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The Poison Thread

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The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell

A thrilling Victorian gothic horror tale about a young seamstress who claims her needle and thread have the power to kill

Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy, and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor, and awaiting trial for murder.

When Dorothea’s charitable work brings her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted by the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person’s skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets one of the prisoners, the teenaged seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another strange idea: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread–because Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches.

The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations–of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses–will shake Dorothea’s belief in rationality, and the power of redemption. Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer? The Poison Thread is a spine-tingling, sinister read about the evil that lurks behind the facade of innocence.

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About the Author

Laura Purcell is a former bookseller and lives in Colchester with her husband and pet guinea pigs.

Her first novel for Raven Books THE SILENT COMPANIONS won the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award 2018 and featured in both the Zoe Ball and Radio 2 Book Clubs. Other Gothic novels include THE CORSET (THE POISON THREAD in USA), BONE CHINA and THE SHAPE OF DARKNESS (2020)

Laura’s historical fiction about the Hanoverian monarchs, QUEEN OF BEDLAM and MISTRESS OF THE COURT, was published by Myrmidon.

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My Review

4 Stars

This is the story of two women from opposite social standings. Dorothea Truelove is a good girl but unmarried at 25 with a passion for phrenology. She finds herself at the newly constructed Oakgate Prison where she is studying murders for the phrenology and comes across a sixteen year old girl that believes her sewing holds a supernatural power.

Ruth Butterham grew up rough and has faces may hardships in her short life. Her mother came from status but gave it up for the love of an artist. Times were rough and hard and when it was discovered that Ruth was a better embroider than her mother she was put to work to feed the family.

I really enjoyed The Silent Companions and was excited to see what Laura Purcell would come up with next. This is a great study in the differences between social classes. Dorothea, Dotty, seems to have it all and can do as she pleases when it comes to her life. Sadly her hardest decision is should she marry the man her father approves of or the policeman she loves and loose her social standing.

Ruth on the other hand has had to struggle to survive from an early age with numerous hardships. This part broke my heart seeing the things she had to endure in her young life. But I found it interesting how she believes her sewing is related to the murders. I didn’t realize that there was so much superstitious beliefs about sewing and added another dimension to this story.

I think this is a great read with a surprising ending. There were some parts that the narration took over but this is a gothic story. There were other parts where the people in the story got a bit over whelming and distracting too. But overall I really enjoyed this book and recommend those that like gothic thrillers check it out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Benevolent

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Benevolent by Erin Jensen

Contemporary Fantasy

Date Published: February 2nd, 2019

Publisher: Dream Waters Publishing LLC

A story about the purpose of life, the healing power of fandom, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Tormented by the in-crowd at school on a daily basis, there were two things that gave fifteen-year-old Abigail Perkins the strength to keep going—her best friend, Danny Cobb; and her favorite television show, Supernatural. But the night Danny’s mother calls to say that his battle with cancer is nearing its end, and the doctors don’t expect him to live through the night, even Supernatural can’t dull the ache in her heart.

Devastated by her impending loss and crushed that Danny’s mother won’t allow her to visit him one last time, Abigail crawls into bed and cries herself to sleep that night; and she wakes to find Supernatural’s most endearing angel standing at the foot of her bed.

Told from Abigail’s perspective as she nears the end of her long life and revisits the moments that defined it, this story was inspired by the deep connection that Supernatural fans feel with the show’s beloved characters, and the show’s miraculous ability to help its fans through troubled times.

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100% of the net proceeds from this book will go to Random Acts charitable organization.

Random Acts inspires many amazing things around the world every day — from small acts of kindness, such as inspiring someone to buy a stranger a cup of coffee, to much bigger acts of kindness like building a school in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

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Erin A. Jensen

About the Author

Erin Jensen is the Amazon International bestselling author of The Dream Waters Series. She was awarded the Bronze Medal for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite international book award competition. She also received Honorable Mention for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Writer’s Digest self-published e-book awards. A part-time pharmacist and a full-time daydreamer, she resides in upstate New York with her ridiculously supportive husband, two teenage sons – who are both taller than her – and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard.

