Showing posts with label Adult Science Fiction. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Adult Science Fiction. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Chronicles of a Nuclear World First Post-Apocalyptic Journal: “ Under the Ground” by Radislav Borr



This book will be available July 12th.

Genre: Young Adult, Adult, Science Fiction
Source: I received a copy from Booksprout to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I really enjoyed this book.  In the beginning, I felt it started a little slow. The more I read the longer I read. I sat up until three in the morning finishing this book. A book has to be extremely good for me to stay up that late.  This book is written as the journal of Robert Williams a fourteen-year-old when World War III started.
Robert Williams was one of the lucky ones or was he. When World War III became imminent he and his mom were flown to an underground bunker. Why were they one of the lucky ones?  His father’s position in the Department of Defense gave them a spot in the bunker.   His grandfather on his dad’s side is in a leadership position as well. From the very beginning, we see what led up to WWIII and what life might be like is you were lucky enough to be one of the chosen to survive in a bunker. But this book did something that most dystopian, futuristic books have never done. Instead of focusing on the survivors on the outside, it focused on the survivors on the inside. We get a look through Robert’s eyes of what life like that would possibly be like. I honestly believe that this is probably the most realistic outlook of what that life could be like.
Our main character grows up and becomes a man in this book. He sees his mentor in charge of the library die. What he learned from that man is what turned him into the person he became. There is so much I could say about this book, but this is one that I want to not give away any plot points. Think about what you think life would be like living in a bunker underground. Then read this book and get a new perspective, a fresh look. How do you think you would stack up to all of it?  I will definitely shout the praises of this book to everyone I know.

Author bio: I am a Ukrainian citizen who served as an airborne trooper and in the Security Service of Ukraine. For more than five years, I have been a digital artist in the field of video games development. I write under the pen name Radislav Borr.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Forged Lines by J.T. Bishop


Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance
Source: I purchased a copy. The opinions expressed here are my own

This is the next fantastic book in the Red-Line: Fletcher Family Saga.  When I started the book, I was a little confused. You have a police officer watching the skies for  UFOs. They make fun of her at the station and call her VT.  Then we switch to a dinner party. It was at this point I started having trouble remembering who is who. I had read and reviewed the last book back in January.  Then we have the event that sets everything into motion. The house where the dinner party is taking place is blown up. From that point on, I was oriented and hooked once again by this author.  The officer known as Vee has been tasked with looking for any other victims or survivors at this house fire. She comes across injured Jasper, who is babbling about his pills and his ship. A part of Vee wants to believe him but knows he has to be delusional. 
You have an alien race that has been fighting a battle within their own ranks. Within their culture, you have the Reds and the Greys. They have blended in and even married into the human race.  This has created some very unique problems. Hiding among them is the "High Child." He needs to go back to Eudora and take his place as leader. There are those who want him stopped and will stop at nothing to make that happen. You need to read this book to see what role Vee will play in this story. That was a great little twist I enjoyed immensely.
The book is jam-packed with action. You aren't sure who they should trust. Every time I thought I had figured out who was good and who was evil, something else was thrown at me, and I realized again, I didn't know. Once I got to the third or fourth chapter, I had to finish the book. My husband kept telling me to sit back in my chair. I get so into a book I scoot to the edge of my chair.  If you have not started or heard of this series, you must. It was wonderful. You won't be disappointed.  

About the Author

J. T. loves stories that explore a character’s unique abilities and origins. It’s the thrill of the unknown that continues to inspire her stories. What if extraterrestrials did walk among us? It’s a theme she finds intriguing and provides a wealth of inspiration for her books.  Drama, angst, passion, and humor all add to the fun. A little bit of romance doesn’t hurt either.

J.T. graduated from Southern Methodist University with a major in Marketing. She’s worked in the corporate world as a project manager as well as a Customer Service Manager. She tried teaching for a while and took a course in teaching children how to write. That course reignited her passion that began in high school when she and her best friend would write stories featuring themselves as the main characters. It was fun to do, but it took years before she got serious. But, when the right idea came along, and inspiration hit, she was ready to run with it.

J. T. enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling whenever she can, and spending time in nature (despite the heat in Texas). Getting up in the morning with a cup of coffee, ready to write is the start of a perfect day. www.jtbishopauthor.com 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

To Save a Race by Kandi J. Wyatt



Genre:  Adult, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Christian
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

From Goodreads:
When Duke Callon divorces his wife and decides on an uncanny way of choosing his next duchess, Arianna's left with little choice. Faced with the intricacies of politics, Arianna struggles to find her place. Just as she thinks she has her footing, a decree, issued with the blessing of her husband, calls for the extermination of her entire race. 

A young innocent girl, a capricious duke, and a decree that will change everything. What will it take to save a race? 

My Thoughts:
I love everything Kandi has written so far.  However, out of all of her books her Bible based stories, set in an alternate time have become my favorite. In her newest book “To Save A Race” we have a steampunk version of the Biblical story of Esther. Arianna is a young girl who had lived with her uncle Marcos. Realizing she needed more ladylike training. For this reason she now lives with Lady Hemma and Lord Praus. Her uncle works for the Duke. She thinks it would be wonderful to be in the castle. The Duke divorces his wife and then eventually decides he wants to get married again.  He decides to screen the eligible women over a two month period. Each girl who passes the screening gets a night of dinner and sleeping with the Duke. This is of course appalling to Lord Praus and his son Kenden.  If a girl is engaged before the Duke makes this decree official then they are out of the running. Lord Praus wants to protect his daughter Pasha and his charge Arianna from such a fate. Kenden is willing to marry Arianna to protect her from this. Her uncle is content to let Arianna make the choice for herself.
If you know the story of Queen Esther from the Bible you will recognize it in this story. Kandi has once again taken a familiar story and put it in a different setting and been successful.  I loved the depth the story line takes. There was all the familiarity from the Bible with a fresh steampunk vibe. She creates characters that you love to hate. They were so realistic that at one point I wished I could grab the Duke by the collar and shake some sense into him. This is considered an adult novel. However, since it is such a clean read this is one I will place on my shelves at school. Young adults are looking for books with a touch of romance that is not so overpowering it makes them want to throw up. There are many themes, the biggest of which is love conquers all. These are themes that teens can and want to explore in a safe manner.  I can’t think of a better book to accomplish this.

