Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Book Review: Titanium: Terra

TITANIUM: TerraTITANIUM: Terra by Terrence Carling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mickey and Fran have just been released from their 90 day simulator, and tempers are running a little thin after being cooped up with no one else for that long. Have they ruined their chances for a longer stay on the international space station, maybe even a Mars mission?


Set in the 21st century where NASA is struggling against those who think that resources would be better allocated to shore up the existing industrial structure on Earth, author Terrence Carling sets up a sci fi tale that has a fair amount of reality behind it. The writing style is terse and to the point, much like the scientists, and I actually would have enjoyed a little more drawn out story. However it is an undeniably well researched story and it does leave you wanting more and hoping to jump to the next book in a hurry. It seems like it could be a great sci fi series!


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Review: Afterlife

Afterlife (Second Eden Saga, #1)Afterlife by Aaron Burdett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amber Blackwood has tried to put her past behind her, but the anniversary of her brother’s death always puts her in a foul mood. Especially this year, when all of her family members have left her alone with her grief. She thinks she might be crazy when she hears Toby calling her, but when she finds the present he left her - 10 years after he died - and she is chased into Afterlife by a horrifying masked man, she knows she must find him to save herself.

Afterlife starts with a somewhat typical high school girl sucked into a dark, paranormal world that resembles purgatory, but ends up spanning more dimensions than the murky space between heaven and hell. I found this to be a fascinating and fast paced read, with a not totally shocking twist at the end but a good one nonetheless. I really enjoyed the interplay between the realms of the living and the dead, and found myself following the spiritual politics easier than I thought it would be. For anyone that enjoys paranormal thrillers this one is a must read.


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Friday, November 4, 2016

Book Review: Wracked

Wracked (Saga of Ukumog #1)Wracked by Louis Puster III
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s hard to sort things out when you wake up with a mouth full of dirt, and quickly ascertain it’s from your own grave. Fortunately someone fills him in on his name, but why is Wrack here, exactly, and more importantly, who is he? How did he come by the strange powers he has, and will he ever be sure if he is a good guy or a bad guy?

Wracked is the first in the Saga of Ukumog and leaves you with far more questions than answers - which is excellent for setting up a sequel, obviously. It is a dark fantasy with characters who both are on a quest and finding their own talents, set in a somewhat ambiguous political climate where dark lords are constantly fighting each other. I really appreciated that the main character is not your typical “knight in shining armor” hero type, but clearly has his own history and back issues that point to some pretty dark deeds he seems to be escaping. While I found the beginning writing to be a bit clunky, particularly with incorporation of flashbacks that didn’t provide a whole lot of inspiration, it really picked up towards the middle and end to where I was reading and didn’t want to put it down. Hopefully that pace and trend continues in the sequel.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Book Review: End of Eternity +Goodreads Contest!

End of Eternity (End of Eternity, #1)End of Eternity by Loretta Lost
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Walking in on your husband’s lifeless, post suicide body swaying in the breeze of the open door is bad enough, but pregnant Carmen now has to deal with both the funeral and her sister’s car accident on the same day - as well as take care of her father while he deals with her sister’s crash as well. Can she navigate the stress as well as the obvious attempts of the men in her life to soothe a grieving widow?

I was intrigued by the idea of an inner monologue for someone experiencing life that included suicide, pregnancy and potential fatal car crash of someone she loved, but quickly found myself disenchanted with Carmen’s character. I honestly thought she was well written and well developed, just not someone I could relate to, personally. While I could not predict how I would react in the same circumstance, I just had a hard time processing the obvious lust and inappropriate relations with what seemed like any man who wasn’t related to her. Still, it was a very involving story and I found myself hoping for the best for the character and her baby, even if I knew we could never be BFFs in real life.


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book Review: Spinner

SpinnerSpinner by Michael J. Bowler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alex has a secret hiding behind his reputation as the wheelchair kid in special ed. He has always been able to “spin” people. His current foster mom is exploiting that, and he is determined not to let her get in the way of his friendships with the other special ed kids in his class. But when their beloved teacher gets murdered, just the way Alex saw it in his dream, he realizes that the people after him may exploit him far more than his foster mother ever dreamed.

Spinner is a paranormal story told from a special ed kid’s perspective, which does make it somewhat unique. I live the SpEd mom life, and I love seeing disabled children portrayed as heroes rather than useless. I also work in adoption, and enjoyed seeing that play a part in the story as well. Overall the story was a refreshing take on a relatively formulaic story - gates of hell have been unleashed and an unlikely band of misfit heroes must save the day - and the depth humanity imbued in the characters definitely tugs at the heartstrings. There is violence and language in this book, as well as graphic paranormal activity. Still a good read for those who enjoy rooting for the underdog.


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Monday, October 17, 2016

Book Review: The Syndicate

The Syndicate: Operation Valiant ExodusThe Syndicate: Operation Valiant Exodus by E. Clay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clay is devastated that his wife is leaving him, especially now that it looks like his father is dying. On top of that, race relations in his small town of Blythe, TX, are simmering after the recent riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, and they have never been particularly progressive to begin with. When the local police chief starts to actually notice race issues because his son is caught up in the national events, will things change?

The Syndicate is a story of race, starting in the 60s with a black preacher in a mostly white town, all the way through today. It imagines a not so unlikely future and weaves a story of conspiracy and drama centered on this unlikely Texas small town. I really enjoyed the realistic set and dialogue, although I think I would have liked to delve more into the inner workings and backstory of the actual conspiracy story, or perhaps more of an explanation of the parties involved. I thought the actual crime drama took a backseat to the story of Clay, and I would have liked to see more of it. However it was still a good read, and very interesting for anyone wondering what race relations might look like in the near future.


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Book Review: Syphon

Syphon: Guardians of the Fractured RealmsSyphon: Guardians of the Fractured Realms by Chad Kunego
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Samuel - or at least that’s what they tell him his name is - wakes up in a hospital with a fantastic headache and a mysterious vambrace as the only indicator of who he might be. The two detectives assigned to his case are trying to help him figure it out, but when he mysteriously disappears - apparently surviving a toss 15 stories down - they are pretty sure there is something wildly out of the ordinary about to surface. They have no idea that could include the destruction of the world as they know it.

Syphon is a paranormal urban fantasy, that brings in some interesting historical and theological elements. I enjoyed the storyline although the memory loss was a bit overdone for someone of the power level of the main character, and there was a need for some more in depth editing (I started to think I should make a drinking game out of the typo “cloths” for “clothes.”) However the plot was interesting and I’d like to see it fleshed out in trilogy or series just because I enjoyed the paranormal interplay between the physical and metaphysical. Looking forward to seeing more!


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