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 .

 

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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.

 

Release Day Blitz: Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol with Giveaway

 

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Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol!

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A girl looking for a way out.

Being the daughter of New America’s leader, Mercury Masters has everything a girl could want. A glamorous life full of beautiful people, and the power to have anything she wants, except for one thing—to escape. Because Mercury’s perfect life comes with secrets to keep. Dangerous secrets that if made public would destroy her, her family, and her father’s reign. Then she meets Hawk.

A boy looking to be a hero.

Hawk, a handsome prep school dropout turned vigilante, has his own family secrets. Deadly secrets that have haunted him since he was fifteen. But instead of fighting the ghosts of his past, Hawk has assembled a group of misfit hackers and thieves to save the future from the corrupt government of New America and the mysterious virus that is killing off its citizens. But trying to do the right thing is tough when the person you really want to save is your enemy’s daughter.

A love that could kill them both.

Powerful forces keep them apart, but coming together could be the key to saving New America from destruction—even though it may cost both their lives.

Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol
Publication Date:  February 13, 2018
Publisher:  Inkspell Publishing

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Scarlett Kol grew up in Northern Manitoba reading books and writing stories about creatures that make you want to sleep with the lights on. As an adult, she’s still a little afraid of the dark. Scarlett now lives just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her husband and two boys, but if you need to find her she’s likely freezing at the hockey rink.

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Book Review The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Jan’s Review

I have a huge amount of love for books that have to do with the fae realm.  Julie Kagawa is the one to thank for that she drew me in with her Fae series i never looked back.  I am especially intrigued when it involves humans attempting to live among the fae.  This book is all that and more.  You have our human girl Jude with her siblings being raised by her fae farther who murdered her human parents and has taken them all to live in the fae realm.

Holly Black does an amazing job of describing all the wonderful parts of the realm and how the whole hierarchy of government works.  Prince Cardan plays his part in this story masterfully well.  The twists in this story are not all what you think they will be.  It a great start to a series and i am eager for more.

 

 

Book Review Tiger’s Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) by Colleen Houck

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Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

Jan’s Review

This unique series draws you by the stunning cover and rich descriptions of Indian culture and mythology.  Centering around a pair of brothers who are cursed to be tigers and one girl destined to save them and maybe fall in love with one or both.

I was wrapped up in this story from the first pages, colleen does a great job of describing all the various places that Kelsey and her tiger travel to as she trys to break the curse binding the two brothers as tigers.  The emotion as she struggles with being away from home and traveling around a foreign country are felt on every page.  Not only the emotions from being in a foreign land but also the relationship that is developing between her and someone who is over 300 years old.

I am intrigued and ready to find out what happens next in Tiger’s Quest.

Assassin of Truths by Brenda Drake Blog Tour

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Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3)

By Brenda Drake

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

The gateways linking the great libraries of the world don’t require a library card, but they do harbor incredible dangers.

And it’s not your normal bump-in-the- night kind. The threats Gia Kearns faces are the kind with sharp teeth and knifelike claws. The kind that include an evil wizard hell-bent on taking her down.

Gia can end his devious plan, but only if she recovers seven keys hidden throughout the world’s most beautiful libraries. And then figures out exactly what to do with them.

The last thing she needs is a distraction in the form of falling in love. But when an impossible evil is unleashed, love might be the only thing left to help Gia save the world.

Jan’s Review

This series holds two of my favorite plot ideas for a book series– revolves around libraries, and jumping into books.  I love the way the author describes the way each unique library is and slowly adds in fun details like book fairies or magical battle globes that change and evolve as the story goes along.

This is the final book in the series so it always has a bittersweet taste to it so you want to savor each chapter and don’t always want to sprint to the end cause then it all over and you left with a whole for a series that you enjoyed for a while.

This author has made me a fan and i am excited to see what she writes on the horizon.

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Brenda Drake

Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda’s world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there’s always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she’s not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Book Review Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

Jan’s Review

A Cinderella retelling with cyborgs seems like a reach right.  I had put off reading this series for a while i was intrigued by it but i was also worried.  Would i be a fan of retelling about Cinderella with a plague and cyborgs?  I was pleasantly surprised i was enthralled and thoroughly entertained.  You have a prince, step-sisters, evil step mom but you also have a inter planet conflict going on.  Will the evil alien luna queen take over new bejing and prevent the world from being cured from an evil disease? Cinder is a great start to this series and i pretty sure each book is a retelling of some sort and they all are tied together.  Excited for book two.