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Review – Defiance September 25, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in 4 stars, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult.
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Title: Defiance

Author: C.J. Redwine

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publish Date: August 28, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0062117182

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan–the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

Review:

I have to admit, I’ve been looking forward to the release of this book for awhile. To my consternation I found that it was written in alternation points of view, Rachel’s and Logan’s.  I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out, but to my surprise it worked out well and I came to enjoy it.

Rachel is a sixteen-year-old girl who has suddenly come under the protection of Logan. I didn’t take to her immediately. She seemed a bit too petulant and sulky. The more I read the more I liked her though. What I took to be petulant and sulky was actually humiliation. She had professed her love to Logan when she was fifteen and he had rejected her. Who wouldn’t be humiliated? As the book went on, there were moments I became impatient with her but I think she was just acting like any sixteen-year-old would have done in such impossible situations.

What I loved about Rachel the most was how she was such a kick-ass warrior in such an oppressed misogynistic society. She was a fiercely independent woman in a culture that stressed that women were nothing more then chattel. I think it spoke volumes to have such a strong heroine. And she showed a lot of soft emotions as well showing you don’t have to be a one-dimensional person.

I loved Logan! He was absolutely gush and crush-worthy. He’s smart and kind. He takes his responsibilities seriously and he always tried his best with Rachel despite the animosity she felt and showed towards him in the beginning of the book.  I loved Logan’s inventions. The mix of inventor and warrior was too sexy to resist.

What I loved about Rachel and Logan the most was how their love evolved. It grew from mutual circumstances and time spent together. No insta-love here! There was a lot of give and take too. Although there was one point I felt Logan got a bit too needy. Maybe that’s just me. That was towards the end of the book. I don’t want to give too much away.

The Commander was one of the most evil tyrants I’ve come across. He made a great bad guy. He was just someone you love to hate. The Cursed One was a fantastic monster. It reminded me of a wyrm. Together they added some great tension to the book.

There’s enough resolution to leave you satisfied in the end. Yet there’s also an opening for more books in the future. It’s a well done ending to a very good book. I did have one pet peeve. Only I can’t mention it without giving away a spoiler. Needless to say something was repeated endlessly and I got tired of the repetition. That’s all I can say. It was something I was able to brush off though.

Review – Conspiracy of Angels September 21, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in 4 stars, Mystery/Thriller, Sci-Fi.
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Title: Conspiracy of Angels

Author: Laurence MacNaughton

Publisher: NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC

Publish Date: June 14, 2012

ASIN: B008BN8D9I

Available at: Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

Just out of prison, ex-convict Mitch Turner is determined to put his life back on track and find out the truth about his daughter’s mysterious death. But when his daughter’s best friend, Geneva, discovers a cryptic piece of top-secret technology, the two of them are thrust into the cross-hairs of a deadly living weapon.

It’s known only by a code name: Archangel. It’s fast, invulnerable, inhuman. And its next target is Mitch.

But the Archangel is more than just a relentless killer. It’s a gatekeeper of the dangerous boundary that divides this world from the next. And it’s Mitch’s only chance of learning the dark truth about his daughter’s fate.

Outnumbered, outgunned and on the run, Mitch and Geneva race to outsmart an elite force determined to silence them. Can they uncover the conspiracy before the Archangel unleashes its deadly secret on all of humanity?

Review:

Mitch recently got out of prison and he’s still coping with his daughter’s death. All he’s trying to do is walk the straight and narrow when he runs across Geneva. She entangles him in a conspiracy of epic proportions.

Mitch was someone I immediately liked. He was down to earth with a rough exterior. He was street smart and savvy. Mitch had an air about him that indicated he was a man who took care of his business. His actions proved that to be true as well. When Geneva threw him in the thick of things he got things done. He took care of her and he earned her trust. Not an easy task.

Geneva lost her parents to the Archangel. She trusts no one. Her one mission in life is to kill the Archangel. I admired her determination and her spunk. She also showed a soft side that I appreciated and felt was natural and realistic to the situation. Her bond with Mitch was my favorite part of the book. It wasn’t romantic. It was something more.

Michael was a complex character. I was constantly trying to figure out his motivations. His actions confused me. It wasn’t until near the end of the book that the mystery of Michael was revealed. I didn’t mind that I was so confused by Michael. It was just another mystery to be solved in a book full of mysteries.

The book really was full of mysteries. Was the copy boy really a copy boy? What really was the Archangel? How did Mitch’s daughter die? Why did the Archangel kill Geneva’s parents? What was the mysterious black box?

