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Fall Mini Reviews: Adult Books Edition

Posted by Caitie F on December 22, 2015

Title: In the Woods woods
Author: Tana French
Pub Date: May 17, 2007
Hardcover: 429 pages
Publisher: Viking
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox (his partner and closest friend) find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

Review:

I am always looking for great mysteries and this book really works! It has been on my shelf forever and I am so glad I finally read it. What makes a great mystery for me is the characters and these characters were fantastic. From the leads to the suspects to the side characters, every single on was defined and I had to know what happened next. Absolutely brilliant.

Title: A Discovery of WitchesdiscoverAuthor: Deborah Harkness
Pub Date: February 8, 2011
Paperback: 579 pages
Publisher: Viking
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Review:

I was not expecting to like this as much as I did. Vampires don’t interest me very much, and neither does paranormal. But I still picked this one up finally because so many people I tend to agree with said it was fantastic and it was. The writing in this is just stunning and that is what makes it stand out so much.

Title: Modern Romancemodern
Author: Aziz Ansari
Pub Date: June 16, 2015
Hardcover: 277 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?”

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

Review:

This book was so fascinating – and I think if you are dating is even more so. I still loved it and loved what it said about my generation as whole – and it isn’t all bad things! Reading this really gives some insight into the world now…and it is also really funny. I would love to see more like this from Aziz.

Title: DauntlessDauntless
Author: Jack Campbell
Pub Date: July 2006
Mass Market: 304 pages
Publisher: Ace
Rating: +++

Summary from goodreads:

The Alliance has been fighting the Syndics for a century–and losing badly. Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory. Their only hope is a man who’s emerged from a century-long hibernation to find he has been heroically idealized, beyond belief…

Captain John “Black Jack” Geary’s legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic “last stand” in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance’s one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic “Black Jack” legend…

Review:

This was such a fun book – it was fast, entertaining, and made me feel like I was watching a great episode of Star Trek. Is it the best book ever? No. But it is a fun way to spend a couple hours.

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Mini-Reviews

Posted by Caitie F on February 6, 2015

It is that time again – mini reviews because I have less time!

Title: I Heart NYHeart NY
Author: Lindsey Kelk
eBook: 322 pages
Pub Date: Sept 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: +++

Summary from goodreads:

.When you’re running away from a broken heart, there’s only one place to go…Adjusting tiaras at the foot of the aisle, Angela and her best friend prepare for the wedding of the year. But events don’t go as planned. And when a girl is in possession of a crumpled bridesmaid dress – and can’t go home – New York (for the very first time) seems like an excellent idea.

Angela’s new friend Jenny Lopez gives Angela a whirlwind tour of the city that never sleeps, and a makeover. Who hasn’t dreamed of starting afresh with a sassy New York wardrobe, a new haircut and a trip to the make-up counter? Before she knows it, the new Angela is getting over her broken heart by having dinner with two different boys. And, best of all, she gets to write about it in her fabulous new blog. But it’s one thing telling readers all about your romantic dilemmas. It’s another trying to figure them out for yourself!

Review:

This book was….fine. It is a fun romance, but it didn’t feel like anything that special. It was such a love letter to New York, which was fun, but it wasn’t a unique love letter. The obsession with bags and shoes just irritated me, mostly because I don’t know anyone who is that obsessed with their accessories.

Things came a little to easy to Angela. She arrives makes a new BFF (who happens to have her roommate moving out) instantly, she meets guys right away, and lands a job without much work. The stakes were never that high and the choice felt obvious.

It wasn’t bad – if you are looking for a fun, quick romance you should read it, I just expected more from it.

Title: Redshirtsredshirts
Author: John Scalzi
Hardcover: 320 pages
Pub Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Tor Books
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that:
(1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces
(2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations
(3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives

Review:

This is one of the most fun books i have ever read! if you like science fiction at all, you should read it. If you have ever enjoyed an episode of Star Trek, why haven’t you read it yet? It took me a while and I regret not reading it sooner.

I am not going to spoil anything, but pick this book up. It is so much fun to read. I laughed out loud so many times and the writing is brilliant.

