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text 2018-10-05 11:00
Blog Tour Spotlight with Giveaway! Mantis Force Trilogy (Marium Kahnet 1 - 3) R.J. Amezcua!




Book Details for Retribution:


Book Title: Mantis Force: Retribution (Marium Kahnet Book 1) by R.J. Amezcua


Category: Adult Fiction, 150 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi, with elements of fantasy
Publisher: Quentorex Studios
Release date: April 11, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)



Book Description for Retribution:


In a war-torn galaxy, Jazrene Vallo, the supreme spiritual leader of the Marium Kahnet, is close to fulfilling her divine destiny: refashion the Order as a beacon of light. But her plans for the sisterhood to become the official ambassadors of peace are compromised when she is forced to send mercenaries to capture rogue elements of the sisterhood seeking revenge against those responsible for murdering their families. Failure to capture them will bring an irreversible blemish upon the sisterhood. Unbeknownst to her, it may be too late to stop them.


After fifteen years of methodical planning and burrowing into the highly classified Leviathan project, the cadre of vengeful sisters are ready to execute their mission.

Their goal: to destroy the Stadageos, vast military testing and bio-engineering bases where the twisted machinations of fallen creation formed the ungodly fierce races of Leviathans. Their failure will release death and destruction on a scale not experienced since the fall of creation. But even if they succeed, not all of them will survive.


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Book Details for Decimation:


Book Title: Mantis Force: Decimation (Marium Kahnet Book 2) by R.J. Amezcua


Category: Adult Fiction, 200 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi, with elements of fantasy
Publisher: Quentorex Studios
Release date: October 18, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)



Book Description for Decimation:


Led by Victoria and Balese, the rogue sisters of the Marium Kahnet have successfully completed their life-long quest for revenge against the sorcerer’s guild. Now a new mission has begun, one of survival, as their enemies seek their lives with a vengeance. As planned, the sisters who managed to survive the destruction of the testing facilities have joined their adopted family’s nefarious criminal organizations, plotting to escape with detailed plans of the Leviathan project to justify their actions to their home world of Ramah. But they are unaware they are being hunted by elite mercenaries hired by the sisterhood.


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BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/mantis-force-decimation-marium-kahnet-book-2-by-r-j-amezcua



Book Details for Rebirth:


Book Title: Mantis Force: Rebirth (Marium Kahnet Book 3) by R.J. Amezcua


Category: Adult Fiction, 260 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi, with elements of fantasy
Publisher: Quentorex Studios
Release date: May 31, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)



Book Description for Rebirth:


It is a day of prophecy and celebration when Jazrene Vallo accomplishes her ordained task to refashion the Marium Kahnet, and witnesses them finally becoming representatives in the Grand Assembly of the Mantis Alliance. But the victory is soiled by reports of a faction of wayward sisters joining a necromancer Order, the Saurcine.


​The rebels plan to bring forth the Krevomax, the seed of the Tisrad Dragon, to defeat the Mantis Alliance. To combat this new evil threat, in Jazrene Vallo’s last act as supreme leader, she activates the sisterhood’s elite warriors, the Criss Lumbra. Their mission: destroy the spawn of the Tisrad Dragon. Should they fail, it will mean the end of the sisterhood and all peace in the universe.


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BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/mantis-force-rebirth-marium-kahnet-book-3-by-r-j-amezcua





Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Mantis-Force-Retribution-Marium-Kahnet-ebook/dp/B071Y8DH4R


B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mantis-force-ramiro-j-amezcua/1126239011?ean=9780998074825





Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Mantis-Force-Decimation-Marium-Kahnet-ebook/dp/B076KGWPNC


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iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/mantis-force/id1298947603?mt=11


Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/mantis-force-5





Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DFW4XBW


B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mantis-force-r-j-amezcua/1128862223?ean=9780998074870


Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/mantis-force-6



Win one of 10 ebook copies of the first book in the Mantis Force trilogy (10 winners / open to USA & Canada)




Ends November 7, 2018

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Meet the Author:


​R. J. Amezcua was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and is happily married to Sheryl. As a young boy, one of his favorite TV shows was Lost in Space. Being an entrepreneur and visionary by nature, he has begun his journey as an author and writer. Using his love for science fiction, he created the epic saga “Mantis Force,” which encompasses a vast universe.



