[Review] The Homecoming by J. Scott Coatsworth

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The Homecoming

J. Scott Coatsworth

What rating would you give it?
3.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Goodreads Description)

When his own world is destroyed, Aldiss and his crew barely manage to escape, leaving friends and lovers behind. What was meant to be an exploratory trip back to the home world turns into a mad dash for survival.

When they awaken from stasis on Earth, which was abandoned by humanity five centuries before, they must quickly learn about their new home. While exploring the region around the ship, Aldiss meets Hari, a shape-changer, whose people harbor secrets that might cost the crew their lives.

What did you think of the book?

3.5 Stars, I think.

This one was pretty good, with interesting and engaging world-building, considering its short length. I was entertained. :3 The characters were engaging and the plot was well written. I think some of the interaction and even some of the culture was a bit harried which definitely came across in some instances (especially getting towards the end) but all in all, I would read this again.

I think it would benefit from being a bit longer so some of the backstory/history can be better integrated into the tale instead of just thrust on the reader, AND the characters, at the very last minute.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

None.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

I’m sure A BUNCH AT THE TIME, but all I can remember is this one (for obvious reasons lol)

Would you recommend this book?

Yeah, sure, I’d say so. It’s not a favourite or anything, but it’s still pretty darned good!

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher:  Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: July 2015
Format: ARC, ebook
Pages: —
Genre & Themes: Sci-Fi, M/M
Romance, Dystopia
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge,
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge,
NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

[Review] Omega Society Auction: Book One (Rourke #1) by Eileen Glass (FREE BOOK)

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Omega Society Auction: Book One (Rourke #1)

Eileen Glass

What rating would you give it?
4 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Goodreads Description)
When the alien alphas arrived on Earth, omega-compatible men weren’t given a choice in mating with them. After a long and troubled war, Earth brought down the harem towers and exiled the alien lords to the moon where they rule from afar.

Things have calmed down in recent history; the powerful alphas seek mates who will submit themselves voluntarily. But who would sell themselves into slavery? Who would want to become a breeder?

Rourke’s terminally ill mother needs a cure that’s only accessible to the very rich. An omega auction can pay for it.

What did you think of the book?

WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE! A free book that’s actually REALLY good. Omega Society Auction is an interesting take on your typical M/M Alpha/Omega trope, combined with aliens, a dystopian future, sci-fi setting, and m-preg. Lots of m-preg. (Although none of it actually happens in this book. But Rourke’s already gearing up for the role of babymaker extraordinaire!) The pacing, plot, characters were all well-thought out (although I could definitely see room for improvement and growth as the series continues). Although this book would actually be considered tame (there was no sex, just a hot make-out scene and some seriously questionable life choices on the MC’s part), I suspect the subsequent books will have more of a heat index to them. (Which I am WHOLEHEARTEDLY looking forward to!)

Literally my only complaint is two things:

One… it was never made clear whether or not our MC is actually gay/likes guys or not, is bi, or is straight but for whatever reason is gay-for-you to his Alpha. That sorta… irked me a little, but wasn’t that big a deal.

Two… and THIS WAS THE BIG DEAL ANNOYANCE… THAT FREAKING ABRUPT “ENDING”. A warning to all who start this ACTUALLY REALLY AMAZING SERIES: This is more like a SERIAL than a SERIES. Meaning the book ends like almost like a chapter would and then the next book picks up where you left off. Had I known that, I might not have started reading this series (because I was just looking for another fore-day morning read to keep me company until I dozed for a couple hours and then went off to work). I HAD NO INTENTION OF READING A BOOK/SERIES THAT WOULD LEAVE ME BEGGING FOR MORE AND ANNOYED THAT I COULDN’T RIGHT AWAY (cuz no money til Friday sadface) I’ll definitely be coming back for the rest of this series come the weekend, but for now I have to suffer through with that ANNOYING CLIFFHANGER (ughhhhuuuguuguguh)

Thus, why this book only gets 4 stars instead of 5 from me. CUZ THAT ENDING

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Well… there is mention of rape, and probably some sort of dubcon going on towards the end of the book. But like I said, nothing actually happens in terms of sex in this book, and tbh I was more annoyed with Rourke for acting pissed off AFTER GIVING HIS CONSENT for his Alpha to have sex with him even though his Alpha told him he’s losing control and would probably — and I quote — “rape him” if he didn’t postpone their meeting for another time.

