52Under2: Week 6 Shortlist

Week 6 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

Heal by Kirsty James
A girl with the power to heal others’ ills moves to a small town in Suffolk. From the description this novel sounds like it is heavier on the romance than the paranormal aspects. The excerpt is almost conversational in tone, but there are a few grammar issues.

In the Wake of a Dream by Sasha Strack
A romance between an emotional scarred girl and a boy who can enter people’s dreams. I was drawn in by the attractive and professional-looking cover for this book. The excerpt reads really well, though the author goes a little crazy with italics. This is one of the better formatted self-published books I’ve seen. (Caveat: The formatting on the Smashwords HTML excerpts of novels is not exactly representative of the e-reader experience.)

Tomorrow’s Child by Starr West
I was in two minds about including this book on this weeks shortlist. Mostly because the short description, with its overload of ellipses, was bad. But when I clicked through to the long description I was much more intrigued. This is a pagan-flavoured, post-apocalypse story – a combo that’s fresh and new to me. The prologue is well-written and dramatic, if a little expositional, and the first chapter feels similar in tone. The story proper seems to kick off in Chapter 2.

Wicked Hungry by Teddy Jacobs
The author tags this book as ‘twilight for boys’. It sounds like the tale of a boy dealing with being a freshman and becoming a werewolf. The description reminds me a little of Teen Wolf, where being a werewolf leads to school popularity. The opening excerpt is OK, but didn’t really pull me in.

Awake: A Fairytale by Jessica Grey
Three heroines, one a fairytale princess, band together to break an ancient curse. A modern take on the Sleeping Beauty tale. The cover and descriptions for this book were the best of this week’s shortlist. The excerpt was easy to read and a good pace. This is the novel I’ll be reviewing later in the week,

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