Review | Split the Sun by Tessa Elwood

Split the Sun (Inherit the Stars #2)

Title: Split the Sun
Series: Inherit the Stars (Book 2)
Author: Tessa Elwood
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Running Press

Publishing date: 6th December, 2016
Pages: 288

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

The Ruling Lord of the House of Galton is dead, and the nation is in shock—or celebrating, depending on the district. Kit Franks would be more than happy to join him.

Kit’s mother bombed the digital core of the House, killing several and upending the nation’s information structure. No one wants the daughter of a terrorist. Kit lost her job, her aunt wants her evicted, her father is using her as a shield against a drug lord, a group of political rebels need Kit to ignite an interplanetary war, and the boy two floors down keeps jacking up her suicide attempts—as if she has a life worth saving.

When Mom-the-terrorist starts showing up on feeds and causing planet-wide blackouts, everyone looks to Kit for an answer. The rebels want Mom on their side. The government needs to stop Mom’s digital virus from spreading before there’s no record of government left. Both sides will do anything, destroy anyone, to make Kit crack. They believe she’s the key to Mom’s agenda and the House’s future. Worst of all, they may be right.

Kit’s having dreams she can’t explain, remembering conversations that no longer seem innocent, understanding too much coded subtext in Mom’s universal feed messages. Everyone, from Mom to the rebels, has a vision of Kit’s fate—locked, sealed, and ready to roll. The question is, does Kit have a vision for herself?

Tessa Elwood’s final book in the Inherit the Stars series introduces readers to a strong, unique heroine who must chart her own destiny against a minefield of family ambitions and political agendas.


My Take:

Okay, now this is turning into a problem. When I picked this book up for review. It had nowhere written that this was a second book in the series. Neither on the cover nor in the description. It wasn’t even written in the BOOK!

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Now, as I look it up there’s this last line in the description on Netgalley that this is the final book in the series. It’s a duology. The way it was written, I didn’t pay much attention.

Tessa Elwood’s final book in the Inherit the Stars series introduces readers to a strong, unique heroine who must chart her own destiny against a minefield of family ambitions and political agendas.

FINAL BOOK?? :O

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If you check the summary on Netgalley it will sound far more interesting than the Goodreads descirption. Here’s the Goodreads version:

The Ruling Lord of the House of Galton is dead and the nation is divided. Kit Franks, a nobody escalated to infamy since her mother bombed the House capitol city, wishes she were dead, too. Then Mom-the-terrorist starts showing up on feeds and causing planet-wide blackouts and Kit becomes a target.
Kit’s inundated with half-truths, betrayals, and the coded subtext in Mom’s universal feed messages meant for her alone. Everyone from family to government enforcers seems to have a vision for Kit’s future. The question is, does Kit have a vision for herself?

I usually put the synopsis from Goodreads into my review but I will make an exception for this one.

Screenshot_2017-06-25-18-42-40-1This is how the book starts. How can you not be drawn in if this is how a book starts. I was immediately captivated by the lines. ❤

 

This book had so much potential and had so many subplots to choose from but neither is fully explored, even the main plot seems to be lacking in the terms of proper layout and planning. I am not actually impressed with the world building either.

It still was a good read but I think because of this being the second book in the series or final book, I didn’t know the back story and that might have helped a little. By no means is this a bad book, it is still very enjoyable but it doesn’t reach it’s potential growth.

When Mom-the-terrorist starts showing up on feeds and causing planet-wide blackouts, everyone looks to Kit for an answer.

This was the thing I was most excited about. This line seems sassy and that’s what I expected Kit to be but she might not be that. I didn’t find Kit much relatable, I think that’s because so much was happening that I didn’t actually get a chance to connect with her.

I am not sure where I stand with this book. The ending seems a bit rough to me and I think it can be explored more. Despite all the issues I enjoyed reading it.

Again, do check if the book is the part of a series. 😛


Why would I pick it up?

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For this line- When Mom-the-terrorist starts showing up on feeds and causing planet-wide blackouts, everyone looks to Kit for an answer. ❤ 

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Review | Silver Shard by Betsy Streeter

Silver Shard (Silverwood, #2)

Title: Silver Shard
Series: Silverwood (Book 2)
Author: Betsy Streeter
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Light Messages Publishing

Publishing date: 26th July, 2016
Pages: 290

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Monder is a Tromindox so dangerous he was banished to a labyrinth that exists out of time. The portal that sent him there has been severed in two, never to be made whole or used again. But when Monder gains possession of one of the halves, the Silverwoods are faced with the prospect that he might escape. Henry Silverwood, whose Guild talents are growing exponentially, is taken when Helen is faced with an impossible choice: give him up, or watch him be eaten. Meanwhile, the Tromindox are evolving – and the Silverwoods do not have the advantages in hunting them that they once had. Now, the Silverwoods must make sense of Monder’s increasing power in the time world, find Henry, and avoid extinction themselves.