Furthermore, the whole damned thing was actually Rourke’s fault to begin with (and if/when you read, you’ll understand WHY I say that, cuz I don’t want to give that away). But yeah… I dunno. I guess depending on how the reader takes it, they could blame his Alpha or Rourke (but it’s totally Rourke’s fault. Like not even GONNA ATTEMPT to imply it’s anyone else’s fault but his. What he did and CONTINUED TO DO and EVEN GOT CAUGHT DOING was DUMB AF)

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Just the one…

Would you recommend this book?

ABSOLUTELY! If you enjoy M/M, m-preg, Alpha/Omega, scifi, aliens… this is the book for you! Get your free copy here:

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher:  Glass Fiction
Publication Date: December 16th 2017
Format: eBook
Pages: 113
Genre & Themes: Sci-Fi, Aliens,
M/M Romance, Alpha/Omega,
m-preg, Dystopian future
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Bought
Challenge: 2019 GoodReads Reading Challenge

[Review] The Aliens and Their Omega (Volardi Mpreg #1) by Tabatha Austin (FREE BOOK)

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The Aliens and Their Omega (Volardi Mpreg #1)

Tabatha Austin

What rating would you give it?
2.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Goodreads Description)
Genre: Gay Alien MPreg / MPreg Non Shifter / M/M/M

James hoped his jump would finally bring his miserable life to an end. It did, but not in the way he intended.

High above Earth, the Volardi – tall, muscular, virile aliens – are in desperate need of males to repopulate their race. Their desperation gives rise to the Omega Program, an active campaign to convert the perfect candidates.

When Melk and Trevah rescue James from a rocky cliff free-fall, they entice him with an opportunity to be the first Earthling Omega and bring Earth into a Golden Age.

Hot gay guys, a science fiction lifestyle, and a family? What could go wrong? Unfortunately for James, everything.

Note: The Aliens and Their Omega is a complete standalone alpha/beta/omega non-shifter mpreg (male pregnancy) romance.
This 31,000-word science fiction m/m/m novella contains detailed descriptions of steamy threesome sex with muscled aliens. Includes anal and oral situations with a firm touch of dominance.

What did you think of the book?

Where to even begin with this?

First, a confession:
I should REALLY, REALLY stop going through Google Play’s free books at, like, 3 in the morning and picking up the first “this-could-be-interesting” free book I find and reading it. It most likely won’t end well. xD

Now onto the review:
I liked the basic concept (this is seemed like SOOOO my cup of tea… A/B/O Aliens? GIMME EVERYTHING YOU HAAAAVVVVEEEE) but the writing was so mediocre that I constantly found myself rubbing my temples just to will myself past all the typos, spelling mistakes, and grammatical horrors that kept popping up left and right and pulling me out of the story. Also, though the BASIC concept was fine, I really didn’t like how it was executed in this story (which makes me cringe to think what the follow-up novels are like).

I don’t think I’ll read any of the other books (although reviews say the last — I think it’s the last — book in the series is the best written of them all). I only read this one ’cause I was bored, it was free, and I had absolutely nothing else better to do.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Uhhhhhhh… WELL… the synopsis basically lays them all out for you. I mean, it’s gay, mpreg, non-shifter A/B/O, threesome, graphic sexual situations, serious dubious consent, pregnant sex… I mean… it’s… it’s definitely an acquired taste.

If that’s your thing and you don’t mind mediocre writing in need of some SERIOUS editing, plot holes, and a very abrupt ending…

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Just the one…

Would you recommend this book?

I really would not. But then again, it IS free (or at least it was when I found it on Google Play), so if you want to give it a shot? Go for it.

Do you, my friend.

Get it here FOR FREE:

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher:  Self Published
Publication Date: January 2018
Format: eBook
Pages: 112
Genre & Themes: 18+ M/M/M Romance, Fiction, Aliens,
Sci-Fi, LGBTQUIA+, M-preg
Age: Adult (18+)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Purchased on Google Play
Challenge: 2019 GoodReads Reading Challenge

Tour and Review! — What would YOU do to secure a place on “The Ark”?

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Hullo everyone! Welcome to my stop on The Ark’s tour!

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TheArkThe Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopian
Book Links: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon || B&N

There’s a meteor headed for Earth, and there is only one way to survive.

With her criminal record, sixteen-year-old Char is never going to get a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect Earth’s survivors. The Arks are reserved for the real goody-goodies, like Char’s mom, dad, and brother, all of whom have long since turned their backs on her.

