"Midnight Awakening" is the third installment in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series, and every bit (if not more so) as good as the previous two. This"Midnight Awakening" is the third installment in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series, and every bit (if not more so) as good as the previous two. This novel stars Teagan, the deadliest and coldest of all of the Order, and allows readers insight into what makes him the deadly hunter that he is.
As the Order continues to hunt Marek, one of the oldest yet evil vampires in the world, we come to understand Teagan's past, and root for his future at the same time. We see inside the apparently apathetic creature, and learn why he has distanced himself from his emotions for so many years.
We are also introduced to Elise, a strong and independent woman, and yet another Breedmate; a specific type of woman bearing a particular birthmark which signals her ability to mate with and breed with vampires.
Each new book by Lara Adrian advances the story, reveals a little more of the world she has created, and introduces us to a new member of the Order. By far Teagan was my favorite, so I enjoyed Midnight Awakening immensly. I've said this before, but if you're looking for a new twist on the typical vampire story, her series is one you should pick up.
"Humanity's Edge" is a collection of short stories that share a common theme; survival. Each story is incredibly different, and their plots involve ev"Humanity's Edge" is a collection of short stories that share a common theme; survival. Each story is incredibly different, and their plots involve everything from cloning to just trying to have a decent dinner. However different their plots may be, the theme of survival resonates through just the same. Some of the stories are rather bleak and grim; taking place in a future where its not safe to be outside due to toxic levels of gas in the air, others are a bit more uplifting. Many of these survival stories also involve acts of kindess, which serves to renew a reader's hope in humans as a species.
"Humanity's Edge" contains 13 stories, and each of them will make you stop and think. Many of them will make you ponder over what it means to actually be human. The book is a page turner, and one of the better short story collections I've read.
This is the second of Len Robertson's books I've read...and I'm hooked on his writing. The Unnamed Sword is Robertson's second book in his Galatian seThis is the second of Len Robertson's books I've read...and I'm hooked on his writing. The Unnamed Sword is Robertson's second book in his Galatian series, and I can't wait to read the remainder of them.
In the first book Bridge of Gods, we are introduced to the world of Galatia, and to a host of characters. While the first book centers around Mary Brown, this book is dedicated to the story of Gawaine Irby. In this story, we learn a bit about Gawaine's past, before he tumbled into Galatia. Gawaine has a terrible secret in his past, one that he suffers endless guilt over. In a gang initiation gone wrong, he shot and fatally injured a young girl named Ellie.
In The Unnamed Sword, Gawaine is given a chance for redemption. In order to save Elli's life, he must complete a quest. One that seems impossible to him, but he is determined to complete at the same time.
While Gawaine is questing, Diamond returns with his hydras--horrid monsters who eat everything in their paths, and his threat of nuclear weapons. Another selection of characters band together to try and stop him, including Alfy the baby dragon.
This is a tough story to explain without giving a lot away, but if you're looking for something different, something that will literally transport you to another world, I suggest you give Robertson's series a try. You won't regret it.
"The Opium of the People" is a realistic albeit horrifying example of what the world would be like if the government were overthrown, and authority we"The Opium of the People" is a realistic albeit horrifying example of what the world would be like if the government were overthrown, and authority were assumed by religious zealots. The book itself is an incredible story, yet left me feeling disgusted and mortified, similar to the way I felt after reading Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaids Tale." While the stories really don't have much in common, they evoked similar feelings from me.
"The Opium of the People" also reminded me of the "Left Behind" series...If you've never read any of those books, they are marketed (and rightly so) as Christian Literature, and detail the Apolcolypse, and the world of aftermath. This story reminded me of the series in that it detailed an equally unforgiving and cruel world, left in the hands of the faithfully religious who were carrying out the work of God. "The Opium of the People" though, is much less preachy, and focuses much less on the religion aspect than it does on the characters who are trying to survive.
The story alternates perspectives; from members of an underground revolutionist movement, to former literary scholars who have a hard time accepting this new way of life, to the actual religious leaders in charge. Through the alternating perspectives the reader is given the opportunity to understand the story from multiple angles, which leaves little hope of not getting drawn in.
It's a fairly quick read, not much over a hundred pages, but its a hundred intense pages that really will make you ponder the what ifs. My only complaint was the ending, which seemed abrupt and somewhat rushed; without giving it away, I wasn't satisfied with the resolution of two of the characters...though in the author's defense, he did the right thing...going into anymore detail really would have been wandering from the focus of the story.
If you're looking for something different to read or if you like politics vs. religion, snag yourself a copy of this book...you'll enjoy it.