Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Field Trip The Field Trip by R.A. Andrade review ~Kami

The Field TripThe Field Trip by R.A. Andrade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A clumsy, socially awkward, absent minded professor who can't get a steady girlfriend goes to Vermont for a field research trip to study evolutionary mutation in trees. There have been strange sightings of lights in the sky and a military presence. Ross then meets a strange woman named Jay and her animal companion Oswald. I liked this book. The writing and pacing are good. I thought Ross was really funny in his awkwardness and then he becomes a totally impressive action hero. 5 stars.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Uprooted by Naomi Novik review ~Kami

UprootedUprooted by Naomi Novik
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wizard chooses a village girl to live with him in his tower for ten years. The girl he chooses seems to have a natural talent for magic. This book had a very old world fairy tale feel. I thought it was similar to Beauty and the Beast with the huge library and the wizard who is called The Dragon is pretty grumpy. Or maybe Merlin and Nimue. A really good fantasy story about good versus an evil wood. 4 stars.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Alive by Scott Sigler review ~ Kami

Alive (Generations, #1)Alive by Scott Sigler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a weird Lord of the Flies/Matrix/Dark City type young adult scifi story. A girl wakes up on her birthday. She believes she is twelve. She wakes up in a coffin type pod, her body has changed, she meets more children. They have symbols that signify some kind of caste system. They don't remember their names or how they got there. Seems like they are some kind of experiment. I liked this story. It was unusual enough to keep me reading. I wanted to know what was going on. I liked the characters. The writing is good. 4 stars.

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Reflection by Lynn Yvonne Moon review ~Kami

ReflectionReflection by Lynn Yvonne Moon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Journey and her younger sister go to live with their father after their mother dies. I liked this story and it held my interest. I liked the characters. The tone of this story has a very dreamy quality. Journey and her sister accept living on an alien planet pretty quickly which I found farfetched and there was a bit of info dumping. Other than that pretty good. 3 stars.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bomb by Sarah Mussi review ~ Kami

BombBomb by Sarah Mussi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a pretty exciting thriller about a girl who is kidnapped and forced to wear a suicide bomb vest. It was pretty scary. It kept my interest since I wanted to keep reading to see if she would get help and survive. It is really interesting how this book comes together. Unusual but it works. 4 stars.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Itch: Nine Tales of Fantastic Worlds by Kris Austen Radcliffe review ~Kami

Itch: Nine Tales of Fantastic WorldsItch: Nine Tales of Fantastic Worlds by Kris Austen Radcliffe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nine shorts stories that are a good mix of well written sci fi by Kris Austen Radcliffe. People who like Philip K Dick and enjoy the show Continuum will like these stories, I feel.

Honey to Sooth the Itch is an amazingly written zombie, sci-fi story. Kris Austen Radcliffe is an exceptional writer. I am in awe of her talent. This is a quick read. It immediately draws you in and doesn't let go. This is definitely something special. 5 stars.

A Man Does Not Sneak Away is a really good short story about manipulating the time stream by field workers on a spaceship.

On Fey Street there are monsters.

The Taste of Marbles is a really strange story but I loved it for its quirky peculiarity. Reminded me a lot of Phillip K Dick. The narrator of this strange little tale seems to be in some kind of temporal flux. She can see all time periods at once. To experience all the time periods fully, the narrator licks items. This story is amazingly weird and so well written. 5 stars.

Conpulsio is about Ladon and Dragon in 79 AD Rome. Vesuvius is about to blow. This writer is so skilled at immediately hooking you into a story. The characters are so well thought and fleshed out. The story is so good, my mind wasn't wandering like it often does when I am reading. It was so exciting, I couldn't stop reading it. This is a very compelling, fast paced, well-written novella. "Death was as easy as kneeling under a tree, waiting for a mountain."

Diamonds and bones is a fun space pirate adventure.

Callous is an interesting story about time travel implants that itch.

Cop Killer is a twisted nightmare of a fairy tale with lice.

