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Arc Review: Salvation Day

Salvation Day

Title: Salvation Day
Author: Kali Wallace
Series: ?
Genre: Science Fiction, Adult Fiction
Page Count: 300
Publisher: Berkeley
Type of Book: Arc, Physical Hardback
Received: Publisher
Review Word Count:
Rated: 5/5
Notes: Highly recommended for fans of The Expanse, Illuminae, and Binti.

This was an awesome, adventurous ride from the very beginning, building into a mystery that you didn’t know where it would end up at, though you kept hoping you would know the answer. The writing is strong, the characters are full of depth and each have their own unique backstories, and everyone’s agenda is complicated…you’ll fall for this world just as easily as I have, especially if you enjoy watching the show The Expanse.

I should warn readers not to get attached to characters. This author must have taken liberties from George RR Martin with how often he talked about death, dying, killing characters, and so on.

The story here was just so well done. The build up suspense was well executed, the hostage scenario at the beginning was tightly woven and you just were eager to see where everything landed at the end of the book.

I sincerely, sincerely hope there’s a sequel. Or more to come from one of my new favorite authors.

5/5 stars for a beautifully written space adventure romp with ghost ships, hostages, mysterious viruses, and loads of character deaths you didn’t see coming. My thanks also to the publisher for sending me a copy, I’ll be putting this with my Expanse collection at once.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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Paperback Book Review: Stardoc

Stardoc

Title: Stardoc
Author: S. L. Viehl
Series: Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction, Adult Fiction
Publisher: Roc Fantasy
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: Paperback
Received: Library Loan
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Trigger warnings for rape between alien/human species, harsh language, various illnesses, illegal cloning, and light suggested emotional abuse towards a child*

Discovered through Goodreads, not a bad find on the recommendations page. I just wish that I’d known it was the start to a series. I’ve got so many series started already that I wasn’t looking to be invested in another one, but I definitely am now. This one was a strangely delightful read, a feel good scifi romp with plenty of action, though with plenty of heavy hitting topics as well…from finding the love of your life to a dangerous contagion that might wipe out an entire planet’s worth of different species all in one go. The adventure was non-stop, and there was plenty of unusual aliens with their own histories and stories to make one really feel as if they were really a part of the story and not just reading it.

*light suggested emotional abuse towards a child is in reference towards the main character’s father being an absolute ass. He genetically engineered, aka cloned, his daughter and never told her. She found out through an anonymous tip that her entire life has not only been a lie but orchestrated by her father. It’s the primary reason for her packing up her belongings, including a cat named Jenner, and high-tailing it to another world that’s considered on the edge of the frontier with poor medical treatment centers, giving her the perfect excuse to being there, for she’s a highly trained medical doctor.

Nevermind the fact that she’s never operated on alien beings, she’d determined to learn and experience as much as she can while she’s there. It’s an entertaining read as she discovers that it’s a lot more to take in than what she originally realized, and her living area is much smaller than what she’s accustomed to as well. With plenty of aliens around, she also has to learn new languages and cultures, as well as figuring out the lay of the land with its laws and customs.

There’s plenty to discover and like within this book, from the characters point of view, to the aliens, to the in-depth descriptions of how to treat an alien woman giving birth to vicious babies that will eat you as soon as your born. There’s lots of action, adventure, and even romance in this book but there’s hefty topics to deal with too.

Overall, I’m giving this a 5/5 stars for a wonderful read, and definitely look forward to reading more of the series to figure out how she finds freedom and free will against that of her egotistical ass of a father.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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New Release Review: The Black God’s Drums

The Black God's Drums

Title: The Black God’s Drums
Author: P. Djeli Clark
Genre: Science Fiction, Adult
Series: Hopefully a Book 1
Publisher: Tor.com
Page Count: 108
Type of Book: New Release, Paperback
Received: Library
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: So short, but oh so good! (Also that mention of Fillory at the acknowledgments at the end of the book!)

The Black God’s Drums swept me away for a solid half hour. I could have finished this book quicker, yet I lingered. It was short, but there was so much packed into it, that I find it’s hard to review such a beautifully well written read. I loved Creeper, and the Captain, and Feral was easily quipped my interest as to her backstory. The rich history and magic flared brightly through each page, and I tip my hat off to the author for one of my now top favorite reads of 2019.

Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Instead, she wants to soar, and her sights are set on securing passage aboard the smuggler airship Midnight Robber. Her ticket: earning Captain Ann-Marie’s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper keeps another secret close to heart–Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities concerning Creeper and Ann-Marie…

~As seen on Goodreads

I am hopeful to check out other authors works as they are published. This is well deserved of the hype, and I highly recommend you read this if you read nothing else for the rest of the year. It’s an impressive piece of fiction, and the first piece that I’ve read from this author. It brings to mind short novellas like Binti by Nnedi Orkorfar, and Murdberbot by Martha Wells, it’s that good. Novellas are definitely making a come-up, I think.

