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Book Review: Key to the Journey by Rue

24 Mar

Title: Key to the Journey (The Chronicles of Hawthorn #2)

Author: Rue

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: June 22, 2016

 

Summary

Young Flynn Hawthorn anxiously awaits the return of the initiates to Moa Bend. Normally she doesn’t look forward to her training sessions, but she’ll do anything to end her endless afternoons trapped in Mistress Tamsin’s Herb Hut.

Without warning, Flynn’s world turns upside down. Her best friend is missing and could be lost in Dreamwood Forest. Her mother, the High Priestess, finally tells Flynn the truth about her father—an outsider, from beyond the mist. And somehow, the falcon she chose to train is triggering strange episodes of time-warped astral travel!

Flynn embarks on a journey to uncover long-awaited answers. Will she find a way to save her people from the growing threat in Southeil, or will she unwittingly put herself directly into the hands of the Shadow Witch?

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read  An Average Curse which is a fantasy for middle grade readers and older and I was looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Key to the Journey.

Key to the Journey is a quick read and I liked it even more than the first book. It is full of friendship, hope, adventure and magic. 

As soon as Flynn starts showing signs of ancient magic, the elders want to take her out of regular training and start training her to be High Priestess. Flynn is overwhelmed but doesn’t have time to even process what is going on when she finds out that her best friend, Hazel, is missing. While on this journey, Flynn and the witch of the wood decide that she needs to take her own journey and “find herself.” She goes on a true adventure with just her falcon but does she find the answers she’s looking for?

I definitely recommend Key to the Journey for anyone who likes fantasy and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

 

About the Author

Rue_2013BW(2)Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

 

 

 

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Book Review: Sandy’s Gift: Walking with the Light by William P. Dunn IV

22 Mar

More than 15 million adults and their immediate families in America today must cope with a patient suffering from severe mental illness. In too many cases, these families cannot or do not know how to get help for their loved ones.

SANDY’S GIFT: WALKING WITH THE LIGHT (Cedar Forge, 2017, softcover) by William P. Dunn IV is an intimate and shocking true story that tells of the tragic plight of Sandra Dunn, a mother and loving wife whose life takes a tragic turn when she suddenly falls victim to severe mental illness; how the healthcare profession and the law prevented her from getting the treatment she needed; how it destroyed her family and nearly got them killed. By sharing his story, Dunn hopes that people will have a better understanding of the ravages of mental illness and know how to cope with them better.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have heard so many times about abused women who are unable to get help or even when they do get help, it’s not enough. I have also heard about children being “lost” in the system by Family Services. But I never realized that the family of a person with mental illness could have so much difficulty getting help. I understand the idea behind HPPA but how ridiculous! And I know that the people who work for Family Services are overworked and underpaid, but obviously something needs to be done!

My heart broke for Bill Dunn. He tried everything he could think of and still couldn’t get the help he needed. He did a good job of making his and Sandy’s story a good read while getting his point across.

I think this is a book that everyone should read. People need to know what families of victims mental illness can go through and, hopefully, with more awareness, others can be saved.

 

Author’s Bio

William P. Dunn IV worked on Wall Street in the U.S. Government bond market where he worked his way up from the back office to the trading desks. After twenty years on Wall Street, he became a financial advisor in northern New Jersey. He continues to work as an investment advisor. He is a graduate of Thiel College where he earned a dual degree in Economics and Business Administration. Today he lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is a proud grandfather.

 

 

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Book Review: Billy Plonka and the Grot Laboratory by Ian Billings

21 Mar

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Billy Plonka and the Grot Laboratory is a parody of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. It’s definitely a different type of book but I think maybe middle school boys might enjoy it. There are a lot of nonsense words and Grot is nasty. The laboratory is messy and icky. 

The plot is pretty much the same as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children who get to go to the laboratory each have a fault, the maker of Grot is Billy Plonka (instead of Willy Wonka, of course), etc. My favorite name is the Grumpy Trumpers rather than Oompa Loompas.

I don’t think this is a book that most adults would enjoy but I do think there are middle school readers that might like it because it’s so silly.

 

About the Author

Ian was born at a very young age. He is a comic, writer of books, plays, pantomimes, a reformed juggler, an actor and dabbler in many areas. He is a veteran of over 50 pantomimes having performed with, directed or written for stars such as Frankie Howerd, Sylvester McCoy, Bernie Clifton, Julie Goodyear, Little and Large, Cannon and Ball and Timmy Mallett in such diverse venues as Theatre Royal Nottingham, Derngate Theatre, Northampton, Harwich Docks and Gatwick Airport. For the last eight years he was director, writer and performer at Telford’s Place Theatre.

