Rebecca Weller

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Beneath The Skin

This is a superbly written story, well layered a great balance between action and plot building. It's different than other things on here in a fantastic way. Shakti is a brilliant character of strength and independence, and her supporting cast are all very well written. I loved the duality of machine and mechanics versus the supernatural, and the steampunk element is intriguing and written in an easily believable not over the top sort of way. My only real question would be the twist that occurs in chapter eighteen. Didn't see it coming, and with the back and forth nature of the characters dialogues throughout the first half of the book would have expected it to become the central focus of the story instead of almost a subplot. Still, very well done.

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This Never Happened

It's contemplative, it's introspective, and it's sort of crazy. Cepik is struggling through life trying to come to grips with reality and whether identity is reality. The story moves at a decent pace as the reader tries to unravel what is actually happening, the potential psychosis he is surrounded by. There is an overall tone of sadness, as we follow along with Cepik and question whether the fanciful is true and the mundane the dream. It's an interesting read and incredibly complex. I do admit I found the construct of the book difficult to get drawn into. It is written as though the reader is Cepik and in the present tense. It's a style I am not fond us, but that is a personal opinion, others might enjoy it. A curious read for sure.

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Soulful

I don't read a lot of poetry, I've never really been drawn to it, but your poems are heartfelt, vulnerable and draw the reader in. As the reader I feel like I am seeing a piece of Claire's soul and that is something profoundly special. I loved her take on fear and choosing to hold Hope's hand. And having a personal faith I related to Great Spirit. Very moving, well done!

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Ironwood

Ironwood is an incredibly rich fantasy story with a well built imaginative world. Jacob was a great character, very likable, and you cheer for him as he struggles to restore order to Ironwood. The pacing was decent a good balance of action with plot and character building. There were a few moments where it lagged slightly, but nothing that keeps you from turning the pages to find out how Jacob and his band of helpers are going to get the shield recovered. Great job!

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One Step

I'm compelled to learn where this story is going. There is a sadness layered amongst the happy memories and the writer informs you that something terrible is just around the bend. The family's beginnings, although without a lot of luxury, seem simple and happy enough. It is interesting to read someone's memoir? of their life, it creates an emotional depth and connection to the story, and a fear and compassion for the main character. I hope wherever it's headed there will eventually be a happier end.

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The Pursuit of Bad Moon Rising

The story jumps right in, following Hepcy through the crazy ins and outs of patrolling the border along Mexico and America. The different seemingly isolated events that occur weave together to create a thread of conspiracy that intrigues the reader and keeps you turning the pages. The grittiness of the job and what Hepcy had to deal with on a day to day basis was balanced well with camaraderie and humor. The characters are three dimensional, and flawed and beautiful, they portray a level of realism that can be lacking in fiction sometimes. I appreciated that although Hepcy is a tough, strong woman, she is in no means perfect, and gets caught in her mistakes from time to time. The twists knocked me right on my butt, well done. The only thing would be that the ending feels a bit abrupt. It's a definite punch to the face, which might be the point, I would just have loved to see a little more wrap up, because I cared about these characters and wanted to see if justice truly got served.

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Wicked Little Thing

It's funny, it's creepy, it's unique, it's even a little heart warming. Wicked Little Thing spins an interesting and captivating tale. It's a story that walks in darkness and shadows, but has a strange intriguing humor to it. Grin is a well layered character, very likable even though he probably wouldn't believe himself to be such. The horror elements are written well, creepy and page-turning without being too gruesome (I'm not a huge gore person), And even though there's a certain grittiness to it's plot, it's incredibly easy to read. I'm interested to see where Grin and Miriella's journey is headed next, and how they are going to develop their abilities to deal with all that is wicked in this world, and I really want to know what Grin is. Four stars just because it's not complete yet, but a great read.

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Lok'ed

It's a fun take on an old favorite. The Sherlock story line in today's modern world with characters that are a reflection of their classic counterparts, but also different enough to not be an exact comparison. Surlok and our new heroine Iris had great back and forth. The action and dialogue keep the pace moving nicely, and the suspense of wanting to know who Myrati is and why he's after Iris keeps you turning the pages. A work in progress I'm definitely interested in seeing where it's headed. Great Job.