Overall, 5/5 stars for a gorgeous piece of fiction that I’m re-reading as soon as I finish posting this review.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Posted in Romance, Science Fiction Book Reviews, Uncategorized

New Release Review: Arabella and the Battle of Venus

Arabella and the Battle of Venus

Title: Arabella and the Battle of Venus
Author: David Levine
Series: Book Two
Genre: Science Fiction, Adult Fiction
Publisher: Tor Books
Page Count: 415
Type of Book: Hardback, New Release
Received: Library
Review Word Count: 600
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Ah, Arabella continues to delight! This was a perfect read to read after the heartbreaking trauma of “All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett”!

Arabella returns in this dazzling sequel where instead of Mars being the main planet she’s on, it’s Venus. New characters are introduced, as well as old. Her fiance remains true, except he’s been captured and labeled a prisoner of war along with his remaining crew. It’s up to Arabella to harness a new crew to go and save the day.

These books are so delightfully fun! While some of the men are incredibly sexist, and her brother is a bit racist towards her fiance, it’s still full of wit, humor, and sarcasm to delight all readers. There’s plenty of intrigue, as well, and dangerous attacks in space on the ships. A new delightful captain, Daniel Fox Captain of the Touchstone, is equally fun to read!

Brave, a gambler, handsome, and full of wit, I really wanted Arabella to marry Daniel instead of Captain Singh. I digress, however, as this isn’t just about one character that I fell for. This is about Arabella going gallantly into the unknown to face Bonaparte who has escaped and is attempting to restore his empire once more, even as she’s attempting to free her fiance. There’s banter, adventure, and danger throughout this novel, and I treasured every page.

The wait for the next book is going to be just awful. *sighs miserably* Even so, this book was an utter delight, and I give it 4.5/5 stars for an enchanting and entertaining read.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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Netgalley Review: The Stars Now Unclaimed

The Stars Now Unclaimed

Title: The Stars Now Unclaimed
Author: Drew Williams
Series: Book 1
Publisher: Tor
Page Count: 500
Type of Book: Arc, Paperback
Review Word Count:
Received: Netgalley ARC
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Science fiction, how I love thee.

While not a book I would have selected were I at a library or bookstore, I selected this one out of the list of books available for review because I’d heard a lot about it, and I’d just finished reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and was definitely in the mood for more of the same. I’d hoped this was similar, and while it’s a good book, I don’t think the two quite match up.

This was a slow burner of a read for me. Science fiction is either super fun and fast paced (see listed book above, as well as The Expanse series, as well as several others) or ridiculously slow and heavy paced with SCIENCE! And while I like science just fine, sometimes there’s lots of paragraphs that explain how things are, and so on. I’m pleased to say that this wasn’t one of those books, and while it wasn’t as fun as The Long Way it was still pretty entertaining to read!

I’m behind on reviews, so I’m posting this late, but overall I really did enjoy this book. It was fun, lots of characters and action and drama. Not sure I’m going to go out and buy a copy, but perhaps one day if I have space/money/time I might.

Overall, I’m giving this a 4/5 stars!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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Netgalley Review: The Psychology of Time Travel

 

The Psychology of Time Travel

Title: The Psychology of Time Travel
Author: Kate Mascarenhas
Series:
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: ARC
Received from: Netgalley
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: That was interesting!

Imagine if you would, four women inventing time travel. You could only travel to the point in time when they made the machine, but still…to be able to see your family and friends again after they’ve perished, to see how things worked when they did…it’s a fascinating concept, that’s for sure.

Therefore, while the idea was good, I was surprised by how much I just didn’t care for any of the characters or their unique ambition in creating time travel. While initially it began as a cool concept, it soon became more about the characters and the lives they lived. Not something I was super interested in.

Still, the story itself was rather cool, and I really liked the first half of it, so I’m giving this a 4/5 stars. Bonus points for that splendid looking cover.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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Hardback Book Review: Reap the Wild Wind

Reap the Wild Wind

Notes: Fixed the cover as well as the title of the review thanks to WayTooFantasy! Thanks for the assistance!

Title: Reap the Wild Wind
Author: Julie E. Cznezda
Genre: Science Fiction, Adult
Series: Book 1
Publisher: DAW
Page Count: 600
Type of Book: Hardback, Book I Own
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: A slow burn science fiction novel that leaves the book wide open for book two.

I liked this book. I didn’t love it, but the writing was decent, and while it seemed to take forever to finish, I also enjoyed the slow-building plot, the characters, and the world-building involved. The aliens were definitely alien enough for me to have trouble picturing them, and the world was incredible with lots of climbing trees, and avoiding nasty monsters, and just general awesomeness all around.