My Take:

I don’t remember why I picked this book up. The synopsis kinda doesn’t hold the charm to intrigue.

What the synopsis lacks, is made up by the book. The prologue is very gripping. 😀  Here’s something to hold your attention.

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I wasn’t sure if I was gonna like the book but I did enjoy it. 😀

The story held my attention from the start. It seemed to slip a bit in few places but it was good overall. I don’t really know if that was because this is the second book in the series and has some background knowledge required in the first book. Didn’t seem like it to me though, it felt like the start of a new story, so, I am not sure. If that’s the case and the first book holds the missing parts then the book did very well and if not, then, well, it still held up pretty good. 😉

I didn’t realize this was the second book in the series, I guess I wasn’t paying much attention. My bad. Should’ve read the first book first.

Anyways, as I was saying the prologue starts in a “Once upon a time…” manner, not in those words, but in those feels. Then the main story starts a bit slow and then it picks up the pace. Some places confused me and I had to reread a few bits trying to make sense and it kept me going because I wanted to know what happened next. Not for a moment did I feel like putting the book down despite being confused at times, which is a good sign. 🙂

I feel that the world building was okay, could’ve been better. Saying that, I do remember this is the second book and the world building might have happened in the first one but usually the main pieces do make it’s way back in in the future books of the series.

Honestly, I think this book is a pretty interesting read but I do recommend reading the series in order always. 😛 😛


Why would I pick it up?

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To reread after reading the first book. 😛

 

 

Review | The Fourth Piece by E. Ardell

The Fourth Piece (Order's Last Play #1)

Title: The Fourth Piece
Series: Order’s last play (Book 1)
Author: E. Ardell
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: 48fourteen

Publishing date: 8th July, 2016
Pages: 338

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war…

Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled “loser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for human—until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option.

In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal danger and inherit a destiny that killed the last four guys cursed with it. In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and prophecies—and four brothers with the power to choose what’s left when the gods decide they’re through playing games.

Book I in the Order’s Last Play series


My Take:

How can you not want to read a book that states this in the summary…

Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option.

This sentence made me excited to read this book. 😀 😛

The cover sure is eye-catching. ❤ ❤

I loved the way this book is written and even the typeset was pleasing to me. I love it when the chapters begin with some symbol or design, it helps break the monotony of words a bit. ❤

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Come to think of it, male point of views are rare when it comes to fantasy or maybe in general. This book makes me think why is that.

Screenshot_2017-06-10-18-02-47-1Screenshot_2017-06-10-18-02-54-1Different point of views of the brothers make this book more enjoyable and relatable. You can actually understand the situation through different perspectives. Reading all of the brothers’ perspectives allows you to get into the head of all the main characters and understand them better. Even with so many POVs the story doesn’t get confusing. You might need some time to get into the understanding of whose POV it is but once you know the characters it gets easier.

They are unique in their own ways, not only because of the powers they possess but also as a person…well, alien, half-alien… whatever. 😛 😛

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The supporting characters are sure to leave their mark. The characters are well written. The world building throughout the book is pretty consistent and quite relevant. Enough information is wrapped in enjoyable reading for the series to continue.

The end was abrupt which was a little weird for me considering how much I was enjoying reading this book and marvelling at the undertone similarities of this otherwise unique book.


Why would I pick it up?

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No cliche YA tropes = definite worthy read! ❤

 

Blog Tour | Review | Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “Pale Highway” by Nicholas Conley  , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we? 🙂 


Pale Highway

 

Title: Pale Highway
Author: Nicholas Conley
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publishing date: 20th October , 2015
Published by:  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.  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. 😀

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. 😛

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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. 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. 🙂 🙂

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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 time 

 

 

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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. 😀


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 — like many writers — a coffee addict.

Meet the author: | Website | Twitter | Facebook | 

Get the book on: | Amazon|

 

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 “In Light of the Blood Giant” by A.D. Fosse, hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we? 🙂 


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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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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? 😛


 

Why would I pick it up?

For the strange story and weird settings. 😉


 

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: | Twitter | Goodreads | 

Get the book on: | Amazon|

 

Review | Eden Green by Fiona van Dahl

Eden Green

 

 

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  

 

 

*e-copy received  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 — 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 — 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. 😛 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. 😀 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. 😀