Tag: Science Fiction

Review: The Loop by Shandy Lawson

Posted April 11, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: The Loop

Author: Shandy Lawson

Publisher: Hyperion

Publication Date: April 2013

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone


Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:

Ben and Maggie are doomed to meet over and over again, and to die, over and over again. That’s because they’re stuck in this loop, destined to repeat the same cycle, only allowed to make small changes along the way. But small changes can add up to big ones and Ben and Maggie defy fate. They want to live. They want to break free from the loop. Even if that means being without the other.

I enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was the perfect little read for me. Coming in at slightly over 200 pages, Ben and Maggie’s story is fast and fierce. They’ve been on the ride so many times. Maggie can only remember details from the last few times she’s looped and Ben discovers he can change the loop in small ways. Armed with this, they think they’ve figured out a way to break free.

I liked the layout of the book. We do see some loops and each are interesting. They add texture and a sense of deja vu to the story. You feel like Maggie and Ben. You feel like you’re there with them. And only by paying close attention do you realize you’re on another loop!

While I can appreciate the general attraction these two have for each other, I didn’t buy the overwhelming love between them. They’re ok characters. This is really a plot driven book.

And there’s nothing wrong with that.
 
A tight, fun ride.

Rating 7 Good, Would Recommend

Posted April 11, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments


Giveaway: The Love of My (Other) Life by Traci L. Slatton

Posted February 19, 2013 by Kimberly in Contests / 2 Comments

Giveaway Time!
I’m happy to be a part of this blog tour for The Love Of My Other Life by Traci L. Slatton.
I’m hosting an e-book giveaway!!

Publisher: Parvati Press

Publication Date: January 2013

Genre: Adult Fiction/Romance

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.
From Goodreads:

What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate?

Painter Tessa Barnum is struggling. Her husband left, she’s broke, about to be evicted and has made some serious missteps in her career.
When scruffy Brian Tennyson explodes into her life, claiming to be from an alternate universe, Tessa thinks he’s a crazy vagabond – albeit one with mysterious and undeniable appeal.

Then he informs her that in his world, they’re married.

Tessa’s universe is turned upside down as the truth of love and loss, victory and humiliation, and second chances comes back to her. She has to choose love over logic to reach that state of anticipation where miracles unfold. The secret to her own life was always in her heart.

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Posted February 19, 2013 by Kimberly in Contests / 2 Comments


Book Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Posted March 19, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Title: Slide

Author: Jill Hathaway

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publication Date: March 2012

Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction/Sci-Fi

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.


NetGalley review.

Review:
I loved the idea of Slide. Vee suffers from narcolepsy, and when she falls from her world, she is inserted into someone else’s body, depending on what the last thing she touched. Objects that hold emotions emit a certain kind of energy, and if Vee has touched this right before she has an episode, she slides into that person’s body for a while.

But when she slides and finds herself holding a knife over a girl’s body, she knows her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. How can she find who did?

Slide is entertaining, dark and edgy. I liked the way the story unfolded. Vee is a unique character. I enjoyed her struggles with opening up and trusting people. Her personal baggage was its own hurdle to overcome and that made her feel more human to me. She’s an outcast, used to be popular but now on the sidelines, watching her sister taking her place as cheerleader. Vee’s sharpness makes her more likable though. The entire plot of Slide is fun. It started out a little slow, but after a couple of chapters, I was fully invested in the characters and the story.

The murder mystery was fun and not so easy to figure out. A couple of times during the story, I sat up and thought – “aHa! I see!” only to find myself completely wrong a chapter or two later. All of the characters were well crafted, none of them being cookie-cutter stereotypes. All had elements of dark and light, secrets of good and evil. I liked how I had to keep guessing not only who the murderer was, but also who Vee’s real friends were.

When the ending and murderer is finally revealed, I was satisfied with the twists and turns the story made to come to that conclusion. But I wasn’t completely satisfied with the motives behind the crime. As everything fell into place, I felt like the ending was rushed and would have liked more explanation.


I still enjoyed the journey through the maze.


Rating 7 Pretty Cool Would Recommend

Posted March 19, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments


Book Review: Across The Universe

Posted August 9, 2011 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Title: Across The Universe

Author: Beth Revis

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication Date: January 2011

Genre: Young Adult Dystopia/Science Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.

Review: Amy joins her parents aboard the massive spaceship Godspeed where she will awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But Amy awakens fifty years too early and begins an adventure that might create more questions than answers.

Revis’s debut novel is not to be missed. A little bit sci-fi, a little bit dystopia, Revis has created a lush and frightening world aboard the space ship Godspeed, where all the characters have hidden agendas.  Just when I thought I had it all figured out, a twist would come out of nowhere and make me go, “Wait, what!” in a good way. Dark, sinister characters move around the spaceship, and Amy is different. Which makes her a target and a threat.

The dual narrative between Amy and Elder is well done. Two distinct voices relaying a story adds to the overall tension and feel of the ship and the relationships on it. I’ve found it hard sometimes for an author to write a narration in the opposite sex, but Revis does this very well. At no time did I feel Elder was anyone but Elder, a boy on a spaceship who had an impressive and complicated job before him.

Across The Universe reminds me of an episode in Lost. You know the ones- the groundwork is laid, the action going strong, but you wind up with more questions than answers. Leaving me unsatisfied and wanting.

This book is probably not for younger readers below fifteen or sixteen.  The first chapter alone is very graphic and traumatic. I almost cried when Amy went through the freezing process. There are other moments through the book that are downright scary.

Overall, the unsettling themes and tone of the book left me off balance, which was probably the point. I’m excited to continue with the series to see how it all plays out. It’s a serious ride.

Rating: 7 Pretty Cool, Would Recommend

Posted August 9, 2011 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 5 Comments