Origins of the Never is a quick 1-hour read, and sets the stage for a rich world filled with interesting characters and a story you'll want to keep foOrigins of the Never is a quick 1-hour read, and sets the stage for a rich world filled with interesting characters and a story you'll want to keep following as soon as you reach the end of this prologue. My next action after completing this review will be to seek out and purchase the next book.
This short tale takes you along the story of one character's fall from grace. A powerful being, he begins with all the innocence and love of a child, and ends as something twisted, jealous and cruel. Rutherford's characters are pleasantly rich and multi-dimensional - a rare find these days. I hope to meet them again in future reads.
My only criticism is that the story contained a noticeable amount of typos - not so many as to take away from the story, but too many to ignore. A good editor would maximize the potential of this indie. ...more
3.5/5 Stars This is your typical good vs. evil story - you'll get a main character new to his own power, a group of overzealous devouts seeking to wipe3.5/5 Stars This is your typical good vs. evil story - you'll get a main character new to his own power, a group of overzealous devouts seeking to wipe out magic, vampires who both embrace and step away from the stereotype, and a struggling family caught up in the middle of it all.
Fantasy fans who are skeptical about vampires should give this one a read. The author presents an interesting world full of magic and demons, those who are against the magic, and those who fear it. I enjoyed the journey that the characters took through this world, and would definitely read more of this author's work to see where else he can send me....more
More a prologue than a prequel, I gather that the events in 'Wrath' take place hours before the start of 'Bane,' which I have not yet read. This was aMore a prologue than a prequel, I gather that the events in 'Wrath' take place hours before the start of 'Bane,' which I have not yet read. This was a very quick, 15 minute read.
The author's ability to write action scenes stands out here. She's able to inset a real sense of urgency without forcing anything. This is a fast-paced snippet that kept me sitting upright during the read.
I do wish I had been given more opportunity to get to know the characters. This is a brief and intriguing glimpse into what seems to be a very well-thought fantasy world, but for me it was just a little too brief and I found it hard to become invested in what was going on.
Overall, an intriguing and action-packed window into what I'm sure is a very elaborate world from Lita Burke. ...more
While I admit that I felt the writing left something to be desired, and that the concepts themselves asked the reader to stretch the imagination pastWhile I admit that I felt the writing left something to be desired, and that the concepts themselves asked the reader to stretch the imagination past the realm of the possible, this is the first book in a while that I read over the course of a single day, and then stuck with me for hours afterward.
I think one reason this story can have such an impact is because the main theme - abortion - is such a hotly-debated topic these days. The book does a fantastic job of pointing out how often laws and religious beliefs are invoked while completely and easily ignoring the people whose lives are impacted by them. The story also depicts the helplessness that many teens and children feel in their lives. The themes were ones that aren't really talked about, but which should be.
I did find it difficult to get used to the first-person point of view from which the story was written, but that is more due to personal preference than the author's abilities. I wanted a little more atmosphere here and there, and more descriptions in which we were shown rather than told what was going on, but overall I think this story was more about the characters and the themes rather than the setting, so that can be overlooked.
Read this is if you like getting lost in an idea, and don't mind having your insides twisted a little bit. Read this if you aren't sure what you think about certain social issues, but don't expect to have an answer by the end. Overall, a thrilling ride through the not-quite-possible, and in the end you'll be very glad for that fact. ...more
This was a very refreshing vampire novel after all of the glampires we've been exposed to in recent years. Fernstrom gives us a well-thought-out worldThis was a very refreshing vampire novel after all of the glampires we've been exposed to in recent years. Fernstrom gives us a well-thought-out world with intriguing lore and beasts you want to know more about. I especially enjoyed the rael-shaa, which were integrated into the lore without being too gimmicky (all of the scenes involving Ryan made me want to snuggle up with my own pup.) Vampires and werewolves have been redeemed for me.
The book did have a few setbacks for me. Telling this story from Jay's point of view was effective overall, but toward the end of the book I felt like I was always out of the loop as far as what was going on. This made sense for Jay's character, but as a reader I was left in the dark a lot. I was also a little disappointed when several characters from the main "group" were randomly written out and barely mentioned again with very little explanation as to why, other than to make room for new (and admittedly more interesting) people to take their place.
Read this if you're tired of overly-romanticized monsters. This story is full of all sorts of crazy people whose lives are pretty messed up, and for good reasons.
I'd love to read more about this world, though maybe from a less-traumatized character's point of view. Overall a very well-executed story!...more
Tent City was a pleasant story to read overall. I was intrigued by the dystopian world that the author presented, and was generally interested in whatTent City was a pleasant story to read overall. I was intrigued by the dystopian world that the author presented, and was generally interested in what had happened and how all of the characters got to where they were. The concept of Tent City reminded me of a somewhat more grownup version of the old Boxcar Kids series that I read in elementary school. I liked the hints of fantasy, with the "advancements" and the way the story eluded toward the Biblical plagues.
The only thing that held me back from really loving this story was the main character. I really tried to care about her. By the end of the book there was some apparent growth, but if I do decide to move on and read Red River, which I still think I will, it won't be for Dani....more
The Puppet Record will lead you through a believable futuristic universe and drop you off at a twist that you'll never expect. This is the sort of sciThe Puppet Record will lead you through a believable futuristic universe and drop you off at a twist that you'll never expect. This is the sort of scifi that I'd expect to see on the big screen one day. The setting dabbles in speculative science and adds a dash of philosophy and religion that leave you with a well-balanced story that you won't want to put down. An excellent debut novel. I look forward to whatever Mike has for us next....more
This was one of those books where I kept telling myself "just one more chapter." The characters had substance, the world was interesting, and the storThis was one of those books where I kept telling myself "just one more chapter." The characters had substance, the world was interesting, and the story kept me wanting to know what happened next until I ended up finishing the book in two sittings.
The book is written in first person, which is very hard to do well, but I think Hugh manages to pull it off here. I normally stray away from first person narratives, but the story kept me hooked.
I hope in the future there will be a revisit to the world of Half Way Home - I was definitely left wanting more in the end, though the ending to the story itself left me satisfied.
Overall, great short read. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good escape to a new world....more
A fantastic read. My only regret was that it ended so quickly. Anyone who has read WOOL needs to check this out. I really appreciate how Hugh Howey giA fantastic read. My only regret was that it ended so quickly. Anyone who has read WOOL needs to check this out. I really appreciate how Hugh Howey gives us just enough information and allows us to fill in the rest - his work is definitely not for someone who expects everything to be spelled out for them. I loved making all the connections from First Shift to WOOL and seeing how it all came together in the end. I'd love to see more Silo stories....more