Website - https://www.mariumkahnet.com/


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mariumkahnet


Twitter - https://twitter.com/mantisforce


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15907994.R_J_Amezcua




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text 2015-05-19 17:38
Coursera Fantasy and Science Fiction week 2
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll,John Tenniel,Hugh Haughton

For week 2 of Dr Rabkin's  Fantasy and Science Fiction class on coursera, we get to read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.


I remember my mom reading Alice to me as a child, and I found it somewhat boring and confusing. And I read it to my older son when he was around kindergarten age, and he found it boring and confusing. So I found it quite fun to get to read this book just for me, as an adult, fully able to understand the story while also suffering no interruptions and having to explain.


And Carroll's wordplay is magnificent. While Alice is 7 and a half in the story, I really think kids may need to be closer to 10 to understand what is going on and to understand the wordplay. This book (or these 2 books, since Through the Looking Glass was written and published several years after Alice) is just fun. From Alice's frustration in the first chapter as she shrinks and grows and forgets her key and grows and shrinks again, to the chess game in Through the Looking Glass, it is fun and games as the reader cheers Alice on and hopes she makes the correct choices and remembers her goal.


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review 2015-02-12 01:30
5* Book Review of Rush by Eve Silver
Rush - Eve Silver
Summary: So what's the game now? This or the life I used to know?

Sixteen-year-old Miki Jones is pulled from her everyday life into an alternate reality game where she and a team of other teens battle the Drau—beautiful and deadly alien creatures bent on mankind's destruction. There are no dry runs, no boot camp, no time to acclimate to new weapons. There's only the mission: kill or be killed. Make it out alive, and Miki gets to respawn back in her real world . . . but only until she's pulled into the terror of the game once more.

The team's mysterious leader insists it's every player for herself. Other players talk about hit points and health bars and a way out of the game. Everyone has secrets. Everyone lies. And when the mission takes a deadly turn, Miki's only hope for survival depends on her figuring out who—and what—to trust.

rushTitle: Rush
Series: The Game #1
Author: Eve Silver
Publisher: Self
Released: 8th August 2014
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: eBook
Source: supplied by Author via YA Bound Book Tours - thank you!

I have heard a lot about this book and everything good and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. I have to say that RUSH is like no other book in the history of books for me, it was totally unique and unbelievably MIND-BLOWING. Eve Silver has created a world like no other with such imagination and realism that I could picture it happening around me. The characters were flawless with growth and intrigue; the non-stop flow of the story was addictive and I couldn’t stop thinking about this book for days after finishing it.

At sixteen, Miki Jones knew she was different, but when she discovers how truly different she is, her life changes into a game of life and death. On an ordinary school day when she’s hanging with her friends, Miki has starts hearing a boy’s voice in her mind. He was calling her name. Distracted from her friends, Miki stands at the boundary fence of her school and looks around. She only sees Luka an old childhood friend that recently returned to the school. But it isn’t his voice.

Miki spots a little girl on the street that’s bending to pick something up. She then realises who it is, the girl is the sister of a school friend and is deaf. Miki sees a truck coming and the girl wouldn’t hear it. The voice in her head yells “MIKI! NOW!” and she takes off trying to get the little girl out of harm’s way.

Miki runs as fast as she can, shoving the girl, but now Miki’s in the impact zone. Luka tries to pull her away, but it’s too late, BANG, they’re both smashed into broken, unliveable condition. That voice is in her head again, stay still and let it pass. HUH? Miki blacks out.

Miki awakens in a field and that voice now belongs to a face, then a body and now a person. Jackson Tate calls Miki a new arrival to their team. He fastens a bracelet onto her wrist, “The bracelet’s your con. The colour’s your health. Don’t let it turn red.”

Luka is no longer broken and bloody, but perfectly fine; although he is avoiding her.

