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  • The Moon Dwellers on Jan. 01, 2013

    This book was gifted to me for an honest review. Thank You! 17-year-old Adele is locked up in a juvenile detention center until she turns 18 when she will be moved to the adult Maximum Security Prison. Her parents were taken away by enforcers. She befriends another girl Tawni. She has an immediate painful reaction when she sees Tristan, the priveleged sun dweller and prince of the Tri-Realms. “Despite the distance, it's like they pierce me to my very soul, sending waves of energy up my back, through my neck, slamming into my brain like a sledge hammer.” Tristan also experiences pain when he sees Adele. “It's like she was metal and I was a magnet...But at the same time it felt like someone had shoved an electric wire into my skin and was frying me from the inside.” Adele is the daughter of a traitor. “They told me rebelliousness is passed through blood, genetically, like eye color or being able to snap your fingers.” People live underground and the sun dwellers are those closest to the surface, the moon dwellers are farther down in the earth and the star dwellers are the deepest underground. They are called the Tri-Realms. Adele wants to rescue her family. “Only small hurdles to get over, like escaping from the Pen, crossing hundreds of miles of cave networks while avoiding detection by Enforcers, breaking into at least one maximum security prison, and then breaking back out.” Tristan wants to find the girl that caused him immediate pain when he looked at her so he leaves his home to find Adele and comes to the Pen right as she is breaking out. There are explosions and they are separated but Tristan is determined to find her. This book is a dystopian YA that at times reminds me of Divergent by Veronica Roth, Enclave by Ann Aguirre, and Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Dictatorships and class systems are often themes in dystopian novels, I've noticed. Divergent has factions, The Hunger Games has districts and this one has Realms. The strong female protagonist is also something these books have in common. Adele is as strong a fighter as Tris or Katniss. I like these kind of stories. Though there are similarities, they never seem derivative but instead expand upon the theme which I enjoy. It makes sense that after a nuclear disaster or if an asteroid or meteor hits the earth or some other event took place destroying the environment, that surviving humanity would go underground, this also happens in Enclave. In this book a meteor hit and the government was prepared so they built underground caverns but there wasn't enough room for everyone. All the politicians, doctors, scientists and farmers went and I am betting the rich went as well. For the normal people there was a lottery and everyone had a 1 in 100 chance of being chosen. This is just for the United States. They don't know if any other countries had survival plans. “It is 499 PM (Post-Meteor).” Men kidnap Tristan and plan on taking him to the star dwellers. “The whole world is exploding, we are captured by a gang of misfits, and one of my captors wants an autograph?” “All I see are star dwellers blowing up moon dwellers, moon dwellers acting like sheep, sun dwellers ruling over all.” “Here he is talking about revolutions and changing the world, and he is willing to risk his life to help a random moon dweller, who happens to be an escaped convict, rescue her father from a secure prison where he is being held on charges of treason?” I really liked this book a lot. The writing is really good and the characters are great. I was quickly drawn into this world and I care a lot about what is happening with Adele and Tristan and their world underground. Everything was getting exciting and then this book ends. Dang it! Cliffhanger ending! I have to get the next book in this trilogy. Must know what happens!
  • The Moon Dwellers on Jan. 01, 2013