Website: http://www.ianbillings.com/

 

 

 

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Onions in the Stew by Betty Macdonald

20 Mar

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Author: Betty MacDonald

Narrator: Heather Henderson

Length: 9 hours 40 minutes

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press⎮2016

Genre: Humor, Memoir

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The bestselling author of the American humor classic The Egg and I continues the adventure with this collection of tales about life on the fringe of the Western wilderness. Writing in the 1950s, Betty MacDonald, sophisticated and urbane, captivated readers with her observations about raising a family on an island in Puget Sound. As usual, humorist MacDonald is her own favorite target. She manages to get herself into scrapes with washing machines set adrift in rowboats, used cars, and a $25 Turkey Squasher. And then there’s the scariest aspect of island life — teenaged children.

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Betty Bard MacDonald (1907–1958), the best-selling author of The Egg and I and the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children’s books, burst onto the literary scene shortly after the end of World War II. Readers embraced her memoir of her years as a young bride operating a chicken ranch on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, andThe Egg and I sold its first million copies in less than a year. The public was drawn to MacDonald’s vivacity, her offbeat humor, and her irreverent take on life. In 1947, the book was made into a movie starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, and spawned a series of films featuring MacDonald’s Ma and Pa Kettle characters.

MacDonald followed up the success of The Egg and I with the creation of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a magical woman who cures children of their bad habits, and with three additional memoirs: The Plague and I (chronicling her time in a tuberculosis sanitarium just outside Seattle), Anybody Can Do Anything (recounting her madcap attempts to find work during the Great Depression), and Onions in the Stew (about her life raising two teenage daughters on Vashon Island).

Author Paula Becker was granted full access to Betty MacDonald’s archives, including materials never before seen by any researcher. Looking for Betty MacDonald, the first official biography of this endearing Northwest storyteller, reveals the story behind the memoirs and the difference between the real Betty MacDonald and her literary persona.

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Heather Henderson is a voice actress and audiobook narrator with a 20-year career in literary and performing arts. Her narrations include the NYT bestseller (now also a feature film) Brain on Fire; and Sharon Creech’s The Boy on the Porch, which won her an Earphones award and was named one of the Best Children’s Audiobooks for 2013 by Audiofile Magazine. She earned her Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the Yale School of Drama, and is co-curator of AudioEloquence.com, a pronunciation research site for the audiobook industry. In 2015, Heather was a finalist for a Voice Arts Award (Outstanding Narration, Audiobook Classics), for her narration of Betty MacDonald’s The Egg and I.

 

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy of the audiobook. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I had listened to The Egg and I, The Plague and I,  and Anybody Can do Anything and enjoyed all of them so I was looking forward to listening to this one. Betty MacDonald’s storytelling is delightful as is the narration.

This isn’t my favorite book by Betty MacDonald, but it’s still good. It’s about her family life on Vashon Island in Puget Sound with her husband Don and her girls during their trying teen years.

Betty had such a great view of everything and everyone. From neighbors and unexpected guests to blundering repairmen and unreasonable teen daughters, she made me giggle.  

The narrator, Heather Henderson, has a pleasant voice and I enjoy listening to her. She did a great job of using different voices for different characters. She has narrated all of the books by Betty MacDonald that I’ve listened to and it was nice to associate her voice with Betty’s stories.

I definitely recommend all of these audiobooks by Betty Macdonald. They’re bound to bring a smile to your face. Continue reading

Book Review: Feel Me Break by Tara R.

18 Mar

Chloe Reed and Nick Grayson couldn’t have more different lives. Where Chloe had a bleak future and was trying to deal with a loss that had left a hole in her heart, Nick was a happy-go-lucky guy, leading a carefree life with a path set.

Until one fateful night, they met and everything changed. The night that gave Chloe hope for the future, left Nick scarred for life. Was their meeting a one-off tryst or was their story just beginning?

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Nick and Chloe meet one fateful night. Nick saves Chloe from ending her life and after he leaves her with a friend, his life changes in an instant. Both Nick and Chloe are broken and think about each other all the time but they don’t know how to contact one another. Even though they hardly know each other, that night brought them together.

When Nick and Chloe meet by chance two years later, Chloe is doing better and she can see that Nick is suffering. She wants the chance to save him this time. What happens next? I don’t know because that’s how this novella ends!

Feel Me Break is good and I recommend it, but only if you plan on reading the book that follows, Watch Me Rise.

 

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Book Review: Service Goat by Piers Anthony

15 Mar

Orphaned and blind seven-year-old Callie has a service animal – a goat with extraordinary powers.

