I enjoyed this fast paced, apocalyptic novel. Shane is a courageous leader who has accepted a heavy burden after a wild, aggressive virus wipes out thI enjoyed this fast paced, apocalyptic novel. Shane is a courageous leader who has accepted a heavy burden after a wild, aggressive virus wipes out the adult population. The story unfolds quickly as the small group struggles to survive and find out what caused the deadly pandemic. I polished off this exciting tale quickly and was eager to dive into the next installment.
This is a richly envisioned clean sci-fi novel. I was pulled into the story immediately and enjoyed the adventure all the way to the last sentence. BaThis is a richly envisioned clean sci-fi novel. I was pulled into the story immediately and enjoyed the adventure all the way to the last sentence. Bast stole the show for me – I loved her whimsical nature, fierce loyalty, and, impetuous temperament. Her curiosity and quirky mannerisms often had me chuckling out loud. I loved the description of Bast’s home planet and the society and culture was described so beautifully that I had no trouble picturing it in my mind. I also loved the description of the layout and operations of the starships and various other aliens. There is plenty of action along with a bit of mystery. I was engrossed in the story and loved the interactions between the main characters.
I love space odysseys, especially when there are a variety of well-defined, diverse aliens working together against a common threat. This book was a fun and exciting read geared for a younger audience, but this grandma loved it, too. I can't wait to read the next adventure!
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Madeline is a likable young heroine who sometimes seems impetuous but has a compassionate nature underneath an often sardonic personality. I often felMadeline is a likable young heroine who sometimes seems impetuous but has a compassionate nature underneath an often sardonic personality. I often felt like smacking her upside the head when her impulsive decisions seemed to lack any measurable foresight. I am happy though that she was able to get the assistance of some influential people that finally culminated in a very satisfactory ending.
Madeline manages to unveil a deep-rooted conspiracy as she discovers her own strange origins.
This book is a fun science fiction read that keeps the reader in suspense as each new twist gets unwound, and has plenty of action along with a bit of flirty teenage romance.
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This book paints an appalling picture of a post-apocalyptic dystopian future in which hate, prejudice and greed prevail. For me, the story started sloThis book paints an appalling picture of a post-apocalyptic dystopian future in which hate, prejudice and greed prevail. For me, the story started slowly but soon built momentum as the characters’ unique characteristics and background were gradually revealed.
I loved the narrator’s voice and the writing style that brought this imaginative tale to life. I did not care for the love triangle, but it did not impede the action and adventure scenes that made this book so much fun to read, for me.
I look forward to the next book and watching this fictional world expand as the Resistance strives to overcome the mostly manufactured bigotry and fear rampant within this broken society.
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I loved this book! I thought the whole concept was fascinating, original, and richly drawn. The characters came alive for me as I was reading; their mI loved this book! I thought the whole concept was fascinating, original, and richly drawn. The characters came alive for me as I was reading; their motivations, thoughts and actions fresh and interesting. I also enjoyed meeting the coalition aliens. The conflict is real and frightening in its intensity when the coalition must face deadly and mysterious invaders. There is mystery, intrigue, action and humor! The vastness of space and the epic proportions of a seemingly impossible tasks kept me entertained and left me wanting more from this spellbinding author.
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This exciting, action-intense book kept me reading late into the night. Full of intrigue, backstabbing villains (and friends), and clever dialogue, IThis exciting, action-intense book kept me reading late into the night. Full of intrigue, backstabbing villains (and friends), and clever dialogue, I became so caught up in the story that I just could not stop reading. Kama, is one of the most unusual characters I have met in a long while; an eclectic mix of stubborn mule headedness coupled with almost unlimited compassion. Her complex personality and secretive nature keeps the hero Rafe flummoxed and off center. It is great fun watching their relationship evolve over the course of the book. Rafe struggles with his feelings toward Kama – feelings that throw him out of his comfort zone, more often than not.
The best aspect of the story for me besides the quirky characters was the deep space setting. I continually felt the vastness of the space around the ships and the mining colony. I loved the mystery and the twists that abounded within this book. The plot is complex and the motivations of the various factions believable.
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I loved this book from the onset all the way to the last sentence. Leon Gray is an ex-cop who, when the book opens, is working as a bar bouncer. WhenI loved this book from the onset all the way to the last sentence. Leon Gray is an ex-cop who, when the book opens, is working as a bar bouncer. When he is hired to protect an investigative reporter, David Hastings, he knows the job will be tough but he needs the money for his daughter’s college fund.
