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The Great Quake by Henry Fountain

The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet - Henry Fountain
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      I've read quite a few non-fiction books in my years of reading. Last several years most of them were science related. This is the first non-fiction book I've read that is written in a narrative point of view. As it turns out, I freaking love the narrative tone. Most of the time I felt like I was reading fiction, but with data, facts, and life testimonies that reminded me every single page that it was all very real. 
     The book starts off giving these recounts of life in Alaska as well as various cultural and scientific beliefs of earthquakes prior to March 27, 1964. There is also a lot of Alaskan history, and geography. Then, after you feel acquainted with all of that, you watch horror and destruction rip apart their lives - and what a solid description of this the author provides. I had to stop and take a break; I couldn't even begin to imagine what it meant to have something so violent teardown everything. I can’t even begin to imagine. 
     In the end, you come to realize that you just read (and often feel as though you witnessed in a sense) the research that proved plate tectonics. 
     It was fascinating and tragic all at the same time.
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T I T L E: The Great Quake: How the biggest earthquake in North America changed our understanding of the planet
A U T H O R: Henry Fountain
P U B L I S H E R: Crown Publishing
P U B L I S H--D A T E: August 8th, 2017
I S B N: 9781101904060
non-fiction, science

In the bestselling tradition of Erik Larson’s Isaac’s Storm, The Great Quake is a riveting narrative about the biggest earthquake in North American recorded history -- the 1964 Alaska earthquake that demolished the city of Valdez and swept away the island village of Chenega -- and the geologist who hunted for clues to explain how and why it took place. 

At 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964, a magnitude 9.2. earthquake – the second most powerful in world history – struck the young state of Alaska. The violent shaking, followed by massive tsunamis, devastated the southern half of the state and killed more than 130 people. A day later, George Plafker, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, arrived to investigate. His fascinating scientific detective work in the months that followed helped confirm the then-controversial theory of plate tectonics.
In a compelling tale about the almost unimaginable brute force of nature, New York Times science journalist Henry Fountain combines history and science to bring the quake and its aftermath to life in vivid detail. With deep, on-the-ground reporting from Alaska, often in the company of George Plafker, Fountain shows how the earthquake left its mark on the land and its people -- and on science.
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The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter

The Massacre of Mankind: Sequel to The War of the Worlds - Stephen Baxter
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Knowing what is coming and having no ability to stop it.
     That is the theme of this novel. A plot that kept me on my toes as I read. You're lead through days of dread, then when the battle begins, you read all the devastation. And worse still, it happens in gripping waves.
     It's great though. All of it. Very well detailed battle scenes, and world-building; what a world it is. Since the setting is an alternate timeline (after WWI with a different outcome) and after the first alien invasion, the novel integrates changes of what may have been. Stuff like that pops in all throughout. It was fascinating to read. I got this vision of a very post-steampunkish world within some of the settings. Loved that.
     I guess people who are interested in this novel really want to know if it's worth being a sequel to H.G. Wells "The War of the Worlds"? My answer would be yes. Not because it's anything like its predecessor (because I think that's a ridiculous expectation), but because it's a very believable storyline that could have easily taken place if H.G. Wells continued. I think it reads better, though in saying that, I should also say it has been many years since I've read Wells.
     There were many chapters (part 1 mostly) that were pointless even in a narrative sense. There are also many paragraphs with nothing but overdone descriptions of settings that mean absolutely nothing to the overall story. After a while, it was easy to read through those because I got the sense that this book was about the exploration of the narrator. Those are my only real gripes with the novel. The rest of it was great for me, and a majority of it an enjoyable read.