Ben Hemoth is a down-on-his luck news reporter facing prison. Needing to save his job and his reputation, he teams up with Venus, a young seductress caught up with a teenage drug gang.

When a mysterious letter arrives detailing a top-secret investigative operation, Ben and Venus think they’ve found their chance for redemption. The mission? Investigate a goat.

In exchange for an extravagant paycheck, Ben and Venus must piece together the wild rumors swirling around Callie, her supernatural goat, and a possible UFO visit.

Piers Anthony’s Service Goat is an extraordinary tale rich with adventure, extraterrestrial visitors, secrecy, dangerous governmental operations, and the classic hints of mischief that readers have come to expect and love from the New York Times bestselling author of the Xanth series.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I’ve been wanting to read something for Piers Anthony for a while now so I jumped at the chance to get a free copy to review.

I like the four main characters. Ben is down on his luck because of Venus but she is trying to redeem herself. Callie was in a car accident in which her parents were killed and she would have died too if the goat, Nanny, hadn’t come along. Nanny is an alien who is able to take away the pain and desperation that Callie feels. 

The people in this book are manipulated by Nanny enough so that they will keep her secret. They are generally good people, though. The only “bad guys” are the government. That’s a big obstacle though. Will they be able to keep their secret as more people learn about Nanny?

I definitely recommend Service Goat. There aren’t any explicit sex scenes but sex is mentioned many times so I suggest parental guidance. 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: How to Find Your Dream Dog by Dixie Tenny

14 Mar

Bringing a new dog into the household should be one of life’s happiest events. The process always starts with excitement and high expectations. Too often, though, it ends in disappointment. The new puppy wakes everyone three times a night, gnaws on furniture, piddles everywhere, knocks the children down. The new adolescent dog is too wild. The new adult dog growls at your neighbors. And where did all this dog hair come from?

Most people spend hours researching a new mattress, days researching a new car, and weeks researching a new home or job. Yet for a new dog, a companion for the next 10-15 years, the most they do is visit the nearest shelter or pet shop and buy whatever looks cute and appealing. It’s no wonder they end up disappointed.

Whether you are looking for a purebred puppy or a charming mixed-breed, the type of dog you bring into your home matters. A quiet owner will struggle to keep up with a high-energy labrador mix, for instance, while an active outdoor family will be impatient with a snoozy bulldog. And finding the right kind of dog means becoming the right kind of owner—a task that takes some forethought and planning.

How To Find Your Dream Dog is here to fix the disconnect of dog ownership. It walks you step-by-step through the process of choosing the right type of dog for you—not only exploring the canine qualities that can determine your perfect puppy, adolescent, or adult dog, but also assessing your lifestyle to make sure you’re a good match for the dog, too. The book also looks at good (and bad) sources for finding healthy and sound pet dogs, gives guidelines for evaluating individual puppies, and warns of some red flags to watch out for during your dog search. With this guidebook in hand, you can be confident that the next puppy or dog you bring home will be the right companion and friend for you for the rest of its days.

Dixie Tenny is a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior. During her 30+ years spent working with people and their pets, she has seen again and again how mismatches between dog and owner can create “behavior problems” that never would have happened if the right dog had been matched to the right owner in the first place. She wrote this book to help puppy buyers and dog adopters start out on the best possible foot with their new pet dogs, and stay on that path for years to come.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

After reading this book I feel lucky. We did nothing to prepare for the two dogs we have but they’re part of our family and we wouldn’t trade them for anything. I will, however, use How to Find Your Dream Dog as a resource the next time we decide to get a dog.

There is a lot of good information contained in these pages. Dixie Tenny starts with a section to help you decide if you even really want a puppy, which will change your life. Or, perhaps an older dog would be more your style. Once you decide that you do want a puppy or a dog, she explains the usual traits of breeds of dogs. Of course, not every dog is the same. They each have their own personality just like people. So spending time with the dog you choose is necessary before you decide for sure that that is the one for you.

There are guidelines for starting out with a puppy that will make your life, as well as the puppy’s life, much easier in the beginning. I wish I’d had these the last time I potty trained a puppy!

If you’re thinking about getting a dog for the first time or if you’ve been a dog owner all your life, this book is for you. It contains a lot of useful advice and is a great resource.

