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review 2019-03-05 17:13
Review ~ Decent read
Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) - Amy A. Bartol

Book source ~ Kindle First


Roselle St. Sismode is the secondborn child of the Fate of Swords. Firstborns, depending on their family, may rule their Fate. Secondborns have to go into military service. Forget thirdborns – they’re killed if found. Fourth thou shalt not count and fifth are right out. Hehe I paraphrased a Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail tidbit there. I couldn’t help it. Ok, moving on…


The book begins with Roselle’s Transition Day. Most secondborns are taken younger, but Roselle is 18 when her mother sends her to do her military duty. Even though Roselle is basically royalty and the whole Republic has pretty much watched her grow up on some kind of Truman Show-like program, her life in the military will be brutal and most likely short. Everyone knows her face and secondborns from privileged families are hated by the other less fortunate secondborns. And there lies the danger to her. But others are manipulating her life behind the scenes and Roselle must stay alive long enough to change the Republic. Whether she wants to or not.


The beginning of this story is confusing as the world gets laid out for the reader. It took me awhile to grasp all the families, structure, terminology, and relationships. About the time I got all that down the story started to take off down the tracks and I was belted firmly in and definitely along for the ride. The characters are well-developed, the plot intriguing and Roselle is no slouch though she may have a touch of Mary Sue-ness about her. Just a touch though. There’s intrigue and danger and even some romance in this intricate tale of rebellion. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. Well, more of a transitional slope than an actual dive off a cliff. Roselle’s journey is far from over and it’ll be interesting to see what happens next.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/secondborn.html
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review 2019-02-18 20:38
Sea Of Stars
Sea of Stars (The Kricket Series Book 2) - Amy A. Bartol

It's been a while since I read the first book in the series, so some of the details were a bit blurry when I started Sea of Stars. Kricket, the main character with the most *uhm* special name and also her very special character of course, has found her way up in the stars between two (or possibly more) warring alien species/gangs. (I say alien because that is what they say in the book, and they make tiny, stupid human jokes. However, the physical appearance of said aliens is like humans, but ultimately better, obviously).

Where in the first book I was mainly annoyed by A) annoying Kricket and B) the human-like, human-feeling aliens, this time around there was little time for any of that as the story is immediately in full swing. Jumping around from one fight to the next while all that she wants to do is bunk down with her (new?) (insta?) love interest (I seriously can't remember him from the first book, if he was in there). Near the end, the typical end of the second book in a series great revelation is revealed, which will carry the story to the concluding book, which I will probably read sometime soon.

Now, this was actually kind of a nice read, all things considered. It was an easy read, and the things that bothered my in the first book, didn't bother me so much any more. While I had the feeling not a lot happened in the book, it was exciting enough for me to keep reading. It was an easy and quick read and sometimes these are just what you need.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2018-12-01 21:18
Under Different Skies
Under Different Stars - Amy A. Bartol

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Kricket is trying to live under the radar until she turns 18 and no longer a concern for social services. A few months shy of her birthday she is abducted by a group of men who take her to another world, according to them her true home, where she must pay for her crimes.

Once there she learns she is a hot commodity due to priestess lineage and special gifts but she has fallen for Trey, the lead soldier who brought her to Ethar. Civil war is also mounting on Ethar between warring factions and Kricket is being used as an excuse for attainment of power by the elites.

First the positive, this was a pretty fast paced read, even with its fault (which I'll get to) I was still engaged enough to keep reading. It was a simple, straightforward read that doesn't tax your brain in any way. Even with all of Krickets faults (which I'll get to) I still sort of liked her feistiness.

The problems I had with it are the following:

- Kricket - She's so stunning, so smart, so brave, has beautiful platinum blonde hair, has unusual violet eyes, is so special, etc, etc, etc. She's too perfect and isn't relatable or believable and it grates after a couple of chapters.

- The love interest - Kricket is told by Trey (the soldier and love interest) that it's not customary for strangers to touch but then goes on to touch her at every given opportunity, it felt creepy and contradictory to the info dumping on Ethar etiquette.

- World building - The author decided to make up an alien language and it's so ridiculous that it pulls you out of the story whenever it comes up. Words such as fardroom, venish, wigg, chester, knob knocker are just a taste of what the language is made up of, This was the worst part of the story for me which was frustrating as it crops up in almost 80% of the book.

It's not the worst book I've read but I'm no fan of romance and there was a lot of that so I was a bit out of my comfort zone. There are lots of very positive reviews out there for this so it's probably just personal taste and as such I will not be continuing any further with the series.

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review 2017-08-12 00:00
Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1)
Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) - Amy A. Bartol I am only taking one star off because because I now have to wait like 8 months for the second book and over a year for the third book to be released! I loved this book and cannot wait to read the next installment. Any time you read this type of dystopian novel you have to be a little wary of is this going to be a knock off of some of the other successful dystopian stories but this was most certainly it's own story. It was exciting from start the finish and while it covers a large period of time, it doesn't feel that way. I like the premise of the firstborn and secondborn and their roles in society. Where in other dystopian worlds you have two individual classes, here you have two classes in a single family. I will definitely be reading this again prior to the release of the next book.
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url 2017-07-02 18:14
July Kindle Firsts (free ARC for prime members)
The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed [Kindle in Motion] - Scott Parazynski,Susy Flory
Little Boy Lost - J.D. Trafford
Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) - Amy A. Bartol
A Beautiful Poison - Lydia Kang
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives: A Novel - Julie Lawson Timmer
Kings of Broken Things - Theodore Wheeler

Prime members get one of their choice free (not to borrow, the same as purchasing) ahead of release date.


Per usual, none mainstream published, all Amazon publishing imprints.


I seldom read memoirs, but I did select The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed  - Scott Parazynski,Susy Flory  

Source: www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/kindlefirst
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