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Sunday, September 30, 2018

LifeL1k3 Review

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff


Title:  Lifelike
Series: Lifelike, book 1
Author: Jay Kristoff
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 416
Publication Date: May 29, 2018

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 9
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Edition: Hardcover (also listened to audiobook)
Genre: science fiction, dystopian, 

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  



Synopsis:

On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.


If you like this you may also enjoy the Illuminae Files also by this author


 

Main Characters

  • Eve/Ana- lives with her grandpa
  • Lemon Fresh- Evie's best friend
  • Cricket- a little robot that acts as Eve's conscience 
  • Ezekiel- a lifelike Eve knew as Ana before her parents died and the lifelikes revolted
  • Preacher- assassin from big company trying to bring in Eve because of her deviation 

Plot

Story is mostly told from Eve's POV. Eve makes money by gambling at the War Dome in the fighting pits where robots fight to the death to take care of her guardian grandpa who she lives with because her parents are dead. When the machine she has spent months working on gets beat and it looks like she's in for a world of hurt she unintentionally manifests in front of everyone and stops the opposing deadly robot with a scream. Now that she's a known deviant Eve flees with her best friend Lemon Fresh, a fellow orphan, and her other two favorite household members; Cricket (a small robot who functions as Eve’s conscious) and her trusty cyborg dog. 

On the run from puritan gangs and big corporations that don't want someone around with the power to stop electrical units, Evie and Lemon Fresh come across a crashed plane. They try to find anything they can sell for some quick cash since they lost everything in the last fight or use to rebuild. What they find instead is a lifelike android named Ezekiel. This humanoid AI knows Evie from a past she has no memory of, and together this misfit crew run for their lives from a murderous 'Preacher', get swallowed by a Kraken, and go on an epic quest finding out what it means to be human.

Setting

Future post-apocalyptic United States


Theme

What does it mean to be human. Tolerance.

What did I like about the book?

I like the vivid writing, I can picture the world and the teens talking. The characters have fizzy slang, true cert, which is fun to read. I feel like this is a great book to grab after reading something heavy. Yes there is epic scenes, blood, and drama... but it is a light read for the most part.

Evie still remembers her parents being murdered in front of her even though she has a brain injury. After meeting Ezekiel her lost memories start coming back in flashes. I like the way Eve's memory and world view changes throughout the book. While in the Kraken there was some foreshadowing I totally missed but it made me think about the things I use a little differently.

That ending though! Cliffhanger. Warning: NO HEA

What did I not like about the book?

Nothing! Jay Kristoff is a master storyteller!

Date Started/Finished : September 22nd- 2018


Recommend? YES

Would you encourage others to read this book? Why or why not?
Rating: 5/*****
based off Goodreads' ratings: 5 stars – it was amazing, highly recommend





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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Seafire Review


Seafire by Natalie C Parker

Title:  Seafire
Series: Seafire, book 1 in a trilogy
Author: Natalie C Parker
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 374
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Publisher: Razorbill
Edition: ARC/paperback
Genre: fantasy, young adult, pirates, dystopian, 
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon

I received an ARC of Seafire from my library's summer reading program. 

Synopsis:

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all . . . or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

If you like this you may also enjoy the Daughter of the Pirate King duology.

Main Characters

  1. Caledonia Styx- captain of the Mors Navis
  2. Oran- a former fifthson Bullet that was captured when he was 7

Plot

Caledonia tries to make up for a mistake she made at 14 by living with very strict rules for her and her all female crew. Caledonia believed a Bullet which cost her and her bestie's families' ship and crew to die. Four years later, and a new crew/ family of 52 ladies everyone knows: Never trust a Bullet.

Aric Athair commands a mostly male fleet calling his henchmen Bullets, insuring loyalty and aggressiveness by keeping them doped up on Silt after stealing them from their families. Each one of the Mors Navis crew has lost loved one to Aric's tyranny so they decide to fight back every chance they get attacking one ship at a time leaving as many Bullets dead as they can.

During one raid Pisces, Caledonia's long time friend and 2nd in command, gets captured and saved by a Bullet that turned against his crew. Pisces brought the Bullet, Oran, aboard with her in hopes of changing the mission. Maybe they can detox and save some Bullets or find their brothers? Friendship and loyalty is tested. 