With Earth on the brink of destruction, Char must use all her tricks of the trade to swindle her way into outer space, where she hopes to reunite with her family, regardless of whether they want to see her or not.

Once she arrives on the North American Ark, Char discovers that the remnants of humanity haven’t achieved the egalitarian utopia they’d planned for. For starters, the “Officers of the Peace” are anything but peaceful, especially since stealing a spot on an Ark is a crime punishable by death…

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REVIEW (More Like Rant) & THOUGHTS

Rating: 3.5 Stars!

I loved the whole premise of this book from the description alone and thankfully this book panned out as something worthwhile of my time.

However, I can only give this one a solid 3.5 stars.

Reason being: The weird-instalove TIMES TWO that took place in a book that REALLY DID NOT NEED IT.

It’s fine when the book is actually classified as a romance or something, but… this is a science fiction — YA yes, but still sci-fi — and that part of it was AWESOME. Yes, I’ll admit, some of the story reminded me of others (but that’s not always a bad thing when told in an interesting voice with interesting characters and — Oh yeah. Did I mention the world’s about to end? RUN FOR YOUR LIIIIIIIIIIIVES!)

What did it for me was our main character, Char. I actually liked Char quite a bit. I was genuinely surprised. Sometimes I have a real insta-NO reaction when I hear a book is being told from a female POV, and this was one such instance. (I know, it sounds horrible and I’m a bad person boo-hoo, but it’s the truth. I’ll always quote GRRM, who replied with this when asked how he was able to make all his female characters seem so different and genuine:

“You know… I always considered women to be people.” – George RR Martin

“I always considered women to be people.” Yeah. Well, that’s kinda what I’m talking about here.

Although it should SEEM to be common sense to simply WRITE FEMALE CHARACTERS LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE BECAUSE, I DUNNO, THEY ARE… writers have THE BIGGEST PROBLEM making like-able, authentic, female leads (or not-leads. Because even the female sidekicks often suck — and that’s such a… I mean, wtf, man! Really???).

Which brings me back to why I often shy away from books with female leads or lots of female characters.

I’m not big on teeny, high school reads, so I will almost NEVER read those unless there is something worthwhile in me reading it or I actually think it might be different from all the rest. I can’t stand the whiny shit that seems to go hand-in-hand with most female characters or the “I’M A BADASS, DON’T MESS WITH ME” vibe they give off if they’re NOT whiny bitches. I also can’t stand the chatty know-it-alls, either. Or the boy-crazy, girly-girls who do nothing else but look pretty, (though are often also INCREDIBLY SMART, because dumb blonds are SOOO overrated. Smart blonds are SO MUCH CUTER! 😀 😀 😀 …. UGhh, shoot me now. -_____-;;; )

Oh — and by the way — I hate these “supposed characteristics” in guys JUST AS MUCH as I hate them in the ladies. The only time either one of these scenarios work out is if… I dunno… it’s a SPOOF and that’s the POINT of the book. Otherwise, you expecting me to believe all of this crap is not gonna happen.

….and I totally got off track from Char, didn’t I?

Or did I?

No, I don’t think so. Because just like I went off on a random sidetracked exploration of existentialism and behaviorism, so does she. She’s not pretending that’s she’s the smartest cookie in the jar. She’s got problems — sadly it IS boy-related problems later in the book, but as I said, that is the one thing that irked me about her — but isn’t your usual teen if for no other reason than because she knows full well there are more IMPORTANT problems.

Like say… getting her ass on one of those ships ASAP.

Or finding her hairbrush.

I mean… the damn story opens with her looking around for her hairbrush, understanding fully well that the world is going to end and she REALLY shouldn’t care, but… but that hairbrush was one of the few things her mom tried to instill in her to use to keep her hair neat, and now she can’t find it, so it’s taking up her every waking moment because WHERE THE HELL IS THAT HAIRBRUSH?!

…y’see that? *That* I love. I love female characters just being… people. NORMAL PEOPLE. Not gong-ho slingers, or girly-girl, or whatever other stereotype you can think of. But just normal people who are sorta having a meltdown because the world is ending and they can’t find their hairbrush.

And it’s because this general theme of NORMALCY in the midst of total destruction and mayhem that keeps playing out with Char, that *I* kept reading and inevitably give this book 3.5 Stars.

