Posts Categorized: sci fi or futuristic

Heaven’s Queen: Review

Heaven’s Queen: Review

So here’s the deal: Heaven’s Queen is fine. If you enjoyed where the series seemed to be heading in book two, if you think Rupert and Devi are interesting together, if you don’t particularly care for the parts of the story where Devi fights in her robot suit… You’ll like this book. It will seem fitting and appropriate, you will be warm and happy, and you’ll agree with the majority of readers on Goodreads, where it currently has a rating over four stars. What follows will contain minor spoilers for the previous books in this series. If you started this series because you were interested in a story about a badass female mercenary who unapologetically sleeps around (you know, a man in every port and all that), and who fights in an awesome robot suit, you may come out of it feeling a little bit betrayed. Devi’s not a character… Read more »

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Honor’s Knight: review

Honor’s Knight: review

Wendy gave me Fortune’s Pawn for Christmas, and I put off reading it for months and months–until a week ago. I have a tendency to do this; being given or loaned a book makes me feel like there’s a lot of pressure on me to enjoy it, and that perceived pressure pretty quickly turns into a weird resentment of the book in question. I’m such an idiot. Once I finally sat down with the darned thing, I devoured it in one sitting, and as soon as I finished it around 2 am, I proceeded to read Honor’s Knight right then and there in a blurry haze of bloodshot eyes and coffee breath. Because these books are really, really good, you guys. What follows will contain spoilers for Fortune’s Pawn, the previous book in the Paradox series. Honor’s Knight opens with an intense, heartbreaking prologue in which we learn why so… Read more »

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Ruins: Review

Ruins: Review

I really struggled with how I was going to rate this book. Partials and Fragments were two of my favorite reads of 2013. This is also the first series I’ve completed since I’ve started reviewing so there was that component as well. Were my feelings unfairly influenced by how high my expectations were? Ultimately, I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong, of the 50 or so books I’ve read so far this year, this is one of my favorites, but I wanted more. There was much to love. The strong characterization, complex medical breakdowns, viral thrills, and realistic post-apocalyptic terror are all there. Yet there were some very significant issues that weighed down my enjoyment. For me, one of the main reasons I think this final installment flags some is the large absence of Samm. Ironically, he has more POV chapters in Ruins than in the previous books, but… Read more »

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Alienated: Review Discussion + Giveaway

Alienated: Review Discussion + Giveaway

Hi all! Since Kate and Wendy had so much fun with the discussion review for Secret, we’re doing it again with Alienated! Unlike Secret, though, our feelings turned out rather mixed. A surprise to all three of us since almost everyone we know seems to love it. Come along as we discuss! ~ Kim Kim: Oh man, I was so sure I was going to love this. I’d been eagerly anticipating this book for months. I’m a huge fan of the “emotionally closed off/stoic partner gently breaks down through love” thing, as well as paranormal romance. Unfortunately, there was a lot that was just…off with Alienated. Wendy: Baa baa black sheep. I’m gently butting the two of you in our pen. Kate: Yeah… It wasn’t what I’d expected, based on the blurb. Kim: To start off with, I really didn’t care for either main character. I actually like that Cara… Read more »

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Sexual Identity in Grasshopper Jungle: guest post + giveaway

Sexual Identity in Grasshopper Jungle: guest post + giveaway

Grasshopper Jungle is described as a “sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition,” and that fits this bizarre, fascinating book to perfection. The end of the world is nearing thanks to gigantic praying mantises, and while Austin is trying to figure out how the hell he’s supposed to stop them, he’s also wrestling with his feelings for both his girlfriend Shann and for his best friend Robby. The book is extremely well-written and crafted, and while the narration or content may be jarring to some readers with its frank fixation on male horniness that both serves and sometimes threatens to consume the plot, it definitely kept me interested and I think it’s a book that’s going to spark a lot of conversation. Certainly most of the early reactions have been extremely enthusiastic, and I am always in favor of YA books that explore topics… Read more »

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The Science Behind THE LOST PLANET: guest post + giveaway

The Science Behind THE LOST PLANET: guest post + giveaway

  The Lost Planet by Rachel Searles is a such fun middle grade sci-fi adventure! This story is action-packed, with great world-building and interesting characters, and I sped through the book in a matter of hours. I appreciated that the novel is age-appropriate, but the language isn’t dumbed down at all, and it’s a book that’s easily enjoyed by adults and older readers as well. The science and action are also awesome. The author is married to a rocket scientist, so when the opportunity for a guest post came up, I immediately asked if she would share her science research for the book with us. I knew that this must have informed the story and YOU-ARE-THERE feeling in a major way, so I’m very excited to hear what she has to say. Please join us in welcoming the author to the blog! ~ Wendy   Science fiction spans a wide… Read more »

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Avalon: review

Avalon: review

When I was 21, a mutual acquaintance introduced me to Buzz Aldrin at a cocktail party. We had been talking for under thirty seconds when he just turned around and walked away.  While I was in the middle of speaking.  I got to talk to the second human to walk on the moon, and I was so boring he couldn’t even be bothered to make up a polite excuse for turning his back on me mid-sentence.  It was the greatest moment of my life. Because I love space.  Space adventures are among my favorite things in the world.  And Avalon is a really, really fun addition to this genre.  I mean, it has laser guns and a cute boy.  What is there to complain about? Not much, but… well, a few things bothered me. For instance, two (male) members of the Avalon’s crew are virtually indistinguishable from each other, character-wise,… Read more »

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