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Book Review & Giveaway: Two Brothers: Species by Sofia Diana Gabel

19 Jul

 

Sci-Fi, YA

Date Published: 2/12/16

Publisher: Escargot Books and Music

The third and final book in the Ramtalan Trilogy brings Argus and Tai Dachel to a critical juncture in their lives. Struggling to maintain some sort of normalcy, the boys soon discover that they’ll never be the same and those around them, including Argus’s girlfriend Lola, are in danger from the Invaders and the government agency AURA. With enhanced abilities, Argus has to come to grips with being different from his brother and being an enemy to the Ramtalans he thought were his friends. When hyper-intelligent, powerful Argustine Lenox and his sister, Galena, threaten to cleanse the Earth of humans and New Breeds, Argus and Tai have a difficult decision to make. Which side do they join? The Invaders accept them, while the Settler Ramtalans consider them dangerous. As if that’s not enough, Argus is on the brink of adulthood and must choose what sort of man he wants to be: defiant, compassionate, strong or all three. Nothing will matter though if he can’t save the Earth.

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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 read the first two books in this trilogy and was looking forward to reading this one and learning how things turn out. I don’t recommend reading this book before reading the other two because they build on each other. This one starts where Two Brothers: Heritage left off. 

I like Sofia Diana Gabel’s writing style because it’s my favorite kind. She tells a good story and doesn’t get bogged down in lengthy descriptions.

Two Brothers: Species is full of action and surprises but it also wraps up the trilogy. Argus and Tai Dachel have grown from boys to men along the way. They’ve had a lot to deal with and some important and difficult decisions to make along the way. I like how this book ends and I’m going to miss reading about them.

Anyone who likes science fiction will enjoy this trilogy. Even though it’s written for young adults, adults will like it too. At least, I did and I’m well into my adulthood.

 

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Lola was sleeping peacefully and since Argus didn’t want to wake her, he crept into the kitchen for something to drink. His head was spinning from everything that had happened, especially with Tai. How could he have done that to his own brother? If Galena hadn’t been around, Tai would be dead, permanently. Argus got a glass of water and noticed the dent in the wall where he’d thrown Tai.

“What have I done? I hurt everyone around me.” He leaned against the kitchen counter. He was racking up quite a list; Tai, Lola and Aunt Celeste, who was now Galena’s prisoner. “Damn it!”

“Argie?” Lola whispered in a hoarse voice.

He rushed to her side. “Lola? Are you all right? How do you feel?”

She was sitting up, still very pale. “Where am I? What happened? Your eyes!”

He sat on the couch, covered his eyes and took her hand. “This is a place called the Citadel. The Ramtalan headquarters on Earth. But you’re okay. I accidentally brought you here.”

“Oh. But what’s wrong with your eyes? They’re red.”

“I know. Don’t freak out. It’s nothing. Should I put sunglasses on?”

She shook her head. “No. I’ll get used to it. It kind of looks like you had a bad night, a really bad night.” She gently pulled his hand away from his eyes. “Wow. Do they hurt?”

“No.” He sighed. “I’ve sort of inherited my father’s eyes. Are you sure you’re not freaked out?” He looked away.

“Argie, at this point, nothing about you freaks me out. So what exactly happened? I was at school, on the field with the spaceship and then I felt like something was tearing me apart.” She burrowed her head against his shoulder. “It was horrible.”

“I’m so sorry. I would never have done that to you on purpose. It’s called a molecular shift. Are you sure you’re okay?” He stroked her hair. “I’d die if anything ever happened to you.”

She leaned back and wiggled her hands and arms. “Nothing seems to be broken. How does a molecular shift work? Did it make me invisible like you said it makes you?”

How much should he tell her? Well, obviously not too much since he didn’t fully understand how a shift worked. “It, ah, dissociates your molecules, or something like that. But then they all come back together.” He gave a little shrug. “It stops hurting after a few times.”

Lola nodded. “Well, I don’t want to do it again. Ever. Is your brother here, too? And your aunt?”

“Yeah. But…” How could he tell her he’d brought her right into the middle of a war and that Lenox was on his way? “I don’t want to talk about it right now.”

“Oh, okay. Family drama. I get it.” She took his hand. “Hey, before I forget, everyone loves our spaceship float.” She smiled and drew in a deep breath. “Rumor has it that we’ll win best float.”

