52Under2: Week 3 Shortlist

Week 3 of my 52Under2 book reviews.

These are the Top 5 books that caught my eye on Smashwords this week and I’ll be reviewing one of them in depth later in the week.

Lots of Brits in the shortlist this week, by accident rather than design.

Tauran Warrior by Lucy Luton
Lucy Luton seems a multi-talented individual. Links to her various websites show her to be an artist and musician as well as an author. She wrote Tauran Warrior when she was 14, though it doesn’t show in the prose. The formatting in the excerpt I read leaves something to be desired, but the book gets straight into the action.

The Village: Warm Hearth, Warm Hearts by A M Hanley
The Village interested me because it is set partly in the UK and because it is set in a post-peak-oil, near future, which I always enjoy. I wasn’t particularly taken by the cover; the font is hard to read and the image is plain. From the excerpt I read, it felt like a slow starter and didn’t grab my interest.

Physics for Poets by Nick Darcy-Fox
Physics for Poets caught my interest because of the distinctness of its setting: South Africa in the 1980s. The excerpt is really quite good and the long description promises a deep and interesting backdrop to the main story.

Malevolence by Devyn Dawson
The cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous, one of the best I’ve seen. The description promises vampires and werewolves in abundance. The excerpt is pretty good, though there are a few spelling and grammar mistakes, and well-formatted. What was a little disconcerting is that the cover seems to promise something 19th century, whereas the content is modern.

Witchblood by Emma Mills
Another book with a good-looking cover. The excerpt starts with a prologue that puts us into the middle of the story and then backtracks to show us how we get there. From the description, this sounds like another vampire, love-triangle story – but maybe one with a subtle sense of humour, judging from the last line of the description: “why does she still crave a packet of crisps more than a tasty teenage boy’s blood?”

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