Atlas by Becca Smith – Bourne Identity meets Supernatural!
Kala Hicks shouldn’t have a care in the world. She has a very elite and important job. PrettAtlas by Becca Smith – Bourne Identity meets Supernatural!
Kala Hicks shouldn’t have a care in the world. She has a very elite and important job. Pretty abnormal for us couch surfers normal people but not for Kala. She is a highly trained sniper in an hyper elite special ops unit. Things were already a bit weird with her commanding officers coming up with odd and high-tech things for everyone to use during a mission. But for Kala, the world she knew, this simplistic life after that as a foster child was steadfast and secure. But she was going to get a shock. Even though she finally found a family who treated her like theirs, she still never felt like she belonged she still had never felt as secure in who she is and where she belonged. Not until this group and on top of it all she was finally letting someone into her heart.
Labeled as Urban Fantasy, Atlas is written by Becca Smith, an established young adult author of the critically acclaimed Riser Saga. Becca takes a step out of her Riser series appropriate for 12-18 year-olds and brought her amazing voice into the world of adults. It is one heck of a kick-ass adventure. Think a female Jason Bourne meets the supernatural world! She was one hell of a sniper and because of that and her ability to just do she ended up taking a shot someone else had spent their whole life preparing for and it changed her world, in fact it changed everyone’s world.
I love a good urban fantasy, and with the introduction of Greek and Christian mythology (just the creatures) it was a fun read. Who is good, who is evil (other than the obvious HOT Demon) and who is out for themselves? Can Kala do it? Can she hold onto her new-found self and her true love and be able to do what is right for everyone… in the world? It is going to be really interesting to see what happens in the next book, considering the ending.. naa-uhh-uhhh spoilers, sweetie!
Over all, the Demons.. the hot sexy steamy misogynistic demons (can get an Asmodeus Asmodeus.. FIGARO! oops sorry), the angels, the other angels, the supernatural stuff was great. Though there was almost a “to easy” feel to it, which almost contradicted the feel of the story a wee bit, but it did not take away from the story, it just made it a faster read. I know that’s normal in some Urban Fantasy but there usually is something a bit more to it. I wanna call it Urban Fantasy-LITE which maybe why folks are thinking it is young adult. The author has a solid handle on story devices and getting things to go from one thing to the other. It as full of BAM action to the point I had a form of literary whiplash and at the beginning I was a bit; “Wait.. WHAT? Ohhhh”.
One VERY important thing I want to note, and I stress, STRONGLY NOTE:
This book’s target audience is NOT Young Adult!
I think there seems to be some confusion with the other reviewers in that matter. (I figured it out but I also ended up asking the author directly). There is nothing in it that even implies it. So if you may not get this because of those reviews *waving and yelling* HEY.. OVER HERE… it is not young adult. BUT on that note, those who are looking for something safe for an older teen to read (due to implied sex and obvious violence) this one is OK. But there is nothing in it that would fit into the age range of young adult conventions. No biggy, but I needed it stated because it is how I roll, Toots! Especially with the ending (again spoilers).
I definitely recommend the read. Especially if you like urban fantasy, enjoy playing with Greek mythology. It is not to heavy, but I warn you it is going to smack you in the face even if you think you know what is coming and have guessed it, it is going to smack you hard and all the pain will be totally worth it. Another great book to start 2014 off with!
The story is a re-telling of Han’s Christian Anderson’s dark fairy tale, THE SNOW QUEEN. I grew up with my grandmother loved reading them to me beforeThe story is a re-telling of Han’s Christian Anderson’s dark fairy tale, THE SNOW QUEEN. I grew up with my grandmother loved reading them to me before bed, all the way up till.. heck I don’t thinks he ever stopped. It was… a tradition! Part of me feels she perhaps wanted to scare me straight, of course Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales were meant to square everyone straight and with BITTER SNOW the retelling of the snow queen is retold in a way that makes you feel the darkness creeping in while getting excited about a new version of the story. I started reading this in the wee hours of the morning and did not put it down till I was done. It was the perfect length and it opened up the tale, originally told in seven parts, with an ending just enough of a cliffhanger not to be frustrating, but enough to keep me excited to read the next eight.
