This was the best sci-fi series I have ever read. Lots of space travel and well researched situations to keep the reader engaged. Check out my reviews...moreThis was the best sci-fi series I have ever read. Lots of space travel and well researched situations to keep the reader engaged. Check out my reviews on the previous four books to feel my glow. I am so excited that there is going to be yet one more book that I totally turned 'Fan Girl'. As soon as I finished reading this book last night I wrote to the author to gush and beg for the next one. Gosh, I can't wait to read six. It is supposed to be out this Spring, yet another reason I want Winter to LEAVE!
Once again, I am so impressed with the main character Jess and her autistic (?) hacker brother, Ethan. There is a lot of enjoying time on Mars through the family left there, time on Earth, and even time on the Moon. It was just so much fun!
Please do yourself a favor and grab the triology for $2.99 Then enjoy a great adventure. Then follow up with the science links that Ms. Swanson puts in the back of the book. It is worth every penny!(less)
This is a hard review to write. Why? Because I have to take time out of the next book in the series to write it. I absolutely love this series! It is...moreThis is a hard review to write. Why? Because I have to take time out of the next book in the series to write it. I absolutely love this series! It is the most satisfying science fiction that I have read in my entire life! I don't want it to end! In my 64 years, I have read a lot of sci-fi. Much of it made me want to be an astronaut. But almost all of it was written by males with male main characters. That didn't stop me from reading it. Had this been my reading diet as a young person I might have pushed myself beyond my bad math skills to aim for that dream. Fly to Mars and be a Martian citizen.
What I like most about this series is what I liked of Asimov's books. The research is there. Cidney Swanson does one better, she gives the reader the opportunity to follow suggested links at the end of the book to learn about Mars, NASA, and other wonderful sciencey goodness.
But don't get hung-up on the science. Ms. Swanson creates strong characters and builds believable worlds. Jess, the spit-fire pilot and her brother Ethan, a savant hacker, are flying to Earth, back, and beyond to save their home-world of Mars. The depth of characters and their relationships astounds me.
I could go on and on but book five is calling me. Please, if you get the chance, read the Saving Mars series. I think the trilogy is still $.99. Enjoy!(less)
I hope there is more to this series as I love the relationship between Summer and the Angel Nash. Summer's twin, Abram, doesn't feature in this story...moreI hope there is more to this series as I love the relationship between Summer and the Angel Nash. Summer's twin, Abram, doesn't feature in this story as much. I assume we will learn more of his abilities later. Even so this story starts with Aunt Gwen taking care of Rylie's babies in a new land. I would have loved to get more into Gwen's story. I know she isn't a young adult or new adult. And she's a lesbian. Why is she a toss-away character? Please write her a book!
Okay, notice I did give this five stars. My personal complaints do not stop the story from being exciting from beginning to end. Summer is quite a character with spunk inherited from her mother and aunt. She doesn't hold back from telling it like it is no matter what. Her life has been fairly idyllic until an angel comes into her life. She won't let him get away with anything. I love her! She is a healthy person for young adults to emulate.
Ms Reine knows how to keep her readers engaged. Just about the time you might feel you could take a breath and look around the world she's built, there is a new danger to fight through. This one is different than Rylie's world so the problems are different. I just kept wondering how they would get through it all.
I highly recommend the series Seasons of the Moon and its extension the Cain Chronicles.(less)
Disclaimer: I received Rowena Through the Wall as a gift from the author for an honest review.
I hate taking the time away from the series to write a r...moreDisclaimer: I received Rowena Through the Wall as a gift from the author for an honest review.
I hate taking the time away from the series to write a review! That's how good this first book was. The ending prodded me to make sure I had number two lined up. Don't get me wrong, number one didn't leave you on a real cliffhanger. It just leaves you wanting more.
This book remind me of P.C. Cast's Paratholon series. I loved that series so to find something similar, yet unique, made me a happy reader, indeed!
Rowena is a modern womyn, independent, self-actualizing, and funny. I loved her! I loved that this wasn't a squishy romance novel. There's plenty of action, much of it unwanted, but squishy is just not a part of this great adventure. There is science and magic. There is time-travel, of sorts. Or should I call it world hopping? Well, written and believable. Well, that is, until I need to explain it here.
You know, I think this series could be a movie or television series. It is that much fun. It keeps your attention dwelling in the book and the real world disappears into Rowena's.
I think males or females from young adult on could read it and find it a gripping read.(less)
Oh, thank you, Evelyn Ink, for letting me read this delightful series and especially this one. This was, in fact, a free-for-review read from Smashwor...moreOh, thank you, Evelyn Ink, for letting me read this delightful series and especially this one. This was, in fact, a free-for-review read from Smashwords.