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My Review

5 stars

This is Abigail Perkins’ story. We start as she is older and looking back on her life. Then we immerse ourselves in fifteen year old Abigail’s life. School sucks and the only things that motivate Abigail is the series Supernatural and her best friend Danny Cobb. But Danny is dying from cancer and Abigail is broken when his mother tells her this and doesn’t allow her to see him one last time. Abigail goes to bed crying about her situation but wakes with Castiel is standing over her bed.

I have seen parts of the first and second season of Supernatural. I loved the show but have never gotten a chance to catch up on the rest of it. I can relate to Abigail in school and I can completely understand her obsession with the show. My heart broke when I learned about Danny and I was so mad that his mother wouldn’t let her see him one last time.

But the part that really got me was when she was with Cass and the wisdom that he would depart to her. I’m not one of those girl that cry easily, I had the headache afterwards, but I was in tears with the different messages he had for her.

This is a touching story of love, loss, friendship, loneliness, and knowing that there is always a plan for you. I have seen a lot about Erin Jensen’s Dream Water series and after reading Benevolent I think I’m going to have to get myself a copy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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The Birth of Gemini

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The Birth of Gemini (The Signs of the Stars #1)

Publication Date: July 2018

Genre: Manga/ Graphic Novel

Length: 42 Pages

Years and light-years away, one father must find the courage to do whatever it takes to protect his children …

As a surgeon for the Mercy Interplanetary Alliance, Micheel Reshi is no stranger to difficult choices. But when his wife, Nabelle, gives brith to their twins, Micheel is horrified to find Callox and Pasher bare the Sign of Gemini on their arms. The bright constellation marks them as carriers of the hidden code Earth’s last generation had engineered into human DNA—and marks them as targets by the Collectors, a group of people determined to wipe out all memory of Old Earth and its existence.

When Count Lux, Nabelle’s cousin and a member of the Collectors, arrives on their starship, Micheel knows he must do something to save his family—even if it means breaking them apart.

THIS IS THE SHORT STORY GRAPHIC NOVEL VERSION OF THE PREQUEL TO “THE SIGNS OF THE STARS”, A SPACE OPERA ADVENTURE SERIES FROM C. S. JOHNSON.

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C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me

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My Review

4 Stars

This is a quick story that talks about the birth of twins to a doctor, Micheel and his wife, Nabelle. They are blessed with twins that have the Sign of Gemini on their arms. This mark is a symbol of the children carrying the hidden code from Earth’s last generation. This is a sign of change that many consider a curse. Those that have these signs have been killed to remove all traces of the Old Earth.

Collectors are those that have been tasked with finding those with the signs and killing them. Shortly after the birth of the boys a collector shows up. Micheel must make a tough decision to keep his family safe.

This is a short story that peaked my curiosity about where this series is going to go. Now I admit that by just reading the story I was a little lost, there wasn’t much information there and got more by reading the blurb for the book. I did like the story and I thought the animated portion was well done. I am excited to see what is going to happen next and recommend checking this novella out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

Blog Tour Schedule

June 10th

Reads & Reels (Excerpt)

The Cozy Pages (Excerpt)

Where Dragons Reside (Review)

The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Review)

The Faerie Review (Review)

June 11th

Triquetra Reviews (Excerpt)

Breakeven Books (Excerpt)

Didi Oviatt (Excerpt)

Misty’s Book Space (Excerpt)

June 12th

Touch My Spine Book Reviews (Excerpt)

Gwendalyn’s Books (Excerpt)

The Hufflepuff Nerdette (Review)

The Reading Chemist (Excerpt)

June 13th

I’m Into Books (Excerpt)

Reviews and Promos by Nyx (Excerpt)

My Comic Relief (Review)

Tsarina Press (Review)

On the Shelf Reviews (Excerpt)

June 14th

B is for Book Review (Interview)

J Bronder Book Reviews (Review)

Jessica Belmont (Review)

Sophril Reads (Review)

Sawdust and Spoons (Excerpt)

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By JC Gatlin

Genre: Mystery-Suspense

When newscaster Tori Younger learns that her childhood friend committed suicide, she has no interest in returning to her Florida home town to attend the services. Then cryptic text messages from the dearly departed’s cellphone change her mind.

