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Review of Atlas by Becca C. Smith

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Review of Atlas by Becca C. Smith


Title: Atlas

Author: Becca C. Smith

Publication Date: November 11, 2013

Genre: Paranormal Action


Every four days. Commit one act of atrocity. Keep the balance or the planet dies. At least, that’s what Special Ops soldier Kala Hicks is told by the Titan god, Atlas, after blacking out when she shoots the President of the United States. Even though killing the president had been sanctioned by the government, Kala wonders if the whole ordeal had fried her brain cells. Kala is thrown into a world of demons, angels, and gods, each with their own agenda of whether or not they want her to live or die. She faces off against creatures of legend, all trying to sway her, use her, or kill her. There’s the annoyingly attractive demon who is determined to get into her pants as well as make her fail and plunge the world into chaos. Then there’s the stunningly beautiful Grigorian angel who is convinced he’s Kala’s soul mate, but to Kala he’s a supernatural stalker. Not to mention her own boyfriend – who may be the key to ending it all. Pitted against the forces of good and evil, Kala must choose whether to save the world by doing the unthinkable, or sit back and let it burn. Four days later, she’ll have to do it again.


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Review by Ashley Bodette

Note: Ashley is a guest reviewer for Coffee Talk Writers.

It’s no secret…I’m a total sucker for anything to do with mythology, and Atlas definitely didn’t disappoint! The author does a fantastic job of weaving multiple myths and legends together, as well as changing up some of the ‘realities’ of the myths. She even manages to tie in major historical world events to the history of the gods, angels, demons, etc. in the book! Although Kala and the other members of the military team she is on (mostly her and Jack) are at the front line of this story, there is a whole host of secondary characters that are not only crucial to the plot, but they are also three dimensional characters. Some of them I am hoping will get even more face time in future books, because I MUST know more about their roles in everything that is going on!

I did wish, however, that we could have gotten just a little bit deeper into Kala’s character. Don’t get me wrong, you will eventually see how everything that has happened to Kala across her life has sort-of led to this crazy, epic moment she is having. But even though I read about all of those events/encounters, I still felt like emotionally/relationally Kala was lacking some depth. In general however, I kind of love Kala. 🙂 She is strong, determined, and unwilling to take anybody’s crap. She’s the kind of girl who gets into bar fights with men who try to get fresh with her. And I wish I could be that kind of person all the time. There is some romance in the story (aka Jack, with a side of Asmodeus and Talan) but anything much more than making out fades to black. And though the romance is important to the story line, it isn’t always at the forefront of what is going on. (Although Kala might disagree with me on that one.) 😉 PLEASE let there be another book coming!! With so many things left not fully explained, and THAT ENDING?!?! There MUST be more! And I will be (am)patiently waiting for it!

I give it 4 Coffee Mugs.

ATLAS – By Becca C. Smith

Characters – 12/15

Plot and Pacing – 14/15

Setting – 8/10

Technique – 8/10

TOTAL – 42/50 4 MUGS

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Author Bio


Becca C. Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. In 2010 Becca published her first novel, Riser followed by the sequel, Reaper, in 2011, and the finale, Ripper in 2013. In 2012 Becca wrote the children’s novel Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale’s Treasure. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted. Most recently Becca released Atlas, the first book in a new urban fantasy series. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan and their two cats Jack and Duke.

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Nessie Strange

Nessie Strange is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it’s reading or writing one. Active membership in a writer’s critique group has helped erase the memory of two horribly written practice novels. LIVING DEAD GIRL is her first real novel.

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  1. Michaela Miles

    Great review! 🙂

    Reply Michaela Miles 09 October 2014, 14:27

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