So last year the first book in the Jeremiah Hunt series, Eyes to See, was released and I read it. I was drawn to the idea of the main charact3.5 stars
So last year the first book in the Jeremiah Hunt series, Eyes to See, was released and I read it. I was drawn to the idea of the main character being a guy who traded his eyesight to be able to see the dead. In King of the Dead we’re back with Hunt, Denise Clearwater the mage and Dmitri the berserker as they are on the run from the FBI after Hunt was framed as the famous serial killer the Reaper. They travel to New Orleans after Denise has a vision of something terrifying going on there. There they meet up with an old friend of Denise’s, Simon Gallagher, also a mage. Apparently evil beings are sucking the life out of people and leaving empty shells behind and the group decides to get to the bottom of it.
There will be spoilers for the first book in the series, Planesrunner (review).
We were left with quite a cliffhanger at the end of Planesrunner; EvereThere will be spoilers for the first book in the series, Planesrunner (review).
We were left with quite a cliffhanger at the end of Planesrunner; Everett’s dad is zapped to a random universe and Everett and the airship team escapes the bad guys by zapping themselves to another random universe. It turns out to be a frozen version of our world. Everett has to figure out a way back using his tablet installed with the Infundibilum and the jump gun, rescue his father and dodge his enemy Charlotte Villiers.
Planesrunner really surprised me. I knew it was science fiction (that’s why I wanted to read it) but it turned out to contain some pretty awesome concPlanesrunner really surprised me. I knew it was science fiction (that’s why I wanted to read it) but it turned out to contain some pretty awesome concepts. Mainly, the Many World Theory. The action starts off right away when Everett Singh’s father is abducted in front of his very eyes. After going to the police and not getting anywhere, Everett receives a file on his tablet which turns out to be the very thing his dad was kidnapped for: the map of all the universes, called the Infundibular. This is important because they have built a gate that allows you to jump to another parallel universe, but only those that also have their own gates (so far, only nine others). The Infundibular opens up all the possibilities of traveling anywhere, in any universe. And now Everett has it on his iPad.
Warning: spoilers for The Last Page but not for Black Bottle.
Black Bottle started off really, really well. We are thrust back into the world of CaliphWarning: spoilers for The Last Page but not for Black Bottle.
Black Bottle started off really, really well. We are thrust back into the world of Caliph and Sena, after Caliph had miraculously been brought back to life at the end of The Last Page. I was revved up to see more of this twisty, dark universe filled with monsters, witches, blood magic and sometimes, horrors. It seemed that some of my concerns of the first book had already been taken care of: the plot was moving fast, the prose a lot easier to follow and also the inclusion of another female character, Taelin Rae. I was hooked.
Fighting Gravity is a science fiction romance debut from author Leah Petersen. I actually re(3.5 stars) (originally reviewed on Starmetal Oak Reviews)
Fighting Gravity is a science fiction romance debut from author Leah Petersen. I actually read this book in one day and was surprised by many things.
The story is told first person point of view from the character Jacob Dawes. He tells the story like he’s recounting it from some point in the future; there’s a lot of emotion and flows like it would through his memory. The story starts from his early childhood at eight years old when he’s selected from the slums of New Mexico to attend a prestigious school called Imperial Intellectual Complex for his special intelligence. From there it goes on to how he meets the Emperor of the galaxy, Peter, and how they form a romantic relationship. Their relationship is tested by the difference in their two classes: Jake is an unclass, the lowliest of the low, and there is no one higher then Peter in the galaxy. They are also tested by their personalities and choices they make along the way.
I was surprised at how focused Fighting Gravity was on the romantic relationship between Jake and Peter, although this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. There’s a lot of drama in their lives (most of it caused by Jake) and it makes for a rollercoaster ride of a read. There are some good world building going on I wish I had seen more of such as the other planets, races, and how the social structure of the world works. So much is dependent on class and your social standing to the point where almost everyone’s actions are informed by where you are in the totem pole. Jake himself is an interesting narrator albeit a frustrating one. His life is pretty tragic; it includes abuse from his father and later his superior at IIC. Much of these actions is blamed on the fact he is an unclass and therefore everyone hates him (but not everyone) and I felt this was true for most of the novel. Even when his class wasn’t a factor, he was still the target of everyone’s hatred. On top of this, even when he wasn’t being targeted, he made almost every choice he had in the worst way. He caused a lot of problems for himself and never really learned from anything he had done.
Overall, I am pleased I decided to pick Fighting Gravity up. I was happy with Petersen’s debut, which was written well and held a good narrative voice in Jake (even though he could be so stubborn and silly sometimes). I also really appreciated the male romance between Peter and Jake as it’s not very common in science fiction. I recommend this to those looking for a romance-filled light scifi read that focuses more on people and their relationships rather than large action sequences. I feel like the ending left an opening for a sequel (without being a cliffhanger) and I’d be interested in seeing how that plays out.
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Breed is the story of Alex and Leslie, two different people who meet and fall madly in love with one another. Their life is basically perfect until thBreed is the story of Alex and Leslie, two different people who meet and fall madly in love with one another. Their life is basically perfect until they discover they are having a really hard time conceiving children. They do everything that wealthy, connected people can do – tests, procedures, counseling. Still no babies. Until they hear about a doctor in Slovenia who is having unprecedented success in getting parents to conceive. Naturally, Alex and Leslie jump on an airplane to meet this doctor. They get the procedure. They get pregnant.
Darker Still is the story of Natalie Stewart, young woman living in 1880s New York. Her father works fo(originally reviewed on Starmetal Oak Reviews)
Darker Still is the story of Natalie Stewart, young woman living in 1880s New York. Her father works for the Met museum and they come across a popular painting of a British man, Lord Denbury. After some peculiar things happening, Natalie discovers the painting is enchanted somehow and that Denbury’s spirit resides within. This aspect of the story really channeled the famous book about a painting, The Picture of Dorian Gray. In fact, I loved how the story involved magic, supernatural powers, demons and artwork. It gave a really spooky vibe to the plot and setting.
I’m pretty torn about the other aspects of the book. On the one hand, I really enjoyed Natalie as a main character. She’s a mute and so has a real struggle in 1880s New York. Due to this, the book is narrated by her as if she was writing in her journal and this didn’t always work for me. Sometimes it would read like any first person narrative and lose that epistolary feeling, other times it would be very much like diary entries.
I also really enjoyed the setting, 19th century New York. I don’t think it was showcased as much as it could be because many scenes take place in closed spaces and we don’t get a whole lot of sense of how the city would have been at that time. I think this was because the romance really took off after Lord Denbury and Natalie meet (insta-love) and became a large focus of the story. This is great if you’re looking for a gothic romance but I found myself more attracted to the fantastical aspects of the book. I wanted there to be more about the mysteries of the painting and magic without the quickly begotten love story.
Of course, this all really depends on what you’re looking for. I liked this book but that much of it wasn’t really what I was looking for in terms of a gothic paranormal. I would only recommend this to those who are not put off by these kinds of romances and who would also like to check out a story with a different kind of main character (even though she does get wrapped up in insta-love), a historical setting and spooky mystery.
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