Title: I Am Not a Serial Killerserial
Author: Dan Wells
Hardcover: 272 pages
Pub Date: March 2010
Publisher: Tor Books
Rating: ++

Summary from goodreads:

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat—and to appreciate what that difference means. Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can’t control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.

Review:

So this book was not what I was expecting. It starts off as one thing and then turned into something completely different, which I found disappointing. The second it changed over, i lost almost all interest in the book. The writing is fine, and I found the main character fascinating, but it just wasn’t for me.

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11/22/63 by Stephen King

Posted by Caitie F on November 15, 2014

Title: 11/22/6310644930
Author: Stephen King
Hardcover:849 pages
Pub Date: Nov 8, 2011
Publisher: Scribner
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

ife can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

Review:

This is my second favorite Stephen King book ever. I was up until 1 AM reading it last night, and I don’t do that often. It was that good. I had to know how it ended and I couldn’t sleep until that happened.

It is a brilliant book. The characters are complex and pretty lovable at the same time (except Oswald, of course).Jake/George is an easy voice to get used to and to root for. He doesn’t do everything right, but it makes him that much more realistic and makes the reader think.

There is a spot that i have heard a lot of people think is slow, and I see what they meant, but I like this period in history and am so fascinated by the years leading up to the Kennedy assassination, that it never lost my interest, and any reader that is into that as well will not be bothered.

This book is very suspenseful and there will be many times you read one more chapter or just one more section. The writing is superb (except for one scene that is pretty pathetic) and the story is well-crafted. King really did his research.

If you haven’t read this yet, do yourself a favor and pick it up!

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Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin

Posted by Caitie F on September 22, 2014

Title: Tabula Rasa
Author: Kristen Lippert-Martin
Hardcover: Sept 23. 2014
Pub Date: 352 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this heart-pounding debut.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah has a rare chance at a new life. Or so the doctors tell her. She’s been undergoing a cutting-edge procedure that will render her a tabula rasa—a blank slate. Memory by memory her troubled past is being taken away.

But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invades the isolated hospital under cover of a massive blizzard, her fresh start could be her end.

Navigating familiar halls that have become a dangerous maze with the help of a teen computer hacker who’s trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, Sarah starts to piece together who she is and why someone would want her erased. And she won’t be silenced again.

Review:

I have mentioned that I am always looking for young adult thrillers, so when I saw “Bourne Identity meets Divergent” I was excited. I was hoping for a crazy fast-paced book with killer action scenes.

And that is exactly what I got. The book was so exciting. There were bad guys with guns. There were good guys with guns. There were crazy fight scenes and gun battles that had me on the edge of my seat and it was absolutely impossible to put the book down. I skipped lunch to finish that book.

Is the book perfect? No. There are a lot of plot devices, but it was so exciting that I did not even care. It was just like action movies – things have to be done or taken in x amount of time to add suspense and risk. And that is okay, it just took me out of the story for a second.

The hospital and what they are doing there is kind of mind blowing. The more I found out, the scarier it was. I could totally see some people trying to do it…and being manipulative with it to hurt people they didn’t like.

My only issue with the book was that the end felt like an info dump. Someone explains everything they did and how they did it, like it was a Scooby Doo cartoon. I think it could have been done a little better, but it didn’t ruin the book.

If you are looking for a fast-paced action thriller that will keep you guessing, pick this up!

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The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress by Marissa Meyer

Posted by Caitie F on August 28, 2014

Title: Cinder11235712
Author: Marissa Meyer
Hardcover: 390 pages
Pub Date: Jan 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future

Review:

I read all three of the books that are out in the series within about three weeks of each other, so I thought i would do small reviews of all three. Also, i don’t want to spoil things for people who haven’t read, so each review will get shorter than the last.

The first book has such great characterization. It is a retelling, but it is a very loose retelling. Cinder is a mechanic, which is so cool, is brave, and is the most loving friend anyone can find. The prince was such a better character than the usual boring prince charming. There is political tension and he has to make real decisions that affect his entire kingdom.

That political tension makes this entire series more complex and interesting than many other series or retellings. There is depth and layers at every turn. The book is also so exciting and fun to read as well. I knew I had to read more

 

Title: ScarletScarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Hardcover: 452 pages
Pub Date: Feb 5, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: +++

Summary from pub:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her.

