2017 Short Story Challenge (en Français & in English!)

  I was inspired to create this challenge by Max over at WellDoneBooks on Youtube. In a recent video, he mentioned that one of his goals for 2017 was to read more short stories. What I like about this goal … Continue reading

Review: Prelude (Book One of the Nocturne’s Reaping series) by Jennifer Alice Chandler

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this novel in exchange for a review. As always, all of my opinions are 100% honest!

Before I get into my review, I want to mention that I’m also going to post an interview I did with Jennifer. She’s very sweet and while she may not be the most famous author in the world, she has some insight into the genre and in publishing. I think you’ll enjoy it, so stay tuned!

Official Book Summary: 

Seventeen-year-old Lark Tampy was falsely convicted of a crime and sent to an adult prison colony as a child. She soon comes under the thumb of the ruthless leader of a syndicate of outlaws. This man is known by the name Leader Monrage. Still, as bad as being Leader Monrage’s pawn can be, it pales in comparison to the secret plan he has in store. It is a plan that could take countless lives throughout the universe.

Nocturne's Reaping Cover

Can you sense the drama yet? Can you feel it? *looks into camera while dramatic music plays*

I’m going to start with Lark. Lark is pretty commendable, considering she did not do the crime (won’t tell you what it is or who actually did it of course) and yet is serving the time. (Whenever I rhyme by accident I get pretty darn happy with myself. “She didn’t do the crime but still did the time HA!) But Lark isn’t in just any sort of prison. She’s in a prison COLONY, meant for adults, as a child. And then there’s Leader Monrage. Let me tell you one thing; he’s creepy. But he also seems so…human. He is human, but he didn’t seem that ruthless or vile to me. I don’t know if he was intended to be, but this made it more interesting. He seemed more like a crazy guy with big ideas and an evil mindset. Still, don’t mess with him if you ever meet him. Just don’t.

I’ve also gotta give this novel points for such an interesting array of names. No John Smith’s here. Lark, for example, is such a cool name.

I can’t say much else without giving anything away, so I’ll leave you with that. I’m going to give Prelude 3.5 stars, because it was fast-paced and enjoyable, and had interesting characters. There were also a couple twists along the way that made it even easier to keep reading. Overall, a good sci-fi novel that will especially please sci-fi connoisseurs more than those who just dabble in the genre. Not my favorite sci-fi novel, but still something I don’t regret reading.

You can pick up Prelude on Amazon for your kindle here:

http://www.amazon.com/Prelude-First-Book-Nocturnes-ReapingTM-ebook/dp/B00TYVROKK

or you can snag yourself a nice print copy here:

http://www.amazon.com/Prelude-First-Book-Nocturnes-Reaping/dp/1507537980/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Happy reading! 🙂

Battle of the Sequel: Cinder vs Scarlet

It’s a battle of epic proportions. Two novels. One winner. Which will survive the grueling tests? Which will emerge victorious?  *Dramatic music now plays*

Well, maybe not epic proportions. But Cinder and Scarlet are at least somewhat out of this world, if you know what I mean. OK, enough with the bad puns.

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Both images are from Goodreads.

My opinion: I preferred the second book in the series, Scarlet, to be much better than the first book, Cinder.

Arguments:
1. Cinder spent more time setting up than getting to the action, a point you’ve probably heard me say only about five different times. Scarlet had the PERFECT opening. You were dropped right into the real plot and action from page 1. I already knew I would love it.

2. Cinder is cool, but I liked seeing her more as a secondary character in the second book. It gave her more of a status (hey there’s that kick-ass mechanic cyborg girl from Book 1 on the run! Awesome!), somehow, seeing things through the eyes of someone other than Cinder. It was like reading about a familiar friend.

3. Scarlet’s story is frankly more eventful, but less sci-fi-esque than Cinder. This could be a good or bad thing depending on how you see it.

4. Scarlet had cooler characters; Thorne tops my list of favorite book characters ever. He is one of the few characters that actually made me laugh out loud. Oh, and there’s our mysterious Wolf. (Scarlet is based off of Little Red Riding Hood)

5. This point does not effect my opinion, but I would say Cinder’s cover is more intriguing than Scarlet’s. Cinder’s is an x-ray view into Cinder’s android/human foot and Scarlet’s is… A cape and an elbow?

However, don’t disregard Cinder. I rated it very highly, especially when it came to the second half of the novel! Lots of people try and remake fairy tales, but nobody has done it like Marissa Meyer.

Remember, you must read Cinder before you get to Scarlet! No skipping!! On to Cress, Book #3!

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Review: Waterfell by Amalie Howard

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Basic Summary/Synopsis:
Princess Protection Program meets The Little Mermaid in this YA novel. Nerissa Marin is royalty; underwater royalty. But, she hides among humans in California until she can claim her birthright. Her kingdom underwater is in deep trouble; her father was murdered in their underwater kingdom and his murderer is on the loose. But in the midst of this, Nerissa falls for a new (and human) boy named Lo. Will this be the end for Rissa and her kingdom?

Major Characters:
Nerissa Marin- underwater royalty, heir to throne, attends mortal high school pretending to be human
Speio- Nerissa’s protector
Lo Seavon- Nerissa’s love interest

Nerissa is very relatable, despite the fact that she is not human. She does a great job at blending in. Speio is usually annoyed with Nerissa, I found, but for good reason. (He is sure something will happen to her- considering the king was murdered and her mom is missing, meaning Nerissa is the heir.)  Lo is cute and never fails to surprise you.

I am going to make a slight comparison between this book and Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Both books contain the whole, “I’m not who you think I am.” scene, someone who cares for this foreign person and wants the secrets kept, and a very attractive love interest. (I.e Daemon not wanting Dee befriending people and always showing up when he knew she or Katy was in danger, Speio trying to protect Nerissa…) If you are just coming off of the Lux series, try Waterfell. I think you’ll enjoy it.

As I read I was thinking the ending would be predictable and that I knew how it would end. Yet Amalie Howard pulled out some surprises that I did not expect at all! I was shocked by the ending.

As soon as I started reading Waterfell, I knew I was in love. It is addicting. You could call it a guilty pleasure read. It hits the right notes if what you are looking to read is something fast, mysterious and fun. I can’t wait to read the sequel, Oceanborn.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

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