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Sleeper Protocol

Sleeper Protocol by Kevin Ikenberry

 

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Kieran Roark awakens in a wheelchair, unable to remember anything. As part of a classified experiment, he will have one year to learn his identity and recover his memory, or he will be euthanized by the state.

Scientist Berkeley Bennett has one mission: manipulate Kieran’s emotions in an attempt to bring back his memory. But when she falls in love with him, she is forced to make a harrowing decision that may cost Kieran his life.

What Kieran knows could save Earth from a coming war. Whether he believes the future is worth saving is another matter. Racing across an unfamiliar world in a body he does not recall, Kieran needs to discover who he was and, more importantly, who he is.

Kevin Ikenbery

Kevin’s head has been in the clouds since he was old enough to read. Ask him and he’ll tell you that he still wants to be an astronaut. Kevin has a diverse background in space and space science education. A former manager of the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program in Huntsville, Alabama and a former executive of two Challenger Learning Centers, Kevin continues to work with space every day. Kevin lives in Colorado with his family.

Kevin is a member of Fiction Foundry, Pikes Peak Writers, the Horror Society, and the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group. His short fiction has appeared twice on the webzine Mindflights and in print with Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue #56, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. His story “Maelstrom” appears in the Extreme Planets anthology forthcoming from Chaosium. His now self-published novelette “Ascent” won an Honorable Mention in the 4th Quarter 2011 Writers Of The Future Contest.

Kevin’s debut science fiction novel, SLEEPER PROTOCOL, will appear from Red Adept Publishing in late 2015.

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My Review

5 stars

Kieran wakes to find himself in a wheelchair. He can’t remember anything but quickly gets told that he has a year to figure it out or he is going to be terminated. Simply put there is an alien attack on the way and Kieran is a sleeper. If they can get him to remember his past they may be able to stop the invasion. But there is a difference of opinion between the military and government on how the sleeper should be handled. Hopefully Kieran can regain his memory before they decide they are done with the project.

This is a great thrill ride from the start. You can’t help but like Kieran, here is this soldier that has no memory but may have the key to humanities survival locked is his brain if he could just get to the information. You can completely see the Sleeper program being real just by the way the military and government can’t seem to agree on how to run it.

I loved how this book was written. It’s a great thriller that relies more on psychology than action and lots of questions of identity. Although it has a slight slow start once it got on a roll it took off. I had a hard time putting it down and getting some sleep. I really need to stop reading such great book on work nights.

If you like psychological thrillers and scifi stories look no further. Make sure to pick up a copy of Sleeper Protocol. I just hope this is going to be a sequel.

To purchase Sleeper Protocol make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Kevin Ikenberry’s website.

I received a copy of Sleeper Protocol for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Devlin’s Door

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Devlin’s Door (Forests of the Fae – 1) by K. Kibbee

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When thirteen-year-old Anne is sent to spend the summer with her dreadful relatives in a small Washington state town, she is left with little hope that anything intriguing will happen to her. However, when she learns of an abandoned town full of old Victorian homes hidden in the woods nearby, she embraces the lore and becomes bolstered by the idea that an adventure might await.

Her sadistic cousin Lexie feeds Anne’s curiosity and leads her to the mysterious town in the woods, where Anne is goaded by her cousin and friends to enter one of the abandoned homes, alone, and is locked inside.

While searching for a way out, Anne stumbles through a hole in the floor and unknowingly falls into an ominous, ghost-filled mystery. As she digs deeper into the secrets of this house, she discovers a weathered journal that reveals a magic-infused history hundreds of years old and a tragic secret: a curse has trapped the town and its inhabitants in a place not meant to be found by humans.

Treacherous fairies, dark worlds-within-our-world, dangerous creatures and a shocking truth all await Anne as page by page, she peels back the mysteries of this chilling town

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My Review

4 Stars

Anne is being sent to her aunt and uncles place while her parents are on a 3 month mission. Of course she doesn’t fit it and it doesn’t help that her cousin Lexie is going to try and make this visit an even bigger disaster. But Anne hears about an abandoned town in the forest and is curious. After being locked in one of the houses she finds a journal and the more that she reads from it more of the town start rejuvenating.