Returning home, she follows the clues sent to her in the odd text messages until she learns that her friend didn’t commit suicide but was murdered. No one in town believes her and whoever is texting these cryptic messages appears to be her only ally. Is her departed friend really reaching out to her, or is someone playing a deadly game?

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J.C. Gatlin

About the Author

JC Gatlin lives in Tampa, Florida and wrote a monthly column in New Tampa Style Magazine. He has written three Indie mystery-suspense novels set in Florida, and his last book, 21 Dares, went to Number One on Amazon’s Top Mystery Suspense and Top Young Adult charts. Also, 21 Dares was a Semi-Finalist in the Royal Palm Awards. His newest book, H_NGM_N, was picked up for publication by Millford House Press, the mystery-suspense imprint for Sunbury Press. JC is a member of the Florida Writer’s Association and a board member of the Florida Writer’s Foundation.

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My Review

5 Stars

Tori Younger is a new reporter that hears about her childhood friend hanging herself from the old water tower. Tori is torn about going back for the funeral since she has her own demons that ran her out of town but she bites the bullet and returns home. While at the funeral, Tori has her own past to work through but starts questioning if her friend really killer herself leaving her five-year-old daughter alone and at the scene of the crime.

Tori’s curiosity is peaked and she starts looking into Brooks past. She finds there is a lot more happening to Brook than she knew and that the possible killers are plenty. Then Tori stars getting text messages from Brook’s phone. No one is admitting to having the phone and some look at it as Brook reaching out from beyond the grave. But someone is playing a deadly game and Tori is going to be the next victim.

Oh my goodness, where to begin. I was hooked from the beginning and could not put this book down. I don’t blame Tori for not wanting to go back home but she does the right thing. Then she learns that there is way more happening than what you see at first glance. I thought I might know where this story was going but I was wrong up until the reveal at the end. Lots of suspects, lots of suspense, and one heck of a killer.

I can’t believe that this is the first book of JC Gatlin’s that I have read. It was an amazing and dark thriller, just like I like them. I recommend checking out this book. Now I can’t wait to read more of Gatlin’s other books.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Sage Adderley-Knox for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Daisies and Devotion (Mayfield Family – 2) by Josi Kilpack

Timothy Mayfield is ready to marry for love, but, since his personal finances are thinner than he’d like, he knows he’ll also need to find a wife with wealth. After receiving an unexpected inheritance, Timothy’s circumstances change, and he is free to pursue his “perfect woman”—one with blonde hair, blue eyes, a light laugh, arched eyebrows, elegant fingers, and a dazzling smile, among nearly twenty other characteristics.

Maryann Morrington doesn’t match anything on Timothy’s list—except for wealth. An heiress in her own right, she is tired of men pursuing her only for her money. But at nearly twenty-two years old, and not a particularly stunning beauty, she can’t be as picky as her friend Timothy is.

The two friends end up playing matchmaker for each other. Timothy will find a decent gentleman for Maryann, and Maryann will prove to Timothy that his “perfect woman” doesn’t exist.

Until Miss Shaw comes to London.

Now, with Timothy’s heart captivated by the blonde, blue-eyed beauty, Maryann must decide if she should risk her heart and reveal her true feelings for her friend, or if she should settle for someone else. It’s an up-and-down game of “he loves me, he loves me not” with both hearts and friendship on the line.

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About the Author

I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven’t stopped. My most recent books have been Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children.

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My Review

4 Stars

Maryann Morrington is an heiress and tired of men chasing her for her money. But because she is twenty two her options are getting limited. She finds herself in London and being introduced to Timothy Mayfield. Timothy has limited funds so he is going to have to settle for a rich wife. But an unexpected inheritance gives him money and the option to find the perfect wife.

Maryann and Timothy become friends as they hunt for suitable mates. But then Miss Shaw comes into the picture and Timothy thinks that she is the perfect wife. Maryann then realizes that she truly likes Timothy and is torn about confessing her true feelings and letting him marry his ideal wife.

