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The Lost Heir

(Dragonath Chronicles #1.) By: Andi O’Connor. Format: Paperback. Read: January 2014.

Darrak Hunter is just your typical college student that strives for perfection in every aspect of his life, except for taking the time to clean his room. However life as he knows it, changes suddenly when he starts having dreams of a town with a purple sun. As the characters from his dreams become reality, he is whisked away to the planet of Dragonath, where he learns he is the true heir to the world. Darrak and his new friends must risk their lives in order to save their planets.

The Lost Heir provides a thrilling and intriguing start to the Dragonath Chronicles. Readers will be quickly swept up in the race to save Earth and Dragonath. The author describes the planet and sky in vivid detail. The characters each face their own challenges, while growing individually and as a group.  The pace of the plot is slow at times, due to the explanations which set-up the premise for the whole series, while the characters appear to accept their circumstances a bit too quickly sometimes. Overall this novel is a must read for fans of the fantasy/sci-fi genre.

This book is an easy, fun read. The flow leans towards a young adult book, but it is definitely enjoyable by readers of all ages. I am very excited and anxious to see what happens next with Darrak and his entourage.
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

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The author of this book provided a copy for me to review. To learn more about this book and her work, please visit her website.

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Other Systems

By: Elizabeth Guizetti. Format: eBook. Read: January 2014.

Abby Boyd Lei and her siblings, Jin and Orchid, are given the opportunity to leave Earth and take up studies on the planet Kipos. It is a dream come true for Abby, who has dreamed of a world outside of her own. Unfortunately for her, this dream trip comes at a high cost, when she is separated from her family and sold to breed with a rich Kiposi. Cole Alekos is captain of his ship of explorers and is raising his three children. His family and team are in charge of finding a suitable planet to live on, otherwise there culture will be lost for good. Harden and Helen are piloting a ship, when a runaway, Abby. finds them and pleads for their help.

Elizabeth Guizetti builds an intense world in this sci-fi novel. The planets and space travel is filled with so many details that readers will feel as though they are with Abby in her billet. This book covers more mature topics of rape, population explosions, and the meaning of family. The more emotional, “human” scenes are glossed over, so readers don’t experience too many gruesome details, but at times this may cause readers to feel as though they missed something. The points-of-view rotate between Cole and Abby, despite the fact that they hardly interact. The last thirty percent of this book is thrilling and readers will not be able to put the book down, at that point.

Sci-fi is not a subject that I read too often. My head tends to have trouble keeping up with light-years and aging times in space. I was grateful that this book had chapters that marked the year and kept reminding me of how old each character is, during that time. Abby is a complex character, who on Earth is ready for adulthood, seems to welcome a “new” childhood in space. There were a few minor grammatical errors, but they weren’t overwhelming to the storyline. The plot is a bit slow for the majority of the book, especially since the two main storylines don’t combine until a third of the through. I kept waiting for something more to happen, but around the seventy-percent mark, I couldn’t put the book down. (I stayed up until 2am finishing the book and wanted to know more about Abby and the Alekos family after I was finished.)

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Notes:

A copy of this book was provided by the author for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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Dark Before Dawn

By: Stacy Juba. Format: ebook. Read: September 2013.

Dawn Christian has moved to a new town, now that her mother has gotten married. Dawn has never felt normal, but it is the first day of school and she has a very, bad feeling; the type of feeling that her mother never wants to discuss. Knowing that she never stands a chance of fitting in, she is shocked when she makes friends with a girl who claims to understand all about those psychic feelings. One trip to the town’s fortuneteller turns into daily after school lessons, with her new friend and another girl who hopes to connect with her sixth sense. Dawn continues her lessons, despite her inner voice warning her of evil, but when people start turning up dead, Dawn can no longer ignore the voice. Will she listen or will she stand by her new friends?

Stacy Juba takes on the world of teenage girls and the paranormal in this book. Readers will easily gobble up this book in one sitting. Readers will be able to relate to not only Dawn in her new setting, just trying to fit in, but to also some of the minor characters as well as they play their roles in her new high school/home. This book does have paranormal aspects, but it is the emotional journey that Dawn is on, is what will compel readers to keep reading until the very end. Dark Before Dawn covers many genres marvelously.
Out of the three mystery books that I have read by Stacy Juba, this is the only one where I was right about the ending. Even though I knew what was going to happen, I still jumped and I was still excited to read right up to the very last word. I even turned the page, just to make sure that this book was really ending that way. Paranormal fans/Mystery fans/Young Adult fans will all be united on this excellent teenage witchy tale.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy for me to review. To learn more about this author and her works, please visit her website.

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Procythian Reign

By: T. Allen Diaz. Format: eBook. Read: June 2013.