Friday, December 15, 2017

High Child by J.T. Bishop




Genre: Adult, Thriller, Science Fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

From Goodreads:
Gifted with unique abilities, Royce Fletcher struggles to find his place in the world. Living a solitary life in the woods, he finds his quiet existence disrupted by unexpected visitors. Visitors he would prefer to avoid.

Despite his attempts to protect himself, Royce finds himself caught up in an unexpected romance, a local murder investigation, and a destiny he has little interest in pursuing.

The more he tries to pull away, the more drawn in he becomes, until he must face the demons that refuse to go away. Demons that risk more than just his life, but all that he holds dear.

High Child is the fifth book in J. T. Bishop’s award winning Red-Line saga. Following the events in Curse Breaker, High Child is a fast-paced, page-turning, suspense story that will keep readers guessing until the end. If you like a fun read with compelling characters and unexpected twists, then pick up High Child today!

My Thoughts
This was a new author for me. This is also the fifth book in the series. I was able to follow along just fine. I loved the setting in this book.  This author does and awesome job keeping the tension going throughout the story. I was drawn in from the very beginning.  Royce is a man who has several abilities. Gus is his friend and knows about those “gifts”. The book starts out with a murder. It then switches to two people trying to blend in to a culture they are not familiar with.  Add to this mix the sheriff’s son who had been dropped into Royce’s lap while his father searches for the person who murdered the young girl.  I love a good mystery. This is a great one. It held my attention all the way through. It left me frustrate at times. Just about the time had the secrets figured out I learned through a twist that I had not really figured anything out. That is the sign of a good author.  Really can’t wait to read the other books in this series.

Author Bio
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Born and raised in Dallas, TX, J. T. Bishop began writing in 2012. Inspired by a video that theorized the meaning of the end of the Mayan calendar, J. T. began the Red-Line trilogy. The video surmised that the earth was the central hub of activity for extraterrestrials thousands of years ago. J.T. didn’t know whether that was true or not, but it did spawn an idea. What if those extraterrestrials were still here? Two years and a lot of work later, the first three Red-Line books were complete, but she’s not done. The Red-Line saga develops as she continues to write new books.
Website URL: https://jtbishopauthor.com/
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/jtbishopauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jtbishopauthor



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Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Deftly Paradox

  



Genre: Adult, Science Fiction 
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I love meeting people who have creative minds.  This author definitely has one.  The idea of a society putting all of their faith in decision-making into the hands of a machine is actually terrifying to me.  I say this because a machine begins with man. Even if the artificial intelligence is capable of learning, you know there has to be a glitch at some point. Then we become man vs machine.  As I was growing up we had sci-fi movies that would give scenarios like this and it was never good.  I have to say this book goes above and beyond.  You have two sides of the issue a machine that has decided to wipe out an entire planet and people who believe in this machine. Then you have the side that has taken a step back and decides that the machine doesn’t necessarily know what is best. They will risk everything to stop it. Because of what I am teaching in school right now my mind began to draw parallels. My English 1 class is reading the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel. One question the students kept asking was how people could just blindly follow Hitler?  They also wanted to know why those who knew it was wrong didn’t step up?  It was the same with this book.  People in both cases reached a point where it was easier to blindly follow.  Those who decided to do something, willingly took the risk, knowing what the cost could be.

The characters were well developed.  The worldbuilding was wonderful.  I was there. That is why it seemed so realistic and possible to me.  In this day and age with technology being ramped up the way it has it makes you wonder if we will ever be stupid enough to turn our world over to a machine? Just asking.

I definitely recommend this book to all science fiction lovers.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Cape (A Dark Spores Novel- Book 3) by Braxton Cosby



Genre: Adult, Science Fiction
Source: I purchased a copy. The opinions expressed here are my own.

From Goodreads:
The next Super hero book installment of the Dark Spores Series from award-winning author Braxton A. Cosby. 

IN A CITY OF MASKED HEROES, DARKNESS HIDES THE TRUTH! - A world mourning a fallen superhero. 
Future Chicago has become the haven for criminals and super villains of the darkest order. When an experiment goes wrong, hundreds of humans (Normals) absorb a mysterious contagion that gives rise to amazing super powers, creating a new species: Super-Normals. Some use their super powers for good, while others use their gifts for evil. Wars break out across the city and it's Good versus Evil in a grudge match to destroy the other. A nightly reality show featuring both sides' daily endeavors to create interest, captures the attention of the entire planet and Heroes are worshiped, given any and everything they desire. But there are rules to living the good life, and when one Hero breaks the ultimate rule and kills a Normal, a manhunt erupts, pitting Heroes, Villains, and the entire police force against one another in a race to capture or kill the fallen superhero. But one lone rebel emerges, hellbent on solving the murder and unraveling the secret of the Dark Spores. Yet, in the process, one question remains: will he choose the dark or light side? 

What people are saying about the Dark Spores Series: 
"The birth of the Super-Normal is upon us." 
"A collection of super hero books for the new generation of readers." 
"Super heroes versus super villains. What could be better." 


My Thoughts:
I didn’t realize this was the third book in the series when I read it. It read as a stand-alone. However, I want to go back and read the first two just so I know how the series starts. From the minute I started reading this story I was hooked. I love superhero stories. The idea that every day humans were suddenly turned into superheroes is a very intriguing idea. Divide them into a good side and evil side and you have the makings for a wonderful movie or TV series. That is how this read.  The characters are fascinating. Each has their own super power. However, the main character is a normal who used his talents to create a suit that makes him a superhero.  He has a mission to make people believe that all of them can be superheroes by doing what needs to be done, instead of waiting on those with true super powers. I don’t know that the author meant there to be a message within the story but I did find it inspiring.

