Today I am reviewing Echo by Alicia Wright Brewster.
Blurb: A young adult science fiction adventure novel, this story features a strong, but flawed heroine and complex world building, along with themes of friendship, loss, faith, and tolerance—and the end of the world. With the countdown clock showing 10 days until the end of their planet, everyone has been notified and assigned a duty—but the problem is no one knows for sure how everything will end. Energy-hungry Mages are the most likely culprit, traveling toward a single location from every corner of the continent. Fueled by the two suns, each Mage holds the power of an element: air, earth, fire, metal, water, or ether. They harness their powers to draw energy from the most readily available resource: humans. Ashara has been assigned to the Ethereal task group, made up of human ether manipulators and directed by Loken, a young man with whom she has a complicated past. Loken and Ashara bond over a common goal: to stop the Mages from occupying their home and gaining more energy than they can contain. But soon, they begin to suspect that the future of the world may depend on something unexpected—Ashara’s death.
My Review: This was a different twist on the end of the world concepts. This time everyone know when it will happen and apparently they keep rewinding time to try to fix the fact that is going to happen. Confused yet?. I admit there are times in the book when I was a little confused as well. This time there are enough things different about the rewind that no one seems to really know what to think about it. There is lots of action and drama with a little romance thrown in and it does make an enjoyable read. I give this 3 stars.
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Today I am reviewing Where Tomorrow Waits by Din Ka.
Blurb: Where Tomorrow Waits unfolds over the haunting landscape of Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge war era. Dara, a young girl whom instead of enjoying the carefree life of a teenager, is trapped between the opposing burdens of her mother’s secret affair and her own loyalty to her father.
Soon enough, Dara discovers her mother’s selfish secret is just the beginning of her sufferings as it leads her on a path filled with more lies, betrayal, and molestation. As Dara’s father, Muirye, learns about the consequences behind her mother’s actions, he sets forth to make a sacrifice that would ultimately change Dara’s life forever. But before Dara can learn to accept the changes her father has brought forth into her life, she must first survive the Khmer Rouge genocide.
Dara is left with a heartbreaking choice— risk her life trying to escape to America, a promised land of opportunity, or stay behind and sacrifice everything to search for her father, who might not even be alive. The choice she makes takes her on a haunting journey that spans three decades of guilt, lies, and what if questions. The deep dark twisting truth Dara accidently uncovers, which her mother had been guarding all her life, is something Dara considers far worse than death.
Will Dara ever be able to accept the deep dark twisting truth she has been unknowingly living with all her life, or will death finally grasp her by its fingertips?
My Review: I really feel this should be a must read. The deeply moving and truly horrifying events that take place when you live in a war zone should be felt by everyone. Maybe we would tend to think twice about the value in war. I truly hesitate to say I loved the book seeing how so much sadness was dealt with, however I did think it was delivered in a masterfully way. The way the characters grow and evolve throughout the book and learn to deal with the tragedies of the past and move beyond them is inspiring. I give this book 5 stars. If you like historical novels this one is for you.
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Today I am reviewing September Sky by John Heldt.
Blurb: When unemployed San Francisco reporter Chuck Townsend and his college-dropout son, Justin, take a cruise to Mexico in 2016, each hopes to rebuild a relationship after years of estrangement. But they find more than common ground aboard the ship. They meet a mysterious lecturer who touts the possibilities of time travel. Within days, Chuck and Justin find themselves in 1900, riding a train to Texas, intent on preventing a distant uncle from being hanged for a crime he did not commit. Their quick trip to Galveston, however, becomes long and complicated when they wrangle with business rivals and fall for two beautiful librarians on the eve of a hurricane that will destroy the city. Filled with humor, history, romance, and heartbreak, SEPTEMBER SKY follows two directionless souls on the adventure of a lifetime as they try to make peace with the past, find new purpose, and grapple with the knowledge of things to come.
My Review: I am never disappointed when I read one of this authors books. I love his time travel concepts and the characters he weaves into them. This story is no exception. Really like the time period this book deals with and the relationships that develop between the modern day father and son and the people of the past. In meantime you get to learn about a few historic facts of Galveston Texas. The twist at the end was great too. I give this book a full 5 stars. Keep up the good work Mr. Heldt. You have a fan here.