She’s not perfect. She’s got her flaws. She gets caught up with all the wrong people and makes some bad choices (often not properly explained away by the author which might also be why this book gets the star rating I’m giving it…), but she’s also pretty REAL to me, and that’s what counts.

Were it not for that GOD-AWFUL INSTALOVE SORTA-TRIANGLE (because a simple, normal instalove just isn’t the YA way *eye roll*), this book would have gotten 4, perhaps even 4.5 Stars. Easy. That and the cliffhanger, because unless this book is going to turn out to be a series… that ending was NOT COOL, man. NOT COOL. 😦

The writing was done beautifully. Description and general happenings were all spot-on. I was engaged throughout the book, although my interest did wane a bit towards the mid-end half of the book. The other characters like Isiah, Eren, and Kip thoroughly entertained me for various reasons. And the whole escape plan was quite a bit of fun to read~

Still recommending this one. Especially to those who may not hate instalove as much as I most abhorrently do.

 

This book fits these 2015 Reading Challenges:

2015 GoodReads Reading Challenge

You Read How Many Books?

52 Books in 52 Weeks

Read A Million Pages

105 Reading Challenge (Categories: 1, 4, 10)

2015 New To You Reading Challenge (New Author To Me & Brand New “Series” hopefully)

NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review. In no way does it affect my rating or review.

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LauraLaura grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent an excellent childhood playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. The Ark is the direct result of those stories and a lifelong devotion to space-themed television. It received a Work in Progress Grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Laura has a degree in French and a license to practice law, but both are frozen in carbonite at present. She lives in Texas with her family.

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[Book Review] The Authorized Ender Companion

The Authorized Ender Companion

Orson Scott Card (creator), Jake Black (writer)

What rating would you give it?
2.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)

The Authorized Ender Companion is a complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things and events in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe.  Written by Jake Black under the editorial supervision of Card himself, The Authorized Ender Companion will be an invaluable resource for readers of the series.

If you ever wondered where Ender went after he left Earth, before he arrived at Lusitania, you’ll find the answer here.  If you ever wondered how the battle room worked, you’ll find the answer here.   If you forgot the names of the people who discovered the Descolada, the answer is here.  The history of Gloriously Bright’s world?  Here.

The Authorized Ender Companion contains all that and more. There are character biographies, time-lines, colony histories, and family trees.

What did you think of the book?

Eh… it was okay. I don’t really have much else to say about it. It’s not nearly as awesome as the synopsis describes. I picked it up solely for the purpose of reference material for a book I was working on at the time. Furthermore, I thought it would be a good idea to have a guidebook for the Ender series on my shelves for that once in a blue moon situation where I forget something and want a quick look-up.

In truth, the book wasn’t half as spectacular as it should have been. Most guidebooks I’ve read are simply fabulous.

This one, was not.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

None particularly.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

A couple. The usual.

Would you recommend this book?

Probably not, unless you were looking for a reference book specifically for the Ender game. But even so, I would say go borrow it from the library or something. Don’t pay for it. It’s not worth it.

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: November 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Genre & Themes: Science Fiction,
Reference, Fiction, Encyclopedia / Dictionary,
Guide books
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Bought
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (??),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge

Tour, Review, and Giveaway! — Let’s Break Through The Illusions of “A Neophyte’s Tale”

Hullo everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Good Tales Book Tour for A Neophyte’s Tale, an Abbey Thorne short story!

Be sure to scroll down and check out my review as well as enter the GIVEAWAY for signed copies and all sorts of lovely swag!

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9781310366123A Neophyte’s Tale, an Abbey Thorne short story
Series:
Prequel to The Netherwalker Series
Author: C.K. Dawn
Publication Date: April 27 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Book Links: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon || Smashwords

Abigail Thorne hears voices. Well, one voice repeating one word over and over again. Soft and sweet with the promise of power, it calls to her. The twelve year old has no idea that the tender little word is a catalyst that serves to reveal a world hidden to most humans. Abbey has yet to discover that following the word’s call to its origin will change the course of her life forever.

Abbey and her mother don’t have much, and depending on the day, sometimes they don’t even have a roof over their heads. She wants more out of life than just wondering where her next meal is. So she shouldn’t be wasting her time daydreaming about going on a selfish quest, should she? Does she have the strength to leave behind what little she has? Will she have the courage to break through the illusions surrounding her and lift the cloak of shadows?