I really liked this book, but again, it’s not going to be one of my all time favorites I think. I can’t say why for sure, because I don’t know myself. It’s a good book, there’s plenty of action and adventure and survival to be had within, and there’s loads of science as well as fiction too. It’s got everything that a person could want. So I don’t understand why I didn’t love it-perhaps because I just wasn’t connected enough to the characters? Granted, I came to really like them about halfway through the book, when things really started getting interesting, and there was a lot more action going on…

I’m giving this a 4.5/5 stars. Perhaps book two will make me like the series even more? I hope so. I plan on requesting it at the local library, since I don’t own a physical copy. I’m glad to have read this one, and knocked it off my tbr shelf. It took me four days to get through 600+pages, something that doesn’t usually happen, but then there was a lot of backstory, describing everything, and characters to get through. I still look forward to book two, however. Let’s hope it’s even better than the first book!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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Netgalley Review: Daisy’s Run

Daisy's Run

Title: Daisy’s Run
Author: Scott Baron
Series: Book 1
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Curiouser Publishing
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, Netgalley Read
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: This book will make you think. It’s a fast paced actiony romance set in the future. And the ending was a cliffhanger.

I’m still thinking about this book. I stayed up until about two in the morning to finish it (couldn’t sleep anyway, so why not read a book if you’re tossing and turning?), and was left wanting more due to it cutting off rather abruptly at the end. The book is set in the future, there’s some romance going on, and there’s lots of action, conspiracies, and general futuristic “how can this have happened” type of stuff going on.

Warnings/slightly spoilers sorry: romantic relationships with cyborgs, death of a main character, dismemberment of an arm via a door, swearing, graphic detailed descriptions of the end of the world, AI’s vs. Humans…uh-can’t really think of what else to add.

I liked the characters. While Daisy was the main character that I was rooting for, I also really liked Vince and Finn-Finn, because he seemed like the sort that I would really like due to his sarcastic nature and being an incredible chef. Vince was also an interesting figure, and not one that I normally go for, but towards the end of the book he moves mountains to get Daisy back safe and sound and doesn’t hold a grudge for some spoiler or another.

There were a couple of issues that I had with this book. I think another editor could look it over, because some of the conversations seemed a bit jarring, and confusing. I’ll have to go through it again and find my highlights for examples, but I think most readers will be able to push through it fine.

I’m giving this a 4/5 stars. The book wasn’t perfect, it was a bit of a slow build up into a ‘wow I did not see that coming’ kind of read, and some of the characters were a bit off-putting. I hope the second book gets to be even better than the first, and definitely look forward to reading it!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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New Release Review: Pride and Prometheus

 

PrideandPrometheus

A fascinating blending of two favorite classic novels!

New Release Review: Pride and Prometheus

Title: Pride and Prometheus
Author: John Kessel
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Page Count: 400
Publisher: Baen Books
Type of Book: Hardback, library loan, New Release
Review Word Count:
Rated: 3.9/5 stars
Notes: huh?

This was a strange book. On the one hand, I really liked it’s originality and I loved Mary’s character. But on the other hand, it definitely isn’t going to be one of my favorites. I liked the pride and prejudice combination with the Frankenstein monster romance. It was certainly a unique twisted idea, and I think it’s the twisted part that I didn’t care for. It was a bit…dark…for my tastes, I think. I also don’t like that time period, with how women are treated as a whole. As if women don’t matter except to further the family line.

I had to do a re-read of the book to see where I stand on this book, and I think it’s safe to say it deserves a bit more than three stars, but not by much. The hype of the book is definitely deserved, but…well, all I can say is that this book just wasn’t for me.

I will recommend it to those who want something outside of the box, and give this book 3.9/5 stars!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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New Release Review: Medusa Uploaded

 

Medusa Uploaded

I think I found Murderbot’s sister!

MEDUSA UPLOADED

Title: Medusa Uploaded
Author: Emily Devenport
Genre: Science Fiction
Page Count: 317
Publisher: Tom Doherty Publications
Type of Book: Kindle Ebook, New Release
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Definitely for fans of The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells, as well as for some dark twisted science fiction that’s cleverly written.

~*~*~*~

Here tells the tale of Murderbot’s sister, a killer on board a generation ship heading towards a new home…

Well, she’s not really Murderbot’s sister, but it sure reads like it. I have the feeling that Medusa and Murderbot would get along great with one another, each of them swapping stories of how to kill people and who survived better in their own way. I would love to see a combination of Medusa Uploaded with Murderbot, but sadly I don’t think that will happen.

Anyway. Back to the story itself.

This was one of the many new releases that I purchased in that Kindle Ebook Haul of 50+books, and it was money well spent! I loved Medusa, and the unique world that was centered around her. Keep in mind, this is as heavy duty as Game of Thrones in killing off people rapidly, in every chapter I believe, except for Medusa herself. So don’t go getting attached to anyone, because it won’t end well.

The story revolves around a girl who slowly becomes uploaded into Medusa, a being that’s meant to carry thousands of souls. While it’s not a hive mind kind of situation, it’s certainly an interesting one. The generation ship is heading towards a new world, along with its sister ship Titania-of which gets destroyed with the girls parents on board. Things spiral from there, and there are a multitude of murders plotted, committed, and produced. It’s a blood-thirsty tale of revenge, survival of the fittest, and where only the smartest live on.

I highly recommend this to those who loved Murderbot. It’s got the same flair, though there aren’t as many witty remarks, it’s still definitely going to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Medusa Uploaded is sure to be a great way to kill the time, and find some new interesting ways of killing people. At least when it comes to writing fiction.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book