Category: Science Fiction

Review: Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens Book 3) by Lola Dodge

I binge read the first two books in this series, so when book three became available, I snatched it up. I love the possibilities in these stories…who doesn’t want to have super powers!

 

 

Title: Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens Book 3)

Author: Lola Dodge

Genre: YA Science Fiction Romance via NetGalley

Publisher: Self-published

Release date: September 2016

Pages: 388

ASIN: B015GI4B46

Rating: 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that’s where the good news ends.

 

Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.

 

The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.

 

While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA.

 

 

REVIEW:
I read this book three weeks ago, but the thought of writing a review has left me conflicted. Quanta and Altair were great characters…in the last book. Unfortunately, I don’t think they needed a second book. More than half the story dealt with Quanta and Altair struggling to understand and control her powers. The same issue was repeated over and over and felt redundant. Added to the fact that they solved the problem in one page made me feel the book was a bit superfluous. Worse, the solution wasn’t something that they figured out or solved on their own, it just fell into their lap. Very disappointing. I think it tainted my view of the whole book.

 

Don’t get me wrong—the writing was great. I loved getting to know more about the Ravens and exploring everyone’s unique abilities. I even loved their missions and the new characters introduced in this story. I highly enjoyed the action scenes, so much so, that I wished there were more of them.

 

So, I’m not sure if I just hit a reading slump with this book or if I didn’t just *love* it as much as the first two books in the series. I wanted something new and shiny to fawn over, and it never really happened. If you enjoy this series, by all means, read Quanta Reset. If you’re not hooked on The Shadow Ravens Series, I would suggest you skip this book.

 

 

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Review: Casey's Warriors (Bondmates Book 1) by Ann Mayburn

I was a bad girl. I’ve had this review book on my kindle for over three months. I think this is one of those books that you really need to be in the mood to read. I love Sci-fi Romance, but Casey’s Warriors had a little more heat than I normally read.

 

 

Title: Casey’s Warriors (Bondmates Book 1)

Author: Ann Mayburn

Genre: Science Fiction Erotica

Publisher: Honey Mountain Publishing via NetGalley

Release date: January 2016

Pages: 304

ASIN : B01B3IWLLS

Rating:   

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:

Lorn Adar has searched more than a lifetime to find his bondmate–the one woman he was born to love and the only woman who can save him from the approaching madness that threatens all unbonded males of his race. When a wormhole opens from his galaxy to Earth and the women who could hold their future, Lorn will do all in his power to not only find his mate, but show her a Universe she never knew existed. Casey Westfall’s normal life changed forever when she finds the sexy leather clad man on her doorstep. One innocent kiss leads to an adventure that will span worlds and Casey will have to choose between the man who is the other half of her soul and never seeing her family or her world again.

 

To complicate matters Kadothians live in polyamerous family units and Lorn will have to convince his Earth bride to accept not only his love, but the love of his best friend and brothers in arms or risk the chance of losing them to either the madness or the Hive–the race of sociopathic women bent on destroying and enslaving everything in their path, but Casey can’t see loving more than one man as being anything other than a sin. Lorn will have to teach his bride that she was created for both of them just as they were created only for her.

 

In a Universe where all is possible, the battle to protect not only his people, but his heart rests on the soul of a human woman who must face the unknown and take a leap of faith that could save or destroy them all.

 

Warning: This book features a galaxy where love in any and all forms is embraced including M/M, M/M/F and M/F.

 

 

REVIEW:

The Kodathian people are aliens that live for hundreds of years before gradually going insane without a bondmate to save stabilize them. Lorn Adar is approaching the end of his tether and is becoming desperate. If he doesn’t find a mate soon, he and his team will die. When a wormhole opens up to a new world, the possibility of finding his mate sends him on a wild quest, and he comes across beautiful, curvaceous Casey. But their enemies will do whatever it takes to make sure the bindings fail. Lorn must fight his instincts to immediately lay claim to Casey and convince her that love is possible from beyond the stars or he may lose her to his enemies forever.

