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Review: Close Enough To Touch by Colleen Oakley

Close-Enough-to-Touch-02I absolutely loved the novel Close Enough To Touch. It was enjoyable, relaxing, and laugh out loud funny. The story is told between two perspectives: Jubilee Jenkins and Eric Keegan.

From an early age, Jubilee discovers she is different. She is allergic to human touch. When she was in school, a kiss from a boy nearly kills her. She eventually becomes a recluse, hiding away in her home for nearly nine years. But after her mother’s death, Jubilee is forced out of hiding, stepping out of her comfort zone and must face the world again. She learns to connect with people and learns how to fit in. Continue reading

Review: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The-Diabolic-03If you’re a fan of science fiction or if you’re just looking for a great book to read, S.J. Kincaid’s The Diabolic should be on your reading list. I haven’t been this excited and impressed with a book in ages. I’d even dare to call it perfect because I really don’t have anything bad to say about it.

The Diabolic revolves around the story of Nemesis, a diabolic—a powerful engineered humanoid designed to protect the person it is created for. She belongs to Sidonia, an heir to a galactic Senator. As tensions rise in the galaxy, the cruel and power-hungry Emperor summons Sidonia to the court as his hostage. To protect her, Nemesis takes her place, pretending to be her. She must fool not only politicians and their children but ultimately the Emperor that poses a threat to anyone who crosses him. It’s up to Nemesis to find in herself her humanity if she wishes to play a convincing role. Continue reading

Review: Robot Boy by Simon Curtis

Boy-RobotRobot Boy primarily revolves around Isaak, a boy who discovers he was not born human, but was created as a weaponized robot. One night, a girl named Azure helps him escape from a group of soldiers who are hunting him down in order to destroy him. Isaak and other robots find refuge with a secret organization called the Underground—a place where humans and robots work together towards a future where they can co-exist. Isaak struggles with the choice to hold onto his humanity and risk death or become the very thing he was made to be in order to survive. Continue reading

Review: The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

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Erin Bow’s The Swan Riders is the sequel to The Scorpion Rules. In a post-apocalyptic world, AIs rule and young royals are kept hostage to ensure peace throughout the world. Greta was once a hostage and now she has become an AI. If she can survive the transition, she will stand alongside Talis, the most feared AI who rules the world and keeps everyone in line. In this novel, it explores the magnificent Swan Riders in great length, sharing their conception and their rituals. They are Talis’s devoted human army. After Greta’s transformation from human to AI, a rebellion sparks. Talis and a pair of Swan Riders begin on a trek to headquarters to ensure her survival. Continue reading

Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

cry-wolf-patricia-briggsBook recommendations are a great way to discover new books, but sometimes they don’t make the cut. Patricia Brigg’s Cry Wolf was mentioned to me by a friend and I was pretty pumped for it considering it has one of my favourite supernatural creatures—werewolves. I even heard about its short story prequel Alpha & Omega, which I decided to read first.

The story revolves around Anna who is attacked one night, changed into a werewolf against her will, and then for the next three years her own pack mates abuse her emotionally, physically, and sexually. The prequel helps readers understand her plight and how she eventually meets Charles, a true born wolf who explains that they are destined to be mates. Also, he reveals to her that she is an Omega with a powerful presence that calms the wolves around her. In Cry Wolf, Anna goes with Charles to see his home and meet his pack. They learn about a rogue werewolf who is bound to dark magic that could threaten all of the pack, so they go hunting for it before it causes too much damage. Continue reading

Review: Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui

squawking-chicken-coverThis year, I’ve tried to make a bigger effort to be open-minded about nonfiction. My reading list tends to be strictly fantasy and science fiction, and in most cases, part of the young adult genre. Over the years, I’ve associated nonfiction, biographies or memoirs to be mundane pieces of literature—chronicling lives of the dead or white-haired politicians. Sometimes, I won’t bother because the busier the person the less likely they would have written the book themselves. Despite having their name on the book, a lot of the time they have ghost writers do the work for them. Continue reading

Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

conversion-cover-novelWhen I first read the synopsis of Katherine Howe’s Conversion, it caught the attention of my curiosity. I’m a fan of fantasy books. After the Harry Potter craze, I’m very open to reading about witches and witchcraft. As a Halloween lover, I even have a fascination with the Salem Witches Trials, having done my own research or watched documentaries about them. I was pretty excited to read this book at first, but I’m going to have to be honest, I stopped reading after the one hundredth page. Continue reading

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red-Rising-coverIf you’re a Hunger Games fan and looking for another great dystopian read, you’re going to want to read Red Rising. I’d say it’s even grittier than Hunger Games. It’s a mesh of science fiction and ancient Rome.

The story follows Darrow, a young miner who lives on Mars and deemed a Red, the lowest rank in this world’s caste system. All he knows is a rough life of poverty and digging all day, extracting precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. Apparently, the Reds are humanity’s last hope, but that’s all a lie. Mars has been habitable—and inhabited—for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds.  They’re the kind of people who look down on Darrow and his fellow slave laborers, who are exploited and worked to death without a second thought. But one day, Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school with the intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. Continue reading

Review: Fell of Dark by Patrick Downes

fell-of-dark-coverAfter turning the last page of this book, my first thought was “what the hell did I just read?” This book isn’t a light read. If you rush through it, you might miss the point or at least a passage that might mean something to you if you take the time to digest it. Downes’ Fell of Dark is meant to be read carefully and be savoured for its beauty and horror.

It follows two young boys. One named Erik and the other named Thorn. Erik was abducted as a child not long after his father died. As he grows older, he performs miracles and grows into a giant, standing at almost eight feet when he finally meets Thorn. After he performs his first miracle and sees blood on his palms that no one else can see, he decides to keep an oath of silence and gives up his friends. Erik’s narrative is addressed to the wife he feels he’s destined to meet. He also reads the Bible in Latin and considers himself “a martyr waiting for [his] holy death.” Meanwhile, Thorn is bullied at school and his parents have been abusing him since his sister died. He is tormented by voices in his head: the “growls and grunts and whining saws” of Sawmen, Guardians, and the Architect who direct his actions and reactions. Teenagers Erik and Thorn are destined to meet and have a disastrous first encounter. Continue reading

Review: Zodiac by Romina Russell

Zodiac-coverScience fiction is all the rage lately. It’s interesting to me the different kind of stories and characters that could spring up from one genre. Some of us may not believe in Astrology, but we’re curious just the same to read about our horoscope in the daily newspaper. What if humanity was divided up into each astrological sign and people would live life based on the traits each sign represents? That’s where you get Romina Russell’s Zodiac.

It’s the first book of a series, which meshes science fiction with high fantasy. The story follows Rhoma Grace (friends and family call her Rho for short). She’s from House Cancer. When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts her new role. Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to seek his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians. Continue reading