52Under2: Week 5 Shortlist

Week 5 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.

The Day of First Sun by Sheryl Steines
The description makes this book sound like an interesting mix of fantasy and contemporary elements. The cover art for this book is the most professional looking of this weeks picks. However, the excerpt left me cold. The description promises a magical murder, a crime to be solved, yet instead of starting with the crime, it starts with fairly bland childhood backstory of one of the main characters.

Twitch by Mark Bailen
Though this book professes to be for teens the cover art seems to be aimed at a younger market. The book descriptions are jargon heavy, which makes it a little confusing. The excerpt starts strong with energy and action and the jargon is easier to get along with in the progress of the story.

The Proximity Power by Carrie Ann Maxwell
Ugliest of the covers on this weeks shortlist. The description sounded interesting. The excerpt I found difficult because of the abrupt fast forward that carries the reader from backstory establishment to the inciting incident. I felt like the backstory of the protagonist’s relationship didn’t really add much at that point and would be better later.

Talented by Sophie Davis
This novel’s cover is the second one this week with a weird shaped female silhouette on the cover. That’s this week’s theme. The description makes the story sound compelling and multi-stranded. The excerpt goes straight into action and is well-written.

River Demon (Daughters of Amaterasu) by Maki Morris
I liked the sound of this book’s setting: feudal Japan. I’ve read and enjoyed Lian Hearn’s books set in this period, so I look forward to reading something in the same vein. The description promises a book written in ‘the lyrical style of the time’ – personally I found that a little off-putting. I had no idea what the style of the time is like, but I know that I get along better with the more modern prose style. However, the excerpt proved very readable.

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