Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - In Evil Times

I made a false start on this book a few months ago, but on second try I'm hooked. SF at it's best.


There was a crack as the cartilage in her nose broke. The woman screamed, hands flying to cover her face. The white material of both her suit and Mercedes' were spattered with blood.

(page 240, In Evil Times by Melinda Snodgrass)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Soul Siphon - Book Review


Soul Siphon (Soul Stones, #0.1)
by T.L. Branson


What is it about:
Alexander Drygo, king of Sunbury, is reeling from the loss of his wife. Despite his best efforts using an incredible power, she is no longer among the living.

When a rival kingdom seeks to take advantage of this delicate time in Drygo’s life, he is thrust into a battle for the future of his kingdom.

Can he save his people where he could not save his queen?


What did I think of it:
This being a short story (24 pages), it's a quick read.

I must say I really enjoyed it. It's a kind of intro to the series, leading up to the events of book one - Soul Render.

With this being a short story there's little time for character and world building, but Branson did manage to give me a clear view of the world with just a bare minimum of world building. There are quite a few fight scenes in this short story and those were well crafted. It's easy to get bored or confused during fight scenes in my opinion, but here I kept my focus on what's happening.

All in all a nice, quick read to get a sense of the world and of what to expect from Soul Render. I'll be keeping an eye out for Soul Render for sure.

Why should you read it:
It's a quick action-packed Fantasy read.


Soul Siphon will release September 29th
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Friday, 22 September 2017

Before She Ignites - Book Review


Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)
by Jodi Meadows


What is it about:
Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.


What did I think of it:
I usually don't buy hardcovers, but wait (im)patiently for the paperback. For this book I made an exception as I was just too curious if it was as good as the gorgeous cover and the blurb promised.

And let me tell you: this is a great read.

Even though I didn't get as much dragons as I hoped for, I fell in love with this story. Mira is an unusual, but very relatable heroine with her compulsive counting and her anxiety. I also love that she struggles between doing the right thing and doing what's safer for herself. I loved getting to know her and to see her interact with those around her.

The story is told switching back and forth in time. As a reader you at first dont know why Mira was send to prison, but with flashbacks the story slowly unfolds.

I loved the parts that took place in the Pit. Mira makes friends and enemies there. But is every friendly face to be trusted, and is every enemy as evil as Mira thinks? The characters all felt very real and I eagerly kept reading to see where things would lead.

The ending gives closure on some storylines, so you don't feel like you're left hanging, but there's so much yet to come and to discover, you can bet I'll be getting my greedy trotters on the next book once it releases.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool YA Fantasy read with dragons.


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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Teasing on a Thursday - Starfall


"Hot damn," he said, pulling his shirt collar over his nose and mouth. "It smells like a skunk threw up on a dead body in here."

(page 113, Starfall by Melissa Landers)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Flesh - Book Review


Flesh
by Laura Bickle


What is it about:
The dead are easy to talk to. Live people, not so much.

Charlie Sulliven thinks she knows all the secrets of the dead. Raised in a funeral home, she’s the reluctant “Ghoul Girl,” her reputation tied to a disastrous Halloween party. But navigating her life as a high school sophomore is an anxiety-inducing puzzle to her. She haunts the funeral home with her parents, emo older brother, Garth, their pistol-packing Gramma, and the glass-eyeball-devouring dachshund, Lothar.

Chewed human bodies are appearing in her parents’ morgue…and disappearing in the middle of the night. The bodies seem tied to a local legend, Catfish Bob, who has resurfaced in the muddy Milburn river near Charlie’s small town. When one of Charlie’s classmates, Amanda, awakens in the cooler as a flesh-eating ghoul, Charlie must protect her newfound friend and step up to unravel the mystery…and try to avoid becoming lunch meat for the dead.


What did I think of it:
You might know I'm a big fan of Laura Bickle, so you bet I started reading this book as soon as it released yesterday.

And this is yet another awesome read!

Charlie is easy to relate to. She just wants to be a normal teen, but living in a funeral home and with a family like hers that isn't easy. I was rooting for her from the start.

The story has a nice build up: you get to know Charlie and her family while there are hints that some weird stuff might be going on, but nothing too obvious until corpses start disappearing...

This story is creepy, suspenseful, and kept me reading until I finished it. There are ghouls, old evils lurking in the shadows, and one of the most awesome grandmothers I've seen in fiction. I also loved the antics of Lothar, the dachshund.

I loved how the story progressed and how the pacing increased as things get more dire. I was intrigued by what was happening and why it was happening. Charlie tries to do things on her own, but luckily she finds people who can help her as things spiral more and more out of control.

As with all good stories I finished it way too soon, but the ending was very satisfying. You bet I'll be rereading this, and I'll be stalking Laura's social media to see if there will be a print version.

Why should you read it:
Zombies!!! Well... sort of zombies, but still awesome!


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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Bodies In Motion - Release Day Alert

I'm so going to get my trotters on this book soon.


Bodies In Motion (Newton's Laws, #1)
by Liana Brooks


A body at rest stays at rest unless acted on by an equal and opposite force.
– Newton’s First Law of Motion

Selena Caryll lost everything in the war: her ship, her crew, her family. The only thing keeping her going is the hope that somehow the feuding, ground-bound settlers and the fuelless space fleet can set aside their differences. But getting the politically-fractured fleet moving again is more than she can manage alone. For now, she has to settle for working undercover with the planetary police force.

When someone tries to reignite conflict between the planet-siders and the fleet, there’s only one person who has the rank and ability to help Selena protect the fleet: Titan Sciarra, Fleet Guardian—the one man she’s tried hardest to avoid since the war destroyed her life.

In a world where the stagnant weight of tradition can be as deadly as any knife, the only way to survive is to keep moving.



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Monday, 18 September 2017

United - Book Review


United (Alienated #3)
by Melissa Landers


What is it about:
After thwarting a deadly coup and saving the alliance between their worlds, Cara and Aelyx have finally earned a break. Their tiny island colony is everything they dreamed it would be―days spent gathering shells on the beach and nights in each other’s arms.

But the vacation is short-lived.

The treaty between Earth and L’eihr has awakened an ancient force that threatens to destroy them all. The Aribol, mysterious guardians charged with maintaining interstellar peace, deem the alliance a threat to the galaxy. They order a separation of the races, decreeing humans and L’eihrs must return to their own planets within the month or face extinction. In fact, they already have agents in place on Earth, ready to begin.

With the clock ticking, Aelyx and Cara assemble a team of colonists and race back to Earth, where they unite with old friends to solve the mystery of who the Aribol are, what they want, and the real reason the alliance has provoked them. As tensions build to a full-scale war, Aelyx and Cara must fight harder than ever―not just for their future, but for the survival of both their worlds.


What did I think of it:
A great conclusion to a fun SF trilogy.

This book has lots more action than the previous two books. The Aribol want the humans and L'eihrs to end their alliance and are not giving them much time to consider their options.

Cara and Aelyx decide to secretly find a way to oppose the Aribol and together with some friends they set out to earth. They encounter lots of problems and dangers.

Again it was easy to sniff out some of the things that were going on, but the story was too entertaining for that to be a grumble. I was hooked from the start until the very satisfying finish. If you're looking for a fun YA SF series, you really should give this trilogy a try.

All in all I think the first book was the most serious when it comes to current issues. The second book was the most suspenseful, while the third had the most action. All three are fun and entertaining.

You bet I'll be picking up Starfall soon and that I'll keep an eye out for more books by Landers.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun and action-packed YA SF read.


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