Review: Creation Machine by Andrew Bannister

Creation Machine

Publisher: Bantam Press
Author: Andrew Bannister
Release: March 5th
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Creation Machine through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Creation Machine is a fast-paced and chaotic space opera of epic proportions. It’s quirky and full of personality, and was pretty much everything I had hoped it would be. It’s the first novel in a new series called The Spin Trilogy, which is an appropriate title when you think about it.

The series covers the aftermath of a civil war that took over dozens of planets and systems. The people are still reeling from the impact of it all, still hurting from the loss and even failure in some cases. Some are still resisting, while others have given up.

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Review: Find Me Falling by Fiona Vigo Marshall

Find Me Falling

Publisher: Fairlight Books
Author: Fiona Vigo Marshall
Released: March 5th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warning: Animal death
Rating: 3 kitties

I received a copy of Find Me Falling through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I strongly believe that people are either going to love or hate Find Me Falling. I don’t think there will be much middle ground here (I know it’s ironic that I’m saying it, given the rating I chose, but I will explain my reasons).

Find Me Falling is the tale of Bonnie and Dominic. One is recovering from a traumatic experience that left her with a diminished ability to play her instruments. The other considers himself to be a finder, a person perfectly suited for finding anything needed. Especially at the right time.

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Review: Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds

Permafrost

Publisher: Tor.com
Author: Alastair Reynolds
Released: March 19th 2019
Received: Tor ARC
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Permafrost from TOR in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Permafrost is the latest novella from the mind of Alastair Reynolds. It’s described as being a time-traveling climate science fiction adventure, and honestly, I can’t think of a better way to phrase it than that.

The novella is set in the future, one that you could really call post-apocalyptic if you felt so inclined. It’s just not the apocalypse that any of us pictured. Though realistically, it’s more likely to be the one that future generations face. Certainly more like than zombies. For better or worse.

That does admittedly make Permafrost a bit of a heavy read, but that doesn’t mean it was any less enjoyable. In fact, the heavy dose of realism helped make more science fiction elements more believable, and thus in their own way, even more interesting. It was an ideal balance, all things considered.

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Review: Wild Country by Anne Bishop

Wild Country

Publisher: Ace
Author: Anne Bishop
Release: March 5th 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Kidnappings, torture, rape, animal death
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Wild Country through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Wild Country is the latest novel by Anne Bishop. It’s also the latest in her Others series, though the numbering may be confusing. Its #7 in the Others series, and #2 in the World of the Others series. Two books ago, Anne Bishop finished the main plot for the Others, and thus the last two books have been focused on others stories within the same world. That’s the reason for the odd numbering system here.

This novel takes place in Bennett – it’s a town that has come up in previous novels. The one that got trashed by the Elders. Bennett has since become a mixed community, with terra indigene, Intuits, Simple Folk, and humans all in one place.  Based on events in the last few novels, we already know that this is a recipe for trouble.

I know not everyone loves that the last two books have included different characters, but I personally have really enjoyed seeing other parts of the world. It’s also been fun to learn more about characters related to the cast we already know.

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Review: The Perfect Assassin (The Chronicles of Ghadid #1) by K.A. Doore

The Perfect Assassin (The Chronicles of Ghadid #1) by K.A. Doore

Publisher: Tor Publishing
Author: K.A. Doore
Release: Marsh 19th 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5 Kitties

I received a copy of The Perfect Assassin from Tor in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Perfect Assassin is the first book I’ve read by K.A. Doore, and I’m absolutely blown away. While the bright color caught my attention when browsing, it was the description and publisher (gotta love Tor) that really sold me here. And I couldn’t have been happier with my decision. If you’re looking for a new fantasy author to follow from the start, then you should look into this novel.

The world is set in a city with limited access to water – thus water is a precious commodity. In this same city there is a family of assassins, though they’re of a higher class than you’d expect. They are the Ghadid. They serve a higher power – keeping the city functioning at all costs. They train and work in secret, which one would expect. But there’s one major twist you wouldn’t expect of an assassin (read below my spoiler warning for more on that).

K.A. Doore’s bio describes The Perfect Assassin as ‘ an adventure fantasy about queer assassins who save the day’ and honestly? I couldn’t imagine a more perfect and concise description if I tried.

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Review: Imposters (Uglies #5) by Scott Westerfeld

Imposters

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Released: September 11th 2018
Received: Own
Rating: 4 kitties

It’s hard to believe that after a decade, the Uglies series is being revived. Scott Westerfeld has decided to go back to the series, and I’ll admit more than a passing curiosity for what motivated him there. Still, beggars can’t be choosers, right? And I couldn’t be happier.