There are several backup characters that Leon interacts with as the case develops who were easy to love or hate (as the case may be). Leon sort of reminds me of Jack Reacher except for his tendency to turn hairy when provoked. His relationship with his teenage daughter is complicated – she is growing up and he is having difficulty with the transition. There is plenty of action, mystery, suspense, and witty dialogue. The story moves along quickly, but at a pace I loved. Leon is my hero,and I hope to read more books featuring his adventures.
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I thought this was an enjoyable science fiction read with an interesting premise. Brooke Jones has been chomping at the bit to get her chance to go inI thought this was an enjoyable science fiction read with an interesting premise. Brooke Jones has been chomping at the bit to get her chance to go into space. Always, it seems others are selected as she is passed over, but finally, her opportunity arrives, and off to Mars she goes. It is while she is exploring the surface of the planet that something decidedly strange happens, and she almost dies. After that, the crew returns to Earth. Brooke surprises everyone because she suffers none of the debilitating physical symptoms that plague her fellow crewmates. Brooke causes a political stir, and suddenly she is on the run from several different groups who want her for their own various nefarious agendas.
I thought Brooke was a likable, if somewhat immature, character. She contends with the escalating effects of her condition with occasional humor and unmitigated gutsiness. I felt her relationship with her boyfriend often felt stiff and somewhat awkward. I had a hard time connecting with the pair as a committed couple. Both are top-notch astronauts, so maybe it was their rivalry in their professional lives that cooled my ardor for them as a couple. While not particularly keen on the mild romantic elements of this book, I loved the uniqueness of the story and the high-caliber action scenes. The adventure and the sense of awe kept me reading late into wee hours. I was sad when the story ended, but I thought the resolution was appropriate. I hope there is another book in the works so we can continue to follow Brooke’s escapades.
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I thought I’d just sort of glance through a few pages of this book to see if it would be something to possibly read later. That was my intent, anyway.I thought I’d just sort of glance through a few pages of this book to see if it would be something to possibly read later. That was my intent, anyway. I got pulled right into Willow’s story and kept reading and kept reading. It’s a charming, frightening, lively story that I refused to put down until I had read to the last screen. The Ozone layer is disintegrating, and the Earth is heating up. A horrible plague has already wiped out much of the population. The government has established a few underground shelters and entry into the haven is very selective, unless you are rich. Willow and her dad are allowed entry, but her little brother is denied. The family is split up as Willow’s mother and brother stay outside.
Turns out there are some unsavory experiments taking place and Willow and her new friends get caught up in a series of events they never expected. The future of the human race is being stealthily secured for the wealthy and stolen from everyone else. I loved the imagination and thought that went into creating this novel. The characters came alive for me, and I was very frustrated when the book ended on a cliff-hanger. Fortunately, I do not have to wait for the next installment, which I will be eagerly reading as soon as I catch up a bit on my reading schedule.
I thought this was a delightfully original story. It is beautifully written in an exceptionally lyrical manner that is easy to read and flows seamlessI thought this was a delightfully original story. It is beautifully written in an exceptionally lyrical manner that is easy to read and flows seamlessly. In the future, the Earth has been stripped of its natural resources and horribly contaminated by pollutants. Humanity is dying out. A brilliant and eccentric scientist discovers a method of time travel that may be mankind’s only hope. A very select few are chosen to travel a thousand years into the future to a clean, pristine, revitalized Earth. Tolomay arrives safely, but others who came with her are not as fortunate. Later, another small group arrives, and the community is born.
Tolomay is a dedicated, naïve girl with a remarkable spirit. She is immediately likable. She is stubborn, smart and innovative. She becomes a stalwart protector of her new environment. The new world is even better than anticipated, but also holds many unforeseen dangers. The way in which Tolomay and the later arrivals handle the challenges of their new home makes this an engrossing tale. I was disappointed that, like so many new books, this one ended with a major cliff-hanger, but that seems to be a trend these days, and railing against the practice seems to accomplish little. So enjoy this book but be prepared to grab up the next installment which, hopefully, will be available soon.
