Novella November: Mini-reviews #2

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Oh my, I’ve gotten behind in sharing my novella reviews.  Well here are the next 11 for you all.

Blue Haired Alien Girlfriend

Pages: 15

Free for my Nook

3 Stars

Synopsis:

Blue Haired Alien Girlfriend is a short story about an unusual young couple. Joshua is a manager at FishBurgers. He meets a young blue haired alien named Mariella.
It’s a quirky romance story with unusual characters.

Review:

This was alright. Interesting, but I don’t really see a plot here. I agree with another reviewer it is more of a slice of life. Too bad it wasn’t developed more. It would have liked to know more about the world Mariella comes from and what happens after the story ends.

Angel's Feather

Pages: 42

Free for my Nook

3 Stars

Synopsis:

The afterlife isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, according to seventeen-year-old Lilith Adams. She hates it in the Guardhouse and she definitely doesn’t want anything to do with the ongoing war against Lucifer’s disciples. A war that, according to Lilith, has absolutely nothing to do with her. To top it all off, there’s Gabriel, the archangel who seems determined to make her afterlife a living hell.
So when Lilith is offered the opportunity to go back to the moment right before she died, she doesn’t hesitate for a second. Then she realizes her actions have devastating consequences, not only for her, but also for Gabriel.

Angel’s feather is a novella about destiny and love when you least expect or want it, with a devilish twist at the end. Angel’s feather is the first part of the Divine Army series.

Review:

I was going to give this a two star rating until I looked into more information on the author. After discovering that most of what she has written is not in English I can forgive much of what bothered me about the book. Writing in English is not easy for a native speaker, let alone someone whose not. Some of the errors about tenses or wrong words can be explained and excused in my opinion. Still though I wanted something a little more from the story. The very beginning was confusing, then it caught my interest, followed up by some awkward situations and then a slow spot to end with a good cliffhanger. Over all I found some parts a little underdeveloped and/or juvenile, but there is a good story there it just need a good editor and some more meat added to the plot. Some of the characters acted with out motivation and the lead couple lacked some spark or connection. We needed to know more about them, their history to connect and identify with them. I did like how the author handled flashback to share with us some pertinent information though. The story had promise and for free it was worth a morning of my time.

Chasing Sam

Pages:78

Free for my Nook

5 Stars

Synopsis:

Samantha Demakis doesn’t want a mate right now. She wants to finish her degree and work as a doctor in third world countries. Her birth-rite and family obligations to her status as the first daughter of a noble family beg to differ. In fact, even her wolf seems to be against her. When a chance encounter reveals the man who might just be a perfect fit, will she run? Or will she fight?

Chase Michaels has been alone for seventy-five years. He’s fought in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan in the US Army. Somewhat resigned to never finding his true mate, he is shocked when his wolf reacts so strongly to a woman he runs into in the airport. Unprepared for the politics and snobbery of the noble families, Chase finds himself fighting in a different type of war —a war for the heart of a woman he knows should be his.

A lot of things are chasing Sam, but who or what will catch her in the end?

Review:

Read this little novella for Novella November at my blog. This is perhaps the best one I’ve read so far. The story was really well written, the characters well-rounded and the lead couple had great chemistry. I have already added the next book to my to-read list and can’t wait to see where this series goes. Really enjoyed Sam and Chase, I think they are a great match. The sisters were fun and I’m happy to see they each get their own book. The dad has me intrigued, I think there is something more to him then this authoritarian control freak. The mom though, total bitch and so hope she gets what is coming to her.

Outcome
Pages:80

Free for my Nook

4 Stars

Synopsis:

Ellie Colson is the only one who believes in the end of the world.

As an agent of the Department of Advance Analysis, she’s one of a handful of people who knows about the spread of a new virus–one she believes will wipe out mankind. With her bosses in denial, she flies to New York to get her ex-fiance Chip to safety.

But he’s already been scooped up and quarantined–and so has his adopted daughter. Pursued by her own agency, Ellie will stop at nothing to break Chip out before the virus claims them all.