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The Time Factory 1:The Beginning

A great sci-fi/fantasy story. The action begins right off the bat and moves at a fantastic pace that keeps you turning page after page. Alex is a likable character as you follow him through this bizarre new world he's discovered exists. The fantasy world is well-developed and easy to get your mind around, which I really appreciate since this isn't a genre I would normally gravitate to. Five balances the action with the character development well, and pulls you in right to the very last page. Super interested to see where this story is headed next!

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Destination Unknown

Time travel is always an interesting concept to try to tackle. Kathleen does a good job of conveying the ability to travel through time without bogging it down too much in technical jargon which is nice. The characters are well thought out and there is a decent balance between action and suspense over emotional plot building. An interesting read that draws you in. I've only read 10 chapters but I'm intrigued to see what is going to develop for Beth now that she has travelled through time.

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KIARA

A story about first love, it captures those unforgettable feelings of pain, when the relationship that you once held so dear falls apart. Kiara is an endearing character, you want to cheer her on, you want her to find happiness, I thought she might with one of the side characters but was surprised to see that that plot twist didn't happen. It has a bittersweet ending, but one that is perhaps more realistic to how life goes sometimes. Decent pacing, and good imagery throughout. The chapters are a little long, but that doesn't really deter you. The back and forth from past to present was a creative touch, all in all a fun easy read.

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The Hermit Kingdom

Shedding light on a culture I'll admit I don't know a lot about, the Hermit Kingdom gives us a glimpse into North Korea and what one families views on their leader are. It's an interesting read, it moves at a good pace, and keeps you wondering where the story is headed next. Haneul and his children are likable characters, even when some of the decisions they've made are not necessarily on the up and up. The story moves through time unevenly, jumping from past to present and then back, which I found a little unnecessary for the overall telling of the story, but a unique idea. It feels like the story could be fleshed out more, Milton could make it longer if he wanted to. A good read though.

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Blindsided by Love

In interesting read about a tough girl that definitely puts up walls to keep people are arms length, you can see that right from the one chapter that's posted. Curious to say where it's headed.

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Soul Mates

I really enjoyed this story, although futuristic it doesn't get bogged down in technical far-reaching jargon, that I don't particularly enjoy. Alex is a great three dimensional character, very likable as she tries to figure out the best way to navigate the rigid world she lives in. The action versus emotional building is balanced well, and I'm excited to see where the story is headed from here.

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Insane

A compelling plot, with twists that keep you guessing right until the end. There was some word choice, phrasing issues, but still enjoyable.

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Pure Attraction

Phoebe captures the roller coaster of emotions that accompany first love in this story very well. The ups and downs of caring for someone so completely that it can impair your judgement and make you say and do things you wouldn't normally. The characters are believable and pull me back to my own experiences in high school. First love is incredibly intoxicating and Phoebe paints that picture throughout this story. I loved the line - "weren't friends, or enemies, just strangers with memories." It's a powerful and very true image of people that used to be in love and break up. There are some grammar/word choice issues, giving the manuscript over to an impartial editor would probably go a long way, but still a fun read.

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The Kestrel

A vividly descriptive portrayal of Old-Tymey pirate life. Faye does a wonderful job of bringing the reader alongside of Alex and Kitty's adventure on The Kestrel. You get a real sense of the grim, and dirt alongside of the salty sea air and brilliant scenery. The characters, although pirates, are all likeable, you want them to succeed in these harsh conditions. You want Alex to find love, and Kitty to find peace. The side characters are written with a sense of wanting to know their backgrounds more, who is Vesta or Matthew, why is Nathaniel such a proper gentleman even though he's a pirate captain? It's all very compelling, and I'm excited to see where the story goes next.

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The Immortal Dawn

A very interesting read, it pulls you in right away with likable layered characters. The description is vivid and beautiful without dragging down the story, and there is enough action and suspense to keep you turning the pages as this unique love story unfolds. You root for Lea, and Liam and Grace to find happiness and peace in the crazy world that surrounds them. I found the writing comforting and similar to my own in a lot of ways, even one of the characters from this book is described very similarly to one of mine and I really liked that. Seeing the book through different characters eyes was a great touch, and the immortal world is written in a classical yet convincing way. I enjoyed the history Jennifer shares throughout. It's set up for a sequel quite clearly, and I'm interested to see where Lea's story is headed.