Cinder to Dust was previously published in Prolusio and is part of the Fate Fire Shifter Dragon universe about Rysa's mother Mira.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Rocco's Wings by Rebecca Merry Murdock review ~ Kami

Rocco's Wings (Tales of Terrakesh #1)Rocco's Wings by Rebecca Merry Murdock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The winged Urvogel live in a world with humans. Rocco's mother is human and his father is Urvogel. Rocco doesn't fit in with humans or Urvogel. He is hated by both. A young adult adventure story about a sympathetic misfit. 4 stars.

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The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker review ~Kami

The Witch HunterThe Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A high fantasy book about Elizabeth a witch hunter. In this world witchcraft is against the king's law though magic is real. I thought this book started out kind of slow but it became more interesting when Elizabeth is accused of witchcraft. 4 stars.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

The List by Kate L Mary review ~Kami

The List (College of Charleston, #1)The List by Kate L. Mary
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Annie has a list of 20 things that she wants to do in college like smoke, get drunk, get a tattoo, and lose her virginity. This is a typical good girl rebelling in college. She meets a couple guys and this turns into a love triangle. An okay new adult college romance. 3 stars.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Undertow by Michael Buckley review ~ Kami

Undertow (Undertow #1)Undertow by Michael Buckley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lyric lives in Coney Island and has migraines. Her family is living in hiding under mysterious circumstances. Alien fish people: selkies, sirens, Triton etc. came out of the ocean and everyone freaked out and people died. The Alpha are being integrated into society and even going to high school with Lyric. I liked this story a lot. I cared about the characters and the story kept my attention. Lyric and the prince of the Alpha have a very sweet romance. This must be the beginning of a series because there was a lot left unresolved. I look forward to reading more about Lyric's adventures. There was a lot of exciting things happening at the end. 5 stars.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Piercing the Fold series by Venessa Kimball reviews ~Kami

Title: Piercing the Fold Series
Author: Venessa Kimball   
Genre: YA/Teen Paranormal/ Science Fiction/ Dystopian/ Fantasy
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours


Honestly I think this title sounds dirty. But once I could move past that, I was liking the story. The "fold", ahem in this context refers to alien world portals or wormholes. I also didn't like the heavy Christian doctrine, another thing I had to move past. Jesca has night terrors, visions and strange occurrences happen to her so she begins to think she is losing her mind, but her superhuman abilities are tools for being a guardian.  The writing was good. The pacing is slow at first but then picks up a lot. The metaphysics was interesting. 4 stars. 


This book has another dirty sounding title. I liked that this one was heavier on the sci fi adventure than religious doctrine like the first book. The characters are interesting but flat seeming at times. I thought the first book was dragging a lot, but this one had a faster pace. All in all, I enjoyed it. 4 stars. 

Ascending the Veil (Piercing the Fold, #3)

Nate and Ezra were sucked into a wormhole. Jesca loves Xander. I feel like this series has vastly improved since the first book. There is a lot of fast paced action and adventure. 4 stars.

  Transcending the Legacy (Piercing the Fold, #4)

 I think I liked this book the best of the four books. The writing is vastly improved and the pace is fast. The characters have evolved a lot. The book starts out right after the last one with Jesca no longer linked to either Nate or Xander. A good action packed conclusion to the series. 4 stars.


Piercing the Fold: 
"I'm Jesca. I have intense nightmares nightly and hallucinations of dark auras closing in on me daily. Strangers' faces distort before my eyes and I hear voices in my head. All symptoms of insanity, 'illusions in reality', right? Wrong. This is my reality and it has been set askew." Jesca Gershon Sera discovers that she is part of a legacy and a fellowship of guardians destined to protect the human race from a galactic event that will invade and evolve our world.

Surfacing the Rim: Book 2 : 
The impending galactic event that will invade and evolve our world is upon us and our salvation lies in the hands of Jesca and her fellowship of Dobrian guardians. The sadistic Sondian fellowship's inhumane corruption of our world is spreading like wildfire, redrawing lines between allies and enemies. Jesca's fortitude is put to the test when she must make crucial decisions in battle and in love. She must choose between the predestined link that she shares with one man and the unresolved attraction she holds for another. Will Jesca have enough courage to surface the rim of this reality?