This is a great story of two unexpected people looking for husband and wife and not realizing what they have in each other. I have to say that I wasn’t impressed with both Maryann and Timothy when I first met them. They felt like the typical characters from a historical romance until they started to “help” each other on their quest. Then I really started caring for them and wished that they would really look at what they have.

This is a great story with a lot of back and forth between should I tell him I love him, oh I can’t I’m not the wife he is looking for, but I love him. This is nothing I really enjoy in a story but I kept with it, I wanted to see if they would eventually wake up to the truth. If you like historical romances I think you should check this one out. It is a great series that anyone will like.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Shadow Mountain Publishing for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Lynmouth Stories by LV Hay

Beautiful places hide dark secrets … 

Devon’s very own crime writer L.V Hay (The Other Twin, Do No Harm) brings forth three new short stories from her dark mind and poison pen:

– For kidnapped Meg and her young son Danny, In Plain Sight, the remote headland above Lynmouth is not a haven, but hell.

– A summer of fun for Catherine in Killing Me Softly becomes a winter of discontent … and death.

– In Hell And High Water, a last minute holiday for Naomi and baby Tommy  becomes a survival situation … But that’s before the village floods.

All taking place out of season when the majority of tourists have gone home, L.V Hay uses her local knowledge to bring forth dark and claustrophic noir she has come to be known for.

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Did You Know …?

Known as England’s ‘Little Switzerland’, the Devon village of Lynmouth is famous for its Victorian cliff railway, fish n’ chips and of course, RD Blackmore’s Lorna Doone.

Located on the doorstep of the dramatic Valley of The Rocks and the South West Cliff Path, the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth have inspired many writers, including 19th Century romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who honeymooned there in 1812.

About the Author

Lucy V Hay is a script editor for film and an author of fiction and non-fiction. Publishing as LV Hay, Lucy’s debut crime novel, The Other Twin, is out now and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspaper, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Her second crime novel, Do No Harm, is an ebook bestseller. Her next title is Never Have I Ever for Hodder Books.

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PRAISE FOR LV HAY

‘Well-written, engrossing & brilliantly unique’– Heat World

‘Prepare to be surprised by this psychological mystery’– Closer

‘Sharp, confident writing, as dark and twisty as the Brighton Lanes’– Peter James

‘Prepare to be seriously disturbed’ – Paul Finch

‘Crackles with tension’ – Karen Dionne

‘An original, fresh new voice in crime fiction’  – Cal Moriarty

‘The writing shines from every page of this twisted tale’– Ruth Dugdall

‘I couldn’t put it down’ –  Paula Daly

‘An unsettling whirlwind of a novel with a startlingly dark core’ – The Sun

‘An author with a fresh, intriguing voice and a rare mastery of the art of storytelling’ – Joel Hames

My Review

5 Stars

This is a collection of three short stories that take place in Lynmouth, Devon. All three happen in the tourist off season with just adds to the hopeless feel of the victims. In Plain Sight is the story of Meg and her son Danny that have been kidnapped. It’s what we don’t know about this that makes this story do scary.

In Killing Me Softly we meet Catherine and her own troubles that haunt her. The question is what is real and if Catherine can same herself from her situation. And finally in Hell And High Water we meet Naomi and Tommy. They are in a bad situation and might not make it out alive.

I am hesitant when it comes to reading collections of stories. I don’t always like the stories and really had wasting time reading stories that I don’t like. Have no fear, The Lynmouth Stories are some that I absolutely loved. They are dark and twisted and I loved all three.

The three stories in this book are a wonderful introduction to LV Hay and her writing style. I have to say that I loved this book and can’t wait to read more from LV Hays. This is one thriller that you need to read!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Crowns and Cabals

 

Christian Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Sci-Fi Religious
Date Published:  March 30, 2019
Publisher: Conspiracy Ltd.
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Vigilantes stumble upon a cabal of world power.
Journalist Raphael King knows three things about New World Order. First, control the media. Check. Second, erase the world’s borders. Check. Third, provoke a nuclear war. Check. Is it checkmate for the ultimate inner circle?
In 2043 Raphael loses it all. He and sister-in-law Jaxie Nottingham refuse to sit back and watch the new world government unfold. They set up vigilante cells with the goal of disrupting anyone who benefits after the war. One of their targets leads them to a secret society created since the dawn of civilization.