But this town has a dark secret. In the 1920’s, when surrounding towns were dying this one was the only one to thrive. But then everyone disappeared and left all of their belonging behind. Anne is very curious about this and the more she learns the deeper she gets until she finds out what happened and falls into the mound by the town.

I really liked this book. I couldn’t help but feel bad for both Anne and Grace. The both are in a crummy position but they try to do their best. I loved the fae in this book since I love the darker views of the fae. I was really blown away by the ending, I didn’t expect that one at tall.

This is a great midgrade with lots of action and adventure. This is a great story that any age will like. I can’t wait to see what happened in the next book.

To purchase Devlin’s Door make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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I received Devlin’s Door for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Strange Luck

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Strange Luck by Amie Irene Winters

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A mysterious letter. An idyllic world. And a peculiar collection of antiques. It all waits to be discovered in Strange Luck, an imaginative novel that mixes fantasy and mystery for a thrilling reading experience. Hopeful that her father can be saved from a chronic condition, seventeen-year-old Daisy sets out to find a cure, but accidentally lands in a wicked world called The Nameless. As Daisy explores the moaning caverns and encounters people who refuse to go above ground, it becomes clear that the world’s inhabitants are more than just strange. They may be keeping a dark secret. They may have been lured and trapped here for a reason. And somehow—impossible as it may seem—they may still have a chance to regain what has been taken from them.

A daring adventure complimented with vivid imagery, Strange Luck will delight adults, teens, and anyone who can’t resist an imaginative escapade.

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My Review

4 Stars

Daisy works at her families store Strange Luck, where they purchase oddities with great stories. But she doesn’t believe in any of it and doesn’t want to be stuck there. But one of the items will have Daisy going on a quest to help her sick father. Her best friend Roger goes along to help and protect her. They find themselves in a land ruled by a wizard that is stealing people’s memories. Without any way out it looks like Daisy ad Roger are going to be the next victims of the wizard as they both start to lose memories.

Daisy doesn’t believe in magic, all she wants to do is travel and write books but she is stuck at Strange Luck. But once she learns the truth, her whole world opens up for her. I loved Roger; he loves Daisy so much that even though she is so oblivious to things he still keeps trying. There are so many great characters both meet along on their adventure. You can’t help but feel bad for them, your memories really do make you and without them you are nothing more than a shell.

Although I was not a fan of the ending but it does work for this book. Everything does work out well. Those that like young adult stories will really like this one. Make sure to get a copy, you won’t be disappointed.

To purchase Strange Luck make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Amie Irene Winters’ website.

I received Strange Luck for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

School of Deaths

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School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret – 1) by Christopher Mannino

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Thrust into a world of men, can a timid girl find bravery as the first female Death?

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.

Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who subjugate a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons.

As her year progresses, Suzie suspects her presence isn’t an accident. She uncovers a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths. Now she must also discover the reason she’s been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.

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My Review

5 stars

Suzie is having a tough time, she is starting to get thinner and thinner. She is losing weight and no one can figure out why or even stop it. Then someone approaches her and tells her that she is Death and takes her to the Land of the Dead to go to school and learn how to be Death. The problem is that there has not been a female Death in a million years, the last one betrayed the Reapers. Of course Suzie is going to be the main target for bullies and any things that goes wrong will be blamed on her. Her only chance to get out is to pass the test at the end of the year, the same test that most people fail.

When I first read the description I was curious. There has to be more going on than just that quick blurb and trust me there is so much happening. Suzie is much more than your typical 13 year old. She is a lot more mature and I think that helps her deal with everything she does. I loved how Mannino discussed all kinds of topics from bullies, self-image, friends, and everything else that kids go through that tends to get over looked.

