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UnEarthed by Rebecca Bloomer – Review

SUPANOVA MELBOURNE REVIEW #4

Blurb:

If you’re going to colonise a planet, you’d better be willing to fight for it.

Within Anphobos, there grows a new race.  The first generation of humans never to set foot on Earth.  They are pale skinned, large eyed and worship no god but science.  They possess technological skills and processes Earth has refused to acknowledge.  Until now…

“We are Martian. Your religion isn’t ours. Our god is Mars. Our religion is science. Anything we do in the service of Mars, is good. Make no mistake, Earth girl, we are both right and good.”

Fresh off Earth, Jodi Scarfield doesn’t really care for Mars or its politics. Still, accusations of treason will get a girl’s attention…

My Review:

A short book with a decent punch. While the storyline has merit (who wouldn’t find it irresistible to be drawn into a revolutionary plot within a couple of days of landing on a new planet?), I find it hard for someone as seemingly smart as Jodi is, not to have a look into the things that were going on before she was found in the wrong place at the wrong time. She’s meant to be a hacker, and she lives in a highly-computerised bubble – why not just go looking for information on the people she was hanging out with? Why show Astrid her skills? If she’s on Mars in hiding, why would she jeopardize everything, after being so careful, to show off? I know she’s 16 and all, but still.

Other than that, the book has great setting, good characters, a decent bit of suspense. Definitely a YA book, though one thankfully far from the mushy kind of YA book that can still be found elsewhere.

4/5

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April 18, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Comments Off on UnEarthed by Rebecca Bloomer – Review

The Circle: Book One of The Sidhe by Cindy Cipriano – Review

SUPANOVA MELBOURNE PURCHASE #1

Blurb: 

Calum Ranson is sure of three things: his cousin Finley is alive, Calum will find him, and no one knows Calum and his family are Sidhe. No one until Laurel shows up at his mother’s bookstore wearing a dark clan’s mark.

When Calum learns the details surrounding the disappearance of Laurel’s brother, he suspects the evil Hobayeth clan. Calum and Laurel work together in the Realm of Man and the Otherworld to rescue her brother – revealing a connection between Calum and Laurel that may cost Finley his life.

My Review:

A short story with a great ending, this is definitely a YA book for your teen. The protagonist is 11-12 (not quite sure, but he is going into yr 6 at the beginning of the story). He’s written as a lot more mature, which means that the reader will find it much easier to empathise with him, unlike other YA that just makes the kids seem bratty.

While the ending of the story is a bit predictable if you’ve read as many fantasy books as I have, the journey is still a fun ride, and you’ll enjoy the trip with me.

I recommend you read this (or give it to your kids to read). There doesn’t really seem to be an age restriction on the story, which can only be a plus.

4/5

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April 15, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Shifting Reality by Patty Jansen – Review

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A few years ago, a military doctor walking the corridors of New Jakarta Station saved Melati’s life. She signed up for the International Space Force to pay back her moral debt to him. But her family thinks she has betrayed her people. It was ISF who forcefully removed their grandmothers and grandfathers from the crowded slums of Jakarta to work in interstellar space stations.

It is Melati’s job to teach six-year old construct soldiers, artificial humans grown in labs and activated with programmed minds. Her latest cohort has one student who claims that he is not a little boy, but a mindbase traveller whose swap partner took off with his body. It soon becomes clear that a lot of people are scouring the station for this fugitive, a scientist with dangerous knowledge.

The best place to hide in the station is amongst the many cultures and subcultures of the expat Indonesian B-sector. Looking for him brings Melati into direct conflict with her people. She does not want to be seen as one of the enemy, but if the scientist’s knowledge falls in the wrong hands, war will come to the station.

My Review:
This is a hard-SF book that draws you in and along. A good read for the days you’re stuck inside, or just good for wasting a bit of time while learning. I’m pretty sure I learned a bit about Indonesian culture from this book, despite the 250+ year future setting.

Well written, there were just a couple of grammatical errors, but the characters, setting and pace well made up for that. Lots of drama, action, intrigue and family to keep the ball rolling.