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Today I am reviewing The Breakers Ultimatum by Conner Kressley.
Blurb: Separated from the love of her life, Cresta is determined to get him back before making a break from the dreaded Hourglass. The trouble is, she’s the only one who doesn’t think it’s a suicide mission. Throw in the fact that her powers are spiraling out of control and Royce seems to be the only one who can help, and things seem hopeless. But when Casper reveals a startling connection to a previously unknown piece of the prophecy, it sets Cresta on a path that will take her further away from Owen than she ever wanted to be. Can she find a way to stop the madness before the world itself crumbles and, even if she does, will she find that fate has pushed her into the arms of Royce?
The Dragon lives…
Meanwhile, deep within the bowels of the Hourglass, Owen Lightfoot sits a prisoner of the Council. His powers are growing too, and the Council is foaming at the mouth to use him as a weapon…against the woman he loves. With the safety of his family hanging in the balance, he is left with no other choice but to play along. But when a strange occurrence throws a whole new light on everything, the lines start to become blurred. Sacrifices will be made, connections will be tested and, by the end, either the Dragon or Owen will be gone forever.
My Review: This is the third book in this series. The action gets ramped up a notch in this book as the Blood Moon and The Dragon both fight their own individual battles and deal with new powers. Loved the further development in this unique story. I was disappointed with one thing though. It ended and now I have to wait for the next book to come out. Can’t be too soon for me. If you are into paranormal stories this is one you should get now. I give this book 5 stars.
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Today I am review a new book by Rebecca Hamilton called Come The Dark.
Blurb:TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.
Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.
The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.
Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.
A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.
My Review: This books concept even while dealing with the dark subject of abuse is fascinating. The time travel aspect of it is so original. Loved the trip to the witch hunts of Salem and the magic involved. Definitely a must read for the lovers of the paranormal. I give this book 5 Stars.
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Today I am reviewing The Breakers Promise by Conner Kressley.
Blurb: The world is ending, and it’s her fault.
Cresta Karr is the Bloodmoon, the prophesized Breaker whose going to one day bring about the end of the world…not that anyone knows that. She and her boyfriend Owen, the Breaker prophesized who’s predestined to kill her, have done a pretty good job of hiding that fact from the Council of Masons and the world as a whole.
But when a series of events bring both of them into the Hourglass, the Breaker seat of power, their lies (and their lives) begin to unravel. How long can they keep Cresta’s real identity a secret? And what will the Council do when it finds out the truth? And will Cresta and Owen’s relationship survive when her Perfect is revealed to be someone very different than the boy she loves?
The past will yield its secret, the future will come calling, and Fate’s noose will grow ever tighter in the second part of the epic four part Fixed Points series! Don’t miss it.
My Review: This is the second in the Breakers series. It did not disappoint. If you liked the first you will love this one. Loved the background you get in this and the glimpse into the breaker world. A lot of questions get answered but still leaves plenty of room for the adventure to continue in the next book which I can’t wait to read. I give this 5 stars.
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Today I am reviewing The Breakers Code by Conner Kressley.
The Blurb: Where were you when the world ended?
Three weeks shy of her seventeenth birthday, Cresta Karr wakes to find her world is falling apart. The necklace her father left her is mysteriously missing, a black sedan is stalking her and her friends, and her house is minutes away from exploding. To top it off, she finds out that Owen, the enigmatic, if slightly off-kilter guy of her dreams, is both not interested in going out with her and a superspy sent by a clandestine organization to keep tabs on her.
Turns out Cresta is the subject of a 500 year old prophecy, and if Owen and the other “Breakers” can’t find a way to circumvent the future before the sun comes up on her birthday, Cresta is destined to bring about the end of the world — something she’d rather not have on her college applications. That is, of course, if the gun-toting cult members piling onto her front porch don’t get to her first.
The countdown is on. Secrets will be revealed, relationships will be tested, prophecies will be fulfilled, and fate will fight free will in a battle so intense that it won’t end until the world itself does
My Review: Loved this book. The whole idea is so original. The characters are well developed and I could identify with them even though I am much older than the ones portrayed in the book. One of the best young adult paranormal I have read. This would be a hands down five star book if the editing was up to par. As it is I will give it a four star. Normally might be a three except I enjoyed the book so much I could overlook a lot of the errors. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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