ARC Book Review Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass #1) by Gwendolyn Clare

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Source-I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program.

Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation, where her mother―a noted scriptologist―constantly alters and expands their reality.

But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative Victorian Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of young scientists with a gift for mechanics, alchemy, or scriptology―and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.

In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created―and only she can stop it.

Jan’s Review

This is a wonderful debut novel that is a rich steampunk feel where the world is created using the science of scriptology .  Scriptology is a science magic hybrid where the “scientist” can actually create a new world by scripting or writing it into existence.  This concept alone is what first drew me into the book.  I always drawn to books about books or books about creating worlds.  This one echoes a bit like the Glass Sentence series.   I was quite delighted that not only does the world focus on the Scriptology science but a wide variety of them to the point where our main character ends up in a home where the kids are masters of different types of sciences at once.  The term used in the book for them is Polymath.

The descriptions of the worlds that are visited and also the description of how the  Scriptology  works and is put into practice are quite well done.  The love interest is slow to build and the final parts of the book make it so heart wrenching that you really feel for our main characters.  It a wonderful start and i almost hope it expands beyond just the planned two books.

 

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Blog Tour Quantum State by M. Black

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About The Book:

Title: QUANTUM STATE

Author: M. Black

Pub. Date: October 31, 2017

Publisher: Creativia

Pages: 209

Formats: Paperback, eBook

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In a distant future only known as year 61 of MAQS, the quiet utopian district of Cherni contains the perfect system. Everyone is assigned a duty, and life is harmonious directed by the chief quantum computer: MAQS. 


But Masha Mikhailov is not convinced of MAQS’ sincerity and is determined to escape. Aided by her best friend Esfir, Masha’s plans take a surprising turn when she is assigned to marry the Keeper, Kazimir. 


With both time and options running out, can Masha find her way out… or be forever trapped in the “perfect” life designated for her by the powerful AI? 


If you’re a fan of Hyperion, The Giver, The Matrix, 1984 or Eagle Eye, you will love Quantum State.

Jan’s Review

This is a story where it all decided for you by an all knowing computer called MAQ’s.  This is a story about two kids who are questioning if all they been told or decided for them is really in their best interest.  Secrets are being hidden and at all cost they will uncover those secrets.

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About M. Black:

M.Black is Ami Blackwelder and writes for the brand ENTER TOMORROW. She is a Montessori teacher, helps the deaf and hard of hearing, is an avid Pescetarian, believer in animal rights and wildlife conservation, and a lover of books. she is the author of the never-before-seen-concept Animal Graph, and dubs herself the ‘Robot Girl’ since many of her stories revolve around robots and A.I. She has a Siamese cat names LOTUS from Thailand when she was an educator there and he show sup in all her robot books. She adopted a cat named Ash in the States who also shows up in all of her robot books. She loves reading on Kindle Unlimited and only buys paperback. She enjoys many vegetarian dishes like veggie lasagna and four bean chili. She also likes watching movies, gardening, the beach, and hanging out with friends. Of course most of the time you will find her at home, pounding away at her computer.

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THE TOMBS by Deborah Schaumberg NERD BLAST

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Gangs of New York meets Cassandra Clare in this debut YA fantasy set in 1882 Brooklyn

New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.

Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power—or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on “patients”…and no one knows why.

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Deborah Schaumberg was born in Brooklyn, not far from where her novel The Tombs takes place. She grew up renovating dilapidated old houses with her family. She and her father would walk the rooms, floor by floor, making up stories about the inhabitants that were filled with dark secrets, monsters, and, of course, ghosts. Deborah is a writer and an artist whose work always has an element of fantasy to it, and since she also studied architecture, settings are equally important. It was on a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal that she imagined a girl with the ability to see energy, and the seed of The Tombs was planted. She collects old bottles, and her favorite holiday is, you guessed it, Halloween. Deborah lives with her family and two dogs in Maryland, just outside DC. Visit her at deborahschaumberg.com.

 

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Book Review The True Queen (The Impostor Queen #3) by Sarah Fine

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Now that Ansa knows she is the destined queen of Kupari, she is desperate to find a permanent home for her people, the Kriegere, in the Kupari lands. But as the small band of warriors crosses into the foreign territory, Ansa loses her fragile grip on her newly-acquired—and violent—fire and ice magic and puts everyone, including her love Thyra, in danger.

Inside the walls of Kupari, Elli maintains the facade that she is the magical queen, with her secret—that she has no magic at all—on the brink of exposure every day. But as she tries to prepare the citizens to protect themselves from another invasion, unrest spreads as wielders like her beloved Oskar begin to lose control of their powers.