4/5

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July 22, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Shifting Reality by Patty Jansen – Review

Journey of the Seeds – Toowyn by Carol Baauw – Review

Blurb:

Journey of the Seeds – Toowyn starts the reader on the journey of the first-born son of a village chieftain. Trained by the great warriors of the King of Light in the arts of war, Toowyn becomes both a mighty warrior and the leader of his people. Able to penetrate deeper into the Dark Lord’s lairs, Toowyn and his band of brave warriors and healers bring great victory to the Kingdom of Light until…

All of us are nothing if not essentially human and that means none of us are immune to the temptations of evil. Toowyn, mighty warrior for the cause of good that he is also finds himself at the crossroads when those he holds dear are taken from him and held hostage by the forces of evil. ‘Toowyn’ tells of the journey into darkness, the creation of the dark warrior Axemuror and his eventual salvation and return to the light.

My Review:

For a small book, this sure has a lot packed into it. This is the story of Toowyn and his role in the War of Light.
Toowyn is a book heavy on thinking, so if you’re looking for a good brainer, go for it. The idea appears to be base around the story of the Fall from Heaven, with angels and demons, but there does appear to be a few different elements to it.
Not a light read, but good for the soul.
4/5

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June 27, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Journey of the Seeds – Toowyn by Carol Baauw – Review

Cursed by Trakena Prevost – Review

Blurb:

Half-succubus Jazz Watkins spends her days navigating the halls of Moreland High and her nights knee deep in Chicago drug dens hunting Suecai – an evil kind of incubi and succubae who devour the souls of humans. But when a leader of the Suecai curses her, Jazz has to track him down. Either she kills him before the curse burns through her, or she’ll become a full-fledged, out of control, soul sucking monster.

She’s got a handful of weeks, absolutely no leads, and her sexy best guy-friend and team member, Khan, covering her back. But will the growing attraction she feels for Khan get in the way of her mission to save her own life?

My Review:

If you like stories with a twist, love triangles and intrigue, give Cursed a go. Well-written, full of soul-munching baddies, badass enforcers and a plot that will leave you guessing. Follow Jazz through her curse and the choices she must make – between what is right and what is easy – that will literally define her existence forever.

4/5

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June 22, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Cursed by Trakena Prevost – Review

Deceitful Truths by Maggie Thom – Review

Deceitful TruthsBlurb:

He created a legacy that no one could imagine…

Tarin has lost a week of her life. She doesn’t know what happened but not long after she returns to work she is suspended from her job. Confused and pregnant, she quits and agrees to marry Stephen, only to be thrown into a whole new nightmare. Desperate, she grabs her son and moves across the country to get away from her abusive husband and to avoid her unforgiving father. Thrilled at getting the job at Knights Associates, where she’ll help them solve cyber crimes but also be able to use their connections and resources to find her own answers. Who stole a week of her life? And will they return to steal the secret she is now protecting?

Graham and his partner Guy, can’t keep up with the demand. They are being flooded with requests at Knights Associates, where they offer a combined service of private investigator and that of solving cyber crimes. It appears that someone wants to get their attention as not only have they been hacked but Guy’s family business, Caspian Winery, seems to be under attack as well. Hiring an assistant seems to be the answer but when Graham discovers she’s been accessing their high-security accounts, he realizes the cause of their predicament might be closer then he thought. Is there new assistant behind the problems they’re having? If she’s so innocent why does someone want to abduct her?

Tarin and Graham discover that although they don’t trust each other, they are forced to work together to solve several seemingly unrelated crimes that may lead to one disastrous conclusion. Can they figure it all out before Tarin’s nightmare plays out? An eighty year old woman pays with her life? Or before Tarin learns a truth that may seal her fate and be the one secret that will keep her and Graham apart as neither one of them may be able to forgive or forget…

My Review:

This is a highly complicated book, not for the casual read. While it is easy to work out what’s coming (I had the ending figured by 15% of the way through), it us an entertaining read that does bring you from one page to the next with ease. The plot with Tarin, Graham, Dorothea and the like is a twisting, turning ride that will bring you to the end with s huddering halt.

