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Sparked

Sparked (Metal Bones – 1) by Sheena Snow

(Excerpt from Goodreads) They weren’t supposed to have feelings.

Metal will Clash

In a not-too-distant future, robots composed of metal for bones, electric cords for veins, and synthetics for skin are now available. For purchase. Eighteen-year-old Vienna Avery’s home is going to change forever, now that her mom purchased a French Chef Robot to cook and reside in their house.

Secrets will Unfold

The government claimed robots were indifferent, unthinking pieces of metal and elastic—assistance for hire to humans. Vienna never believed much of what the government said. The pieces didn’t always fit. And now Vienna knows why, because she’s uncovered the government’s secret: that robots have emotions, sucking Vienna into the underground world of feeling, thinking, and sovereign robots.

Sparks will Fly

Alec Cypher is everything a robot is not supposed to be: deep, dark, and dangerously human. And for some reason, he wants to save Vienna from the government’s prying, vindictive eyes. Going forward, Vienna will have to learn to trust robots and battle the growing feelings she never thought possible . . . feelings for the green-eyed, soul-searching robot named Alec.

Sheena Snow

Sheena Snow, contrary to her name, lives in South Florida and has only seen snow once. But she would love for it to land on her eyelashes and sparkle in her hair. She loves painting, candle making, orchid shows, tattoo conventions, hockey games and library book sales! After college she landed a full time job but kept serving pizza on the weekends and writing stories about characters she wished really existed, characters who never gave up no matter the obstacles life threw at them. At the age of twenty-six, she sold her first book and bought her very first puppy, a wonderful Yorkie named Aladdin.

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Book

My Review

3 stars

Robots have been created to help people and Vienna’s family just purchased a robot to be a chef. But Vienna is against robots. There has to be more to the government telling everyone how the robots are just here to help the humans. Vienna keeps digging to try and find the truth.

Then she meets Alec. He is there to protect her family but Vienna finds herself making a connection with him. But how can they have a connection when robots are supposed to not have emotions. Now it’s up to Alec to protect Vienna from the government.

I have to say that I didn’t really like Vienna. She was rather spoiled and selfish. But I was also frustrated with Alec since he kept from her how deep in trouble she really was. There is insta-love between Vienna and Alec and will have you questioning how anatomically correct Alec is. The problem I had was there is clearly a connection but it wasn’t really explained about the robot connection and how Vienna and Alec has this connection.

Sadly I admit that the ending seemed to go to heck. Vienna gets caught and tortured by the government. But then they release her with no explanation and the story gets scattered from there. I think that it could have been better written instead of her just blacking out.

Over all this is a good book. If you like young adult stories I would say give this one a try.

To purchase Sparked make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

Reading Addiction

I received Sparked for free from Reading Addiction Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Excerpt

Chapter One

I never locked eyes with a robot before.

Never.

Not once.

I guess I thought it would feel different. But it doesn’t. Nothing is different. It feels the same, the same as looking into a human’s eyes.

I wanted to pry my eyes away but now that I’ve started, I can’t stop staring. Even from this distance, I could tell the robot’s eyes were a honey brown.

They are so close to being one of us. But they can’t be. They can never be us. Or at least, that’s what the government says.

The robot’s indifferent gaze shifted from mine and it strode toward my neighbor’s Lincoln Town Car. The robot’s gait caught with every third step and the elbow twisted incongruently when it opened the car door—the only telltale signs it wasn’t human.

This robot had dark-brown hair, tan skin, and was dressed in a chauffeur’s suit.

My neighbor, Mr. Romero, waved at me as he exited the car, and I just stood there, mouth agape and knees locked.

Mr. Romero frowned but I couldn’t wave back. I couldn’t move. I was frozen to that spot on my porch with my keys dangling from my fingers and my purse sliding down my shoulder.

It was just as the news had said. Everything was. From the eyes, to the nose, the lips, to the hair, it all looked so real. I had never studied a robot that wasn’t on TV; I was always too busy avoiding them. But when they weren’t moving, when they weren’t doing anything, when they were just standing there, they looked exactly like people. Exactly.

Together, they disappeared inside the house, Mr. Romero with his stout frame and wiry black hair, and his robot chauffeur.

I now lived next door to a robot.

The keys felt cold in my hand, and I realized for the last several seconds, my focus had been consumed by the now empty driveway.

Leave it to me to do something like that.

I opened the door and leaned against it as it clicked shut behind me. Everything was changing. And everything would be different.

“Mom, I’m home.” I shrugged off the door and into the family room.

“Be right there, Vienna.”

“Don’t worry about it,” I called back, hoping mom would leave me alone.

“How was shopping? Find anything you liked?” Mom appeared and wiped her hands on her paint-covered overalls. Mom was a die-hard artist. She lived, breathed, and probably ate paint.

