February 22

Raging Falcon by Stephen Parkins {Book Review}

When writing sci-fi, it’s so difficult to capture the reader in the world you have created within the pages. I don’t think Mr. Parkins has any problems grabbing the attention of the reader, and enveloping them in the world he has built. With so much going on, it can be hard to lose yourself in what is being said, but I feel this was written with more of a mature young adult audience, so it’s not too challenging of a read. Plus, there is a list of definitions, meanings, and character descriptions in the back of the book that I found quite useful.

In the future when wars are no longer fought on battlefields, but rather in the power of the mind, everything is different, and nothing can be easily predicted. Of course with that sort of premise to the book, there is a lot of adult situations and language, but it adds to the natural order of things throughout the story line, and doesn’t feel forced or out of hand.This book was a lot of fun, and very thought provoking. A lot of the government issues and ideas in the book, can easily be compared to world problems of today. This made everything that much more believable and you see how he formed the parallels of the story line.

I am definitely giving this a 5/5 and checking out the other books written by Stephen Parkins.


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August 3

Cast Under an Alien Sun by Olan Thorensen {Book Review}

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I really love the cover of this book. It’s super unique and it really caught my eye. The synopsis starts with

“What if you were thrown into a foreign society, never to see home again? What would you do and could you survive?”

I didn’t need to read much more after that, I knew I wanted to check this book out. Joe is basically given the choice of death, or go live on a new planet, after he’s rescued from a crazy plane crash by something or someone unknown to him, otherwise known as aliens.

I loved the fact that Anyar is similar to Earth from the seventeen hundreds. He has to get used to a whole new life, on a whole new planet. Joe transforms amazingly as a character, and I really enjoyed the adventures he took me on.

This is a great intro to the Destiny’s Crucible series by Olan Throensen. This book is overall fun to read, it certainly kept me highly entertained. I was instantly hooked from the very beginning. Descriptive enough for imagining the whole new world Thorensen has created, without being overly done or tiresome to read. It seemed to me the spelling and grammar was on point, and I read through it with ease.

There’s enough of a small cliff hanger at the end to make me crave more!  I can’t wait to read the next sequel. I already know quite a few sci-fi readers that will absolutely love this book! I give it 5/5.

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August 1

Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools by M.R. Mathias {Book Review}

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I was so excited to start this book after finishing The Sword and the Dragon. This is definitely a series I would recommend reading in order, even though Mathias does a pretty good job at including enough information that you can get by reading them as stand alone titles.

To get the most from the trilogy, I would read them in order. You’ll get a chance to know the characters in the first book, but the second book just continues to build on the characters. This book doesn’t add much growth or mature the characters since this book starts off right after The Sword and the Dragon ended. I do wish there was a bit more substance to the characters, as I sometimes found it difficult to care about them.

For being a book that falls into the “epic fantasy” genre, I think the trilogy is pretty good! I’ve read a lot of fantasy and science fiction, and Mathias has a way of hooking you in thats unlike a lot of other self-published authors in this genre.

He is descriptive on the plot, dragging you into amazing imagery that many fantasy authors just cannot do. Some may find him wordy, or complain about much detail something is described, but I think it was the perfect amount, considering he’s introducing you into a whole other world.

I’m not a fan of the romance parts of the book, but I didn’t pick the book up for romance, I picked it up to continue the plot from book one, knowing this was a fantasy/science fiction series. I think this is a 4/5.
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February 10

Redfall: Freedom Fighters by Jay J. Falconer {Review}

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Although some of the authors plots can be a bit of a standard concept in most books and movies these days, Falconer knows how to add enough twist to make his books stand out from the mass. Even when I was starting to doubt his ability to have new ideas on old plots, he surprised me every single time!

This being the third book I’ve read of his, I think it’s safe to say I really like his writing style. He packs it so full of action, it’s almost non-stop. The climaxes in the book are often, with very little time in between. In this book, there seems to be a theme of conspiracy and espionage.

Of course, Falconer shows off his knowledge of military intelligence, and other combative training which goes great with his imagination on what the government and society would be like in the intense situations he writes.

One of my favorite aspects of Falconer’s writing style is the way he can drop hints about the mysteries of the books, making the reader feel involved in the unveiling and uncovering process. He’s definitely not one of those authors who just fills the pages with filler, everything he writes has purpose and reason.

All his characters are plenty developed, so it was great to get reconnected with them again, after book 1. I have already read book 1, and wouldn’t recommend skipping it before reading. The characters are so badass they’re worth becoming invested in with book 1. It’s a 5/5 for me!

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Elizabeth

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February 4

Redfall by Jay J. Falconer {Book Review}

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I’ve only read one other book besides Redfall from Falconer, and I’ve noticed that he has a great ominous and dark feel to his writing. There are parts to Redfall that I would even categorize as morbid and perversive. He does a great job at portraying anguish and despair.

With this being said, I was instantly hooked after reading the memorable description of the Pay-Per-View Execution in the first Chapter. The disheartenment that is projected onto the reader, cannot come from just any great author.

The combination of tribulation with science fiction, is what really caught my attention on this book! Of course, there’s tons of mystery and intrigue mixed in with everything, which keeps you hooked from the very beginning. On top of all that, Falconer also has an amazing way of describing the intense action scenes.

The book is written from many different view points, and it switches throughout each chapter. I found this really drew me into the book. Sometimes to find out what happens to your favorite character, you have to read through a side character first. I can always appreciate an author who can write character and scene breaks properly, keeping the reader hooked.

It’s not a very long book, so it makes a perfect read for road trips, plane rides, or a rainy day inside. I’m just happy that the second book has already been written, because I’m absolutely hooked on the characters and what’s going to happen to them next.

