Tag: Science Fiction

Review: Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes

Posted July 15, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Title: Viral Nation

Author: Shaunta Grimes

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Publication Date: July 2013

Genre: Young Adult Dystopia/Sci Fi

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book one

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.


A virus has wiped out most of the world’s population. Cities are quarantined and surviving citizens are only alive because of The Company, an organization that developed the cure.
Sixteen year old Clover wants to go to the Academy, but she is rejected and sent to work for The Company instead. Once there, she realizes that some things don’t make sense, like the death sentence she has found about her brother, West. West would never hurt or kill anyone. But the future is pre-determined, isn’t it?

Wow. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this one. It’s party dystopia, sci-fi, time travel all rolled into one. A friend of mine said it was good and we have similar tastes so I thought I would try it.

I’m so glad I did.
Addicting, thrilling and fun, Viral Nation twists the usual stories of dystopia and comes out with something new. Something different. The crime portion reminds me of Minority Report, time travel loops, changing the future. The dystopian aspect and the cure is scary, mostly because of the way it seems like it could be very real in today’s world. One company that designs the cure is the only company left. They are the be all end all of your new world. And what if they have it out for you?

I really enjoyed reading this book. I was happy to pick it up every time, fumbling through pages slowly, eager for the next words.

I liked learning about Clover. She’s a sympathetic and sweet character. All of the characters seem well crafted, with just a little bit of peeking at what is beneath the surface.

My only gripe- how long do I have to wait to read the next book?!

Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

Posted July 15, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon

Posted June 24, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Title: Strangelets

Author: Michelle Gagnon

Publisher: Soho Teen

Publication Date: April 2013

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Sci-Fi

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


Sophie, Declan and Anat. Three teenagers, thousands of miles away, die at the same time. Or do they? They each awake to find themselves in an industrial hospital, with a few other teenagers. No adults. No guidance. And no idea how they got there or why they are there.
Where are they?
And where is everyone?

The first half of the book is really well done. Creepy, suspenseful and full of questions, each teen wakes up to find themselves in this mysterious facility. But as time goes by, more and more questions pop up. Like where are the nurses in the hospital? And once they make it outside, where is everyone? Very eerie, with a great layer of fear and element of the unknown.

There are so many questions, plot twists and suspense, it’s like a really good episode of Lost. I had a hard time putting the book down because once I was in it, I was with them. I was with the group. And I wanted to scream at them to move faster, go back, be quiet. Because something is out there, in the bushes, in the trees. Something is watching them.

I’m not sure if I really liked any of the main characters. Sophie was bland and weak. Anat was strong but had an attitude problem. Declan was the only remotely likeable person in the story, and even I didn’t really warm up to him fully. There is a little bit of romance/flirting going on, but it wasn’t front and center and didn’t detract from the plot. I understand why it’s there, but it almost didn’t have to be, the beginning plot is so good and well paced.

The last part of the book moved fast, but I have to admit that the answer/conclusion wasn’t as amazing as I had hoped. In fact, the fate of the three main characters didn’t really sit well with me. Things kinda of work out for some, and sort of don’t for others, but I had a hard time swallowing any of the conclusions, especially because the first part of the book was so promising.

Overall, an interesting read. I will be reading this author again. 

Rating 7 Pretty Cool, Would Recommend

Posted June 24, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

GIVEAWAY & Review: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Posted June 19, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Contests / 37 Comments

Title: Gameboard of the Gods

Author: Richelle Mead

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Publication Date: June 2013

Genre: Adult Fiction/Sci-Fi

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.


Mae, a member of the most elite military team there is, is assigned to guard Dr. Justin March, a once exiled professional when he is welcomed home to solve a series of unexplained murders. Set in this futuristic society, where everyone stays within their caste system, and secrets are hiding everywhere, can Justin and Mae find the killer before they strike again? Without killing each other first?

I am a huge Richelle Mead fan so I was literally, jumping up and down, up and down, up and down, when I was approved to read this ARC. I mean, I love Vampire Academy. I love Succubus series. I thought it was a sure bet.

Sadly, I was mistaken.

Wait, wait. Let me explain why before you start throwing tomatoes at me!

The world building is interesting. There’s a lot going on and while this new society’s rules and flaws are intriguing, it’s not enough to make up for, what I feel, is the big piece missing in this book.

Any book I read, I want to at least have some sympathy for the main character. But Mae isn’t the woman for me. She’s too cold, almost totally unfeeling. As the book goes on, and her story is revealed, it is understanding why she is the way she is. But I still can’t get past the sad fact that I don’t like her. She’s almost, I’m sorry to say, uninteresting. She’s flawless, beautiful, a killing machine, and emotionally detached and withdrawn. Even during her emotional outbursts, I failed to feel the real human behind them.

Justin March is no better. He has the most personality of anyone in the book, yet he’s over the top. His vices and self indulgence is too much for him to be sympathetic. I’m not saying every hero has to be shy or humble or even likeable, but there has to be something in him that attracts the main character (and reader) and why you root for them. There’s a small moment in the beginning of the book when all of this is possible. You can see them together. You can see how they would be attracted to each other.
And just as quickly, it’s gone. Through misunderstanding and stubbornness, their attraction is flung away for almost the entire rest of the book.
And frankly, by the end, I didn’t care if they got together or not. I just couldn’t feel the chemistry.

Tessa, the young teenager that Justin brings into this new country as his protegee, has such a minor story that I wasn’t sure why she was around at all. I’m sure Mead has plans for her in the upcoming series but in this one, she reminded me of a someone’s little sister who lurks in the background, just enough to be annoying.

I won’t lie. I was not impressed with this story. Maybe this world or these characters just weren’t for me. The secondary characters fell flat and I wasn’t invested in the mystery or plot. 

I will probably pick up book two because I am such a fan of Richelle, and because I know sometimes it takes a while for a series to find it’s stride.
So I hope future books in this series will make up for this one.

Rating 4 Not My Cup of Tea


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Posted June 19, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Contests / 37 Comments