Category Archives: Science Fiction

Come Out Tonight

Title: Come Out Tonight
Author: Bonnie Rozanski
Genre:
Publisher: Biting Duck Press
Publishing date: August 3rd, 2015
ISBN: 9781938463228

Publisher Description:: Sherry Pollack is a brilliant scientist working for a high-pressure translational medical research lab, where she has helped bring to market a new sleep aid called Somnolux. All of that is destroyed when she is assaulted and left in a persistent vegetative state. Her loving boyfriend and the detective assigned to the case both struggle to find her assailant and to bring Sherry back.
Their research leads them to an array of unlikely suspects and to increasingly worrying discoveries about Somnolux. The surprise ending may make you wish you could never sleep again.

My Review:

To start of this review I would like to compliment both the writing and the narrative, as they carry the story on in a brisk pace. The story is told in a split narrative between a detective Donna Sirken and Sherry’s boyfriend Henry.
Though the premise of the story is very intriguing and I was very excited to read this particular book it just didn’t do it for me. The story was a little predictable, and the characters just didn’t evoke enough emotion for me to pay attention to them. At certain points on the story the characters had emotional outbursts and internalization of thought, as to reveal certain character traits, but they weren’t done in a very masterful way and instead of enriching the story they made the story feel clipped.
The story is sold as a hard sci-fi, which is another one of the reasons I picked it up. Come Out Tonight is not a hard sci-fi, it lacks a lot on the technological side to qualify as such. It is more of a light Science Fiction thriller, and I think it even could have passed as just a normal Crime/Suspense Thriller.
The book could also have had a more interesting cover. Though I picked this book purely for its premise, I do believe that some people will put this book down purely based on its cover.

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The Hollow Moon

Title: The Hollow Moon
Series: Aoleon The Martian Girl #3
Author: Brent LeVasseur
Genre: Children’s science fiction
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Publishing date: February 8th, 2015
ISBN: 9780986208232

Synopsis: Gilbert finally gets his chance to learn to skyboard. However, things go horribly wrong and they are chased by the Royal Paladin guard.

My Review:

This is the third installment in the book-series, and all though there is much more action in this one I found myself loosing interest. It is a perfectly fine story, but it did no captivate me in any way. The artwork is still fine, and it is a story that promotes a kick-ass female superhero, which is great. The overall story still lacks direction, which is one of the reasons I feel like I’m losing touch with this story. The good thing about this story is the characters, it is easy to care and fear for them. Another positive thing is that the speed picked up, and the story unfolds faster than in the previous one. There are two more books in the series and I hope the last two books will provide more sense of purpose.

Author info:

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys.
He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel.
He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

The Luminess of Mars

Title: The Luminess of Mars
Series: Aoleon The Martian Girl #2
Author: Brent LeVasseur
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher:  Aoléon Pres
Publishing date: February 23rd 2015
ASIN: B00S70U8NE

Synopsis: Gilbert gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates.

My Review:

The book is fast paced and full of adventure just like the previous one. The author has successfully created a resourceful and high energy superhero. For the most part the writing is to the point, but sometimes it seems like the plot loses its grasp on the story and it sort of waddle around, and at some points I think it would have done better with stronger editing.
The graphics are still fun, but I still think they speak more to the younger part of Middle Grade readers rather than the older part. The graphics follow the style of most modern cartoon shows for children.
One thing I really dislike about this series is its clunky and awkward title format. The title format makes it hard to distinguish each volume from the other, and I think it would have benefited from sticking with a traditional graphic novel format or just given each installment a title and call it a series like all other books.

To end the review on a positive note I did enjoy the story for what it was, and I think the writing will be engaging for children who are just starting to read on their own.

Author Bio

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoléon: The Martian Girl

PArt I: First Contact

Title: First Contact
Series: Aoléon The Martian Girl
Author: Brent LeVasseur
Genre: Science Fiction, Middle Grade
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Publishing date: January 31st, 2015
ISBN: 9780979128516
Purchase Link:

Synopsis: The launch of this exciting and innovatively illustrated new series takes the reader deep into the heart of an unforgettable and out-of-this-world friendship in a story full of hijinks, hilarity, and good old-fashioned fun.

