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review 2017-04-28 12:00
Book Review of The Rise of Sivagami: Book 1 of Baahubali - Before the Beginning by Hire A Book Team

Neelkanthan’s this new Action Adventure and Historical Fiction category book answers the curiosity of Bahubali movie viewers’ to know about the beginning of powerful kingdom Mahishmati. Shivagami; grow as an orphan girl, with an intention to take revenge of her father’s death, who was murdered by the King of Mahishmathi. At the teenage Shivagami kills the king to bring Mahishmathi Empire under her rule and marries one of the foremost members of empire which brings her in the power and she becomes Raajmata Shivagami. Readers also come to know the past of other most powerful character, Kattappa while encountering other characters like GunduRamu& the Pattaraya which adds more enthusiasm in the story. It is a treat for the address as author has taken the description of the Kingdom to the highest level of detailing. His attention to even a minute detail in the narration; virtually plunks readers in Kingdom.However the main storyline focused on Shivagami, the offshoots take us to the phenomenal journey of the Kingdom and its social life.

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review 2017-04-27 22:11
Book Review of Lost Time (Between Two Evils Book 2) by D. L. Orton
Lost Time (Between Two Evils) (Volume 2) - Micah McDonald,D. L. Orton

If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?

When a faulty time machine deposits Diego in a towering evergreen, he knows he's in the wrong place—but has no idea he's in the wrong time. Naked and shivering in the chilly mountain air, he attempts to climb down, but slips, whacks his head on a branch, and falls into oblivion.

 

He wakes up inside a darkened room, crippled and disheartened, and must come to grips with the realization that he is marooned in a bleak alternate future. In this universe, what remains of the human race is trapped inside a handful of aging biodomes. With his mission failed, his world destroyed, and the one woman he loves, dead, he can find no reason to go on living.

 

But Lani, the emotionally scarred doctor who finds him, refuses to let him die, and as Diego heals, their relationship becomes... complicated. He struggles to let go of the past but is unable to get Isabel out of his head—or his heart. Just when it seems he may be able to find some measure of happiness in a world teetering on the edge of extinction...

 

Another note arrives from the future: Isabel is alive—but not for long…

 

Review 4*

 

This is the second book in the Between Two Evils series. I enjoyed this book more than the first one.

 

Diego is a fantastic character. I really liked him. He is kind and loving. There is a lot of cheesy/pun-y dialogue by him that had me rolling my eyes at times, but its all part of his charm. When the time machine (from book 1) malfunctions, he finds himself trapped eighteen years in the future. This future/parallel world has been devastated by a terrible event and the survivors are living in biodomes created by David Kirk (who is known as Dave Kirkland where Diego originally comes from). Will Diego find a way to get home to Isabel, or will he be trapped in this alternate universe forever?

 

This story is a lot less complicated than the first book and is based purely in the alternate world where Diego finds himself. The story is told mostly through the eyes of Diego, though other characters have their say too, mostly Lani, the unofficial doctor in the biodome (called affectionately the Bub by its inhabitants) and her seventeen year old daughter Shannon. These two characters play a major role in this story and I liked them both. A lot. They have a warmth about them that made them come alive, not to mention they are both stubborn and opinionated. There are also other characters that are introduced and give the story an interesting twist. One of them is Madders, a pilot who is a father figure to Shannon and encourages her to follow her dream of being an engineer. He doesn't actually make an appearance until late into the story but he too has a major role in this tale.

 

This book is action packed and took me on a wild roller coaster ride of emotion. There is even a hint of romance, and I found myself hoping that Diego and Lani would get together. However, his heart still belongs to Isabel. Diego struggles with his new reality and is determined to find a way to get home to her. I did find some of the story repetitive plot-wise to book one, which annoyed me, even though the scenes were completely different. I suppose this is the problem with time travel type stories, where the plot follows the same line even if events happen in a different way. The story does end on an exciting if somewhat heartbreaking climax and it left me in tears. Although not exactly a cliffhanger, it definitely made me eager to find out what happens next. I am now looking forward to reading the third book, Dead Time, as soon as possible.

 

DL Orton has written an intriguing time travel romance. I enjoyed her writing style, which is not as fast paced as some other authors I've read but it still had me turning the pages. The flow of the story is a lot smoother than the first book and this made it a more pleasurable read. I would definitely read more of her books in the future.

 

There are no scenes of an explicit nature, although there is mention of sexual activity. Having said that, I do not recommend this book to younger readers (under 16) due to the nature of the story. However, I do recommend this book if you love dystopian or time travel romances. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-04-24 21:37
Book Review of Chase Tinker and the House of Secrets (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 2) by Malia Ann Haberman
Chase Tinker and the House of Secrets - Malia Ann Haberman

After spending the summer at his grandfather's gigantic, incredibly magical house, thirteen-year-old Chase Tinker thought things couldn't get any more bizarre, or that the secrets and lies couldn't get any worse, but he was wrong.

 

As summer turns into Autumn, join Chase and his family for even more magical craziness. Craziness that will include: the sneezing of strange powers, the reappearance of the wicked Marlowe family, another frightening kidnapping, the discovery of a mysterious, magical Japanese-American girl, a dangerous rescue mission, and a secret so mind-boggling, it will lead to a shocking climatic finish that will turn Chase's world completely upside down.

 

Review 5*

 

This is the second book in The Chase Tinker series. I absolutely loved it!