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The stakes become higher in this second installment as Zoe and Noah are chased by her grandfather’s henchmen. The action intensifies, and Noah worriesThe stakes become higher in this second installment as Zoe and Noah are chased by her grandfather’s henchmen. The action intensifies, and Noah worries that he may have been wrong, after all, to rescue Zoe. Zoe is different; she does not remember loving Noah. Noah is committed to protecting the woman he loves even though her personality is considerably less vibrant – muted, altered. There is hope, however, as some of Zoe’s memories slowly return.
In this installment Senator Vanderveen takes off the kid gloves. Incensed with his granddaughter’s rabble-rousing, and contending with significant worries of political fall-out, his ruthlessness escalates. A huge bounty is offered. Disguised and on the run, Zoe and Noah are temporarily sheltered by a couple of fringe groups – but trust is a commodity in short supply.
I enjoyed this second installment but was disappointed by the huge cliff-hanger ending. The dystopic world is expanding, and the creep element has intensified. With dwindling resources, Zoe and Noah are engaged in a dangerous effort to out-fox a master manipulator blessed with unlimited funds, powerful connections, and an unimpeachable reputation. This exciting continuation of their adventures and achievements is a worthy successor to Perception and an intriguing precursor to the next installment in this well-written, action-packed series.
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In the not too distant future, the wealthiest can afford genetic altering which basically doubles lifespans. These GAPS (genetically altered people) lIn the not too distant future, the wealthiest can afford genetic altering which basically doubles lifespans. These GAPS (genetically altered people) live in exclusive domed cities and their children receive the best education and top notch gadgets. They are beautiful, entitled, and pampered.
Meanwhile, those not able to afford the treatment (or unwilling to have it done) live outside the exclusive dome in cramped apartments or small homes. They struggle to provide for their families, and are lucky if they have a job. The disparity between the Normals and the GAPS is enormous. There is also distrust between those who fully embrace the scientific aspects of gene manipulation and those who oppose GAPS on religious principles.
Zoe is a GAP, and when her beloved older brother disappears without a trace, she becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to him. For the first time she leaves Sol City, venturing outside in a reckless and dangerous venture. Somewhat serendipitously, Noah, a Normal with whom Zoe is already acquainted, reluctantly agrees to help Zoe find her brother.
The story flows smoothly and kept my interest easily. Zoe’s heartache and distress over her brother’s disappearance is believable and gut-wrenching. The chemistry between Zoe and Noah builds slowly as the mystery is unraveled. There are plenty of other characters, as well, and each contributes in some meaningful way to the story line. I feel Ms. Strauss excels at creating dialogue and vivid situations that pulled me into the lives of these fictional characters. I enjoyed this book so much I dove right into the ARC of the 2nd book in the series, Volition.
This was a captivating read with a youthful voice and tempo. The chemistry between Retta and Hemingway hums unerringly throughout the pages. Both areThis was a captivating read with a youthful voice and tempo. The chemistry between Retta and Hemingway hums unerringly throughout the pages. Both are likeable, and even though they have vastly different upbringings, both are honorable and especially broadminded. The chasm between the “machines” and humans is broad and deep. This future culture makes sense. It is unthinkable that a human would fall in love with an android; and yet Retta falls in love with Hemingway. As Retta searches for answers she uncovers secrets and a plot with wide-spread ramifications; Its implications devastating to her personally but also to an entire endangered hidden species.
This is a well-told story that takes a fantastical concept and logically develops it so that the reader falls under its spell. I particularly liked the way in which it examines, under the guise of science fiction, how cultural beliefs and attitudes can seem so right but might actually be based on faulty premises and outright clever lies. It reads quickly and easily; I was rapidly drawn into Retta’s adventures. I loved the description of Mars and its various domed cities connected by high-speed trains running through a network of tunnels. This is a mesmerizing story from an author whose imagination seems limitless. I am looking forward to more adventures and finding out what sort of backlash Retta and Hemingway must endure next in their quest to reveal the truth.
Silver is an extremely complicated character. A few times I got a glimpse of the person she once was but, now, banished, ripped from her lover’s arms,Silver is an extremely complicated character. A few times I got a glimpse of the person she once was but, now, banished, ripped from her lover’s arms, and all-but broken mentally from the travails she has endured, Silver has hardened her heart and carries around a huge chip on her shoulder. I tried to be sympathetic to her plight and to her situation but, honestly, she makes it incredibly difficult. However, the few times she lowered her guard a little bit, especially with the mysterious Alice, I know there is a likable person barricaded behind all the steel and contrariness. Silver exists. She does what has to be done to fend for herself and for Alice, but, oh! the toll it takes!