The pace of the book is rather fast but there is a lot of ground to cover. This did leave me a little lost a couple times. I also admit that the story was a little slow to get moving. But I loved all the description and detail that goes into the grim reapers. It was hard for me to put School of Deaths down and after I finished it I was left wanting more. Thankfully Sword of Deaths is out and I could start reading it.

If you like young adult stories with fantasy this is one series that I recommend you check out. You will not be disappointed.

To purchase School of Deaths make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Christopher Mannino’s website.

I received School of Deaths for free from Kathy at I Am A Reader in exchange for an honest review.

 

I’m happy to say that today I am part of the cover release for the book The Temperament Scepter.

The Temperament Scepter by Allix Booth

Alexandria Roe’s haunted past comes to life when she turns sixteen. Her hallucinations and fevers spark a premonition of her family’s death. A darkness shadows her, but her struggle for answers lead to more than she bargained. Will she be consumed by her fears or overcome what waits beyond the horizon?

A Dragon Lord from the Northern Isles of Alabass conquers all kingdoms in his wake. He hungers for power, but thirsts for the three amethysts. Each gem’s unique ability is absorbed by the person that wields it. If all three are united, the power will bring to life the scepter, which unlocks the ancient prison. What lies in the depths can only be discovered by the holder of the Temperament Scepter.

Make sure to check out the cover release party here.

And be sure to check out the release day party on March 16 here.

The Right Hand Rule

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The Right Hand Rule by R.M. Clark

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Amy, Amanda, Marshall, and Ziggy expect their middle school to be empty on Saturday morning so they can get ready for the regional science fair. They don’t expect a botched experiment to attract a horde of time-displaced ancient Mayans when their unusual science advisor, Frederick Froth, goes missing.

The four must use their unique science skills and work together as they grapple with a Mayan god, the Dark Rift, and the principles of science to rescue Mr. Froth.

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My Review

4 stars

Amy, Amanda, Marshall, and Ziggy are at school on a Saturday to try and get their science fair projects put together. But when the Mayan god of earthquakes and death shows up and the science advisor disappears, it is up to the kids to save him. They each have their own areas they prefer but this is not going to be enough to save Mr. Froth. Although the kids don’t really get along in normal middle school, they are going to have to learn to work together to solves the puzzles that they come across.

I really liked this book. Each kids has their own perks and although they don’t normal get along I love how they learn to work together. Each puzzle starts out where one kids can basically solve with their skills but eventually the puzzles change. That was about in the middle of the story and that is where things really pick up. As an adult I really like the science in the book. There are real, applicable facts and such that give the kids a chance for some real learning along with the great story.

This is a wonderful book for both midgrade readers and adults. This is my secondbook by RM Clark and I will be watching out for other books of his. I recommend you check this one out.

To purchase The Right Hand Rule make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads

I received The Right Hand Rule for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Unawakened

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Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Dystopian

Date Published: January 26, 2016

In order to restore peace after the Dawn of Dae, the United States has declared martial law. Enforcing the militant regime won’t be easy, and a new policing force of dae and their bonded humans has been mustered to keep the populace under tight control.

Alexa wants nothing to do with the government, its army, or the special forces meant to keep rebellion at bay, but she has a choice: do what Kenneth Smith wants or die a quick death. As one of the unawakened, she has no chance of infiltrating the police on her own. Forced to partner with Kenneth’s dae, who dislikes her almost as much as she dislikes it, her life hinges on how well she convinces others she’s a big, bad monster just like them instead of an ordinary human woman.

Working for the police is no easier than dealing with Kenneth’s work. During the day, she’s a part of the law, but at night, she’s a tool of crime and war. It’s only a matter of time before she’s caught–or fails her mission and is killed by her drug-dealing boss.

If she wants to live a free life, she’ll need to take care of Kenneth once and for all. Since he won’t listen to reason and let her go, she’s determined to buy her freedom with his death.

