Book Review: Type X by M.A. Phipps

Standard

Okay, let’s start this review off with a link to my review of Book 1 in the Project W.A.R Trilogy, Ultraxenopia.  Trust me, it will save you a lot of time and confusion, not to mention, I can save a bit on my word count. tumblr_inline_npyun1MlsB1rxr4x6_500

So, now that you’ve gone and read about Book 1, let us proceed to Book 2. (Dr. Richter will be pleased with your progress) …(Okay, inside joke for those who’ve read the books 😉 ) Normally this is the part where I insert clever memes and gifs, but M.A. Phipps has generously provided me with some teaser pics that will do nicely.

13873206_1781293962112381_5823666263989787669_n

Type X, picks up 2 years after the last book.  It’s hard to say much since I don’t want to give spoilers, especially since Release Day isn’t until Friday 08/19/2016! Anyway, 2 years later and Wynter is not the naive girl she used to be.  She has become a weapon, brainwashed by the State and used to destroy cities and countries with a mere thought.  She’s like Jean Grey’s Dark Pheonix, seriously, it’s bad.  x-men-apocalypse-trailer-hints-at-dark-phoenix-will-jean-grey-go-bad-ok-this-visual-is-778725So while Wynter is focusing on surviving and getting her Dark Phoenix on, the actual resistance known as Pheonix is plotting her extraction.  Eventually, she’s caught off guard and ends up reunited with her former friends.

Par the course for brainwashing, Wynter doesn’t remember ANY of them, and her rescuers have become her captors.

This book has a LOT going on, in a good way, not a confusing one.  Wynter has PTSD, 67415704Stockholm Syndrome,amnesia, and uncontrollable powers to contend with.  All this going on while a civil war is brewing…seriously, M.A. Phipps, have you ever done a stint as a writer at Marvel?

 

I really enjoyed this novel and I need to thank my lucky stars and the author for allowing me to read it as an ARC.  I’m absolutely giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars!tumblr_louhxo5DxL1qzj6s0.gif It’s Dystopian and if you like the Hunger Games, Divergent, The Giver, etc. You’ll love this one.  It’s got a lot of violence and a bit of sexual content so I’d rate it at a PG level.  Probably 15 years and up would be my conservative recommendation on this one.

You can pre-order it on Amazon, or just wait until Friday, but either way make sure it’s on your e-reader! (or book if you are so inclined.) I’ll set up some stalking links below and leave you with this teensy tiny disclaimer…..* I don’t own Marvel, Jean Grey, Dark Pheonix. I only borrowed their images from the interwebs.  Marvel don’t come after me, it’s really flattery to mention your franchise in this post…M.A. Phipps wrote a good one 😉 

Join M.A. Phipps on Friday, August 19,2016 to celebrate the release of Type X! Lots of great authors will be attending as well as Phipps herself! It’s sure to be fun…and we all know you’ll be checking Facebook anyway 😉 Type X Release Party

M.A. Phipps on Facebook  M.A. Phipps.com

 

Review: Wrong Side Of The Grave by Bryna Butler

Standard

Amazon.com Blurb…”Eric Jansen is an alien. Offworlder. Take me to your leader, fall from the sky, space invading, phoning home, UFO jockey. A swipe of the tattoo on his arm will reveal his true form which locals call Mothman, a winged creature formed of ashen gray skin and glowing red eyes.

So when the recently deceased of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, start walking and talking, the Men in Black mark Eric as suspect number one. It will be up to Eric and the girl-next-door book blogger to solve the mystery before the black suits lock him up and throw away the key.

Are you ready for some campy fun? Fans of Doctor Who will love Wrong Side of the Grave, a suspenseful Teen Sci-Fi Mystery with a paranormal twist…”

Let me start by saying I might be a teensy bit biased on this one.  The setting of the book is in my hometown and the Mothman is a local legend we all learn about in grade school.  I don’t find many books on the subject…well actually I’m sure there are many books on the subject but I haven’t read them. Okay let me back track, I’ve read “factual” accounts of the Mothman and the Mothman Prophecies by John Keel.

