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Book Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy #1) by N.K. Jemisin

Hachette Book Group Orbit Published Feb. 25, 2010 427 Pages
Hachette Book Group Orbit
Published Feb. 25, 2010
427 Pages

Yeine Darr lives as an outcast in the North. But that all changes when her mother dies of mysterious circumstance and Yeine is summoned to the city of Sky. 

Here at the city of Sky, Yeine meets her Grandfather who not only banished Yeine’s mother before she was born but has officially named Yeine an heir to his kingdom. Not easily won over, the city of Sky holds secrets of Yeine, her mother and the mysterious beings that have the power to change life as everyone knows it. 

In my reading journey, it is rare for me to find an alright story that has an amazing word play. Sounds weird but think of it this way and alright restaurant but has that one amazing factor that keeps you going. That restaurant is this book.

Yeine is a love hate character. When she is good, she is good but the moment she is down she is there for a while. There was no real consistency with her. I couldn’t tell if she wanted to be badass or just was an ass. Yeine had very strong moments when involving her mother but the moment she got resistance she backed down.

I loved the fact that she was sexually empowered and knew what she wanted and didn’t want but I feel that she could have been so much more. The supporting characters were interesting. I was confused in the beginning of the book as in to what exactly they were and their justifications but after a while that was cleared up.

The best thing about this book is the author is amazing at descriptions. How she described each character, the scenery and the emotions going around was amazing. The image in my mind was crystal clear and this is literally what kept me holding on to this book til the end. It was beautiful how she wrote this story.

But my issue with this story is there is way too much down time for what seems to be a bit of an action packed book. Yeine is fighting to become ruler of city of Sky and for most of the book is a lot of her running around doing almost nothing. So disappointing especially after reading the first two chapters you are on the edge of your seat waiting for the good stuff.

Overall, I can’t be too upset with this book because it wasn’t a bad read and my goodness I can’t get those beautiful pictures in my mind.

3 Pickles.

Book Review: Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis

Disney-Hyperion Published Oct. 14, 2014 338 Pages
Disney-Hyperion
Published Oct. 14, 2014
338 Pages

With her home planet filled with corruption and violence, Princess Snow has gone missing and King Matthias and his wife will do nothing to find the ones that took her. 

Essie is use to being cold and living on the planet Thanda you either get use to it or you leave. She spends her days repairing seven drones that help the miners in the mine. 

When a mysterious boy named Dane crash lands near her home, in order to avoid attention, Essie decides to help fix his ship. Quickly Essie realizes that Dane’s accidental crash is nothing accidental and Essie is forced into something she has been avoiding all these years. 

Essie must come to terms about her past and her future.

I was extremely surprised when I began this book. I am not big on dystopia nor science fiction but this was a retelling so I had to give it a try.

Essie is an amazing character. She knows how to defend herself and kick full blown ass. She knows all this stuff about electronics and repairs. She also has common sense and she is book smart.  She has no experience with men/boys and that is okay because she has a lot of emotional baggage that she doesn’t want to involve someone in.

I also liked Dane. He was blunt when it called for it. He had a double motive but it was for an extremely good reason. I also loved the fact that he knew what he wanted. It wasn’t a back and forth game between Dane and Essie.

But my favorite part of this entire book the subtle reference to the original fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” It is there without the constant reminder that this is a retelling. This story is completely original and if you didn’t know about the original fairy tale you wouldn’t even think of it.

I loved the ending; how you got the happily ever after but in the most realistic sense possible.

Overall, a wonderful, surprising, detailed, creative read.

5 Pickles.

 

New Releases: October 2013

Red Hill by Jamie McGuire Oct. 1, 2013

         Little Brown   To Be Published Oct 15, 2013            288 Pages
Little Brown
To Be Published Oct 15, 2013
288 Pages

Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano Oct. 1, 2013

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Oct. 1, 2013

Love and Lists (Chocoholics #1) by Tara Sivec Oct. 1, 2013

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan Oct. 8, 2013

Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein Oct. 8, 2013

 

Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman Oct. 10, 2013

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton Oct. 15, 2013

The Wolves of Midwinter (#2) by Anne Rice Oct. 15, 2013

When Did You See Her Last? (All the Wrong Questions #2)  by Lemony Snicket  Oct. 15, 2013

Bridget Jones: Mad About Boy by Helen Fielding Oct. 15, 2013

 

  Katherine Tegen Books   To Be Published Oct. 22, 2013               544 Pages
Katherine Tegen Books
To Be Published Oct. 22, 2013
544 Pages

Allegiant by Veronica Roth Oct. 22, 2013

Teardrop by Lauren Kate Oct. 22, 2013

We Are Water by Wally Lamb Oct. 22, 2013

 

After Dead by Charlaine Harris Oct. 29, 2013

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa Oct. 29, 2013

The Shadowhunters’ Codex by Cassandra Clare Oct. 29, 2013

Book Review: Merge/Disciple: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion by Walter Mosley

This book is two short stories that have nothing to do with each other.

           Tor Books   Published Oct 1, 2012            288 Pages
Tor Books
Published Oct 1, 2012
288 Pages

Merge

Raleigh Redman won the lotto but before that he was regular guy working 9-5 in love with a girl who left him out of no where. After winning he quits his job and decides to read the last gift from his father, a collections of lectures in the Popular Educator Library. While on night reading out of no where a tree branch is in his apartment asking for food.

