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I won this book via a blog interview and had NO IDEA how much I was going to love it. It took over my weekend, derailed by own writing, and I didn't wI won this book via a blog interview and had NO IDEA how much I was going to love it. It took over my weekend, derailed by own writing, and I didn't want it to end. My love of history -- and lost times like Hawaii before the annexation -- combine with my love of time travel stories for a twisty, complicated plot line. But mostly I love Nix. She is genuine and good-hearted and although there is a bit of a romantic triangle, her most important relationship is with her father....more
4.5 stars. Scavenger of Souls is a fantastic sequel to Survival Colony 9. The unanswered questions of that book – What are the Skaldi? Where did they4.5 stars. Scavenger of Souls is a fantastic sequel to Survival Colony 9. The unanswered questions of that book – What are the Skaldi? Where did they come from? Why did Aleka keep her relationship with Querry secret? – are revealed one after the other as a giant conspiracy putting the entire world at risk is unraveled.
Querry continues to be an admirable and worthy protagonist. Thrust by circumstances into a role of leadership, his decisions are always guided by the best interests of his colony, even to the point of self-sacrifice, and even in the face of devastating revelations about his personal history. At some points, I wondered how much more heartbreak Querry could take before he crumbled.
The one thing I missed was the sense of creepiness and horror from the previous book. The scientific premise behind the Skaldi is fascinating, but an enemy explained is not as scary as an unknowable one. The most frightening part of the book is not the Skaldi, but the megalomaniac humans who compound error after error and never doubt their right to make decisions that put mankind at risk. No monster can ever be as terrifying as a human leader with no humility and no doubt in his own greatness. (Today’s political climate made this part of the book even scarier.) Querry, with his guilt and self-doubt and willingness to sacrifice himself, is the kind of leader we need to see more of.
A must read for fans of Survival Colony 9. ...more
I read an early draft of this book and loved it then. I loved it again when I read the finished book AND there were some surprises waiting for me! TheI read an early draft of this book and loved it then. I loved it again when I read the finished book AND there were some surprises waiting for me! The changes only made this supernatural mystery romance even better. Can't wait for Jaime Loren's next book!...more
Ten-year-old Tracy Tam has a hypothesis, based on the slogan of the Santa Commission: “Even magic needs a helping hand.” But her hypothesis is that thTen-year-old Tracy Tam has a hypothesis, based on the slogan of the Santa Commission: “Even magic needs a helping hand.” But her hypothesis is that there’s no such thing as magic at all, only science that is disguised or undiscovered. That’s why she sets out on Christmas Eve to gather evidence for the science behind Santa Claus – that and the little matter of a state science fair with enough prize money to pay for her cousin’s desperately needed operation. But what starts as a science experiment gets wildly out of hand. Why does Santa behave like a mindless zombie? What are the reindeer REALLY? And when Tracy’s unauthorized trip in Santa’s sleigh ends with her being chased off a rooftop by wolves, her “science experiment” puts all of Christmas in jeopardy.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is how scientific principles are employed in an engaging story, while still allowing for the possibility of magic.
An excerpt: “Okay,” Beth said as if the matter was settled. “How about we say it was magic?” “How about we don’t?” Tracy whipped out a tiny notebook and pen and scribbled something down. “I’ve given you my hypothesis –” “And I’ve proven your hypothesis incorrect. When that happens, you need to modify it.” “Modify it to what?” “I gave you an alternative theory.” Beth took Tracy’s notebook and scribbled the word ‘magic.’
Tracy Tam is an entertaining holiday read with a stubbornly scientific protagonist, a smattering of ornery “elves,” a few over-worked and over-worried Santa Command employees, one grieving and angry boy, a little bit of golden magic … and yes, I wiped away a few tears at the end....more