4/5

 

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Giveaway

Interview:
1. Why didn’t you become a policeman instead of a writer?
I really didn’t look good in blue, although now the uniforms have changed and are more grey and black. Truly, I think if anyone gave me a sob story, I’d let them off with a warning but the second or third time, I’d give them as many tickets as I could. I don’t think I’d be very good at it. It’s a tough job.

2. If you could only tell one story in your life, what would it be?
I think it would be my journey from being someone who loved to write but never really believed it was good enough, to that of making the leap to being published and being thrilled with the readers who love my work.

3. Apples or pears?
Well I love both but I’ll say pears – a nice juicy, ripe one.

4. Which of your own characters would you like to meet and why?
I’d like to meet Dorothea Lindell. She is a dynamic 80 year old woman who has been running a winery since she was about 40, when not many women were running their own businesses. She’s feisty, no nonsense, very direct. I think she’d be a hoot to sit down and talk to about life and her journey, which hasn’t been an easy one for sure.

5. How would you like the world to end?
With peace, love and laughter. J

6. Which genre do you wish you could write, and why?
I love to read fantasy and sometimes get ideas for stories. I would love to write fantasy stories I love the whole new worlds and nonhuman characters that you can create. I have so much respect for those who write in this genre as I think it is a very difficult genre to write in, there’s a lot to keep track of.

7. You’re stuck on an island with only three things: A knife, a match and a stick. What would you do to survive?
Not a clue. J I’d use the knife to carve a note into the stick, then throw the stick into the water and hope it would find land. I’d use the knife to get me some food. I’d keep the match as my companion and just in case I found wood that I could start a fire with, since I threw the only piece of wood I had into the ocean.

8. Which of the following would you rather have stalking you through the night: A vampire, a werewolf, or Stephen King?
Stephen King, only because I’d like to see his mind in action. It would probably be the scariest night of my life, though.

9. Who is the best villain you’ve ever read, and why?
You know there have been several but I have to say that the wicked witch from snow white is one that I have never forgotten. She was just so nasty and vile and I think one of the very first really mean characters I ever met in a story. She was very well portrayed.

June 18, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Apocalypse Lovers by Serena Walken – Review

Blurb:

There isn’t a person alive that can save all the worlds from colliding into one massive apocalypse.

Except twelve year old Dominic.

Cheshire watches the humans in disgust as they discuss their plans. To take action against a woman who will enslave herself to someone willingly. A willing slave is the lowest form of creature, even to humans, on the face of Wonderland. All Cheshire can do is look on though, for fate must happen.

Except that the slave is Shay Austin the destined lover, and when she wills herself away to the White Rabbit, the ending begins.

Scritch scritch scratch. That’s the sound of Dominic drawing another figure he sees in his mind. A man with a bride riding a motorcycle of steel. A scarecrow with a witch riding a motorcycle of fire. These don’t come from his imagination. He sees them with his own eyes that only see in shades of blue.

Dominic sees what others would consider fairytales: Wonderland, Oz, fairies, werewolves, every fairytale land and creature known actually exists. His sister Cheryl keeps him secluded in their small home in Kansas, where few people can learn about his curse.

It’s not until their entire town is sucked down a dimension hole that Cheryl begins to believe he might be seeing something real after all.

Darlene Deeks is more than Dominic’s cousin. She’s the great relation of the one true Dorothy.

While at a party in a cornfield, she hears a voice coming from a scarecrow and finds a strange man painfully hanging. After she takes him down and hears his bizarre explanation, she takes back off toward her friends but sees nothing but a large hole. In fact, her entire town is gone. Stuck with a man who calls himself Scarecrow, she goes to the next town to see her grandmother. There she finds a shocking revelation about her and Scarecrow.

One that just won’t have enough time to come true before the Earth is destroyed.

Guyver works for DIM: Dimensional Investigative Missions. Having heard about the real Dorothy’s hometown being sucked under, he visits Cheryl. Her house is only one of a handful to survive. There he discovers Dominic and his rare gift. They each hurry back to DIM with Dominic, but it’s too late.

The world is doomed. Nothing can be done. But this was only one dimension, and there are millions out there still that can be saved. Like shining stars in the sky, only a tiny light went out. When a prophecy is revealed in front of Dominic, he knows that he is the one that has to reach the others who can stop it.

