Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: Fatal Throne

Fatal Throne Fatal Throne by Candace Fleming
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Most readers who enjoy historical fiction will dabble at some point in the Tudor legacy. There are too many intriguing stories that surround these people, especially King Henry VIII and his six wives. Candace Fleming along with six other authors contribute to the stories of these royals. Fatal Throne is a young adult attempt at portraying these stories and would be a good introduction to these fateful tales. Readers will learn about Anne Boleyn and the other wives, while also getting some insights into what Henry himself may have been feeling. I will tell readers that this book portrays everyone in a positive light. If readers have never read about these women, they may feel that they were all wronged by Henry. The truth of the matter is we can never really know what happened. Fatal Throne will be enjoyed by most historical fiction fans.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Review: Surface Tension

Surface Tension Surface Tension by Mike Mullin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jake wakes up in the hospital and doesn’t remember how he got there. He remembers going on a bike ride to train for a race and then the hospital. Apparently, he must have witnessed something because soon after waking up a girl comes to his hospital room and tries to kill him. When that doesn’t work, two more men attempt to take him out of the equation. No one believes Jake that someone is trying to kill him, except his girlfriend. Will Jake survive these professional killers? Will Jake remember what he saw?

Surface Tension is an action filled story about domestic terrorism and how it could happen in your home town. Mullin has taken a topic that we usually relate to big cities and foreign countries and spins it into small town USA. This is a stand-alone novel that isn’t very long, so readers will be able to enjoy the complete story without needing to devote a lot of reading time (or waiting time between novels). Surface Tension will please readers of all genders and is appropriate for even the youngest young adult reader.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Review: Infinity's Illusion

Infinity's Illusion Infinity's Illusion by Richard Farr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Daniel and his sister Morag have survived their meeting with the Architects, but their life is nowhere near to settled down. They have recently been attacked by an unknown group and must use their ancient mathematics to discover a way out. Will the Anabasis truly unleash what the Babel myth predicted? Will the human race survive what the Architects put in place?

Infinity’s Illusion is the final book in The Babel Trilogy. Readers truly must read the first two books in order to fully understand this mathematically and linguistically complex tale. I am satisfied with how the story concluded and am also glad that Farr did not take the story further. This trilogy was the right length to unravel many myths and legends, while still taking the reader on a literary adventure. Infinity’s Illusion is a good ending to the trilogy, yet the series will appeal to a limited sci-fi group of readers.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Review: In Her Skin

In Her Skin In Her Skin by Kim Savage
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jo Chastain has been taught from an early age to con the people around her. She has been on her own since her mother died and is about to run the biggest con of her life. She is going to impersonate a missing girl with the hopes of taking advantage of the rich family. What Jo discovers is that everyone has secrets and it is possible that Vivi wasn’t taken, but was murdered. Is Jo safe in this home or is she destined to go missing?

In Her Skin is a quick mystery with some teen drama thrown in. Savage has created a storyline that builds smoothly, but then stalls out toward the end. Overall the characters are enjoyable and the book finishes easily, yet the ending was not very satisfying. This would make a good read if you are looking for a quick diversion from some of the longer young adult novels or never ending series.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: Wonderblood: A Novel

Wonderblood: A Novel Wonderblood: A Novel by Julia Whicker
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The United States has been ravaged by a disease called Bent Head that has decimated millions. Over the years, the survivors have started worshiping NASA’s former space shuttles and their Mecca is Cape Canaveral. There are many prophecies that appear to be coming true and science is no longer accepted because everyone believes in magic, including human sacrifices. One prophecy appears to be about a young girl who is now being forced to marry and become a queen. Unfortunately, there are other queens who aren’t willing to give up power and they won’t go away quietly.

Wonderblood appears to be a stand-alone novel, which is a good thing. The larger story had the promise of something different, but the side stories that were used were ridiculous and not captivating. I kept waiting for the story to pull out of its funk and make me love it, but it never happened. This is Whicker’s debut novel, so I feel I should give some grace, but I also can’t recommend this book to any of my readers. I will give her another try, as long as it is not part of this storyline.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Review: I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Way I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At first, Freya thought she had strained her voice, but now that it has been three weeks and she still can’t sing, she begins to worry. Harun can’t face the future before him and is determined to run far away from the love of his life. Nathaniel feels he has nothing left to lose and has used his last dollars to come to New York City. Through a chance encounter these three teens are thrown together and as they begin to learn the secrets each is carrying, they also begin to help each other heal. What truths will these strangers learn about themselves and those around them?

I Have Lost My Way is a stand-alone novel full of heart and emotion. The story is told through the eyes of these three varied characters, yet readers will not have trouble following along. Forman has crafted a beautiful story that readers will easily relate to and since the page count is not very large, most readers will finish it quickly (possible in a couple of days). I Have Lost My Way should be added to every reader’s TBR list if they like young adult realistic fiction.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Review: Tiger's Dream

Tiger's Dream Tiger's Dream by Colleen Houck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kishan has chosen to stay behind and serve the goddess Durga. She is beautiful and annoying at the same time. His situation is made even tougher by the fact that he knows the girl he loves is with his brother. After the shaman Phet informs Kishan that Kelsey is in need of his help, he goes full steam ahead and doesn’t realize the consequences until time begins to unravel. What will Kishan need to sacrifice in order to put things right? Is there a sacrifice that he is not willing to make?

Tiger’s Dream is the fifth and final book in The Tiger Saga. It has been nearly six years since the release of Tiger’s Destiny, yet Houck has created a story that not only refreshes the reader’s knowledge of the past events but actually revisits many of them. I will admit that toward the middle I felt like it was dragging in spots, but once my mind fully wrapped around the time warping aspect of the goddess and her tiger, I was able to relax and enjoy these events. Tiger’s Dream is a beautiful ending to an epic story.

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