So now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s begin with the review!  The blurb sums up the book beautifully and it even included the Dr. Who reference, which I caught on to immediately.  As I read through I actually thought that Eric reminded me of the Tenth and 11 Doctor combined 🙂 He’s arrogant, and suffers from a small attention span.  He also leaps headlong into the action and has a love for the human race.  His “companion” is a young girl named Bridget, who blogs about books and follows him around with a fierce loyalty.  The author alludes to Eric having something to do with Bridget’s father in the past, but it’s not addressed.  I’m hoping that means there will be a sequel and it gets explained then.There are tons of back and forth flashbacks which might get confusing, but if you’re a Dr. Who Fan, you’ll be fine 😉

Also let’s talk about Agent Warner of the Men In Black; I’m rooting for this guy. I’m a sucker for a project and he’s certainly it.  I kinda have a crush on him and hope he can prove himself to everyone ❤

The cast of characters is broad and leaves a lot to expect from future books (dare I hope, Bryna Butler?). I LOVED reading about my town and even though names of places were changed within it, I could pick out pretty quickly which actual place the author was referring to. I also have to thank her for making me notice Tu Endu Wei Park.  I’ve lived here for so long that, while I still admire it and respect it, I don’t always think about it or even look in its general direction.  Now I find myself looking at the obelisk monument every time I go to the Piggly Wiggly and  wonder what’s really up there 😉 This book is definitely YA and very light hearted in nature. I could tell the author researched her subject and the history of the area very thoroughly, which makes my heart swell with pride (I am one of those losers that majored in History in college 😉 so details like this are important to me).  I enjoyed reading it and even the intense parts were safe for 12yrs and up 🙂 I’m giving it 5  out of 5 stars and hope everyone checks it out 🙂

For more info on Bryna Butler, The Mothman Mysteries, and her other YA novels (she has a lot and they all look good) check out www.brynabutler.com 

33781940-368-k8797

Also check out The Mothman Museum and The Mothman Festival while I’m having an attack of hometown pride!

mothman-museum

Review: Black Wings by Iryna K. Combs

Standard

….”A new time. A new planet. A new world. New technologies. Two new humanoid species. A new war.

The two species separate, but in the removal, some of the best are left behind
among the worst. Captured and held as slaves, they are treated cruelly for
entertainment. Torture. Pain.
Annabel, endures a year of such cruelty, kept alive only by way of syringes which,
while healing, cause a greater agony. She discovers a secret held by their leader,
and decides to help her own kind by escaping–even if it means a final death,
preferable to the life she has endured.
Her escape succeeds, and she joins her own kind at the other end of the planet.
Among her new friends she meets many who help her adjust to their happier life.
Will Annabel find romance? Or will another war break her down?…” Official Blurb 
Black Wings is a mesh of Sci-Fi, Dystopian, and Romance. Annabel is captured by the enemy and subjected to torture and medical experimentation.  When she realizes her captors have plans for gathering up more of her people, she summons all of her courage and strength to save them.  This part of the story is fast paced and keeps you on your toes.
When Annabel manages a miracle, she has to cope with her new life and learn to trust and love again. Her personal transformation is a long one (as it should be since she suffered so much) and there’s even a bit of a love triangle thrown in. The pace changes here and is a bit slow, I’ll admit I put the book down a few times during this part.  The pacing finally increases again towards the end when Annabel’s captors seek revenge.
Annabel is forced to face her nightmares and try to protect the new life she’s been given. The action sequences are good and like I mentioned before, the pacing is quick.
I have to say, the premise of the story is good. Resettlement on a new planet, new humanoid species who become enemies, love and family; these are all qualities I like in a Sci-Fi book.  The book is a little rough around the edges. It makes for a good first edition, but I found the characters to be a bit robotic and hard to connect with.  It felt very much like I was being told a story and not reading the story (sounds confusing I know, but I’m not exactly sure how to describe it).  I think with some editing and revision this could be a really good book.  I don’t know what the author’s plans are but, there are a few openings within the manuscript to create a series. One should note that this is not only the author’s debut novel, but it’s her first one in English! So kudos for that!  I have to say based on the technical stuff, I would give it a 3 out of 5 Stars. I feel this book would be safe for the 16 years and up crowd due to mild violence and torture scenes. This author definitely has potential and I think we’ll see good things coming from her in the future!
Here are the important Links:

Website: http://ireneangel333.wix.com/blackwings

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iryna-K-Combs/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrynaKCombs

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/IrynaKCombs

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0170VTQA6/

Black Wings is available on Amazon and through Roane Publishing Company

Ultraxenopia By M.A. Phipps

Standard

The trailer pretty much says it all.  Don’t Stand Out…Remain Invisible… Wynter Reeves is just your average oppressed 20 something who wants her assigned place in society and to blend in with the masses.  She’s never thought about life in any other capacity.  One day, when she tries to sit in on her job placement exam, that all changes.

Through a series of painful “panic attacks”, she does something that she’s always feared: Drawn attention to herself!  The government soon takes custody of her and her life becomes sheer hell.