The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the end of the book. I found it chaotic and rather overblown. I can see how it would fit the genre, but it just didn’t suit my tastes. I’m sure many people would disagree and seeing as how I don’t normally read this genre I’m probably judging too harshly. There was another issue I had with the end, but I can’t discuss it without giving away a spoiler so I’ll keep mum.

On the whole, this was a very good read. The action was high energy. The characters were well-developed. The plot, while not new, still seemed fresh. If you’re looking for a thrill-ride this wouldn’t be a bad choice.

*A free copy of this book was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review – Mad Science Institute July 8, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in 3 stars, Sci-Fi, Young Adult.
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Title: Mad Science Institute

Author: Sechin Tower

Publisher: Siege Tower Entertainment

Publication Date: December 9, 2011

ASIN: B006KGNKMS

Available at: AmazonBarnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

Sophia “Soap” Lazarcheck is a girl genius with a knack for making robots-and for making robots explode. After her talents earn her admission into a secretive university institute, she is swiftly drawn into a conspiracy more than a century in the making. Meanwhile and without her knowledge, her cousin Dean wages a two-fisted war of vengeance against a villainous genius and his unwashed minions.

Separately, the cousins must pit themselves against murderous thugs, experimental weaponry, lizard monsters, and a nefarious doomsday device. When their paths finally meet up, they will need to risk everything to prevent a mysterious technology from bringing civilization to a sudden and very messy end.

Review*:

While this book is well-written, I had several problems with it. The heroine “Soap” was unreasonably naive. She receives ten thousand dollars in cash for a job and believes it to be a student job. I have a hard time believing even a naive girl genius would think that. She was not only extremely naive, she was also very awkward and immature.

I had less of a problem with Dean. Although I did find it hard to swallow that he’d propose to an ex-girlfriend of his that he hadn’t seen in what I thought was years. I was able to suspend belief enough to grasp that their relationship was strange enough for them to become engaged after such a long hiatus though and carry on. He becomes motivated to become the dean of Mad Science Institute even though he doesn’t have  a college degree. Once more I had to suspend belief to swallow that. I had to suspend belief many times in this book.

The villains are a corny unwashed biker gang. They were all of enormous size and of minuscule brain power.  I found it too stereotypical and cliched for words.  The main antagonist was the most stereotypical of all, but maybe that was part of the book’s appeal. The ultimate crime fighting, world saving good guy versus bad guy.

For all that the book still had its interesting twists and turns. The plot moved along at a nice clip. There was a Batman and Robin feel to it that you couldn’t mistake. Once you suspended belief, got past the flaws, and took the book for what it was, it was a light-hearted, entertaining read.

*I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Review – Legend June 27, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in 3.5 stars, Sci-Fi, Young Adult.
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Title: Legend

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: Putnam Juvenille

Publish date: November 29, 2011

ISBN-10: 039925675X

Available at: AmazonBarnes and Noble

Summary:

June is a military prodigy. Day is the Republic of America’s most wanted Criminal. They have nothing in common but their worlds will collide when Day murders June’s brother. June will be tasked with hunting Day down.

Review:

In the beginning of this book I had a lot of unanswered questions. The book takes place in Los Angeles so which lake are they near? How is Los Angeles sectioned into sectors? Who and what are the Colonies that the Republic have been at war with so long? None of my questions were ever answered but they didn’t become very important after awhile as the story evolved.

The novel is written in alternating perspectives between Day and June. It could be confusing, but it works. You’re given glimpses into two very disparaging worlds. The elite and the very poor. I still didn’t get a very good grasp of the world, but I was sufficiently gripped by the characters to keep reading.

Day is able to scale buildings in a matter of seconds. June is able to do likewise. They play a very intriguing cat and mouse game that held me breathless. There were a lot of twists in the plot. Enough to keep you guessing.

Day is motivated to find plague medicine for his family. June is determined to find her only brother’s killer, the only family she had left. They’re both extremely sympathetic characters which made it hard to cheer on just one person in the chase.

Even though the world building is lacking, the character development makes up for it. It’s still a worthwhile read.

Author Interview – Chris Ward June 8, 2012

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Author of the book The Tube Riders, Chris Ward has graciously agreed to let me interview him for this blog.

 1. Was there a catalyst or single event that you can point to that led you to your writing career?

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember so it’s difficult to think of a single catalyst or event that led to me wanting to be a writer.  I grew up in a house with a big, wild garden that was on the edge of a forest, so I was a pretty imaginative child.  There were few other houses about and none of my friends lived nearby, so I was left to play with my own mind.  I liked nothing better than wandering about in the forest and imaging seas of stinging nettles and ferns as alien invaders that needed to be hacked down.  There were always stories bouncing around in my head so I guess eventually I got bored of cutting stuff down and started to write down my adventures instead.