 

 

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About the Author

Dixie Tenny has been helping people and their dogs find each other and form successful partnerships since the early 1980s. She founded two rescue organizations: Purebred Dog Rescue of Saint Louis in 1984, and Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue, Inc. in 1987. Dixie was the Director of Training for the Greater St. Louis Training Club, Inc., for five years, creating classes and overseeing the work of 40 head and assistant trainers. In 2003 she and another experienced trainer created Dogs Unleashed, LLC. They traveled to clients’ homes and worked with behavior and training issues.
Dixie’s professional credentials include trainer certifications from the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, and the Association for Pet Dog Trainers. Dixie formed her own business, Human-Animal Learning Opportunities, LLC (HALO) in 2013. HALO hosts continuing education seminars for dog trainers.
Dixie has lived with a wide range of dogs over the years including mixed breeds, Australian Shepherds, Welsh and Cairn terriers, and more. While in Seattle, Dixie raised a labrador puppy for Canine Companions for Independence, Inc. (CCI). Currently Dixie lives with a Beauceron and an elderly Papillon, as well as four cats. When not doing things related to animals, she reads widely, enjoys the company of her three grown children, follows baseball and English Premier League football, and travels the world.

 

 

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Audiobook Review: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe

13 Mar

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Author: Jennifer Kincheloe
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Length: 12h 44m
Publisher: Jennifer R. Kincheloe, Ltd⎮2016
Genre: Historical Mystery/Thriller
Release date: Nov. 14, 2016

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It’s 1907 Los Angeles. Mischievous socialite Anna Blanc is the kind of young woman who devours purloined crime novels, but must disguise them behind covers of more domestically-appropriate reading. She could match wits with Sherlock Holmes, but in her world women are not allowed to hunt criminals. Determined to break free of the era’s rigid social roles, Anna buys off the chaperone assigned by her domineering father and, using an alias, takes a job as a police matron with the Los Angeles Police Department. There she discovers a string of brothel murders, which the cops are unwilling to investigate. Seizing her one chance to solve a crime, she takes on the investigation herself. If the police find out, she’ll get fired; if her father finds out, he’ll disown her; and if her fiancé finds out, he’ll cancel the wedding. Midway into her investigation, the police chief’s son, Joe Singer, learns her true identity, and shortly thereafter she learns about blackmail. Anna must choose – either hunt the villain and risk losing her father, fiancé, and wealth, or abandon her dream and leave the killer on the loose.

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'Anna Blanc' Author Jennifer Kincheloe

Jennifer has been a block layer, a nurse’s aid, a fragrance model, and on the research faculty at UCLA, where she spent 11 years conducting studies to inform health policy. A native of Southern California, she now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two teenagers. She’s currently writing book three in the Anna Blanc Mystery series. Book two, THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK, is coming out in Fall of 2017 from Seventh Street Books.


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Audiobook Narrator Moira Quirk

Moira grew up in teeny-tiny Rutland, England’s smallest county, which is fitting as she never managed to make it past five feet herself. Moira’s work spans the pantheon of the voiceover world: plays for BBC radio, plays for NPR, video games, commercials, television promos, podcasts, cartoons, movies and award winning audiobooks. She’s won Multiple Audie Awards, Earphone Awards, as well as Audible’s prestigious Book-of-the-Year Award. She has lately set foot in front of the camera again, appearing in “Pretty: the Series” and the Emmy-winning “Dirty Work.”

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I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Anna Blanc is a young woman who is spoiled by her rich father but she is headstrong and independent so he tries to keep her under control by cancelling her allowance and having her constantly watched by a chaperone. She decides to apply to be a matron at a police station because she thinks it would be fun and she’s bored. 

Anna is a conundrum. She’s been brought up to believe that she’s better than the lower class, that she’s supposed to get married and take care of her husband, and if she gets bored, she should do volunteer work. But Anna wants to be a detective and she shows that she has a big heart when she tries on her own to solve the murders of prostitutes. She treats everyone she meets the same and proves that she is ahead of her time in many ways.

I enjoyed listening to The Secret Life of Anna Blanc. I never knew what Anna was going to do next. Moira Quirk did a very good job of narrating. Her voice is easy to listen to and she had appropriate pauses, inflection, etc.

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Book Review: WILDCAT: V. I. Warshawski’s First Case by Sara Paretsky

11 Mar

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WILDCAT: V. I.Warshawski's First Case by Sara Paretsky

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Number of Pages: 45
ISBN: 0062689509 (ISBN13: 9780062689504)
Series: V.I. Warshawski
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Sara Paretsky, one of the most legendary crime writers of all time, presents an exclusive and thrilling short story featuring beloved investigator V.I. Warshawski as a ten-year-old girl on her first investigation.

V.I. Warshawski developed her strength and sense of justice at a very early age. It’s 1966 and on the south side of Chicago racial tensions are at an all-time high. Dr. Martin Luther King is leading marches at Marquette Park and many in the neighborhood are very angry.

