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The Father HuntThe Father Hunt by Becca J. Campbell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Disclosure: I was given this ARC by the author for an honest review.

This is the latest in the Flawed series. The difference here, is there are no gifts that I can see no talents, no extra sensory flaws. Just a young teen trying to figure out who his father is.

As a character development process, this book is really interesting. I really like the main character. I like the part of the story that he figures out. I love that he’s a writer. But he’s just your average 15-year-old. I am curious to see how he really fits within this flawed system. It is a problem for me in this whole series that I can’t figure out who has history within the series and who is done what before. And maybe there’s a purpose for that. Maybe we’ll figure that out in the few books from now. And that history doesn’t seem to matter within this book it stands alone quite well, a short story of a boy trying to find his father.

So I guess, this book makes me even more curious to see what’s coming up.

Thank you, Rebecca J. Campbell, for letting me read your wonderful book.

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Pulled (Flawed, A Short Story)Pulled by Becca J. Campbell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a cute little story to add to the Flawed series. I loved the young girl who was the main character. I loved the way Becca J. Campbell tells her stories. They always seem believable. Her writing is clear.

BUT I hate short stories. They always leave me with more questions than answers. This is no different. Though the story didn’t end in a cliffhanger, it still left me wondering what happened next. What causes the Pull? How did it start?

Oh, it is refreshing to read about a person that isn’t in her teen to mid-twenties.

I hope there is more about this character coming up.

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Protector (Flawed, #3)Protector by Becca J. Campbell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lucky is the person that gets to read the Flawed series. Even luckier if you can read the books quickly one right after another. I don’t put this on the author. Becca J. Campbell who is an accomplished writer. I love her stories very much. But my brain keeps getting lost as to what the characters were doing before and I seem to need more background to bring it all together in my head.

As usual, Ms. Campbell had me, even if I couldn’t quite remember the past adventures. Her characters are compelling, yet flawed. And you are even allowed inside the antagonist’s head through his point of view. It doesn’t make you like him any better, but it makes him seem more real and less ‘bad guy’.

Each of the main characters have talents that are puzzling yet seem to have uses in the almost real world that they are a part of. The world seems to be our ‘real’ world yet somehow these gifted few are living among us.

This book was given to me by the author for an honest review. It was an ARC and so I didn’t expect perfection. Yet, it was well done and maybe in the finished copy it will have fixed the minor issue, for me, of a history of the characters of past books. Maybe even a quick cast of characters with a reference of which book what happened in, without giving too much away, that is. All in all, I was pleased with the book and quickly bought the book I was missing in my collection: Pulled. I look forward to reading it and maybe it will fill in the holes for me. I highly recommend this series to fantasy fans everywhere.

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Constricted (Flawed #1.1)Constricted by Becca J. Campbell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclosure: I was given this ARC for an honest review.

And that is where this gets weird. If I hadn’t volunteered to read this, I wouldn’t have finished reading or given the book two and a half to three stars. But that is my own fault. I can’t remember much about this character from the other books in the series. You would think I would remember more as he has the name of my son. But… I never could recall this character’s back story.

On the other hand, the writing was great for an ARC. I can’t say I found any mistakes. That says a lot. So many e-books go out without editing, at least that is how they feel. What also brings this story up in my rating is that I did enjoy getting to know Logan in this book. He is a flawed, real person, who tries to do his best. Who couldn’t like that?

It doesn’t fit my goal of reading books of strong fem written by strong fem authors, but the other parts of this series do fit right in, so getting to know one of the non-stars helps. I think I may have to go back and reread the series to put it all into perspective.

Sorry, Becca J. Campbell. it’s on me. You wrote quite well. I have a memory like a sieve lately. I’m sure if I remembered I would be giving it five stars. Gulp. Sorry.

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Outsider: The Flawed Series Book TwoOutsider: The Flawed Series Book Two by Becca J. Campbell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was given the ARC by the author for an honest review. Because of it being an ARC, I will not count into this review any of the editing errors that I did pick up. In fact, the story caught me up so firmly that I hardly noticed these oopsies.

About that story! Wow! Told from the viewpoints of the main character, Josh, and his female interest, Alex, and their nemesis, Nic who is out to kill Alex. I like that you can get into the heads of each of these people. Sure, one could guess at the insecurities young people have about starting a new relationship, but Ms. Becca Campbell (author) gives us deeper insights than those surface issues. Put into that mix suddenly awakening abilities and one can understand the deep confusion. And seeing what was motivating the bad guy was ingenious!

This series is so much fun! It keeps one on the edge of one’s seat wondering what is going to happen? How will they get out of this one? Try to read this one so that the last half is long before bedtime. I was lucky that I was able to finish long before sleep. There are nightmare elements that I didn’t want to have entering my subconscious. (Course the next book I picked up then was by Neil Gaiman, gulp!)