2. Do you have any writing rituals?

I have no real rituals or requirements, but to write well I need peace and quiet.  Preferably complete silence.  Writing needs a clear mind.  I like to write at night, the later the better, with the curtains closed, and in a small room where there is very little clutter, ideally just me and my computer.  And definitely no internet connection.  I’m strictly of the computer generation, though, and I find it pretty hard to write anything with pen and paper, especially something long.  I can touch-type, so on a computer I can write as quick as words enter my head, which I think helps the flow and readability of my stories.

3. If you had a chance to sit down with your favorite author who would it be? What would you say?

I like a wide variety of writers but I think my overall favorite is Iain Banks, a Scottish writer who writes slightly oddball mainstream novels as well as science fiction under the name of Iain M. Banks.  The first thing I would say would be to thank him for all the excellent novels of his that I read during university, just after I discovered him.  Then I’d ask him if he could stop infusing his later novels with so many politics and just write books like Walking on Glass, The Bridge and The Wasp Factory over and over and over again.

4. Who were your writing influences?

Growing up, I absolutely loved horror and fantasy.  I read Lord of the Rings at about age 8 (okay, I read parts one and two.  I’m still yet to read part three, no idea why…!) In my teens I was a member of a couple of those book clubs where you get an initial bunch of books free then have to buy one each month.  I read tons of stuff by people like David Eddings, Terry Brooks, and David Gemmill.  Probably the first author I used to seek out new releases from, though, was Richard Laymon, the king of cheesy horror.  Anyone who can have a plot where Jack the Ripper escapes to America and turns in to Buffalo Bill is pretty awesome as far as I’m concerned, and the first novels I wrote were influenced by his style.  However, when I entered university my love of horror and fantasy kind of died away and I started to read authors like Iain Banks, Brett Easton Ellis and Chuck Palaniuk.  I loved anything offbeat or controversial.  I used to actively seek out controversial novels, however these days, living in Japan, I tend to just read whatever is available and don’t have any special preference.  Of the eight novels I’ve written so far, none are in the same genre, so there are a lot of different influences in there.

5. I know you live in Japan. Why did you decide to live there? How does it impact your writing?

Japan is actually the second foreign country that I have lived in, having spent a year teaching in Italy before I moved here to Nagano in 2004.  I initially decided to leave the UK in 2003 out of sheer boredom – I worked in the internal accounts section of a bank, had barely enough money to survive each week and felt this huge frustration with the progress of my life.  I was writing a lot (I couldn’t afford to do anything else) but not selling anything.  I decided to get out.  I saved my money and my holiday leave, then spent a month studying TEFL in Barcelona, an experience which sealed it.  Dull, rainy Bristol couldn’t compare.  I was offered a job in Italy which I took, and after I completed my contract there I took a job in Japan partly because while in Italy I had a great life but was still always broke, and partly because I had always been fascinated by Japan.  My parents visited there a number of times (my father was in the merchant navy) and our house had loads of Japanese dolls and paintings scattered around.  As to how it influences my writing, in some ways it restricts it because I’m way busier than before.  I have a lot of hobbies and a lot more friends now.  It does make world-building a bit easier, though, when you’ve seen a bit more of the world we live in.  And another thing it has definitely helped me with is dialogue, as I meet so many people from so many different backgrounds now.  They all have their own accents, dialects and buzz words.  My dialogue always used to be pretty flat, but these days I consider it to be one of the best aspects of my writing.

6. For the readers out there that haven’t read your book, can you explain what The Tube Riders are and how you came up with the concept?

The Tube Riders is a dystopian fantasy/sci-fi set in 2075, in a kind of communist-style Britain.  Way back in 2002 I wrote a short story about a group of kids in a vaguely futuristic world who hung off the sides of trains for fun who got into trouble with a rival gang.  In 2007 I sold it to a small press magazine called Not One of Us.  Then, in 2009 I decided I wanted to write a big action sci-fi epic that read a bit like a book version of Indiana Jones.  I thought back through all the stories I’d written, realised I had a pretty unique concept in “tube riding”, something I had never seen done before, and decided to expand it into a full novel.  I started brainstorming, and before long the Huntsmen, Dreggo, the Governor and others started to appear.

7. Can you talk about any future works in progress and when they’ll be released?

I have three novels finished that are currently being edited and revised.  The first of these, The Man Who Built the World, is a stand-alone ghost/horror story and will be published (hopefully) by the end of June.  The other two I hope to have published by the end of the year.  One is a psychological horror/thriller, the other is, um, a comedy.