My Review:

I would like to start off this review by commenting the nice illustrations that accompanied this Middle-Grade Science Fiction book. Even though they can look rather simple they weree vivi and color full, and complimented the story. They are imaginative and I’m sure that younger readers will really appreciate them.
The story itself is very easy to follow and the text is large, which, both, make this book great for kids who’s just learning to read on their own.
After saying this, there isn’t much going on in the story. But this isn’t necessarily bad, younger readers might need a simple story line to follow while I as an adult reader would have liked to see more going on in the story
Bottom line is that this is a book that king of reads like a TV-show, written by an authors who is 100% aware of his audience without dumbing down the language. It is very clear from the story that this book is Middle-Grade, and it doesn’t try to be anything more than that.

The Designed

Title: The Designed
Series: The Designed Series #1
Author: Kate Tailor
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: BookBaby
Publishing date: January 26th, 2015
ISBN: 9781483548838
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: What if the next new drug was you? Raleigh’s body produces a drug that could define the future of medicine if the dangerous world surrounding it doesn’t kill her first.
Eighteen-year old Raleigh Groves can sense disease in others and is suffering from her own unexplained illness as well. After years and dozens of doctor visits, she has given up hope of ever finding a cure, let alone a diagnosis. Then she meets a man who explains that her talent and curse are linked. Her body produces a drug, Lucidin, which allows her to sense others. She’s rare, and the drug she makes is coveted.
Rho has spent the last few years on the run. The Lucidin that is racing through his system makes him a target. Surrounded by addicts and dealers on one side and scientists and doctors on the other, he has to rely on his wits and his team to stay one step ahead. So far he has stayed afloat, but some of his brothers haven’t been as lucky.
As Rho and Raleigh collide they must face the perilous world of Lucidin together. Nothing is black-and-white and Raleigh must decide where her alliances lie. Sometimes the hardest heart to sense is your own.

My Review:

The Designed is a very well written indie book. It got a lot of tension, the author knows to pace her characters and the events. The story is intriguing and drives the reader forward, it is a book you can easily read in one sitting.
Like any other work of art The Designed does have it’s problems and one of the main problems with this book is the story of Rho. His story line is very intriguing, but it raises too many questions, questions which are left unanswered. This is the first book in a series, but I am a firm believer that every “first book” in a series should house enough qualities to stand as a stand alone book (in case you have no interest in continue reading the series). At that book this book failed, as it ended on a cliffhanger, and not only a cliffhanger but a massive one
That aside, this books has enough good points; exceptional writing, leveled characters, multiple layers and a good story. This is a book which is well worth reading.

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The Selection

Title: The Selection
Series: The Selection #1
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Teens & YA, Dystopian
Publisher: HarperCollins UK, Children’s
Publishing date: June 7th, 2012
ISBN: 9780007466726
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: It’s the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon’s love. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others.
Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don’t know is that America has a secret – one which could throw the whole competition… and change her life forever.

My Review:

Wow, where to begin. This book was so much more than I expected it to be. I went into this book seeing a gorgeous cover and a tagline that was somewhat a  washed up crossover between Wither (By Lauren DeStefano) and The Hunger Games. When I started reading I could not put it down, and I put off reading it to the last possible moment, now I wish I started sooner.
The story of America is a gritty story of a poor girl thrown into a world of luxury. From Rags to riches. Her ability to be honest and genuine wins her Prince Maxon’s affection. Through her outspokenness and sometimes plain rudeness, there is a character who feels real. Another thing I really appreciated with this book is that the “love-triangle” is very downplayed (because I loathe love triangles).
America’s struggle is more about moving on from her first love and falling in love with Maxon. This get’s more complicated when her former love ends up being a guard at the palace. But because both the romances are built in a slow pace, the triangle become more realistic and reliable. In some way it is a futuristic Cinderella-story with a twist.
For future installments I hope the story of how the world evolved will come into view. Also the question of who the rebels are and what they want, remain unanswered, but hopefully the future books will answer these questions.
It’s years since this series was first published, and I sincerely regret not getting into these books sooner.

