Evelyn Chartres Author
Reviews – Page 3

Evelyn Reads Nora from the Hollow

I consumed Nora From the Hollow by Marlena Owens in one sitting! This is a murder mystery that takes place in a small town in 1895. People often yearn for the simple life and simpler times, to live in a place where everyone knows everyone. That is, until life gets complicated, people die, and the townsfolk turn on one another.

This book focuses on two characters, Nora, and Dirk a Sheriff’s deputy. Their paths cross often enough as the mystery unfolds, and provides different points of view as information is revealed to the reader.

There is plenty of interaction and dialogue with other characters, the best of which involves Dirk’s sisters. Some of it is rather witty and memorable, which makes this an enjoyable read. The story is notable in many ways, as are some of the characters.

I look forward to reading more works from this author!

Evelyn Reads the Engine What Runs the World

The Engine What Runs the World by Quinn W. Buckland introduces the reader to a new world, one where humanity has gone through multiple world-changing events leading to a technology regressive society. It introduces a vertical society that are literally based on levels, each with their own quirks and customs.

I loved it! The characters have depth and a detailed history. Their interactions with the world are memorable, and details early on play a part throughout. The author also plays a role, known as The Writer, a divine entity that drives the story; an element I found to be both cute and witty.

It is clear that there will be much more to explore from this world, and I look forward to diving into it in the future! Highly recommended!

Evelyn Goes on a Reading Binge

It’s been a while since I last had the opportunity to just read. Life tends to get in the way, and the past two months were spent writing a new manuscript. This week, I my schedule cleared up and I read through three novellas! So here are my three quick book reviews!

All these books and authors are highly recommended!

Hunting Death

I found this book to be a quick and gripping read. I swear that this author channels Bram Stoker in her writing, taking some of the canon and introducing great twists along the way. This book is certainly recommended!

Dream a Little Dream of Me

I just tore through this book in an evening and I was honestly blown away. While new to her world, I easily dove in and found a rich tapestry of characters and scenes to feed my imagination. Vampires, ghosts, old souls, and other elements all combine beautifully! The characters are well written, relatable, and compelling.

This book is clearly part of a larger collection of books and yet stands on its own. Highly recommended!

Taken by Greek Gods: Odysseus Fattens Kalypso

A well-known tale taken from the Odyssey and expanded. Author adds historically accurate details like meals, and measurements to make it seem more authentic. Although, it’s the characters that really shine, giving a humanity to the hero and throwing in a few sex scenes for good measure!

Highly recommended!

Clara is Doing Well on Goodreads!

I’ve been monitoring Goodreads since my book release, and so far the Van Helsing Paradox has done well. At the moment, there are 10 ratings with an average over 4 stars. In addition, there is one great review waiting to be found! Except as follows:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From Clara’s modest beginnings as a child of a coal miner to her formation as a deadly huntress, the story kept my attention. If anything, I longed for more…

While I was hoping for more reviews by now, I can’t complain. The book has not received any ratings under 3 stars and the average keeps getting better. So readers are not finding it difficult to understand, or are turned off by the fonts.

Small steps!

Message Received

Well I think I found a trend for my reviews on Amazon.

“I was a bit put off by the use of italics for slang words, but understood that it was to emphasise that the word was slang for the roaring twenties.”

–and–

“I couldn’t get past the first few pages because of all the random words that were unnecessarily italicized. Really drew me out of he story and made it impossible to read.”

I got the hint. Just had all of those italicized words removed from my manuscript and uploaded a new version to Amazon, Smashwords, and Draft2Digital. Fortunately Microsoft Word made that operation fairly painless!