Good but not great start to the series. I liked it but I have to say I'm getting really sick of love triangles3.5 Stars
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Good but not great start to the series. I liked it but I have to say I'm getting really sick of love triangles. Seems to be the prevalent theme for young adult series. This book did leave me curious for the next one, Rogue, and I liked it enough to continue reading. ...more
Spark Rising is the first novel in the Progenitor Saga by Kate Corcino. Spark Rising is a skillfully written tale set in the future on a post-apocalypSpark Rising is the first novel in the Progenitor Saga by Kate Corcino. Spark Rising is a skillfully written tale set in the future on a post-apocalyptic earth. New advance humans were created called, “Sparks”. These people have varying degrees of power and are able to control and manipulate, “Dust”, basically microscopic machine like beings that can create and affect energy in many different ways. The strongest Spark boys are trained and put to work powering the cities, which are controlled by Councils. Girls of great power, however, disappear.
Lena was hidden away as a child because she had great power and her parents wanted to protect her. After her father is murdered she takes off and makes a home for herself in the desert, outside the city. It’s there she meets Alex Reyes, a double Agent working for the council, when he tries to bring Lena in. This sets off a chain of events that drastically changes Lena’s life. I won’t go into specifics because that would give too much away and this is a story best discovered upon reading. Suffice to say that it’s a thrilling and interesting journey.
I really liked Spark Rising. The pacing is perfectly done. It’s steady, always moving and never boring. The story is unique and one that I really enjoyed learning about. There is quite a lot that happens over the course of the story and everything flows together seamlessly. The world-building is wonderfully done. I could imagine it and understand it. There are dark moments but they are balanced by moments of heart. It had emotion and depth and it felt believable. There is romance but it’s not the focus of the story. I liked the romance and enjoyed how it unfolded with the story.
The characters are nicely done. I liked Lena in particular. She’s powerful, independent, sarcastic and strong, with a heart of gold hidden under her tough exterior. At the same time she’s not too perfect. She’s a little bit dark and has a need for vengeance.
Spark Rising is a very compelling and engaging story, one that has a satisfactory ending but leaves you interested in more. I look forward to the next novel.
I would recommend Spark Rising to fans of post-apocalyptic dystopian novels.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from Xpresso Book Tours, via NetGalley....more
Shadow Study is the first book in the Soulfinders series by Maria V. Snyder. This is actually a continuation of the Study series as it features YelenaShadow Study is the first book in the Soulfinders series by Maria V. Snyder. This is actually a continuation of the Study series as it features Yelena and Valek. I thought Shadow Study was a good book but overall, I was disappointed. There wasn’t as much excitement or adventure as the previous series and I didn’t care for the direction of the plot. It’s heavy on deception, political maneuverings and intrigue.
Yelena’s magic becomes blocked shortly into the story. I came up with a theory for the reason for this early on and after finishing it I’m sticking to my original theory. I felt bad for Yelena. Not having her magic was devastating to her. She didn’t realize how much she relied on it until it was gone. But it doesn’t stop her from doing everything in her power to find out the cause and to search for a solution. This brings about much danger and Yelena is vulnerable without her magic.
Valek and Yelena are apart for most of the story and it seems to be the norm for their relationship. I got the impression that Valek’s primary focus is his job which makes me question where his true devotion lies. In Shadow Study he takes a trip down memory lane and has flashbacks of his past, beginning when he first decided to kill the King. I enjoyed learning his history. It was interesting but once he joined up with Ambrose I lost interest. I’ve never been a huge fan of Ambrose and this book didn’t change my option. I don't like how Valek is almost blindly loyal to him.
In Shadow Study, the story alternates between Yelena, Valek and Janco. One thing that was jarring to the flow of the story was the change in perspective from first person to third person. Yelena’s point of view is told from the first person perspective while everyone else’s is third person. I think it would have been much better to have a single perspective.
Shadow Study is a good book but not great. There are parts that I really enjoyed and others that were just okay. It held my attention but I was glad when it was done. The story is filled with danger, misdirection and adversity. There wasn’t much to lighten it up so it had a slightly negative tone.
Shadow Study ends in a teaser. There is a conclusion to one storyline but plenty is left untold. To get a satisfactory conclusion you’ll have to keep reading. I haven’t decided if I want to read the next book but curiosity will probably push me to it.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from the publisher, Harlequin - Mira, via NetGalley....more
Thunder is the first book in the Stone Braide Chronicles by Bonnie S. Calhoun. This book is difficult to review because the story is rather hit and miThunder is the first book in the Stone Braide Chronicles by Bonnie S. Calhoun. This book is difficult to review because the story is rather hit and miss. It jumped around a lot. I would be reading a part that I found interesting and then it would jump to characters that I really wasn’t interested in, back and forth, back and forth. It got better when everyone ended up in the same place and the story came together but that wasn’t until near the end. The Company in the mountain was just a weird and disturbing plot. I found myself skimming those parts at times because I just wasn’t interested in reading about them.