Argus found himself smiling, too. “Cool. I love you, Lola.”

“You better,” she whispered.

He gave her a kiss on the cheek and stood. “Lola, Lenox is coming here.”

She jumped to her feet. “What? I hate that guy. Sorry, I know he’s your dad, but really, I hate him. Can we leave and go home before he gets here? Where exactly are we?”

“Labrador. Under an island. And we can’t leave. When I tried to bring another Ramtalan here, I accidentally brought you. I don’t want to try to do anything else that could…hurt you.” He looked at her carefully. She didn’t seem any different. Maybe Galena was wrong. “You sure you feel okay?”

She walked around the living room. “Yep, I feel pretty good in fact. Galena’s coming.”

“What? What did you say?” Argus went to her. “Lola, how do you know that?”

A moment later, the door opened and Galena, with Ari in tow, walked in. She didn’t have the Wand. “Argus, I need you to come with me. Tai’s asking for you. Hello, Lola.”

Lola came forward. “You’re Galena, aren’t you? How do I know you?”

Instinctively, Argus dashed out in front of Lola. “Lola, it turns out that Galena is my real aunt. And Ari over there is my half-brother.”

“You have a very complicated family, Argie.”

He nodded. “I know. Galena helped…I mean…when I brought you here, she sort of…”

Galena groaned. “Nice to see you up and around, Lola. Argus, go with Ari, Lola and I need to have a talk.”

“Wait!” Argus shook his head. “I’m not leaving her here with you.”

Lola put her hand on his shoulder. “It’s okay. I think I need to talk to her.”

Argus turned and faced her. “I can’t leave you, Lola. I mean, I really can’t. It’s that Protector thing in me.”

“Argus,” Galena said firmly. “I will not harm Lola, but I must evaluate her. You need to leave. Tai’s fighting with the medical team and won’t settle down until he sees you. Lola will be here when you get back. Understand?”

“Lola.” Argus leaned down slightly and kissed her on the lips. It felt like the first time he’d ever kissed her; warm and sweet. “I’ll be right back.”

Ari was standing by the open door with a scowl on his face. “Hurry up, Argus, I have more important things to do than babysit you and Tai.”

Argus went to Ari and shoved him out of the way. “Nobody babysits either of us, brother.” He strode through the doorway and into the corridor.

 

About the Author

Sofia Diana Gabel is a multi-genre fiction writer who was born in Sydney, Australia, but is now living in the United States with her family. With degrees in environmental science and archaeology, she enjoys being out in nature when she’s not glued to her desk writing or researching a new story idea. Writing is a true passion of hers, born from a love of the written word that can transport the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Infinity by Tabitha Lord

14 Jul

Book Title: Infinity by Tabitha Lord
Category: Adult Fiction, 304 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: June 6, 2017
Tour dates: May 22 to July 14, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (violence, non-explicit sex, language)

 

Description

In the second installment of the award-winning Horizon series, Dr. Caeli Crys returns to her war-torn world to fight for those she left behind.

Almagest, Caeli’s home, stands on the brink of revolution. Long hidden from the rest of the galaxy, the once-peaceful planet suffers under a regime that grows more violent and oppressive by the day. Marcus, Almagest’s dictator, is building an arsenal of alien weaponry by selling empathic children into slavery. A resistance has risen, but they are outmanned, outgunned, and in hiding.

Joined by Commander Derek Markham and his elite squadron of operatives, Caeli embarks on a dangerous mission to find the Resistance, rescue her captive people, and save her civilization from destruction.

 

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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 had read the first book in this series, Horizon, and was looking forward to reading this one.

As I had hoped, Derek and Caeli return to the planet Almagest with a team. It was discovered that Marcus, the leader of Almagest, has started trading Novali children to other planets. So, unofficially, the Alliance has sent the team to help the resistance.

The members of the resistance have been through a lot but they’re strong and determined and with the team from the Alliance, they’re hoping things might turn around. It really doesn’t look promising but they work with what they have. There’s a lot of suspense especially when members of the resistance go into town for one reason or another. 

One thing that kept running through my mind as I read Infinity was what if they are successful at overthrowing Marcus and beginning a new stable government? What will Derek and Caeli do? I couldn’t believe that Caeli would leave her home again but, on the other hand, how could Derek give up his position?