Out of curiosity Raleigh feeds it and watches grow while also questioning if what he is doing right. By feeding this creature Raleigh opened the door to a new world.

This short story was amazing; from beginning to end. I had a wonderful time reading it. Raleigh himself was a dull and boring character but Mosley was able to bring him to life by the characters around him. However, what I liked about Raleigh was he thought things through; he didn’t just jump at a decision which I though was awesome. Also he wasn’t a whinny brat about it; he was a grown man that had to make a choice.

Overall this story gets 10 out of 10. Wonderful.

Disciple

This story was not as good ad Merge. Hogarth “Trent” Tryman is a lonely forty-two year old man who works at a dead end job. No friends no want to be girlfriends, just his mom (he doesn’t live with her). One day he gets a message from someone named Bron who tells him he needs his help to alter the world. At first Trent doesn’t agree but is proven Bron is the real deal and goes with it. But soon his conscious doesn’t sit well with some of the actions he is doing and not only is his life in danger but so is others.

The book started off well enough but it didn’t catch my interest. I loved the whole man on the computer technically controlling this man’s life and him going back and forth with his conscious. But for a lack of better term the story was boring. Nothing about these words kept me wanting to read more. There wasn’t the same passion in the words as the first story.

I did like the good things Trent was doing with his new power. It made me respect him but he was boring and didn’t enjoy himself even a little. It made him actually seem like a sad man that really didn’t know what to do with himself.

Overall this story gets 6 out of 10. For a man being controlled by a guy or being on a computer it was pretty boring.  

Tania Lasenburg is a communications major that plays video games and cyber stalks Gym Class Heroes. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles

Book Review: The Robinsons’ Dark Matter by Michael Raymond

Remember when I read Cinder and how skeptical I was of reading a science fiction novel? Well I was asked to read a science fiction novel in exchange for a honest review. So here it is. . . . The Robinsons’ Dark Matter was a well written, entertaining read. This to be honest blew me away.

         Self Published Published: May 28, 2013              382 Pages
Self Published
Published: May 28, 2013
382 Pages

Victoria and Nate Robinson are typical, plain ole teenagers. Victoria, has a huge crush on her brother’s best friend and also loves reading about conspiracy theories. Nate . . . . well he just thinks his sister is weird. Oddly enough they have a decent relationship; they don’t avoid each other in school, and they don’t seem to hate each other (which is new).

But one day coming home from school they hear a strange sound coming from the basement. In this basement is a hidden door that alters gravity and has some suspicious alien technology in it. Curious as all teenagers would be Victoria and Nate discover that everything is not what it seems and that very same night their parents are kidnapped by two very weird men. Although the government tells them they have everything handled, Victoria and Nate take matters into their own hands.

What I loved about this book was the shock I felt when I began the book. Raymond (the author) made the beginning sound like a ending and it ticked me off until I realized what he was doing. He essentially started at the end to have a beginning; I haven’t seen that done in a while and it was done very well.

I also loved when the book switched to the parents point of view. Was not expecting that. Perfect.

What I didn’t like was the teens being in school and acting as if everything is okay. I understood why it was there because it helped in some ways and it moved some expected things around but I could have lived without it.

Raymond was able to keep a good pace in the book minus the school part, the book kept me on my toes that I looked forward to the next page. Not only did I want to see what happened to the parts but I knew something would change big time within those teenagers.

Overall this book gets a 9 out 10. The ending didn’t leave a lot of questions. Only one, which we can make an assumption on. There is a second book called The Robinsons’ Quantum Entanglement. I can honestly say I am looking forward to reading it.

 

To know more about the author check out Michael Raymond’s interview here

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Tania Lasenburg is a communications major that plays video games and cyber stalks Gym Class Heroes. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles

 

Book Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

To be perfectly honest, this is my first science fiction book. I’m not exactly sure why I have never picked up a science fiction book before but . . .  yea I just never did until Cinder.

Cinder by Marissa Meyers (goodreads)
Cinder by Marissa Meyers (goodreads)

Cinder is a cyborg and she lives in a world where most if not all people do not like cyborgs. But Cinder is special she is the best mechanic known in her land and she also happens to be 16 years old. But that is not the only thing that makes her special. To Cinder her past is unknown and her future becomes even more cloudy when the Prince comes to her stand looking for her services.

Cinder seems to be a play on Cinderella but in science fiction. She has the mother that hates her and the evil stepsister (she actually happens to like the other one).  What I loved about this book was Cinder herself. She was strong but not that strong in which she makes things difficult for herself or those around her. She also had a plan for her life and I don’t mean college or anything of that matter. I mean she knew she wanted to get from under her Stepmother and didn’t cause her any harm or mistreatment to do that. I thought that showed Cinder as a thoughtful and overall a person of good heart.

What the author was able to do for me (since I usually stay away from science fiction) is make me like Cinder so much I kept reading. Also the ending was actually really good; you find out the biggest mystery of Cinder’s past but I am not sure about how exactly that information helps her because when I previewed the second book she doesn’t seem to really do anything with it. Like it is really a huge piece of information.

Overall, I think if you’re into science fiction perfect read. This book gets a 8 out of 10.