This was a perfect bedtime book. Let me take a moment to say that I have discovered a way to read on my tablet after my husband is asleep. I have downloaded Moon Reader Pro which has the text-to-speech feature. Sure I could have listened on my Kindle but I wanted to read along without turning on the lights. As a kid I used to sneak the flashlight under the covers to read when I was supposed to be asleep. How I wish Ms. Ink's books and the technology of today was there for me way back when!
Boys: Read this!
Girls: Read this!
These books are about a group of siblings that have been allowed to follow their passions. The youngest, twins, are into pirates and have their own lingo the the older siblings must learn to interpret. The older sisters are forced to care for their younger sisters while drawn into an adventure none have chosen. They are stuck in a world without their parents and must learn who to trust. They decide that they are their own authorities on their lives. All are smart kids who occasionally make mistakes. Meanwhile the action and adventure are highly fun and scary!
Anyone who is starting on book 1 at this point is lucky. I think I might have been better off to read these all in a row. I had a hard time remembering some of the previously met characters and places. Most of the time Ms. Ink gave enough hints that I would be drawn back in. But there were a couple times I felt lost. I don't blame the author for this. I do have a memory like a sieve. But even then I kept reading and enjoyed the ride.
I could see these books made into movies equal to Harry Potters or Narnia. Again, I say: Where were these books when I was a kid? All adventure books were about boys. Girl books were prissy and boring. Smart readers everywhere will love the characters and the scary fun presented here.
I could go on, but I think I've covered everything. Please read these books! FUN!!!(less)
Thank you, Daniel Patrick, for the offer of a lifetime! You were right! This book was brilliant! I hated when real life drew me away from reading it....moreThank you, Daniel Patrick, for the offer of a lifetime! You were right! This book was brilliant! I hated when real life drew me away from reading it.
This book is like a combination Golden Compass, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Annie. The action and adventure never lets up. The characters are well developed. I loved that it felt gender neutral. I think young men and women would love this equally, as well as children and senior citizens. There's something there for everyone. This could easily be made into a movie.
***The problems written here before have been edited out. So this author deserves five plus stars!!!!***
Sometimes when you read something that doesn't work, you have to put it aside and come back with fresh eyes. That is what I had to do with this series...moreSometimes when you read something that doesn't work, you have to put it aside and come back with fresh eyes. That is what I had to do with this series. The first time I tried to read it I found myself getting messed up with the dates and years. This is where a tree book would have solved my problem quickly. But with the Kindle flipping through pages to see the beginnings of each chapter messes with the ability to sync between apps. So I let it go and started this again a couple days ago. I still had that date issue but plowed on through and--wow! I was glad I did! Turns out that things resolve themselves so that you can figure out if it is in the past or present moment. So don't worry about it.
Okay. If anyone knows me, they know I am not into werewolves, angels and demons, etc. Nightmare stuff for me. So, take it from me, that S.M. Reine can tell a story that will keep you focused on nothing else but her story. Yeah, there is a lot of blood and guts, and all the above. Yet the characters she has inhabiting my world (yeah, Reno!) are likable and flawed. There is enough faith in these characters to know that the good guys win and make it a better place to live.
Did I mention Reno? Ms. Reine placed her story in my city and I could picture everywhere than she mentions in this book. I have to admit that I will keep on the lookout for zombies and giant spiders near the university. And watch out for demons here, everyone!
The pictures I see of the author make her look like she's twelve, but she is a fantastic writer. Not a word is wasted, every word moves the story and you just can't wait to see what her young mind can make real next. You would think I would understand how it is she writes so well with as many of hers books that I've read, but I am more amazed with each book.
For those of you just getting started I'd read the Seasons of the Moon series first and then move into the Cain Chronicles then you can do the side step into the Descent Series. I still have a couple more of those and then there is the Ascension series. I plan to read them all. I can't get enough of this author's words and worlds. Well done!(less)
This was a fun fantasy. It took me away from our world to a world just getting started in technology and science, with magick blending right in. The m...moreThis was a fun fantasy. It took me away from our world to a world just getting started in technology and science, with magick blending right in. The main characters were a fun, adventurous girl, Leila, and her brain-challenged friend, Sam. They are on an ill-fated quest. Who would want to do that? But these two manage to get into more trouble and have more fun in the process than seems possible. They meet some unsavory types that want to do them harm and other that just want to help but figuring out who is what keeps the reader guessing.
Characters, plot and world building are done seamlessly and suck the reader into this alternate, steampunkie place were magick has scientific backing, at least on that world.
There were a few editing issues that I wrote to the author about. None kept me from enjoy the story. I did have a hard time getting into the story at first but I think that was my brain not the fault of the author. From about twenty percent into the story I was hooked and didn't want to return to my own world.
