Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fight For Power by Eric Walters

Series: The Rule of Three (bk. 2)

Genera(s): Apocalyptic Dystopian Sci-fi

Subjects: blackouts, survival, thriller, pilots

Setting: A suburban neighborhood called Eden Mills

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, past tense: Adam

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 346 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Macmillan: FSG

Summary/ product description: “As this apocalyptic trilogy hurtles to a chilling conclusion, Adam is pushed to the edge of his endurance and sanity.

Adam has killed again. It had to be done, part of him knows that, but murder changes a person. It can certainly change a teenager who's already grown up too quickly, too harshly, in the wake of the catastrophic global blackout five months ago. In the name of safety and survival, Adam and his neighbors have turned their middle American suburban neighborhood into a fortress, defending against countless enemies. But what's lurking in the dark is a greater danger than ever before: somebody who wants to destroy the neighborhood and Adam at any cost. Soon, the hunted will have to become the hunter . . . and Adam hates himself for what he will have to do. Because sometimes even the dark is not cover enough for things that would never happen in the light.”

My Review: Fight for Power is the sequel to The Rule of 3. 10 weeks ago the light went out. Everything connected to a computer system stopped working. The only electricity can come from generators and batteries. Newer car don’t work. No running water or pluming either. Adam’s neighborhood was attacked at the end of the previous book and they had to blow up a bridge and kill hundreds of the men attacking them.

The people in the neighborhood had banded together to create a functioning society in which everyone chips in on the work. Adam is flying his lightweight plane doing air patrol. Adam’s mom is over seeing law enforcement and patrol since she was originally the commanding officer/chief of police in their town. Brett is running night patrols. Other folk are doing their part to keep the town running. Without an outside threat anymore, tensions are high and little disputes get bigger. Also, Brett is a complete jerk to Adam and his girlfriend Lori.

There’s nothing spectacular about this sequel, honestly. Action-wise atleast. It’s more of an exploration of humanity and right vs. wrong is good. This story has good a good message. Herb is a mentor figure to Adam. Though Herb has a lot of personal demons in his past, he keeps the town running and became a fair leader. He’s nothing like the cruel dictators with secret agendas of other YA dystopian books. He’s always got a plan, but he’s not plotting to kill. Another character might be though. 

I feel like this series would definitely appeal to boys. The pilot aspect is cool. Dystopian is still pretty hot, but this is a post-catastrophe dystopian set only month after the fact. It’s a lot like Ashfall by Mike Mullin, minus the ash. Also it makes me think of the TV show Revolution, because the blackout. I recommend this book if you liked: Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick, the Ashfall series, Life As We Knew It/The Last Survivors series. Any dystopian book with survival, really.

Cover Art Review: Very dramatic illustration. Fits with previous cover.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre

Series: Immortal Games (bk. 2)

Genera(s): Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Subjects: supernatural, magic, wishes, horror, immortals, revenge

Setting: Boston, Massachusetts

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, past tense: Edie (Edith) Kramer

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 372 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: MacMillan: Feiwel & Friends

Summary/ product description: “Learn the rules of the game…and then play better than anyone else.

Through a Faustian bargain, Edie Kramer has been pulled into the dangerous world of the Immortal Game, where belief makes your nightmares real. Hungry for sport, fears-made-flesh are always raising the stakes. To them, human lives are less than nothing, just pieces on a board.

Because of her boyfriend Kian’s sacrifice, she’s operating under the mysterious Harbinger’s aegis, but his patronage could prove as fatal as the opposition. Raw from deepest loss, she’s terrified over the deal Kian made for her. Though her very public enemies keep sending foot soldiers—mercenary monsters committed to her destruction—she’s not the one playing under a doom clock. Kian has six months…unless Edie can save him. And this is a game she can’t bear to lose.

My Review: Public Enemies is the sequel to Mortal Danger. I sadly didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book (that I gave 4.5 stars). I was often confused, maybe because I forgot what happened previously. Lots of the stuff in this book is too unbelievable and hard to imagine. The best part was the romance between Kian and Edie. Edie and Kian both are interested in intellectual things, like science, classic movies, and poetry. It’s set in modern day Boston. Edie goes to a private school called Blackbriar Academy.

To recap, Edie used to be the school laughing stock: ugly, overweight and friendless, but very smart. She attempts to end her own life, but is stopped by Kian, who makes her an offer that changes her life. Kian tells Edie she can have 3 favors, like a genie giving 3 wishes. When she burns her first favor, she asks him to make her beautiful. Edie spends her summer leaning about science and getting used to her beauty and planning her revenge on the popular crowd she calls the Teflon Crew. Edie learns that getting revenge isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and that everything comes with a price.

