Saturday, December 16, 2017

Review: Battlefield

Battlefield Battlefield by Heather C. Myers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cover: Well it is ok but definitely doesn't tell the reader much about the book.

Title: Well there is definitely a battlefield....

Characters: Although I liked the characters somewhat, I feel the reader isn't let in on much. There is no real background other than they were created for the games.

Plot: The plot definitely mirrored The Hunger Games. There are some differences. Instead of having your name drawn to be a competitor, they were created just for this game.

Overall: I wish there had been more background detail. Their daily schedule seemed to be eating, fighting and having sex. I couldn't picture their world or life very well. I would have liked to have learned more about their lives and their world.

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Review: Branded

Branded Branded by Keary Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cover: The cover has a bit of a dark quality to it. It definitely intrigued me.

Title: This title fit the book really well. Once the reader is introduced to the MCs issues at hand, it becomes rather apparent how the title ties in.

Characters: Jessica is an interesting character. She is not perfect but you can't help but like her. Sal is a very likable older lady and very integral to the story. Alex is my favorite character as he doesn't judge, he just wants to help her in any way he can. Cole is the hot but oh not so nice bad boy of the story.

Plot: I have read tons of books with all kinds of creatures and people. I have also read many angel books but this one is a bit different. These angels are not quite how we would like to see angels. It takes all your beliefs about angels and just throws them away. I loved the story line but really felt bad for Jessica and her trials.

Overall: I really enjoyed this book. It was a surprising twist to an angel story. I will definitely be looking for more of this series.

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Review: The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club - Book One

The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club - Book One The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club - Book One by Ann Warner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cover: It's ok but I wish it related to the book a bit more.

Title: The title grabbed my attention but no they are not really naked while playing poker!

Characters: The characters were mainly older people as the book takes place in a retirement community. I did like how they were each quirky in their own way. I did not care for the MCs son at all but her cop friend is definitely a friend that anyone would want.

Plot: The plot centered around the retirement community, the residents, the staff and the police. I enjoyed the little twists and turns in the mystery.

Overall: This book is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: Banish My Heart

Banish My Heart Banish My Heart by Jennifer Youngblood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Synopsis:

From bestselling authors Youngblood and Poole, comes a clean romance series that's captivating and magical. 

**NOTE** This book is the revised edition of the first half of the original title Banished published in 2015 by Youngblood and Poole. 

Fans of the hit TV series Once Upon a Time will love this Cinderella Story where the real world and fairy tale world collide when a fair-haired prince falls in love with a peasant girl. 

An accident puts Elle Worthington into a coma. When she awakes, she can’t remember her name or anything about her life. She leaves the hospital and returns to a home that’s anything but ideal—her stepmother loathes her, her stepsister resents her, and her father’s a workaholic who’s rarely ever home. 

She soon discovers she led a charmed life before the accident where she was dating Edward Kingsley, the golden-boy quarterback. Everyone tells her how lucky she is to be with Edward, but for some strange reason, Elle is instead drawn to Rush Porter, her next-door neighbor—a brooding, reckless newcomer who’s too good looking for his own good! From the moment she sees him, he captures her attention and haunts her dreams, and he seems to know an awful lot about her. 

When Elle goes to work for her eccentric aunt Adele who owns a chocolate shop, she begins to get a glimpse of another life—a magical life in which she was a simple peasant girl whose life changed forever the day she caught the eye of the prince. A girl who might have lived happily ever after had her heart not had other ideas. She becomes trapped between loyalty and duty—betrayal and love, and a forbidden attraction so strong that it has the power to destroy her. 

All is not as it seems on the surface. Dark forces are watching and waiting to claim what they deem to be theirs, and the fate of a kingdom rests in the hands of a girl who cannot remember who she is or where she came from. 

Includes bonus chapters of: 
The Magic in Me (Book 2 of The Grimm Laws Series) by Jennifer Youngblood & Sandra Poole 
The Neighbor's Secret (A Secret Billionaire Romance) by Kimberley Montpetit 
Rescue My Heart by Taylor Hart 







My Thoughts:




Cover: The cover on this book is absolutely beautiful. It definitely captures the eyes.

Title: So far, the title doesn't fit the story. Well, I guess it could if it was a complete story.

Characters: Well, I feel bad for Elle because everyone keeps telling her how awful she was before the accident. Way to help the girl who can't even remember who she is! I like Rae since she tries to help Elle out and steer her in the right direction. It is hard to like the characters since you are going back and forth between 2 worlds, I guess. You don't really get to know them.

Plot: The plot is somewhat convoluted and messy. The author goes back and forth between Cinderella's story and Elle's. Almost like it was a past life and all of them were part of it.

