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Cover Reveal: Second Star

Second Star
J.M. Sullivan
Published by: Bleeding Ink Publishing
Publication date: March 5th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Peter Pan has never been one to follow the rules. Abandoned as a child, he was adopted by the renowned Captain Hooke to join the crew of the starship Jolly Roger. But when Peter finds out that the elegant Captain is not as upstanding as everyone believes, he has no choice but to sabotage the ship, alienating him from the crew, the fleet, and the only family he’s ever known.

Wendy Darling has worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she’s always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own. But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero from the planet known only as Neverland.

But there is more to Neverland than meets the eye, and more to Hooke than what was written in history books. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland’s dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that’s looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison. To fulfill her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust the dashing Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan–and she has to decide quickly…

Before the darkness consumes them all.

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Author Bio:

An avid reader and hopeless fangirl, J.M. Sullivan shamelessly fantasized that this was, in fact, her AUROR bio, but has since determined AUTHOR bio to be the next best thing. An almost Arizona native, she was raised in Phoenix, but when asked, she will tell you her formative years were really spent in the land of make-believe, where she passed countless hours with her favorite characters in their own worlds, Wonderland included.

Eventually, society informed her that she had to grow up, so she experimented in retail, music, and business careers before realizing her passion for kids. She now works in Abu Dhabi as a middle school science teacher who fosters a love of science, literature, and learning in her students.

Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. When she isn’t busy writing or caught in a daydream, she spends her time at home with her husband, their two cats, three kids, and a whole lot of madness. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Review: Deadman’s Tome Final Contact

Title: Deadman’s Tome Final Contact

Authors: Eric S Brown, James Grim Desborough, David M Hoenig, Brian Malachy Quinn, Candace Robinson, Madeleine Swann, DJ Tyrer, Kristofer Velasquez

Date of Publication: September 1st, 2017

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Summary:

Deadman’s Tome presents First Contact. This volume of galactic terror features stories that warn of the consequences of bold space exploration, exploitative mining, venturing too far, and contact with foreign entities. You see, dear reader, we are not alone, and our first contact might just be our last!

My Review:

So, I do have a short story in this one which is scifi/horrorish, but I’m going to review the rest of the book. This group of short stories was pretty cool. I felt like it was diverse in the content and the way they were written by each author, yet the common denominator was scifi.

My favorites were, A Slow Death by: James Grim Desborough, which was very abstractish and had an interesting vibe! I also loved The Octopus in the Corner of the Room, even though Jane made me mad! It was a weird and quirky story which I’m all about!

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I finished this book in one sitting, and I was invested in each of the stories, and it made me absolutely want to stay away from space! Even if you aren’t a scifi fan, you should definitely check out these stories!!

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Zero Repeat Forever: Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

 

I am so
excited that ZERO REPEAT FOREVER by Gabrielle
Prendergast is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
If you
haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Gabrielle Prendergast, be
sure to check out all the details below.
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed hardcover of the book courtesy of Gabrielle and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About The Book:
Title:

 ZERO
REPEAT FOREVER

Pub. Date: August 29,
2017
Publisher: Simon &
Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover,
eBook, audiobook
Find it: AmazonB&NAudibleiBooksTBDGoodreads
He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the
details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx
invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in
the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from
the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven
doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel
only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit,
their survival comes to depend on trusting each other… 

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About Gabrielle: 

Gabrielle
is a writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada.  You
can read about her books here.
She is represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
In 2014 she
was the Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library. In 2015 she was nominated
for the BC Book Prizes and chosen to tour the province to promote BC Books. In
2017 Gabrielle took part in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week Tour. She has
also been nominated for the White
Pine Award
and the CLA
Award
.
Gabrielle
won the Westchester
Award 
for Audacious. Audacious was included in CBC’s list of 100 YA Books That Make You
Proud to be Canadian.
 A poem from Capricious was
chosen for the 2014 Poetry
in Transit 
Program. Pandas
on the East Side
 was chosen as an Ontario Library Association Best Bet
for Junior Fiction in 2016. It was also nominated/shortlisted for the
Chocolate Lily Award, The Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow Award and the
Myrca Award.
Giveaway Details:


(1) winner
will receive a signed finished copy of ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, US Only &
Canada.

(3) winners will
receive signed postcards and bookmarks ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, US Only &
Canada.

Ends on September
19th at Midnight EST!

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Review: Zero Repeat Forever

Title: Zero Repeat Forever

Author: Gabrielle Prendergast

Date of Publication: August 29th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

My Review:

I really liked this one! The pace is slow and steady, but I thought it flowed really well. It also has two perspectives between a human named Raven and an Alien named Eighth, and the dynamic worked awesomely!

Raven felt like a real teen to me, and she did things that teens to do whether they are right or wrong. Eighth was a little emo for an alien, but it made sense the way that he was and all he had suffered. I thought the bond between them was great. Sometimes it was violent and sometimes it was sweet, but with aliens taking down humanity, it couldn’t be all flowery. I’m sure there will be some complaints about this, but it’s fiction!

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The one thing out of everything that I was like noooooooo was this line… “That’s a lot of chocolate and marshmallows. Diabetes might be another way to die.” Only because sugar does not give you diabetes!