I was fascinated by Silver’s world. The author paints vivid pictures with her words. A few times the images shown are just disgusting and gross. I personally would have preferred a bit less description in a couple of scenes. However, the ugliness exists and Ms. Telford shows us the underbelly of a society barely hanging on. This is the opening episode of a planned multi-book saga. This is a dark, grim world that I am anxious to explore further.
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Loved This! Short, almost more like a poem, but not quite. The little quirky story is beautifully constructed with no waste, no mess. I was moved at aLoved This! Short, almost more like a poem, but not quite. The little quirky story is beautifully constructed with no waste, no mess. I was moved at a visceral level; I think because it felt so frightfully real. Imagine this, a broken country; strict rules; extenuating circumstances irrelevant; a good man coincidently in the wrong place. Thought-provoking, terrifying – an inexpensive solution to crime that makes perfect sense, seems fair and righteous on the surface, but, as we learn from one man’s example is actually anything but that.
This is a 10 or 15 minute read that left me reeling. I am still thinking about it days later.
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Wow! This book grabbed my attention right from the first page! The premise is terrifying, and I just gobbled up the sentences, impatMy Rating 4.5 Stars
Wow! This book grabbed my attention right from the first page! The premise is terrifying, and I just gobbled up the sentences, impatient to discover what would happen next. The young trio of protagonists seemed like old friends to me by the end of the story. I hated saying goodbye to them.
Thank goodness for the little glimmer of hope this novel ends with – small though it is! For me this book instigated a non-stop reading session, and aThank goodness for the little glimmer of hope this novel ends with – small though it is! For me this book instigated a non-stop reading session, and almost caused DH to venture into the unfamiliar territory that is known as our kitchen so he could scrounge himself dinner. Nothing, absolutely nothing was going to divert my attention from this story once I started reading. It is that good and that terrifying! Continue reading
’59 is the first installment of a serialized epic adventure. There is a lot here that got me interested and anxious to learn more. I love space advent’59 is the first installment of a serialized epic adventure. There is a lot here that got me interested and anxious to learn more. I love space adventures, and in this one two ships of cutting edge design take off on a planned nineteen month exploratory mission to a nearby star system. The year is 2059. There are quite a few characters introduced, and at times I had a little trouble keeping all of them straight, but I’m sure that will become less of a problem as the mystery continues to unravel.
Janine is the daughter of Donald Lewis, Captain of the Valiant, and the Mission Commander. She is bright, opinionated, and loyal to her beloved father. She also is exceedingly angry with her brother, Sean. This vitriol seems sometimes to overpower her common sense. So far, I am having difficulty warming up to her. I hope the rift with her sibling is better explained from her perspective in a future installment because from the information I currently have, Sean performed admirably and with spectacular courage. It sure seems to me, at this point, that Janine’s rancor is unjustified. One thing for sure, I am curious to see how this story plays out. Lucky for me, ’59 pt2: Valiant is also available. ...more
Jason’s world-view is dealt a savage blow. Rescued by a beautiful, mysterious woman after he is accosted and attacked by two goons, Jason is flummoxedJason’s world-view is dealt a savage blow. Rescued by a beautiful, mysterious woman after he is accosted and attacked by two goons, Jason is flummoxed by her outrageous claims. Emphatically disregarding her advice he tells her to beat feet.
Later that night, however, Jason has another strange encounter with another shady character; he brusquely turns down another weird proposition. However, events continue to spiral out of control, and Jason reluctantly begins to accept that he has a pivotal role to play in an ongoing battle.
Deftly interweaving mythical and magical elements, the story begins simply enough but rapidly gains complexity as the reader is challenged to re-examine long-held beliefs. Some historical events are presented from a fresh perspective. The short historical scenes and episodes provide context and motivation that otherwise would surely have been lacking. Jason is a likeable, albeit snarky, hero with an intriguing voice in this novel. At times, I found some of the mythical references confusing, but that is most likely because I am not particularly knowledgeable on the subject. Overall, I enjoyed the read, and hope there will be more adventures to come. ...more
An elite panel of specialists joins together under the leadership of Cale Walker, a wealthy entrepreneur, to study a perplexing phenomenon they call TAn elite panel of specialists joins together under the leadership of Cale Walker, a wealthy entrepreneur, to study a perplexing phenomenon they call The Radiance. Over the course of just a few years most of Earth’s population has become smarter. The cause is undetermined, and it is unknown if the mental improvements will be temporary or permanent.