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REVIEW & THOUGHTS

Rating: 3/3.5 Stars!

A great teaser for the series. I’m glad it’s set as a short story prequel and not a novel or novella – because it is neither. But a great intro to this world? Oh yeah. I’m expecting great things from this series. Interested to see where it’ll go from here. The writing was a bit… irritating, at times. Not bad, per se, just a tad juvenile. I know the book’s probably YA or Teen, but it could still do with a little work. World-building is decent enough for the short space of time we were there. I hope more will be built on this premise and expand further into something awesome. I can’t really say whether I like anyone yet, because we just don’t know enough about them, but I anticipate liking Bernie best. I mean, he’s a freakin’ cat man after all. What’s not to love? 😉

And, though I have a feeling EVERYONE’S “word” is different, I’m still curious what Abbey’ s might be.

Guess I’ll find out in the next installment of the series!

This book fits these 2015 Reading Challenges:

2015 GoodReads Reading Challenge

You Read How Many Books?

52 Books in 52 Weeks

Read A Million Pages

105 Reading Challenge (Categories: 1, 4, 9, 10)

2015 New To You Reading Challenge (New Author To Me & Brand New Series)

This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review. In no way does it affect my rating or review.

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CK lives with the love of her life John, his cat Scout, her cat Hagrid, their mutually adopted and socialized feral kitten Pepper (yes, cats have favorite humans. It’s a thing), and their dog Diesel (aka Methane– Please, don’t make her explain).

She credits her mother for the strong independent woman she is, her father for her inner peace and beautiful outlook on life, and the summers of sweaty, manual labor on her grandparents’ farm for her strong work ethic.

In writing, CK has truly found her bliss. Stay tuned, because there will be a lot more to come in her Netherwalker series. Seriously, things have only just begun.

 

Author Links

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Tour, Giveaway, & My Honest Review of “Alien Love”

Welcome the Alien Love sci-fi tour! 

Included in this tour is my review and a giveaway, so be sure to scroll down and check them both out! 😉

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9781620159019Title: Alien Love
Author: Stan Schatt
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Publication Date: April 30, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction

Purchase:  Amazon ~ Barnes and Nobles

In Stan Schatt’s latest Science Fiction novel, a dying astronaut reveals a secret that blows the lid on a government treaty with extraterrestrials while other alien races have come to Earth with their own agendas. Meanwhile an ancient alien race with a base on the Moon makes plans that could spell doom.

25 year- old EX-SEAL, Jack Starling, has plenty of his own problems, but he can’t help falling in love with the beautiful woman he rescues after she is brutally attacked. He learns how dangerous it can be to fall in love with someone who is not human who has her own plans for him.

Jack finds himself pitted against aliens far stronger and far more cunning than any human enemies. Once he learns what the aliens have planned for him and for Earth, he must race against time before it is too late.

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REVIEW & THOUGHTS

Rating: 3.75/4 Stars!

I actually REALLY enjoyed this book! Wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into at first, but the story proved to be an engaging one… One that didn’t drag on or bore me to tears as some sci-fi books tend to by simply adding too much information too quickly or just dumping it in weird places that don’t fit/add to the story besides, “HERE. HAVE SOME TECHNO-JUMBO, AND WE’LL CALL IT A NIGHT.”

Alien Love did none of the sorts, and for this I am most sincerely grateful.

This book was concise, tight, and held a bit of mystery as we tried to solve the bizarre situation our MC Jack suddenly finds himself in. One aspect of Jack that really made me interested in him was his ability to [HIGHLIGHT TO SEE SPOILER]see the color of other people’s auras[/END SPOILER]. I totally made me think of Cannan from the anime of the same name. She had the ability to [HIGHLIGHT TO SEE SPOILER]use synesthesia to aid her in combat, viewing the world in different colors to tell enemies from civilians… which is exactly what Jack does to a lesser extent all the time[/END SPOILER]. But it was also a big issue with me because I was like, “Hello? Why are people giving him such a hard time about this? It’s basically a super-heightened form of synesthesia folks! How – as a DOCTOR – do you not know about this???” *is directing that DIRECTLY TO his shrink yo*

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You REALLY mean to tell me you’re THAT SURE he’s crazy? REALLY? Really? *judging you*

Another thing I liked was the way the author (Stan Schatt) handled the whole “alien conspiracy” thing here. It did feel a little X-Files-y at times (which was totally fine by me – after all, who doesn’t like a good X-Files marathon? XD ) but overall I really good read!