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There was some cool action scenes with the aliens, but the book was more about survival and forming a bond that you didn’t know could happen when there is a war going on between two races. I loved this one, and I can’t wait for book 2!

 

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Review: Unidentified Fatherly Object

Title: Unidentified Fatherly Object

Author: Calvin Demmer

Date of Publication: June 15th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Fred Garcia decides Father’s Day is the perfect time to find out what happened to his father. As he prepares to search the old, abandoned military base where his father used to work, he hopes for clues as to what might have occurred. Lights at the base, however, indicate that it’s not as inactive as suggested. Fred discovers the truth. Unfortunately, the truth is a dark and dangerous operation that cannot be unseen or escaped.

Review:

So, since this is a short story I don’t want to give too much away, but this one was really awesome. Even though this was a short story, I still connected with Fred and wanted to embark on his journey of figuring out what the heck happened to his father.

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What Fred discovers is a dark and unimaginable find. The writing was good and sucked me in from the get go, and I didn’t release it until that last word. The ending was excellent! This is a great science fiction/horror read for anyone that wants something different!

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“Carve The Mark” by Veronica Roth

 

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The cover, especially once you learn what this phrase refers to, is stunning.

 

I’d found in my NPR feed a story about a book based on chronic pain from a female perspective. A science fiction book based on it. There was no way I wasn’t going to read this.

It is what it says it is, and if you aren’t a big science fiction fan, this isn’t for you. It doesn’t get lost in too many details, but because this is almost an anthropological science fiction book, there is a learning curve on trying to get people acclimated to the new world rules. And it is a long read.

Everyone gets a magic power. It’s part of a “current” running through the worlds. All of them are unique.

The story follows two teens from two very different, and now warring cultures: Cyra Noavek (who appears as first-person) and Akos Kereseth (his p.o.v. is always second person). Cyra is from the nomadic and often displaced and abused Shotet. The Shotet are currently on the cold home planet of the less war-like more farm-oriented Thuve. Akos is Thuvesit, and being the oracle’s son, is captured and put into service for Cyra.

Cyra’s gift inflicts horrible pain on anyone touching her. And, as a result, she herself is in dire pain every second. Akos was given the power of interrupting everyone’s current gift-his touch can stop her misery. That is an interesting dynamic to read about. The way Cyra is dismissed and expected just to keep up while suffering is pretty realistic in terms of how women are called upon with withstand agony we probably couldn’t even explain.

If you haven’t heard already, this book came with some controversy. Roth is accused of being racist because Cyra, our warrior in the story, is dark-skinned and Akos and his people appear to generally be less so-although it is stated in the book there is no one look for either the Shotet or the Thuve. To think that, you have to be able to say you read the book and thought Cyra’s character was undesirable or flat or that the Shotet were. Cyra Noavek is the most powerful figure in the book. While used as a weapon by her abusive ruling family, she rebels against that purpose. Even when it costs her nearly everything.

The Shotet themselves are not this mess of hot-headed warriors but are under a dictator-like regime by a horrible figure. They have rebels fighting against the regime, too. It’s explained that they lost their homeland, their children, their everything and vowed to be able to defend themselves. As a result, they are overall very tough. You can see similar things in Riddick for example and even Dune. I am all for team kick-ass culture. I don’t think these things are inherently bad or evil and so having a hero born into one can’t be that way, either.

On the other hand, I can get why this might be a problem in our cultural climate. And, in some places in the book, I honestly had moments of “why would she write that??!”.

The worst for me was when Cyra’s mother was dressing her for an important meeting, and pulled her hair back, saying that she didn’t want the first thing these people noticed to be her wild hair.

Ouch. As a disclaimer, I grew up in a dysfunctional family where nobody looked like me. And I have insane hair. It was the first thing they always attacked, the first thing everyone tried to change or silence about me.

There is a possibility I read into it wrong, and maybe it’s a statement about Cyra’s mother’s undesirable character. She did, after all, allow her son to be tormented by his father until he was a monster.

But I darn sure didn’t want to read that in this book.

If you can get past some of that, which I’ll admit should have been cut in editing, you have a decent story about two youngsters from different cultures crossing a divide of danger and understanding in order to help and love each other. That is a good message. Overall, I still recommend it. It’s not perfect, though. And maybe future installments can be dealt with better.

Erika

http://www.writeathomemothering.blogspot.com

Review: Defy the Stars

Title: Defy the Stars

Author: Claudia Gray

Date of Publication: April 4th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

My Review:

Defy the Stars begins with action from the get go. Noemi goes to save her best friend and meets up with a mech named Abel. They war off against each other, until Abel says that he is under her command.

Abel has been in solitude for thirty years aboard a deserted ship. He begins the book with thoughts and dialogue that are very robotic which makes sense because he is a mech. He reminded me of Jude Law’s character in A.I. Eventually, as the story progresses, Abel seems to become more human with his thoughts and emotions. He was funny even when he wasn’t trying to be, and I loved that.

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Noemi was awesome! She was a strong character and puts everyone ahead of herself. I liked reading from her point of view just as much as I did Abel’s.

I don’t read a lot of sci-fi books, because a lot of the wording gets on my nerves, a lot of it did do that here, but I still enjoyed the story. I can’t wait to see what comes next in the following book.

 

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