So, technically Imposters is actually the start of its own series, as opposed to being the fifth book in the Uglies series. It is, however, based in the same world, and the events that happened in the previous books are still considered cannon.

Imposters is set a decade after the Uglies series ended, if not more. Tally is little more than a legend, an idol that people recall and still look up to. Nobody that Frey (the main perspective) knows has ever met Tally, not that it’d be safe to admit that. Not in her father’s city, anyway.

Frey is a twin, but she and her sister are very different, while still being so striking similar. All their differences were manufactured by her father. Where Frey was learned to fight, kill, and protect, Rafi was trained to be sociable, polite, and remarkable. The world only knows about one of them, and that’s the way their father wants it.

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52 Weeks of Literary Crafts: Hogwarts Wood Letter

Hogwarts Letter R

 

Yes, I know, yet another Harry Potter craft! But in my defense, two of my best friends did just have a kid, and this has been an excellent excuse to spoil them.

 

In all fairness, I didn’t come up with this idea on my own. I originally saw the idea on Pinterest, linked here. (I don’t have more information about the original maker, which I’m kind of bummed about – so if you know, please share!) As you can see the original one is absolutely stunning. I’m pretty happy with my version, on the whole.

 

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Review: Audrey’s Magic Nine Pt. 1

Audreys Magic Nine

Publisher: Penny-Farthing Productions
Released: January 12th 2018
Received: Review Request
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Audrey’s Magic Nine Pt. 1 in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Audrey’s Magic Nine is one of those rare graphic novels where it fits multiple age groups perfectly. While it’s clear that it is intended for a younger audience, there’s also plenty of interesting elements to keep more mature readers interested (myself included).

I also think that this is the sort of graphic novel that’d be good to give anyone that’s struggling, either with school or their home life. Anything really. The main character, Audrey is the sort of character that you can easily connect to, and sometimes it really is helpful to see somebody like her going through so much and coming out the other side.

Audrey is an orphan, and she has gone from one home to the next. Some of them worse than others. But In this story she finally finds her permanent home, you see, Audrey has been adopted. That doesn’t mean that everything is perfect though. She’s got an incredibly imagination; so much so where sometimes it’s hard to tell if what we’re being shown is real or something she’s dreaming up.

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Review: Champions Vol. 3: Champions for a Day

Champions Vol 3

Publisher: Marvel
Released: August 8th 2018
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Champions 16-18, 1.MU
Rating: 4 kitties

I read Champions Vol. 3 as single issues through the Marvel Unlimited app.

Before I get started on this review, I just wanted to say that I’m missing a few things between this volume and the last one, and I know it. I’m assuming everything I missed happened in Secret Empire or one of those event plots; I just wasn’t in the mood to try and track it down at the moment. So yeah, spoilers ahead for me. I know, and I’m okay with that.

What I do know for certain is that the Champions teamed up with the Avengers again. That usually doesn’t bode well, especially for the younger members in any team. There’s always some sort of cost to these team-ups. And it looks like this one was no exception.

The Champions team as it stands at the start of this volume (since it seems to always be changing): Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Kid Nova, The Totally Awesome Hulk, Viv Vision, and Cyclops (the kid version).

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Review and Blog Tour: The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

The Dysasters

ABOUT THE BOOK

THE DYSASTERS
By P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Wednesday Books
On Sale: February 26, 2019
Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio

ABOUT THE BOOK
P.C. and Kristin Cast, the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the House of Night phenomenon, return to the scene with The Dysasters—the first action-packed novel in a new paranormal fantasy series.
Adoptive daughter of a gifted scientist, Foster Stewart doesn’t live a “normal” life, (not that she’d want to). But controlling cloud formations and seeing airwaves aren’t things most eighteen year olds can do.
Small town star quarterback and quintessential dreamy boy next door, Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor has never thought much about his extra abilities. Sure, his night vision comes in handy during games, but who wouldn’t want that extra edge?
From the moment Foster and Tate collide, their worlds spiral and a deadly tornado forces them to work together, fully awakening their not-so-natural ability – the power to control air.
As they each deal with the tragic loss of loved ones, they’re caught by another devastating blow – they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse… they’re being hunted.
Now, Foster and Tate must fight to control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring… more DYSASTERS?

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
#1 New York Times & #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and, after her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best, and many, many more. Ms. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker who lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.
Kristin Cast is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and

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