Book Giveaway: Poison

Courtesy of Disney Hyperion, I have a paperback copy of Poison by Bridget Zinn for one (1) lucky winner!

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SciFi Book Review: Avalon

Avalon

Avalon by Mindee Arnett

Synopsis:
Jeth Seagrave and his crew have made their name stealing metatech: the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light. In a world where the agencies that patrol the outer edges of space are as corrupt as the crime bosses who control them, it’s as much of a living as anyone can ask for. For years Jeth’s managed to fly under the radar of the government that executed his parents for treason—but when he finds himself in possession of information that both government and the crime bosses are willing to kill for, he’s going to find there’s no escaping his past anymore.

Review:
Jeth and his crew are talented thieves thrust into a life of crime by a ruthless crime boss. The novel has been compared to Joss Whedon’s Firefly, and there’s good reason. The fun spirit of the characters, the outlaw setting, an exciting adventure, and (of course) the ship itself make for an irresistible story.

Avalon is the first in a promising, new, scifi adventure series. Wrought with danger, suspense, intrigue, drama, and betrayal – I enjoyed this story from beginning to end. It’s fast-paced, thrilling, and incredibly entertaining. Even though there is a dark intensity, there is still a light-hearted element that keeps the pace fresh and exciting. This space opera will appeal to teens and adults alike. I would have liked to see the main characters fleshed out a bit more. Hopefully, we’ll get more of that in future installments. I look forward to, hopefully, many more adventures of the Avalon crew.

SciFi Book Review: Uninvited

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Synopsis:
You can’t change your DNA…even when it says you’re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the “H” tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

Review:
This near-future tale takes a unique spin on what makes a killer. This world believes they’ve found the answer in a genetic test. Whether or not a carrier has committed a crime – they’re suddenly all treated like criminals. Davy has an ideal life with a promising future as a gifted musician. But everything is taken from her in an instant. She’s relatable with a good heart, which makes her troubles that much harder to take.

Uninvited is the first in a dramatic new series. DNA profiling is taken to the extreme, as the country decides to put nature above free will and personal choice. Yet with murders on the rise, it’s offered up in a believable way. Davy’s journey is heart-wrenching, suspenseful, and entirely captivating. I began with no expectations, and thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this impressive and thought-provoking story.

SciFi Book Review: The Trap

The Trap by Andrew Fukuda

Synopsis:
After barely escaping the Mission alive, Gene and Sissy face an impossible task: staying alive long enough to stop an entire world bent on their destruction. Bound on a train heading into the unknown with the surviving Mission girls, Gene, Sissy, David, and Epap must stick together and use everything they have to protect each other and their only hope: the cure that will turn the blood-thirsty creatures around them into humans again. Now that they know how to reverse the virus, Gene and Sissy have one final chance to save those they love and create a better life for themselves. But as they struggle to get there, Gene’s mission sets him on a crash course with Ashley June, his first love . . . and his deadliest enemy.

Review:
Gene and Sissy must once again enter the world of their predators. And while Gene grew up in their world, hiding in plain sight, Sissy has never had to. This brings back all of the heart-pounding suspense from the first novel of the trilogy. Meanwhile, Gene has to make a hard decision, bringing him face-to-face with Ashley June again.

The Trap is a fast-paced, exhilarating conclusion to an exciting trilogy. It’s fresh and unique story, and completely unpredictable. Packed with intrigue, suspense, horror, and a bit of romance – these novels were impossible to put down. Easily one of the scariest set of books I’ve ever read, I highly recommend these to teens and adults alike who enjoy dark thrillers.

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