I can’t pinpoint exactly what I liked about this book. It wasn’t as mentally stimulating as some of the scifi I like to read typically is, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless! I’d recommend it to the alien and alien invasion sci-fi buffs in a heartbeat.

This book fits these 2015 Reading Challenges:

2015 GoodReads Reading Challenge

You Read How Many Books?

52 Books in 52 Weeks

Read A Million Pages

105 Reading Challenge (Categories: 1, 4, 5: ORANGE, 9, 10)

2015 New To You Reading Challenge (New Author To Me)

This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review. In no way does it affect my rating or review.

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Dr. Stan Schatt spent many years as a futurist responsible for forecasting future technology products and markets for Fortune 500 companies. He served as a Fulbright Professor and taught at Tokyo University, USC, and the University of Houston. He is the author of over thirty books ranging from science fiction and paranormal mysteries to young adult novels. Schatt is a technology expert who has been quoted in the New York Times, Fortune, and BusinessWeek as well as CNBC.

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The Re-Read Challenge Review ~ Update 3

THE LIST of Books I Re-Read in March

   

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  1. The Antique Bakery by Fumi Yoshinaga  [Re-read Review]
  2. Twin Flames (Sumeria’s Sons, #1) by Lexi Ander  [Review]
  3. 19 Days by Old Xian  [Review]
  4. Under Grand Hotel v.1 by Mika Sadahiro  [Review]

WHAT I Remember

About The Antique Bakery… not as much as I’d thought I would. o__O I actually remembered the anime in more detail.

About Twin Flames… that everything was perfect and I needed the next book immediately. xD

About 19 Days… that EVERYTHING IS PERFECT and EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A BEST FRIEND LIKE THIS GUY. XDDD

About Under Grand Hotel… little bits and pieces. I was actually looking for a scene that I wanted to compare another book I was reading against, but I couldn’t remember if it was in the first or second book so… one thing led to another. Next thing I knew I’d re-read the whole thing. XD

WHY I Wanted to Re-Read

I think what triggered me wanting to read The Antique Bakery again was because I heard the theme song and it got me all nostalgic and shit. XD Which sort of plays along to why I re-read Under Grand Hotel, the first book… and ONLY the first book. I heard a song that reminded me of it, and wah-la! The instant, “MUST READ NOW!” trigger was switched.

I ended up reading 19 Days again because it made local online news, and I just couldn’t help myself. xD It’s so ridiculously funny that once you start – you can’t stop until you’re done. This is just one of those books. It’s also kinda funny (but in a different way) because the last time I’d read 19 Days there wasn’t as many strips yet, so seeing that an entire book was finished was quite surprising!

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Twin Flames got another re-read because I got my hands on the next book, so REFRESHER TIME! HERE WE COME!

HOW I Felt After Re-Reading

For all of them it was either refresher, “OH that’s right. THAT’S what happened. Right, right.” I didn’t feel any differently about the books than I did the first time reading them. Only love them all over again.

Under Grand Hotel and 19 Days won out though. Because after another re-read, I just love them ALL OVER AGAIN WITH GUSTO.

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WOULD I Re-Read Again

Definitely for all of them except The Antique Bakery. I really have nothing against it, it’s just… well… some books you like to AND CAN re-read again, and again, and again, with no problem and no possibility of ever getting bored of it. And then there’s The Antique Bakery, which – while being a good manga – can be a bit… eh… it’s not re-read worthy. That’s all I’m saying, y’know?

[Book Review] Along Came A Wolf by Adam Dreece

Along Came A Wolf

(The Yellow Hoods, Book #1)

Adam Dreece

What rating would you give it?
3.75 of 5 Stars

Is anything special going on for this book right now?

Funny you should ask! 😛

There’s a blog tour and book giveaway going on right now until the 28th of the month! Go check them both out here.

Thoughts and review of the book?

