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text 2018-05-21 17:01
Spark By Michelle M. Pillow Free!
Spark (Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides) (Volume 1) - Michelle M. Pillow

Mining ash on a remote planet where temperatures reach hellish degrees doesn't leave Kal (aka Spark) much room for dating. Lucky for this hard-working man, a new corporation Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides is ready to help him find the girl of his dreams. Does it really matter that he lied on his application and really isn’t looking for long term, but rather some fast action?  Earth women better watch out. Things are about to heat up.

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review 2018-05-08 18:10
3 Out of 5 mostly indifferent STARS
Honor Among Thieves - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine,Adam Lazerre-White,Adenrele Ojo

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

Honor Among Thieves

Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

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Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead of moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

 

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead, Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

 

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Full disclosure:  In the beginning, I was totally into this but once she (Zara) started "bonding" with the spaceship (Alien Life-form), I became more interested in winning the games of Free-Cell I was playing (while listening to audio) than in actually comprehending what was going on in this story.  The "bonding" threw me off, it was like an odd sexual experience reminiscent of the 80's movie Cocoon

 

 

Freaky! 

 

From there, I'm not fully sure what went on in this…I believe there was a lot of action and more freaky bonding.  I just didn't connect with this, but clearly, there are many who have.

 

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~MY RATING~

3STARS - GRADE=C

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Plot~ 3.5/5

Main Characters~ 3.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 3/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3/5 Cliffhanger~ ???

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Book Cover~ It's decent

Narration~4  -Adenrele Ojo…she was little too soothing. 3.7 -Adam Lazarre-White…was a little too easy to tune out.

Series~ The Honors #1

Setting~ New Detroit and Deep Space

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-03-27 21:42
4.7 Out of 5 "Themis Inspired" Stars
Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Only Human

Sylvain Neuvel

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In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.

 

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~MY REVIEW~

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If you love audiobooks, then this amazing series is a must listen.  I know...I did read this. And, I only did so because I was preapproved for an ARC, and I couldn't wait until the release date to find out how this all ended.  I will be listening on Audio, once it is released.

 

 

I am sure that once I listen to this on Audio, my rating will be a full 5-STARS.  My .3 deduction is because in book format; it's really difficult to follow the conversations because of the format it's written in.  Every chapter is a transcript between two or more people (with a few journal entries thrown in every so often).  And I seriously could never keep it straight.  Luckily, I didn't really need to all the time, to get the full effect of the story.  Also, it will be irrelevant since Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods has had a full-cast narration, therefore, I am confident that Only Human will also have a full-cast narration.  And in case you didn't know...full-cast narration rocks! 

 

If you've been searching for your next thought-provoking, easily-digestible Science Fiction series to start on.  The Themis Files really has it all...

 


 

From the intense action to the meaning of life, and everything in between; it has it all.  Plus...it has giant robots…that are hopefully coming to the big screen, soon.  

 

 

Only Human comes out soon, and that's the last edition of this trilogy...so what are you waiting for?!?

 

 

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~MY RATING~

4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Amazing, all three of them are amazing

Series~ Themis Files #3

Publisher~ Random House - Ballentine

Setting~ Earth and Esat Ekt

Source~  I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-02-21 22:54
5 Out of 5 Stars for Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel

 

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer now than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

 

Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This was a re-read/listen on audio as a refresher for my e-ARC of Only Human.  And also...because I love this series in Audio format. My eARC of Waking Gods review can be seen here. My review of Sleeping Giants (the first book in the Themis Files) can be seen here.

  

The Themis Files is freaking amazing...this pic kind of says it all.

 

 

 

An easily conceptualized science fiction series infused with mysterious alien elements and plenty of wtf and omg moments thrown in.  Seriously, that ending…I'm so psyched to see where this series is going with the 3rd installment.  I'm fairly certain I'll be starting it soon.

 

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~MY RATING~  5+/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

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Plot~ 5+/5

Main Characters~ 5+/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5+/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~  YES!!!

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Book Cover~ Love these covers!

Narration~5++  Absolutely amazing, full-cast narration rocks.

Series~  Themis Files #2

Setting~ Earth

Source~ Audible Audiobook

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review 2018-02-09 22:36
Dangerous - Shannon Hale

This was great. The setup is diverse science-geek kids become a Power-Rangers-style team of superheroes with mysterious alien-derived powers. Then it goes somewhere different.

 

Some cool things it included:


-caring parents that remain present and supportive
-kids with goals/girls w/ STEM goals they're pursuing
-decent representation across genders, races, abilities, nationalities & economic statuses
-everyone has a nuanced backstory
-it's not just another 'yay team' clone

-MC is homeschooled (but not a genius), multi-lingual & multi-racial, lost her hand at birth, designs her own prosthetics

 

There was a dizzying whirlwind of plot, and I think this could have been split into a duology given the amount of twists and developments. I inhaled it almost in a single sitting. Really entertaining and a lot of fresh takes on tropes while still checking all the boxes for thriller/SF/superhero story. So different than Hale's fairytale retellings, but just as excellent.

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