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Cyber Match

Mary Ellen spins an interesting set of stories within the pages of Cyber Match. At first I thought I was reading a murder mystery sort of Mary Higgins Clark style, but then the story evolved and Cyber Match plays out almost like a bunch of little novellas laced together by its main characters. I appreciated the twists thrown into the plot, and the descriptive easy flowing writing style. I have a friend who has been scammed in the online dating scene and so I can say Mary Ellen's portrayal of the darker side of that world is pretty accurate. Makes one a little scared at the thought of trying to find romance that way.

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The Secret of Trail House Lodge

This was a fun read. Super easy to follow along with and compelling as you're drawn into Sophie's world of intrigue. Sophie is a lovable spitfire of a character, definitely reminiscent of a Nancy Drew type heroine, and yet unique in her own right. The side characters were well developed and, although I think reading the first book in the series would help to give a better overall view of Sophie's world, The Secret of Trail House Lodge does work as a standalone story. I found the mystery elements compelling, they kept me guessing, making me wonder right until the very end how the different arcs would tie together. It's a great story, enjoyable for all ages.

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Cursed

It's an interesting beginning. The action sucks you in right away, and the prologue gives a great idea as to where this story is headed. Devon is clearly a fierce strong protagonist, I'm interested to see how she will be developed. There are quite a few grammatical issues, tense and phrasing, it would help to have someone with strong editorial skills give it a look over, but a compelling plot for sure. Keep Going!

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Medallion of the Blue Star

It's a wonderfully sweet, action packed, fairytale-esque story. A great draw into a beautifully written fantasy world. Melissa is a lovely character, someone you feel for and cheer along with throughout her successes and failures. A great page turner for sure!

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Summoned

It's a compelling read. I'm not a huge fantasy reader but this is well laid out with a great pace and the characters and well-layered and likable. The mystical elements are well written which isn't always the case with this sort of genre and Fitz and Hadley give you all the right amount of feels. Can't wait to see where their story is headed. Great job!

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Masks of Morality

Masks of Morality is a captivating read, well polished with rich unique characters that draw you into their own personal struggles. The tying together of the three distinct 'heroines' of this story is done brilliantly, and questions of parenting in a world bent on corporate greed are at the least incredibly thought provoking. A great read!

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Abigail Zimmerman ...

The fantasy world of this story is well built, and the action starts of quickly enough to pull you in. Abigail is a likable enough character and the supporting cast are well layered, and I found myself turning the pages quickly to find out what would happen. There is tragedy layered among the happy moments, not everyone gets a happily ever after, it can be a brutal world at times, but Abigail proves to be a strong character and I am interested to see where her story is headed. The only thing I found hard was the time shifting from the fantasy world to the real world, only in that as a parent that would completely horrible for your daughter to simply disappear for so long. I understand the need for it on the other side of the coin, just as a parent that sits rough with me. But a great story overall.

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Elementier: Reign of Power

I like the fantasy twist of people having powers of growing or tracking, manipulating the different elements of this world. It's an interesting world that is built in this story. The characters are many layered and I appreciate that. Tatiana particularly resonates, she's struggling and is dealt some hard hits right of the bat which quickly endear the reader to her. Watching her blossom and come into her own makes for great reading. The conflict and action keep you turning the pages and although I want to hate Caitlyn, they all have redeemable qualities. Well done.

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The Bald Tattooist of Maskerville

It's an interesting fantasy world, well layered with lots going on. I'm almost halfway, and completely drawn to the relationship between Ink and Rebecca. The back story is built well, and there are enough answered questions that keep you turning the pages. Well done.

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In All But Blood

It's an intriguing beginning the fantasy world here is creative and interesting and pulls you in. The characters so far are likable and I'm curious about their different backstories, how they are connected the way they are. Keep Going!

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Wish You Were Here

It's a quirky story, what the afterlife is like from the point of view of Tommy Evans of Badfinger. Sharon paints a creative version of what heaven could be like, filled with interesting details, and a collection of lovable characters that come in and out of Tommy's new existence. Tommy is a likable character, and it's fun to watch him struggle to get his mind around eternity. His challenge and struggle to find his band mate and friend Pete keep you turning the pages, and leave you feeling like he's just outside of Tommy's reach, and wondering why it is so hard for them to connect. The work is in progress so a full review will have to wait until we find out if they ever are able to find each other.