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Dina Rae lives with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs outside of Dallas. She is a Christian, avid tennis player, movie buff, teacher, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times on blogs, newspapers, and syndicated radio programs. She enjoys reading about religion, UFOs, New World Order, government conspiracies, political intrigue, and other cultures. Crowns and Cabals is her eighth novel.
 
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My Review
5 Stars

World War III came and a lot of major cities were nuked. Civilization has lost a lot but there is one group that is trying to put the pieces back together, the New World Order. But the question is if they really have man’s best interest in mind or if they are just a new power hungry group willing to kill off the masses to keep their new found power.

Raphael King was a journalist but lost everything when the bombs were dropped. He has been drinking his life away since but finds his way to his sister in law, Jaxie. He slowly comes around from his drunken state to see that the New World Order is not the savior that they are claiming to be. Raphael and Jaxie start a resistance group and plan to stop the New World Order.

We all know what kind of a sucker I am for a good dystopian/apocalyptic story. Add in some realistic conspiracy stories and you have me over the moon. I quickly got into this story and couldn’t put the book down. There are a lot of things that make you think about the world today and what could happen.

Raphael lost everything so I understand him falling into the bottle. But I was over joyed when he teams up with Jaxie to start fighting the New World Order. This book has some good twists and turns that kept me guessing and ended in such a way that it could be part of a series. This is a great story and one that I recommend checking out. I really do hope this will become a series. I would love to read more about Raphael and Jaxie.

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Spellbound

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Spellbound (Tales of Naimonet – 1) by Thalia Blake

Naimonet: Eleven islands far to the southeast. Eleven Kingdoms filled with magic, romance, and adventure!

Two princesses in search of a future of their own choosing.
A vision of a sapphire crown with waves crashing against dark rocky cliffs has brought Merione and her sister Ezabelle to the faraway island of Mulrane in search of a destiny that is worth living.

Destiny comes at a price.
When Ezabelle becomes Queen of Mulrane, can Merione rely on the bond of sisterhood to save her from uncertainty, and her sister’s wrath? Cursed by the disgraced mage of Mulrane, Merione must choose between her sister and a prophecy that will put a new king on the throne.

From the sunny shores of Rayterre to the bitter snows of Rosfaill, Naimonet is waiting for you…

Enter the world of Naimonet where fantasy, loyalty, desperation, and prophecy will sweep you away. Begin your adventure with Spellbound: Book 1 of the Tales of Naimonet.

This 74,000 word young adult novel is suitable for all ages. It can be read as a standalone and contains no cliffhanger and a Happily Ever After that you won’t see coming.

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Thalia Blake

About the Author

A Canadian living in the fantasy land of New Zealand, Thalia Blake is a lover of history, fantasy, and cheese. She can’t get enough of books that are packed with adventure, magic, and feisty heroines who aren’t afraid to take control of their own destiny.

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My Review

4 Stars

Ezabelle and Merione are two sisters on a quest for a new home. They find it on the island of Mulrane. There Ezabelle becomes the Queen and Merione tries to help her sister with her visions. But things don’t go as planned as Ezabella is a horrible Queen and Merione becomes cursed by the disgraced mage.

This was a captivating story. I was instantly draw into the sisters plans to find a new home. We gets hints of what is to come with Merione’s visions and she can see the blood that is going to be spilled with Ezabelle’s rule. I loved Merione with her visions and magic. I felt for her as she wanted to be loyal to her sister but she has her own issues to work with.