I liked the main character, Selah, for the most part. She was tiresome at times with the frequent crying but overall she ending up being a strong and likeable character. I liked her love interest Bodhi as well, once he stopped being self-centered. It seemed he was rather, self-absorbed and conceited before he was sent away from his homelands. He showed definite character growth as did Selah, which was nice to see. I also liked some of the secondary characters such as the endearing urchin child, Amaryllis and Selah’s steadfast brother Cleon.
Overall, Thunder was good. Unfortunately the book just wasn’t cohesive. When there is more than one group of characters and storylines in a book, it’s important that they all are interesting and can hold your attention, otherwise you lose focus and the book loses momentum. I can only hope that the next book will focus more on one set of characters, as the series does have the potential to be better.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from Revell via NetGalley....more
I really liked The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy. It is a wonderful young adult story about fantastical beings and a centuries old curse. There isI really liked The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy. It is a wonderful young adult story about fantastical beings and a centuries old curse. There is romance but it is subtle and the hero isn’t definitive until near the end. Who Salome ends up with is part of the mystery of the book but I will say that I loved him and he was the one I was rooting for all along.
The plot is secretive and filled with misdirection. I was frustrated along with Salome at how those around her either couldn’t or wouldn’t give her the answers that she sought. I admit I was tempted to take a peek at the ending to get some answers but I held firm and I’m glad I did. The payoff at the end is worth a bit of frustration. Though now that I know how it ends, I’m tempted to reread it so I can enjoy it from a different perspective.
The Winter People is well written with an intriguing plot and interesting characters. There is magic, mystery, action, danger and a touch of romance. The characters are crafted with emotion and depth and the story kept my interest from beginning to end. I loved the ending. It was intense, emotional and enchanting, the perfect ending to a great novel.
I would recommend The Winter People to fans of the genre.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley....more
Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly is the first book in the Angel Trilogy. It is a very original and interesting story that features angels as the bad guysAngel Burn by L.A. Weatherly is the first book in the Angel Trilogy. It is a very original and interesting story that features angels as the bad guys and a very sweet romance between the two main characters, Willow and Alex. The idea of angels being bad is an unusual and refreshing change from the typical take on angels. The writing is captivating and the characters engrossing.
One issue with this book is the switching back and forth from first person perspective to third person perspective. It seems to be the author’s way of differentiating between the two characters but it would be much better if the same perspective was used throughout. Besides this issue, the story flowed nicely and holds your attention from beginning to end. The characters of Willow and Alex are well written. By the end of this book you feel as if you know them and you care about what happens to them.
Angel Burn is a great beginning to the Angel Trilogy and it will whet your appetite for more. Bravo to the author. Angel Burn is recommended for readers of fantasy and young adult....more
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is the first book in the Infernal Devices series. This book is very similar to the Mortal Instruments books. The woClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is the first book in the Infernal Devices series. This book is very similar to the Mortal Instruments books. The world is the same except it is set in an earlier time period. The characters have the same attitudes. It’s as if she took the same characters from the previous series and just mixed them up a bit for this one. This is not only disappointing by distracting as well. Tessa is the semi pretty girl who has two boys interested in her. Will is a jerk who has moments of kindness that fail to make up for his abrasive attitude. The author alludes to where she is going with this but it doesn’t make it any more pleasant to read. The plot is bogged down by unnecessary details and the characters don’t really have a good connection to each other. At the end you are left with more questions then answers. All in all, Clockwork Angel just doesn’t hit the mark and leaves you feeling disappointed....more
Warrior, the first in the Blades of Rose Series, takes readers on a grand and magical adventure, from an alley in England to the vast lands of MongoliWarrior, the first in the Blades of Rose Series, takes readers on a grand and magical adventure, from an alley in England to the vast lands of Mongolia and beyond. Thalia and Gabriel have taken on the task of finding and securing the Mongolian “Source”, an object filled with power and magic. However they aren’t the only ones trying to find this object and they must reach it first for the safety of all.
This book is filled with many wonderful characters. Characters that you will love and some that you will loath. Thalia and Gabriel are just right for this tale and for each other. They are both likeable and interesting characters. Thalia is a wonderful heroine. She is no typical Victorian lady. She has spent much of her life in Mongolia, raised by her father and is a strong, independent young woman who is not afraid to speak her mind. Gabriel makes a perfect hero for Thalia. A former Captain in the British Army, he is loyal and honorable, a hero that you will grow to love just as Thalia does. Due to his time in the British Army it has been many years since he has been subject to polite drawing room conversations. He’s used to being around soldiers and his language, a little coarse at times, reflects that. Fortunately Thalia isn’t a shrinking violet and can look past his slightly rough exterior to see the wonderful man beneath. Their attraction sparks from the first meeting and only burns brighter as the story goes on. The sex scenes between Gabriel and Thalia are sizzling and fit in well with the story. The romance is charming and will have you rooting for a happy ever after.
Zoe Archer has created a story that is very original and highly entertaining, a story where magic is real and danger is around every corner. Her writing is excellent and flows smoothly throughout. The dialog is witty and intelligent, the descriptions vivid and beautiful. The story comes alive in your mind. You can easily picture the Mongolian landscape and the battles they wage with magical and non magical forces. There is plenty of Action, adventure, romance and danger. It is a delightful mix. You won’t want it to end and it will leave you clamoring for more. ...more