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T I T L E: The Massacre of Mankind
A U T H O R: Stephen Baxter
P U B L I S H E R: Gollancz
P U B L I S H--D A T E: January 19, 2017
I S B N: 9781524760120
Science Fiction

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The Army is prepared.
So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book. He is sure that the Martians have learned, adapted, understood their defeat.
He is right.
Thrust into the chaos of a new invasion, a journalist - sister-in-law to Walter Jenkins - must survive, escape and report on the war.
The Massacre of Mankind has begun

*I received a copy of this via Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair review*
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Immortal Architects by Paige Orwin

Immortal Architects (The Interminables) - Paige Orwin

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     I really wish I would have read the first book in this series "The Interminables". Not because I didn't get a feel or understand what was going on, no, the author does a great job of explaining, but because it would have been nice to see where the story was and how it ended in book one. 

     This novel doesn't lack on great writing, epic world building, fantastical creatures, likable characters, and meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships. Matter of fact, it's been a long time since I've read a book with such a weirdly charming setting. It's so cool. I know that is a lame description of the grand magical world Paige Orwin has created in this series, but I mean it with heartfelt utmost respect. 

     I can't imagine anyone who enjoys epic fantasy worlds not loving this fascinating piece of dystopian fiction. 

     I know, with all these big descriptive words of love, why the four stars? Well, anyone who has read my reviews in the past, knows I'm not someone who loves and depends on written description, and this book, more than anything, does not lack on such. I know why it's important to write such visual aids, but I'm a very imaginative person, and really appreciate stories that have just enough that it still allows me to exercise my imagination. 

     Personal preference aside, everyone should read this novel and as great as the second was, I can only imagine how incredible the first one reads. 

     I plan to find out eventually. It's totally a high priority in my TBR pile.


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T I T L E: Immortal Architects

S E R I E S: Interminables (Nº 2)

A U T H O R: Paige Orwin

P U B L I S H E R: Angry Robot Books

P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 5, 2017

I S B N: 9780857665942

Fantasy, Dark Fantasy


Edmund Templeton, a time-manipulating sorcerer, and Istvan Czernin, the deathless spirit of WWI, are the most powerful agents of the magical cabal now ruling the US East Coast. Their struggle to establish a new order in the wake of magical catastrophe is under siege: cults flourish and armies clash on their borders. Perhaps worst of all the meteoric rise of a technological fortress-state threatens their efforts to keep the peace.


As if that weren't enough, a desperate call has come in from the west. A superstorm capable of tearing rock from mountains is on its way, and it acting unlike any storm ever seen before. Who better to investigate than two old friends with the sudden need to prove themselves?





*I received an advanced copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review*

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Magicians Impossible






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     This was a great, fast paced, easily read, action packed story. It was very interesting and worth the read.

     However, upon reading the last paragraph of this book, I won't deny that it left me a bit undecided on how to review it. I loved it, yet at the same time, I was disappointed. It took me a few days to realize that the disappointment wasn't the way the novel ended, but that the ending felt premature.

     The world within Magicians Impossible is enthralling and fascinating, but it's paired with a simple, to a point of it seeming convenient plot. I felt like there was more story to read, but there were no more words. The ending gave me no resolution whatsoever because the entire story read in a very run of the mill way.

     Which really sucked because the characters are awesome; all the supporting characters and foes (there are many) are all terrific.

     The world is fantastic and imaginative. 

     Jason's story is wonderful and engaging. 

     If the book was thicker, if there were more details on the magical world that was created, I would have totally given this novel five stars. I really, really want to.




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T I T L E: Magicians Impossible

A U T H O R: Brad Abraham

P U B L I S H E R: St. Martin's Press

P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 12, 2017

I S B N: 9781250083524

Fantasy, Urban Fantasy


Twenty-something bartender Jason Bishop’s world is shattered when his estranged father commits suicide, but the greater shock comes when he learns his father was a secret agent in the employ of the Invisible Hand; an ancient society of spies wielding magic in a centuries-spanning war. Now the Golden Dawn; the shadowy cabal of witches and warlocks responsible for Daniel Bishop’s murder, and the death of Jason’s mother years before, have Jason in their sights. His survival will depend on mastering his own dormant magic abilities; provided he makes it through the training.