Forgotten

Title: Forgotten
Series: AM13
Author: Samie Sands
Genre: Science Fiction, Zombies
Publisher: Triplicity Publishing
Publishing date: March 2nd, 2015
ISBN: 9780990813392
Purchase Link: amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: The Lockdown has failed. The AM13 virus is spreading out of control and there doesn’t seem to be any way of stopping it. The Government announces its new plan—a sanctuary in an area completely untouched by the infected—as long as you can get there unscathed of course…

My Review:

“Forgotten” quickly introduces a UK ravaged by a man-made-virus. Everyone who get infected turn into a zombie bent on infection others, or rather feast on the flesh of the living. In an attempt to contain the pandemic, authorities decided to evacuate the British Islands, but they acted just a little too late.
The book is centered around three characters, Ethan, Alyssa and the scientist Dr. Jones, and their struggle to cope with the end of the world. Each of them have their own personal demons hunting them.
Ethan suffers from germophobia or maybe even OCD, he struggles through his days in the city which is occupied by hordes of zombies. Alyssa had to depart with all her family, even murdering her 8-year-old sister when she turned. She find some solace in an abandoned church which served as home for a group of survivors. And last, the mysterious Dr. Jones and his search for a cure in isolation, unknowing what fate his family has met after the outbreak.

The story of survivors and the struggle against zombies is a familiar one. It has been handed over and over in books, movies and TV-shows. I’m not going to compare Samie Sands work to anything, and I would not say that it is the new “The Walking Dead.” What set Samie Sand’s work apart from other works is how close up and personal you get on the characters. Their struggle is very emotional, it is easy to see how they’re at loss of all hope, and the further the story get, the less likely it is that anything is ever going to get back to normal.
What I missed while reading “Forgotten” was more distinction between the narratives. The narrative was strong and consistent, but I would have liked more distinction between the various POVs. And when I got past the use of mirrors to reveal the characters’ appearance, it was quite an enjoyable read.

Four

Title: Four
Author:Chris Johns
Publisher: Three Faced Media
Publishing date: April 29th, 2015
ASIN: B00WW0DSRI
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: What if you realized the world faced an apocalyptic future of devastation and destruction from pollution, overpopulation and global warming… and you knew how to stop it… What would you do?

My Review:

“Four” is a book that present a unique perspective on current issues such as disease, global warming, and overpopulation. Soon it also becomes a science versus faith debate, by partnering up two main characters: one which rely on science and one with all his faith in God. Both the viewpoints are well presented.
The characters seem realistic and their actions are well founded. Each of the characters present their own set of morals and values, which makes them more like individual people and less than characters on a page.
My problem with this book was how it was formatted, as every time the author started on a new line it was a double space. This made it hard to distinguish between paragraphs and semi-paragraphs and made the copy the book seem less professional. However, pushing through the story was worth it in the end.

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The Yellow Hoods Series

The Yellow Hoods Series:
As the Yellow Hoods series starts, we see a pastoral world on the brink of a great change. Steam-based and other technologies are emerging, hence the genre “Emergent Steam Punk”. But this is written in the tradition of hard science fiction– you will find no gratuitous gears here. In the series, Adam Dreece masterfully weaves together familiar elements from fairy tales with realistic characters, bringing them to life. Here we meet the Nikolas Klaus: a kind of fusion of Santa Claus and Nikola Tesla and his granddaughter, young Tee who evokes Little Red Riding Hood but with the force of personality of a Katniss (Hunger Games) or Buffy (aka the Vampire Slayer). You may laugh and you may cry, but I guarantee you will enjoy the ride.

Title: Along Came a Wolf (Bk 1)
Series: The Yellow Hoods
Author: Adam Dreece
Publication Date: April 14th, 2014

Someone is on the hunt for the steam engine plans, and believes that master inventor, Nikolas Klaus, has them. Thought dead by most, and forgotten by many, the quiet grandfather has been living for years in the sleepy mountain town of Minette, keeping his inventions mostly to himself and watching his granddaughter grow up.
Twelve-year-old Tee, and her two best friends, Elly and Richy, come together as the heroic Yellow Hoods in the face of life threatening danger. Whose side are the Cochon brothers on, and will they tip the balance? Will Nikolas’ ties to one of the secret societies cost him Tee’s life?