Infinity is full of action, drama, and love. I like Tabitha’s writing style and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Meet the Author

Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island. She is married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable lab mix. Her degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and she taught Latin for years at an independent Waldorf school, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Tabitha’s debut novel, Horizon, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Infinity, the second book in the Horizon series, will be released in June 2017. Her short story “Homecoming” appears in the anthology Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a senior editor for www.BookClubBabble.com.

Visit her blog at www.tabithalordauthor.com where she discusses favorite topics including parenting, teaching, and her writing journey.

Connect with Tabitha: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

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BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE

May 22 – Working Mommy Journal – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 22 – To Be Read – review of Horizon
May 23 – Working Mommy Journal – review of Infinity / giveaway
May 24 – 411 on Books, Authors and Publishing News – spotlight / guest post/giveaway
May 25 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 26 – Cheryl’ Book Nook – review of Horizon / author interview / giveaway
May 29 – Book review nature photos and everything in between – review of Horizon
May 30 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 31 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 31 – Lisa Loves Literature – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 1   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review on Horizon
June 2   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review on Infinity
June 5   – Haddie’s Haven – review of Horizon / guest post / giveaway
June 6   – The Autistic Gamer – review of Horizon
June 7   – The Autistic Gamer – review of Infinity
June 8   – Library of Clean Reads – review of Horizon / giveaway
June 9   – Cheryl’ Book Nook – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 12 – To Be Read – review of Infinity
June 12 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review of Horizon / giveaway
June 13 – Haddie’s Haven – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 14 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – review of Horizon
June 16 – 100 Pages A Day – review of Horizon / guest post / giveaway
June 19 – Elsie’s Audiobook Digest – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 20 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 21 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 22 – Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 26 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of Horizon / giveaway
June 27 – Crossroad Reviews – review of Horizon
June 28 – Baker Kella – review of Horizon / author interview / giveaway
June 29 – Baker Kella – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 30 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review of Horizon
July 3   – Book review nature photos and everything in between – review of Infinity
July 4   – Sharing Stories – review of Horizon
July 4   – Books for Books – review of Horizon
July 5   – Lukten av trykksverte – review of Horizon / giveaway
July 6   – JBronder Book Reviews – review of Horizon / guest post
July 7   – JBronder Book Reviews – review of Infinity
July 7   – A Book Geek – review of Horizon
July 10 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of Infinity / giveaway
July 11 – Books for Books – review of Infinity
July 11 – Crossroad Reviews – review of Infinity
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July 13 – A Book Geek – review of Infinity
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Book Review & Giveaway: Two Brothers: Heritage by Sofia Diana Gabel

12 Jul

 

Sci-Fi, YA

Date Published: 8/3/15

Publisher: Escargot Books and Music

In the second book in the Ramtalan Trilogy, Argus Dachel, a far-from-ordinary half-alien teen, finds himself mixed up in the battle between a hostile faction of Invaders and the peaceful Ramtalans he’s come to know as his friends. With his brother Tai held captive at the Citadel and disturbing news about his father, Argus has to come to grips with the truth about who he really is. Not only is the government agency, the Astronomical Urgent Recovery Administration, AURA, hot on his tail, but his relationship with his girlfriend Lola is in jeopardy. As his special abilities increase and become stronger, he risks exposure and capture. When the enemy closes in and the Citadel is attacked, it seems victory is impossible, but losing means certain death. He must find some way to protect everyone around him, but winning is impossible. Or is it?

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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 read Two Brothers: Origin, the first book in the trilogy and was looking forward to reading the second book in the trilogy.

Two Brothers: Heritage is not a stand alone and this series should be read in order. It starts right where book one leaves off. Argus is back home with his aunt and going to high school. Tai is still at the Citadel being kept against his will. This is the first time Argus has been without Tai and it’s really affecting him. Of course, he and his aunt are trying to get him back.

Max is back and although his memory has been erased, he knows that he needs to keep an eye on Argus, he’s just not sure why. This guy is like a dog on a bone.

Two Brothers: Heritage is full of action, has several plots, and twists. I like where it ended and I’m looking forward to the next book in the trilogy. 

I like Sofia Diana Gabel’s writing style because it’s my favorite kind. She tells a good story and doesn’t get bogged down in lengthy descriptions.