From New York, to Paris, to world between worlds, Jason's journey through the realm of magic will be fraught with peril. But with enemies and allies on both sides of this war, whom can he trust? The Invisible Hand, who’ve been more of a family than his own family ever was? The Golden Dawn, who may know the secrets behind his mysterious lineage? For Jason Bishop, only one thing is for certain; the magic he has slowly been mastering is telling him not to trust anybody.




*I received an advanced copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review*

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Artemis by Andy Weir



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     It's been a long time since I've read a book I laughed so hard with. Jazz's humor was so identifiable for me. I enjoyed this book so much, I was saddened when I ran out of words. This is what I like to call an awesome read.

     There is so much that makes this book worth the five stars I'm giving it; the writing (of course), the storytelling, the characters, the world, the easy to follow story, the comedy, the drama, and the INTENSE last few chapters that kept me on the edge of my seat.

     This was the first book I've read of Andy Weir, and I honest to fuck don't know why I've waited this long. Needless to say, after this novel, I've added every single book he's written to my TBR pile.



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T I T L E: Artemis

A U T H O R: Andy Weir

P U B L I S H E R: Crown Publishing

P U B L I S H--D A T E: November 14, 2017

I S B N: 9780553448122

Sci-fi, Mystery, Fantasy, Thriller


The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller--a heist story set on the moon.

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.






*I received an advanced copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review*

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Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence

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     Let me begin my review by pointing out that I normally do not do novels set this far back in time. Matter of fact, I try to avoid them at all cost, especially if I'm reading it for the purpose of a public review. Also, it didn't say anywhere in the description that this story took place in 1881. 
     However . . . I thoroughly enjoyed Edinburgh Twilight from the very first page to the very last. 
     Honestly, I can't say enough, it's well thought out, well plotted, and well written. All the characters are enjoyable and developed right. There is an escalating tension as the story progresses, which only adds to the mystery. 
     And the dialogue is absolutely hilarious at times. Though, I'll openly admit that I am quite fond of the Scottish people; my very best friend is one. Which was fantastic, because I understood the wordage perfectly. In saying that, I'm certain that even if I wasn't familiar with the phrases and words, it would have still been enjoyable to read and easy to understand.
     Because it's that well written.

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T I T L E: Edinburgh Twilight
S E R I E S: Ian Hamilton Mysteries (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Carole Lawrence
P U B L I S H E R: Thomas & Mercer
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 05, 2017
I S B N: 9781477848814
Mystery, Thriller, General fiction (adult)

As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.
Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.
With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in across the city. And with each victim, the murderer is getting closer to Hamilton, the one man who dares to stop him.
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The River Is Dark by Joe Hart

The River Is Dark - Joe Hart

There is plenty of fasted paced story in this novel to keep you moving through the story fluently. The writing is great. The story enjoyable. The story holds just the right amount of description in the right places. I did figure out the early on who the killer was, but it didn't deter me from the desire to keep reading. Liam is a great, well-developed character. Matter of fact, all the characters are very well developed. Hopefully, soon I'll get my hands on the second in this mystery series.


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T I T L E: The River is Dark
S E R I E S: Liam Dempsey Thriller (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Joe Hart
P U B L I S H E R: Thomas & Mercer
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 23, 2014
I S B N: 9781477825778
Mystery, Crime, Thriller
In a small town along the Mississippi River, separate but nearly identical attacks have left two married couples brutally murdered in their homes. A young boy—the lone survivor of the killings—now lies comatose in the hospital. And the police’s only lead is the boy’s terrified description of the assailant: a “monster.”
Enter former homicide detective Liam Dempsey, whose estranged brother fell victim to the killer. Dragged into the investigation as a suspect, Dempsey vows to solve the case and clear his name. But two things stand between him and the truth: a web of local politics, and the grim secrets the victims held close. All the while, a murderer with boundless hatred continues to raise the body count.
As the troubled ex-cop tries to pull justice from the town’s emotional wreckage, he realizes that his could be the next life lost to the killer’s ruthless, twisted plan for revenge.