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The Lady and the Prince

It's an enchanting story of two people not at all drawn to each other, but contracted to be married, and the struggles and challenges they face cause a love and respect to blossom. The actual story is compelling and the rich characters and descriptive language paint a beautiful picture that is easy to follow. I did find it long with very slow moving action in many areas and a lot of set up before our two main characters even have a chance to meet. It felt at times there were unnecessary plot twists included, which for my taste probably could be excluded, like Ozmond near the end of the book, but for someone looking for something epic they probably wouldn't even notice. Elizabeth was a strong beautiful character, determined to do the right thing no matter what, and Nick, although I wasn't sure if I was going to like him in the beginning because of his childish selfish ways, quickly grew on me and I was happy to see how their story played out. A great read for anyone looking for a incredibly detailed period piece with a little magic thrown in.

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The Wandering Mind

Ralph I think epitomizes the average student's struggle from college to adulthood. We usually read stories about the superstars, the loners, the outcasts, the ones that for some reason don't fit the typical mold, where as in Ralph is the guy that was sitting beside you in class. You can relate to his struggle, because it's the struggle of most of us. What do I want to be, where do I want to live, who do I want to spend my life with, do I take risks or walk the path of the status quo. I found his drifting and daydreaming a fun break to the action, and something I think creative types find themselves doing a lot. I know I'm a big daydreamer. There aren't huge highs or lows within the book, but then maybe that's the point.

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Slave of Fire: The Weeping End

It's an interesting idea for a story. A rich fantasy world with a colorful collection of characters, Cati has spun an intriguing tale. You want to know why these two girls matter, how Pryor's kingdom works, what's going to happen next, it keeps you turning the pages. The chapters are a little long, and I found some of the back and forth with Jae and Gabriel liking each other than fighting could probably be parsed down a little, but still an interesting read, that leaves you wanting to know what will happen to Cai next.

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The Spellbinder's Grim

A gripping period piece with an easy reading flow and fast moving plot. The characters are well developed and draw you in, wanting you to know if they will find happiness with each other, or continue to hurt each other emotionally and physically. The magical elements are written believably and add to the flavor of the story. Very interested to see where this is headed and what will become of the Beckette girls.

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A Diary of Eternal Memories

It's a beautiful lyrical start to a story that feels like it's headed somewhere significant. I'm interested to seeing that makes our heroine unique and not weird, and what will become of Lucia and Brian.

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The Bunker

A fascinating story of abduction, with many twists and turns along the way. The story moves at a decent pace and goes back and forth from the victims that find themselves in a bunker, without any understanding as to how they got there, and the FBI agents working the case trying to sort out why people are going missing. With likable characters and an easy flowing level of action, the bunker keeps you guessing the whole way along. Great Job!

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The Sovereign - the One of Fire

There are a lot of fantasy books on this website, with creative and imaginative words, some are better crafted than others. This would be one of those books. Ruby does a good job of building an easy to follow fantasy world, with creative elements that pull a reader in. The pacing is good and there is a nice balance between action and emotional character development. Seraphina is a likeable character, you are drawn to her strength even through her tragic beginnings, and Shikki is a great counterpart for her. There are some word tense/grammar issues throughout but it's all in all a great read. Very interested to see where it's headed next.

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Willows: Destruction, Denial, Death

It's a unique idea, Willow trees being able to transport someone through time. I absolutely love the willow tree, I've always found them to be majestic and to have an almost mystical quality, so I love what Kathy has done here. Her characters are well rounded and likable, especially Marie as we follow along as she gets sucked into a foreign and scary future. It was interesting to see how the interactions with the future versions of her loved ones changed her perspectives of them in some ways. I've always liked the concept of time travel and doing things in the past that will alter the events of the future, especially when changing things in the past can keep catastrophe and personal tragedy from occurring, so this one was definitely intriguing for me. I kept waiting for her to go back to 1690, but we'll have to wait and see for that one. The chapters are a little long, they are weighted with wonderfully descriptive and fleshed out writing, but that does slow the pace occasionally. Other than that, a great read.

