Posted in Loved It, Science Fiction, Uncategorized, Young Adult

Passenger

Author:  Alexandra Bracken

Genre:   Science Fiction

Rating:  L

Synopsis:

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles, but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods-a powerful family in the Colonies-and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick must ensure she brings it back to them-whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home forever.

Opinion:

So I saw this book in the Young Adult section in Barnes and Nobles.  The description was very interesting.  You know how much I enjoy time travel novels.

This series is about people who are born with the ability to travel through time. It is not clear who the progenitor giving them this ability is, but this gift runs through families.  Etta has been kept from this life by her mother for a reason, but is thrust into the center stage without explanation or training.  It seems that each of these families has a “heirloom” for better word, and one man wants it in order to save a lost love.  See these passages through time only go to certain  years and there are many rules about where/when travelers can go.  This man, the head of the Ironwood clan, hid his first wife in a time where no passages connected in order to protect her as the traveler families constantly war with one another.  Well someone planned well and was able to kill the woman and there was nothing that Ironwood could do to rescue his wife.  However, the heirloom of Etta’s family can change that.

This is a grand adventure novel, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the novel.  Things ended at a really shocking point.  I do like the fact that one of the main characters is a young man of color.  Right now, it is shaping up that he’s going going to be the lead character in at least the next book.

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Posted in Advanced Review, Liked It, Rating, Science Fiction

Unremembered

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Author: Jessica Brody

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: LI

Synopsis: Since this is an advanced review, I’m including the synopsis from the back of the book.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: I thought this book was a little bit trite until I got to the end. I think the whole time travel thing really saved this book from being a colossal waste of time. From the ending, it appears that this is the first of a series. I wish that I had known that before I started; it would have saved me from being impatient at the snail pace throughout the book. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series turns out. I really liked that the main character’s favorite poem was Sonnet 116. You don’t see that kind of appreciation of literature in most teen novels. It was a nice change. Just so you know, this story is written for teens so there is a fair amount of angst. Overall it was a pretty decent read. I finished it rather quickly.

FTC Disclosure:
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author. I, unlike the New York Times Book Review, did not receive money for my review which is why my review is more honest. This is a concept that the FTC fails to grasp. Contrary to popular belief, advanced review copies of books are not worth a great deal monetarily speaking. In fact most books are worth less than half its value within a year of purchase. This is another concept the FTC has not grasped. If you purchase a book that I thought highly of and do not like, that is life. Taste in books is subjective. This is a concept that some asinine person in the FTC has not yet grasped. The purpose of the statement is to comply with the FTC regulation while providing a not so subtle hint that they are not the brightest bulbs in the box and that they should spend their time doing more worthwhile things than hounding people who have book blogging hobbies.

Posted in Advanced Review, Science Fiction

Re-Deal

Mathew McCain is a card mechanic- basically he can expose a cheater at cards a mile away. Part of the reason he’s so good is because he’s mostly bling. The Cypher family (a crime family in New Mexico) had him blinded as a youngster. They forced him to stare into the sun while they held a magnifying glass over his eyes.

Mathew McCain’s family are essentially slaves to the Cyphers. Mathew’s ancestor Lucas “the loser” McCain lost is land and freedom in a poker game against John Cypher on July 12, 1882.

Well the story begins with Mathew being drugged and shoved out of a window. He’s rescued by Miss Guided, an angel in disguise. Miss Guided also rescues, Juan who is an orphan raised by the Cypher family to be a goon. Juan is responsible for keeping an eye out for Matt. Strangely enough, Juan does believe in God. Anyway, Miss Guided rescues him too! She takes both young men to a location where the Cyphers can’t find them. She leaves them in the care of a pastor and arranged fro them to have karate lessons at a local school.

Five years later, Juan is a 3rd degree black belt and a strong man of faith. Matt is on the verge of earning his black belt. On the day of his test, which includes fighting 10 black belts back to back, one of the Cypher goons shows up at the test as one of the black belts Matt has to fight. He successfully earns his black belt, but the goon has been ordered by Big Lew Cypher to bring Matt in. Big Lew is hosting a huge poker game and wants Matt to deal to ensure a Cypher victory. Miss Guided arrives in the nick of time, and tells the pair about the mission.
They are going back in time to prevent Lucas McCain from losing in that infamous poker game. In order to enter the tournament, Matt must earn enough money to pay the entry fee. So the three visit all the lucrative gaming houses in the west. They meet Wild Bill Hickok, see the event spawns “The Dead Man’s Hand. They even run in to the psychotic Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. Oh did I mention that Big Lew’s son manages to travel back in time with them. Of course once he overhears their plan, he tries to thwart them at every turn.

This was a very entertaining book. The author took the main storyline (Lucas McCain) from an event that actually happened. I was very intrigued by the author’s knowledge of methods of cheating at card. I was more impressed to discover that Richard Turner is a card mechanic himself. He has appeared on Ripley’s Can You Believe It.

I received this book from Lillie Ammann. Some weeks ago, I answered a question on Faith N’ Fiction Saturday regarding what we would like to see in Christian Fiction. My response was science fiction and a superhero. Lillie left a comments mentioning this new book. She interview Richard last week. It turns out that Richard’s eye sight is 4 times worse than what is considered legally blind. I thought this gave Matt’s character an added layer of realism. So if you are looking for a fun read, definitely pick this book up.

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