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The Darklights by Michaelbrent Collings

    This novel moved a little slower than I normally care for, and slower than the last book I read by Michaelbrent Collings; The Longest Con. However, in saying that, I do love Collings' first person, and it was the interest I developed early in the novel of the character (Gerrold) that kept me going.
     Another thing that kept me reading was his near flawless transition through "then" and "now" chapters. I do love when authors step away from tradition storytelling to lay out their stories for us.
     I loved the world; the sci-fi, setting Collings leads the reader through is indeed well built and engaging. Speaking of engaging, Gerrold's tale is full of love, hate, betrayal, and revenge. There are many twists and turn, thing I didn't think were possible, became possible, and what I thought was really going on . . . well, let's just say I couldn't have been further from the ending. A solid and fitting resolution, I assure you.
     The Darlights is another book by this author that I enjoyed, and reminds me that I need to read more of his work. 
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T I T L E: The Darklights
A U T H O R: Michaelbrent Collings
P U B L I S H E R: Michaelbrent Collings
P U B L I S H--D A T E: June 5, 2017
Sci-fi, Thriller

FROM INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER MICHAELBRENT COLLINGS comes a new venture into deepest space and darkest fear...

When the Company has a problem - a factory gone under, books that need auditing, or a rebellious planet to be destroyed - I'm there, and I take care of it.

I'm the most successful FixIt in Company history, and I have never failed to punch a ticket.

TF-653 is different.

The staff and crew of a terraforming installation on a planet so strange it cannot be described have disappeared. It's my job to get there, to find the problem, and to stop it.

Or kill it.

But some things can't be killed. Because some things are already dead.

And some things... are even worse. Because some things can only be seen in THE DARKLIGHTS.
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The Dragon's Staircase by McKenna Grey and Everly Archard

The Dragon's Staircase (Kyndall Family Thrillers Book 1) - Everly Archard, McKenna Grey

The thrilling aspect of this book was impressive and unexpected. The mystery wasn’t off either. The story did a good job of stringing me along through many twists and turns before it revealed its secrets. I wanted to give this book four stars, but it took me more chapters than I like to get into the story. However, in saying that, once it got going for me, I had a hard time putting it down. I also wasn’t very fond of the characters. I found them predictable and uninteresting which played against the mystery for me. Overall, I’m glad I gave this novel a chance, and I believe that many readers, particularly genre readers, will indeed enjoy this book.

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The Longest Con by Michaelbrent Collings

The Longest Con - Michaelbrent Collings
T I T L E: The Longest Con
P U B L I S H E R: Michaelbrent Collings
P U B L I S H--D A T E: August 6, 2016
I S B N: 978-1536873283
Fantasy, Humor

Larry Correia. Kevin J. Anderson. D.J. Butler. Orson Scott Card. Mercedes Yardley.
Would you like to know - I mean, REALLY know - what they're doing when they go to those fancy comic-cons? Because it ain't just writing.
See, every year, thousands of people attend comic-cons dressed as monsters.
Of course, you probably already knew that.
But did you ALSO know that...
every year, thousands of MONSTERS attend comic-cons dressed as PEOPLE.
Sure. Nothing could POSSIBLY go wrong there.
Luckily, the con organizers have placed Wardens throughout the conventions. These undercover supernatural troubleshooters are tasked with stopping mayhem before it starts . . . or solving the murders after they happen.
I'M MICHAELBRENT COLLINGS: author of this book, and one of the Wardens. My job is to go to the cons, where I sell books, make fans, and kill the occasional monster.
It's not just me, either. Those authors I told you about, and even more . . . you'd never guess what many of your favorite authors are REALLY up to at the conventions.
Luckily, though, you don't have to guess.
And get ready to have . . . your . . . mind . . . BLOWN.*
* Disclaimer: your mind may or may not be blown.




"From the first page to the last, this book offers a magnitude of fun, humor, and awesome storytelling. I knew within three chapters that I was going to love this book, but I had no idea until I read further in just how much that love . . .(MORE)."

