Here's my problem with sci-fi novels: there are no decently-written relationships. I don't even mean romance. I enjoy romance, but I also enj...more2.5 stars
Here's my problem with sci-fi novels: there are no decently-written relationships. I don't even mean romance. I enjoy romance, but I also enjoy friendships and banter and even the interesting dynamics that can happen between enemies. Most sci-fi has very little of that, and this was no exception. There's a threat or dangerous situation, and the protagonist uses their superior intelligence and some sort of high-tech skill to overcome it. Alone. Sure, there are other characters floating around, but they exist to assist and/or oppose the protagonist--they're people-shaped settings or plot devices, not actual characters.
That was this book. I've found that women are generally better at writing relationships than men, so I had hopes for this one, but nope. Kylara was an island of competence, and she did every last little freaking thing all by herself.
The plot was good, which was why I read until the end. If you read for plot and aren't as enamored of character interaction as I am, you might love this one. It just wasn't for me.(less)
This story had its moments, but in the end I just didn't buy the relationship between the two leads, which makes a romance novella fall a little flat....moreThis story had its moments, but in the end I just didn't buy the relationship between the two leads, which makes a romance novella fall a little flat. The author's attempt at generating chemistry always felt forced and like the characters were trying too hard.
I've read a few romances where an exciting plot can make up for a lackluster romance, but the plot here wasn't strong enough to compensate, alas.
Thanks to Riptide and NetGalley for providing a review copy.(less)
I really wanted to love this, but while it was entertaining, it didn't wow me. In particular, I didn't like the protagonist. She was arrogant and self...moreI really wanted to love this, but while it was entertaining, it didn't wow me. In particular, I didn't like the protagonist. She was arrogant and selfish, and I wouldn't particularly want to be friends with her. The plot was decent, and I may pick up the second book when I'm in a sci-fi mood, but eh. It's not a favorite.(less)
I am so incredibly happy I discovered Linnea Sinclair. I have been looking for sci-fi romances like this for ages, and hers are top-notch. Characters...moreI am so incredibly happy I discovered Linnea Sinclair. I have been looking for sci-fi romances like this for ages, and hers are top-notch. Characters to care about, always, always an extremely robust sci-fi plot that's more prominent than the romantic plot. They're so entertaining that I don't even care about the unoriginality of her science worldbuilding (as far as I can tell, all her terminology except the alien words is borrowed from Star Trek).
I'm not always hugely into the romance aspect, but it doesn't even matter because there's so much space opera happening. In Rebels and Lovers, I was slightly frustrated because I figured out whodunnit loooooooong before anyone else even suspected. But I loved it anyway. Because Linnea Sinclair is awesome. I'm so sad that her last book came out in 2010. What am I going to do once I've read them all? I need more!(less)
Got two thirds of the way through this before giving in to my complete and utter boredom with the characters, the world, and the story.
I honestly don'...moreGot two thirds of the way through this before giving in to my complete and utter boredom with the characters, the world, and the story.
I honestly don't know what it is about Zoe Archer, but I just cannot get into her books. If I try to pick them apart, it seems like there's nothing wrong: action, characters with characteristics I usually enjoy, an absence of sexism and other nasty 'isms, a world that seems pretty well-put-together. But somehow things just don't come together in a way that keeps me eager to turn pages.
I've picked up enough of her books now that I think it's not just a fluke. As much as I want to be able to support this author, I am just completely disinterested.(less)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book's relative unformulaicness. Most romance novels are totally predictable, but this one wasn't at all. It was al...moreI was pleasantly surprised by this book's relative unformulaicness. Most romance novels are totally predictable, but this one wasn't at all. It was also really disturbing--this book is not for the faint of heart. It's sort of a superhero thriller romance. And you get three romances for the price of one! (Well, mostly.)
Born to Darkness follows a whopping seven characters as they race to rescue a thirteen-year-old girl who has been kidnapped because her blood--and her terror--are valuable in the manufacture of a street drug that grants superpowers to their users--at least until the users "joker" and turn into crazed killers. The Obermeyer Institute is a facility that researches people who come by superpowers naturally ("Greater-Thans") and help them achieve their full potential, and its top three Greater-Thans, with the aid of a new recruit who's a former Navy SEAL, the OI's medical chief, and the missing girl's older sister, will stop at nothing to rescue the girl, who may be an unprecedentedly powerful Greater-Than. And in the midst of all the action, they must also navigate their emotional hangups and relationship issues as they find themselves developing feelings for each other (in neat little pairs--no love triangles here, thank God!).