 

Chase Tinker is a wonderful character and I really liked him from the first time I met him in the first book. I have enjoyed watching his development from a frustrated teen into someone who I would be proud to know.

 

In this second book, which is told mostly from Chase's point of view though other characters also have their say, Chase finds himself having to deal with new magical powers that he struggles to control. Not only that, the Marlowe's are still intent on finding the Relic hidden in the attic of the Tinker house. Shocking secrets are revealed and a new face is introduced. Nori is the same age as Chase and is a cousin to Chase, Andy and Janie.

 

This is a wonderful story full of adventure, danger and mystery, and I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat as Chase, Andy, Nori and Persephone face danger once more. There are several twists and turns that keep a reader guessing. I found myself on a roller coaster of emotion from beginning to end. There's a huge fight scene full of action and danger, which was described in such detail that I could picture it in my mind with ease. This fight leads to a shocking accident that brought tears to my eyes. I reached the end of the book with a little bit of sadness, as I didn't want the story to end. This book doesn't end with a cliffhanger, but it still left me looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Chase Tinker and the House of Destiny, as soon as possible.

 

Malia Ann Haberman has written a entertaining and exciting story for middle grade children. This is the sequel to her debut book. I love her writing style, which is fast paced and imaginative. The flow is wonderful too. I would definitely read more of her books in the future.

 

I highly recommend this book to middle grade readers aged 9 to 14. However, I also recommend this book (and series) to adults who love reading middle grade fantasy, or to those who are fans of books like Harry Potter. - Lynn Worton

 
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review 2017-04-21 14:45
Deepwater Black: The Complete Story by Ken Catran
Deepwater Black: The Complete Adventure (H SF) - Ken Catran

Series: Deepwater Black #1-3

 

I read the omnibus edition that had all three novels.

 

Deepwater Black, Part One: Robbie (originally published as Deepwater Black)

 

This is why I usually avoid science fiction novels for younger readers: the physics is a mess. If you gloss over the weird Colour-space stuff with creatures like trites, amebs and nebulae that don’t sound like any nebulae I’ve ever heard of, I’d say it’s not a bad book.

 

So why did I want to read this? I remember watching the Deepwater Black TV show on YTV when I was younger, and I had always intended to look up the book it was based on. Unfortunately, when I finally thought to do it a little while ago, it turned out to be out of print. But then I stumbled across some used copies and although I’m usually leery of buying used books online since I never know what condition they’ll be in, I figured what they hey; this was the only way I was going to get to read this.

 

So this book opens with Robbie – or Reb – dreaming he’s on Earth when really he’s in space on a ship he and the other kids call Deepwater. When he wakes up, he doesn’t remember being Reb although he keeps getting these flashes where he’ll answer with information Reb knows but doesn’t know he knows, type thing. So the reader learns about their situation as Robbie learns it and we’re introduced to the other characters: Yoona (the leader/captain), Gret, Lis, Bren, and Zak. Everyone’s pretty colourful – light green, blue, yellow etc – for younger reader science fiction book science reasons. Of course, we soon discover that the kids themselves (they’re supposed to be about fourteen) don’t know much about their situation, so the book becomes about learning more about themselves and running around their spaceship.

 

Deepwater Black, Part Two: Denie (originally published as Deepwater Landing)

 

Although the first Deepwater book wraps up its story arc, it also presents a new challenge at the end. This time we get to find out what’s in one of the closed caskets and we find an alien planet with life. And then it seems like there’s something else on the ship, something out to get them…

 

I have to say that the motivations of some of the antagonists in this installment didn’t make all that much sense to me. My only theory is that too much cloning drives people loopy.

 

Deepwater Angels, Part Three: Connal (originally published as Deepwater Angels)

 

This is the story of Deepwater’s final mission to restore human life to Earth. They’ve crashed-landed on Earth and some of the reborn species don’t appear to be friendly. The solution to the mystery behind NUN was weird as a reveal and there’s some more weird pseudo-science stuff. Don’t get me started about the terraforming efforts on Mars lasting hundreds of thousands if not a million years. Or would it take that long for the atmosphere to bleed away? Anyway, it’s a cute wrap-up to the trilogy even if it doesn’t always make sense.

 

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I read this for square #24 “Read a book tagged middle grade or YA” for the booklikes-opoly game. I think it fits perfectly since it seems like something I would have read a the middle grade level, and probably would have enjoyed it more since I wouldn’t have been distracted by all of the quasi-science stuff. I’m glad that I’ve finally assuaged my curiosity about the series though. Since the book has 501 pages, that’s another $5 for my bank, bringing my total to $35.

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review 2017-04-20 14:30
Arc review: Saving the Space Pirate (Ruby Robbins Sexy Space Odyssey #3) by Nina Croft
Saving the Space Pirate (Ruby Robbins’ Sexy Space Odyssey) - Nina Croft

Third and final installment in the fast-paced, action-packed, sometimes incongruous but still funny at others saga.

Ruby and Killian live another day only to find themselves back in the lion’s den, attempting to complete another suicide rescue mission, only this time Killian is no longer a pirate but a man with a purpose and a sense of honor. Against all odds, the mission is a success, there are more surprises along the way, and Ruby and Killian find some kind of HFN.

I thought the serial as a whole was pretty interesting, if only there would have been more story as opposed to so much insta-lust and gratuitous sex then I would have liked it more. Then again this is more of an erotica so I'll take it as is and I'm sure other readers will enjoy it much more. 

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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