Book Review: Starfleet Academy: The Edge

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy: The Edge, by Rudy Josephs

When James Kirk first arrives at Starfleet Academy, he is faced with an intense schedule, competitive adversaries, and an intriguing young woman to occupy his spare time. But when a classmate is found dead under mysterious circumstances, it soon becomes clear that some cadets are trying to get an edge in their training and studies by dangerous methods.

This latest installment in the new Starfleet Academy series is set immediately after Kirk arrives at Starfleet Academy as a first year cadet – in Abram’s latest Star Trek universe. Kirk hasn’t formed many friendships other than with Dr. McCoy, who also becomes involved in the investigation into the cadet’s death. This new Star Trek series geared towards young adults have both been murder mysteries so far. Both installments are stand-alone novels, so it’s not necessary to read them in order. In fact, this novel is set in an earlier timeframe than the last book. A mystery involving advanced technology, relevant subject matter, a bit of romance, and plenty of suspense make for another satisfying addition to the vast Star Trek universe. Star Trek fans of all ages should appreciate these short, fast-paced adventures.

Book Review: Sapphique

Sapphique, by Catherine Fisher is the sequel to Incarceron.

Finn has escaped the prison Incarceron, leaving behind his friends Attia and Keiro. Attia and Keiro still search for a way to escape, and are given hope in the form of a glove that supposedly belonged to the legendary Sapphique, the man who supposedly tricked the prison into letting him escape years ago. But Incarceron itself is tired of being trapped in his prison and is determined to form a body of his own and escape, using the glove. Meanwhile, Finn has not given up on his friends and, together with Claudia and Jared, is trying to find a way to bring people through to the Outside. But the Outside has its own share of troubles. The Queen sends Jared away, refuses to let Claudia be the next Warden as her father was, and will do anything to stop Finn from taking his rightful place as Prince Giles.

Fisher’s incredible world of a sentient prison and an Outside world where Protocol forbids more advanced technology is fascinating and riveting. The characters, whether likeable or not, are impossible to resist. I actually enjoyed this sequel even more than the first. The suspense and drama seemed to increase, with plenty of mystery and surprises. Though the ending leaves plenty to the imagination, I found the resolution completely satisfying. A fantastic, science fiction/steampunk novel for young adult and adults alike, this duology is not to be missed.

Book Review: Tempest’s Legacy

Tempest’s Legacy, by Nicole Peeler

Jane True is back in Rockabill. Her relationship with vampire beau is on the rocks. And when Anyan finally returns to town, he delivers devastating news to Jane that will affect her forever. But Jane puts aside her feelings to help investigate the mysterious kidnappings of females, both magical and human alike. The kidnappers are using the women in sadistic, nightmarish ways. While growing her magical strength, dealing with her personal dilemmas and the kidnappings pushes Jane to the breaking point.

Jane gets to finally show off her abilities. But she has also been bottling up her emotions, which the ever-sympathetic Anyan doesn’t miss. The two have incredible chemistry that steam up the pages. Jane’s spunky and self-deprecating ways are evened out by Anyan’s quiet, confident strength. Her characters are exceptionally vivid.

This is my favorite installment in the Jane True series so far. Peeler amps up the drama, emotional angst, and action – yet delivers more laughs and fun surprises. Shocking twists, wacky characters, and plenty of magic – it was impossible to put down. I was sad to have it end. And I’ll be waiting impatiently for the next installment. Urban fantasy fans should not miss this exciting and fun series.

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