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review 2018-06-02 07:02
Silverwood - Betsy Streeter

Silverwood had me at time-travel. As is most often the case. I don't even think I went to stop at this point to wonder how all these things together could make a great novel.

It's overcrowded. There's time-travel, portals and all in the context of an alien race that is living off humans and the family that is supposed to hunt them. It already feels crowded, no? Add to that a bunch of characters, very few we actually get to know a bit, and it felt mostly crowded to me. To the point I had trouble knowing what was going on.

Also the writing was in present tense, which for me also takes some getting used to, and I know some people are put off by it.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2016-04-27 12:06
Wicked Wednesday
Iron Dominance - Cari Silverwood

Wicked Wednesday ~ Guest Reviewer 



4 Stars

*Book source ~ Kindle Unlimited


Claire is a 'Frankenstruct', composed of cloned parts and created as a government weapon. Trained from 'birth' to be an assassin, Claire is no stranger to violence and death. She has been conditioned to give nothing away, remain calm and alert in every situation; that is until her air ship is shot down on her first mission. Dragged from the rubble she meets Theo, a tall, dark and super sexy ex-colonel and nobleman. Though Frankenstructs are viewed as not being human, Theo disagrees with this assessment. Instead of sending her off to be 'euthanized',  as is protocol in the territory, he has her brought to his estate to heal and discover her secrets.


Claire has spent her whole life believing she was nothing but a thing, making her doubt Theo's intentions and feelings towards her. She is rightfully cautious not to reveal too much about her past, or the target of her mission, letting Theo think she is just a bodyguard.  With her Boss MIA and her fate uncertain she walks a fine line between submission to Theo's Dominance and protection of her identity. Everything comes to a head when her Boss shows up, calling on her to kill her mark. Will Claire tell Theo the truth of who she is and risk losing the only person who has made her feel human? Or will she carry out her mission in secret, hoping he never discovers what she really is?


I will be honest, I did not have very high expectations for this book. I figured it would be a good steamy read, BDSM and Steampunk erotica? Sign me up! I am happy to say that Ms. Silverwood surprised me. The writing was superb, something I do not tend to find in erotica. Too often authors jump right into the sex, with very little build up. Ms. Silverwood however, spends time focusing on the build up, on Claire's reactions to Theo's looks, touches and kisses. You can feel Claire's confusion, surprise and desire warring with one another in each interaction she has with Theo. Ms. Silverwood spends time building up the sexual need within each scene, making you ache right along with Claire. I do wish we got to spend more time in the world outside of Claire and Theo, and delve a little deeper into their characters, and how they came to be. However, I do understand, for the sake of the plot, that these characters had to hold parts of themselves back from one another. Overall it was an exciting read with fun gadgets, steamy sex and a unique plot!


Guest Reviewer


Amelia is a coffee, book and crafting obsessed, 20-something girl, living in upstate NY. Her perfect day is spent getting lost in another world and she often has trouble distinguishing reality from the books she reads. Until recently, she has been of the chronic "read and rate" type. Being that she takes reviews into careful consideration before selecting a new read, she thought it was high time that she  dip her toes into the reviewing to world. 


Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/04/wicked-wednesday.html
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review 2015-02-18 22:51
Silverwood - Betsy Streeter

(I got a copy from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

As of now, I am not sure yet whether I should give this book 1 star or 2. I can't say that I didn't like it at all, because several ideas and themes were definitely interesting, and made me want to know more. But... This is one of those "good ideas, but..." novels, too.

Mostly I was constantly annoyed with the feeling that I was reading a first draft, instead of an edited copy. (Of course, as an Advanced Reader Copy, it was still liable to change; however, I still think an ARC is meant to be as close as possible to a ready-to-be-published version, not to a draft.) Sometimes the story dragged in places, sometimes it went much too fast, leaving gaps in the narrative that were difficult to fill. In the end, too many elements still remained shrouded in mystery—and not the kind of mystery that is justified, since it stemmed, in my opinion, from aforementioned gaps. Keeping revelations for a second installment is nice, but not when it makes a jumble of the first.

As a result, I had a hard time caring for the characters and for their predicament, as well as for the antagonists. The former's decisions often didn't seem to make a lot of sense, and too many secondary characters didn't have enough screen time for their role to be understandable (Chris, Rosie, Eleanor...). The latter's motives were unclear, their moves too sudden to know where they came from (puzzling the heroes is good; puzzling the reader, not so much). Adding time travel, portals, a jail, a Council, alien-like creatures, and a strange little town whose importance wasn't properly stressed... Well, let's just say the mix was too confusing.

The third person present tense style was the second thing that alienated me, so to speak. It is a tricky style to deal with, and while it works in some stories, here it didn't do anything for me, and made me cringe more than once.

This is really too bad, because I did want to like this story, and it did seem like the kind of time travel-filled plot I would normally enjoy...

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review 2015-01-25 00:00
Rough Surrender
Rough Surrender - Cari Silverwood Early 20th century, and man has just started exploring flying in airplanes.
Faith dares to try, as well, and joins in a week of flight exhibitions in Cairo. What she didnĀ“t expect was Leonhardt and the impact he would have on her.
He awakens a side of Faith that is ready to come out and play..
Historical romance, smutty fluff, BDSM and impressive accuracy to the time and place.
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text 2015-01-22 08:03
TBR Thursday #24
The End of All Things - Lissa Bryan
The Last American Vampire - Seth Grahame-Smith
Dead Time - Tony Parsons
Arsenic For Tea - Robin Stevens
The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy) - Taran Matharu
Mary Hades - Sarah Dalton
Ever Darkening - Janeal Falor
The Murder of Adam and Eve - William Dietrich
Silverwood - Betsy Streeter
Flex - Ferrett Steinmetz

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...


I wanted my TBR to stay under 300 but almost as soon as I stated it, I got another bunch of books, making it all impossible. Just 1,5 weeks though to some unlimited reading time, that I'll definitely need if I ever want to get rid of all these books. =)


At least there are not as much books as last week... (Always look on the bright side of life...)


TBR pile currently stands at 303. (+10)

(Netgalley ARCs at 128 (+8))

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