The beginning of the book tells us a little about where the main character came from, his back story with an abusive father. His generous, and wealthy uncle is the man who changed his life.  I would have liked to know what had happened to his father. It wasn’t really important to the story, just a curiosity of my own. The first two novels in this series are written by different authors. It will be interesting to see how their writing style flows with that of this current book. I did enjoy it. It kept me reading late into the night.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Indiana Belle by John A. Heldt



Genre: Adult, suspense
Source: I purchased a copy.

This is the third book in the American Journey series. This time the author takes us to the Roaring Twenties. You don’t have to read the first two books to read and enjoy this one. They read just like stand-alone books. In this book we are presented with a problem that any time traveler fears. What happens if something can and should be prevented in the past and you know it will change the future if you do anything to change it? This is this situation that faces our main character. Cameron Coelho is completing his dissertation on life and the social implications during the 1920s. He buys the journals of Candice Bell who is a reporter and is murdered. He gets to meet Candice and sparks begin to fly. But what happens when you fall in love with someone and you know the date and manner in which they will die?  Do you stop it knowing the possible consequences? 

In this book we not only get to relish the entire time travel experience, but we get to live vicariously through the author in the time of the 1920s.  I love that the author always spends so much time in research s that the reader feels they are a part of the time period. This one is a little different and has some wonderful twists. I highly recommend it and the rest of the series.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mercer Street by John A. Heldt



Genre: Adult, suspense
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

My Thoughts:
Give me a good time travel book any day and let me live in my own fantasy world. John Heldt has created two wonderful worlds. First we are in present time where Susan Peterson’s husband has died while having an affair. To ease the pain she goes to California with her mother and her daughter. Things take a real quick turn when the three of them time travel back to 1938 after meeting a professor.  Susan’s mother gets to meet her parents and herself as an infant when they were new refugees.


Susan and her daughter each fall for a different man. The problem is they must be careful not to change things that will alter their future. This means they will be forced to make some very tough decisions. That is okay because the author has given us three very independent and tough women. This has everything I could want. Time travel, history and some romance that is not all mushy.  The amount of research that went into this novel is what makes it so authentic and believable. I enjoyed the first book in this series. I highly recommend it to you.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski



Genre: Young Adult, Adult Science Fiction, Thriller
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

What would you do to help your child? In Sapient we find Jane Dixon, a scientist working hard to find a cure for autism. This is something her own son has. While experimenting on rats and other animals she has a breakthrough. Einstein a rat can suddenly read and write.  We see Einstein and Bear a dog interact in ways that animals don’t usually interact. Some of these interactions are funny. She thinks there is something in the serum that will also help her son.  She makes a connection between her test subjects and when the serum begins to work on them. She realizes her own son is approaching that time period and her window is limited. Now the CDC and the army are both interested in her results.  She injects her son Robbie to try to cure him.  This causes a problem of epidemic proportions. When she is held, her son and the animals go on the run.  The entire time I was reading about her animal testing I kept thinking, if I taught older students and used this book the first thing I would do is get their perspective on whether it is right to use animals as test subjects.  I love reading books that have a controversial theme running through them.


As parents we often react without fully thinking of any possible consequences.  The author has shown a mother who does just that, under the false assumption that she is doing it for her son’s best interest.  The story flowed smoothly and quickly. There were enough twists and turns to keep the reader involved with this story.  Highly recommend this to people who like that science fiction thriller quality in a book.

About Jerry Kaczmarowski:

Jerry Kaczmarowski lives in Seattle with his family. He writes techno-thrillers that explore the benefits and dangers of mankind's scientific advancement. His first book, Moon Rising, was released in June 2014.  His second book, Sapient, was published in April 2015.

Jerry spent the first twenty years of his professional life in the consulting industry on the West Coast. His fascination with technology is matched only by his love of stories. His books intertwine action with a keen insight into how technology will shape our lives in the coming years.

To learn more, go to http://www.jerrykaczmarowski.com/   

Connect with Jerry on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Playlist of the Ancient Dead – Aaron Frale



Genre: Adult, Mystery, Science fiction, Adventure, Horror
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.


I can honestly say I’ve never read a book like this.  When Caroline was walking her dog and he kept reacting strangely every time they got near a brick building I knew there was something to the building.  The building has been there for years. When Caroline sees her ex-boyfriend coming down the sidewalk she turns and walks back toward the building. She sees a door, she had not seen before and opens it. Cody catches up with her and she ends up stepping back out, but not before she sees something.  It seems that a government team had found a way in years before and disappeared and so they’ve been waiting all this time for another door to appear. Caroline and her dog are the key.  Another thing that was strange, not in a bad way, but in a unique way was the use of music throughout the book. No I’m not going to tell you what I mean.  I will tell you to expect all kinds of things. There are so many twists and turns in this book it will keep you reading from beginning to end.  This was the first book I had read by this author and I was not disappointed.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Supernova by Braxton Cosby


Genre: Young Adult, Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Braxton Cosby has kept the action and thrill of this book at a thrilling pace.  The story continues where it left off.  William had made the decision to love and protect Sydney instead of killing her. Sydney learned Noella her best friend had also been a bounty hunter, sent to kill her.  Now they have all bonded together.  To round out the group, the onboard system known as IMPI has agreed to also help.  As he evolves, learning more and more human characteristics Sydney gives him the human name "Bill".  William is sure his father has sent a fleet to take them all out.  What William was unaware of, was that his father and his kingdom was under attack.  There are evil plots all around them.  Another team has been sent to earth to  get rid of all of them. One of them is William's best friend.  When he disposes of the other two, will he be able to convince his friend Arrion to join him? Sydey's godfather Henry and his girlfriend, astronomer Jasmine have been brought in to the situation. You would think with all of this protection that things would be going smoothly.  Sydney, who has never had an illness or sickness in her life suffers a broken bone. Then there are the mood swings.  What is happening to her and will whatever it be, end up killing her?  There is enough suspense within these pages to keep you turning non-stop.  Can't wait to read the next one.

deepFreak by Mars Dumont



Genre: Political Thriller, Science Fiction,  Adult
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

This book took me longer than usual to read.  The author has done a fantastic job of creating a technological language that takes a while to get used to.  For this reason I would recommend anyone reading this book continue on when they start feeling frustrated with the language.  Your brain eventually picks it up. You can also go to their website where they have a glossary of the words used in the book.  You can check it out here. An example from the beginning is the title.  I kept wanting to capitalize the first letter, thinking there had been a mistake.  There was no mistake.  We find words like “eyeVids”, “SIMrooms”. I  will say that I have trouble reading science fiction because of the science/technology aspect.  I understood this one quite a bit. This one made me realize that this could actually be our future.  Teens today would probably have no problem getting used to this type of talk or world.