Title: Breadcrumb Trail (Bk 2)
Series: The Yellow Hoods
Author: Adam Dreece
Publication Date: August 18th, 2014

In an act of desperation, inventor Maxwell Watt sends his teenage son to Nikolas Klaus with the secret plans for his steam engine. The Fare, a nefarious secret society, learns of the game-changing invention and accelerate their timeline to neutralize Klaus and reclaim control over the kingdoms.
While wars spark to the south, children in Mineau have started to go missing–again. Captain Archambault suspects the return of the Ginger Lady. With the help of the Yellow Hoods and their friends, the search is on to find the missing children before it is too late.
What is the secret that ties the Yellow Hoods to the Ginger Lady? Who are the Red Hoods really?

Title: All the King’s Men (Bk 3)
Series: The Yellow Hoods
Author: Adam Dreece
Publication Date: April 15th, 2015

More than a hundred years ago, a king declared that all geniuses, scientists and inventors were abominations, save for those willing to become his Conventioneers. His edict spread like wildfire through the kingdoms, and drove the hunted into the arms of the secret societies, the Tub and the Fare.
Decades later, having taken control of the remains of the crushed Fare, a young Marcus Pieman follows up on rumors of a homeless, teenage Abominator in his city. When the scared Nikolas Klaus looked up at Marcus for the first time, a tremendous bond was forged.
A betrayal leads Tee to a showdown with her greatest foe. Who breaks and who lays bleeding in the middle of nowhere?
And Mounira learns the truth about the once great inventor, Christophe Creangle.

Book 1 – Along Came A Wolf: Amazon.co.uk
Book 2 – Breadcrumb Trail: Amazon.co.uk
Book 3 – All The King’s Men: Amazon.co.uk

Author Bio:

Adam Dreece burst onto the young adult fiction scene in 2014. His debut novel, Along Came a Wolf, hit the shelves in April, launching what is now the bestselling series The Yellow Hoods. Book Two, Breadcrumb Trail, quickly followed in September, locking in Dreece’s status as a force to be reckoned with. Now Book Three, All the King’s-Men, is about to be released and is expected to take its place on the Amazon and Calgary Herald Best Seller Lists, alongside its predecessors.
For twenty-five years Adam had written stories and set them aside, including a memoir covering his battle with terrible scar pain and then being hit with severe asthma. He’d always given the priority and focus to his technical career. In January 2015, he became a full time author.
Adam’s a devoted husband and father of three great kids. Though driven, he ensures there is always time for his family, fans, and fellow authors. With his tween daughter as his muse and the first to hear the rough drafts, it’s no surprise that he’s a huge proponent of strong female characters, something very clear in The Yellow Hoods.

Author Links:
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Travel Glasses

Travel GlassesTitle: Travel Glasses
Series: 
The Call to Search Everywhen
Author: Chess Desalls
Publisher: Czidor Lore, LLC
Publishing date: 13.05.2015
ISBN: 9780990379904
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: Calla Winston’s mobile devices sit in a corner of her room, covered in dust. Weeks ago, she shared photos and laughs with her best online friend. Now, after having felt the sting of betrayal, she prefers being hidden and friendless. She equates privacy with security and technology with pain.

My Review:
I was very intrigued by the premise of this book: time travel. It proved to be a light science fiction book without too much focus on technology and futuristic aspects which I appreciated. The female lead is a reasonable girl in her late teens, though at some points she is a bit too reasonable and realistic to build proper tension in the story.

Calla (The main character) is a relatable withdrawn female who has been deceived by technology just one time to many. When she meets Valcas she is pulled out of her own timeline and taken to his world, and he says it is for her own protection. When she does not comply with his plans she is locked up, which serves aw a slingshot for her to run away through space and time after stealing her captors time travel glasses.

The story is interesting and easy to follow. The chapters are short so it is a quick read because you don’t have to spend much time to get through a chapter. A lot of characters are mixed in building up for a big climax at the end. I did very much enjoy the story up until the ending which I felt was somewhat disappointing: one because I predicted it already when I was halfway through and second because I was not surprised.

Travel Glasses serves as a good first book in a series, and I will be looking forward to see what future installments might bring.