Friday, September 15, 2017

Review: Uncanny

Uncanny Uncanny by Sarah Fine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cora does not remember what happened the night her step sister fell down a flight of stairs and died. She knows that it might have been recorded by her Cerepin, but she is afraid that she may have been at fault. Cora’s step father hires an AI counselor to help her deal with her grief and hopefully assist her in recovering her lost memories. As she begins to remember snippets of her past and tries to work up the courage to watch the vid, Cora uncovers scary truths about herself and those around her.

Uncanny is a stand-alone science fiction story that is refreshingly different. What would the world be like if people were constantly recording events around them? Who could you trust? Fine has created a world that is filled with a variety of automatons and readers will enjoy the experience of exploring this different society. The storyline twists and turns as the pages almost turn themselves. Uncanny is a good escape with an unexpected conclusion.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Review: Doctor Who: Myths and Legends

Doctor Who: Myths and Legends Doctor Who: Myths and Legends by Richard Dinnick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time Lords have been an advanced culture for thousands of years and have the stories to show for it. Even though some tales have long been forgotten, many are still remembered and have become myths and legends. There are stories about other worlds, other cultures and, of course, their home world. These stories shed a light on this ancient civilization and give readers a deeper understanding about Time Lords. These myths and legends are not about the Doctor, yet readers may see his hand at work in some of the stories. Doctor Who: Myths and Legends is a fun read for all Doctor Who fans.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Review: Countess of Čachtice

Countess of Čachtice Countess of Čachtice by Sonia Halbach
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It has been three years since Maggie and Henry discovered the city of Poppel, but now the Foundling children of this underground city keep going missing and they need to work together to try and uncover the truth. Over two hundred years in the past, Lily is trying to find the immortality she lost and her path takes her into the lives of the Countess of Čachtice and her son. The Countess has her own youthful secrets and Lily just might fall prey to her life altering plans. Maggie and Lily might live centuries apart, but their lives are more connected than they could ever understand.

Countess of Čachtice is the second book in The Krampus Chronicles. The point of view is constantly changing and was confusing in parts. I had to intentionally slow down and make sure I knew which time period and which characters were in play. The book itself read quickly, so this slow down wasn’t much of a hindrance, more of an annoyance. Halbach has finished only a small portion of the story and most readers will end their time with this book wishing the next book was already out.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Review: If There's No Tomorrow

If There's No Tomorrow If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is the weekend before her senior year and Lena is ready. She wants to spend time with her friends, pick her college and hopefully let her best friend know that she wants to be more than friends. Then she makes a choice that changes everything and now she isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. How can Lena go on with her life after what happened? Would Sebastian be able to forgive her if he is told the truth?

If There’s No Tomorrow is a stand-alone novel that expresses a timely, yet tragic story. Lena is trying to deal with love, guilt and grief all at the same time, yet she doesn’t want to confide in her friends, just in case they would hate her afterward. Armentrout takes a very difficult situation and explores the actions and consequences that led to the tragedy. If There’s No Tomorrow is an outstanding novel that should be moved to the top of everyone’s TBR pile.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review: The Dire King

The Dire King The Dire King by William Ritter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jackaby and Abigail continue their fight against magical creatures and an evil king attempting a takeover. Even as the Dire King is wreaking havoc; these two continue to solve the mysteries that surround New Fiddleham. To top the story off, Abigail and Charlie are getting closer than ever before and Abigail’s friends think he is going to pop the question. Can this unusual team defeat the evil that is haunting their town?

The Dire King is the fourth and final book in the Jackaby series. With that being said, Ritter has left readers with an ending that will leave most readers wanting a spin off series. The adventure is high strung and will pull readers along the entire way. There is romance between Abigail and Charlie (and maybe Jackaby and Jenny), but it shouldn’t be enough to cause male readers to give up on the story. The Dire King is a great conclusion and should not be missed.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Review: Thin Places

Thin Places Thin Places by Lesley Choyce
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Declan is just an average teenage boy until he starts hearing the voice of a girl inside his head. He doesn’t believe she is a figment of his imagination, though. When he closes his eyes … he sees her. Through their conversations and visions she shares, he feels the need to go to Ireland and find her. Can Declan convince his parents to let him travel to his crazy Uncle Seamus? Will he discover the mystery behind this voice in his head?

Thin Places is a stand-alone novel in verse. The book is very short, even for its format, and most readers will finish it in about an hour. Choyce gives just enough background about Ireland’s history and mysteries to pull the reader in and gives them a reason to keep going. The “thin places” are a tantalizing idea that connects Declan to his family’s ancestral Ireland. Thin Places is a very quick read and it is also enjoyable.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: Black Light Express

Black Light Express Black Light Express by Philip Reeve
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Zen and Nova know what it is like to ride a train from one world to another, but now they have traveled through a gate that shouldn’t have been there and they can’t undo that action. Chandni has just finished a stint frozen in prison and is attempting to determine her place in a world torn apart by war. Their stories may be separate, yet they continually intersect as the Black Light Zone calls them.

Black Light Express is the second book in the Railhead series. Second books are always questionable because they usually are setting up a deeper storyline and this is no exception. Many readers will find the story a pleasant escape, yet others may prefer to wait until more books are written in order to have a fuller appreciation of where the tale will take them.

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