 

About the Author

Sofia Diana Gabel is a multi-genre fiction writer who was born in Sydney, Australia, but is now living in the United States with her family. With degrees in environmental science and archaeology, she enjoys being out in nature when she’s not glued to her desk writing or researching a new story idea. Writing is a true passion of hers, born from a love of the written word that can transphttps://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/two-brothers-heritageort the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.

 

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Website:  http://www.sofiadianagabel.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sofiadianagabel

Twitter: @sofiadianagabel

Blog: http://approachablefiction.blogspot.com/

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Book Review: Two Brothers: Origin by Sofia Diana Gabel

3 Jul

 

Sci-Fi, YA

Date Published: 8/13/13 

Publisher: Escargot Books and Music

Seventeen-year-old brothers, Argus and Tai Dachel, want more than anything to be regular teens, but because they’re half alien, New Breeds, that’s not as easy as it seems. And it sure doesn’t help that they’re being pursued by a secret government agency and hostile aliens who are exterminating all New Breeds. As government agent Max Jackson gets close to discovering the brothers’ identity and the hostile alien forces close in, Argus and Tai will have to risk everything to survive and protect their new friends.

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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.

Argus and Tai are twins who lost their parents when they were young and have been cared for and home schooled by their “aunt” all of their lives. Now that it’s their senior year in high school, they’re being allowed to go to a public high school mainly because their mother had wanted them to live normal lives. The problem is that they’re anything but normal. They’ve always known that they have special abilities but they find out that they don’t know the complete story. The poor twins find this out after their first day of high school…talk about a rough day!

The twins are actually half alien and half human and are the only ones of their kind to live past their 16th birthday. So, of course, their “people” want to find out what makes them different from all of the others. Their aunt is their Guardian and is responsible for keeping them safe. There is a government agency looking for them, as well as hostile aliens, so auntie has her job cut out for her.

The story is told from the viewpoints of Argus and Max, who works for the government agency trying to track down aliens. Argus is lovable and kind. His brother Tai is more of a secondary character and he seems to have a problem with anger which scares him. Even though Max should be considered a bad guy, he really isn’t. Some of these characters are complex which makes for an even better story.

I like Sofia Diana Gabel’s writing style because it’s my favorite kind. She tells a good story and doesn’t get bogged down in lengthy descriptions.

I am planning on reading the next story in the series soon and I’m excited to find out what happens next! 

 

 

About the Author

Sofia Diana Gabel is a multi-genre fiction writer who was born in Sydney, Australia, but is now living in the United States with her family. With degrees in environmental science and archaeology, she enjoys being out in nature when she’s not glued to her desk writing or researching a new story idea. Writing is a true passion of hers, born from a love of the written word that can transport the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.

 

Contact Information

Website:  http://www.sofiadianagabel.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sofiadianagabel

Twitter: @sofiadianagabel

Blog: http://approachablefiction.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4635674.Sofia_Diana_Gabel

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Horizon by Tabitha Lord

25 May

Book Title: Horizon by Tabitha Lord

Category: Adult Fiction, 314 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: December 2015
Tour dates: May 22 to July 14, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There are a few, moderately explicit sex scenes, genocide, rape, and moderate language)

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Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.

Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.

As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.

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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.

The first half of Horizon takes place on Almagest, the planet that Caeli calls home. After she saves and heals Derek when his spaceship crashes on her planet, they get close quickly because they are connected through her gift. She tells him her story by showing it to him in his mind. Because of this, Derek and the reader learn a lot about Caeli and her history. Even though she has had a terrible few years, I liked this part of the story the most.

Derek’s character isn’t nearly as developed as Caeli’s character. He’s a commander who flies spaceships and he has the same desire to save people that she has. He’s brave, kind, and good looking. That’s about it. Maybe his character will be more developed in the next book?

The second half of Horizon takes place on board the command ship Horizon and on a planet that is in danger. Although this half of the book never slowed down as far as action, I found myself wishing they’d have a reason to go back to the planet. Again, maybe in the next book?

Horizon is a great first novel and I look forward to reading Infinity, the second novel in the Horizon series.

 

 

 

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Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island. She is married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, andlovable lab mix. Her degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and she taught Latin
for years at an independent Waldorf school, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Tabitha’s debut novel, Horizon, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Infinity, the second book in the Horizon series, will be released in June 2017. Her short story “Homecoming” appears in the anthology Sirens, edited by RhondaParrish and published by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a senior editor for www.BookClubBabble.com.

