Blog Tour | Review | Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œPale Highway” by Nicholas Conley Β , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we? πŸ™‚Β 


Pale Highway

 

Title: Pale Highway
Author: Nicholas Conley
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publishing date: 20th October , 2015
Published by: Β Red Adept Publishing
Pages: 400

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

 


Summary:

Gabriel Schist is spending his remaining years at Bright New Day, a nursing home. He once won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. But now, he has Alzheimer’s, and his mind is slowly slipping away.

When one of the residents comes down with a horrific virus, Gabriel realizes that he is the only one who can find a cure. Encouraged by Victor, an odd stranger, he convinces the administrator to allow him to study the virus.Β  Soon, reality begins to shift, and Gabriel’s hallucinations interfere with his work.

As the death count mounts, Gabriel is in a race against the clock and his own mind. Can he find a cure before his brain deteriorates past the point of no return?


My Take:

What a book this is! ❀ Everything was so well presented: The story, setting, characters, twists, mystery, and even the dialogs that I couldn’t find anything that would stop me from giving it 5 stars. πŸ˜€

By now, you guys know how I love to share quotes that drew my attention but, well, you are going to get a lot of examples here. Some 15-16 sets of lines- that I wanted to include. After finishing the book did I realize that I have highlighted so much. You’ll see. πŸ˜›

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The explanation of immune system in this book is tremendous. Seeing Gabriel’s enthusiasm when he talked about the immune system was something that could boost people around him. But as that never happens in reality the same happened in the book. Apart from Father Gareth and Yvonne, no one appreciated him or even believed him for a long time. But then after facing a whole lot of problems he created a vaccine for AIDS- The Schist Vaccine but when he neared 70 years of age he suffered a stroke and was hit with Alzheimer’s which had him admitted in the Bright New Day nursing home. There he sees slugs who inform him that a new epidemic outbreak is on the brink but Gabriel shrugs the event as a result of his degenerating brain disease.

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Then, when the slug’s warning turns out to be the reality. Gabriel starts his investigation of the new Black Virus and then agrees to meet the slugs’ leader, Michael.

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Victor, who is the death, motivates Gabriel when he starts losing faith in himself. I think, what he says applies to all the situations in real life.Screenshot_2015-11-30-21-26-49-1

He figures out what the Black Virus is, what causes it and creates a vaccine which is more of a poison for it.Β Screenshot_2015-11-30-21-28-25-1
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In the end, the climax actually, Gabriel makes a deal with the Schistling, the Black Virus. Every line in the book was worth reading. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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This book is Gabriel’s race against time. He has to find a cure for the virus before all his faculties leave him entirely. The novel switches swiftly from the flashbacks from the past to the situations in the present, giving more insight in Gabriel’s life.

The main concept of the immune system rebelling against the human intervention in making it stronger is interesting enough but the book covered a lot of real life aspects. I love a book that doesn’t ignore these little things in our life that hold a lot of significance in the pretense of telling a story. Here are the examples of problems that usually a human faces-

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Gabriel explaining his reason for drinking

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Gabriel explaining how him being an alcoholic helped him fit in

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Yvonne and Gabriel trying to save their marriage for the last timeΒ 

 

 

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The inner turmoil Gabriel faced while Yvonne threatened to leave

 

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel’s anger with God

 

 

 

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“Childless parents of parentless children” People living in nursing homes

 

 

 

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…on getting old

 

 

 

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Some of us might relate to this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel claims this in the start but in the end all he wants is to die

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Why would I pick it up?

The writing style is engaging at its best and the story itself is too good to pass. πŸ˜€


Author’s Bio:

Nicholas ConleyOriginally from California, Nicholas Conley has currently made his home in the colder temperatures of New Hampshire. He considers himself to be a uniquely alien creature with mysterious literary ambitions, a passion for fiction, and a whole slew of terrific stories he’d like to share with others.

When not busy writing, Nicholas is an obsessive reader, a truth seeker, a sarcastic idealist, a traveler, and β€” like many writers β€” a coffee addict.

