Sci-Fi – Fiction Book Review: Immobility

Immobility by Brian Evenson

Josef Horkai wakes up to find he can’t move and has no memory. The people who wake him up tell him little other than that he is paralyzed from the waist down, and they need him for a critical mission. The future world is bleak and ruined by war. Josef is only told he needs to recover something that was stolen. But as he soon discovers, there is more to his mission than meets the eye.

Evenson’s desolate world is post-apocalyptic, with mysterious and bizarre characters. Immobility is a quick, yet thought-provoking read. I read it through in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. The reader experiences everything along with the paraplegic Josef, from the horrific medical procedures to uncovering terrifying truths. This science fiction thriller is intensely dramatic, dark, and chilling. With an unpredictable twist that I didn’t see coming, this story did not disappoint.

Fantasy – Fiction Book Review: Thief’s Covenant

Thief’s Covenant by Ari Marmell

Years ago, Adrienne Satti was an orphan, adopted into society by a kind older man. But when Adrienne is the lone survivor of a brutal massacre, she has to leave her life of luxury and return to the streets. Now, Adrienne is known as Widdershins, a thief with the local Guild and always accompanied and assisted by the forgotten god Olgun. But suddenly, her somewhat stable life is threatened when the city guards want to arrest her for questioning, members of her Guild want her killed, and a mysterious conspiracy seems to be returning with a vengeance.

Adrienne/Widdershins has been through a lifetime of heartache in her early years. Her relationship with Olgun is close and unique. He often helps her out of tough scrapes, but is limited in his power. The narrative jumps around in time a bit, telling Adrienne/Widdershins’ story in a way that could be confusing. But if readers read the synopsis first, it’s easy enough to know what’s going on with the time jumping.

Thief’s Covenant is a fantastic new fantasy full of swashbuckling adventure, interesting characters, and a plot that unfolds like a mystery. This new series has a lot of potential, with plenty of action, humor, drama, and magic. The book is marketed towards young adults, but more mature fantasy fans will enjoy this fun and enchanting story as well.

Sci-Fi – Fiction Book Review: Popular Clone

Popular Clone by M.E. Castle

Fisher Bas is a geeky boy, excelling in math and science. His parents are both genius inventors, so it runs in the family. But Fisher has his share of problems at school: bullies and getting up the nerve to talk to his crush the pretty and smart Veronica. His only friend at school is his science teacher. So Fishers decides to clone himself, sending his clone to school, while Fisher stays home to live the easy life. But his clone “Two” quickly becomes popular and causes major problems for the young genius. When the evil scientist Dr. X abducts Two, Fisher must face his fears and save the day using his intellect and ingenuity.

Popular Clone is a cute, fast-paced series debut with plenty of light-hearted humor and fun. Packed with clever and funny invention illustrations, that will amuse and inspire young inventors. This would make for a great children’s cartoon series as well. Fisher is a bright but awkward kid that many will relate to and sympathize with. The humor is slapstick and silly. And the characters are eccentric and larger than life. This was an enjoyable break from the more recent dramatic and dark novels I’ve been reading.

Book Giveaways: Illuminate and Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

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Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books, I have a copy of Illuminate by Aimee Agresti and Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends May 4. I’ll draw a name on May 5, and notify winner via email.

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Fantasy – Fiction Book Review: Slide

Slide by Jill Hathaway

Sylvia (Vee) Bell isn’t narcoleptic as her family and friends believe. Instead of falling asleep, she “slides” into someone else’s body and experiences whatever they’re doing at the time. This is how she knows that Sophie didn’t kill herself – Vee was briefly in the body of her killer. But Vee can’t tell anyone, as no one would believe her. So, Vee takes it upon herself to discover the killer’s identity before they strike again.

Vee is relatable and easy to sympathize with, as she’s gone through a lot in her short life. Her best friend Rollins seems like a great guy and good friend, yet he will suddenly act mysterious and standoffish. And Vee’s younger sister is making bad choices, but with a deceased mother and absent father, Vee has to step up and take on a parental role at home. Hathaway’s characters are flawed, realistic and engaging.

This YA thriller is a haunting and moving. I’m not usually one for a lot of teen angst, but I was completely caught up in the relationship drama and heartbreakingly stupid choices that the teens made. There was one big reveal that was very predictable if the reader pays attention, but the chilling suspense was not lessened in any way. Slide is an intense blend of fantasy, teen drama, thriller, and murder mystery. Dark with plenty of suspense, I was unable to put this one down.

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