Centered around a young girl named Tee and her two friends, Elly and Richy, the story unfolds as a wonderful escape into the crazy adventures every child dreams of living and most adults wish to recapture once more. Coupled with the twists and turns you’d expect of any good book, Tee and the other Yellow Hoods find themselves in a predicament that soon carries the story along on a bold and innovative adventure. Her grandfather, an inventor, is being hounded by our “big bad wolf” Andre LeLoup, and it’s up to the kids to use their wits, resourcefulness, and a wide array of steampunky contraptions to fend off our cunning villain. To say it has a vibe of “The Goonies” running through it would be an understatement. (If you like the movie, you will DEFINITELY enjoy this book. XD )

Although it’s intended for all audiences, Along Came A Wolf is undoubtedly written for a younger audience (middle-grade, teens, YA at most). That being said, you need to keep that in mind when reading it, so you can enjoy it from a younger reader’s perspective. If you can do that, you’ll adore this book so~

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My only quip is that it needs some work in the editing department. It’s not GLARING bad, but there are quite a few moments that just throw you out of the story. And a few areas that need help with transitioning smoothly. And some typographical errors. And… okay, so it needs some editorial work, but it’s still pretty darned good considering! (Thus my 3.75 rating instead of a straight out 4.) Still, if you can get past that, you’ll be in for a great ride. 🙂

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Nothing really. Obviously, you might want to be interested in steampunk, fantasy, scifi, and YA books to like this one. Else you might get whiny like some people.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Well… it wasn’t exactly supposed to, but it does. xD

Would you recommend this book?

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Sure! Why not? It’s a great book. I just wish someone had handed me this novel first before it got printed so I could have looked it over once (or twice).

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: ADZO Publishing
Publication Date: August 2014
Format: ebook
Pages: 141
Genre / Themes: Emergent Steampunk,
Fantasy, Intrigue, Strong Female Characters,
Action / Adventure, Fairytales Retold,
Happy Family, Non-Magic Fantasy, Science
Fiction, Power Trio trope
Age: Teen – Young Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by Good Tales Book Tours for an
honest review
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (49),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
The Eclectic Reader (#12 Middle Grade / YA
Adventure
)

[Manga Review] Silver Diamond (v.21)

Silver Diamond

(Silver Diamond, #21: Puppet)

Sugiura Shiho

What rating would you give it?
5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Synopsis by Publisher)
Believing in their strengths and bonds, Rakan and the others head to the capital. Watch as they gallantly step inside the battleground to save their comrades and the world in the midst of the rain which is believed to be the prelude to the prophesied “storm”!! This is the must-see volume 21, with 5 pages of the extra story “Puppets II” included!!

What did you think of the book?

The plot thickens! And we are pulled right along for the ride~~! There are such great moments in this book between Rakan and Chigusa, like one right at the beginning:

“Rakan. These circuits… They’re the same as mine.”

ASDFGHJKLLJJGFCJFUFUFYDTVJVFD !!! TAT IM DYIN

Also… HAKUBIIIIIIIIIIII and ZAKUROOOO! 😀 😀 😀

So much went down in this book. Easily one of my favourites thus far in the series. I think it also had my favourite “Extra (Story)” which — honest to goodness — I don’t know how I didn’t catch this reveal in the first place. @_____@

Because OMFG KURO FLSNAKFNDLKANDKGNADLNGKAL HOW DID I NOT REALIZE THAT THING WITH HER NAME. HOOOOWWWWWWWWWWW?!???????

SPOILER (HIGHLIGHT TO SEE):

KURO = (ZA)KURO??? Poor babies didn’t realize what was going on until they nearly killed everybody, Hakubi in particular. TAT

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*EHEM*

Always with my cryptic answers, hur hur~~ :3

Not to mention, pretty much everything that’s been happening to Narushige is breaking my heart. BREAKING IT I SAY! They need to get him back ASAP. This puppet-ing thing is starting to scare me, too. o__o

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

None that I could think of.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

As per usual, so many xD

Would you recommend this book?

kidding

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and— oh. Did I mention, YES?!

 

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Tosuisha
Publication Date: September 2010
Format: electronic, scans
Pages: 164
Genre & Themes: M/M Romance, War,
Love, Twins, Trust, Science Fiction,
Fantasy, Isolation Issues, Psi Abilities,
Alternative Worlds, Telekinetic Powers,
Survivors, Betrayal, Telepathy, Puppets,
Dying World, Plants, Nature, Environment,
Genetically Engineered People & Creatures,
Family, Friendship, Manga, Shounen Ai,
Slashy, Lost Memories
Age: OT / Young Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Scanlations by Amato Empire
Challenge:   2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (30),
52 Books in 52 WeeksEthereal 2015,
You Read How Many Books?105 Reading Challenge
2015 LGBT Reading ChallengeRead A Million Pages,
2015 Graphic Novel and Comic Reading Challenge,