Tortured on a daily basis, Wynter is losing her will to live. Her “panic attacks” turn out to be visions of the future. During a torture session, she sees herself with a man her age looking sorrowfully at her while surrounded by complete destruction.  This seems to encourage Dr. Richter and he plans to up the torture factor, to extract more information. At this point, Wynter knows she needs to escape or she’ll die. (This part is pretty intense and I seriously didn’t know how it was going to be pulled off)  When she finally manages to escape, she finds herself in the secret lair of PHEONIX and Ezra Laramie, the man in her visions.

Ezra, mysterious, handsome, and standoffish. He instantly distrusts Wynter and gives her the cold shoulder. Could this really be the person she’s supposed to trust? The person who is going to help her survive? Can she trust her new protectors?  Will her time as a captive of the government compromise the group?  Can Ezra be trusted?  Is she merely a pawn in a war that’s never ending?

All these questions came up during my time immersed in Wynter’s world and they were all answered.  I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.  The only reason I didn’t give it the full 5 was because I felt it was a little to fast paced and the relationships between characters were a bit rushed (I would have liked a bit more in the Getting To Know You portions of the story) With the way the story ended, I am assuming there will be a sequel (hopefully soon :D) and maybe the character backstories will be clearer and the relationships will be explored in more detail.

I would recommend this book to my Dystopian loving buddies, Sci-Fi fanatics, and Fiction enthusiasts. If you’re a fan of the Divergent Series, then you especially need to add this to your library!

Ultraxenopia is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and the Author M.A. Phipps can be found at maphipps.com

12378053_10205910408019660_1332070410288948431_o

Good Stuff On It’s Way!

Standard

Well as stated, Adult Romance is wrapped up and tucked in tight.  I’ve got some Dystopian stuff coming up in the next few weeks for Reviews.  The Author Spotlight is going to become a weekly thing, especially since I ran a contest about it on Facebook. The results were better than expected and once I finish this post, I’m going to tally up the winners!

Roanoke Author Invasion is coming soon and it’s pretty exciting, I even made bookmarks to hand out!  They’re pretty awesome if I do say so myself.

So Monday, if I get my act together, you’ll get to read all about my experience with

Ultraxenopia by M.A. Phipps  it looks good…real good 😉

28463043._UY2400_SS2400_

 

Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine

Standard

51Y2GXu4-lL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Let’s start with the technical stuff first:

Ruby’s Fire written by Catherine Stine

First Published: June 09,2013

Publisher: Konjur Road Press

Now on to the juicy tidbits. Ruby’s Fire is a novel about Ruby Fireseed and her brother Thorn.  The story begins with Ruby being paired with an Elder in the Fireseed Cult.  This elder is cruel, I mean like Warren Jeffs on meth cruel.  Ruby is terrified about being this man’s mate and takes action.  She grabs her brother and makes a daring escape.  They end up at a place called The Greening, which turns out to be a school for underprivileged or orphaned teens.

While the headmistress, Nevada, offers them a place at the school; it’s not all warm hugs and kisses.  It’s also not a Harry Potter boarding school. Ruby and Thorn have to constantly prove themselves among their peers.  The brother and sister find it very hard to adapt to life outside the Fireseed Cult but eventually they both find their niche and start bonding with a few of the other students.  These new friendships prove to be crucial as the story progresses.

The story is suspenseful and introduces you to some pretty far out concepts. Catherine Stine does a great job of making these strange ideas conceivable and relevant to the story. One could also make a discussion about issues in the book that are relevant today.  I’m merely highlighting what I caught.

The world is in tatters because of Climate Change.  The Southern US is all extreme desert. Tsunami’s seemed to have destroyed other parts of the country and Las Vegas is now a coastal town.

There’s a big divide between the “Climate Refugees” and the Northern peoples.  Climate Refugees are essentially cut off from everything and are left to themselves to survive, while people who don’t live in the desert are rich and live in relative luxury.  I get the impression that the refugees are looked down upon. (Open can of worms now)

Large corporations seem to rule everything.

These are just a few things I caught and if you like arguing or having heated arguments then you could read this book and start a discussion panel with your friends (or enemies?). I enjoyed making these inferences simply because it makes the book, which is set in the future, more relevant to me.  It also made the characters, even the unlikable ones, more relatable.

I laughed, I cried, and in a lot of parts I got a little creeped out.  I am betting that this will be a great series to get hooked on and heartily recommend it to fans of Science Fiction, YA, and Dystopian sagas.

If you want to know more about the author, Catherine Stine, here is a link to her Amazon profile

Catherine Stine

Check it out and Happy Reading!