Visit her blog at www.tabithalordauthor.com where she discusses favorite topics including parenting, teaching, and her writing journey.

Connect with Tabitha: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

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May 24 – 411 on Books, Authors and Publishing News – spotlight / guest post/giveaway
May 25 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 26 – Cheryl’ Book Nook – review of Horizon / author interview / giveaway
May 29 – Book review nature photos and everything in between – review of Horizon
May 30 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 31 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 31 – Lisa Loves Literature – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 1   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review on Horizon
June 2   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review on Infinity
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Book Review: Eating Robots and Other Stories by Stephen Oram

4 May

 

The future is bright…or is it?

Step into a high-tech vision of the future with the author of Quantum Confessions and Fluence, Stephen Oram.

Featuring health-monitoring mirrors, teleempathic romances and limb-repossessing bailiffs, Eating Robots explores the collision of utopian dreams and twisted realities in a world where humanity and technology are becoming ever more intertwined.

Sometimes funny, often unsettling, and always with a word of warning, these thirty sci-fi shorts will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

 

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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.

There’s not one or two words I can think of that would describe these stories. I’d read one and think that it was interesting and then the next one would leave me with my mouth hanging open. Some of these stories will really make you think. For example, exactly how far is too far when it comes to technology?

Although I found some of the stories to be entertaining fiction, most of them are more a social commentary on where we are headed with today’s technology. In fact, at the end of the book, there are comments by several experts about some of the stories and how close we really are to some of these things happening. Perhaps we should use this book as more of a warning as to where we are headed rather than just as entertainment.

That being said, I did like this book and I have to buy a copy for my son. He will love and dissect it and show me things in it that I missed.

 

About the Author

Stephen Oram writes thought provoking stories that mix science fiction with social comment, mainly in a recognisable near-future. He is the Author in Residence at Virtual Futures’, once described as the ‘Glastonbury of cyberculture’. He has collaborated with scientists and future-tech people to write short stories that create debate about potential futures, most recently with the Human Brain Project and Bristol Robotics Laboratory as part of the Bristol Literature Festival.

As a teenager he was heavily influenced by the ethos of punk. In his early twenties he embraced the squatter scene and was part of a religious cult, briefly. He did some computer stuff in what became London’s silicon roundabout and is now a civil servant with a gentle attraction to anarchism.

He has two published novels – Quantum Confessions and Fluence – and several shorter pieces.

  

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Book Review: The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Wizards by Steve LeBel

26 Apr

Title: The Universe Builders (Book #3): Bernie and the Wizards

Author: Steve LeBel

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Publication Date: June 15, 2017

Description (from Goodreads)

Bernie fixes broken universes for a living. Unlike other gods, who tend to take a hell-fire-and-brimstone approach to problem-solving, Bernie prefers a more gentle approach.

Bernie’s job is to restore production on the planet Photox, but he soon discovers a world caught up in a civil war. With a hard-to-please boss breathing down his neck and a personal life in desperate need of relationship advice, Bernie’s chances of success are dwindling fast. The gods on Bernie’s world are no help. If he fails to restore production, they will destroy Photox’s entire population.

Bernie is desperate to keep this from happening, even if the murderous wizard causing all the problems is powerful enough to hurt a god…

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All books in The Universe Builders series are standalone and can be read in any order. The first book, Bernie and the Putty, won 16 national and international awards for excellence. 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free advanced review copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read Bernie and the Putty and Bernie and the Lost Girl and I’ve been patiently waiting for this book to be ready.

I love the world that Steve LeBel has created in which gods create universes. Unfortunately, most of the gods believe that their creations have no feelings so they have no qualms about destroying a universe if it didn’t turn out the way they wanted. Bernie believes that all life forms, especially higher life forms that have intelligence, should be preserved if at all possible. He suspects that they may even have souls. This is causing Bernie problems in his new job in which he is a troubleshooter. His boss is ready to wipe out the farmers on the planet Photox that Bernie is working on but Bernie is working hard to save them. With a final deadline approaching, Bernie is running out of time.

