Sassy Jacksun, Author & Multi-Media Artist
Reviews & Recommendations
This story idea has promise, especially since this book started as (and continues to be) a fan-fiction piece based on "Twilight" that has evolved into a trilogy. Also, I enjoyed parts of this tale; however, I feel the representation of the B.D.S.M. community (and how the lifestyle works) was explained in such a negative and incorrect light. I'm not trying to knock E.L. James, in fact, I think she has tapped into something, a story premise that many people crave. Numbers do not lie, and Ms. James has sold a ton of books. I am simply saying that I felt more research needed to be done. Also, I felt more editing (developmental and line editing) could have been done. For example, there was too much repetition. Yes, repetition can be used as a literary device, but not in the way it was used in these novels. Overall though, a good start, I just wish this tale would have been less of a fan-fiction piece and more of its own story.
"With Grace" was an absolute yummy, read. Philip and Mark have definitely been added to the 'book-boyfriend-list'. Also, the author, Samantha Wayland, has a wonderful way with shifting the point of view, so each character, within the triad, has a clear voice the reader can follow. More importantly, the reader wants to keep turning the page.
Also, check out "Destiny Calls" by Samantha Wayland. The story was just as sexy and thrilling, as "With Grace."
The fantastic, Samantha Wayland has also made her way onto my top ten list of authors 'to read'.
Angelfall (PENRYN & THE END OF DAYS, #1) & World After (PENRYN & THE END OF DAYS, #2) by Susan Ee
This book surprised me, and the dystopian world created within this series amazed me. It was fast paced, supernatural thriller that left me on the 'edge of my seat'. And, I fell in love with the protagonist, Penryn, as well as, Raffe--description of him left out on purpose, because I do not want to spoil the story-- rather quickly. More importantly, I didn't want the story to end. Therefore, I finished the second book, World After, twenty four hours after I finished Angel Fall. These books would be excellent gifts for young and old readers.
Now, I can't wait for the next one! Fantastic work, Susan Ee!!!
You will not be disappointed by taking the time to read this series.
ECSTASY, RAPTURE, AND PLEASURE (SHADOWDWELLERS SERIES) BY: JACQUELYN FRANK
The "Shadowdwellers" world, created by Jacquelyn Frank, I will return to time and time, again. This is a world that fascinates me, endlessly, and a world that I wouldn't mind visiting, in real life. I think I've re-read this series four or five times. My favorite part about Ms. Frank's "Shadowdwellers Series" is the unique view she presents about different dimensions--mis-understood worlds/populations of people, who hide because they are afraid of persecution. Moreover, the world she creates is well-rounded, believable, and sexy. In addition, through this world, she challenges some of the real world problems without being preachy, or distracting from the fun fantasy ride she has crafted. If you have not read, Jacquelyn Frank's "Shadowdwellers" Series, yet, you are missing out. (Ms. Frank, I think Trace and Guin will forever be a couple of my book boyfriends.)
If you haven't read Jacquelyn Frank yet, you are missing out.