With nothing but a bicycle, eighty-two cents in her pocket, and her Brownie camera hanging from her wrist, Victoria sneaks off to Marquette Park alone to protect her father Tony, a police officer who is patrolling the crowds.

What begins as a small adventure and a quest to find her father and make sure he is safe turns into something far more dangerous. As the day goes on and the conflict at the park reaches a fever pitch Victoria realizes she must use her courage and ingenuity if she wants to keep herself and her family members out of harm’s way.

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

V.I. Warshawski is a private detective who is the star of many novels by Sara Paretsky. This short story is about her first adventure when she was a child.

In Chicago in 1966, there were riots because of racial tensions that came to a head when Dr. Martin Luther King led marches in the area. One day during this time, Victoria (V.I.) heard her friend’s uncle say that he was going to teach her dad a lesson. When he left to find her dad, who was a cop helping to contain the rioting, Victoria knew she needed to find her dad first. She didn’t find her dad but she did end up in danger and she inadvertently solved a murder. After the short story is V.I. Warshawski’s biography. 

This is a great introduction for anyone who hasn’t read any V.I. Warshawski novels, or is a little extra info about her for those who have read all of her books. I owned a bookstore for several years and she was one of the characters who was requested often. 

 

Author Bio

Sara Paretsky

Hailed by P.D. James as “the most remarkable” of modern crime writers, SARA PARETSKY is the New York Times-bestselling author of nineteen previous novels, including the renowned V.I. Warshawski series. She is one of only four living writers – alongside John Le Carré, Sue Grafton, and Lawrence Block – to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. She took the mystery world by storm in 1982 with her first appearance in Indemnity Only. A gifted private eye with the grit and smarts to tackle the mean streets, V.I. transformed a genre in which women were typically either vamps or victims. As a “courageous, sexually liberated female investigator,” she “has a humility, a humanity, and a need for human relationships which the male hard-boilers lack” (P.D. James). She lives in Chicago with her dog.

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Book Review: Xenogeneic First Contact by Lance Erlick

10 Mar

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Xenogeneic is a science fiction thriller about first contact with an alien race that lost their civil war and wants to take over Earth.

Dr. Elena Pyetrov’s father vanished in space 18 years ago while searching for extraterrestrial life. As an aerospace engineer, Elena travels into space to search for answers and continue his work. Her ship is pulled off course and crashes. She suspects extraterrestrial interference.

The alien Knoonk lost their civil war in a distant star system and fled to Earth’s neighborhood to hide and regroup. They seek a new home—Earth. Unable to live in Earth’s toxic environment, the aliens kidnap and use humans to genetically modify their species to adapt.

Surviving the crash, Elena and her shipmates are transported to a closed cave system where the Knoonk monitor and control everything. Elena tries to make a connection with her hosts and find ways to work together, but Knoonk leaders rebuff her and force the humans to submit as slaves. The aliens use illusions, distractions, and social experiments to learn from their hostages and keep them off balance. Resistance by captive humans brings swift punishment to break the human spirit.

While Elena continues to look for ways to cooperate with the Knoonk, it becomes apparent that there can be no compromise. The Knoonk want to capture Earth for their species. With time running out, Elena must dig deep to uncover the alien plan and find a way to stop them before the human race faces enslavement and extinction.

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I was excited to read this book because I’d read the Regina Shen series by Lance Erlick and I like his writing.

Xenogeneic is science fiction with many twists. Dr. Elena Pyetrov wants to continue her father’s work in space. Her space ship doesn’t even make it to the base on the moon when it is taken off course and crashes. Even though all of the people on board should have died, most of them find themselves in a network of caves. They learn that their captors are the Knoonk and they want to take over Earth for their species to live on.

Lance Erlick’s writing flows well and his descriptions are great. He has the ability to make you feel like you’re actually there. In Xenogeneic, there are is continuous change for the characters and many twists. What a ride!

All of the characters, even the Knoonk, carry baggage which affects how they deal with the situation. One of the Knoonk hates humans so she treats them horribly. Others aren’t so abusive, at least not one on one. Elena is driven, strong, and independent which makes her a born leader. Her ex-fiance is also a born leader but his type of leadership doesn’t work here. 

I definitely recommend Xenogeneic. In fact, you may have trouble putting it down once you start reading it.

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About the Author

He was raised by a roaming aerospace engineer, growing up in various parts of the United States and Europe, as well as traveling through Asia. He took to stories as his anchor, including the works of Asimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein, and has been writing since age eleven.

Growing up, he was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future.

In an ideal world, Lance would find time loops where he could step out for a week at a time to read and write. Then he would return to the moment he left, without life getting in the way. Of course, since everyone would have the same ability, he suspects life would still sneak in.

Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.

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