Nov. 29, 2013 – BLOG TOUR – “Six” by Rachel Robinson

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This is my very first time participating in a Blog Tour and I must apologize because I feel like it is one big fail. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. Murphy’s Law at its finest. First, I was given no instruction as to what a blog tour is, does, etc. I received an email with pictures that I could not copy/save to my computer (I had to search for my own), a document that does not open on my computer, and a rafflecopter code (without instruction on how to create one or what I am supposed to give away). And, of course, the world closes on Thanksgiving so I cannot turn to the professionals for help. But when I sat and thought about it, there is no place that says that “booksbysteph is hosting on the 29th”.  Since I have many blogs that are merely mirror images with different address endings, no one asked me which site would be the host of this event. Since my participation has ended up becoming limited and I have nothing to give away, all I can offer you is a reader’s point-of-view of this book. Please visit the Rachel Robinson page on my website for more information on all things Rachel.

Reader Synopsis and Review

BOOK_COVER_SixWhen the dark witches took over the world, they killed humans to eradicate weakness. Six emotions are considered weak – anger, fear, sadness, joy, surprise and love.

When immortal darkling Emmalina Weaver turns eighteen, most of her emotions have disappeared. When the dark witches arrive to take her to the palace to start her life as a breeder, the last of Emma’s fear causes her to run away. In the haunted woods, she meets Lena and Bec. They are half witch, half human as well, but more human than witch because they were raised not to use their magic. Lena sees that Emma is not fully changed to the dark side and offers to help her feels her emotions again. However, the dark witches are still searching for Emma. They will not quit until she is dead. How far will her new friends go to save her from her fated life?

I GIVE THIS BOOK:

5

I found this book to be absolutely delightful.

While I read this book in one sitting, it took awhile. That is because I devoured each and every word. The story of Emma’s journey was captivating from page one. Never was there a dull moment as the story filled the pages without becoming too busy or unbelievable.

As Emma is trying to learn and feel the six emotions, the reader feels them as well…plus more. It is very easy to hand your heart over to this story; to imagine yourself as Emma  and the man you love as Finn. They way love is described, the backbone of fairy tales, is the collaboration of all my secret girl fantasies.

The only con – I wish there was a chapter at the end that explained why Finn and Lana were so close.

Until next time, live life one page at a time!

SZ
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DAMNATION BOOKS

 

“Ghosts of the Falls” by Sarah Gilman

BOOK_COVER_Ghosts of the FallsDutch called Jade to come to a state park in Maine to exorcise a ghost. “Over a hundred years ago, a logger got knocked into the river by a falling tree and fell into the gorge.” Jade asked Dutch to take her to the burial site so she can bind the ghost to his grave and he will not be powerful enough to fit back.

On their hike through the forest to the site, Dutch asks a lot of questions about exorcising a ghost. Jade explains “[i]t takes a significant event or events to bind a spirit to earth” that would explain his continued presence. Dutch tells her tales of ghost sightings so real that they could touch and talk to the ghost. “Spirits powerful enough to assume corporeal form are the rarest kind. There have only been a couple observed by exorcists in recorded history.”

Dutch really likes Jade, but when she asks him out to dinner, he turns her down. Deflated, Jade starts an incantation and watches Dutch disappear before her eyes. Putting together pieces of the puzzle, Jade realizes that Dutch is the ghost. But what she does not understand is why he would call for his own exorcism.

I GIVE THIS BOOK:

5

Short and sweet. Informative but not distracting.

I found this novella to be quite wonderful. My first story about a ghost who can be seen, touched and talked to as if it were alive. The author provided so much information that did not distract you from the story. Having Dutch ask the questions allowed the reader to learn about the process of an exorcism and ghost related facts that actually draws the reader into the story further. And you learn so much about the two characters in a short hike that even though it seems like an impossible situation that they are in, you are rooting for them.

You will get lost in the knowledge this story tells, the love this story creates, and the hope this story rests upon. Wonderful way to pass an hour by reading this story.

For more novellas, go to http://www.booksbysteph.com.

Until next time, live life one page at a time!

SZ

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“Less Than Perfect” by Kelly Jensen

BOOK_COVER_Less Than PerfectIn 2015, the “beautiful alien visitors arrived in beautiful, undetectable alien starships. They looked like us, but better… They had observed us from afar for thousands of years, and came to render assistance in helping us achieve the next evolutionary step.” They could make us beautiful too. In exchange, we ended up handing over our souls. I am trying to find food and a new home with my group after a small gang kicked us off our farm.

We met a man who invited us over for lunch with his mother. He looked harmless enough. We drank cold lemonades when I started to feel weird. I could not move my body and started seeing spots. Right before I passed out I realized I had been drugged. I awoke in a small room and knew I had been captured by the aliens. I had to figure a way out of there. They will steal my soul and make me one of them.

I GIVE THIS BOOK:

3

Sometimes the hardest books to review are the ones that leave you with questions. This book leaves me with so many questions, yet, because of the plot of the story, the questions, literally, cannot be answered. Still, I feel like some things contradict each other.

The story, however, was good. It kept me enthralled. I even got a fright when the low battery box popped up on my Kindle. I just about jumped out of my skin and scared a sleeping cat off my lap.

For more novellas, go to http://www.booksbysteph.com.

Until next time, live life one page at a time!

SZ

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