 

The beginning of the book opened a little slow for me, but I loved the first meeting between Lorn and Casey. The mace scene was hilarious! Lorn’s backstory really captured my attention, so imagine my disappointment when the wonderful science fiction story slowly thinned out, replaced by smexy scenes. I guess I wanted more fighting, more tension, not just different sex scenes strung together. Don’t get me wrong, the sex scenes were very well written and fit the story, there was just so many of them. I love strong characters. Unfortunately, Casey seemed to unravel, becoming a bit of a spoiled princess from all the attention. *bummer* By the end of the book, I was really disappointed that some of the plot threads weren’t finished. So, while I loved different aspects of this story, the ending wasn’t strong enough to interest me into continuing the series.

 

Review: Gracie's Touch by SE Smith

Gracie’s Touch has been out for a few years, but something about the cover and blurb caught my attention. I love a good Sci-fi Romance — Dystopian mashup!

 

 

Title: Gracie’s Touch

Author: S E Smith

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

Publisher: Self-published via NetGalley

Release date: July 2012

Pages: 323

ASIN : B008LI9MGQ

Rating:  

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:

Gracie Jones was little more than a child when the Earth was invaded by an alien species. Escaping into the subway tunnels of New York City, she hid in fear of being captured. Discovered by four men who became her protectors, she fought alongside them and they became known as the Freedom Five. At seventeen, she made a decision that turned the tide on the war between Earth and the Alluthans but in exchange she gave up all that she knew.

 

Jefe is a Zion Warrior and commanding officer in charge of the Confederation of Planets military. When an unknown species begins attacking some of their outer settlements, he is assigned to discover who they are and stop them…at any cost.

 

Gracie unknowingly finds herself stranded millions of light years and hundreds of years in the future in a distant galaxy on an undeveloped moon. When an old enemy threatens once more, she does not hesitant to use her knowledge to try to stop them once again. Only this time, it is not just Earth she will be saving but the Confederation itself.

 

When their two worlds are thrown together, Kordon is unsure what to do with the strange, delicate creature that fights and behaves unlike anything he has ever encountered before. One thing he does know, he plans to keep her.

 

 

REVIEW:

When Earth was invaded, Gracie Jones lost her family and was barely surviving in the subway tunnels when four men came to her rescue. She devoted herself to finding a way to destroy the aliens who wanted to harvest what remained of the human population. She never expected that her sacrifice would cost her everything and send her light years into the future. Three years after crash landing on a deserted moon, Gracie is finally rescued. The last thing she wanted was to fall in love with her rescuer. When the aliens who stole everything from her come back, Gracie is determined to do whatever it takes to protect her new world and the people she’s come to love.

 

The beginning of the books was a little slow as the author set up the world building. I was expecting a little more action and dystopian backdrop, but things picked up when Kordon arrived on the scene. I loved their first meeting! Kordon was a warrior in ever sense of the world, and I loved how completely he fell in love with Gracie. I enjoyed the action in the book, the way they worked together to defeat their enemies. The only thing that detracted a little from the fun story was how everyone seemed to immediately adore Gracie, repeatedly telling us how fragile she was despite all her actions proving otherwise. She fell in love with Kordon a little too fast for my taste, but, overall, I enjoyed this book—a great mixture of sci-fi and romance that keep me entertained throughout. 

 

Review: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

I’m shallow…I’ll admit that the fabulous cover drew me to this book. When I read the blurb, I desperately wanted to read more. Pirates and seas monsters…what can go wrong?!

 

 

Title: The Abyss Surrounds Us

Author: Emily Skrutskie

Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction

Publisher: Flux via NetGalley

Release date: February 2016

Pages: 290

ASIN: B019KKTW0E

Rating:

 

 

DESCRIPTION:

For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the giant, genetically engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

 

Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup and teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

 

 

REVIEW:

Cassandra has spent her whole life surrounded by Reckoners—genetically engineered creatures created to defeat pirates. She never questioned what she would do with her life and quickly became a Reckoner trainer. But on her first mission, things go horribly wrong and she loses everything. Taken captive by pirates, Cassandra must fight for more than her life—she must also fight for the future of Reckoners and their place in the world.