Meet the author: |Β WebsiteΒ |Β TwitterΒ |Β FacebookΒ |Β 

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Blog Tour | Review | In Light of the Blood Giant by A.D. Fosse

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œIn Light of the Blood Giant” by A.D. Fosse, hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

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Title: In Light of the Blood Giant
Author: A.D. Fosse
Genre: Animal Fantasy, Science Fiction, Distopian, Apocalyptic
Publishing date: October, 2015
Published by: Superluminal Press
Pages: 383

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 


 

Summary:

A. D. Fosse delivers a darkly different futurist fantasy. Offbeat, subversive, and richly grotesque. The apocalypse just got weird…

Long after the death of humankind came the Hive. Then rose the Blood Giant bringing chaos and the end. Now the Earth is done and all that remains are the discontinued: those the Hive deemed unworthy of evacuation.

Dusk is addled and abandoned. His only concern now is deciding how best to die. The only thing he knows for certain: he ain’t gonna be sober when extinction finally takes him. Yet hope hides in the strangest of places. And soon Dusk finds himself responsible for more than simply his own destiny.

Great. Another thing to love and lose.


 

My Take:

The cover’s what got my attention first. Animated covers are usually eye-catchers and this one wasn’t any different. πŸ™‚

I admit that I had difficulty getting into the book. In the first 5% I wasn’t sure that I was going to like the book but as the book progressed my opinion changed. I am glad that I did not put it off or I would have missed a good story.

This book is very different from what we are used to as science fiction, distopian, fantasy but in a good way. The writing style is very different and refreshing. It isn’t a easy read, mind you. You need to pay attention to get into it and it is worth it. πŸ™‚

The way the story went for me is what kept me going on, from fast, shortly linked, less descriptive to more descriptive, emotional, well-thought of characters.

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Blood Giants are the race of evolved rats at the end of the time. Dusk, the main character, is a drug addicted rodent who seems determined on saving an innocent life. Which is oddly very moving and emotional. It feels like guilt turning into love.

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I liked the book mostly because of how differently it was written and you don’t read everyday about a rodent’s emotions and struggles, do you? πŸ˜›


 

Why would I pick it up?

For the strange story and weird settings. πŸ˜‰


 

Author’s Bio:

PictureA. D. Fosse is a physicist and science communicator from the East Midlands of England. His brain is rarely elevated more than five feet and eight inches from terra firma, though his thoughts are wafting somewhere in the clouds. He is younger than some and older than others. His first novel “In Light of the Blood Giant,” continues to be elusive to read whilst driving.

Meet the author: |Β TwitterΒ |Β GoodreadsΒ |Β 

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Review | Eden Green by Fiona van Dahl

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Title: Eden Green
Author: Fiona van Dahl
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Thrillers
Publishing date: 31st July , 2015
Pages: 242

My Rating: 4/5 stars Β 

 

 

*e-copy received Β in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

In a single drop of contaminated blood, there writhe millions of needle-shaped cells. When introduced to a host, they spread β€” healing wounds, replenishing fluids, patching bone. The host becomes unstoppable; even complete destruction of its brain isn’t necessarily the end. All their cells are gradually replaced, enhanced.

Eden Green is the third human to see the needles in action, after her best friend Veronica accepts them without thinking. Patient Zero is Tedrin, a shady manipulator who offers the corruption as a path to immortality. Only Eden, a rationalist by nature, questions Tedrin’s motives; she can’t help imagining an eternity as a human weapon trapped in a body made of needles.

Armed with reason, humor, and a shotgun, she sets out to learn as much as she can about the parasite β€” and how to save her sanity, Veronica, and the world.


 

My Take:

This is like none of the science fictions I have read. Yes, it revolves around extraterrestrial creatures or another dimension, yes, it has a group of 3 fighting them off, yes, they have to hide their kind-of superpowers but it is presented in a fresh prospect.

Eden Green, the protagonist is smart, quirky, rational, and humorous who carries a shotgun with her because her best friend, Veronica, has a tendency for inviting trouble. The story opens up with Eden going to visit Veronica after she has been in some sort of accident. What she discovers is the base for the whole book. Veronica can now punch holes in metal with her arms, legs, and well, her whole body and some weird needle things mend the broken flesh and bones. She watches Veronica in awe, unable to process what was going on.