Other beings of different dimensions have to have a child that would tie the bonds between dimensions stronger again. However, the meaning is gentle, too gentle for others to understand. It takes more than a baby, it takes one created with a soul mate.

Yet, even that can only slowdown the apocalypse. For if even one destined lover fails, everything will perish.

It’s up to Dominic to go on a quest that is destined to kill him to save countless others. But will it physically kill him or change the person he was supposed to be?

 

My Review:

A series of stories broken down and pasted together – that’s what this book feels like. It works, but on a level, it doesn’t. The stories don’t really connect. While the Apocalypse Boy’s appearance in the different characters’ lives does give a common thread (barely), It’s not enough. The stories are wonderful little tales on their own – I reviewed Project Wolf before, as a stand-alone story – but together, there’s just enough good to make them link together.

Nevertheless, I love the little stories themselves. This score represents the parts of the story, not th estory as a whole.

4/5

 

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June 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Comments Off on Apocalypse Lovers by Serena Walken – Review

The Wrong Brother’s Bride by Allison Merritt – Review

Blurb:

A haunted past, a marriage of convenience…a love for a lifetime?

After a tragic accident leaves Loyal Redfearn alone and pregnant, she writes to her deceased fiancee’s ne’er-do-well brother, August O’Dell. Her hope is he’ll save her beloved home. What she doesn’t expect from him is a proposal so soon on the heels of his brother’s death. Although they grew up together, she’s never thought of August as the man she would marry, even as a means to save  face with her family and friends.

Although returning to the township where August spent his troubled youth means facing the past, he sees an opportunity to redeem himself in the eyes of the woman he’s loved since boyhood. They agree the marriage is in name-only, but August works to earn Loyal’s trust and waits for the day she’ll see his hard work as proof that she didn’t marry the wrong brother after all.

When evidence from a crime committed years ago points to August as the culprit, he and Loyal must face the reality that their newly forged family may be torn apart.

 

My Review:

The Wrong Brother’s Wife is a heartfelt story of love gained and lost, family and friends, pain and pleasure. From beautiful Loyal to robust August, this story is of two people, through terrible circumstances, finding each other in all the right ways. Sure, there’s some bumps, but nothing can really stop true love, can it?

4/5

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Giveaway

Author is giving away a sage freshwater pearl nugget with a little silver key on a 20″ silver chain

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Valcoria by Jason King – Review

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History repeats itself like a song. The verses may vary, but the melody is always the same. The eastern empire of Aukasia has a new leader, a man who means to bring war to all the land. Yet, even in all his bloody ambition, he does not realize that he is but the puppet of a greater evil. Only the Kalyra – The Children of the Crystal Star – can stand against what’s coming. Only they can protect the world of Valcoria from the mad hatred of the fallen god, Aedar. A new verse of the song has begun. The last verse.

 

My Review:

Valcoria is a wonderful study in slow pay-offs. In a world where everything is thrown at your feet, it is a gasp of relief to find a book that keeps you reading, just to find out what’s gone on.

Couple that with characters that really sing of familiarity and realistic portrayals, and you have one outstanding book. Kudos!

4/5

 

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Ghost in the Closet by MK Theodoratus – Review

Blurb:

Over the years, Dumdie Swartz has developed many weird habits to hide the fact she sees ghosts. When her boss fired her because he thought her trances were mini-strokes, Dumdie becomes homeless, just another old lady living in her car. 

Being homeless isn’t Dumdie’s biggest problem. When she finds a room at a private shelter, Dumdie discovers the ghost of the previous owner haunts her room, a ghost with a problem of her own. Her will is lost, and the shelter’s existence is threatened. Dumdie must conquer her fear of upsetting people if she’s to find the will and save the shelter for herself and the other ladies.

My Review:

A short-but sweet story, that took me all of a half-hour to get through. I recommend this book for short commutes or sessions at the gym. It’s a simple story about losing hope and finding a new home. Would be great as an expanded story, with a little more mystery thrown in.

4/5

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May 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Comments Off on Ghost in the Closet by MK Theodoratus – Review