As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner

Review:

Scarlet is my least favorite book in the series, but it was still good. I really liked Scarlet, – is smart, strong, and pretty fearless…but I wasn’t crazy about Wolf. I don’t really see the appeal of his character. He is interesting, especially when you learn more about his origin, but I didn’t see the spark.

Cinder’s story is really fascinating in this. She has to come to terms with what she learned in the first book and find out more about herself. There is also another really great character who is introduced early in the book.

 

Title: Cress13206828
Author: Marissa Meyer
Hardcover: 550 pages
Pub Date: Feb 14, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: +++++

Summary from pub:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Review:

This was by far my favorite in the series.

Cress is absolutely brilliant and I loved every moment i was reading about her. Cinder is increibly complex and interesting. She is being pushed so many different directions and situations and has to learn to navigate tricky moral questions. Thorne is incredible

Queen Levena is the perfect villain and the prince is the perfect hero to his kingdom. He is always torn on what to do and he doesn’t always do what everyone else might. But that is what makes him interesting and that is what makes him a great leader.

Read all three books in this series soon. You won’t be sorry!

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Pills and Starships by Lydia Millet

Posted by Caitie F on June 11, 2014

Title: Pills and Starships18528033
Author: Lydia Millet
Paperback: 256 pages
Pub Date: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Black Sheep
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

In this dystopic future brought by global warming, seventeen-year-old Nat and her hacker brother Sam have come by ship to the Big Island of Hawaii for their parents’ Final Week. The few Americans who still live well also live long—so long that older adults bow out not by natural means but by buying death contracts from the corporates who now run the disintegrating society by keeping the people happy through a constant diet of “pharma.” Nat’s family is spending their pharma-guided last week at a luxury resort complex called the Twilight Island Acropolis.

Deeply conflicted about her parents’ decision, Nat spends her time keeping a record of everything her family does in the company-supplied diary that came in the hotel’s care package. While Nat attempts to come to terms with her impending parentless future, Sam begins to discover cracks in the corporates’ agenda and eventually rebels against the company his parents have hired to handle their last days. Nat has to choose a side. Does she let her parents go gently into that good night, or does she turn against the system and try to break them out?

But the deck is stacked against Nat and Sam: in this oppressive environment, water and food are scarce, mass human migrations are constant, and new babies are illegal. As the week nears its end, Nat rushes to protect herself and her younger brother from the corporates while also forging a path toward a future that offers the hope of redemption for humanity.

Review:

I keep thinking there can’t be another creative and chilling dystopian book, but they keep coming.

This one is a little bit terrifying. Global warming has brought people very close together and almost all time is spent inside. Corporations have taken over society completely. People are living for a long time and go to special retreats to die “on their own terms” and everyone is always drugged by the corporations. The whole situation is very creepy and you know there is much more going on behind closed doors. Luckily, Nat and Sam get to peek behind those doors when they go to Hawaii for their parents Final Week and see that something has to change. But it is all very scary. You do not want to be in a society like this at all.

Nat is a really great character because she is how most of us would be. She is pretty accepting at first, until things start to not add up. Her brother is more influenced by those speaking out, which is great, but Nat is really what most of us would be like. Once she is skeptical, she starts to try to find out everything she can and save those she loves. She is very bright, but not to an unrealistic extent. She is still a scared teen, but she is a scared teen who wants to make a difference.

This is not a slow book and is very hard to put down. You will want to find out more about the society and how it all happened. It will make you start thinking about corporations roles in our world and where lines need to be drawn. It reminded me a little of the Matched trilogy’s society, only creepier because it is corporations.It laso might make oyu think abotu your own energy consumption. I know I have been trying to conserve more to keep this future from happening!

I really want to read the rest of the series now!

