In this novel, branded a sci-fi by the author, but which I think of more as a YA Adventure/Da Vinci Code, two high schoolers--former best friends who sadly grew apart--are tasked with the history project of researching the Secret Chamber of the White-Eyed Star God in the Copan Temple. As they navigate past missing webpages, a trip to Europe, time traveling, the President of the United States, and aliens, Emma and Logan find themselves unraveling the mystery of the stars. What will they find? And will they even survive their discovery?
Maleonarial, an old and experienced mage scribe, sets off on his own journey to find the right words to create the intention of killing The Deathless Goddess in order to free the mage scribes from her. What interrupts this work, however, is something even more dangerous than the Goddess herself. Kait Alder, a Daughter of Tiler's Hold, can see and hear evil that is set on destroying the world, starting with anything magic. Pylor, Tiler Hold Lord's cousin, is charged with finding out more about Maleonarial and his supposed magic that can hurt people. All three merge together to form one large party as they all make their way to the mage school with Saleonarial's body and the newest mage recruit--and Kait's only son--Leksand. They must all work together in order to keep the evil at bay long enough for someone to figure out how to kill it--for good. Will Maleonarial be able to hold off on his own quest of killing the Deathless Goddess in order to help Kait and Pylor?
In this dystopian novel by Christina Dalcher, America is eerily similar to our own. However, in that world, women are only allowed 100 words a day, or else they are shocked by their wrist counters, the magnitude exponentially increasing with each additional unauthorized word. Jean, a cognitive linguist in another life, is given an opportunity after the president's brother is gravely wounded. The government needs someone who can help him, someone who can reverse Wernicke's aphasia. Helping the government will mean that she can go back to work, can get the abominable wrist counter off--for a while. But something doesn't sit right with Jean. The government seems to be wanting her research for another reason... What price will the world pay after she finishes her research? What price will she and her family pay?
The ashah Estra, born in a convent and raised under the guidance of her rigid Faith, embarks upon her own quest of killing the evil sorceress who took everything from a young Estra. The ashah, equipped with her Asruelian blood and thus a rare blessing of true sight, as well as her trusty sword of starsilver and her golden flames of arcane power, plans on stopping at nothing until she gets what she wants; Helena's death. However, Estra finds her heart warming to the people around her, showing her that the world is not as dark a place as she had thought. Will she still be able to kill Helena without hurting her newfound friends? If she can't, will the world pay the price?
In this mysterious novel by Tim Cole, one of the main characters, Max, is able to time travel after taking a new sleeping aid pill. His time traveling lasts 1 full year and has no consequences in the present time. As we travel through the book and Max's past, we find that there is an even bigger conspiracy at play here. Duncan and Pierre hide their involvement in the creation of Insynnium, Max's mom Grace and Duncan hide their relationship, Max and his wife Rachel struggle through rocky times, and new age technology is cropping up in the Middle East. How does all of this connect to Max and Insynnium? Only time will tell!
Blog Tour for Russ Colchamiro's new Sci-Fi, Crossline. Includes my 3 star review, book trailer, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY!
In this action-packed space opera where multiple factions are constantly fighting each other and turning traitors as secrets regarding clones are revealed, M.R. Richardson takes his reader on a thrilling adventure, through a futuristic time, on different planets, and around space itself. There was already one Genetics war regarding the fate of clones; will this be another? With the death toll in the hundreds of millions--if not billions?
This one was a hard one to judge... I have to be honest, I was almost tempted not to even rate it this high/not review it, but I am glad that I decided not to DNR it! The first part of the novel is awkward and I did not like it much at all. BUT, the last part more than makes up for it! So it seems to me like this is a simmer-till-the-good-stuff kind of book.
In this very short first chapter, which is in reality just over 2 pages long of actual text, we are introduced to the young character of Becky. She is depicted as a book enthusiast, especially regarding fantastical worlds and quests galore. Safely snuggled under her blankets, contemplating which book to read right under her parents' noses, Becky is yanked from her world and everything she thinks she knows. Pretty soon, she will understand that no longer will she be reading about heroines, but living as one.