    This book was gifted to me for an honest review. Thank You! 17-year-old Adele is locked up in a juvenile detention center until she turns 18 when she will be moved to the adult Maximum Security Prison. Her parents were taken away by enforcers. She befriends another girl Tawni. She has an immediate painful reaction when she sees Tristan, the priveleged sun dweller and prince of the Tri-Realms. “Despite the distance, it's like they pierce me to my very soul, sending waves of energy up my back, through my neck, slamming into my brain like a sledge hammer.” Tristan also experiences pain when he sees Adele. “It's like she was metal and I was a magnet...But at the same time it felt like someone had shoved an electric wire into my skin and was frying me from the inside.” Adele is the daughter of a traitor. “They told me rebelliousness is passed through blood, genetically, like eye color or being able to snap your fingers.” People live underground and the sun dwellers are those closest to the surface, the moon dwellers are farther down in the earth and the star dwellers are the deepest underground. They are called the Tri-Realms. Adele wants to rescue her family. “Only small hurdles to get over, like escaping from the Pen, crossing hundreds of miles of cave networks while avoiding detection by Enforcers, breaking into at least one maximum security prison, and then breaking back out.” Tristan wants to find the girl that caused him immediate pain when he looked at her so he leaves his home to find Adele and comes to the Pen right as she is breaking out. There are explosions and they are separated but Tristan is determined to find her. This book is a dystopian YA that at times reminds me of Divergent by Veronica Roth, Enclave by Ann Aguirre, and Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Dictatorships and class systems are often themes in dystopian novels, I've noticed. Divergent has factions, The Hunger Games has districts and this one has Realms. The strong female protagonist is also something these books have in common. Adele is as strong a fighter as Tris or Katniss. I like these kind of stories. Though there are similarities, they never seem derivative but instead expand upon the theme which I enjoy. It makes sense that after a nuclear disaster or if an asteroid or meteor hits the earth or some other event took place destroying the environment, that surviving humanity would go underground, this also happens in Enclave. In this book a meteor hit and the government was prepared so they built underground caverns but there wasn't enough room for everyone. All the politicians, doctors, scientists and farmers went and I am betting the rich went as well. For the normal people there was a lottery and everyone had a 1 in 100 chance of being chosen. This is just for the United States. They don't know if any other countries had survival plans. “It is 499 PM (Post-Meteor).” Men kidnap Tristan and plan on taking him to the star dwellers. “The whole world is exploding, we are captured by a gang of misfits, and one of my captors wants an autograph?” “All I see are star dwellers blowing up moon dwellers, moon dwellers acting like sheep, sun dwellers ruling over all.” “Here he is talking about revolutions and changing the world, and he is willing to risk his life to help a random moon dweller, who happens to be an escaped convict, rescue her father from a secure prison where he is being held on charges of treason?” I really liked this book a lot. The writing is really good and the characters are great. I was quickly drawn into this world and I care a lot about what is happening with Adele and Tristan and their world underground. Everything was getting exciting and then this book ends. Dang it! Cliffhanger ending! I have to get the next book in this trilogy. Must know what happens!
  • The White Lilac on Jan. 08, 2013

    This book was gifted to me from the author for an honest review. Thank You! The year is 2734. “When the first Earth colonists landed on Beta Earth they saw a fertile land waiting to be cultivated, but they weren’t the first living creatures here. … For most of the year it was easy to forget these fish were there, but once every eighty years, during the jigger’s mating season, they released a toxic dust into the air that is much stronger than all previous years.” 15 year-old Caryn has been genetically altered to hold her breath longer than humanly possible over 41 minutes and she has scales. The White Lilac will swim and retrieve the Haydon cure. To retrieve the Haydon cure from the anemone where it is found means death. Four years ago Caryn's friend Heather drowned. Caryn is determined to be the one to find the Haydon cure and sacrifice herself. Caryn will be the 16th White Lilac. The T-Man tells 16-year-old street kid Kai to steal a ruby and in payment he will tell him where Kai's mother is and why she left him. If Kai doesn't deliver the ruby in four days, T-Man will have him killed. Caryn is allowed to leave the Compound and travel the city for three days. Kai runs into the room where Caryn is by accident and she chooses him for her companion. This book is really good. I really liked the writing and all the suspense and tension. It confused me at first with the changes in point of view each chapter. When it is Caryn's chapter, the point of view is first person. When it is Kai's chapter, it is third person. But once I got used to that I thought the story was just amazing and exciting.
  • Savor, Warm Delicacy Series, Book 1 on Feb. 20, 2013

    Claire turns 18 and goes to get her donor I.D. She will then regularly donate blood to the blood bank to feed the vampire royal family. Some people protest donating blood to the vampires. There is a lot of propaganda in the society hyping the greatness of the vampires and what an honor it is to donate blood to them. A human representative from the vampire royal family comes to Claire's home and says that her blood is perfect and the vampires are really excited by it. I think this is a clever concept that vampires have convinced humans to willingly donate their blood. It makes sense, people donate blood, plasma and other bodily fluids for money. Claire is a very reluctant vampire princess. I didn't really like Claire too much. I was having problems getting into the story. I was getting bored through a lot of it. The writing is good. The story has promise. A mysterious man who belongs to Claire is interesting. But it didn't quite all come together for me.
  • When Minds Collide (Phoenician Short #0.1) on March 05, 2013

    This book was gifted to me by the author for an honest review. Thank You! William's husband Andrew is creating a new life by killing another one. He is creating Ronningers from Proctors and William has to stop him. Humanity has left Earth and gone to the Phoenician planet. Scherrer is a brilliant homophobic scientist designing Artificial Intelligence while Andrew creates Artificial Lifeforms. The two men die in a crash but their consciousnesses are brought back in one body making a Joshua Scherrer-Andrew Caine hybrid. This is a very well-written science fiction story. I am interested to read more about this world.
  • Sunbolt on May 26, 2014

    There is a lot going on in this story. It was a short, fast read and I was getting a little lost at times. It is the beginning of a series so there was some set up and world building. This story is full of magical adventure and mysterious happenings. I thought that it was well written and that it held my interest. 4 stars. "Review by *Kami Bryant* of www.FaeBooks.co.uk"