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Future Flash by Kita Helmetag Murdock

Posted by Caitie F on June 1, 2014

Title: Future Flashfuture
Author: Kita Helmetag Murdock
Hardcover: 208 pages
Pub Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Sky Pony
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

For as long as she can remember, Laney has been having visions of the future that she sees when she makes physical contact with another person. Left on a doorstep as a baby, Laney’s past has always been cloudy to her, despite the clarity with which she can see the future. Her caretaker, Walt, claims to be her father, but Laney has a nagging suspicion that he isn’t quite telling her the entire truth. And when a new kid, Lyle, moves to her small town, Laney is dreading meeting him—she almost always gets a future flash when first meeting someone new, and the flashes aren’t always good. Unfortunately, her meeting with Lyle isn’t just bad; it’s painful. Engulfed in flames, Lyle’s future flash is the worst Laney’s ever experienced. But what does it mean? Is there anything Laney can do to change the future? And will she be able to save Lyle not only from a fiery death but also from the merciless class bully without becoming a victim of his antics herself?

Review:

When I read many supernatural books, I think about how great it would be to have some of the powers I read about. Not so much with this one. Having a future flash would make life pretty difficult, especially if you don’t know if you can change that future.

That is what Laney sets out to do. For the first time, she sees a future that isn’t just bad, it is deadly. Since she sees that Lyle’s future is coming soon, she wants to try to save, and learns a lot about herself and where she is from.

This is one of the most suspenseful middle grade novels I have read! The reader knows the fire is coming and spends every moment while in the pages thinking “is this it?”. While you sit and wonder, you also start to really love these characters and want them to survive.

This isn’t just a story about changing the future, it is mostly a story about friendship and family . Lyle and Laney both have complicated family lives and it shapes how they act. It adds a level to their characters that make them feel so genuine. You want to help these kids.

This is a good book with a new look at a concept that has been around. Midddle grade readers will especially love the characters.

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Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca

Posted by Caitie F on May 6, 2014

Title: PandemicPandemic
Author: Yvonne Ventresca
Hardcover: 352 pages
Pub Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time.

Unfortunately, Lilianna’s circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn doomsayer she has become, but her situation isn’t about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil’s worst fears are realized.

With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak—her father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey—Lil’s town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster. Now, she’s more alone than she’s been since the “incident” at her school months ago.

With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lil does everything she can just to survive. But as the disease rages on, so does an unexpected tension as Lil is torn between an old ex and a new romantic interest. Just when it all seems too much, the cause of her original trauma shows up at her door.

Review:

This is such an emotional read. I used about a third of a box of tissues when I was reading it. While it is incredibly sad, it is also moving and manages to have some hope.

Lilianna is  such an incredibly complex character. She is so smart and caring, but something happened at the end of last year and it shook her confidence and her core. I am glad young adult authors are showing that when certain things happen to you, it is hard to just go on with your life. Some things change you and it is not easy to just get back to normal, especially when you have one of your best friends abandon you in your moment of need. There were so many deaths and sudden illnesses that made me cry and hurt, but the things people did to each other hurt just as much.

One thing that makes this book a little terrifying is that it could easily happen. This is the “worst case scenario” for diseases like H1N1. Most people who get it die. There are refrigerated trucks that are used to hold bodies. There are looters everywhere. It is terrifying because it could happen. So if you are a hypochondriac, do not read this book.

But there are also people doing good. There are high schoolers bringing in orphaned children and babies. Some are finding the abandoned animals. The health care professionals are working around the clock to save those they can. Disasters can bring out the best and the worst, and this shows how there can be hope in even the darkest times.

This is a really great book, my only issue was the romance. I liked their relationship, but I thought the story about them becoming friends was much more interesting. It felt a little unnecessary, like there was a romance because this is young adult and we need one.

This is still a great book that feels very realistic from the characters to the situations. Unless you are a hypochondriac, you should read this.

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Scan by Walter Jury and S.E. Fine

Posted by Caitie F on April 27, 2014

Title: Scan13451410
Author: Walter Jury and S.E. Fine
Hardcover: 336 pages
Pub Date: May 1, 2014
Publisher: Putnam
Rating: +++

Summary from pub:

Tate and his father don’t exactly get along. As Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high expectations for Tate to be the best—at everything. Tate finally learns what he’s being prepared for when he steals one of his dad’s odd tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school, killing his father in the process and sending Tate on the run from aliens who look just like humans.

