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To Stand Beside Her by Kristin McMichael

Product DetailsTo Stand Beside Her by Kristin McMichael published April 2013 by Createspace.  CDN $3.07 Kindle edition.

I was given a free ebook copy by the author in exchange for a review.  The read 4 review was offered through my Goodreads group Never Too Old For Y. A. Books.  To sum up the story line, Leila is a courier; a one woman kick-butt fighting chick who steals things for a living.  She encounters Nalick a King who, like every other king wants to marry her.  Why not? She is gorgeous, witty, smart sexy and can take care of herself.  He convinces Leila to marry him by kidnapping her best friend Kay and offering Kay’s freedom in exchange for Leila’s.

Let me start out by saying that I absolutely loved the story.  It was fast paced, packed with action and full of suspense.  The world building was well done and I could envision everything that was described.  There were no flaws in the story that I noticed and everything fell into place and made sense.  The main character Leila is a treasure.  She is beautiful, sexy, smart, and cunning, and can fight her way out of any mess.  She is often called the “ghost courier” for her tendency to escape any prison.  The secret to her success is revealed in the story but I won’t give it away here.   She is a truly likable character even if she is a little over the top.  I mean she is perfect but in a good way.  Kind of like superman is too perfect but totally makes sense in the story.

Nalick the king is the love interest in the story.  I was not fussy on the way that Leila falls for him so quickly given the way she was forced to stay, but put that aside and the interaction between the characters is very real and believable.  He is a likable person despite his flaws and referenced ruthlessness.  His feelings for Leila are very believable and I love the two together.

Having said all that there were some flaws in the book, mainly the missing words, grammar errors and run on paragraphs that left me a little confused as I had to read them over a few times to understand what was going on.  It didn’t detract from the story but a good editor would be worth looking into to make it flawless and more seamless to the reader.

Some of the minor characters were well thought out and characterized and I loved Anatolio and Roger.  Some of the other characters however could have been downplayed a little as it distracted me from the main plot.  There were too many characters to keep track of and the description of everything that went on made it harder to keep up with the main story line.

Overall, I loved the story.  I was swept away by the suspense and kept on the edge of my seat.  The ending promised to be sad, however I found it was fitting to the story line and made me a little emotional at the end.

I think the author did a wonderful job with the story and look forward to reading another of her well thought out books.  I give it 4 stars.

 

WWW Wednesdays (May 22)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:
 Product Details Currently Reading: To Stand Beside Her by Kristin McMichael.  So far I am really enjoying this book.  Really suspenseful.  I will post a review when completed.

Product DetailsRecently finished: The fault in our Stars by John Green.  Truly fantastic story.  Very emotional and captivating.  I posted a review earlier.  Definiely one to check out.

Product DetailsProduct DetailsNext? Both Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi and I Kissed a Ghost by Robin Morgan are on my Kindle waiting to be read. Very excited about both and I will post a review as soon as I have finished them.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

 

WWW Wednesdays (May 15)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:
To Stand Beside Her  Currently Reading:  To Stand Beside her by Kristin McMichael.  Just started so no comments yet.  I will post a review when I’m done.

Product DetailsRecently finished: The Fault in our Stars by John Green. Really great story, but what a tear jerker.  Iwill post a review soon.  (when I stop crying)

Product DetailsProduct DetailsNext? Either Spell Caster by Claudia Gray or Shatter me by Tehereh Mafi.  Shatter Me has been on my kindle for a while so I really need to get to it.  There are just so many choices out there.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!