Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Rogue Hunter: Dark Space (Rogue Hunter #2) by Kevis Hendrickson

16+        270 pages
My rating:


Shortly after her trial on New Venus, Zyra Zanr is captured by a team of rival bounty hunters and brought aboard their ship, the Lilith. They intend to take her to the planet Sojo, home of a powerful crime boss who nurses a grievance against her. Zyra fears for her life, knowing death awaits her at the end of the journey. Her captors' seething hatred of her leads to Zyra's horrifying torture.

Drugged, beaten, and near death, Zyra escapes her cell and is pursued. The enemy will stop at nothing to recapture her. Enraged by the abuse she has suffered, Zyra decides to turn the table on the Lilith's crew and show them why she is the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy.

Book II of the Rogue Hunter series. Amazon

 This story takes place upon the ship in which Zyra is being held captive. We get the story from several 
different perspectives from the crew of 8 and Zyra  herself. What I have come to love about Kevis' writing 
is the portrayal of the characters. They become real to us, the book turned out to be a super fast read and 
was over before I was ready. 

As we are introduced to the characters we immediately get who they are. It comes about in their actions 
and dialogue. As this story includes several characters and we get to follow each of them to some extent
separately. It feels as if I got to know each one of  their characteristics even though it was such a short time. 

There is a lot of sexual frustration happening upon this ship as well. The closeness of these few members 
and being together for such a long time is obviously weighing on them and their relationships with each
other. When Zyra takes some power of her own, the loss of the characters is really sad to deal 
with and I really wanted to know more about them and their cultures. 

Perhaps the only negative thing about this story is that it wasn't long enough! It takes place in a very 
small place, hiding and fighting and who exactly is in charge of the ship all play major rolls. With a handful 
of characters I do wish that I got to know more about each of them outside of the ship.

My favorite character of all would have to be Zyra herself. She is a super strong female lead role that 
we get to experience both the strong and the vulnerable side of her. The writing is very smooth and can 
easily be imagined on the big screen. So far each book has just been a part of the story and leaves plenty
to the imagination of where the story could go next. 


Monday, November 11, 2013

#Giveaway and Entangled's New Adult lineup!

Entangled Embrace is Entangled's New Adult line, launching today with three fantastic books! If you are looking for something new and mesmerizing, embrace the endless possibilities that this brand new Entangled Publishing new adult line offers!

Trouble Comes Knocking by Mary Duncanson

A girl who can’t forget…

Twenty-two-year-old Lucy Carver is like Sherlock Holmes in ballet flats, but her eidetic memory is more albatross than asset, and something she usually keeps hidden. When she notices that something’s amiss at her dead-end job, she jumps at the chance to finally use her ability for good. That is, until, a man is murdered, and she becomes the target of the killer.

A detective on his first case…

Detective Eli Reyes is overbearing, pompous, way too hot for Lucy’s own good, and seems as determined to ruin her relationship with her boyfriend, John, as finding the murderer. He brings Lucy in on the case, thinking she can help him get to the truth, only to cut her loose when he realizes he’s gotten far more than he ever bargained for.

A past that won’t go away…

When memories from her childhood invade her present, Lucy discovers a mystery bigger than she could have imagined. With the killer still after her, and Eli nowhere to be found, she takes things into her own hands, determined to expose the truth no matter what—before trouble comes knocking…again.

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Hushed by Kelley York

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn't protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he's never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn't matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another. Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who's ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer's committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn't get what she wants...

And what she wants is Evan's death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

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Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London

Her theory of attraction is about to get a new angle...

Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.

Whatever it takes, however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.

Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the über-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite—though she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.

Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.

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To celebrate the launch of the new line, Entangled Embrace is giving away a Kindle Fire, an iPod Shuffle, and a $25 B&N Giftcard!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Witch Hunt by Tabitha Morrow

The greatest danger facing New Salem comes from inside its own walls.