The characters are well developed and have mostly human characteristics. Bernie, the main character, is a young god, famous because of winning an award for a universe he created. His best friends are Suzie and Lenny and they try to help him figure out ways to save Photox. 

I like Steve LeBel’s writing style. He brings the characters and the planets alive. I’m sure Bernie and the Wizards will be winning awards like Bernie and the Putty did. Now if I could only fast forward time long enough to grab a copy of Steve’s next book…

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About the Author

What is the best way to describe an author who writes humorous fantasy?
 
Do we tell about bookshelves full of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal books, his love of mythology, or the years he spent as dungeon master? Or is it more important to know his favorite player-character was a chaotic-good elven fighter / magic user? What about that stack of old comic books he never seems to get rid of?

But there’s a serious side too. The other half of his bookshelf is filled with books on management, marketing, computer programming, and financial analysis? What about his years as a hospital president, or the many businesses he created, his years as a stock trader? What about his early years counseling drug addicts?
 
Is there a pattern to his travels around the world? Why chose places like King Arthur’s Camelot, the Temple of Delphi, Buddha’s Tree of Enlightenment, China’s Forbidden City, or the Great Pyramid of Egypt? What is it he’s searching for?
 
And what does any of this have to do with writing a good fantasy book?
 
Perhaps it’s that mix within Steve that makes The Universe Builders such a delightful story with such serious undertones.

 

Book Site:  www.TheUniverseBuilders.com
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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: A Human Element by Donna Galanti

1 Apr

Author: Donna Galanti

Narrator: Chase Bradley

Length: 10h 8m

Publisher:Auspicious Apparatus Press⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller

Release date: Jan. 10, 2017

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Evil comes in many forms…

One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next.

Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together.

But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his, and she has two choices—redeem him or kill him.

 

 

 

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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.

Several lives are intertwined in this Sci Fi story and the author does a good job of weaving those lives together as time goes on.

As a young boy, Ben witnesses a “meteor” demolish his home with his parents in it and is suddenly an orphan. Nine months later, twins are born to a young woman. One is deformed and horrific looking and is whisked away by the government. The other is a normal girl who is secretly adopted by a local family. The girl is named Laura per her dying mother’s request.

Laura and her twin are part alien, have powers, and are total opposites. The twin is locked up as an experiment and resents Laura because she’s been allowed to live a normal human life.

Ben and Laura end up meeting when they’re older when they’re both searching for what, they don’t know. Maybe each other? They realize that they need to figure out where Laura came from and that they’re going to have to face her evil twin brother.

Laura is such a strong character. She handles devastation, horror, and loss but she continues to live her life. I really liked the side characters, especially Jim, Laura’s older friend who lives by the lake.

I like the narrator’s voice. he has one of those voices that is easy on the ears. He did a good job with inflection and pacing of the story.

There’s so much happening in A Human Element. It starts as Sci Fi but is also a thriller with a bit of romance. I don’t recommend this book for younger readers because of a couple steamy sex scenes as well as some violence.

Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy (Imajin Books) and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books). Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem. She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna enjoys teaching at conferences on the writing craft and marketing and also presenting as a guest author at elementary and middle schools. Visit her at www.elementtrilogy.com and www.donnagalanti.com.

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Chase was born and raised in a quiet town in upstate New York. He concentrated on musical pursuits through most of his younger years, excelling in anything that had to do with using his voice. He attended college in Potsdam, NY, where he studied Wilderness Leadership, Sociology and Vocal training at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Chase’s dream since he was a kid was to be a voice over artist and professional musician, but after college he decided to spread his wings and explore the world a bit first. He worked as a mountain guide in Alaska, leading Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, and Backpacking trips. He traveled all over North and South America for work and and pleasure, climbing and skiing everything that stood in his way. After meeting a beautiful woman (in Alaska of all places!) and falling in love, he settled down in Lake Tahoe California, where he currently resides with his wife and two children. Chase has finally returned to his roots and works as a full time voice over artist, and plays weekly shows with his band. Things have come full circle, and the dream has been fulfilled. Chase does commercial voice over work, but has found that his true passion is narrating audiobooks. He has narrated 14 audiobooks to date, with more to come! Chase is constantly looking for ways to improve his narration, and deliver the best possible performance for the authors and listeners.

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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: Xenogeneic First Contact by Lance Erlick

10 Mar

New Release

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.

http://www.LanceErlick.com

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