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The S Girl

S girl is a kick a$$ character. She's strong determined, and she'll do what it takes to get the job done. I don't usually gravitate to the spy genre, but this was done well, and the action and pacing kept me turning pages right to the very end of what's on this website, but not the true end. I'm interested in seeing how S girl will continue to develop and if we will learn the identity of the serial killer wrecking havoc. There are some grammar and word choices issues, possibly handing off to an English editor would be useful, but all in all an interesting and fun read.

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Sateria and the Night Raiders

It pulled me in right away, I wanted to know how the relationship between Sateria and Johnny was going to develop. She was a strong character and I was pulling for her to figure out how to stand on her own two feet, and not change to become what her man wanted. I was glad to see she became I woman in charge, so to speak. It was an interesting well developed world, with colorful characters that you could easily picture, and even though their activities were less than reputable somehow you ended up rooting for them. There were plenty of twists that kept things interesting, with the biggest mystery waiting until the final pages to be sorted out. Around chapter eight I was completely floored and left wondering where the story was going next. Sateria, and Apollo were great characters, I found Johnny obnoxious, but I think that's a personal preference more than a flaw in the writing, I've never found dominating overconfidence an attractive quality, but it does lend for an interesting character. As far as I could tell no punctuation and spellings errors, which is always appreciated. An all in all great read!

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Love in the 21st Century

I'm a sucker for twist of fate, have to keep up a rouse, awkward situation romantic comedies, and this one delivers on all accounts. The relationship that develops between Emma and Luke is sweet, and the supporting characters are fun and help move the plot along. It's an easy fun read. I was disappointed by the twist, I was hoping there would be an explanation that wouldn't paint one of the characters in the light that it does, but that's just a personal preference more than a criticism of the story. The ending felt slightly rushed, although happy, and in a romance book that's what counts. Good Job!

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The Talents

An interesting imaginative plot that pulls the reader in. There is lots of action to keep the pacing up, and the characters and all very likable. It's a creative unique idea of the imagination being a real place that can be reached from our world. I'm interested to see where the story is headed from here. It didn't end the way I expected to, and I'm looking forward to a sequel. The only thing I found was that the chapters are a little long, if they could be broken up a little more just to keep things from getting bogged down, but a great story.

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Dear Prudence

An easy flowing story line, that draws the reader in and pulls them along Prudence's journey to connect with her famous father. The characters are believable and likable. You want Prudence to find some sort of connection and solace on her journey. You want Gord to understand how to be a father to her. The back and forth between memories and the present day tour, makes the story interesting, there is an occasional slowing down of the pace during those scenes, but it isn't enough to be a deterrent to keep reading. I found the ending a little bittersweet, but I can appreciate that it's probably closer to how things would go in real life, than the typical fairy tale ending I'm a sucker for. All in all great job!

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Unbroken

This story starts out tragic. To see someone who has such potential have it ripped away from them because of the violence and hateful act of another is so sad. Amber is a likable character and her ability to push through the terrible circumstances she is dealt is encouraging. I am interested to see where the story is headed, and whether she will get a happy ending.

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A Half Orphan

This story gives a window into how much pressure culture and class can put on young people in love. It is well written, with characters that you want to see happy, even if it means they have to make decisions that have destructive consequences. I'm glad that in the end there was a happy turnout for all parties involved, the Ash found happiness when her beginnings were so tragic, and the Renu wasn't just the cast aside, but had her own unique story. An interesting and easy read.

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Nightchild

An interesting story of how becoming a super famous country music star isn't all glitz and glam. Lots of heartache and regrets along the way. A well-layered tale.

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Opposites Attract

At first I didn't realise that this was a thor/Loki piece of fan fiction. I haven't seen the movies, but to Selenta's credit seeing the movies is unnecessary as the story is completely stand alone. With short concise chapters the action keeps moving along quickly. I'm interested to see where the story is headed.

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Do Justice and Love Mercy

This story is a well written, deeply layered tragic tale. The characters in it are all broken, but completely believable and compelling. Your heart breaks for their unique circumstances. The first half of the story is really a you can't judge a book by its cover, and gives you a taste of what people see on the outside isn't what is on the inside of a person. The themes of redemption and restoration ring throughout and that sometimes the darkest evils can be a catalyst for good. I was saddened by how certain people's stories wrapped up but Brad does justice to reality in that not every story has a happy ending. His faith in a loving God that has His hand on everything in this life is more than evident, but his perspective is refreshing, it feels sincere. A moving and interesting read.