The worlds created by this author are fascinating and scary at the same time.  Teens don’t need to physically go to a party because they can show up virtually.  For me, being older, the idea of having implants in your brain so that you can be wired into the Web is scary. Another scary aspect was the fact that your identity could be completely wiped out as if you never existed.

The story takes another turn when Milan, whose mother is a politician, goes missing during a solar storm. Milan finds himself in “The Other Side”. In this world there isn’t any technology. Things are done the old fashioned way. Milan finds his grandparents in this world. They had disappeared five years earlier.  He will need to make a decision though. With his grandparents and all of his new friends in one world and his old friends an mother in the other world, he will have to decide where he really belongs.

For those people who just need a bit of romance to their stories, this book has that as well. Audrey and Milan’s mother both find romance. However, as you read this book the lines between reality and what is not real begin to blur.  The books begs you to ask yourself if all this technology is for the best.  Remember with technology, you have to have those who police it and we know that those people can take it too far.  We are always talking about “Big Brother”. In a world like this, I’m afraid “Big Brother” would really take over.  Then you must ask yourself the question. Is this really the best life?


Although this book is a science fiction book, the issues it brings up in each of the worlds are real world issues and something this book makes you think about. For me if a book can make me emotional or make me question things in society; mine, the future, or made-up, then the book has successfully done its job.  Well done, Mars Dumont.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Three Different Genre's, Three Great Reads

Since I've been going through physical therapy I find I have plenty of time to read. I read while waiting my turn for the therapist. I read while they are icing my knees down and using a tens unit on me.  When I get home and the effects (pain) from the therapy sets in, and I can't move very well, I read.  If I have early morning therapy, like today, then I get several books read.  I hope you enjoy my eclectic reads for the day.

A Fistful of Collars by Spencer Quinn
Genre:  Adult, Mystery
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

This was an interesting story because it is told from Chet the dog’s point of view. Chet is a police dog. Bernie is his handler or should I say side kick. The two are tasked with watching over movie star Thad Perry during filming in their town. Thad  seems to have a not so glamorous reputation. In addition to this Bernie’s son has scored a role in the movie.  Bernie’s ex-wife can see a future in this, something Bernie is not real happy about, especially when he realizes how talented his son is.


When a dead reporter turns up Bernie and Chet are on the case.  They realize that this murder is connected to a murder in the past.  They also realize that someone is willing to go to a lot of trouble to keep anyone from delving into the past. While you have this great mystery going on; you have Chet’s ability or lack of ability to always understand humans.  This in itself adds the humor that makes this book so wonderful to read.  So if you are looking for something kind of on the light side then I recommend this book to you.  It is a stand-alone novel even though it is part of a series.  


Adobe Gold by Robert C. Mowry
Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I am one of those people who love historical fiction. Adobe Gold is the first book in the Stone Justice Series. Colonel Tyrone Rafter was sent on an important mission by his friend Abraham Lincoln. While in Mexico looking for an important man. He is captured and imprisoned.  Due to a leg injury and a inept doctor his leg is removed.  He spends seven years in prison until he escapes.  He returns home and learns things have really changed.  He's lost his wife to another man because she believes he is dead. This was enough to change everything. He becomes a very bitter person.  When Lincoln learns he's alive he needs him for another mission.  He is sent back to Mexico to find out if there really is gold in Santa Fe.   I found it ironic that as a professing atheist he is sent back as a minister. While performing the duties of a minister he reads his Bible.  Will this change him from the hardened man he has become?  You really need to read this book to find out.


Chimera by Vaun Murphrey
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
*Parental Warning* There is some sexual content at the beginning of this book.

I have to say right off that I absolutely loved the cover of this book.  It says so much. Once you read the book you will understand what I mean.  At age five Cassandra watched her parents murdered. At age thirteen she is rescued by an uncle she has never known.  While she was held captive she had no one to talk to.  She kept within herself.  That is why I said the cover was so appropriate.  Her uncle takes her to live with them.  The counsel doesn't want her living there because they think she will endanger all of them. She is trained in martial arts and like her family, as a Weaver.  A Weaver is not what you think it is.  Think of a Weaver as someone who is able to use the Internet of the mind. Cassandra has more abilities than the others in the colony.  She also has someone hunting her so she must go into hiding.  This is the first book in the series.  I know there are three others that I've not yet had a chance to read.  Hopefully my schedule will allow it soon.  I believe teens and adults who like science fiction will enjoy this.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

September Sky by John A. Heldt



Genre: Adult, Science Fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I have always loved time travel stories.  This is one that is really great for many reasons.  First of all the reader knows the rules of time travel from the beginning.  The two main characters are very well developed. They are believeable because we know people just like them.  You know who I am talking about. The father who has spent so much time with his career that he has forsaken his son. The son who barely knows his father and now they are trying to mend that relationship.  While on a cruise to do just that, the two of them attend a conference about time travel by a Dr. Bell.  When they return home they are given the opportunity to travel back in time with the idea they will do nothing to change the course of history and will gather data for Dr. Bell.  Things change because Chuck, the father immediately breaks the rules. He had his own agenda.  Not to mention they both fall in love. The author did a lot of research for this historical time period.  He also included the Galveston Hurricane to spice things up. 
This is an easy read and once you get started you really don't want to put it down. So, if you are like me and love time travel books that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then this is the book for you.  Highly recommended.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Dharian Affairs by Susan Kaye Quinn

I don't normally review three books in a series all at once. That is because I usually take quite a bit of time to read and review them.  However, I am participating in a reading challenge I created for my students while they are out of school for winter break.  I let them set the minimum number of books I should read. They chose 20 based on my reading ability and the average number of books most of them chose. So with plenty of reading time due to the fact I told my family I was participating in a reading challenge so they would leave me alone, I've had plenty of time to read multiple books each day.   These were read Friday the 26th.