Last Thursday, December 5th was St. Nicholas’s Eve and being from a family which does celebrate it I had my own traditions to practice. This year mine consisted of a traditional watching of The Sound of Music and a toast of Soy Egg Nog. Our protagonist Gilly has traditions piled one on top of another living in the small town of Bremerton, SOMEWHERE USA. As a teenager she balks at some of them, even though it is hard to do so.. but perhaps she shouldn’t have because this year especially on her 16th birthday where the celebrating coincided with Bellsnichol (St. Nicholas’s Eve) and which in the end turned out to be a bit more exciting than she expected.
This is a great series to grab and start reading with your teenager, boy or girl for that matter, it has everything a good young adult should have in it. I also highly recommend it to those who also love reading fairy tales redone. Lauren Sweet hit it out of the park, hats off to her! Mesmerized would be a good description of how this story is for me. The chilling (pun intended) pulls you in and takes you on the ride. There are some points of excitement, fear and those warm feelings you get when thinking about holiday traditions. Her voice was lovely and the characters are well rounded and filled out just enough to keep me hooked.
Some of the things discussed in the book are how important traditions are to have. In today’s world everyone is so busy and always does things so fast. A story such as Bitter Snow reminds us not everyone and everything needs to be moving at warp speed. Towns like Gilly’s Bremerton is not so much stuck in the past but actively keeps these traditions alive to teach their children the value of holding onto your heritage. We have a town like this in the state where I grew up. Leavenworth, WA. It’s a place many go as tourists, but knowing many folks who live there, it is also a town, heavily steeped in traditions (though not as much as Bremerton’s, such as the RUNNING OF THE DEMONS *grin*) but there are very private traditions which the townsfolk hold dear. In a lot of ways this is one of those reads which bring so many wonderful memories back. But like I said, it is full of lessons to be learned and listened to between the lines, just like traditional fairy tales are meant too… scare you straight, or scare you straight back to what you were suppose to be doing in the first place. As Gilly learns, her decisions do not just affect herself, but end up affecting the whole town…
Fast paced and full of excitement. More solid than the first book and no longer journal style it left reading straight through from cover to cover. StFast paced and full of excitement. More solid than the first book and no longer journal style it left reading straight through from cover to cover. Still lacking in full character builds I wa let down with the obvious choice whet the story leads. It's still a great zombie read and this one translates better (Though I read it first in Spanish and again in English). I've pre ordered the third if that says anything.
It's hard to find top-notch zombie books and this coming from the perspective of Spaniard is a treat. I think some of muddling of "there's one thing missing" is due to this. Basically if you like reading a zombie series where it is fast paced and full of incredible action and you do not mind cliches in the genre (because again let's face it, the basic conventions of zombie stories are ... cliche!) then you will like the series. Also, you coudl essentially read this without reading the first one. TONS of info dump at the beginning (which was annoying only because I had JUST read the first book)....more
Stronger in the end it still started weaker and more drawn out. Quite possibly because this started as a blog. I liked or in the end. A lot of dispellStronger in the end it still started weaker and more drawn out. Quite possibly because this started as a blog. I liked or in the end. A lot of dispelling of belief and ignoring glaring ridiculous accounts I still can say I liked it. Enough to buy book two....more
This was one of those books that was perfect for when I read it. I loved the story but it had enough issues for me that took place in the short 203 paThis was one of those books that was perfect for when I read it. I loved the story but it had enough issues for me that took place in the short 203 pages which I feel if fixed would have made it a stellar read instead of a good read I am giving it "I LIKED IT" more like a 3.5 star.
First off some of the aspects were convoluted and ridiculous and it would have been fine (I watch COVERT AFFAIRS) but the problem is there was not enough backstory to help me apply my complete dispelling of belief. Some characters were a bit unbelievable. The bad guy is rather awesome however his infliction of not feeling anything including cold was not portrayed right so everytime it was mentioned (including emotion right) I twitched. But those were only small parts.