Overall: It was an ok story that could have been better if it wasn't told from so many different perspectives from both lives/worlds. It ended up being hard to follow and then it ends abruptly. I was shocked it just ended with no conclusion at all. Which guy is she gonna choose? No idea since the book ended without wrapping anything up. When I went online to look, I found out that the author took a previous book and cut it in half. She then rewrote that half and this is what is left. Seriously, authors need to stop thinking it will make people buy the next book. I certainly won't pay for half a book and I am glad this one was free.

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Dying for Space by S.J. Higbee. This blog tour is organized by
Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 14 till 31 December. See the tour schedule here.

Dying for SpaceDying for Space (The Sunblinded Trilogy#2)
By S.J. Higbee
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: 14 December 2017


Blurb:
Cadet Officer Elizabeth Wright just wants to make her father proud, while the  mercenary
warlord is looking for her to replace his dead family…

I finally get the opportunity to become a serving officer and fulfil my childhood dream, as well as get to
know my biological father, General Norman. And when I first clap eyes on Restormel, the HQ of my
father’s space mercenary outfit, it’s the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen.

But appearances can be deceptive. There are dark secrets hidden in the twisting corridors and
blood-soaked cells beneath the training grounds and banqueting rooms. Secrets that seep out. Secrets
that demand fresh victims, because whatever else happens, they can’t be allowed to see the light of
day…


You can find Dying for Space on Goodreads

You can buy Dying for Space here on Amazon  


First book in the series:
Running Out of Space

Elizabeth Wright has yearned to serve on the space merchant ship Shooting Star for as long as
she can remember – until one rash act changes everything…

You can buy Running Out of Space on Amazon


SJ HigbeeAbout the Author:
Born the same year as the Russians launched Sputnik, I confidently expected that by the time I
reached adulthood, the human race would have a pioneer colony on the Moon and be heading off
towards Mars. So I was at a loss to know what to do once I realized the Final Frontier wasn’t an option
and rather lost my head - I tried a lot of jobs I didn’t like and married a totally unsuitable man.

Now I've finally come to terms with the fact that I’ll never leave Earth, I have a lovely time writing
science fiction and fantasy novels while teaching Creative Writing at Northbrook College in Worthing.
I’ve had a number of short stories, articles and poems published – the most recent being my story
‘Miranda’s Tempest’ which appeared last year in Fox Spirit’s anthology Eve of War. I recently signed a
publishing contract with Grimbold Publishing for my science fiction novel Netted, which is due to be
released in 2019.

I live in Littlehampton on the English south coast with a wonderful husband and a ridiculous number of
books. I can be found online chatting about books at my book review blog
https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/ and you’re very welcome to pop onto my website www.sjhigbee.com
and my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sjhigbeeauthor/.

You can find and contact S.J. Higbee here:
- Website  
- Blog  
- Goodreads  


Five Favourite Science Fiction Books that Feature Training
Dying for Space starts with Elizabeth completing her officer training with the Peace and Prosperity Corp – the largest mercenary outfit in Sector Two run by her father General Norman. So I thought I would select five of my favourite sci fi reads that also have their protagonist going through a training process.

Ender’s Game – Book 1 of the Ender Quintet by Scott Orson Card
Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.
If you’ve only watched the rather mediocre film, I urge you to check out the book. It is far, far better. I recall reading this well over a decade ago and being absolutely gripped.

Old Man’s War – Book 1 of the Old Man’s War series by John Scalzi
John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.
Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

I loved the premise and the thought this series was fabulous. John makes a great protagonist as he goes through the process, delighted with his tough, active new body. But then he discovers, there’s an almighty catch – there’s a war to fight…

Warrior’s Apprentice – Book 2 of the Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold
Between the seemingly impossible tasks of living up to his warrior-father's legend and surmounting his own physical limitations, Miles Vorkosigan faces some truly daunting challenges.
If I could go back and reread a single series for the first time – it would be this one… Bujold manages to encompass so many cool ideas and so many sub-genres. This one tackles the gnarly subject of Miles significant physical defects that will prevent him ever becoming the mighty warrior his father was. But, being Miles, he finds an ingenious way to overcome this problem.






Orphanage – Book 1 of the Jason Wander series by Robert Buettner
Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like eighteen-year-old Jason Wander - orphans that no one will miss - must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede.
Another series I thoroughly enjoyed – poor hapless Jason is yanked out of one grim existence and shoehorned into another…

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial bestsellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the Universe--and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against mankind's most frightening enemy.
Himself is as kind and loving a husband as I could wish for – but I don’t think he’d forgive me if I didn’t include this one on my list. And indeed, it wouldn’t be a proper list of sci fi training bootcamps if this gem wasn’t there. A fair number of his books haven’t stood the test of time, in my opinion – but this one really has.

So there you have it – my five favourite science fiction training novels. Are there any others you can recommend?



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