Genre:   Young Adult, New Adult, Adult, Science Fiction, Steampunk
Source: I received copies to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Third Daughter

From Goodreads:
The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she'll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince's proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince's proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love.

My Thoughts:
The author has done an excellent job of fleshing out her characters and creating a world that is both detailed and intriguing.  I have to say that I’ve not been a big fan of steampunk in the past.  Why did I try this knowing it was a steampunk novel?  I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the other books by this author. This steampunk was different in that we have Indian characters. The third daughter is Aniri, who is unlike her other sisters. Nahali, the first sister, is expected to be queen one day. The second daughter Seledri married a Samirian to form an alliance. Aniri has few responsibilities or expectations as the third daughter.  She has plans to marry Devesh a fencing instructor, who is also of Samirian birth. Things don’t always go as planned.  Prince Malik, called “Ash” of Jungali has trouble in his country.  He needs to form an alliance with Dharia.  There is only one way to do that, marry Aniri.  Her mother approves of this with the understanding that it is a marriage for the sake of  alliance and she is to spy for their country.  No one planned on Aniri falling in love with Ash.


Second Daughter

From Goodreads:
With plans for a second skyship exposed, Third Daughter Aniri fears her sister, Seledri, will be caught in a war between the three Queendoms. Seledri is the Second Daughter of Dharia, which means she had no choice in her arranged marriage to the First Son of Samir—a country with whom they may soon be at war. As Aniri fights to free her sister from a husband and a country she does not love, she questions her own rushed betrothal to Prince Malik, the noble barbarian who controls the skyship—and whether a love pledged in the heat of adventure can survive the looming threat of war.

My Thoughts:
This book begins where the last one ended. In this second book, the eveing before Aniri’s wedding to Ash she learns her sister Seledri is in trouble.  Someone has made an assassination attempt.  Aniri leaves to “rescue” her sister because there are rumors that her sister’s new country is planning war against Dharia.


First Daughter

From Goodreads:
With the war begun, Aniri, Third Daughter of the Queen, has to battle not only a prince with a deadly skyship, but her own sister, the First Daughter, who finally sees her chance to become Queen. With their mother gravely ill and the Second Daughter kidnapped along with Aniri's husband-to-be, Aniri embarks on a desperate mission to save the people she loves from a war that will tear all three countries apart.

My Thoughts:

We have a great conclusion to this wonderful trilogy.  Aniri’s mother is injured so her sister Nahali must take the reigns of the  country until her mother has healed.  This is a complication.  She has always been jealouse of Aniri and therefore sees no reason to rush to rescue Aniri’s love. Ash, Selendri, and her husband Pavan have been kidnapped by none other than Pavan’s brother Nathesh.  Aniri’s sister Nahali readies her country for battle while Aniri takes a more direct approach.  First she must sneak into Samir and try to start a rebellion against Natesh. She gets help from her former lover Davesh who is a Samirian, as well as others we are introduced to.  The author has thrown some unexpected and unforeseen twists and turns into this third novel.  Throughout the entire novel a them of love of country and family was woven.  She has created strong women who do not fit the stereotypical  damsels  in distress.  This definitely has the ability to change my mind on steampunk.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Adam Forever and Adam's Caverns by Lawrence Lapin

Genre: Adult, Science Fiction
Source: I purchased them


Adam Forever 
This was a strange book, intriguing, but strange.  Adam Boatwright is a geneticist.  His wife is afraid she will inherit breast cancer and have to go through what her sister is going through.  Adam decides to try to find a way to prevent his wife and others in the world from developing this cancer.  As a geneticist he works on what he believes is a cure.  The cure will keep the virus active in the body while preventing cancer. As always, there is a side effect, immortality.  Adam can’t just test this on anyone so he does the unthinkable and tests it on himself.  It is here we run into the normal issues that would arise.  Is it ethical? Who should be allowed this treatment if the known outcome would be immortality?  As I read this it played in my head like a movie.  I could see future events that could become very difficult and in some cases catastrophic.  If you have a race of people who all have immortality, how do you weed out the bad ones?  Who has the right to play God and choose who gets to live and who doesn’t?



Adam’s Caverns
In the second book in the series we have gone beyond the treatment and immortality issue.  As a scientist, Adam and a group of his friends prepare for the end of the world.  A meteor is going to crash into the earth and only a few will survive.  Adam and his friends stockpile embryos, animals, plants and other things they will need to repopulate the earth once life is destroyed by this meteor.  But, like all societies, even the post-apocalyptic ones, life isn’t perfect and never goes as planned.  There is fighting among them and among a group who survived in Antarctica.  Once again we are face with all types of ethical and social issues.  This book was actually better than the first one.  If you are into this type of read then I would definitely recommend it.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Battle For Darracia Series by Michael Phillip Cash

Genre: Adult,  Science Fiction
Source: I purchased the first book and was sent the second and third in the series for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Schism

From Goodreads:
On the planet Darracia, an ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing turmoil that is fracturing a once peaceful world. Struggling with his identity, nineteen year old Prince V'sair must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade, the secret to a warrior's heart, in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen's lust for supremacy. Will the energy of the Elements guide the young prince to his true destiny or will Staf Nuen conquer Darracia? After the success of his first three books (Brood X, Stillwell, and The Hanging Tree) Michael is fulfilling a dream and creating his own epic fantasy world. Schism: The Battle for Darracia is the first book in a planned series.