This book's blurb puts all the emphasis on the relationship between OI operative Mackenzie and former Navy SEAL Shane, but the book gives nearly equal treatment to the other two couples. My favorite was the absolutely adorable relationship between OI operative Stephen Diaz and Doctor Elliot Zerkowski. I love them so much, both separately and together.
Disappointingly, I wasn't a very big fan of the two female romantic leads, Mackenzie and Anna. Mackenzie was an idiot and Anna was just boring. But there were enough characters in this book, and enough action, that my dislike of the supposed primary heroine didn't really detract much from my enjoyment of the book.
The plot was really super intense--much more intense than I'm used to from a romance novel. Honestly, I think people who aren't really into romance would still enjoy this, as long as they're okay with the occasional brief side trip into sexytimes (and with three couples, this happened more than a few times).
I'm confused and disappointed that there's no sequel to this. There were quite a few threads left dangling, both plot-wise and relationship-wise, and I would love to see them resolved in a second book.(less)
Read this because after volumes one and two I really wanted to know who the mole was. Well, now we're done with that plotline (actually super glad tha...moreRead this because after volumes one and two I really wanted to know who the mole was. Well, now we're done with that plotline (actually super glad that they didn't drag the mole thing out for more volumes--I was really afraid they would). Not sure if I'll continue with the series, but these are fun, easy graphic novels I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to kids 10-14.
(Though like a few other reviewers I've seen, I was really weirded out by 11-year-old Molly acting like a seven-year-old. Apparently the writer doesn't know any kids that age. I just went ahead and pretended she was at most eight and all my troubles went away.)
(ALSO, this was only the third volume I've read, and it was the second one to literally fall apart in my hands as I read it despite me being the first person to ever read it. Warning to anyone thinking of buying these: don't, unless they're available in hardcover. The binding is the most horrifically poor I've seen.)(less)
This was a lot of fun when I wasn't totally distracted by the fact that the cover was peeling right off my brand new book, making all the pages pretty...moreThis was a lot of fun when I wasn't totally distracted by the fact that the cover was peeling right off my brand new book, making all the pages pretty loose (FYI: don't get the paperback if you think you might want to read this more than once).
I loved getting to know each of the kids, and I loved each of their unique and complicated relationships with their parents. Most of this volume was set-up--I feel like they're only true runaways at the end of this volume, realizing that there's no easy way to stop their supervillain parents and finally having left home for good--but it was good enough set-up that I'm really excited to see what comes next.(less)
I went into this with high expectations, considering all the love I've been seeing all over Goodreads. This book seems well-poised to be The...more3.5 stars
I went into this with high expectations, considering all the love I've been seeing all over Goodreads. This book seems well-poised to be The Next Big Thing. I can see it happening. But alas, though it was enjoyable enough, this book isn't my Next Big Thing, personally.
The book follows Em and Finn as they race to go back in time to kill a bad guy before he invents time travel and uses it to make the world a really shitty place. The complications: The bad guy is their former best friend, and their past selves, who have no idea that he's going to turn out evil, are naturally going to do everything in their power to protect him. We also follow Marina (Em of the past) and past!Finn as they cope with tragedy and crushes and figuring out who to trust. A fast-paced time travel thriller, this book might appeal to fans of Divergent or Unraveling.
I actually almost DNFed this halfway through. I was bored. I felt like I'd read this story before. I think I only kept going because of all the glowing reviews I'd read. I figured there had to be something more than what was there in the beginning.
I'm actually glad I continued. I really enjoyed the second half of the book, once the past and future versions of Marina, Finn, and James (best friend/bad guy/crush) started interacting. The pace picked up, there were more cards on the table, and shit got complicated.
In the end, this book was solid but not amazing. I'll keep it in mind to recommend to the teens who want to read The Next Big Thing after Divergent--they'll probably enjoy it more than I did.
Note: Thanks to NetGalley and Disney Hyperion for providing me with an advance copy of this title.(less)
I had some issues with the agency of the heroine. Namely, her role in the story was damsel in distress and only damsel in distress. She never actually...moreI had some issues with the agency of the heroine. Namely, her role in the story was damsel in distress and only damsel in distress. She never actually contributed anything other than emotional support to the resolution of the book's conflicts; she just got in the way or got kidnapped or whatever, needing to be rescued no fewer than five times. There's one part where the hero thinks to himself something like, "I've never met another person besides me who is more in control of their emotions than she is," which totally cracked me up because she just seesaws between being a crying mess and being overtly pissed off (mostly crying though). Blah.
Guess I'm still looking for some sci-fi romance I'll actually enjoy...(less)