Aliens, Book Review

Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton

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My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary via Goodreads: “When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel…”

My Review: Tension filled, ET romance! This book was a fun adventure.

The main character is cute, but a little dumb at times. It was hard to like her in the beginning when she’s swooning over this alien, who looks like a handsome celebrity. Very juvenile behavior at times, especially when she’s talking to her best friend Maggs about David. I like her rebellious spirit, but there were times she could have put two-and-two together and realized this guy is the fugitive on the run… Her being that dense ruined the beginning of the book for me. She’s suppose to be going into her senior year of high-school, is submitting college applications, but she still acts (in my opinion) like a middle-school girl with a crush. All that said, her goals are clear, internal and external conflicts are set up well. And, I did like her friendship with David, how it developed. Though, I wished at times David was more ignorant of his surroundings and how to behave on this planet. He was almost too human to be believable as an alien.

The pacing and tension in the conflict is great. Jess’s relationship with her friends and her father are perfect! This is a book I was able to speed read through because the pace never faltered. There were descriptions I missed, major ones, however. I’m not sure if it was because I was ready to get back to the dialogue, or if some of the narrative was too full of description.

I sped through this adventure. Pleasantly surprised with how much I liked it, despite the complaints I had. By the end, I needed to know what happened next, and bought the second book. Review to come. 

 

 

Aliens, Apocalyptic, Book Review

Harvest Festival by Karl Drinkwater

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

Audio Version Review

Short Summary: Something sinister has come to Callum’s isolated Welsh farm. To save his family, he must learn what it is and find a way to stop them if he can.

My Review:

The good…

A unique and clever take on an alien invasion. I have no complaints about the story, and felt it flowed well. As far as I could tell from the audio version, it’s written well. The imagery is great; probably my favorite thing about this book. It didn’t make a difference to me that there weren’t chapters, and that the story runs from start to finish. As far as the story, characters, plot, suspense, etc. goes, this is a great book. I was hooked by the end, and would continue reading to find out what happens next!

The meh…

I grappled over whether this is a four or five star book because I didn’t enjoy the narrator at all. Her voice didn’t captivate me or keep me interested. I had to restart the first chapter three times, and found myself “rewinding” throughout the story. Due to this, It wasn’t as suspenseful, terrifying, or creepy as I had hoped. I wasn’t drawn into the story until the the family has to flee the house. In fact, I could have done without the entire beginning of the story. I’d much prefer to be thrown right into the action, and learn about the characters as it progressed from there. I don’t know if my opinion of this would change or not if I read the kindle version, or if someone else narrated it.

I reviewed this audible for free.

Aliens, Apocalyptic, Book Review, Short Stories, Uncategorized

Second Suicide by Hugh Howey


Rating: 5/5

Short Summary: A short story, narrated by one of the aliens who is invading Earth.

My Review: Surprisingly, this is the first short story of Hugh’s that I’ve gotten a chance to read, and I’m blown away.

Hugh always comes up with the most creative and interesting concepts, looking at situations and events from different points of view, which I think is one reason we all love him so much. This book is from a different perspective from aliens, who are invading Earth.

I had no idea what to expect from this story. It amazes me how Hugh was able to wrap up such huge amount of story and information into such a small amount of time. Though, he could turn anything into a series if he really wanted to…that’s just how awesome he is.

On to the next short story! I’m hooked, as always.

I bought this for my own enjoyment on amazon.

Aliens, Book Review, Demons, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Science Fiction

Shadow Quest Books 1-4 by Kiersten Fay


My Rating: 5/5

First book in Shadow Quest

Short Summary: Analia was a slave on the spaceship, Extarga, before she escaped onto a merchant ship piloted by demons. She has no memory of who she is or where she comes from. The only thing she knows about herself is the secret power she possesses. Analia is stuck on this new ship, and must adjust to her new environment, as well as her building, erotic desire for the handsome demon, Sebastian.

My Review: Reviewed on Goodreads/Amazon.

I love love love this book! Wow!! I can say without a doubt that this book is ten times sexier, hotter, and action packed than all three of the Fifty Shades of Grey books. I know they are two different types of books, but this one beats any erotic romance I’ve ever read. After starting to read different types of science fiction books, I decided to pick up this paranormal romance e-book that was free one weekend on Amazon. Since then, I’ve purchased the next two books that follow, and look forward to the release of the fourth, Demon Untamed.

I was hooked from the first page of this book. The story starts right in the middle of Analia’s escape, and keeps your heart beat racing until she arrives on Sebastian’s ship—then the sexual tension makes it beat even faster! Analia is my favorite character in this book. She comes off as a shy, innocent, and naive girl, but she has some major power up her sleeve that gives her some strong characteristics. My only problem with this series is the dominance that the men constantly have over the women. It’s cute at times, sexy at other times, but since it is repetitive in all of the books it does get a little old.  Overall, I gave this book five stars because I’ve never read a series that could keep me blushing with every turn of the page.