For sixteen-year-old Ruth, life in New Salem is simple. Obey her parents, go to school, stay inside the walls, and never question the will of the Council. The Council governs New Salem and keeps its people safe, burning mysterious effigies to remind the villagers of the physical and spiritual dangers that seek to infiltrate New Salem's walls.

When Ruth takes to exploring the woods at night, she makes a terrifying and exhilarating discovery: she and her friends Sarah and Elizabeth are witches. But it's dangerous to be different in New Salem, and it isn't long before rumors of witchcraft spread from the Council to the townspeople. After Elizabeth is imprisoned by the Council, it is up to Ruth and Sarah to fulfill their destiny. A coven of witches harbors great strength, and it is only with that strength that they will be able to save New Salem.

Publisher- Diversion Books  

Every time I see the words "inside the walls" I have no control over the fact that I instantly think of  the movie The Village by M Night Shyamalan. I suppose this is because 1) I love that movie and 2) am always searching for similar stories.

This was one of those stories that hit the mark for me. I really enjoyed the characters, the community and the witch craft. In New Salem there is a separation between the council and the townspeople mainly by the color of robes or clothing they wear. The council is known for their red robes, and the townspeople a very modestly dressed and the town has a very old feeling to it, no technology, farmland and everybody having to do their part for the town to keep alive. The behavior of the townspeople to stay in line is really strict and the kids are watched carefully. Don't forget the forest surrounding the village and the stone wall that blocks them off from any other societies that may be outside.

Ruth is a great main character. She is daring and courageous, the fact that she does question things..mostly because she is different, is a huge plus in this story. There is very little down time and a combination of great elements and characters that really drives the storyline. There is a mystery of where the banished people end up going when they leave. Ruth and her coven are able to develop very amazing powers as they become stronger, and when they are together, that power grows.

I really had a lot of fun reading this story. (I have actually read it twice in the last 4 months) and think that it's definitely one you'd enjoy to read as well. Especially if you are into witches and creepy settings.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx by Linda A. Cadose

American archeologist Dr. Cliff Post and his friend Egyptian archeologist Dr. Abdul Saad discover a hidden chamber in the right paw of the Great Sphinx. Inside they find an ancient supercomputer left there thousands of years ago by ancient aliens. A terrorist group seeks to obtain possession of this supercomputer. The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx is the first in a series featuring the adventures of American archeologist, Dr. Cliff Post. Be sure to read the second in the series, The Underwater Pyramid in the Bermuda Triangle.
Paperback, 110 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Authorhouse

I was emailed a review request from a book publicity company and it was offered as a "YA mystery adventure novel set in Giza, Egypt." While I highly disagree of the usage of the words Young Adult when pitching this book for review. Does not mean I did not like the story. But I do think it's limited to a smaller range of Young Adults that may actually like the story.

Dr Cliff Post has always been interested in Egypt and when his good friend Dr. Abdul Saad invites him to participate in a dig, he jumps at the offer. Cliff is moving to be near is serious girlfriend and her son, taking time off work and now gets to work on a dream job. He couldn't be happier. But when he gets to Egypt he is gets mixed up in a complicated mess with others working on the same dig.

Teens that are highly interested in Egypt and it's history, mostly revolving around the pyramids may find this book interesting as well. There is a underlying factor that the man causing all the troubles for the team highly disagrees with the idea of "outsiders" digging up parts of Egypt. Even though he (the outsider) was asked by Dr Abdul Saad himself to join in the dig.

There are several pages of straight historical facts and information about Giza and the Sphinx itself. Some political aspects of the people of Egypt compared to the information we are given about the 13 skulls.

I did enjoy reading this story, but I also have a love of history and social studies. What I did find lacking is there is no back story to the characters, no growth and I wouldn't particularly call this story an adventure. It is a mystery, it did have fun elements of danger and intrigue and a lot of detailed information.

I would think that adults may connect with the story more so than most young adults. And especially if you have an interest in the pyramid structures themselves.