In addition I have lots of projects in the WIP phase, among them a children’s fantasy/sci-fi, two historical novels (one about Cornish wreckers and another about convicts sent to Australia), a drama, a dark comedy, and of course, part two of Tube Riders.  I once swore never to write a sequel to anything, but that was before I wrote a novel which is really only the set up for a wider story.  If Tube Riders begins to see some success, that one will probably take priority, although I’ve never been one to do what people want.

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Review – Drayling June 6, 2012

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Title: Drayling

Author: Terry J. Newman

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Indepenpress Publishing

Publish Date: March 2011 (first edition)

ISBN-10: 1907499911

Available at: Amazon Barnes and Noble

From Amazon:

Twenty-fifth century Drayling, and Britain as a whole, has benefited greatly from advances in technology and medical science, and life in the Graves’ household, and in those of their friends and colleagues, is secure, clear and very content. The desire and need for clarity, truth and order has motivated communities to live in harmony, abandoning any potentially controversial aspects or ways of life, including all religions, in favour of a modern civilised society that upholds order, simplicity, honesty, love and honour as its ideals.

Review:

We find ourselves peeking into the lives of Uri, the Local Historian, and his son Marius. They rebel against changes their government institute against their community, Drayling. Specifically, a name change. They find that the motives behind the name changes shake the basic values they have for the society they hold dear.

While we hear a lot about the society of Drayling and their country, the BFF I didn’t get any sense or picture of the community or culture.  While there are word usages such as “thence” and “whilst”, high technology is in place giving you a sense of confusion over the lack of detail for the rest of the overall feel for the culture. I also wondered why in the twenty-fifth century, why the women were relegated as homemakers and as secondary decision makers.  Was this part of their culture? Did women’s rights regress back to the nineteen-fifties? If it did. then why were they so adamant about joining the cricket’s team as equals? And then why did the men include them in some discussions and not others for fear of “worrying them”?

There was no visualization of what kind of world they actually lived in. I couldn’t envision the setting in which they dwelled in. There was little to no imagery of this self-sufficient village, if it was a village, that they were living in and fighting for. Sometimes I got the impression of a rural village. Sometimes I got the impression of a high-tech industrial complex. This vaguery left me confused.  Was this a hybrid Amish/Factory complex?

This is a very slow-moving book that’s very concerned with the minutiae of details when it came to specifics. For example, the technology they did use was described in detail. Each step of their insurgence was plotted out to a nicety. On one hand it was nice to know the author had such thoroughness. On the other hand, I became a little impatient with the book and I wished for a quicker pace.

I did like the way the book came to an end.  It was very satisfying and it almost made up for the books many flaws.

I would recommend this book to the patient reader who truly loves science fiction. The plot is well thought out. It could be a rewarding book in the end.

 

 

*I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Review – Insurgent May 31, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in 5 stars, Sci-Fi, Young Adult.
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Title: Insurgent

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publish Date: May 1, 2012

ISBN-10: 0062024043

Available at: AmazonBarnes and Noble

(This review contains some spoilers if you haven’t read book one.)

Summary:

From Goodreads:

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Review:

This second books was just as good or maybe even better than the first book, Divergent. The action is much more highly concentrated. Tobias’ and Tris’ relationship gets even more complicated.

The complications are completely realistic and I loved how practical their relationship became. Instead of a highly idealistic version of love, they had a completely reasonable version of what it would be like to have two teenagers in love in the midst of war.

The danger in the book had me breathless. As Tris became more like an Abnegation in her selfless behavior she also became more Dauntless with her bravery, showing the two intermingle. Perhaps she showed just how Divergent she truly was or perhaps she showed how Divergent everyone was.

As we get to know Tris and Tobias more in book two, we understand their motives more and appreciate them better. At the same time Tobias remains somewhat of a mystery since it’s not his perspective we see the world from.

Veronica Roth continued with the surprises she had with book one onto book two. My head spun with the plots twists and turns. It was a joyful ride!

The book ends in a cliffhanger which left me yearning for book three. I’m sure it’ll be worth it!

Review – Divergent May 30, 2012

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Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publish Date: May 3, 2011

ISBN-10: 0062024035

Available at: AmazonBarnes and Noble

Summary: 

Beatrice Prior must choose among five factions: Candor (the honest); Abregation (the selfless); Dauntless (the brave); Amity (the peaceful); and Erudite (the intelligent. Her choice is made the more difficult when she finds her aptitude test scores show that she doesn’t fit in any of the groups.  Her decision will also either keep her with her family or tear her away from them forever.

