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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sabriel

***
3 Stars/5


Spending almost all her life in a boarding school in Ancelstierre, Sabriel has little experience of the Old Kingdom and its magic. After her father the Abhorsen, a person who binds the dead and makes sure they stay dead, goes missing she must enter the Old Kingdom, with her limited knowledge, she finds help in Mogget, a mysterious magic spirit cat, and Touchstone, a young charter mage who has been trapped as a figurehead for decades. With threats mounting on all sides, will Sabriel be able to save her father, who is trapped in death, and stop the evil Kerrigor.

Sabriel is an enjoyable epic fantasy adventure with unique magic and an intriguing concept but an underdeveloped romance. While I never got bored I wish it was faster paced as it was a bit slow, and it was not as good as I remembered when I first read it when I was younger.

Sabriel is a likable, independent and mature teen who is not perfect, as she makes mistakes, but she learns from them. While I liked Touchstone I did not feel like we got to know him that well, but he was nice and brave. However, my favourite character is Mogget as he was funny and sarcastic.


Sabriel is a good and unique fantasy story and I would recommend to fans of the Healer series by Maria V Snyder and The Seven Kingdoms by Harry G Sherwin.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Doctor Mars

***
3 Stars/5


Thanks to T A Uner for giving me this book to review.

In the early 22nd century, Mars has been terraformed and is inhabited by humans. Liberty Rise is a gifted mutant, who is a member of the Mars Colonial Police Force, and uses her power to manipulate time, to help solve crimes. When a murder investigation involves the scientist Dr Hitzig, it threatens the safety of not just Liberty but all of Mars.

Doctor Mars is an enjoyable sci-fi/paranormal crime novella which has action and a bit of romance. It is fast paced which makes the book seem even shorter but it has a unique concept and a good setting.

All of the characters are strong, distinctive and interesting including the bad guys. Liberty is a very strong female character who is resilient and intelligent and I look forward to seeing more of her.


The ending had something I did not expect and this novella is an enjoyable introduction to the series and I look forward to reading the next book. I would recommend to fans of sci-fi crime short stories. 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Follow me Through Darkness

*
1 Star/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Spencer Hill Press for giving me this book to review.

Less than a year ago Neely Ambrose believed in the elders and her only worry was that she does not have the freedom to do want she wants. Then she discovers the elders plans and that her whole life has been manufactured. Now Neely is on the run in the dangerous wasteland and has 40 days to find out the truth and to save everyone she knows and loves.

Follow me Through Darkness is a young adult dystopia but I could not get into it. I was confused all the time during this book, as the main character already knew what was happening but us, the readers, were not told and I did not like it so I stopped reading it.

I could not connect with Neely but she seemed a nice enough character. Thorne did not interest me much especially as I was really confused by the twin thing. The only person who truly interested me was Xenith but he was not in it that much.


Unfortunately I could not get into Follow me Through Darkness. 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Broken Promise

****
4 Stars/5


Thanks to Jen Wylie for giving me this book to review.

After delivering the Prince to his home, Aro and her boys need to recover from this last year. They decide to stay in the city of Westport for the winter, to figure out what to do next, and to discover what happened to Aro’s brothers. However, not everything goes to plan as the Were King is displeased with the group’s disregard of Were law, and the Elves are displeased with the change in the Prince and use his only weakness, Aro, against him. Aro is forced to rely on a new ally, the ruthless pirate, Roan, with secrets and an agenda of his own, should Aro really trust him?

Broken Promise is the really enjoyable third book in the Broken Ones series. It is slower paced than the first two book, especially the first half. The second half is better as it is action packed and has bits of romance.

Aro has been though an awful lot in the last two books and I am glad she got a bit of a break in this book, even though I did get a bit bored of her moping after the Prince, but there are lots of people after her either to kill or use her. Kei and Prince are not in this book as much as I would have liked and I did miss them, but there was an interesting new character, Roan, as I never knew what he was thinking or what he was going to do next.


I really liked this book and am looking forward to the next book in the Broken Ones series. I would recommend Broken Promise to fans of Jen Wylie, especially those whose who enjoyed the first two books in this series, Broken Aro and Broken Prince. 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Collision

****
4 Stars/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Baen Books for giving me this book to review.

After Sera gives up her angelhood in return for John Murdock’s life, she is heartbroken to discover that he has lost all memory of her, his powers, and the Thulian invasion of Earth. Bella is still trying to come to terms with being the official leader of Echo, and Victrix is dealing with Overwatch now being an official part of Echo. How will all of them cope with their altered roles in post Invasion Atlanta?

I really enjoyed Collision; but whilst it was quite slow paced at the beginning, it more than made up for that with the end battle. However, the battle scenes took up an immense amount of the book which left less time for us to follow the characters.

I liked Sera in this book, as she is more human, and you can feel her pain at losing all that she had known, including John.  I really felt for Victrix throughout the whole series, as she has overcome extreme adversity, and still suffers emotionally whilst still coming through for Echo and the CCCP. I did feel that this book focused on John and Sera’s problems to the detriment of other story lines, and would have liked to see more of the underlying CCCP, and Verdigris arcs be shown.


I really liked Collision and would recommend this series to readers of other Mercedes Lackey and Cody Martin books.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

With Tide and Tempest

****
4 Stars/5


Aemi is still struggling to adapt to life in Itlantis, with people believing she is part of the Nautilus plot, someone is trying to kill her again and her mother and sister have returned home to Primus. Still trying to find out information about her father and the Azure Institute, Aemi talks to Valus, the son of Arik Nautilus, the person who destroyed Celestrus. When Aemi receives word that her best friend Kit might be alive on the surface, she and some of her friends set out to find him but will they be able to avoid Nautilus’s men who petrol the waters?

With Tide and Tempest is the really enjoyable third book in the Secrets of Itlantis series. It is addictive, just like the other books in the series, and has action, twists and romance. However, I did find it a bit similar to By Sun and Saltwater, with them going off to investigate things.

Aemi is still as good as she was in the first two books as she was clever and strong but has learn to think things through more than she did before. My favourite newish character in this book is Valus because he is not what I was expecting.


I am really enjoying this series and am really looking forward to reading the next book For Wreak and Remnant as this book ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger. I would recommend With Tide and Tempest to fans of the first two books in the Secrets of Itlantis series. 

Thursday, 27 November 2014

By Sun and Saltwater

****
4 Stars/5


Life in Itlantis has turned out differently from how Aemi first imagined it, with her discovering that she is the heir to the Graywater family and a member of Itlantis high society. However, being one of the elite is not as easy as she would have believed, with Itlantis high society being fraught with rumours and accusations, multiple assassination attempts and she discovers that her father was executed for treason. Desperate for answers Aemi and her friends set off to Arctus, the ice city, but they discover more than they expected.  

By Sun and Saltwater is a really good sequel to Of Sea and Stone. It has plenty of twists and secrets, and it is fast paced and has action, mystery and romance.

I really like Aemi in this book as she has so much to deal with yet she is still strong and kind. There are lots of returning characters including Lyssia and Merclus and another character who I am glad reappears in this book. My favourite new character is Tallyn as he is not all he seems and really cared for Aemi.


This book is just as good as the last book and I am looking forward to the next book With Tide and Tempest. I would recommend By Sun and Saltwater to fans of the first book in the Secrets of Itlantis series Of Sea and Stone.