A Chance For Charity

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Book Review:  A Chance for Charity by S.L. Baum

A nice read.  Probably Young Adult or New Adult, but I like those kinds of books, partly because I like ‘clean’ romances that don’t go into endless detail about sexual encounters.

This is the story of a woman who, years earlier, learned she was practically immortal and had powers other people don’t.  A familiar theme in books of this kind.  By the end of the book I thought the author had gone a bit over the top with too many super powers that various characters posses.  There are vampires,shapeshifters,  etc.  But those characters come in at the very end so if you don’t care for a plethora of paranormal characters, don’t worry, there aren’t too many of them, they don’t come into play until almost the end, and they are likable.

The thing that I thought raised this book above others that are similar was Charity’s love interest, a very human male who is mortal and, therefore, has a shorter life span than Charity herself, though the author deals with that problem rather neatly.  I didn’t care for the somewhat contrived connection that brought them together but it didn’t distract from the story so I’m okay with it.  The story moves at a good pace and is readable, things I like when I’m sitting down to enjoy a couple hours visiting the world of fiction.

The book was edited and formatted in a decent manner.  Nothing took me out of the story.  Thank you S. L. Baum for taking the time to do your job right!

And I’ve decided against stars unless the review is going up on Amazon or elsewhere that stars are required and then I’ll only do stars if I can’t avoid them. So no stars for this book from me but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it.  I did.

How to Date an Alien by Magan Vernon

Product DetailsReview:  How to Date an Alien by Magan Vernon

I like science fiction if a romance is in there somewhere and I like an occasional young adult book so I took a chance on this story.  I’m glad I did.  There’s nothing particular to place it higher than a number of other similar books but I liked the characters, I like the premise and I liked the conclusion.  My only negative is the same thing I find lacking in many books and that’s the fact that it’s part of a series so the story isn’t completely told in this one book.  I like beginnings, middles, and endings.  Still, this book qualified more than most.  It was complete in itself and I’d not have known that there was more if the author hadn’t shown previews of future books.  So I guess that’s not a negative after all.

It’s the story of a service brat whose parents divorced so she doesn’t see her dad all that much.  But when she needs a summer internship to make her college application look good she turns to good old dad and asks if she can intern wherever he works because, though she doesn’t know a lot about his job she does know it’s secret so it must be the stuff colleges like to see on applications.

Her dad agrees and she discovers he works with aliens at a secret base in the southwestern desert.  More importantly, she falls for one of the aliens and that’s frowned upon.  The fact that the alien is a prince and his  mother doesn’t like the romance any more than base personnel do makes it even worse.  But they persist and become a couple.

It’s a fun read.  Lots of action, the right amount of smooching and friends who are both supportive and those who are not.  Mostly, though, is the action.  Like I said, it’s a fun read.  I give it 3 stars, maybe 4.