Review:

Little slow and confusing in the beginning, but quickly picked up. The story got quite complex and was well structured with richly written characters. Usually we enter these post-apocalyptic stories after everything has already gone to crap, it was a nice change of pace to see how events unfolded in this world. I was on the fence about whether to continue or not, but then saw I had book one waiting on my Nook already so I guess I will give this dark tale one more shot to impress me. So far things are looking good.

Surrounded by Woods
Pages:80

Free for my Nook

3 Stars

Synopsis:

When Mikaela Patterson must take on a client with specific requirements that no single women be allowed on his property, she keeps her broken engagement a secret. She doesn’t realize her client and his sons are mountain lion shifters whose instinct to mate with any available woman turns deadly.

Josh Woods is her client’s eldest son, and he is immediately drawn to Mikaela. Knowing his father would never allow an available woman on the property, Josh doesn’t understand his fascination with her. Josh and Mikaela fight their attraction because of their own secrets, but when the truth comes out about Mikaela’s true availability and Josh’s animal instincts, they must be prepared to face the consequences.

Review:

This took a little bit to grow on me. In the beginning I was turned off by the Neanderthal attitude of the men, something that is quite common in paranormals. The author did a good job of showing both sides of the lead male though and I was soon rooting for the couple to get together. Kinda a different society than most shifter stories, but I like how the author stayed true to the nature of big cats, even if it made the men come off a bit barbaric. Might continue this series if I get the chance, would be interesting to see all the brothers find mates.

Open House

Pages: 60

Free for my Nook

4 Stars

Synopsis:

Intrinsically woven into the fabric of human existence, Aphrodite, Titan Goddess of Love and Passion, dedicates herself to matching soul mates.

Rebecca Carol and Robert Corvin missed their original chance to bond when Ares, God of War, took control of Robert’s career ten years ago. Their souls have naturally pulled them back together for a second chance at love, but…How far will the gods go to get their own way?

Will divine influence create another perfect match or will it tear them apart forever?

Review:

I really liked this quick little steamy read. Sure it was totally an insta-romace, but at around 50 pages what do you expect. The God, Aphrodite and Ares, was an interesting angle and I enjoyed watching them fight over the fate of these two souls. Rebecca and Robert were a good match and it was a sweet way they came together. A little stalkerish and chop full of assumptions on both sides, but hey its a story. I will most definitely check out the next in this series. I would like to see what happens next in this world.

Origin Series

Each of these is under or right at 20 pages.

Free for Nook, last two found at Smashwords

1-3 stars

Click on cover for synopsis of each book available over at Goodreads.

Gheid Review: 3 Stars

Still strange. Still don’t know what the hell is going on. Still intrigued and going to read them all hoping that it doesn’t end without giving the reader some answers. Its a sci-fi mystery serial, but you only get a small little idea of the greater story with each story. I don’t know if it is brilliant or just maddening, but it has me hooked…

Dia Thorpe Review: 3 Stars

Alright, what the hell. It is getting more confusing instead of clearer, and adding time jumps or playing with the time-line didn’t help. Three more serials to go, the author has a lot of work ahead of him if this is going to make sense in the end…

Jarl on Faruul Review: 3 Stars

And now back to the beginning… Very curious to see how this is all going to wrap up.

The Prooth Review: 2 Stars

The story is starting to fall apart a bit. Only one section left so I will finish it, but the earlier ones were better. Too much telling in this one and not enough showing. Also I had to download a Smashwords copy, as this one was not available at B&N. The type face was strange and changed size from large bold to a more normal setting. Needs to be reformatted.

The End of All Review: 1 Star

The earlier stories in this serial were better. In the last two the story just fell apart. I get the message that the author was trying to get across, but it was just too much telling and not enough showing in the end. The ‘bad’ guy characters were a little flat. Still it was free, and I did read it to the very end. Would be interesting in rereading the last two if the author ever reworks them a bit.

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