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Grave Predictions: Tales of Mankind’s Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian and Disastrous Destiny

Grave Predictions: Tales of Mankind’s Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian and Disastrous Destiny (Dover Doomsday Classics) - Stephen King, Greg Bear, Ramsey Campbell, Joe R. Lansdale, Carmen Maria Machado, Mark Samuels, Erica L. Satifka, Brian Stableford, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Drew Ford, Harlan Ellison
T I T L E: Grave Predictions: Tales of Mankind’s Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian and Disastrous Destiny
A U T H O R: Stephen King; Greg Bear; Ramsey Campbell; Joe R. Lansdale; Carmen Maria Machado; Mark Samuels; Erica L. Satifka; Brian Stableford; Ray Bradbury; Arthur C. Clarke; W.E.B. Du Bois; Kurt Vonnegut
P U B L I S H E R: Dover Publications
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 21, 2016
I S B N: 9780486802312
Anthology, Horror, Sci-fi, Fantasy

"This is a book of stories intended to describe that hand of mortal destruction in 16 utterly different, yet all apocalyptically stunning ways!"—Harlan Ellison, from the Introduction.
These compelling visions of post-apocalyptic societies and dystopian worlds include short stories by some of the most acclaimed authors of our time. Among the noteworthy contributors and their works are Stephen King's "The End of the Whole Mess," "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clarke's "No Morning After."
The first-ever apocalyptic fantasy about global warming, "The End of the World," appears here, in translation from Eugene Mouton's 1872 French-language original. "The Pretence," by Ramsey Campbell, questions the nature and structure of everyday life in the aftermath of a doomsday prediction. In addition, thought-provoking stories by Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Greg Bear, Erica L. Satifka, and others offer an end-of-the-world extravaganza for fans of science fiction, horror, and fantasy.

"When I read this was a collection of stories about the end of the world, I knew I would enjoy it. Each of these stories are incredibly creative. Some of them blindingly so - you think you know where some of the authors are going. . . (MORE)"

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One Man's Purpose by Stephen D. Senturia

One Man's Purpose - A Novel - Stephen D. Senturia
T I T L E: One Man's Purpose
A U T H O R: Stephen D. Senturia
P U B L I S H E R: Friesen Press
P U B L I S H--D A T E: November, 2015
I S B N: 9781460274699
Literary fiction, General fiction (adult)

Martin Quint, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cambridge Technology Institute, is at the top of his professional career. Beloved as a teacher and internationally lionized as a researcher, he enthusiastically embraces his academic overload. But with a baby on the way, a voyeuristic computer specialist posting things in public that shouldn't be, and a critical tenure case for a junior female colleague hanging by a thread, life throws more at Martin than he can juggle.




In the end, I'm very happy I accepted the book to review. I didn't expect a story that would hold me, yet that is exactly what . . . (M O R E).

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The Devourers by Indra Das

The Devourers - Indra Das
T I T L E: The Devourers
A U T H O R: Indra Das
P U B L I S H E R:Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine/Del Rey
P U B L I S H -- D A T E: July 12, 2016
I S B N: 9781101967515
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy
On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man's unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger's behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once-living skins. From these documents spills the chronicle of a race of people at once more than human yet kin to beasts, ruled by instincts and desires blood-deep and ages-old. The tale features a rough wanderer in seventeenth-century Mughal India who finds himself irrevocably drawn to a defiant woman—and destined to be torn asunder by two clashing worlds. With every passing chapter of beauty and brutality, Alok's interest in the stranger grows and evolves into something darker and more urgent. Shifting dreamlike between present and past with intoxicating language, visceral action, compelling characters, and stark emotion, The Devourers offers a reading experience quite unlike any other novel.