My Thoughts:
I loved the idea of this world that faces the same problems we face when it comes to placing people into classes.  We know that not everyone feels this way, but it does still happen.  When the King of Darracia marries a woman of another race a split occurs. His own brother leads it.  With Prince V’sair having traits from both sides he is not seen as the warrior he wants to be, but is looked down on.  He wants to find the fireblade that can only be used by someone with a true warrior’s heart. He knows he can’t just leave the kingdom to do this. Yet, when his uncle tries to overthrow the throne, this may be the only thing that will keep his kingdom together.  I have to say that I purchased the first book, as I was gifted copies of the next two in the series.  The thing that makes this author’s books different for me is that as science fiction goes, they were not too long. I love long books. For me I was able to get into this world quickly and progress through the book at a pace that made it possible for me to finish it to start the next.



Collision

From Goodreads:
The Darracia saga continues with all the key players spread out and searching for answers throughout the solar system. Prince V'sair struggles to hold his fractured kingdom together without help from his family. His stepbrother Zayden is on a vengeful hunt for his evil uncle Staf Nuen. Tulani navigates her two worlds trying to bring them together. Staf Nuen, the orchestrator of the original coup, is making unholy alliances with nefarious new allies. Like the comet zipping across the horizon, all the different factions are heading for a collision course that will test both their faith and power.

My Thoughts:
This one was full of emotions.  For me, any book that can bring out the emotions in me is excellent.  I really wanted to hate Staf Nuen for what he had put Prince V’sair through as well as Zayden.  I felt the anger and hatred Zayden felt. He and Prince V’sair carried the same emotions, but handled them differently.  I felt  sorry for V’sair as he was stuck, unable to do the things he really wanted due to his position.  Tulani is facing some of the same things Prince V’sair faces.  She is not Darracian, yet she has lived there and is now trying to learn all about her own culture.  Some of the people do not want to trust her.  The author has done an excellent job of taking the suspense and questions we have and bringing it up a notch.  Just when you think you know what is going to happen the author throws in a twist that brings hope. The tension is left taught enough that you can’t wait for the next book, which I didn’t.  I read them all back to back.

Risen

From Goodreads:
Imprisoned on the dead moon of Bina, trapped at the bottom of the cold Hixom Sea, locked in a cell in the flooded Desa and blinded & defeated in the Eastern Provinces, the ruling class of Darracia is defeated without hope.

In the stunning conclusion of the Darracia saga, V’sair, Tulani, Zayden and Reminda must dig deep and find both strength and faith to rise from the depths of the impossible and restore order to their home planet from Lothen, Staf Nuen and the evil armies of Geva.

My Thoughts

The author has done an excellent job of bringing everything to fruition the way it should be. Each of the characters are forced to face themselves and the adversity they face. They must find a way to overcome that adversity if they are to save themselves, their people, and the issues they fought so hard for. We see things come full circle.  The author made sure we saw how flawed each of the characters were. This is what made them so realistic to us.  I’m not sure many of my middle school students would enjoy this series. It is maybe a little too mature for them. However, I have a friend who teaches at the high school level. I am sure she and her friends would definitely enjoy this series and so it will be sent her way. I can think of nothing better to do than to share a series when you find one you really think is top notch.  I definitely feel that way about this book.  

About the Author:
Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with ghosts, horror and fantasy writing. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Beyond Judgment “Brainrush III - Richard Bard

Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Adult
Source:  I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review

From Goodreads:
With Publishers Weekly heralding the first book in his Brainrush thriller series as “terrifically entertaining” and “inventive and compelling,” and the sequel consistently near the top of the Amazon “Top Rated” list since its December 2011 release, Richard Bard now unleashes Beyond Judgment, which sees hero Jake Bronson at the mercy of his hidden past.

Suffering from coma-induced amnesia, Jake Bronson’s quiet existence in Italy is shattered by the arrival of a kill team doing the bidding of an ancient order. But while the assassins hunt Jake down, they unwittingly awaken fragments of his dormant memories and deadly skills. Now, with enemies stalking his every step, Jake is on a race to piece together his broken past and reconnect with lost allies and loved ones, risking everything to reawaken his true self and stop an ancient order from unleashing humanity's ultimate judgment.


My Thoughts
This is the third and last book in this trilogy and I have loved each one.  I keep waiting to see these on the big screen because that is where they truly belong. If you love action then this book was written for you. This is the good versus bad story that has you praising the protagonist for doing whatever it takes to protect those he cares about. 

In this book we get to meet Jake’s autistic son and see the connection they have. The bad guy in this book is as bad as they come. This series is science fiction at its best.  Imagine being the key that awakens an alien race that will decide if we “deserve” to continue living based on how far we’ve come. Now imagine that you are the one who has to save the world.  That’s a lot of weight on your shoulders. For Jake it’s just what he does.  If you’ve never read a science fiction book then this is the one you must read.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Eviction Notice - Robyn Wyrick

Genre: Young Adult/Adult Science Fiction
Source:  Received a copy from the publicist for review

I am always open to different genres.  I sometimes accept books I'm not real sure about.  In the case of this book the idea that humans would be told they had to vacate the planet is what intrigued me.

When an Iowa graduating class created a cornfield crop circle as a hoax to best the previous years graduating class hoax, they had no idea what they were setting into motion.  Aria, a glen fairy has been abducted from her home planet.  She has the ability to heal the environment.  The abductor, Aloon Zigilbraxis has used a crop circle as a beacon to guide the pod.  Unfortunately the pod zeroes in on the crop circles created by the students instead of the one he created.

Since the fairy was supposed to be sold to stop an intergalactic war, losing her could have dire consequences.  Aloon's contract states if he doesn't deliver the fairy the punishment is death.  A small clause gives him time to find the fairy as long as he has some collateral.  Since the pod landed on earth he claims the earth and gives it as collateral.

Councilwoman Fry wants to make sure everything is legal so she sends two inspectors to earth to check it out.  Inspector Clayton and Inspector Tyler show up at Alice Able's home as she is about to take her own life.  Her marriage went south and she sees no reason to continue on.  They explain who they are and what they want and she doesn't believe them at first.  She was chosen because hers was the first name on the voter registration list, so they assume she must be the leader.  The humor in this misunderstanding made this book so different from others.  They can find no paperwork that shows that humans OWN the earth so they are willing to carry out evicting them until they find the Glen Fairy. In the meanwhile there are groups of Zorgons searching the earth to find the fairy.  Of course you know this creates havoc. This is a book you must read if you want to know what really happened.