This isn’t your normal dystopian sic-fi read. I give it 5/5!

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Elizabeth
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December 2

The Sword and the Dragon by M.R. Mathias {Review}

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It’s always so bittersweet to start a long book with characters that are so easy to get attached to. On one hand I feel a sense of achievement and excitement that I finished this book, while I’m sad I have nothing left to read about the characters I spent so much time reading about. There are characters you’ll love to hate, and there are others who fit the brave and loyal hero role, perfectly.

This is your very definition of an epic fantasy! There’s so much action with amazingly described battle scenes. The story flows well once you get the hang of how it transitions from each scene.

The story as a whole is an investment for the reader. There is so much going on here, and a lot of information that you must absorb to fully understand the plot. There is so much in this book with dragons, wizards, elves, mystical creatures and you wrap them all up with high adventure and you’ve got a pretty great book!

5

Elizabeth

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December 1

Forged Through Glory by DeZré Storm {Book Review}

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This book literally contains it all, science fiction, action, adventure, romance, and erotica. I have read my fair amount of books in each of these genres, but very rarely get to read them all together. It was quite interesting going from the action and adventure of a special operations unit of mainly men, to the erotica portion of the book when they gain a new member of the squad who happens to be female.

FTG is full of surprise, and imagination. It’s a fairly descent length book, but I read it much quicker than anticipated due to how great it flowed together. I imagine those who pick this book up for the adventure and action will be quite pleased with the erotica thrown in, and those who might pick this book up for the erotica, will be hooked to the science fiction plot as well!

I only wished that the characters themselves were described as well as everything else in the story. Regardless, the plot was creative and fun! Overall, I give this book a 4/5.

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July 3

The Wizard and the Warlord by M.R. Mathias {Review}

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Mathias did a great job at concluding the series in the last book The Wizard and the Warlord. He introduces us to a very magical world. This book in particular was very descriptive, or maybe I already had a clear image of everything so reading the third book was a breeze, either way I really enjoyed the last book of this trilogy.

As a fantasy book, this book and series did not disappoint. It has great descriptions making the story very easy to visualize. I found the ending to the series to be very dramatic and captivating, making reading the whole series a well worth adventure.

At times it felt like it was becoming a bit rushed, with excitement to the finale. Again, it could have been my own excitement trying to fly through the pages to conclude all the build up that occurred throughout the trilogy. There were some characters I had grown very attached to during the three books, that had no definitive conclusion making me a bit frustrated, but maybe it’s a clue to a spin off series by Mathias.

This book, being the last in the series, could probably even be read as a stand-alone book considering how much information is given, but I would still recommend starting with book one, since Mathias takes you on quite a long and fun ride. It includes new characters, as well as continuation of the characters from the previous books.

I did notice a few inconsistencies throughout the book that were distracting, and left things unexplained. It wasn’t enough of a problem for me to not say I loved this series, and will probably read it again in the future to fill in the spots I probably missed by my own excitement flying through the pages. I give this book and the entire trilogy a 5/5.
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February 20

Searchers of Ex-O-Da by David Tracey & Diane Donavan {Review}

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Oxygen levels are running low. Another sun is risking overheating the population. The big question is, what is going to be done about it? The only way that seems possible, is to do a mission to Earth. I won’t even mention the aliens that are about to come to Exoda and what their intentions are. I’ll let you read the book and figure that part out for yourself.

As I read about the aliens coming to Exoda, I wondered what their purpose was and what the survival rate was going to be. Changes must be made in order to accommodate the new transformations.

Royal is one of the chosen one to go about the mission. He has some personal problems at home that change is motivation and desire to go to Earth, but he makes the trip anyways. He’s a brave and determined man who doesn’t let his home life change how he accomplishes the mission he is assigned.

This is your typical SciFi novel, but with a bit of humor and vivacious tone to the book. It’s refreshing to read a book that has more than just the typical end of the world type situations. It keeps you on your toes, and things are refreshing and new since it’s not your quintessential SciFi book that you will normally find on the shelves of today’s most popular books.

This book is the kind that keeps you in a lighthearted mood and enjoying the read. The humor was a great touch to the overall congenial book. Overall I would rate this book a 5/5 because of the SciFi/Humor fusion. I’d recommend to any science fiction enthusiasts that enjoy a good laugh and mix up.

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January 25

Glassford Girl by Jay J. Falconer {Review}

 

Part One in the Emily Heart Time Jumper Series

I finished this book in one sitting because I could not put the book down. From the first sentence, I was intrigued and hooked by the introduction to a time traveling teenage girl. Emily Heart is an amazing character that can jump through time. The jump can only be made in times during her lifetime. Which makes for an interesting plot on the time periods travelled to.

She is adventurous and exciting, jumping over the course of 30 years. What’s great about Emily is the fact she is so normal. She’s imperfect because she is human to her core, and deals with her abilities as if she was an ordinary teenager in today’s time.

It’s always more enjoyable to read about a character who has realistic reactions and emotions. She’s already unpredictable and unique with her abilities, she doesn’t need anything added to her human teenage self.

The author puts a whole new twist to the science fiction genre. It’s not your normal sci-fi novel with the same over done plots. His writing will make you want to read the next chapter, even though it’s midnight and you have to wake up early. You won’t see books written about time travel, written like this book.

I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel to the Emily Heart Time Jumper Series. You have to open this book up to learn about how Em came to be a time traveller. She will take you on quite a ride as as she travels through different times. She lead quite a dramatic life for a fifteen year old. I was so sucked into the story, I almost believed it was true. I give this book 5/5.

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