This book was an interesting and unique read for me. I’m not much into werewolves, of any type, however, this isn’t really a werewolf story, at least not in the sense I’m used to. They are not the only characters either. There is a rack of . . . (MORE)

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Beneath The Fall by Aaron Safronoff

Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall - Aaron Safronoff
T I T L E: Beneath The Fall
S E R I E S:  Sunborn Rising (Nº 1) 
A U T H O R: Aaron Safronoff
P U B L I S H E R: Neoglyphic Entertainment
P U B L I S H--D A T E: May 5, 2016
I S B N: 9781944606008
Fantasy, Children's Fiction, Middle Grade

Cerulean is on the brink of collapse. The decay wasn't fast, it wasn't obvious, but now the world stands on the precipice.
Woven forests floating on an ocean around a star, Cerulean's once vibrant treescape has grown dim over generations of arboreal life, and the creatures of the forest have forgotten the light.
Barra, a young, willful Listlespur, finds her late father's hidden journal, and reads about his discovery of Cerulean's brighter past and the mysterious plague he believed has all but destroyed it. He warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words...
Together with her two best friends, Barra will rekindle her father's legacy and traverse the Great Forest to relight her world, even if she has to travel beneath the Fall.

     This book is one of the most beautifully put together books I’ve had in my hands in a very long time. The illustrations are remarkable works of art, that not only give you give a direct link into the author’s mind, but show you how fantastic. . . (MORE)
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A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden

A Lady in the Smoke: A Victorian Mystery - Karen Odden

T I T L E: A Lady in the Smoke

A U T H O R: Karen Odden

P U B L I S H E R: Random House Publishing-Alibi

P U B L I S H--D A T E: March 29, 2016

I S B N: 9781101886403

Historical Mysteries




Following a humiliating fourth Season in London, Lady Elizabeth Fraser is on her way back to her ancestral country estate when her train careens off the rails and bursts into flames. Though she is injured, she manages to drag herself and her unconscious mother out of the wreckage, and amid the chaos that ensues, a brilliant young railway surgeon saves her mother's life. Elizabeth feels an immediate connection with Paul Wilcox—though society would never deem a medical man eligible for the daughter of an earl.

After Paul reveals that the train wreck was no accident, and the inspector who tried to prevent it dies under mysterious circumstances, Elizabeth undertakes a dangerous investigation of her own that leads back to her family's buried secrets. The more she learns, the more she must risk. Not only are her dowry and her reputation at stake; Paul's very life hangs in the balance when he is arrested for manslaughter. As the trial draws near, and Parliament prepares for a vote that will change the course of the nation, Elizabeth uncovers a conspiracy that has been years in the making. But time is running out for her to see justice done.

     A Lady in the Smoke was a bit different but a great mystery. It seemed to be a combination of two genres - Literary Fiction and Historical Mysteries. I found that . . . (M O R E)

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The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power

The Dragon Round - Stephen S. Power
T I T L E: The Dragon Round
A U T H O R: Stephen S. Power
P U B L I S H E R: Simon and Schuster
P U B L I S H--D A T E: July 5, 2016
ISBN: 9781501133206


A swashbuckling adventure with a dark side for fans of George R.R. Martin and Naomi Novik—when a ship captain is stranded on a deserted island by his mutinous crew, he finds a baby dragon that just might be the key to his salvation…and his revenge.
He only wanted justice. Instead he got revenge.
Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for over a decade. He knows the rules. He likes the rules. But not everyone on his ship agrees. After a monstrous dragon attacks the galley, the surviving crewmembers decide to take the ship for themselves and give Jeryon and his self-righteous apothecary “the captain’s chance”: a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and nothing but the clothes on his back to survive on the open sea.
Fighting for their lives against the elements, Jeryon and his companion land on an island that isn’t as deserted as they originally thought. They find a baby dragon that, if trained, could be their way home. But as Jeryon and the dragon grow closer, the captain begins to realize that even if he makes it off the island, his old life won't be waiting for him and in order get justice, he’ll have to take it for himself.


     Normally, I’m not much on stories with a nautical theme, however, I was lured by the dragon. I am also a fan of George R R Martin and Naomi Novik, so I couldn’t wait to read this book. And it was good, I didn’t love it, but it was good. I just didn’t really find that the comparison to . . . (M O R E)

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