As the story begins Cale’s brother, Travis is a near-broke farmer struggling to hold onto his farm. His childhood friend and ranch hand Lester has always been mechanically inclined even though he is no mental giant. Lester, though, miraculously undergoes a transformation that Travis never expects and is at a loss to explain. Later Travis undergoes a similar experience when he discovers he has learned an entire new language over the course of a few short hours.
Travis receives a summons from his estranged older brother and ends up reluctantly joining The Radiance Group. As frightening projections about the breakdown of societal structure become reality the group quietly prepares for the worse.
This unusual, thought-provoking story is entertaining and well-told. At times it stretched my capacity to suspend disbelief to its limits, but still, I anxiously clicked through my kindle screens because I had to find out how the story would end. The ending was satisfactory, but certainly left me craving a sequel. ...more
Battered, exhausted, and frightened, Tami has just escaped from four delusional men all claiming to be her husband. She survived a plane crash only toBattered, exhausted, and frightened, Tami has just escaped from four delusional men all claiming to be her husband. She survived a plane crash only to discover that her world, as she knew it, is gone.
Quiet and deadly, Tracker just accepted a commission to find Tami. The distraught husband explains that his new, beloved wife has been kidnapped – spirited away by marauders. Tracker takes the generous payment and sets out on a rescue mission.
Tami is well-trained. Before the plane crash, she taught survivalist training, but she is little prepared for the desolation and emptiness of the austere land. Also, she is being followed, tracked by a man with skills that rival her own. Hungry and bone-weary, Tami’s stamina is almost totally depleted by the time Tracker discovers her hidden camp.
This story drew me in from the first page. Both Tami and Tracker are likable, honorable and charismatic. Told with an easy familiarity, there is droll humor to lighten what could otherwise have been a dark, depressing tale of our world fifty years hence, after a great and terribly destructive war. Although this book is 3rd in a series, I read it and got full-enjoyment out of it without having read the previous two books. I must admit, though, that I have become enchanted with this author’s ability to snare me with her words; I will be adding all of her books to my wish list. ...more
This short novelette really captured my attention and my imagination. Its premise is frighteningly realistic given the current alarming world populatiThis short novelette really captured my attention and my imagination. Its premise is frighteningly realistic given the current alarming world population growth. Combine that with the large (and still to be larger) glut of elderly in our society as a consequence of the ever-aging baby boomer generation and Mr. Brumm’s curiously gruesome imagination, and what evolves is an, at times, intensely graphic horror story decidedly not for squeamish readers. I do not want to give any of the story away, but suffice it to say I will never look at retirement in quite the same way again.
Think about all the food additives that are already an accepted part of the foods we eat (pink slime immediately comes to mind). Think about how our planet is being systematically plundered of its precious resources in order to satisfy the demands of a population deluded into believing that its every demand can be met without repercussions. Then think about the fact that more than 25,000 people die daily from starvation. Then think about a government conspiracy of massive proportion determined to keep certain secrets at all costs. When I think of all these things and more, I can not help but wonder if Windigo Soul may be something of a predictor of something chillingly similar in our not-too-distant future. ...more
Action-packed, this story is brimming with an odd assortment of characters. This is the second book Nina Croft’s Blood Hunter series; and in this episAction-packed, this story is brimming with an odd assortment of characters. This is the second book Nina Croft’s Blood Hunter series; and in this episode, the crew of the El Cazador get fleshed-out a bit more. While each of them still have their own demons and mysterious pasts, the author does dole out some juicy morsels which serves to keep interest on high alert while satisfying that basic desire to discover more about the unique characters I have come to care about.
Chased by two wealthy and highly motivated factions, the ship plays hide and seek in space, barely escaping several close encounters before the final nail-biting showdown. Jon, a lone wolf assassin finally begins to question some of his strongly-held beliefs, and to hope that maybe this time he will be able to prevent the pending catastrophe. However, fate and one pint-sized, curvy priestess may be his complete undoing. Determined to make up for lost time, Alexia, knows that the brooding, over-protective werewolf is worth all the effort she has expended, and then some.
When you are crew, you belong. Jon begins to accept his new, unexpected circumstances and learns first-hand what it means to be crew. A quick death beats a slow, lingering demise in the Meridian mines, afterall. This engaging story is another winner. If you have read the first book, Breakout, then this will be another treat for you to read. However, this book does stand alone quite nicely, so do not be afraid to pick it up right now and jump into the adrenalin-charged adventure.