I love geeky stories and am a huge spy girl fan, and anything with computer hacking is always a blast. The main gal, Dani is absolutely wonderful. You fall in love with her RIGHT at the beginning! Everything that happens on her side is wonderful. The bad guy is fleshed out too. The whole mysterious reason why (spoiler so I won't mention what) everything is going belly up is so confusing and even though Dani does her magic trash puzzle building it still did not get fleshed out enough.
Like I said 3.5 stars and I would honestly recommend this read to anyone into a good fast weekend thriller read! It is on sale all the time and it is totally worth it. I will be reading more from this author. ...more
I think I found a new author who is going to give Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison a run for a money! Urban fantasy is one of my favorites fun reads. II think I found a new author who is going to give Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison a run for a money! Urban fantasy is one of my favorites fun reads. I can say without a doubt that this book took me more than just by surprise, it knocked me off my feet! By 15% I wrote the author and if she could have heard me, she would have heard me squeal! Yes, I am a dork! But seriously this is just lovely!
I just finished reading this wonderful book. Set in my old stomping grounds and reading about the people, the places and the idiosyncrasies only Northwest paranormals can have ;) I was completely taken off guard with this gem! I would not call it a paranormal romance because the majority of the book is focused around Gwen (our Lady of the Dead) and her Warriors, the weres, the spirit world, some MP’s (magic practitioners), and this time America happens to be a penal colony for… ummm well, you really need to read the book, I don’t want to give spoilers!
Lady of the Dead is set in a contemporary paranormal world with, as I mentioned above an amazing variety of paranorms. Like many of these types of urban fantasies, the paranormal world has it’s own political set up, laws and self governing system. Gwen, our Lady of the Dead, is a lovely gal and is very special because of her roll with the spirit world. She also has endured herself to the people in the area, and like most typical Pacific NW people, her idea and her guard detail of Warriors has a different take on the political system. What can I say, Pacific NW’erns are a bunch of granola-heads.
If you like a world where magic can happen and the bad guys are not just gun wielding sociopaths but tings that go bump in the night. If you like a bit of love and hot steamy romance with your urban fantasy.. if you like your men to be big strong alpha men who still have faults and a bit of bad boy in them and a willful strong female, this book is for you! vIf you like the above authors, this book is for you!
Now, for my rating? 5 star read for the read, the cover…. meh, am a cover whore, you guys know that so I gotta ding this one a bit. I am giving it a Cabin Goddess rating of 9 out of 10. I loved it! Go get our copy today!
This is a sweet Christmas romance. Sometimes even a zombie loving gal like me likes a HEA story like this, especially with the characters Ms. Raisin bThis is a sweet Christmas romance. Sometimes even a zombie loving gal like me likes a HEA story like this, especially with the characters Ms. Raisin baked up. Our main protagonist, Lil still hanging on to a childhood love who left her, despite all of her friend and co-baker in her shop has been trying to do to get her to move on. Damon is from one of the town’s oldest families and moved back to do his hometown to try to get his life back in order.
What started off as a specialty shop showdown on main street ended up cooking up into what possibly could be the towns latest love. The characters are fun, the town is like one I have lived in and anyone who loves Gingerbread as much as I do is always OK in my book!
Christmas, baking and happily ever-afters! I recommend this for a sweet lunchtime read! Oh and make sure you make a cup of lovely gingerbread coffee!
Come to Cabin Goddess' Mama's Kitchen Mondays for the most DELICIOUS Gingerbread recipes from myself and the author! Including the coffee!!...more
I am a huge James Rollins fan and this new series is curious. If you are not ready for a bit of change be aware of this since it is co-authored.
I amI am a huge James Rollins fan and this new series is curious. If you are not ready for a bit of change be aware of this since it is co-authored.
I am getting ready to write a review for both one and two in the series and I do want to add here that I LOVE this new crew of folks. The two authors combine their two talents and strengths to create an incredible world....more