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review 2018-04-14 03:30
Brilliance Review
Brilliance - Marcus Sakey

Source: Netgalley

 

It had everything my little heart could desire. Geniuses, super-powers, intrigue, shoot’em-ups, a hint of the wanna-smooches, and a surprisingly gentle and solid relationship between a husband and his ex-wife that didn’t include a lust to get back together.

Brilliance, first in the Brilliance trilogy, is a well-written exploration of an alternate history for our world, where ‘norms’ are forced to face the fact that they’re quickly becoming obsolete in the face of evolution. Naturally, there’s fear and anger (understandably so. That’s how humans always react to crap they don’t understand.) and those two emotions are swiftly fueled into a firestorm that could potentially destroy America as tensions build to a head.

Sakey has a great (if not unique) plot, and a solid writing style. This book had all my little “Happy-spot” triggers. So, why in the world did this book not appeal to me? That’s what I’m still trying to figure out.

Brilliance was a difficult book to read in a way that’s hard to describe. The simplest way I could put it is it didn’t hook me until almost the very end, but it never bored me. It was just an extremely easy book to walk away from. I read so many short stories and other books in between spurts of reading this book. I always enjoyed it while I was reading it, but I never had the drive to finish it.

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review 2017-06-13 00:00
AFTERLIFE
AFTERLIFE - Marcus Sakey AFTERLIFE - Marcus Sakey I've previously read some of Marcus Sakey's work, and while I enjoyed some of it, I wouldn't have willingly picked up Afterlife had the publicist not specifically asked me to. My expectations going into Afterlife were not high, but I figured I'd slog through it if necessary.

It wasn't.

Afterlife raises the bar on what I expect from Marcus Sakey a whole lot higher than it previously was. I had no idea the man was capable of pulling off something like this.

This is one of those books that immediately put me in my happy spot. The hint of romance, the parallel world (for lack of a better term), the new take on life after death. The battle of good versus evil. Afterlife is wonderfully imaginative, deliciously dark, and almost perfectly written.

Claire and Will are a great pair of characters. Too good to be true, of course, but sometimes we need perfect heroes in a story like this. I liked that the author had no problem making Claire the smarter one of the two of them. I loved reading the easy acceptance that Will had of her mental superiority. He loved her and never resented her abilities. And while she had no problem pointing out the flaws in his thinking, she never set out to make him feel like an idiot. (Like I said: too good to be true.) And even though they're both strong separately, together they're so much more. And that's how it should be.

The dialogue was believable. The action was perfectly paced. The way Sakey describes the other world is simple, yet effective. It feels like it really would translate very, very well to screen. Which means, naturally, that I can't watch it in a theater. Because I'll be yelling at the screen for them not getting it right.

Pretty much the only critiques I have of Afterlife are little things. Like every time the villain appeared on screen, he was introduced by his 'razor sharp cheekbones'. By halfway through, I was beginning to imagine if the man was made flesh, he could get a job being a real life Fruit Ninja with the power of his cheekbones alone.

Overall, Afterlife was a solid, entertaining read that I would definitely recommend!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.
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review 2017-01-02 00:00
Brilliance
Brilliance - Marcus Sakey A quick fun read with with an interesting take on an alternate history story. The characters, with the exception of the MC, possibly could have used some fleshing out but this did not really detract from my enjoyment in reading this novel. Looking forward to reading the additional volumes in this series.

3.5 stars for a fun read.
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review 2017-01-02 00:00
Brilliance
Brilliance - Marcus Sakey A quick fun read with with an interesting take on an alternate history story. The characters, with the exception of the MC, possibly could have used some fleshing out but this did not really detract from my enjoyment in reading this novel. Looking forward to reading the additional volumes in this series.

3.5 stars for a fun read.
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review 2016-06-05 13:19
Brilliance (Brilliance #1) DNF@16%
Brilliance - Marcus Sakey

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: Brilliance

Series: Brilliance

Author: Marcus Sakey

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: DNF

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

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Due to some of the subject matter, I will not be continuing this book or series.

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