This is a wonderful story that had me hooked from the first page. I hoped things would work out for the sisters but just knew that is not going to happen. I quickly devoured this book and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, A Captive Heart to find out what happens next.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Ari at Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Reentry

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Reentry (Mars Endeavour – 2) by Peter Cawdron

After almost dying on Mars, astronaut Liz Anderson returns to Earth, but not to a hero’s welcome. America is in turmoil. The war is over, but the insurgency has just begun. So while life on Mars may have been deadly, at least up there she knew who the enemy was. Along with her, Liz has brought the remnants of the artificial intelligence that waged war on two planets. Buried somewhere deep within the cold electronic circuits lies the last vestiges of her dead partner Jianyu. Liz is torn, unsure whether he’s somehow still alive in electronic form or just a ploy by an adversary that will go to any length to win. Heartbroken and treated with suspicion, she finds herself caught up in the guerrilla war being waged on Earth, wondering if the AI threat is truly gone, or if it has only just begun.

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Peter Cawdron

About the Author

Peter is an Australian science fiction writer, specializing in hard science fiction.

Hard science fiction is a misnomer as far as categories of literature go, as it sounds harsh and difficult to understand, but that is far from reality. Hard science fiction is simply plausible science fiction, fiction that is written in such a way as it conforms to the known laws of science, and that makes it more interesting, as there’s no magic wand the protagonist can wave to get out of trouble. Peter’s forays into hard science fiction could best be described as informative science fiction or enjoyable science fiction.

Peter is a fan of such classic science fiction writers as Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Crichton and their influence on his style and story lines is readily apparent. You can follow Peter on Facebook or Twitter or find him posting some interesting tibit on his blog

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My Review

4 Stars

After the fight on Mars Liz Anderson and two other astronauts have been called back to Earth after to discuss the AI war. Liz is bringing back the hard drives that contain the information on the AI but also contain he deceased lover, Jianyu’s brain. Liz explains and argues about what happens to the American government she also wonders if Jianyu is still alive or if it is just a plan for another attack. At the same time we see Lucifer and Nyx, they survived the war and Lucifer has plans for Liz.

When I saw this was the sequel to Retrograde I was excited to read Reentry. Reentry picks up right where Retrograde finished and doesn’t spend much time revisiting the first book so I recommend reading them in order or you will be lost.

I think this is a great continuation of the story. Now Liz has to come back to Earth and share what happened on Mars. While on Earth she has some strange events happen that make her not trust anyone and crank up the tension of the story. Are we really safe from the AI or are they going to come back and finish their job?

I think this was a great read. The science was sound and showed that Cawdron really did his research. It also makes you think twice about how helpful AI could be.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Jumble Sale

The Jumble Sale (Adventures of the Misfit Monsters – 1) by Lily Rose

Zadi is part zombie, part fairy with a little bit of robot, which makes her a misfit monster. She lives with other misfit monsters, with their quirky parts in their makeshift town. They survive by hunting at the nearby hunting grounds taking items discarded by humans and making them into something useful. Hunting is risky because they could be captured by humans. Zadi is an excellent hunter and maker, but now she’s finding it difficult.

Something unusual has happened. There have been no new deliveries to the hunting grounds. This means there are no new items which can be used to recycle into something useful, and they are beginning to worry and fight with each other.

Can Zadi come up with a plan which will help the misfit monsters and bring them together as a community?

Enter the world of the misfit monsters, their quirky lives, and be part of their fun and adventures.

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About the Author

Lily Rose enjoys world building and creating characters for these unusual worlds. She enjoyed creating the misfit monsters world, and is looking forward to writing more of their adventures.

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My Review

5 Stars

Zadi is a combination of zombie, fairy, and robot which makes her a misfit monster. Zadi and other misfit monsters live in a little town near the hunting ground, where humans dump their stuff. Usually the monsters survive by gathering things and make various goodies. But there have been no deliveries to the hunting ground lately and the monsters are getting worried and fighting with each other. Zadi comes up with a plan to have a community Jumble Sale. But monsters are not really social and don’t like to part with their treasures.

This is a wonderful mid-grad story that will appeal to most children. It has a strong female character that encourages the other monsters to work together and share, something that she herself has to work on. I really enjoy the message about reusing, recycling, and reducing waste.

This is a great story for any kid or adult alike. It is the first in a series and I am very excited to see what happens with the Misfit Monsters next.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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