Review:

This book was fantastic. It was fraught with just the right amount of tension. From the romance to the trials and tribulations Beatrice goes through, it was a wild ride.

Beatrice, who takes on the name Tris, makes a difficult choice. At the age of 16 she shows a maturity beyond her years. Yet at the same time Roth manages to show that she’s still a vulnerable youth in those instances where it matters most.

Each character flew off the page and into my heart. From Tris to Four to Al, they all found a way to come to life. Even the minor characters had a vivacity to them that you don’t find in most books.

While this is a character driven novel, you can still feel the grunge of the city that they live in. From the racing trains to the dilapidated building, the world they lived in was alive.

The plot twists kept me surprised and on my toes each and every step of the way. Nothing was quite predictable except maybe the romance. Even that managed to surprise me now and then. While the characters were unique and unlike any I’ve come across, the plot was also quite very different from the norm.

I applaud Roth’s debut novel. It was a show stopper.

Review – Raven's Children May 24, 2012

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Title: Raven’s Children

Author: Sabrina Chase

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Worlds Away Press

Publish Date: Sometime in July 2012

Available at: Not yet available

I received an ARC courtesy of the author.

Summary: (This review may contain spoilers for both readers who haven’t read book one and for readers for book two.)

Moire and the crew of the Raven continue to evade Toren. They continue to salvage ships in the hopes of accumulating enough money to build enough defenses for Sequoyah against the attack they know will happen when Toren discovers Sequoyah. Meanwhile, they launch an offensive against Toren to stop the manufacturing of the Created.

Review:

So much happens in this book I couldn’t quite summarize it. The action was non-stop. It was one long rollercoaster of movement. I was left breathless and I loved every minute of it.

Ennis and Moire meet up again on equal footing and passions ignite. It was a little corny at times, but it wasn’t overwhelmingly so. I thought it was appropriate.

Moire and Alan’s relationship deepened and it was touching. You could see her struggling with her feelings as a new mother and it was heart-warming. They have an odd situation so it was sometimes humorous. I loved the quirkiness of that.

The introduction of the alien was fascinating and exciting. It was a little like Close Encounters of the Third Kind only the advantage was all on the humans side. There was enough of foreshadowing with the alien that left me wondering what’s in store for the next book between the it and Moire.

The only exceptions I have to make is in one action scene they seem to have gotten away a little too easily. They impersonated Toren personnel and I can’t help but wonder if that was just too easy. Also when Lorai was looking for Harrington, he just happened to be the one man she rescued. In a perfect world that might happen, but I don’t expect it in the real world. It was a little too predictable, but for the sake of fiction I can suspend belief and make believe.

Other then that I have no exceptions to make with this book. It was extremely well done and I can’t wait for the third installment. I only wish Sabrina Chase could write faster.

Review – Raven’s Children May 24, 2012

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Title: Raven’s Children

Author: Sabrina Chase

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Worlds Away Press

Publish Date: Sometime in July 2012

Available at: Not yet available

I received an ARC courtesy of the author.

Summary: (This review may contain spoilers for both readers who haven’t read book one and for readers for book two.)

Moire and the crew of the Raven continue to evade Toren. They continue to salvage ships in the hopes of accumulating enough money to build enough defenses for Sequoyah against the attack they know will happen when Toren discovers Sequoyah. Meanwhile, they launch an offensive against Toren to stop the manufacturing of the Created.

Review:

So much happens in this book I couldn’t quite summarize it. The action was non-stop. It was one long rollercoaster of movement. I was left breathless and I loved every minute of it.

Ennis and Moire meet up again on equal footing and passions ignite. It was a little corny at times, but it wasn’t overwhelmingly so. I thought it was appropriate.

Moire and Alan’s relationship deepened and it was touching. You could see her struggling with her feelings as a new mother and it was heart-warming. They have an odd situation so it was sometimes humorous. I loved the quirkiness of that.

The introduction of the alien was fascinating and exciting. It was a little like Close Encounters of the Third Kind only the advantage was all on the humans side. There was enough of foreshadowing with the alien that left me wondering what’s in store for the next book between the it and Moire.

The only exceptions I have to make is in one action scene they seem to have gotten away a little too easily. They impersonated Toren personnel and I can’t help but wonder if that was just too easy. Also when Lorai was looking for Harrington, he just happened to be the one man she rescued. In a perfect world that might happen, but I don’t expect it in the real world. It was a little too predictable, but for the sake of fiction I can suspend belief and make believe.

Other then that I have no exceptions to make with this book. It was extremely well done and I can’t wait for the third installment. I only wish Sabrina Chase could write faster.