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SciFi Book Review: The Echo Room

The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse

Synopsis:
The only thing worse than being locked in is facing what you locked out.

Rett Ward knows how to hide. He’s had six years of practice at Walling Home, the state-run boarding school where he learned how to keep his head down to survive.

But when Rett wakes up locked in a small depot with no memory of how he got there, he can’t hide. Not from the stranger in the next room. Or from the fact that there’s someone else’s blood on his jumpsuit.

Worse, every time he tries to escape, he wakes up right back where he started. Same day, same stranger, same bloodstained jumpsuit.

As memories start to surface, Rett realizes that the logo on the walls is familiar, the stranger isn’t a stranger, and the blood on his jumpsuit belongs to someone―or something―banging on the door to get in.

Review:
Rett keeps waking up in the same place, with no memory of his current situation nor the young woman in the bunker with him. Dangers lurk all around. Each time Rett wakes up, something different happens, and the mystery slowly unfolds.

The Echo Room is a science fiction, thriller geared toward young adults. Fans of the Maze Runner will definitely want to check this one out. With intense suspense and an engrossing mystery, this story is best read in one sitting. Because it’s very hard to put down. While it may seem a bit like Groundhog Day at first, individuals make different choices which lead to different outcomes and the reader, at least, can begin to fit the pieces together. This post-apocalyptic read is very unique and unpredictable. And the exciting finale does not disappoint. This is definitely one of my favorite books of the year.

SciFi Book Review: Light Years

Light Years by Kass Morgan

Synopsis:
Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.

Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain–but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy–even if he has to steal someone’s identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong–he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret–she’s infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it’ll be her life on the line.

These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team if they want to defend their world from a cunning enemy–and they might even fall in love in the process.

Review:
Vesper, Cormack, Arran, and Orelia are all very different young adults that are put on a team together at the Quatra Fleet Academy. Each have different reasons or motivations for being there. But when they can work together as a team, they’ll be able to prove themselves. And when the enemy arrives, this team may be the best to stop them.

Light Years is the first in a new Young Adult scifi series from the author of The 100. This is a character-driven story with plenty of drama, suspense, and romance. Orelia’s background is fascinating and full of mystery that I can’t wait to see unfold in future installments. It’s thrilling with plenty of surprises along the way. The story builds to an exciting, climactic ending with a cliffhanger that left me wanting more.

Fantasy Book Review: The Coincidence Makers

The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum

Synopsis:
What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? What if it’s all part of a bigger plan? What if there’s no such thing as a chance encounter? What if there are people we don’t know determining our destiny? And what if they are even planning the fate of the world?

Enter the Coincidence Makers―Guy, Emily, and Eric―three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out coincidences. What the rest of the world sees as random occurrences, are, in fact, carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets―scientists on the brink of breakthroughs, struggling artists starved for inspiration, loves to be, or just plain people like you and me…

When an assignment of the highest level is slipped under Guy’s door one night, he knows it will be the most difficult and dangerous coincidence he’s ever had to fulfill. But not even a coincidence maker can see how this assignment is about to change all their lives and teach them the true nature of fate, free will, and the real meaning of love.

Review:
Guy, Emily, and Eric are a group of new Coincidence Makers. They organize chance meetings and help inspire artists. Guy is given a new assignment that he may not be able to fulfill. Meanwhile, Emily tries to orchestrate her own coincidence, taking charge of her own life.

The Coincidence Makers is a unique and inspired story, unlike any story I have read before. While it jumps around a bit in time, it’s never hard to follow. In fact, it’s completely engrossing and hard to put down. With steady pacing and a story full of drama, suspense, and love – this fantasy will appeal to a wide audience. It’s a sweet and intricate tale. And there are several big twists that I didn’t see coming. This will definitely make my list of favorite books of the year.

Book Giveaway: The Warder Trilogy by Eldon Thompson

Courtesy of the author, I have a SIGNED set of The Ukinhan Wilds, The Blackmoon Shards, and The Sundered Isle by Eldon Thompson for one lucky winner!

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Fantasy Book Review: Grump

Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff

Synopsis:
Ever since he was a dwarfling, Borlen (nicknamed “Grump”) has dreamed of visiting The Surface, so when opportunity knocks, he leaves his cavern home behind.

At first, life aboveground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best friend Grump always wanted, feeding him all the rubies he can eat and allowing him to rule at her side in exchange for magic and information. But as time goes on, Grump starts to suspect that Queen E.V.I.L. may not be as nice as she seems. . . .

When the queen commands him to carry out a horrible task against her stepdaughter Snow White, Grump is in over his head. He’s bound by magic to help the queen, but also to protect Snow White. As if that wasn’t stressful enough, the queen keeps bugging him for updates through her magic mirror! He’ll have to dig deep to find a way out of this pickle, and that’s enough to make any dwarf Grumpy indeed.

Review:
Borlen is a dwarf who doesn’t quite fit in. He gets sick anytime he goes too deep underground, and dreams of going to the surface. While he gets the nickname “Grump,” he really isn’t. He’s just misunderstood. Borlen is has a good heart and wants to do the right thing. But the queen is conniving. And while he tries to protect the spoiled Snow White, magic pulls him in different directions.

Grump is another fantastic, standalone installment in Shurtliff’s inspired, fairy tale series. The characters are vibrant and engaging. And the story is full of humor, magic, and heart. I love this series, and this latest installment is no exception. The world of the dwarves is unique and well-developed. And I enjoyed the familiar story told from one of the dwarf’s perspective. This sweet and funny story is great for all ages.

Received in September

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Ray / DVD:
Hocus Pocus Anniversary Edition Blu-ray
Ocean’s 8 4K Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box
ThinkGeek Apparel

Amazon Publishing:
The Fever King by Victoria Lee

BBC Books:
Doctor Who:The Women Who Lived True Tales of: Brilliant Women from Across Time by Christel Dee

Bloomsbury:
The Darkdeep by Ally Condie

Cyndyn:
The Ukinhan Wilds by Eldon Thompson
The Blackmoon Shards by Eldon Thompson
The Sundered Isle by Eldon Thompson

Daw:
The Bartered Brides by Mercedes Lackey

Del Rey:
Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan
Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition by Mur Lafferty
Dragon’s Code by Gigi McCaffrey

Entangled Teen:
Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn

Fun Studio International:
Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Book and Mega Model by Star Wars

Gallery Books:
Halo: Silent Storm by Troy Denning

Harlequin Teen:
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen Books:
Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows

Harper Voyager:
The Accidental War by Walter Jon Williams
Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
The Black Khan by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Hex Publishers:
Mechanical Animals by Lauren Beukes

Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends / Square Fish:
Young Captain Nemo by Jason Henderson
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Scholastic / Point:
Impostors by Scott Westerfeld
The Haunting of Hounds Hollow by Jeffrey Salane
Where She Fell by Kaitlin Ward
Let Sleeping Dragons Lie by Garth Nix
Gamer Army by Trent Reedy
The Prince Problem by Vivian Vande Velde
The Golden Tower by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Shadow Mountain:
Squint by Chad Morris

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
Light Years by Emily Ziff Griffin

Titan Books:
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – The Haunting of Torre Abbey by Carole Bugge
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – The Devil and the Four by Sam Siciliano

Tor Teen:
The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse

Book Giveaway: Kill the Queen

Courtesy of Harper Voyager, I have a copy of Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 19. I’ll draw a name on October 20, and notify winner via email.

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