Laura Clabar’s turns upside down, while on her date with Peter. All the luxuries of the life she is used to fade away as she faces the down-trodden side of the Procyon System. She has to chose whether to follow along with her uncle’s power and position or work with the quick-tempered Eric Philips to save humanity. Her uncle, Louis Clabar’s position and her planet are at risk and it is up to her to save the day.

Within the first few pages, Procythain Reign gives readers an action packed ride. This book provides a unique take on a planet with two extreme class societies, as well as the issue of justifying one’s reactions. The vivid details in this book will overwhelm the readers’ senses, but due to some these details and language, it is recommended for mature audiences. Diaz provides smooth writing to make this book a quick and easy read. Science Fiction fans should definitely read this book.

As I said, this book was easy to read and it kept me guessing until the end. The action was superb, and I enjoyed the author’s take on the ‘extreme’ society. Any book that has me questioning ‘what-if’, is a great book! I am highly looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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The Scrolls of Xavier

By: John Ashley. Format: eBook. Read: June 2013.

Set in 2067, Captain Michael Dawn has been assigned an international troop for his next assignment. The next assignment is a deadly, top-secret mission, he and his team must scour the planet Xavier for the five ancient scrolls. Each of the scrolls are hidden deep in the territories that belong to five of the deadliest tribes in Xavier. As if this wasn’t enough for Captain Dawn to handle, one of his team members is the very attractive, Ashley Collins and he must decide whether he will risk his career in order to pursue a relationship with agent Collins.

From the start of the Prologue, this story entwines the reader in a fast-paced adventure. The Scrolls of Xavier gives readers a taste of what military life would be like on another planet. Though the story is gripping and intriguing, it is a very easy read. The ease of the writing makes it appear as a young adult book, but the graphic details and brutal scenes call for a more mature audience. There were a few diction errors, but they did not detract from the storyline.

I would recommend this book for fans of the Science Fiction genre, since it provides a unique twist on saving Earth.

What are some of your favorite Earth-saving science fiction books?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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eMag Review #2

Hi Everyone,

You might see the title of this and think, wait… Where was eMag number 1 posted? Well… I am sad to say I cannot share eMag review #1 just yet, because… it will be published in the magazine. I will be able to share a portion of that review later next month.

In the meantime, here is review #2.

Enjoy,
~Ariesgrl

The Warrior Prince
By: Nancy J. Cohen.

The Warrior Prince, the first in a series, comes across as a combination of stories. It starts out in the science-fiction realm, with a group of men from another planet trying to rid Earth of the bad guys from a very different planet. About halfway through, the story takes a leap into the ancient tales from Norse Mythology as the characters repeat ancient quests and reacquaint themselves with the Norse Gods.

This combination has potential to work well in a story. However, readers will have a hard time following along, especially when the main ‘alien’ characters’ dialects keep switching back and forth between their home country and the current Earth setting. Nira Larson and Zohar Thorald each have redeeming qualities of inner strength and humility that readers will be able to relate to and appreciate.

I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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The Goddess’s Choice

By: Jamie Marchant. Kronicles of Korthlundia #1. Format: eBook. Read: April 2013.

Robbie is the family outcast, he is treated worse than the hired hands and the whole town shuns him. Even though everyone feels he is a demon sent to curse them all, he is the first one they call upon to heal their animals. Robbie has a special magical talent for understanding animals and plants, but unfortunately he has been raised to be ashamed of his abilities. Princess Samantha is heir to the thrown and yet she fears she has gone mad. She sees varying shades of color around everyone and she knows this is not normal. Too afraid to discuss it with her father, since the King who is busy trying to find a worthy suitor, Princess Samantha is forced to research her illness. When she discovers the truth behind her abilities, it could equal the demise of her family and a civil war for her nation. Will these two opposites find a way to unite and save the nation or will their unique talents cost them each their lives?

This story is captivating and thrilling. Readers will be hooked from the very first page. Jamie Marchant does an excellent job of portraying human qualities that will overwhelm readers’ emotions. Robbie is a wonderful, humble, young man that has been treated like dirt by his father and yet he finds the strength within to stand up for himself. While Princess Samantha is a strong, powerful, young woman who has to make some difficult morale decisions that will affect everyone’s life. Readers will find themselves connected to each character and rooting for them to survive. With evil characters lurking around and family truths constantly being revealed, this is perfect read for adults wanting a more modern, grown-up fairy tale. In the end, readers will only be disappointed by the fact that book two is not yet available.

I loved this book! I was also very frustrated when I couldn’t read it for a few days when my Nook was unavailable, but I found myself dreaming of the scenes and how I hoped it would end. I found myself wrapped up in this story and caught myself telling the characters what not to do. (They didn’t listen.) I highly recommend this book for fans of the fantasy genre.