Even with all he knows like how to defend himself with useful tools made out of bubblegum, Tate fears he’s still inadequate. With the help of his girlfriend and estranged mother, all Tate can really do is keep moving and ensure his father’s invention stays out of the hands of his pursuers and that his father didn’t die in vain

Review:

If you are looking for a science fiction book with aliens and a lot of action, look no further. It felt like the action rarely stopped.

Which isn’t a bad thing. When I read the description of the book, my first thought was that I hoped it would be action-packed and not too much on the science of it all and that is what I got. It is a hard book to put down because you keep wondering how Tate and Christina are going to get out of their situation alive.

I also thought their relationship was interesting, but wish Christina has expressed her thoughts more. I mean, she just found out she was an alien and while it freaks her out a little, I would have liked to know more. They were both good characters, thought Tate’s father trained him to be a little too perfect. He could go into a convenience store and figure out how to make a device that would save them a little too easily. But, he was basically bred to be a genius who is perfect, so it didn’t bother me too much.

The best part about this book was the dynamic of both The Fifty and The Core. Everyone in The Fifty has different opinions of the best way to do things. Some look for a peaceful route that can save everyone. Some want to kill all the aliens, even the ones that don’t know what they are (which makes for the most edge-of-your-seat moment in the book). Some are in the middle. There are even aliens who have left The Core who see things differently from the “take all the power’ group. I will read the next book in the series just to see where all that goes

It wasn’t the best book, but it was good. It lost an extra star because it didn’t actually end. The last sentence was just a cliffhanger for the next book and that is one of my pet peeves.

Have you read any good science fiction lately?

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Changers Book One: Drew by T Cooper

Posted by Caitie F on February 23, 2014

Title: Changers: Book One: Drew17675386
Author: T Cooper
Paperback: 288 pages
Pub Date: Feb 4, 2014
Publisher:  Black Sheep
Rating:  +++++

Summary from pub:

Changers Book One: Drew opens on the eve of Ethan Miller’s freshman year of high school in a brand-new town. He’s finally sporting a haircut he doesn’t hate, has grown two inches since middle school, and can’t wait to try out for the soccer team. At last, everything is looking up in life.

Until the next morning. When Ethan awakens as a girl.

Ethan is a Changer, a little-known, ancient race of humans who live out each of their four years of high school as a different person. After graduation, Changers choose which version of themselves they will be forever—and no, they cannot go back to who they were before the changes began.

Ethan must now live as Drew Bohner—a petite blonde with an unfortunate last name—and navigate the treacherous waters of freshman year while also following the rules: Never tell anyone what you are. Never disobey the Changers Council. And never, ever fall in love with another Changer. Oh, and Drew also has to battle a creepy underground syndicate called “Abiders” (as well as the sadistic school queen bee, Chloe). And she can’t even confide in her best friend Audrey, who can never know the real her, without risking both of their lives

Review:

This is one of the most creative concepts I have heard about, so I knew I would have to read it right away! I was worried that the execution wouldn’t be as good as the  concept, but it was amazing!

Each book in this series will have the character living  as a different person because they are a Changer. They will wake up each year of high school as a new person. Ethan doesn’t even know he is a Changer until he wakes up the first day of freshman year as Drew – a small blond girl. And everything is different. Everyone treats Drew differently than they treated Ethan. Ethan/Drew has to deal with all the first of being a female very quickly and it is very hard to get used to it. Ethan/Drew also looks at sexuality in a unique way as Ethan like girls and Drew is attracted to both genders. It is such a different take on human sexuality and I hope it makes readers think and causes some great discussions.

But Drew does get used to it and makes some friends and has normal teenage problems and triumphs. And all of that would make for a fantastic young adult novel. Yet there is even more. There is a group that is very anti-Changers. This group doesn’t have a problem with exposing or hurting them. There are also a lot of rules for Changers. Rules about not telling anyone and not dating any other Changers. So life is pretty complicated and gets very exciting.

The crazy thing is, each year won’t get any easier. Ethan/Drew has to keep notes about life because at the end of the four year they must choose who to be for the rest of their life.And these Abiders aren’t going anywhere either.

I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in this series. I hope we get to see the Main Character as a different race in at least one of the books. I look forward to what is done with such a great concept.

 

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