Setting

On the water in a futuristic dystopian setting. There was reference to 'Old World' tech but not a lot of information on what happened.

Theme

Revenge and loyalty. There was a lot of us vs them, and all of them are bad.

What did I like about the book?

  • The girls all have their own strengths and specialties. One prefers being in the water, another is good at tinkering, another skilled with healing, another at navigation. 
  • Teamwork is natural and the members take pride in their abilities. They are not better than one another but instead are dependable and appreciated for their contribution.
  • Slow burn romance
  • Friendships and sisterhood. Girls can be especially catty so its nice to see healthy relationships displayed.

What did I not like about the book?

  • Extreme battle of the sexes. Caledonia leads an all female crew against the Bullets, a predominantly male organization. I would've preferred Cal's crew to be more mixed. Not all boys are untrustworthy.
  • Caledonia didn't really grow because she was stuck on revenge so I hope that changes in book 2 but I wont' know until likely next year. Ugh.
Does this frustrate you in books as well? Leave me a comment about your book pet peeves!

Date Started/Finished : September 23rd-28th 2018


Recommend? kind of

If you are looking for an all female pirate crew - maybe read Daughter of the Pirate King duology first. I just realized this is going to be a trilogy which means the series won't be complete for YEARS. I hate when that happens. Although I enjoyed the book, I don't think I'm going to care about it still in 2020.

Rating: 4/*****
based off Goodreads' ratings: 4 stars – really liked it, really enjoyable




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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

CHRISTMAS WITH THE COWBOY Blog Tour



Welcome to CHRISTMAS WITH THE COWBOY Blog Tour with JustRead Publicity Tours.


ABOUT THE BOOK





Title: Christmas with the Cowboy
Series: Big Heart Ranch, Book 3
Author: Tina Radcliffe
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Home for the holidays

A second chance at love on Big Heart Ranch
Former Navy SEAL Zach Norman has been avoiding his ranching roots—and the woman he couldn’t have. Back to visit his brother’s widow, Emma Maxwell Norman, and her adorable toddler twins, the bah-humbug cowboy is roped into helping prepare the ranch for the holidays. Working side by side, can Emma and Zach overcome their troubled past…and receive the greatest Christmas gift of all—love?


LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | iTunes | Book Depository | BAM! | Book Bub



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tina March 2018 2Originally from Western, N.Y., Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency (a branch of the NSA) stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her move to Colorado led to a career as a library cataloger. A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tinamanages Seekerville, 13 author blog which is starting its tenth year. Seekerville is a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers award winner.

Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. In 2016 Safe in the Fireman's Arms was a Holt Medallion Merit Award finalist and a Detroit Bookseller's Best finalist and a NERFA finalist. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over twenty short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.

TO CONNECT WITH TINA: website,  facebook,  twitter,  pinterest,  instagram, Book Bub

Tina also have a great newsletter filled with fun facts and great giveaways for her newsletter subscribers. Sign up for her newsletter HERE.


Excerpt 

Visit OverDrive here to read chapter One and part of chapter Two.

" Zach tugged his leather gloves into place and adjusted the reins on the chestnut gelding. He had completely underestimated Emma. And her effect on him.

     She was as beautiful as ever with dark tumbling hair that framed an oval face. If only he'd remembered not to look into her chocolate-brown eyes.

     The moment he did, it was all over. He was lost. A teenager again, following her around like an overgrown Labrador retriever. The moment he realized that she had eyes only for Steve he'd respected her decision. Yet, that never stopped him from pining from afar like a sap. It wasn't coincidence that he joined the navy soon after Steve and Emma called to announce their engagement.

     Although it was a secret he kept hidden, the truth was that he had wasted too much of his life in love with Emma. He refused to allow this trip to dredge up feelings he had purposely tossed overboard years ago."

TOUR GIVEAWAY


Tina has graciously offered (1) winner an awesome Christmas with the Cowboy prize pack that includes:
  • An autographed copy of Christmas with the Cowboy
  • LED Christmas Bulb Necklace
  • $50 Amazon gift card.
Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below.  Complete prize open to US mailing addresses only.  For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.
Be sure to stop at a stop each day for extra entries!




TOUR SCHEDULE

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(All stops expected to post by 12:00 NOON EST)

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