So tell me, if you could have one power which would you choose… the ability to heal others or the ability to see people’s auras?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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Continuum: Fables of the Fallen

By: Kathleen Gulo, R. C. Erickson, Gregory J. Downs, Alexander Pyles, Nathan Slemp, Jacob Baugher Format: eBook. Read: March 2013.

This is a science fiction anthology written by six college writers and this is the first in the series. Lost legends, space life and fallen heroes are explored further in each of the six short stories.

This book is a fantastic science fiction read. Each story is told from a different point of view, set in different aspects of time and space, yet each story is connected in the inner demons and trials of the main characters. There are a few grammar errors in a couple of the stories, but the rest of the short stories demonstrate excellent writing. Several of the stories end with cliff-hangers that will leave readers desperate to continue the series. Each of these writers have a gift for writing science fiction tales and each of them will have new fans from the readers of this book. A must read for all science fiction fans.

I enjoyed reading this anthology. I liked getting a taste of each of the talented writers’ styles, however I am disappointed that these stories ended so quickly. I hope that these tales are picked up in the next anthology or at least they are prequels to novels. Do you like to read anthologies by multiple authors or just a single author?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note: A copy of this book was provided for me to review. To learn more about this book and the authors, please visit their website.

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The Beast of Macon Hollow

By: T. C. Harrelson Format: eBook. Read: February 2013.

Will Shepard is a fifteen year old boy who has just lost his mother to gang violence. His father has decided to move Will and his sister, Liz, to Macon Hollow and into their ancestral home that was left to them by Will’s great-aunt Eleanor. Strange things begin to happen as rumors start spreading about strangers in town and that the Beast has risen again. The Beast seems to be linked to the history of the town, but very few can explain exactly what it is. The Beast strikes terror and fear in nearly every town member, but the leader of the town, Mr. Howard Macon is insistent that the Beast is not real. As people begin to disappear, Will begins to have nightmares that show those people being killed. Through the help of his sister and his neighbors, Cate, Marty and Annie, Will realizes his destiny brought him here to Macon Hollow to destroy the Beast and save the town’s residents. But will it be too late?

Good and love battle evil and hate in a typical teenage world filled with bullies and school. T. C. Harrelson has done a superb job with this young adult paranormal thriller book. The intrigue and suspense builds as the readers’ eyes try to keep up the action. Harrelson creates a good representation of his readers in his cast of characters. Readers will feel like they are friends with Will, Cate, Marty, Liz, Annie and Possum. The ending sets up the possibility for several more books, which readers will be desperate to read.   Excellent writing and story-telling make this a must-read for fans of young adult science fiction novels.

I loved this book! My heart was racing wildly as I neared the end and even though I could guess a few events, most of what happened still surprised me. I enjoyed the suspense and the action. The story was amazing and the writing was excellent. I hope that Will Shepard’s next adventure will be released soon. I highly recommend this story. Are you a fan of young adult science fiction books? What is your favorite book from this genre?

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

 

Note: A copy of this book was provided for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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The Eye-Dancers

By: Michael S. Fedison Format: eBook. Read: February 2013.

 

Mitchell Brant, Joe Marma and Ryan Swinton are three very different boys who just finished sixth grade and are ready to start their summer vacation. Unfortunately for them, they each have been having a terrifying nightmare about a young ghost-like girl. After the third nightmare in a row, they meet up and learn that they have been having the same nightmare! With the help of the class genius, Marc Kuslanski, they hold a sleepover to find a way to solve their dreams. While they are sleeping, Marc watches over them and slowly the four boys begin to disappear, only to land in a strange new world. The cars and technology seem ancient, the town seems familiar, but the posters around town are real and frightening. A young girl has been kidnapped and is missing, except she is the same girl from Mitchell’s, Joe’s and Ryan’s dreams. Will the four boys be able to set aside their differences and rescue this young girl, while figuring out a way to get back to their reality?

 

Fedison has created a world filled with relatable characters that are transported into a fascinating world filled with new possibilities. Each of these boys demonstrates a strength and weakness, while each crave something that is missing from their home life. Once they are transported into this new world, they are filled with the dilemmas that face every child as they begin to mature. Learning how to accept themselves and others while learning how to do the right thing, makes this book an intriguing coming of age story. Young adults, especially boys, will enjoy this action packed adventure story filled with comic book references.

 

I enjoyed this young adult sci-fi book. Any book that can mix quantum mechanics and comic books in a spooky adventure setting is quite a treat. The fact that each boy faces troubles whether it is being an only child, or being too short or having his parents fight all the time, will give readers something to relate too. This was a fascinating story and I look forward to reading more from Michael S. Fedison in the future.

 

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

 

Note: The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about him and this book, please visit his website.

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