Friday, July 8, 2011

Review: Shimmerspell (book 1) & Limerick (book 2) by Kimberly Spencer

Author: Kimberly Spencer
Release Date: April 8th 2011
Publisher: Enchanted Apple Publishing
Source: ebook copies from the author (Thanks Kimberly!!)
Kindle edition is now free on Amazon.

Goodreads Description:

When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she soon learns that faeries aren't made of sparkly goodness. They're vicious. And worse, they're after her. With the help of Liam Casey, she delves into their world to find her missing sister and begins to suspect that her whole life has been nothing more than a faerie tale.

But maybe some truths should never be revealed...

My Thoughts on Shimmerspell:

Jensen's life is one big lie and she's about to learn the truth.

Jensen moves around a lot going from school to school since her sister, Lauren, is a con artist and also the one that is responsible for taking care of her.  They are constantly on the move so they don't get caught.  When Jensen makes friends with Zoe at her new school, she realizes that she doesn't want to leave when Lauren tells her that it's time to pack up and move again.  While at school, Jensen is trying to break into a classmate's locker and she starts feeling dizzy and starts seeing things in a whole new way.  She sees Liam, the hottest guy in her school, standing next to her but with her new sight, she notices that he has wings.  Jensen has no idea what is going on, who or what she really is, and that her life is about to change forever.  No one is who they claim to be and she has to figure out who she can trust or she could end up a dead girl walking.

This was a quick read for me.  I, at times, get a bit bored while reading short stories cause they tend to be rushed and leave out a lot of details, but this one had my attention the entire time.  I didn't feel like I was missing parts of the story or what was going on and I like that about Kimberly's writing.  I was never bored reading this story for it was fast paced, and something was always going on. 

The characters are really unique also.  We are introduced to a siren, banshees, elves, leprechauns, and merpeople.  The writing flowed easily while we the readers get a vivid picture in our heads of what's happening from Kimberly's descriptive wording.

When we think of faeries, most of us think of something that is cute and sweet like Tinkerbell.  Well, Kimberly shows us that faeries aren't at all like the cute little pixies we've come to know growing up, but mean and horrible creatures.

So overall, I totally recommend this book.  Once you start it, you'll be pulled into Jensen's mind and when it's over, you'll be begging for the sequel right away.  My only complaint is that I'd have liked a little more romance between Jensen and Liam, so I am hoping that progresses in the books to follow.  It's a unique twist on faeries with a bunch of betrayal, light humor, and even romance.  The twists at the end will leave you wanting more.

4 Stars

Title: Limerick: A Faerie Tale Girl Novella #2
Author: Kimberly Spencer
Release Date: June 30th 2011
Kindle edition is only .99

Jensen hoped she’d never need Shimmerspell again, but now someone is stalking her, someone who claims to be the Lady of the Lake. To make matters worse, witches and dragons have come out to play. And Jensen must figure out how to harness her power and accept her destiny before she ends up losing everyone she loves.

My Thoughts on Limerick:

Limerick continues with Jensen, Zoe, Liam and others from the first title.  Jensen finds out more about herself and her friends.  She and Liam are together until she catches him with his ex, Shelby, and it devastates her.  We are introduced to dragons in the second installment and Jensen's secret is revealed to Zoe when she can't control her glamour and her faerie side shows who she really is.  How will Zoe react when she finds out and what will Jensen do when Zoe reveals a secret about herself?  

Limerick is just as good as Shimmerspell is.  I really dislike writing reviews on sequels cause I am always afraid that I might ruin something for someone, so I am just gonna say that it was really good also.   I like when Jensen is trying to control her new powers and starts using water to do it.  Zoe seems like a really great friend for Jensen too.  I love that she is there for Jensen when Lauren is no where to be found and she has to live with Dermott.  I dislike that he won't let her and Liam see each other though.  What gives him the right to finally come into her life and tell her that she can't see Liam.  That just seems to complicate things further for Jensen.  Her dad may be a wizard, but he was gone for 16 years of her life and I don't think that he should have a say on all the things going on in Jensen's life.  I really liked Luca, the dragon boy.  He always seemed to show up just at the right time to help Jensen. 

There is even more action and secrets revealed in the sequel so you won't be bored of this book.  Still plenty of romance, betrayal and even some dragon slaying and spell casting.  You can't go wrong with that.  Head over to Amazon or your favorite ebook seller and pick up a copy.  It is so worth it and I think that you'll agree with me that Kimberly Spencer is a new author to watch out for.  She is creative and her stories come to life as you read them.

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