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The Heartbreaker

I was drawn into Pax's world right from the beginning. You could tell she was a damaged soul from her past, and I was rooting for her to change and grow as a person, and recognize the destructive patterns in her life. She does change throughout the book, although maybe not as much as I hoped. The plot twists do make the book interesting, you keep wondering how it's going to end right up to the last chapter. The teenage high school drama is very believable, that characters do feel real. The writing struggles grammatically. The phrasing and word choice throws off the pacing, and makes it a little hard to read at times. I think it could really be something good with the help of a professional editor. Thanks for letting me read it.

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The Kingdom of Archer Series Book I: Bloom

Great unique premise and vivid descriptive imagery, mixed with great character building in a fantastical world. You get pulled in right away by characters that come alive on the page. The flow is great, doesn't get bogged down, and keeps you turning pages. I haven't finished yet, but I'm really loving where the story is headed, super interested to see what happens next.

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There will be Sparrows

The story was a sweet, tragic at moments, tale. The characters drew you in, especially Riha. You wanted her to have a happy ending and the plot flowed as you followed through her life. The tying together of the different story lines was creative, and the language was beautifully descriptive and at moments felt like a poem. There are some spelling and pronoun issues like referring to a character as a he when they are a girl. They can cause a little confusion at times, so some more polishing of the manuscript is recommended, but the story is heartwarming.

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Beastly House

It's an interesting read, a page turner of a mystery. I really enjoyed the setting of the old estate that's really filled with it's own unique mysteries and quirks, and found the sanitarium sideline an interesting way to go. It allowed for vivid and flawed characters to come alive. The nod to jazz era phrasing and idioms was fun as well. The mystery was compelling and kept you guessing, as does any good mystery.

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Secrets on the Walls

Lauren crafts a beautifully descriptive fantasy world in this story. The writing flows easily and even though a period piece the language is an easy read. She draws you in quickly to Sophie and Suzette's world, and Emma's mystery. The painting worlds are vivid and beautiful and there is a great balance between relationship building and adventure plot. I was left hoping that all will end up okay for our two heroines, and excited for the sequel.

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Unknown Variant

This book is gritty, and not for the faint of heart, as far as what you can expect the heroine Layla is put through, and yet there is a compelling and tender love story wrapped up in the darkness. An easy flowing writing style, I was drawn to keep turning the pages to find out if Layla and Adonis would ever have happier days. The story sets up well for a sequel, I am interested in seeing if Sara will develop the sci-fi part of this story line, it was left open as to why Layla being an unknown variant is significant and I found myself very intrigued throughout the book to get that answer.

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Better Than That

It's a sad and yet somehow sweet story. Even though you basically know how it's going to end Flora pulls you in, making you follow along with Reye and Nick's doomed romance. The writing is poetic and descriptive, painting a beautiful picture of an autumn relationship. The heartache pulls you in. Even though Reye's decision making could be considered somewhat questionable, you empathize with her. It's an interesting point of view to read about and since I've from near the location of the story, I felt a personal attachment.

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Cleveland Noir

I was immediately thrown into a classic private eye whodunit style novel with Cleveland Noir, and although not a genre I would gravitate to normally, I really enjoyed. Josh does a fantastic job of painting a PI at his finest, I was picturing Humphrey Bogart leading the charge, doing what he had to to get to the truth, even if it wasn't always on the up and up. I liked the internal struggle of Benjamin's character, doing the right thing or going for the payout, and that he probably is more of a hero than he sees himself. It moves at a great pace and keeps you turning pages to see exactly how our PI is going to wrap everything up with the most satisfying ending, even if it's not necessarily what you expect. Well done Josh.

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Prodigy

Well I'm hooked, desperate to know what happens. Rae has created intrigue right from the first sentence with this politicalish thriller. Her writing is strong and easy to read and pulls the reader from chapter to chapter. The mystery of who Olivia is and why she is capable of the things she is, or why she is in danger taunts from every scene. Really looking forward to seeing where this story is headed.

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The final codices (revelations)

A well crafted story beautifully and descriptively written. I felt like I was following right along with Francesca, Acan, and the others. It was interesting to see the vampire archetypes blended with Spanish and Mayan culture. I was kept guessing as to where the story was going and how it would all wrap up right to the very end.

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