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Tedrin enters the scene, he explains that Veronica died trying to fight some creature and Tedrin saved her by inducing his blood in Veronica’s blood.

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Eden is the third person to have needles in her body. Even a complete brain-destruction cannot kill them. They come up with all kinds of theory for the immortality and the way Eden was killed and forced to accept it.

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Till the end I wanted to like Tedrin and I did too but I couldn’t trust him. Eden felt the same, as you can see her prayer is the above picture. πŸ˜› It was just that Eden’s point of view was very logical. Tedrin was manipulative and Veronica being emotionally weak wasn’t too smart to understand and Eden’s rationality kept her sane.

She went exploring another dimension in search for answers, followed by Tedrin and then Veronica and finally made a decision for all three of them. A decision that would kill all those needle made animals, kill them, and save our earth.

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What they find, their equation with each other, their theories, their worries are all worth reading. Along with the fictitious world, the book shows the love and care of true friendship. πŸ˜€ The writing is addictive, I read it one sitting.


Why would I pick it up?
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The humorous nature of Eden alongside her intelligence makes it a fun read. πŸ˜€

ARC Review | Die Again Tomorrow by Kira Peikoff

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Title: Die Again Tomorrow
Author: Kira Peikoff
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Literature/ Fiction
Publishing date: 29th September , 2015
Published by: Pinnacle
Pages: 320

My Rating: 5/5 stars Β 

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Isabel Leon, the star of a survival reality show, thinks she can endure anything. But when she unwittingly gives an unscrupulous mogul a chance to profit from her murder, she becomes the target of a terrifying killer who makes nature seem tame by comparison.

At first left for dead, she is rescued by a medical research team that operates outside the law.Β  She awakens to find she’s the living proof of a breakthrough that can change the world. Some people would pay any price to control it. Others would simply steal the secret–even if it costs Isabel’s life.Β As powerful rivals pursue her, Isabel must risk everything to protect those she loves–or die again tomorrow.


My Take:

Fabulous! That’s what the book is. πŸ˜€ It’s a piece of work, really! πŸ˜€ I loved it! ❀

I have always been in awe with the things that science can do and science fictions take it to another level of WOW! πŸ˜‰

To start with how I felt about this book, it has all the aspects to be a bestseller. The writing is nice, the story flow is up to the point, no unnecessary hitches, and the character development is brilliant. The way the protagonist comes to see life in the end is how I have always liked my characters to grow. The other characters too show positive changes.

Isn’t the title and the synopsis intriguing? πŸ˜€ I think I made a good decision picking this book up and man, it was really worth my time.

The book focuses on two different things and ties them off in the end. One is the Life Insurance Sale (which I had no idea of) another is a formula that helps slow the death of brain cells eventually bringing a person back from death. Both the aspects held on to my curiosity throughout the book.

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These snipets are regarding the process of using the chemical X101 on a dead person (I won’t tell who, well, it’s the opening of the book but hell, I wouldn’t be spoiling it for you. πŸ˜› )

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I mean how can you not be drawn in when people come back from being dead to bring on justice.

 

 

I think where seriousness is in full swing, the humor lurks to keep things sane. With all the bringing the deal people back business, people couldn’t help make death related jokes. I don’t blame them. πŸ˜› Β 
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I kind of didn’t highlight some more or forgot to take snapshots of them, anyways there are more humorous stuff like this one. πŸ˜› Β 

 

 

 

Some of the philosophical stuff that I adore in my books. It comes with the character development and that’s what makes the deal a fair deal for me. πŸ˜‰

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This is kindof how it all ends, just to keep your interests piqued and to tell you why I think there might be a sequel on its way. πŸ˜€ I can’t wait for it. πŸ˜‰

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I might have gone overboard with the snapshots this time but seriously guys, if I could, I would have just handed you all the books. πŸ˜€


 

Why would I pick it up?

A good science fiction is really good to keep our brains in awe to the powers of science and to the dangers it brings with all the wonderful things. πŸ™‚