It had been a long time since I read the first of the Flawed series, Flawed. Even so I found a reread wasn’t necessary. Enough review is set up in this book two that one wouldn’t feel lost. In fact, one could read this without having read the first book. But the depth you would have from reading the series in order is unbeatable. I highly recommend reading this series if you are inclined to read fantasy books about new or young adults. This one was more contemporary than other fantasies. In that way, it is fun to visit Colorado and California as they are.

I can’t wait to read the next in the series!

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Review: Gateway to Reality


Gateway to Reality
Gateway to Reality by Becca J. Campbell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I was given this Kindle version of the book for an honest review.

Let’s start off with what I loved. The worlds, especially Sea Clearly, And the Freefall (I can’t remember the name for it right now) world. I loved the way the characters could make their own worlds and move from one to the other. All great ideas. I would have loved even more world creating processes, seen into other characters points of view as they built and had their own relationships.

What I didn’t like, and nearly quit reading because of: ANGST. If this wasn’t from and author I like, looking for a review, I wouldn’t have read past the first chapter. A sentence could have summed it up. Wes screwed up and now he missed his girlfriend. The rest of the chapter reiterating the same thing drove it into the ground. By the end of the first chapter I hated Wes. I never quite got to the point of liking him. I kept saying to him: GET A LIFE! Here he was in a really cool dream? world? Why not just enjoy it?

Let me just say, I am in pain almost constantly. I read fantasy and sci-fi to escape. When a book spends so much time on the negative emotions, I get overwhelmed. By the way, that seems to be how the YA books go. It is the one reason I would never want to be an adolescent ever again. But Wes wasn’t an adolescent. He is older, working new adult. He has a wonderful family, good friends. Get on with life. When the life hits that could be even more fun, he is obsessing, stalking his ex. Didn’t like the ending or the bad guy either.

My advice to other readers: read only a bit of chapter one. It is worth getting to the rest of the book. I would love to see a book two with these worlds.

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Review: Unmasked Alloy


Unmasked Alloy
Unmasked Alloy by Becca J. Campbell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Was this part of the same series as Not the Norm (A Sub-Normal short story by Becca J. Campbell?

I fell into like, um, I really cared about the characters, in the first book. It was that caring that drove me to read book two. That’s a good thing! This part of the story hit the ground running. If there were mistakes in the grammar or spelling I didn’t notice for trying to keep up with the action.

In a world of super-humans, being either sub-norm or just human can be down-right dangerous. Hence the name of the name of the series (Sub-normal). Though you see this in the first book, this second book throws it in your face.

My only problem with this book was that I was left LONGING for part three. I have tried to think through, as a writer, how I would handle this. Would it be better as one larger book broken into sections? Then I had to think about the author. Would her larger book make as much as three (or more) short stories? I, for one, was looking for something fast when I picked up book one, and then book two. But the waiting for the next installment, then trying to remember where we left off… I guess this is why a lot of people wait until they’ve gathered all the parts before reading it as a whole. I am sure this is a quandary for serial writers everywhere. Point is, I can’t wait to read the next in this series!

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Review: Not the Norm


Not the Norm
Not the Norm by Becca J. Campbell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story-line and characters were interesting. The world was appropriately, futuristically, scary.

This is a very quick read. I suggest everyone read it as it is fun. Scary, but fun.

My only caveat with the writing were the body parts that take on lives of their own long before the part where it was supposed to happen. This happens at the beginning of the book and I had a hard time taking the story seriously. The hardest one to deal with was the vomiting of powers.

Sorry, I wanted to like it more.

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Review: Empath


Empath
Empath by Becca J. Campbell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclosure: I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

This was quite the fun, exciting story about three possibly four people who considered themselves flawed. The one I related to most was the empath who couldn’t get around crowds of people without feeling everyone else’s emotions. I find I can get around crowds for the same reason I am overly sensitive to everybody’s emotions I can’t seem to zero in on one at a time. But I’ve come to rely on it is a good way to know the people who were around me. I find it’s missing when I’m talking on the phone, which makes me avoid the phone.

The young college students are fun to read about Becca Campbell makes you feel like you are there with them as they go wall climbing, repelling and rafting. All the characters are believable even the bad guy, unfortunately.

The book is amazing! From the minute you start reading this book you are into it. It keeps you in suspense and wondering how the characters are going to solve their problems.

I understood that this was an ARC, so I’m not going to complain about the little errors along the way. The story kept me going anyway. I doubt that I would’ve noticed. What did stop me in my tracks, was the use of Scripture. It felt out of place. Just as it would if you were reading Santa Claus Is Coming to Town ,and there was a Scripture about a child wrapped in swaddling clothing. It isn’t that I think it was the wrong Scripture it just felt out of place in a fantasy. Maybe an * near the prayer that the main character prays, referring to that Scripture, would keep the story flowing a little bit better.

Regardless, I love this book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Thank you, Becca for letting me read your great bookthe mission

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