Edie is dealing with immortal who were created by the collective conscious of human beliefs and imagination. Their existence is owed to us. Edie is being watched by the Harbinger, a trickster who made a deal with Kian to keep Edie alive. In exchange, Kian only has until he’s 21 to live and will be eaten (drained) by the Harbinger. Harbinger is kind of like Loki or other trickster gods. He’s kind of ridiculous in the way he acts and dresses. Chaotic, I guess.

There’s Dwyer, who’s the enemy and the Sun God (Apollo/Baulder). Wedderburn who’s a winter god and also who Kian used to work for. There are other kinds of creatures and being too. There’s Buzzkill, the killer clown who was an Internet urban legend. There’s a creature called the Chuthulu. There’s mythological monsters and there’s even demons.

You may enjoy Mortal Danger if you enjoyed: Any books by Brenna Yovanoff, Gretchen McNeil, Josephine Angelini, or Kendare Blake. Also mythology series like Darkness Becomes Her or Percy Jackson or Fury.

Cover Art Review: Not a fan of this cover. The girl looks like the evil queen from Snow White/Once Upon a Time.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Earthrise by Aprilynne Pike

Publication Date: Sept 1, 2015

Series: Earthbound (bk. 3)

Genera(s): Paranormal Romance

Subjects: mystery, supernatural, abilities, love, mythology, gods and goddesses, past lives, memory

Setting: Phoenix, AZ, and various places around the world

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, present tense: Tavia Michaels

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 356 pgs.

HC/PB: Paperback (On Amazon)/E-Book

List Price: $9.99/$5.99

Publisher: Imaginary Properties LLC (NOT Penguin: Razorbill)

Summary/ product description: “Even with the power to create and destroy at will, Tavia Michaels couldn't save her parents. She couldn't save the boy she's loved for countless lifetimes. She barely managed to save herself from the treachery of supposed friends. So how can she save the world from a deadly plague--and the immortals spreading it? As the events of EARTHBOUND and EARTHQUAKE reach their thrilling conclusion, no one is safe--Tavia least of all!”

My Review:  As the final book of the Earthbound Trilogy, Earthrise is an awesome, romantic finish. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to this series. Now I’m just sad it’s over. I love Aprilynne Pike’s books, though I’ve only read this series and the Wings series. She write really interesting, compelling characters. She does a great job of creating a world or society within the real world.

To recap, In Earthbound, Tavia suddenly has the ability to create things out of nothing, but they only last temporarily. She is living with an aunt and uncle after her parents died in a plane crash. Tavia was injured in the plane crash too and had to under go brain surgery. Some people are out to kill her and a guy named Benson, who works at the local library, helps her. She’s seeing this blond guy, which turns out to be Quinn, her lover in a past life. At the end of the book she meets Quinn’s current incarnation, Logan. She also finds out she’s a goddess, an earthmaker. In Earthquake Tavia tries to convince Logan of what he is, and then his house explodes and they are both captured by the Rediciates and taken to their facility. Logan later receives his memories when they are taken to the Curatoria facility in the Death Valley area. Their powers resurge, but Tavia still only has memories from her past lives as Rebecca and as Sonya. The Rediciata creates a virus that can not only kill people, but Earthbounds too, permanently.

At the beginning of Earthrise, Tavia’s mission to create and distribute vaccines to the world and involves help from a doctor and her friends. She travels to different country, trying to avoid the Reduciata Earthbounds Daniel and Mariana. Tavia exhausts herself and has to create high-caloric foods just to keep her energized enough to create vaccines. Some Earthbounds are dying and catastrophes are occurring. The Rediciata gets of the their tale and tries to discredit the vaccine. Bad stuff happens, but the ending wrap ups nicely.

Also, Tavia is back with Benson. I love Benson. Logan is okay, but Benson is just a regular guy who’s father is an Earthbound and they got caught up in everything. Benson really cares for Tavia. He’s smart, funny and sweet. Logan seems a bit arrogant in believing that Tavia has to love him. They’ve had so many lives together, many of which Tavia’s unable to remember. I think she and Benson deserve a chance to be together for their life.

I recommend this series to fans of: Fallen by Lauren Kate, The Immortal series by Alyson Noel, Halo by Alexandra Adornetto, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, any books with mythology, gods and goddesses, angels, demon, magic or abilities. Paranormal Romance in general. Try this book. Also if you liked any Aprilynne Pike books, such as Wings, Spells, Illusions, Destined, Life After Theft or Sleep No More, read Earthbound.

Cover Art Review: Saundra Mitchell designed this cover? The author of the Vespertine? Really? Why wouldn’t Penguin publish this final book?