I was surprised by this book.  The humor spread throughout made it so enjoyable and one that I think older teens and adult will enjoy.  This is the type of book you could lay on the beach and read to just relax.  Not that there wasn't any tension in the book.  It was just one of those books that has the right amount of tension along with the right amount of humor.   I kept thinking about the book "The Hitchhike's Guide to the Galaxy".  I'm not sure why except the humor in the book kept bringing that favorite book to my mind.

Would I recommend this book to others?  You bet I would.  I look forward to seeing what this author comes up with next.


Saturday, December 31, 2011

Eight Reviews to Finish Out 2011


This will be my last post for 2011.  I have been working hard for the last two weeks to catch up on books I had to read and review, and reviews I needed to post having already read the book.  If you are an author and I didn't get to your book in 2011, please be assured I will be getting to it in 2012.  I read an outstanding number of books this year from several different genre's.  I am a full time middle school teacher and I managed to publish my first novel.  I think I can say that I've had an extremely busy, yet fulfilling year.  I hope you enjoy these last reviews of 2011.  See you in 2012.


The Jinx  - D.F. Lamont
Publisher:  Lulu
Pages: 128
Source:  Review copy from author
Genre:  YA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Adventure

About the Author:
D.F. Lamont has been writing for 20 years as a journalist and PR professional.  “The Jinx” is is first book for young Adults.

About the book:
Stephen Grayson, is a 13-year old whose run of bad luck gets so bad he worries he is endangering his family. Fearing he is cursed - or is turning into a super villain - he flees home to protect his loved ones, only to find that he is in the middle of a tug-of war between a cult obsessed with order and misshapen monsters known as “Chaons” who seem bent on hunting him down. It's a fun story for kids aged 8-13, and anyone who loves YA books and suspense

My thoughts:
I enjoyed this book very much.  I like science fiction, but it takes me longer to read it than any other genre because my nerdy brain is always trying to figure out the science and if it is real, could it really happen, etc.  I loved the characters in the book.  I think any kid who has ever had a bad day could identify with Stephen and his first day of school.
I would have liked to have learned more about  Daedalus.  Maybe we will see more of him and Stephen in another book.  I’d gladly read another adventure about them.  This is a book I will definitely recommend to my students and to anyone who loves Science Fiction/Fantasy

Links:
Readers can read the first chapter free - and get links to purchase ebooks (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad) as well as softcover versions at:
My Facebook Page for The Jinx is: http://www.facebook.com/TheJinxbyDFLamont





Dead End in Norvelt – Jack Gantos

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Pages:  352
Source:  Review copy from NetGalley
Genre:  Middle Grade, Mystery

Jack is caught between his arguing parents.  His mother has grounded him for firing a Japanese gun his father owned.  She has also volunteered him to help Mrs. Volker, a neighbor who writes obituaries.
Mrs. Volker has arthritis in her hands and can no longer write or type up the obituaries for the Norvelt News.  Through the obituaries she tells the history of the deceased.   The deceased have recently become the original women of the town of Norvelt. Jack loves this new job since he loves history.  He has one problem, if he gets overly excited his nose will begin to bleed.  As the elderly women of Norvelt begin to drop like flies, people are beginning to wonder if it is murder.  Mrs. Volker examines the bodies and pronounces each death that of natural causes.  Not everyone is convinced.  Could she be hiding something?  This was a wonderful book full of history and lessons that the reader won’t mind learning.  The mystery was enough to keep you reading, yet not so difficult you couldn’t figure it out.  Highly recommended reading.



Grandma Hazel's Funny, Funny Kidz Jokebook  - Rob Loughran
Publisher:  Bubba Caxton Books
Pages: 84
Source:  Received a review copy
Genre:  Jokes

Here, within these pages you will find all the jokes you, and your parents, and your grandparents ever told.    These are simple and most importantly clean jokes.  I sat in our yard swing reading these and chuckling.   My husband kept looking over at me and of course he had to ask and I obligingly told him the joke.  After all, I believe in sharing the laughs.  I look forward to sharing this book with my
students.



Echoes of Distant Thunder – Frank P. Slaughter
Publisher:  Arbutus Press
Pages:   279
Source:  Received a review copy from author
Genre: Historical Fiction

From Goodreads:
Twenty-year-old Michigan farm boy Will Castor finds his life changed forever as he is thrust into the harsh realities of nineteenth-century combat on the last day of the battle of Chickamauga. Wounded physically and mentally, Will escapes the battlefield aided by a war weary Confederate deserter, but can t escape the echoes of death and horror that will remain with him for the rest of his life. Returning to Michigan after the war, Will deals with guilt and recurring nightmares from his war experience, finding relief in the numbing effects of a bottle of whiskey and the bawdy houses of East Saginaw. He joins the rough and tumble world of Michigan s lumber boom as a land looker seeking the majestic white pine. Alone in the vast northern Michigan wilderness, he comes face to face with his demons and must make a decision life or death. Echoes of Distant Thunder is a compelling historical drama vividly portraying Michigan s rich history, landscape and participation in the Civil War. Author Frank P. Slaughter, a reenactor with Battery D First Michigan Light Artillery, brings stark realism to the battle scenes with his knowledge of Civil War tactics and munitions. On this the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, Will Castor s story could be the story of veterans from all wars as they continue to fight the battles that can t be left on the battlefield.

My thoughts:
This is a definite must read for anyone who loves the Civil War time period.  This is not just  a story of the Civil War.  This is Will Castor’s story of survival.  Survival can’t always be measured in the physical sense.  Anyone who has gone to battle must survive mentally as well.  Will must learn to put the demons that haunt him to rest if he is to have any kind of decent life.
This book was very authentic in its portrayal of the battle field.  This has to do with the fact that Mr. Slaughter is himself a re-enactor.  I felt as if I was on the battle fields at times.  This is not a comfortable feeling.  There again this book is not a feel good book.  Most books that are historically accurate take us out of our comfort zone and force us to face many unpleasant things.  This book is like that.  We as readers are forced to face the devastation of battle both upon the land, humans both body and mind.

