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review 2017-11-22 17:31
Lack of World Building Causes Problems in Defy the Stars
Defy the Stars - Claudia Gray

I think I should have known there would be a problem when the book just starts off with one of the characters (Noemi) going into why her planet (Genesis) is at war with the planet Earth. We hear about a fatal run they are gearing up to do, Noemi worries about her best friend, and only friend it seems, and then we segue into another character (Abel) who we find out is a mech (not human, a robot without a soul or some thing). 

 

I don't want to get into it too much cause I am ready to head home and eat my face off for Phase I of Thanksgiving 2017.

 

I just really didn't like this one much. We have Noemi and Abel eventually meet and they both go around realizing that they care about one another though Noemi knows it's impossible.

 

They also fly around to other planets and see what Earth has done to them and a resistance starting to form. I just felt like there was way too much happening here in book #1.

 

The writing was perfectly serviceable, I just think that things needed to be explained a lot more since the world building wasn't that great. I didn't understand a lot of things with the planets. Maybe in the next book Gray can include an illustration that shows all of the planets or something. Or a prologue that even describes how Earth started a war. 


The flow was off. The first 1/3 of the book just moved slowly. And then it dragged once Noemi got into trouble (no spoilers) and a deux ex machina showed up that made me roll my eyes. 

 

The ending also didn't work for me either. I think I was supposed to feel moved. I just don't think that we got a chance to know and even fall in like with either Abel or Noemi. 

 

I am confused about so much that I started to make a list. 

1. I still at the end do not even get why Earth started a war with Genesis.

 

2. I don't get how Noemi is considered human still and then it took me several chapters later that Genesis people left Earth behind to form their own colony (I think that's what happened). 

 

3. I also don't even get why Genesis thought yes let's send children off to do a fatal run and than go yes we care about lives. It was such a contradiction. I think that Gray was trying to work a little Ender's Game in here, and it just fell flat.

 

4. I really don't understand how Abel was made unique from the other mechs. I am supposed to buy he has a soul or some sort of empathy? I just think it was sloppy storytelling that didn't get a chance to resonate. 

 

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text 2017-11-21 14:14
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Defy the Stars - Claudia Gray

This was such a confusing book to wade through. I felt like I missed the first book in the series, but nope, this is the first book. And I really don't get why Genesis would be all let's let our children die. I don't get why Earth is fighting. I don't get most of the science in this book. And I really wish we had time to develop the characters more."

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text 2017-11-18 23:09
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Defy the Stars - Claudia Gray
I'm 10% done with Defy the Stars: Oh Lord. I'm at 10 percent and already in information overload. Chapters are jumping between Abel (mech) and Noemi (fighter pilot of some planet I forgot fighting Earth).
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review 2017-11-15 22:43
The Tower's Alchemist
The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy, #1) - Alesha Escobar

I received a free copy of this book from the Author Marketing Club in return

for an honest review

 

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"British intelligence wants her spying skills. A vampiric warlock wants to steal her powers. The Master Wizards who trained her want her dead…"

 

The Tower's Alchemist, the first book of The Gray Tower Trilogy,  has an authentic WWII setting among spies and resistance fighters in Denmark, France, Spain and, of course, London.

 

The protagonist, Isabella (aka Emelie and Noelle) is an alchemist, one of the magicians working with the Allies against Hitler's Black Wolves (a kind of supernatural Gestapo). I identified with her immediately, from the very first paragraph, and stayed with her all the way through - no changes of viewpoint, thank heaven (or rather, thank Alesha Escobar). There is, however, an array of well-drawn characters surrounding her, many of whom elicit our sympathy - indeed, our love - as they struggle on against a seemingly invincible foe.

 

A great read if you are a WWII buff (I am), especially if you also suspect that there is a lot more going on behind the scenes in this world than 99.9% of us are ever aware of.

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text 2017-11-10 07:10
Book Blitz - Into The Rabbit Hole

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Title: Into the Rabbit Hole

Series: Vandervilles, Book 3

Author: Khardine Gray

Publisher: Bliss Romance

Cover Artist: Erin Dameron- Hill

Release Date: November 30, 2017

Romance Genre(s): Suspense

Words: 50,000

 

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About the Book:

 

 

Chaos Reigns 

Wade’s been arrested, a killer is on the loose, and Ben’s crimes are catching up with him. Will anyone in this family emerge from the chaos unscathed? 

Murder Mystery 

Chloe and Wesley dig deep to discover what is really going on and to prove Wade’s innocence. The deeper they dig the more the shocking truth becomes visible. Will they discover the man behind the drama? What happens if they do? 

No Longer Hidden 

The light finally shines of the crimes that Ben has committed, but unleashes more trouble. As always Regina is caught in the middle, but this time it’s worse. She doesn’t know where she’ll begin to fix things. 

Forgive and Forget? 

Can Taylor forgive, forget, and finally move on? Will she be able to see the world with the fresh clear eyes that only forgiveness of a betrayal can give? Will she be able to trust again? 

Kiss and Make Up 

Can Chloe accept Wade’s past and all the chaos ebb to allow the deep, romantic love they so richly deserve? 

Follow the twists and turns to the stunning conclusion of Into The Rabbit Hole! 

 

 

Excerpt:

 

Wade had just receded into himself, into the chasm of despair that dwelled within the walls of his soul.

 

This was his fault. That was the bottom line. This was his fault. It all stemmed back to the day of the accident when his baby died.

 

It stemmed back to that split second when he was at the beach party with Merissa and she’d tried to stop him from going off with George. If he could go back in time and change things he’d go back to that point.

 

That was the point of decision. His right or left moment in life. He choose to go with George and everything went to hell. It meant that everything from that point was destined for disaster.

 

Even the good, like being with Chloe.

 

“Chloe,” he breathed. It was the first thing he’d said since the police took him in custody.

 

He prayed that wherever she was she was safe….

 

 

Preorder Links:

 

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075Q8HT6W

 

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075Q8HT6W

 

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B075Q8HT6W

 

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B075Q8HT6W

 

 

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About Khardine Gray:

 

 

Author Bio:

 

 Khardine Gray is a contemporary romance author who lives in England with her husband and two kids. She is well travelled, cultured, and a woman with a passion for dancing and ice skating. When not writing you can catch her shopping, indulging on pizza and hot chocolate, or hanging out with her family and friends. No need to spend money on an airline ticket. Simply pick up one of Khardine's books to become immersed in the fascinating stories and characters she creates.

 

Connect with Khardine:

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Giveaway:

 

To celebrate the release of Into the Rabbit Hole, the gripping conclusion to her Vandervilles trilogy, Khardine Gray is giving away an e-copy of the book. For your chance to win, simply enter via the Rafflecopter below. The contest closes at midnight EST on November 17, 2017, and is open to entrants worldwide. Good luck! a

 

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