy come to life.

Kane Wright is a master of disguise, hiding his powerful attraction for A. J. in the name of professionalism. But when she doesn’t bounce back quickly after her accident, Kane’s desire becomes concern. In the field, even a moment’s hesitation can turn a routine operation into a deadly one. With A. J. taking a lead position in this mission, Kane knows he won’t be able to take his eyes off his gorgeous tomboy trainee. Under the hot desert sun, even as they struggle to unravel a madman’s devious plot, their long denied passion will finally boil over. . . .

My sister also owns this book. You can buy it on Amazon for $7.19.

I reviewed it at 5 of 5 stars
I love books about proving you're more than your appearance and statistics. AJ is a sassy tomboy with a don't mess with me attitude. Kane is a bad boy with a big reputation. The chemistry between them sizzles almost from the start! The action and events in this book draws you in and keeps you wanting to see what happens next. The attention to details is obvious as you read when you learn information about Egypt as well as the research you'd need to know for some of the items or events used. I loved this book!
Brandi G.

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reviewed on February 5th, 2013

On Thin Ice (The Men of T-FLAC: The Wrights, Book 6) by Cherry Adair

 With Kiss and Tell, Cherry Adair wowed readers and set their pulses racing. The breathless, adventure-filled books that followed transformed Adair into one of romantic suspense’s brightest stars. No,w in her long-awaited hardcover debut, the award-winning author thrills us with a wild ride through the frozen north, where there are dangers greater than the bitter cold–and passions hot enough to melt ice.
Lily Munroe thought she had married an honest, dependable man, but she was painfully mistaken. It didn’t take long for her once-loving husband to become a secretive stranger–mixing with shady people and even shadier dealings. Although Lily nursed him through a sudden terminal illness, her marriage was over long before he passed away. During that difficult time, only her passion for the exhilarating Iditarod race across Alaska gave her something to look forward to–and she channeled her emotions into training dogs for the grueling event. Now single again, she’s more determined than ever to win the race, awaken her sense of self, and leave her past behind.

In the competition, the person to beat is two-time winner Derek Wright, a man Lily dubs Mr. Wrong. Extremely sexy and devilishly charming, Derek is the consummate playboy. Or is he? Although Lily can’t deny her intense attraction, she believes he is dangerous to her scarred heart. Little does she know that Derek is an elite antiterrorism agent–or how desperately she’ll need to depend on his skills to keep her alive once the race is under way.

My sister owns this book. You can find it on Amazon for $6.29

I reviewed it at 5 of 5 stars
Great book. I love the detail in this book. It's a great pace and keeps your attention all the way through. I love the dogs! Dingbat is precious! I love that Cherry Adair keeps with the idea of dog sledding and pulls it into the action and events throughout the book. Derrick is SO sexy and I love his personality and determination to get what or who he wants. I really loved the end but I won't be giving any spoilers in this review...
I will say that I love that Cherry made the effort to understand twins as Derrick in On Thin Ice and Kane in Out of Sight are twin brothers. They compliment each other but aren't exact copies of each other personality wise and as a twin myself I love it!

Brandi G.

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reviewed on
February 5th, 2013

Be Mine For Christmas (A Contemporary Romance Short) by Alicia Street, Scott Street

Single mom Ellie is lonely and struggling to find a job. She takes her little boy to a Christmas tree farm to see Santa and runs head on into a blue-eyed Viking with a winsome smile.

Reece opened his Christmas tree farm after the accident that nearly took his life. But it left him with the vision of a woman who would heal his heart.
"This is exactly the sort of story I love to read around this time of year." --Loves Romance

I found this book on a Free Run on Amazon and it's now $.99.

I reviewed it at 4 of 5 stars
Really good book.
It gives a lot of detail and sets a good pace.
I love that it involves family, loves, laughter and change with second chances.
Great read!
Brandi G.

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reviewed on December 7th, 2012

Mine At Midnight by Jacquie D'Alessandro

I found this on a Free Run on Amazon you can now get it for $1.99

I reviewed it at 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, sweet, and romantic!
I love that she is quick on her feet. I love that it embraces the Christmas season and doesn't just hint at it.
Great book and a great read
Brandi G.

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reviewed December 7th, 2012

The Haunted Spouse by Heather MacAllister

 RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice nominee for Best Harlequin Romance

A girl, a guy, and a haunted house

Architect Frizzie Lizzie, the Scream Queen, designs haunted houses. Architect Jared Rutledge's classic buildings are designs for the ages. Jared believes Lizzie is wasting her talent--and frequently tells her so. Lizzie tells him he needs to loosen up. That's probably why their business partnership didn't last any longer than their marriage. But now, Jared needs Lizzie's help in fixing a haunted house he designed to raise money for a physical therapy center. After she recovers from the shock of Jared asking for her help, Lizzie realizes it's the perfect opportunity to show him that she doesn't design "frivolous structures" and at last win his respect. Although if she's honest, Lizzie is hoping she'll win more than that.

Previously published in 1993 as a Harlequin Romance (r) by Heather Allison

I found this book on a Free Run on Amazon. You can purchase it for $3.99 on Amazon now.

