Book Review: V World

In this sci-fi by Nick Berry, Alex Binary is one of millions of humans living in the virtual (V) world. Years ago, the humans in the real (R) world decided to forsake their world and transferred all their consciousnesses to the V worlds, where they will live out the remainder of their lives as well as the future of humanity. This V world is perfect in every way; grass cut exactly one-and-a-half inches, houses all the same, no death, no sickness, no hunger. That is, until what seems to be a glitch changes everything in Alex's V world, and it begins to turn on itself, killing all who live within it. Luckily for Alex, she is guided out of the V world and into the R world by an A.I. Turns out the various V Worlds are under attack from a psychopathic A.I. in the R world, where he wants to destroy all of humans. Will Alex, now in a human body with all of its imperfections, be able to overcome this faction of A.I.s and save her world before it's too late?

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Book Review: Timur’s Escape

In the Ottoman Empire, the vampire Queen rules with absolute control. The human Sultan is under her constant compulsion and she has turned all of the officials into Ubir. But are all of the Ubir happy with this? There may be a plan afoot to depose the Queen... Timur is an orphan Ubir, with no recollection of being human. He fears himself, his Ubir curse, and attempts to get by with as little blood as he can to survive. Emel is a mischievous human girl of marrying age, set to marry the son of a detestable woman. However, Emel and Timur alike are drawn to each other, ever since their chance encounter that day in the streets. Can they stay apart? Can Timur afford to remain away from her and her blessing of relieving hunger?

Book Review: Catching Hell Part One

In this novel, best friends Aryu and Johan embark on a journey of revenge. They have sworn to destroy the mechanical army that devastated their village of Tan Torna Qu-ay, leaving only them--and their childhood enemy Esgona--the last living remnants of the peaceful village. Technology has been long-gone from this corner of the world, after destroying mankind twice, but now it seems that it is back, and more destructive than ever. Even worse, it seems to be led by a man with wings... Someone akin to Aryu. The friends split ways, Johan (and Esgona, unfortunately) to travel with various refugees to a different part of the world; one that is rumored to have the advanced weaponry necessary to fight off the mechanical army. Aryu travels with Nixon, the phoenix tasked by God to kill the bearer of the fabled sword Shi Kaze--the one currently in Aryu's protection--to find Crystal, the oldest and most powerful human alive. She is an Embracer, one who controls the Power, which broke the world once before. With all of these questions and various forms of power and hatred, what will become of Johan and Aryu's world? Can they beat the mechanical army back? And why is it here in the first place?

Book Review: The Cruel Prince

Jude and Taryn are mortal twin sisters, bastards born to the Fae General Madoc's wife. Their half sister Vivienne is Madoc's real daughter and as such, carries within her Fae blood, which takes the form of cat eyes and tufted fur on her pointed ears. They are all three raised in Madoc's household as his own daughters, alongside his new wife and child, Oak. In this world of Faerie, Jude and Taryn constantly need to be wary--as mortals are easily deceived and magicked. As such, they have both learned various ways to combat the magic of Faerie; salting their food, wearing Rowan berry necklaces, wearing their stockings inside-out, rubbing their eyes with a potion to gain True Sight. But even so, they are vulnerable... As Jude finds out when she begins antagonizing the Noble kids of the court. 

Book Review: Hamartia

Grace’s nine-year-old son, Jordan, is dying. First, the Metagenesis disease will tear his soul from his body, and then it will kill him. Desperate for a cure, Grace agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial cloning souls. Supported by her best friend Kay, the two embark on the ultimate “Vegas Vacation” to the past in search of the right soul to clone, racing against time to save Jordan’s life. But someone is trying to stop them and when they discover why Grace must make a choice: let her son die or kill her husband. If she kills her husband, she triggers widespread Metagenesis, sealing the fate of the human race with a new plague. Humanity is counting on Grace choosing to let her son die.

Book Review: The Soul Snatchers

Immediately, readers are thrown into a new-age version of our current world, perhaps a century or more forward from our known time of the 21st century. The characters still go about normal day events, but are now even more connected to each other via technology... and new social media sites such as Wundrus and Ping. But despite the ability to share and communicate with each other even more efficiently and quickly, the characters show signs of isolation and distrust, leading to horrible events playing on the news daily. An unlikely band of old friends and newfound acquaintances join up and embark on a journey to save the world from an internet virus that can alter people's behavior and psychology. But what will they find along the way?

Book Review: In the Shadow of the House of God

One member of every religion on Earth is placed into a vast structure located beyond the reaches of the human mind. Why? The answer is simple. God has accepted a challenge from Satan who commands that the humans will keep killing each other in God’s name until only one is left alive, which is against God’s law.  What were the stakes?  Paradise on Earth, once lost with the fall of the great Garden of Eden? Or Hell on Earth with the demise of human life as we know it, and demons running free from the pits of the lake of fire?  In this cosmic setting, pawns are falling as the moves are made to end all of creation. Which move will take the last piece from the board?

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