“You died. On the road.” His reply, “I died last year.”

The other two are Richelle and Tyrone. Together the five are a team, they have a missions and earn points with each enemy they terminate.

“We still have real lives. They just get temporarily interrupted every now and then.”

“It’s not a game. It’s real. What you do here determines your survival. And the survival of every other person on this planet.”

It was a little confusing at the beginning, but as Miki learns more of her life as a soldier and of the rules, we learn more. Jackson is a complicated boy that has secrets of his own. Luka is a really good friend, but is in a difficult situation. Miki has to also remember that she has another life, that has friends and school and now her life is full of secrets too.

Tag along as Miki discovers her strength, as she shares her fears and secrets, as she learns that nothing is quite what it seems and danger lies around every corner. Rush is one extraordinary, genius creation and is full of surprises at every step. I don’t have enough words to tell you how much I loved this book, but everybody needs to read it.
5 PAPER HEARTS goodreads





About the Author

eve silverEve Silver lives with her gamer husband and sons, sometimes in Canada, but often in worlds she dreams up. She loves kayaking and sunshine, dogs and desserts, and books, lots and lots of books. RUSH and PUSH, the first two books in Eve’s new teen series, THE GAME, are available now. Eve also writes books for adults.



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review 2014-06-24 03:21
5* Book Review of Divergent by Veronica Roth
Summary:  In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Title: Divergent
Series: Divergent #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollins
Released: 7th November 2013
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia Science Fiction
Format: eGalley
Source: via Publisher on NetGalley - thank you

I have no idea why I didn’t read this book sooner. If I could mark this book a ten instead of a five I would. Absolutely amazing premise and the characters were all incredible. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but can’t wait for that either. There are so many elements happening in this book, my notes went to seven pages instead of the standard three. So much happening and the ending, oh dear! I haven’t picked up Insurgent yet due to scheduling, but I am desperate to see what happened.

Beatrice Prior is sixteen and undertaking “the test”. The test determines which faction she is best suited to. Beatrice has a brother that is also taking the test at the same time and knows Caleb definitely belongs to Abnegation, but Beatrice doesn’t know where she belongs.

There are five factions: Abnegation, Condor, Erudite, Amity and Dauntless. Each faction has a certain quality with Abnegation being selfless; Condor is honest; Dauntless is brave; Amity is peaceful and Erudite the intelligent.

Beatrice has to make her decision and doesn’t have a lot of time. At the ceremony, everybody is shocked by some of the choices and none more than her. Will she stay with her family and pretend to be someone she’s not OR will she be herself and choose a faction that will make her happy?

After the ceremony, all the new faction members have to complete the initiation first then a three stage process to determine who is worthy of becoming a full-fledged member. Those that do not succeed will be factionless.

Jumping on and off trains has always been an exhilarating thing to watch, but now Beatrice has to put it into practice. The biggest jump though is into the unknown and as Beatrice takes the initiative, she jumps first……..

Beatrice begins stage one and is concerned she won’t make it. Being the only one from Abnegation, they all underestimate her, but she is determined to make it through. Beatrice makes friends within the initiates and has feelings for her training coordinator, Four.

There will be 9 cut from the group and the competition is tough. Beatrice may have made some friends, but she also has enemies. She has to watch her back when some of them get dangerous.

Will Beatrice make it through stage 1, 2 or even 3? Can she keep her secret hidden in order to avoid being killed? What is going on with Ford, is he interested in Beatrice or not? What about the in-fighting between the initiates, will Beatrice be attacked/killed? Does she miss her parents and brother?

What an extraordinarily amazing book! I am gobsmacked by how surprising and different this book is. Ms Roth, wow, just wow! Everybody needs to read this series, there is something for everybody; from action to intrigue, a little romance to betrayal; politics to drama – just everything. Pick it up NOW!




About the Author

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

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text 2014-06-14 02:18
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Insurgent - Veronica Roth

O M G! Amazing. I can't believe Four is being such a tool to Tris - gggrrr!

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