Unfortunately, Kenneth isn’t the only problem in her life, and unless she does something about Rob, she’ll lose the independence she fought so hard for. Worse, unless she’s careful, he’ll make her like it…

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My Review

5 stars

The government is trying to maintain peace or order after Dawn of Dae. There is martial law and strange new laws. Alexa is now on a mission to buy her freedom from Kenneth. To do so she partners with Kenneth’s dae, who hates her just as much as she hates it, to join the police force. Things are just going to keep getting complicated trying to live as a cop during the day and for a criminal at night. With the help of Rob and Colby she might just make it through.

This is a crazy story but a great one. You learn more about the Dae and this story starts to make sense, in a crazy sort of way. I loved Alexa, she is a woman on a mission and will do everything she can to kill Kenneth and get her freedom from him. I really liked how Rob and her have become closer. Their banter helps make them even more of a great couple in my mind.

I am really starting to love this series. It’s odd and out there but it really starts growing on you. It is definitely original and one of my favorite series. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I hope there is another book.

To purchase Unawakened make sure to check out Amazon and Goodreads.

Don’t forget to check out the first book in the series – Dawn of Dae.

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The Dawn of Dae (Dae Portals – 1) by Trillian Anderson

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The chance to attend college is just what Alexa Daegberht needs to break out the mold of her caste. If she can become a Bach, she can escape the poverty she’s endured ever since her parents died when she was five. Only through education can she rise above her birth caste–and she knows it.

All of her plans fall to dust when she opens a portal within her refrigerator, turning her macaroni and cheese casserole into a sentient being. By dawn the next day, the mysterious dae have come to Earth to stay. Hundreds of thousands of people vanish into thin air, and as the days pass, the total of the missing number in the millions. Some say it’s the rapture of the Christian faith.

Alexa knows better: their dae ate them, leaving behind nothing more than dust as evidence of their hunger.

As one of the unawakened, she doesn’t have a dae, nor can she manifest any forms of magical powers. She’s lacking the innate knowledge of what the dae are and what they mean for the world. Now more than ever, she is an outsider. Her survival hinges on her ability to adapt to a world she no longer understands.

Unfortunately, one of the dae has taken notice of her, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her. Alexa’s problems pile up as she’s forced to pick her allegiances. Will she submit to the new ways of the world? Will she become some monster’s pawn? Or, against all odds, can she forge her own path and prove normal humans can thrive among those gifted with powers once the domain of fantasies and nightmares?

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My Review

4 stars

Alexa’s world is pretty close to ours except there is a caste system. It is not really explained but when Alexa’s parents die she is pushed to the lowest caste. A local drug dealer, Kenneth picked her up and uses her to find people and things that he needs. All the while Alexa is trying to improve her caste with an education. But when she returns home one day to find that her macaroni and cheese is alive and a strange man stepping out of her refrigerator she thinks that Kenneth slipped her something. The day just keeps getting stranger.

The Dae have come into Alexa’s world. The Dae are all fantasy creatures that you can think of and plenty more. They either merge with humans, protect them, or eat them. Now Alexa has to try and survive in this new world. She does find a Dae attracted to her for her pain and another that wants to protect her. Of course she is going to be strong willed and not let anyone help her. But that is not a choice that she can make in this new world.

Alexa feels like a real person, she is down and out and trying her hardest to improve her place in life. The Dae are strange, creative, and insane. There are so many different creatures and you can’t just them by how they look. Yes, I admit that Colby was a kick in the shorts and quickly became my favorite character.

I did find it a little challenging to figure out what was going on since the caste system wasn’t really explained. I also was surprised that it was not that surprising when the Dae started appearing and the mass amount of people that disappear. You would think humans would be a little more surprise, upset, something?

Over all I really liked this book. It did take a little to get into the story, but once I did I couldn’t wait to see what happened to Alexa. Make sure to check what happens in Unawakened.

To purchase Dawn of Dae make sure to check out Amazon and Goodreads.

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I received both The Dawn of Dae and Unawakened for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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