Book Giveaway: Inside a Silver Box

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SciFi Book Review: Captive

Captive by Aimee Carter

Synopsis:
For the past two months, Kitty Doe’s life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, in a hostile meritocracy on the verge of revolution, Kitty sees her frustration grow as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoat rebels she is secretly supporting keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she’s accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she’ll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

Review:
Kitty is sick of being treated like a Pawn, and decides to take her future in her own hands. But her plan backfires. And she finds herself in the hellish Elsewhere, where people are hunted for sport. And just when all hope seems lost, Kitty focuses on revenge.

Captive is the second installment in The Blackcoat Rebellion series. I didn’t think it was possible for it to be as suspenseful and dramatic as the first, but Carter certainly delivered a fantastic sequel. With thrilling danger and mystery – it was nearly impossible to put this one down. And the fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat suspense had me captivated till the very end.

SciFi Book Review: The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence

The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore, and Andie Tong

Synopsis:
When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-America teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He’ll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.

Review:
Young Steven Lee is suddenly give the powers of a Tiger from a mystical Zodiac. And he becomes an integral part of a renegade group whose sole purpose is to stop a tyrannical madman from gaining the ultimate power from the entire Zodiac. Lee and his new acquaintances must hunt down the youth who have gained powers of the Zodiac and recruit them, before others can reach them.

Convergence is the first in a new super-powered series from the living legend, Stan Lee. Young comic fans will enjoy this original series pulling from lore with a modern-day twist. The young characters are unique and entertaining. And the villains (at least the henchmen) are given personalities and backstories as well. This exciting series debut is packed with action, mystery, and humor. And it ends with a big showdown that doesn’t disappoint. There’s even a fun twist at the end that will leave readers eager for the next in the series.

Fantasy Book Review: First and Last Sorcerer

First and Last Sorcerer by Barb and JC Hendee

Synopsis:
Waylaid in their quest for the orb of the Air, Magiere, Leesil, Chap, and Wayfarer have all been wrongly imprisoned. But it is Magiere, the dhampir, who suffers the most as a cloaked interrogator employs telepathic torture.

Arriving at the Suman port city in search of Magiere, Wynn Hygeorht and her companions—including vampire Chane Andraso—seek out Domin Ghassan il’Sänke for assistance, which proves no easy task. The domin is embroiled in a secret hunt for a spectral undead with the power to invade anyone living and take the body as its host.

Even if Wynn can manage to free her friends from prison, battling this entirely new kind of undead hidden inside host bodies may be a challenge none of them can survive.

Review:
First and Last Sorcerer is the 13th novel in the Noble Dead saga, and the 4th book in the 3rd series/phase. And as announced, next year’s installment will be the finale. With a year in between each installment, I’m always grateful for recaps. These were treated well without being bogged down in details, short recaps were offered up only when needed as a catch-up to the current storyline and characters. This series/saga really should be read in order, but even an occasional reader would have little problem jumping into the story here.

Magiere, Leesil, and Wynn have a small, core group of those they can trust. The others are necessary allies to reach their goal. The Domin may have his own secret agenda, as well as Brotan. After breaking out of prison, they still have to stay hidden, fight a shade that can inhabit bodies, and find the last orb. This latest installment is intense, suspenseful, and highly entertaining. With an interesting and climactic ending – next year’s finale will be highly anticipated. This epic, vampire-centered, high fantasy saga is well worth the wait.

Fantasy Book Review: A Cold Legacy

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

Synopsis:
After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then she uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—which forces her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. Juliet must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones—or make her own.

Review:
Juliet and her companions find sanctuary in the creepy “Frankenstein” manor. But they aren’t safe from pursuers yet. Meanwhile, Juliet learns the startling history behind Elizabeth’s family and their scientific research. And the colorful residents of the von Stein manor and the surrounding area are quite like memories of Moreau’s island.

A Cold Legacy is the final installment of this inspired, gothic horror trilogy. The Island of Dr. Moreau, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and now ending with Frankenstein – Shepherd pays homage to these classics with a strong, female lead. Juliet is tortured about whether or not she’ll turn out like her father – a madman, obsessed with science over morality. This remarkable finale is unpredictable, dramatic, and incredibly intense.

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