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Fun Book Finds: It’s A Book by Lane Smith

Posted August 22, 2010 By Jennifer

I work in a book store. I love working in a book store. It seems like every day I’m coming across some fun, strange, interesting, crazy, unusual, campy, wonderful book that I had no idea existed. Not all of them are books I’d actually take time to read, but they make me smile, and I’m glad they’re available for someone who’ll appreciate them.

With that thought in mind, I’m starting this new feature for the site. On a somewhat regular basis, I’d like to share some of my finds. Please keep in mind, most of these are NOT going to be reviews. I’m simply going to put the information out there, and you can let me know if you read and like the books. They’re going to be coming from all genres, all subjects. Anything that catches my attention is fair game here. If you come across any book that makes you’d like to share, feel free to let me know by emailing me the title and author (and name you’d like credit given to for the find) to BooksMakeMeHappyReviews@gmail.com.

I hope you enjoy the feature, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun! NOW… for my first Fun Book Find …

Author: Lane Smith
Release Date: August 17, 2010
Pages: 32
Genre/Subject: Children’s Fiction
ISBN #: 978-1596436060

This book takes all of about 4 minutes to read, but I’ll remember it and be talking about it for weeks, if not longer! I love love love it. It’s simple, intended for children, but it’s mildly snarky and absolutely hilarious for all of us adults who keep finding ourselves wrapped up in the paper vs. screen conversation.

I’d love to hear what you think about it!

Lane’s blog post explaining the origin of It’s A Book

Video trailer for It’s A Book

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Author: L. Shannon
Release Date: June 7, 2010
Other Books In Series: Amethyst Rising (coming soon), Amethyst Unveiled (coming soon)
Pages: 109 (eBook only)
ISBN #: B003NX7BS0

Exotic treasure thief tangles with nerdy-but-hot archeologist. It kinda sounds like a story you’ve heard before. However when Toni, the thief, meets Ben, the archeologist, things don’t quite end up the way you imagine. Stealing an ancient box, housing precious gemstone pendants is Toni’s goal. However a moment of curiousity plunges both Toni and Ben into a unexpected battle involving dragons, vampires, werewolves, and demons.

Amethyst Bound is a very unique take on dragon mythology. The binding of the human to the dragon was very imaginative. And the inner dialogue was both touching and, at times, hysterical. There is still so much to learn about how the relationship works, and what can and can’t be done, but it’s a very interesting concept. It appears that this will be a series and possibly have as many as six more books (count based purely on my interpretation of what’s going on in the story, we’ll see if I’m right, lol) so I’m sure we’ll get some clarification along the way.

The characters, Toni, Ben, and Amethyst are all very different from each other. It was nice to see some of their individual quirks showing highlighted in the story. Shannon did a good job creating characters I cared about in such a short amount of time.

Speaking of a short amount of time. One of the things that bothered me about the book was the pacing. I’m not used to reading short stories. Most all of what I’ve read in the past have been 200-300+ pages, so I’m sure that has everything to do with my feeling that things were rushed in this story. Toni’s acceptance of the situation, although it’s forced on her, seemed a little too easy. Yes, she freaked a little, and yes, she knows there’s nothing she can do to change it, but she just seemed to go against her “me against the world” persona entirely too easily. And the romantic relationship between Toni and Ben progressed too quickly for my taste. It was hot, and fun to read, to be sure, but considering the whole story lasted only a couple of days, it happened way too fast for me.

I think I would have been completely fine with all the elements of the story if it had just been a bit longer. There is so much that could have been explored to lengthen the story and allow for some much needed adjustment for Toni and Amethyst, and some relationship building for Toni and Ben.

All in all, I really enjoyed the book. It was a quick read, and it wasn’t like anything else I’d ever read. I’m looking forward to the next part of the story.

***on a side note… LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover 🙂 ***

***big THANK YOU to NetGalley.com for the copy of this that I read and reviewed 🙂 ***

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