As Kupari grows increasingly unstable, with the land literally crumbling beneath their feet, and a common enemy once again threatening everything, these two young women on a collision course with destiny must find a way to save the realm and their people from total destruction.

In this epic conclusion to the Impostor Queen series, Sarah Fine’s sweeping tale of two fierce leaders imbued with unimaginable power and called to unthinkable sacrifice finally answers the question: who has the strength to be the True Queen?

Jan’s Review

This series has been an emotional roller coaster and it all finally came together when ansa and elli meet.  Their some emotional death scences in this final story.  Just when you think you know who all the bad guys are you get thrown for another loop.  The political maneuvers are intense in this story.  In the end they both do what ever is best for the land.  It a wonderful story.

 

 

Audiobook Review Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard

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Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

Jan’s Review

This is one of the novels that you almost need a chart to keep track of what going on with who.  It was easier to follow for me at least as an audio book as the narrator gave you a different voice to listen to so you could tell where you where at in the story.  It a second book so it takes a bit for things to progress with the multiple characters.  I think it sets us up well for the next book which is a bridge book between this one and the bloodwitch book.  With all the mysterious that are opened the series has lot of places to go so we shall see what develops with Sightwitch and then Bloodwitch.

 

Book Review Ones and Zeroes (Mirador #2) by Dan Wells

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From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the second book in a dark, pulse-pounding sci-fi-noir series set in 2050 Los Angeles.

Overworld. It’s more than just the world’s most popular e-sport—for thousands of VR teams around the globe, Overworld is life. It means fame and fortune, or maybe it’s a ticket out of obscurity or poverty. If you have a connection to the internet and four friends you trust with your life, anything is possible.

Marisa Carneseca is on the hunt for a mysterious hacker named Grendel when she receives word that her amateur Overworld team has been invited to Forward Motion, one of the most exclusive tournaments of the year. For Marisa, this could mean anything—a chance to finally go pro and to help her family, stuck in an LA neighborhood on the wrong side of the growing divide between the rich and the poor. But Forward Motion turns out to be more than it seems—rife with corruption, infighting, and danger—and Marisa runs headlong into Alain Bensoussan, a beautiful, dangerous underground freedom fighter who reveals to her the darker side of the forces behind the tournament. It soon becomes clear that, in this game, winning might be the only way to get out alive.

Jan’s Review

This is the exciting sequel to Bluescreen from Dan Wells.  His Mirador series is the perfect mix of action sci-fi with a touch of virtual reality video games mixed in.   Really liked that in this one we get to see more of overworld and also the dangerous part of hacking into a megacorp to try and track down the bad guy.   You get a great opportunity to find out more how the game is played and the different ways to use it to hide some pretty underhanded dark web activity.  It was a great book .

 

ARC Book Review Web of Frost (Saints of Russalka #1) by Lindsay Smith

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A too-young queen must learn to control her powers in order to save her empire, but can she trust the only person who’s taught her to use her gift?

Russalka is a proud empire, frozen and vast, protected for centuries by a royal family who works miracles from the saints. But rebellion stirs in the streets, and its war-hungry neighbors threaten to invade. The young princess Katza has been tormented by visions of her bloodied hands destroying Russalka—a clear message from the saints that she must never rule. So when tragedy places her next in line to the throne, Katza fears their warnings are on the verge of coming true.

Then she meets Ravin, a mysterious young prophet with visions of his own: visions of Katza as a regal empress with unimaginable power. All she has to do seize upon the holy magic of her bloodline. But the more Ravin whispers in her ear, the more Katza begins to wonder whether he has her best interests at heart. With a revolution boiling over and war looming at the border, the greatest threat to Russalka may be Katza herself.

Jan’s Review

Sometimes i go into a book thinking i know what age group it geared for as it was this one i was expecting a middle grade novel but what i got instead was a fantastic young adult novel that has been crafted magnificently.

I was delighted with how much i love this interesting tale of a hierarchy that uses the saints power to defend their country.  They have made everyone believe that the government are the only ones who can understand the blessings from the saints.  Then we are introduced to Ravin who teaches that this is not the total truth.  Our main character is left with the chance to mold her country into a whole new way of thinking.  Will she take this who new power and give it to everyone with no way to control it or will she step away and teach Russalka who to grow and live without the blessings?

I was on the edge of my seat through out the story and was sure i knew what would happen and who the bad guys were.  But like any good story what you think you know is not always true.  The cliff hanger is perfect and i am eager to see what happens next in this series.