This was a complimentary copy from the author for honest review. Thank you for letting me read this. I look forward to more books by Evelyn Ink.(less)
Second read leaves me feeling much the same as the first read so i don't think I will raise the rating at all. I still think the HBO series is better....moreSecond read leaves me feeling much the same as the first read so i don't think I will raise the rating at all. I still think the HBO series is better.
Okay, at 84% I felt I might give this one star. I was so tired of the fighting and mens' war that I wanted to throw the book. There are females in the book but most are arm candy or worse. There is one evil woman and then possibly three good females but they exist in this macho world and are mostly boring because of it. Arya and Dany are my favorites.
At best I can only give this book three stars and it only got there because I liked the ending. Otherwise, with it costing more than four regular books because I had to buy the Audible version, it was costly even when I was able to find another version to read on my Kindle. The idea that they don't even have text-to-speech ought to get them sued for not making it available to the handicapped! And if I had that heavy tree book I would throw it at whoever thought I shouldn't be able to loan it to whomever I choose!
But the writing is good and the story kept my interest, most of the time. I do like that the story is told through different characters to keep it from being stale. But even if I could give all the stars I would only give four or four and a half. It is just too testosterone driven.
Oh, I guess I should add a bit for the narrator. He was good although I did feel like one other reviewers I read somewhere: I felt I was hearing leprechauns and pirates a lot of the time. But that was okay as it did vary the voices for the characters. Otherwise it might have been very boring.(less)
I love this series. This second book maybe more than the first, as it is more a survival type book. I love the characters and the plot. I love the poe...moreI love this series. This second book maybe more than the first, as it is more a survival type book. I love the characters and the plot. I love the poetry and arts alluded to.
Once again, this is borrowed from the library. The first book I read using Overdrive to listen and Adobe Digital Editions to read. Since that background hurt my eyes I more or less used it when I didn't understand the words the narrator spoke. In this case, the second book, I was able to borrow the Kindle version. That is much easier for me to read. But I refuse to buy these books at $10 and $11 a pop and not be able to lend them to friends as I would be able to with tree versions. I have the third in the series on hold. This time the library only has the CD and a hardback copy. Wish the library had just the Kindle versions. But it is for everything in this paragraph that this book, or the series won't get five stars as I believe the author deserves for her wonderful stories.
I would still recommend these books for anyone from pre-teen on up. I think that they could be read aloud or listened to on CD together as a family, as there are many moments of educational opportunities. And though there is a little romance, and a pull for the main character towards two different love interests, the author kept that part quite PG. In truth, I couldn't see it get any deeper with her mixed feelings anyway. There is too much for her to learn of herself before moving into a deeper relationship.
Great series. Can't wait for the next to be available for me at the library.(less)
I loved this book! My junior high/high school self would have loved it even more!
If your are worried about sex this is mildly PG. But I think sometim...moreI loved this book! My junior high/high school self would have loved it even more!
If your are worried about sex this is mildly PG. But I think sometimes that the worst thing a person should worry about is killing. That is in the book. For good and bad reasons. Why is that allowed when expressions of love are not? Sorry, that is something I think about a lot. In this case there are war orphans that are kidnapped and the kidnappers are vaporized. Maybe that is a spoiler, but I think a person should know ahead that this is in the book. But it is minor in comparison to the fun and adventure the main character, Juliette, finds herself in all because of a dog.
There is sci-fi. Good old fashioned space travel and aliens! There is travel about the Earth to England and Sri Lanka. And for me one of the best parts was that it takes place in mostly in Burbank, CA and the beaches surrounding L. A.
This is a present day story with cell-phones and text messages and lap-tops. The only thing that is unbelievable is how lax the parents of this girl are. They go globe trotting and leave this girl to her own devices. The daughter's judgment isn't always sound, she is a teen, after all. But the best stories come about because the parents are put on the back burner or absent. And so it is here. What I did like was how Juliette was able to talk her way through the troubles, taking her time and attempting to be reasonable, even when she got herself into the trouble, she found her way out.
I don't know what to say. This was an adventure. I liked the main character, but it just wasn't my kind of book, I guess. I had high hopes that once t...moreI don't know what to say. This was an adventure. I liked the main character, but it just wasn't my kind of book, I guess. I had high hopes that once the author introduced the Merpeople that I would care more. I just couldn't. Could it be that I am tired of male writing and male 'adventures' and male fighting? Probably. I am writing a book about pirates. I thought it would keep me in the mood. But it felt like the author read my research (or followed the same methods of research with the same results) and was educating the choir? And if I wasn't already bored when the Mer were introduced the word stunning was used twice in the same sentence. To me it felt like even the author didn't care any more.
I thought carefully about how I starred this one. I wanted to give it one or two stars. But I decided that maybe it's just me, so I gave the extra star. Maybe others will find this quite exciting.