 

I absolutely adored the beginning of this book. The world building was top-notch, and I enjoyed getting to know Cassandra and her Reckoner. Their connection was heart-wrenching, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next. Then, unfortunately, things began to fall apart a little for me. Cassandra’s contempt and hatred for the Reckoner pup she was ordered to raise changed my opinion of her. Don’t get me wrong, I understood why she didn’t want to train the little beastie, but why blame the beast for her problem? Then half way through the book, she decided that she was in love. I don’t mind that the romance was f/f, what bothered me was that it came out of the blue. Absolutely no hint or attraction between the characters until now. The whole story changed to a love story and didn’t fit the adventure of the first half of the book. While I did like her love interest, I didn’t care for Cassandra as much. The nail in the coffin was Cassandra’s complete disregard for peoples lives and the life of her Reckoner beast at the end of the book. She didn’t care who she killed. She didn’t care if her Reckoner died and ultimately discarded the poor beastie without caring for his injuries or if he’d even survived. Boo. Her final decision in the end seemed guided more by guilt than anything else. I think I was expecting more from Cas and ended up disappointed. *major bummer*

 

Review: Cold Mark - The Complete Saga by Scarlett Dawn

I read the first section of the Cold Mark Saga earlier this year. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was when I hit the cliffhanger ending. I wanted more! When I saw the Complete Saga had been released, I couldn’t wait to read it. The covers for the whole series rocks!

 

 

Title: Cold Mark – The Complete Saga

Author: Scarlett Dawn 

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy -New Adult

Publisher: Self-published via NetGalley

Release date: June 2015

Pages: 429

ASiN: B010R994JQ

 

Rating:

 

DESCRIPTION:

FALL

Thrown head first into a barbaric world she knows nothing of, Braita Valorn must adapt to a dark life as a slave of the Mian society–her existence depends on it.

SINK

Danger lurks, and Braita’s lack of knowledge of the planet, Triaz, is now abundantly clear. On a mission to find her best friend, Jax, she must infiltrate the Crank Pit, a brutal complex where Mian enter, only to leave absent a heartbeat.

STOP

Braita Valorn is stuck. She has no real freedom, her existence dependent on what the men of Triaz decide. But she desperately wants it to be, and will do anything to capture it.

RISE

Judgments are made, an archaic stand within Mian laws, and Braita finds herself charged with treason. But never one to sit during a battle, she risks her last chance of release with blackmail.

SOAR

Braita Valorn is a disaster walking. One mistake after another on the planet Triaz has landed her in trouble time and again. Will Braita obtain her freedom?  Or will she finally accept a life she never asked for?

 

 

REVIEW:

Braita has been selected to travel to another world after a natural disaster nearly destroys her own. Her sacrifice will save her people from extinction. Stuck on a barbaric world that values fighting skills, she must use her wits and her sword arm to survive. Determined to regain her freedom, Braita escapes her captors but ends up jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Only by sheer luck is she rescued and her life spared. As she begins to understand the world around her, she must learn to adapt or die.

 

Both Fall and Sink get 5 stars for me! Unfortunately, things get a little shaky in Stop, then completely crashes and burns in Soar. Just when I really started to get into the book, it fell apart. I ended up so frustrated with Braita that I didn’t really care if she got her happy ending or not. In the beginning, I found her headstrong and willing to fight for what she believed. I loved her courage. By the end of the book, she had lied, cheated, stolen and manipulated everyone around her, coming off as a spoiled brat. I just couldn’t root for a woman willing to physically and mentally hurt others just to get what she wanted. Her character does a complete 180 from Fall and Sink, turning her into a huge hypocrite. While I did enjoyed the supporting characters, I felt sorry that they ended up stuck with her. It almost felt like someone else finished the series, substituting Braita with a different person. Despite the great world building and wonderful action sequences, I was so disappointed in the ending that I can’t rate this book more than 3 stars. Cold Mark could’ve been so good. Very disappointing.