I have a couple of friends who are not only history teachers, but find the Civil War to be their favorite topic.  I will definitely recommend this book to them.  I would also read any other book by this author.  It is not often I read a book so full of history that does not at some point bore me.  This book kept me drawn in until the end.





The Meaning of  Life and Other Stuff – Jimmy Gownley
Publisher:  Atheneum
Pages:  160
Source:  Received a copy for review
Genre:  Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction

Product Description
Amelia McBride may be growing up, but she’s feeling down. If there’s one theme to her life, it’s that nothing lasts: not her parents’ marriage, not Aunt Tanner’s support, not the clubhouse for the Gathering of Awesome Super Pals (G.A.S.P.), not even her new spot on the stupid cheerleading squad. And while she’s learning all kinds of things about foot fungus, cheerwitches, and Reggie—who thinks Rhonda is CUTE?!—there’s still one thing Amelia can’t figure out, and that’s the meaning of life. It takes a grownup sort of tragedy for Amelia and her friends to realize that even when the world is scary, and life is as mystifying as ever, some things—like friendship—do last.
In Jimmy Gownley’s touching seventh installment of Amelia Rules!, Amelia may not find all the answers—but she does know how to ask the right questions. Who needs answers, anyway?

My Thoughts:
This is the seventh graphic novel in the Amelia Rules series.  This is a graphic series I would definitely recommend to my students.  They will definitely be able to identify with her.
Amelia is a typical middle schools student with the same typical problems as middle school students today.  Her parents are divorced, she has earned a reputation as a “bad kid”, and she faces how to help a friend whose father is serving in combat.  These are all realistic things that my middle school students face.  I’ve read these in e-book format and will definitely purchase these in physical form for my shelves.  Really nice graphic novel.  This is coming from someone who really doesn’t care for a lot of graphic novels.  This one I recommend.


Everneath – Brodi Ashton
Publisher:  Harper Collins
Pages:  384
Source:  Received an ARC from publisher for review
Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy

Description from Amazon:
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.
As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.


My Thoughts:
I immediately thought of school as I read this book.  We are currently teaching a unit on Greek mythology.  I have a student, who loves all things to do with Greek mythology.  This book will be passed on to her.  I know she will love this as much as I did.    This is a modern version of Persephone.  Nikki Beckett has just returned to her home town after being gone for half a year.  Rumors go around that she was involved in drugs.  That could not have been farther from the truth.
Nikki has actually been in the Everneath.  She is back among her people for only six months.  She is pursued by Cole from the Everneath and yet she is still in love with Jack.  Cole is an Everling and Nikki is what they called a Forfeit.  They capture a human and feed off of their energy for one hundred years.  Nikki survived the one hundred years.  She is  given six months to put her human life in order and then she must return to the Everneath.  If she doesn’t go back with Cole, where he wants to make her his queen, then she will be sent to the Tunnels.  She must decide which is worse, to be with Cole and feed off of other human’s energy while she has immortality, or to be stuck in the Tunnels where she will become part of what keeps everything running.  This was a refreshing take on mythology.  You expect one thing to happen and then you have that nice little twist.  I am looking forward to reading the second book when it comes out.  One last thought.  The cover of this book has probably been my favorite of all the books I have read this year.  It just truly popped out there in that red dress.  It was gorgeous.


Journey to Christmas Creek - Melinda Elmore
Publisher:  DWB Publishing
Pages:  50
Source:  Purchased
Genre:  Young Adult, Native American

On 10/04/2011 DWB Publishing author, Melinda Elmore lost her husband, Tommy, unexpectedly. She has a 13 yo daughter at home, and they had no insurance. Her book, Journey To Christmas Creek is a story Tommy told their children, and is being released by Dancing With Bear Publishing on 11/01/11. 100% of the royalties will go to the Elmore family to help them in this time of need. Please help promote this book and buy a copy. You will get a wonderful holiday, Native American, YA read and be helping out the family too.

My Thoughts:
This was such a wonderful story.  However it was another one that I had written up in a notebook and just came upon.   This is the story of bravery and stepping out on your own when you are not sure it is the right thing to do.  It is a story following your heart and being strong, and facing your fears.  The author's husband told this story to his children every year.  It is kind of a metaphor for Melinda's life now.  Follow Spotted Buffalo and his family as they must pack up in early 1800's and move to land where they can find buffalo and other things that wills sustain them.  They are not sure where they are to go.  When they make camp for the night Spotted Buffalo decides to go ahead so that he can impress his father by finding their new land.  His sister, Gentle Tears follows and he must take her with him.  Something happens and Gentle Tears must save her brother.  Read and find out what happens in this heart warming story.  

Links:  Melindaelmore.webs.com
www.dwbchildrensline.com


Shadows and Fire - Jennifer Fales
Publisher:  Outskirts Press, Inc.
Pages:  116
Source:  I received a review copy from the author
Genre:  

From Goodreads:
In the parallel world of the future, mankind has created its own worst enemy - a supernatural species of animal-human hybrids that exact a high toll in return for peace. Step into the dark, and occasionally funny, world of the domes where a brother and sister bridging the gap between these two species struggle to reunite with one another. Meet the menagerie of creatures that impact their lives and a man who would bring redemption, providing he doesn't get lost along the way. 

My Thoughts:
This was a unique book.  It was a little too short, leaving me wanting more.  I am glad that this is just the first book in this series.  The world building and character building are unique and wonderful.  A mixture of animal and humans have created a unique hybrid character.  The two twins were total opposites who obviously have a greater purpose once they are together.  The problem is we don't know yet what that purpose is.  I look forward to reading more from this author.

About the Author:
Jennifer Fales is an east coast girl transplanted to the west coast just shy of a decade ago  English is her native tongue, followed closely by sarcasm.  Her interests run the gamut from science to the supernatural, with a little kickboxing thrown in for good measure.  She currently lives in Corona California with her boyfriend.  This is her first novel.

Website:  jenniferfales.com