I reviewed it at 5 of 5 stars
I just got this book and finished it in one day! It's very intriguing and really fun to read.
I love the romance and the suspense, I think the setting of Haunted Houses is the perfect book for this time of year! Great book!
Brandi Gillilan

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reviewed on November 5th, 2012

Fury (OtherKin) by Anya Bast

 Nikki is a cougar shifter living in a werewolf world. When she's promised as a mate to a wolf shifter named Merrick, the fur flies. Cats are solitary and proud. No way will she be tamed, not even if Merrick’s touch drives her insane with need.

But Merrick has wanted Nikki for a long time and there's no way he’s letting her go. He’ll use every dark and erotic trick he knows to seduce her body...and then win her heart.

This short story is offered by New York Times bestselling author, Anya Bast. Fury is part one of a two part series. Tranquility is the sequel. These titles are highly erotic and meant for those 18 years or older.

I found this book on a Free Run on Amazon and it is still free.

I reviewed it at 4 of 5 stars
I love the twist Ms. Bast put on the whole mate idea. It's a great read and if you are a Were lover you'll be addicted in no time. Very sweet but riveting as well. I greatly enjoyed it.
Brandi Gillilan

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reviewed on November 5th, 2012

Dark Moon (Decorah Security) by Rebecca York

I found this book on a Free Run on Amazon. You can now get it on Amazon for $0.99.

I reviewed it at 5 of 5 stars.
I am a huge fan of Rebecca York and anything that goes bump in the night. So when I found Dark Moon for free I had to have it.
I read it all in one sitting it was that addictive! It's a great story with an amazing plot and keeps you drawn into the story so it feels like you are with the characters. I hated the ending because it did just that....ended *pouts* Great story and I look forward to the next.
Brandi Gillilan

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reviewed on November 5th, 2012

The Christmas Angel by Nita Wick

I found this story on a Free Run on Amazon. It's still currently free.

I reviewed it at 5 of 5 stars
Such a beautiful story.
I love the whole idea of the story and how it progresses very quickly but doesn't feel rushed. It pulls at your heartstrings and makes you want to be the Christmas Angel too!I loved this book and read it over and over.
Brandi Gillilan

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reviewed on November 5th, 2012

Blame It On The Mistletoe by Lily Graison

I found this book on a Free Run on Amazon. It's available there now for $2.99

I reviewed it at 4 of 5 stars
 I really enjoyed this story. It was very sweet and really romantic. I love Ms. Graison's twist on the fake fiance plot. It is very well written and keeps your attention from start to finish.

Brandi Gillilan

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reviewed on November 5th, 2012

Ice Cold by Cherry Adair

I received Ice Cold as a birthday present last year and I loved it! It's available on Amazon for $7.99

It reviewed it at 5 of 5 stars.
I really enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and kept my attention throughout the book. I love Navarro's nickname the Italian Stallion and I get a kick out of female characters being named with what are usually endearment terms. I enjoy the development of the relationship and how they work together as partners on a mission as well. Great job Cherry! I look forward to the next!
Brandi Gillilan

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reviewed on November 5th, 2012

My Reviews

I read books and I post honest reviews. I don't try to sugar coat anything but I won't be nasty either. I have started read and reviews for authors. They can send me a book and I'll review it. My reviews are posted on here, Goodreads and Amazon. If there is another site they use it will go there too.
I post where I found it, the price then and now as well as the stars and my review. I post a link for interested readers and the date I reviewed.
This is my only warning, I read a wide variety of genres, from children's to Young adult. And from Fantasy to Erotica and M/M

Roadside ASSistance (Gay Erotic Stories #2) by Evan J. Xavier

I found this book through a Free Run on Amazon. It's now available for $2.99 on Amazon.

I reviewed it at 4 of 5 stars.
It's well written. Very erotic and even a bit romantic. The reminder of their previous knowledge of each other was a surprise but a good one.

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reviewed July 6th, 2012

The Mating Call by Marie Stephens

I did a read and review for this author. She's a very nice lady to talk to. Her book is available on Smashword for $3.99

I reviewed it at 2 of 5 stars
The information given for The Mating Call sounds great! I was looking forward to reading it since I love paranormal and especially Werewolves. I was disappointed for the most part with the book. 
There were several grammar and spelling errors that should have been caught in the editing phase. They tended to be distracting, especially when the book was speaking of Lucian and would say her instead of he or him.
In my opinion Samantha raged and yelled too much in the beginning when normally questions would be asked. 
It's a bit hard to read in some spots because of the sections being bogged down with too much detail or detail placed in odd spots. I love knowing what characters look like but it can be broken up into multiple spots. Also, usually you describe people when they are looking at each other not after one leaves the room. There also happens to be a lot of spots that repeat the same thing over and over in a small area.
The pace is a bit rushed, I understand novellas are small and you need to get from point a to point b but more filler would help spread out the plot and made for an easier read.
It does get better as you read at about the middle but it gets really hurried at the end. More could have happened or something could have been expanded on such as her gift with dreams which is only mentioned in passing.
The plot has great potential and the story would be great if it was expressed better.
Brandi G.

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reviewed June 12, 2013