I downloaded this book one weekend when it was free online. However, I loved it so much that I bought the paperback version of it as well.


My Rating: 5/5

Book #2 in the Shadow Quest series

Short Summary: Marik Radkov, one of Sebastian’s crew, is stranded on a frozen planet until his friends are able to come back and rescue him. He is being held captive by the beautiful Princess Nadua, who must eventually decide if she can trust the handsome demon when her military force turns on her.

My Review: Another hott, sexy paranormal romance by Kiersten Fay! This time it’s Marik and Princess Nadua’s turn to steam up the icy planet that they are stranded on. Their relationship grows in Demon Slave, as well as the relationship Nadua creates with her long-lost younger sister.

I’m not easily flustered by romance stories, but this series has yet to fail to make me blush. I was surprised that the author didn’t run out of descriptive ways to express the characters’ intimate relationships with each other. To put it in simpler terms, she didn’t have to repeat sex scenes, and kept the romance beautiful with each new relationship.

(oops…book 3 is missing. stay tuned for updates)


My Rating: 2/5 Stars

Fourth book in the Shadow Quest series

Short Summary: Ethan and Sonya’s love/hate relationship is brought to us again by a re-telling of Demon Retribution. The story is told from Ethan and Sonya’s perspectives.

My Review: It’s heartbreaking to say that I could only give this book 2 stars. While I absolutely love the author, the books, the characters, and the events in each of the stories, I couldn’t bring myself to love this one. The main reason being, like many other devoted Demon readers, is because this story is exactly the same as the last one. It’s just a re-telling. While I understand that it’s from a different perspective, and may shed light on events that we might have missed, it wasn’t what I, as a fan, wanted to read about. There was nothing wrong with the story itself. Like I said, I love everything about this series, but it was a disappointment to wait so long and pay money for a re-telling of the previous book. I would have hoped that the re-telling, if any, would have been written differently, but what’s done is done. I would have much rather the series continue where the last book left off, with the telling of Sonya and Ethan’s relationships, adding flashbacks if necessary to express their love/hate relationship.

If you go back and read my review of the third book, here or on Goodreads, you’ll know that I was already upset at certain things in Demon Retribution. My idea for the start of this book would have been for it to start off right in the middle of the last battle scene, examine Ethan’s sacrifice, and then proceed with new events and dangers after everyone is reunited. I was really hoping that this book would pick back up where that left off, and maybe introduce us to new characters, possibly kill off some favorite characters, and create a new series of events. At least then the current characters and their stories could fade off gently into something new. If the books stop following the sisters and their demons, I really hope that it doesn’t end with this book. I will be sorely disappointed if this is all the steamy romance that we see from Sonya and Ethan.

On a good note, I did see where the author said she may try to write more about the dragons, telling their tale, so that could be something to look forward too.

In my honest opinion, I would not waste the money on this part of the series, unless you just want to buy the book for its gorgeous cover. If I had known what to expect I wouldn’t have bought it. However, I’m also a die-hard fan of the series and might have to buy the paper version of it just to say I own it. If you didn’t like this book, don’t give up on the series all together. It’s amazing. I will continue to read anything that Kiersten Fay writes, especially if it continues the Shadow Quest series.

I bought this book for my own enjoyment

Aliens, Book Review, Paranormal, Science Fiction

Molly Fyde (The Bern Saga 1-4) by Hugh Howey

My Rating: 5/5

The first book in The Bern Saga.
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Short Summary: After Molly is kicked out of the Naval Academy, she and her training partner, Cole, set out on an adventure to find her father’s missing star-ship. During this adventure, Molly learns more about her past, while creating new friendships and adding a variety of alien crew mates to the Persona ship.

My Review:

The first time I picked up Molly Fyde was after I had attempted and failed to read Ender’s Game. I had read a comparison of the two, and had heard amazing things about both. So, when I picked up Molly, I had the intention of reading it quickly and thought I would fall in love instantly. When I got around to Molly I was disappointed. I was bored within the first chapter, which is the major setting for the events and characters in the Naval Academy. The back story of Molly, and her struggle as a girl in a boy’s academy, had too slow of a pace for me to stay entertained. However, after reading another one of Hugh’s books, WOOL, I decided to give Molly another try. I’m so glad I did.

I adore this saga. I sped through the first book so quickly that I rushed to Amazon to purchase the next three e-books immediately. Hugh Howey has a talent for writing. His characters are thoroughly developed and very easy to fall in love with. Every time I expected the characters to get a break from their dangerous adventures, something else would happen and their situations would spiral out of control again.

If I had not picked this book up for a second time, it would not have turned out to be one of my favorite sagas of all time. So, next time you put a book down because you can’t get through the first chapter, try it again. In my opinion, this book is way better than Ender’s Game. Before reading Molly, I had no interest whatsoever in Science Fiction. Now I love it. Thanks, Hugh!

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