At a whole head taller than me, Mom still looked great. Forty-five and thriving was her motto. Mom and I had wispy blond hair, pale-green eyes, and a small nose. Unlike me, her hair was cut in a bob-like fashion, the front angled longer, reaching past her shoulders, where mine was always in a ponytail.

I shook off my jacket and looked up into Mom’s bright, beaming face.

“I only went shopping,” I said, raising my eyebrows. “No need to look that—”

“You’ll never guess what I bought.” Mom practically sang the last word, cutting me off.

Head throbbing, I sucked in a deep breath and dropped my purse on the couch. “I have absolutely no idea.” I wondered how mom would react if she knew Mr. Romero had bought a robot.

“They’ve had nothing but good reviews.” Mom nodded, following behind me as I headed toward my room. “And you and your father are going to love him.”

I rubbed my temples. “I’m sure we will.” How could we not get excited about Mom’s latest painting gadget? “What does this one let you do?”

Paint with two brushes at the same time?

Mom darted in front of me, and spread her arms to block me from going any further.

“What’s going on?” I looked from side-to-side.

“I named him Robotatouille.” Mom nodded as if that solved everything.

“I’m sorry?” I shook my head. What in the heck was Mom talking about? “You named what Robot . . .” My breath caught in my throat. My stomach flipped. “You . . . you did what?” I repeated.

Mom’s eyes lit up and suddenly, it was like all the energy in my body had been stolen from me, sucked out, leaving me dry and empty.

“N-N-N-o,” I breathed.

Mom wouldn’t

“Everyone’s getting one,” Mom said.

My legs shook.

“Did you know Mr. Romero just bought one yesterday?” Mom asked, face glowing while it felt like mine had lost all of its blood. “And you’re going to love him. Look.” Mom winked at me and stepped back to pull a sandy-blond brown-eyed twenty-something-year-old man from behind the kitchen wall.

I couldn’t breathe.

Air was trapped in my body, as I stood there, gaping, into this man-robot-thing’s eyes.

Brown eyes. Sandy-blond hair.

I jerked backward and stumbled into the coffee table.

The robot was right in front of me.

No.

Freaking.

Way.

 

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Wytchfire

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Wytchfire (The Dragonkin Trilogy – 1) by Michael Meyerhofer

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In a land haunted by the legacy of dead dragons, Rowen Locke has been many things: orphan, gravedigger, mercenary. All he ever wanted was to become a Knight of Crane and wield a kingsteel sword against the kind of grown horrors his childhood knows all too well.

But that dream crumbled—replaced by a new nightmare.
War is overrunning the realms, an unprecedented duel of desire and revenge, steel and sorcery. And for one disgraced man who would be a knight, in a world where no one is blameless, the time has come to decide which side he’s on.

Michael Meyerhofer

I’m the author of the Dragonkin Trilogy, a dark/epic fantasy series. The first book, WYTCHFIRE, also won the Whirling Prize and was a Readers Choice nomination by Big Al’s Books and Pals. The sequels, KNIGHTSWRATH and KINGSTEEL, are both available now, as well, with an additional series in the works.

I’ve also published a few poetry books. My latest is WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE BURIED ALIVE. Previous poetry books are DAMNATIO MEMORIAE (lit. “damned memory”, winner of the Brick Road Poetry Book Contest), BLUE COLLAR EULOGIES (Steel Toe Books), and LEAVING IOWA (winner of the Liam Rector First Book Award). I was also happy to have my poem, “For My Brother,” featured in Goodreads’ June 2014 newsletter. For more information and at least one embarrassing childhood photo, please visit wytchfire.com (fantasy) or troublewithhammers.com (poetry).

Book

My Review

5 stars

The story starts with Fadarah, a half blood mage-warrior that has control of a creature called a Nightmare that is used to concur cities. We then meet Rowen Locke who has failed at his one goal to be a knight. Rowen is homeless and wanders doing jobs to get enough money for some food and maybe a bed. Then the story really gets going. You have a diverse group of different creatures that are siding up for a great war.

This is a great, action packed story. You start with a little world building then you are off on one battle or another. But I found the best part were the different characters. No one is completely good or bad. And even if they were bad you kind of understand why. I also loved the world. It was so easy to get caught up in the story and feel like you were right there with the different characters.

I admit that this book does have a little slow beginning and you will not learn the whole story within a couple chapters. But I love learning about what is going on as the character does. It made the book more realistic, even with all the different creatures and magic thrown in.

This book is for those that like epic fantasy stories. If you like Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings you really need to check this book out. I am definitely hooked and can’t wait to read the second book in this series.

To purchase Wytchfire make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Michael Meyerhofer’s website.

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

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