The review copy was provided to me from Net Galley via Entangled Publishing, the author, and Bewitching Tours. The thoughts presented in the review are my own. I am under no obligation to write favorably about any book I choose to read.
This was an exciting, enjoyable read. The first in a planned new series, this book sets the stage well for more adventures in future installments. TheThis was an exciting, enjoyable read. The first in a planned new series, this book sets the stage well for more adventures in future installments. The main characters fit well together; each has certain insecurities, was easy for me to relate to, and also, had some unique strengths. For the most part, I really enjoyed their interactions together, but there were a few times that Marie’s insecurities and feelings of low self-esteem sort of got old and irritating. This became less of a problem for me in the second half of the book and I honestly feel that her character is growing and evolving as she begins to sort out some of her inner turmoil. With Henry, I occasionally had a problem with the way he tended to shut-down and close-off his feelings – seemingly treating Marie with cold indifference. It was a relief when later in the story most off these issues were satisfactorily resolved.
Another favorite character I can not wait to find out more about in future adventures is the boss-man, Abram. In this book, he’s a wealthy, arrogant manipulator, often compared to a snake. He is fascinating and mysterious. I am looking forward to finding out more about him and learning if he truly is as powerful as he seems to think he is, or as slimy as Marie finds him. My dollar says we are just seeing the tip of his iceberg and that he is, indeed, a truly evil antagonist. It will be fun to find out more in future episodes, I think.
Speaking of Iceberg, let us not forget to mention the beautiful, wild stallion who seems to be empathically connected to both Marie and Henry. Proud and strong, fearsome and fearless, I loved him. There were more fabulous characters, as well, and I hope to see more of each of them in future adventures. Recommended - a rousing, fun romp that fans of paranormal romance adventure should relish.
This book was provided to me by the author and Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours in return for an honest review. No other compensation was received by me and my opinions are strictly my own. ...more
Greg Kiser catapults the reader into the action and mystery right out of the gate in this thoroughly entertaining and surprising tale. He com4.5 Stars
Greg Kiser catapults the reader into the action and mystery right out of the gate in this thoroughly entertaining and surprising tale. He combines far-fetched monster lore with a new-fangled technology that seems eminently plausible in a near-future societal structure that I found myself easily buying into. The story is fast-moving and is propelled along almost entirely through conversations. Mr. Kiser leaves it up to the reader to flush out the details based on the character's interactions. At first, I found this technique rather uncomfortable, but soon I began to appreciate the unique rhythm and flow as the story moved along. For me, it felt rather like getting pushed into the deep end of a pool - there is the shock of the unexpected, the relief with the rise back to the surface, then the contentment of acceptance as the cool caress of the water buoys you into weightless surrender. After my initial discomfort, I acclimated to the unusual tempo and found the story refreshingly different; compelling, with an elusive something that is difficult to pin down or quantify. I got caught up and wholly invested in the lives and stories of the characters. All of the characters were multi-faceted and complex individuals. This thriller pulsated with action, taking place in a possibly prophetic future I hope will never arrive. There is a depth to the narrative that is seldom encountered in this genre, and I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to read this book. Laurie-J ...more
This is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel. I personally think the story was weird and very creepy. I have a difficult time trying to accept theThis is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel. I personally think the story was weird and very creepy. I have a difficult time trying to accept the idea of evil angels….then I have the dilemma, are they truly evil? It certainly seems so – mostly. But this series starts at the end, AND I am so eager for the next installment so I can hopefully find out what happened that brought about this bleak future.
The bombs have detonated across the world, only a small group of humans remain alive, struggling for existence in Los Angeles 2078. A few shape-shifting warriors do their best to protect the small human band. The situation truly is dire. With the world mostly depopulated, Angels – those beautiful immortal beings who once protected humanity – now must feed off the diminishing supply of energy, or life force, called Kai, from individual people; because, now, even the immortal Angels face extinction. There is one Angel who vows to fight the hunger but will her efforts be enough?
The imagination inherent in the amazing illustrations is just astounding! I read this book on my computer since I have a regular Kindle only and I wanted to experience the breath-taking beauty of the images in their full, colorful glory. This book has superlative illustrations on every page. The beautiful artwork alone will blow you away. This is the first installment in a planned series, and it is not to be missed - it promises to be an expansive new mythology that is sure to set all sorts of creative benchmarks.
