Like most of the readers, I read the first chapter of Retribution back when I read Distraction. Since then, almost a year later, I've waited for this...moreLike most of the readers, I read the first chapter of Retribution back when I read Distraction. Since then, almost a year later, I've waited for this book. All I can say is Xavier is back! The story picks up where the Justine and Xavier's relationship left off some seven years later. Justine knew the day would come when she'd have to face Xavier and reveal the secret that could ruin everything they had, including the beautiful memories they created. They meet unexpectedly only now Justine is a widow, cursed with relentless guilt of her past wrong doings. Xavier steps back into Justine's life, forcing her to make the right choices for her and her son's future. Xavier was such a rock in the book and I will forever refer to him as the music man. Both characters made significant mistakes in their lives, but the beauty was their determination to see things through for the good of their family's future. With the years comes more challenges like raising teenagers and divorce. What I loved about Retribution, was Campbell didn't write a cookie-cut romance, she wrote a beautifully in-depth story about love, loss, friendship and how wonderful things can be when two people make amends.
On a side not, I can't get enough of the Proverbs Campbell put before each chapter, giving the reader a hint of what's to come. I loved this. Here's a sample: Proverb: Bush have ears and wall have eyes. Meaning: Be careful how you disclose sensitive information that can filter to those you don’t want to know your business.
If you're looking for a different take on romance and you're willing to take a journey with a couple that make their fair share of mistakes, then Retribution is just the book for you! (less)
When I began reading the first part of Angela Brown's Neverlove, I thought WOW...that's some powerful stuff. However disturbing it set the tone for th...moreWhen I began reading the first part of Angela Brown's Neverlove, I thought WOW...that's some powerful stuff. However disturbing it set the tone for the main character, Abigail (Abby). She's been marred by her father (of all people) and in return attempts to end her life. Fate intervenes, prompting her mother to save Abby and enrolling her in V'Salicus Academy. Like Abby, the Academy was an equally intense organization.
Since Abby is new, Father Quanon agrees to mentor her through the academy and many of his colleagues and superiors start to doubt his motives. The book at first weaves in and out, describing the lives of first Abby and then her love interest, Basil. I liked the dark worlds that Brown created, depicting the depth of hell with the sinister dealings of Devourer and then the intricate faculties of heaven. There were many times when I wondered how the MC's persevere. I want to tell you in the end love trumps all, but eh, eh, eh...that wouldn't be right, now would it?
If you like books with wicked characters, a ton of twists and a fine dose of romance, then NeverLove is just the book for you. (less)
Fireseed One is a riveting futuristic fantasy tale that is classic YA with more than enough to sustain the die-hard adult sci-fi fans. I found the wor...moreFireseed One is a riveting futuristic fantasy tale that is classic YA with more than enough to sustain the die-hard adult sci-fi fans. I found the world Stine created reminiscent of best-selling, middle-grade Dark Life series by Kat Falls. However, in Fireseed One, Stine takes the global warming fantasy tale to a whole new level. In the beginning, we meet a reluctant hero, Varik, a young man who's forced to run his family farm after the passing of his father. Straight away, Varik is thrust into unfamiliar territory as he discovers his farm vaults were robbed. Those vaults secured most of the world's food supply in a form of seeds. Harvesting, protecting and engineering these seeds had been his dead father's life's work including his radical creation, Fireseed One.
Besides creating an amazing fantasy world, Stine did a wonderful job at creating such a likable hero who throughout the novel showed incredible depth and courage. Marisa, Varik's counterpart, was equally intriguing. I'll admit I didn't like her at first, but it just goes to show you how when great plotting happens, characters evolve, which make for enjoyable reading experience. The journey Varik and Marisa take along with Audun, Varik's childhood friend, is filled with suspense and bizarre sci-fi imagery that after awhile becomes addicting. If you're looking for something sci-fi/dark fantasy with elements of dystopian YA genre, then Fireseed One is just the book for you. (less)
Today I’m reviewing Donna Galanti's upcoming debut novel, A HUMAN ELEMENT. Donna must have picked up on my weakness for Dean Koontz, because A HUMAN E...moreToday I’m reviewing Donna Galanti's upcoming debut novel, A HUMAN ELEMENT. Donna must have picked up on my weakness for Dean Koontz, because A HUMAN ELEMENT echoes the bestselling author in terms of creativity, the supernatural and overall dark allure. Add in a little paranormal romance and you've got one delicious literary paranormal mashup.
A HUMAN ELEMENT starts off with a bang, literally. To the world, a meteorite has crashed near Coopersville's lake located in a remote region in New York state. To a secret government operative, something else crashed near that lakefront…something out of this world. At the time Ben Fieldstone was only nine and lost everything in the destruction, including his parents. From that moment on, his life changed miserably as he was then forced into the foster system. Ben lived under deplorable conditions, always having to watch his back. With a life like that, no wonder he chose a solitary existence for the bulk of his life. The crash not only caused devastation, it sparked life in a form of beautiful woman name Laura Armstrong. Born out of desperation, she was adopted and lived a semi-normal, peaceful life with her family and neighbors near the crash site. Laura is truly a remarkable heroine. She represents happiness, love, forgiveness and above all hope. But with her existence, lurks a dark presence; one that haunts her and eventually kills those that she loves.
With the government’s debauching schemes and a strange man in black always watching, does Laura have what it takes to battle the darkness, uncover the truth and save the ones that she loves, including Ben? What type of a future can two misfits like Ben and Laura have together? Are they only connected by the crash site or is there more? Um…I’m not tell’n ya! You’ll just have to get A HUMAN ELEMENT and find out. And boy let me tell you it is goooood!
Dark is coming my friends and it’s called A HUMAN ELEMENT. This book peaked my interest from the start. If you love adult sci-fi/supernatural novels (like a Koontz), but you’re looking for more romance...this is your book. On my RIP meter, Donna Galanti's A HUMAN ELEMENT is a 4. The book releases March 15. Visit Donna's website for more details.