Ascending the Veil: Book 3: 
A veil has been parted. A galactic intersection has been spurred by the hands of an enemy, the Sondian Fellowship. Now, a veil, a barrier, meant to divide our universe from all others has been parted. This celestial veil was meant to keep beings of those universes from invading ours; mythical, fantastical, demonic, and angelic beings. Jesca and the rest of the Dobrian fellowship quickly realize that these beings have been the very product of the "illusions in reality" they have been tracking, dodging, and protecting mankind from. One that Jesca must ascend. Ezra Kahn and Nate Sera have sacrificed themselves beyond the veil of our universe in an attempt to protect both Jesca and mankind. Their sacrifice was noble, but not enough to stop the global invasion and apocalyptical evolution in our world. The fate of those Jesca loves and mankind is dismal unless she and the Dobrian guardians can find a way to get Ezra and Nate back and seal the ethereal veil between our universe and those that lie beyond it. Among the illusions a legacy will be unmasked. To her surprise, Jesca's ascension beyond the veil unmasks an ancient legacy that is much older and runs much deeper than the Dobrian fellowship. An empyrean inheritance seeded among mankind long ago that courses through the veins of the Onoch family and Jesca.

Transcending the Legacy: Book 4 (Finale) 
With Jesca’s return from beyond the veil comes the realization that she is part of an ancient and celestial legacy that is much greater than the Sondian and Dobrian rivalry could ever be and the understanding of what has become of our world in the year that she has been gone beyond the veil.
It becomes known that ancient bloodlines and a supernal legacy has linked Jesca, her family, the two men she is torn between, and the team of guardians. With no other guidance but Jesca’s visions of what this legacy holds for them, the guardians are depending on the divining glimpses she is receiving to put them on the path leading to salvation.
As for our world, the population that has survived the galactic intersection, the climatic shift, and the necessary implantations are being invaded, occupied, and destroyed by the very beings Jesca encountered beyond the veil. The beings intent? To possess our world and stop Jesca and the other guardians from fulfilling the legacy that could save the human race and eradicate them.
Once again, Author Venessa Kimball will take you on a spine-tingling and breath-taking roller coaster ride through a reality that has been set askew, a reality that has surfaced the rim of our known existence, a reality that has ascended unworldly obstacles, and now a reality that must be transcended by one for the survival of all. The question is, will the stakes be too high and the loss be too great for Jesca and the guardians?
Get ready for the final book in Jesca’s journey, Transcending the Legacy.

Author Bio:
Having always been passionate about the written word, Venessa Kimball embarked on writing what would become her debut novel, Piercing the Fold: Book 1; a young adult paranormal/sci-fi series. July 2, 2012, Venessa Kimball independently published the first book in the Piercing the Fold series. Book 2, Surfacing the Rim, released March 14, 2013. In August of 2013, Venessa joined the publishing house, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. The Piercing the Fold series has been re-published with CHBB beginning with Piercing the Fold: Book 1 on September 3, 2013. Surfacing the Rim: Book 2 re-published on September 24, 2013 and Ascending the Veil: Book 3 released November 2013. The fourth book in the series, Transcending the Legacy: Book 4 released May 13, 2014. Kimball's compelling teen contemporary fiction novel, Dismantling Evan, released January 13, 2015. Venessa is currently working on the Evan series, but as for the future, she is filling her Work-In-Progress folder with some world piercing characters and stories. When Venessa is not writing, she is keeping active with her husband and three children; chauffeuring said children to extracurricular activities, catching a movie with her hubby, and staying up way too late reading. 

Author Links:
Youtube channel with all videos/book trailers/ interviews
Pinterest  (board for PtF, StR, AtV, TtL, and future projects…visual inspiration)
Spotify PtF series playlists by book as well as Dismantling Evan playlist:

Buy Links:
Piercing the Fold: Book 1
Surfacing the Rim: Book2
Ascending the Veil: Book3
Transcending the Legacy: Book4:

Friday, May 1, 2015

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep review ~ Kami

Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1)Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a really good urban fantasy story with lots of magic, monsters and a spunky, young female protagonist. Just the kind of book that I love. Lila accidentally gets in the middle of a mob feud. Her mother was killed because of the Families and Lila has been trying to avoid them since. A really, exciting, well written magical adventure. I look forward to reading the next book. 5 stars.

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