This book was given to me by the Author in digital format, coordinated by Bewitching Book Tours, in return for my candid review. I am under no obligation to write a glowing or even favorable review, and I have not received any monetary compensation.
Told from the viewpoint of a young teen, this story easily captured my imagination. Mankind has spread to the stars. With the discovery of Kn4.5 stars
Told from the viewpoint of a young teen, this story easily captured my imagination. Mankind has spread to the stars. With the discovery of Knaught Points, ships are able to enter ports in space and emerge into whole new galaxies. These areas in space are beautiful, mysterious, and deadly. Now, though, humans everywhere are under attack by an aggressive and formidable alien species. Bain Kern is an orphan on a colony world that has been targeted by the aliens. He is among a group of orphans being evacuated from the colony. The captain of the ship, Sunsinger, takes a liking and interest in Bain offering him an opportunity he had dreamed of for years, if he can prove his mettle and show her he can learn quickly.
I loved the description of the Sunsinger, an old trader vessel. I felt as if I were aboard the ship experiencing the many wonders of an infinite space for the first time, too. The aliens remain a decidedly malignant and frightening force throughout this book. Mankind is being systematically exterminated. We are given the idea that in other places the fight for the very survival of our species is taking place; we are desperately fighting against a stronger, merciless invading force. But this book does not take us to those struggles, rather it focuses on the evacuation and the attempt to get the orphans safely away to a place called Refuge. It is a well-told coming of age adventure that should not be missed.
This book is unquestionably, without a doubt, my favorite Science Fiction book this year. It began well, and by the end, I was just totally blown awayThis book is unquestionably, without a doubt, my favorite Science Fiction book this year. It began well, and by the end, I was just totally blown away. The characters captured my imagination and tugged my heartstrings. Each of them is distinctive and fully-fleshed, with believable history and motivations.
Aries is a beautiful woman who dares to flaunt the rules and restrictions imposed upon all the pioneers aboard the colony ship. Regardless of consequences, she is determined to escape the confines of the huge vessel. She has no desire to be mated to the man that was computer selected for her, nor does she want a lifetime of a computer-assigned career in a field that holds no interest.
It was easy for me to relate to Aries. It was easy to feel compassion for her predicament. At the same time, though, I could understand the necessity for her to fall in line, indeed, truly, the possible survival of everyone aboard the colony ship could be in jeopardy if the group were to lose her unique and carefully selected DNA.
Aries is an intelligent, strong woman, and a fierce, cunning fighter. She meets creatures that are unusual and exceedingly dangerous; against all odds she perseveres. Then she encounters another human on the blistering desert planet. Striker is a space pirate who has been marooned for five years – tricked by the woman he had loved and trusted.
Striker and Aries share a dogged determination to survive even with the odds stacked severely against them. I thrilled to share vicariously in their many adventures. They encountered and overcame adversity; determined to follow their own paths and, in the process, give the desperate, wretched, orphaned survivors of a barely functional space station new hope, and a chance for a future ripe with possibility. It is almost unheard of for me to re-read a book, but honestly, with this one I may have to make a rare exception.
This novella was a fast, fun read for me. It starts off strong and keeps getting better. I loved the action scenes and the dialogues with the secondarThis novella was a fast, fun read for me. It starts off strong and keeps getting better. I loved the action scenes and the dialogues with the secondary characters. This crew truly shines as far as I am concerned, each had distinctive personalities and quirks, and I couldn’t help but love them – Tannis and Daisy, especially. Skylar, also, (a devious, conniving, kick-ass liar) is remarkably easy to like and empathize with. I would have preferred her to have given Rico more of a chase before bedding down with him.
As much as I wanted to connect with Rico, he always felt a little bit distant or arrogant to me. Tannis, despite her somewhat scaly skin, my favorite character, could usually manage to bring his highfalutin majesty down a peg or two, and I loved and admired her for that innate ability. Rico certainly chose wisely when he made her captain of his vessel.
This story is a wonderfully unique blend of science fiction, fantasy, adventure, and romance. There were heaping doses of humor scattered throughout. This levity helped keep the tone from becoming too dark; it was well-conceived and unequivocally added to my overall enjoyment. The sexual tension between Skylar and Rico needed a little more oomph or pizzazz, but the story fluidity and conversations made this an uncommonly good adventure tale.