Miles Away by C.W.J. Henderson

Miles Away (Time Crisis Saga #1)Miles Away by C.W.J. Henderson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There are aspects of this book that I enjoyed and just as much that I didn’t enjoy. The writing is good without multiple grammatical issues which is a huge plus in my book. That said, the writing didn’t help with connections and at times made me want to either skip to the next chapter or pick a different book to read. Having raised two teenagers of my own and worked with troubled teens I found the constant negativity from Miles to be over the top. This negativity began to grate on my nerves about half way through the read. Parts of the book felt well thought through, even well researched, while other parts felt as though they were lacking any solid foundation. This is especially noticeable when referencing dated aspects, with some dating issues being more obvious to me and pulling me out of the read. I have mixed feelings about the science fiction explanations for time travel and how it supposedly would work. I don’t feel this will be a huge deterrent for YA readers, however I wouldn’t recommend this to YA readers due to the language usage by Miles. I don’t believe foul language does anything to add to a book and I certainly wouldn’t want my son reading this. Overall the plot is intriguing and with some minor fixes would fit well among other YA books. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Former by A.E. Stueve

FormerFormer by A.E. Stueve

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There were things I enjoyed about this read and a few things I wasn’t as pleased about. The overall writing is done quite well with no glaring mistakes or typos. I like the plot idea very much. I enjoy my zombie culture settings in books and shows. I like aspects of how this was handled, although certain questions kept resurfacing during the read. There were a lot of why’s and single eyebrow raises but nothing was ever explained in great depth. This may have been an oversight but I have a feeling it was cut during the editing process to help with the flow of the read and to prevent an overwhelming amount of information feeding taking away from the core plot. I don’t think this will be a huge issue for the majority of readers. It’s a good start to a much ignored aspect of the zombie genre. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

2232 by Ken Kroes

2232 (Percipience, #3)2232 by Ken Kroes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There are a lot of elements in this third book in the Percipience series that come together in a unique manner. The read will definitely stir the analytical though processes and set into motion some deeper inner thoughts. I’m still not thrilled with the format used in the book and I still feel the series could use a good editor. It’s not enough to ruin the read and is more than likely not going to bother a good portion of the readers. The characters are thought out and presented as individuals although I feel they could use a bit more fleshing out. This could be due to a bit of a lean towards telling instead of showing which does need some work through the series. Still, overall this is an intriguing read and one I can recommend to those who enjoy a good science fiction book. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

2222 by Ken Kroes

22222222 by Ken Kroes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First, read the first book in this series, 2022, before starting this one. It’ll make a lot more sense and you’ll enjoy it more. Secondly, although there are some grammatical and formating issues, with a bit more of tell than show, this is a good book. I like the plot idea and how it is handled throughout the series. I like the characters enough to want to read about them. I feel there is considerable potential in Kroes and this series; enough to want to read all three books. Overall this is an intriguing story with the right literary elements that make it an enjoyable read. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Fold by Peter Clines

The FoldThe Fold by Peter Clines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by Sean: “This is a great sci-fi book! Easy to read and understand with a really great pace throughout the book. I love the dialogue and “science” aspects. The main characters are upbeat and well thought out. I especially like that the “science” is fairly plausible. The main male character is really interesting to read about and comfortable to get to know. I love the way the author is able to surprise the reader and build the tension!” A copy of The Fold was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Windup GirlThe Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It should have been a solid enjoyable read but sadly it isn’t. Well, unless you enjoy reading about objectified women who serve no purpose but to insert a reason to write about rape. Oh, and this same woman has to suddenly kill someone without understanding the reasoning behind it or the ramifications because of it. The world building was a bit shaky in that it is there but so much is left unexplained. The plot has great potential if not for the various loopholes that just don’t make sense even in a SF novel. Even if you cut out the rape, fix the world-building and repair the plot holes you are still left with things that just don’t add up or are cheap writing techniques I despise. If those things don’t bother you then you’ll likely love this novel and rave about how great it is. Perhaps my dislike of this read is purely due to my standards of what makes a great book. I invite you to read it and make your own opinions as everybody has different tastes. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own and that’s fine.

Moonkind: Survivors of Ebola by Bruce Merchant

Moonkind: Survivors of EbolaMoonkind: Survivors of Ebola by Bruce Merchant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall this is an engaging and entertaining read. The scientific aspects feel very well researched and is presented in a believable and understandable manner. The first parts of the book deal with background and details that provide the setting and knowledge needed to understand and enjoy the rest of the book. It’s a bit of a sluggish start but once you get past that it moves along at a very good pace with well fleshed out characters who develop along the way. No part is predictable or feels familiar. The plot is original and well thought out with good presentation and flow, once you get past the introductory parts. I enjoyed the read and can easily recommend this book for all readers who enjoy dystopian, post-apocalyptic, science fiction or just generally enjoy a good read. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for and honest review. This in NO way influenced my opinion.

Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski

SapientSapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by Logan. “I loved reading this book! It was gripping from the first pages and I ended up having a sleepless night because I just had to keep reading. I love the element of suspense blended in with the action and really felt for the mother who just wanted to protect her child. I like the way it ends as well.”
Good for Science Fiction readers as well as those who enjoy a good suspense novel. We received an ARC in exchange for our honest review.

Footsteps in the Sky by Greg Keyes

Footsteps in the SkyFootsteps in the Sky by Greg Keyes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really like fantasy and I really like science fiction, so I was really excited to read Keyes’ book. I can’t put my finger on it, but something just did not click. The writing is excellent and intelligently written. I love how the reader is not spoon-fed every little bit of information. The whole idea for the plot is interesting and is part of why I read the book in the first place, even though it’s not original or game changing. I like the way Keyes manipulates the story and uses characters we might not select originally. I believe most readers of this genre will enjoy this book so go ahead and pick up a copy. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Three Thorns (The Brotherhood and The Shield #1) by Michael Gibney

The Three Thorns (The Brotherhood and The Shield #1)The Three Thorns by Michael Gibney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gibney has written an exciting fantasy adventure sure to keep younger readers turning pages and talking about their newest favorite book, with clever wording and colorful descriptions to keep easily distracted minds focused on the story. My son (10) and I enjoyed reading passages out loud to each other. More than once I caught him smiling as he read and not once did he put the book down on our trip. He says he likes the creativity in the story and wants to read more. We hope to eventually get a copy for our local library. We received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.