Title: The Last Seed (The Forbidden #0.5) Author: Moud Adel Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction Publisher: Masteroperia Source: Author Format: Ebook Release Date: September 21, 2019 Rating: ★★★★
Orantine is the best spy in her faction, the one they go to for impossible missions. But her next target is like nothing she has faced before, a high ranking official in a faction whose members can see the future.
Orantine has never failed before, but this time, she isn’t sure success is possible.
Armed with her faction’s genetic mutation, and the latest technology the world has to offer. Orantine believes she has found the perfect plan.
Nothing comes without a price, however, and this mission will push her to the edge, and further.
How far will she go to ensure success? And how far is she willing to go to prove she is the greatest in her world?
This is a great novella!
The world building was very well done. I felt like I knew the world so well in just a few pages. This can be difficult to do in a short book. In this world, people have different seeds that connect to their bodies to control things such as emotions or memories. I think this is a realistic future development.
Most of this story is being told by the main character to an officer so that she can return to her homeland. It became a little confusing when there were flashbacks in her narrative, because I wasn’t sure what was happening in the present and what was in the past. The transitions between these parts could have been a little clearer.
I really enjoyed this story. I’ll definitely have to look for more stories set in this world.
Thank you Breakeven Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: How to Talk to Girls at Parties Author: Neil Gaiman, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá Genre: Science Fiction, Graphic Novel Publisher: Dark Horse Books Source: Library Format: Ebook Release Date: June 5, 2016 Rating: ★★★
Enn is a fifteen-year-old boy who just doesn’t understand girls, while his friend Vic seems to have them all figured out. Both teenagers are in for the shock of their young lives, however, when they crash a local party only to discover that the girls there are far, far more than they appear!
From the Locus Award-winning short story by Neil Gaiman–one of the most celebrated authors of our time– and adapted in vibrant ink-and-watercolor illustrations by the Daytripper duo of Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon, this original hardcover graphic novel is absolutely not to be missed!”
I kept seeing this book everywhere, so I wanted to read it. It was an unusual story.
I really liked the way the boys in the story were oblivious to the girls around them. They were just focused on flirting with them, so they didn’t pay attention when they talked about being from another planet. It shows how they can be blinded by girls.
The art in the book was beautiful. It became abstract and colorful when the girls spoke about where they came from, but it was dark when they were in the real world.
The story was a little too strange for me. We didn’t really find out what the story was behind the girls at the party, and I would have loved to know their history.
What to read next:
American Gods, Volume 1: Shadows by Neil Gaiman, P.Craig Russell, Scott Hampton
Have you read How to Talk to Girls at Parties? What did you think of it?
Title: Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase Author: Gary Russell Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: BBC Books Source: Purchased Format: Hardcover Release Date: August 7, 2010 Rating: ★★
‘Why are you here? I mean – who are you, exactly?’
An archaeological dig in 1936 unearths relics of another time… And – as the Doctor, Amy and Rory realise – another place. Another planet. But if Enola Porter, noted adventuress, has really found evidence of an alien civilisation, how come she isn’t famous? Why has Rory never heard of her? Added to that, since Amy’s been travelling with him for a while now, why does she now think the Doctor is from Mars?
As the ancient spaceship reactivates, the Doctor discovers that nothing and no one can be trusted. The things that seem most real could actually be literal fabrications – and very deadly indeed. Who can the Doctor believe when no one is what they seem? And how can he defeat an enemy who can bend matter itself to their will? For the Doctor, Amy and Rory – and all of humanity – the buried secrets of the past are very much a threat to the present…
A thrilling, all-new adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.
It’s rare for me to rate a book 3 stars or less. I liked the general plot of this story but it had some problems that I couldn’t get past.
There was an archaeological dig in this story which unearthed a space ship. I was hoping that the recurring character who is actually an archaeologist would appear, but sadly, that didn’t happen. It would have been great to have River Song appear since she is an archaeologist, but it may not have fit into the storyline of the show when this story takes place.
I found many parts of this story extremely sexist. Amy is a strong and intelligent character on the show, but she seemed dumb and boy crazy in this story. She kept talking about her love triangle between Rory and the Doctor, which is not something she does on the show. There was also a masculine woman, who the Doctor and Rory referred to as a man. I found that very inappropriate.
I wouldn’t recommend this story.
What to read next:
Doctor Who: The King’s Dragon by Una McCormack
Have you read Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase? What did you think of it?
Title: The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2) Author: Krista and Becca Ritchie Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction Publisher: Wednesday Books Source: Publisher via NetGalley Format: Ebook Release Date: August 13 2019 Rating: ★★★★★
A stunning conclusion to the sci-fi romance duology by writing duo Krista & Becca Ritchie, The Last Hope is filled with twists and turns you’ll never see coming.
Sacrifice all you have to survive.
Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity.
Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins.
As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.
I was so excited to read this sequel!
I loved The Raging Ones when I first read it. It had so many twists at the end that I didn’t see coming. This story also had loads of twists. There are so many pieces to the puzzle of how Franny, Mykal, and Court came to be where they were. The story was very complete at the end, with no loose ends.
The ending was also open to a continuation. This series is a duology, but I would love to see what happens in their future.
This is a fun science fiction story that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Thank you Wednesday Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
What to read next:
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
About the Author:
Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times Bestselling Authors and identical twins, one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek. With their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Graduates from the University of Georgia in Biology and English & Journalism, the twin writing duo now lives in Atlanta. The Raging Ones is their first young adult novel.
Title: Doctor Who: The Many Lives of Doctor Who Author: Richard Dinnick Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction Publisher: Titan Source: Purchased Format: Paperback Release Date: September 26, 2018 Rating: ★★★★★
The ultimate celebration of Doctor Who – a perfect introduction for new fans and a brilliant tribute for long-time Whovians!
When you die, your life flashes before your eyes – and the Doctor’s had a lot of lives! The Thirteenth Doctor relives unseen adventures from all her past selves!
This story takes place during the Twelfth Doctor’s regeneration into the Thirteenth Doctor. He thinks back on each of his different regenerations as the Doctor. It’s a great recap of the entire series.
I loved that each version of the Doctor was illustrated by a different person. They all had distinct personalities, so they were all illustrated differently in this book. Some of the ones that were more quirky, like the Fourth Doctor, had more of a cartoon drawing, while more serious characters, like the Ninth Doctor, has more realistic graphics. My favourite illustrations were of the new Thirteenth Doctor, because they were so realistic that they looked like photographs of her!
I’m not as familiar with the Doctors from the original series, but I could recognize some of the characters. I wish there were more of my favourite characters in the recent Doctor stories. For the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, other characters were in their stories who I think are from their comic series. I wish there were more recognizable companions with those Doctors.
This is a great introduction to the new Doctor!
What to read next:
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor, Vol. 1: A New Beginning by Jody Houser
Have you read Doctor Who: The Many Lives of Doctor Who? What did you think of it?
Title: Captain Ginger Author: Stuart Moore Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction Publisher: Ahoy Comics Source: Publisher via NetGalley Format: ebook Release Date: June 18, 2019 Rating: ★★★
Now in one volume: the acclaimed tale of a starship run by cats! The intrepid Captain Ginger struggles to keep his fellow felines united against a hostile universe―and their own worst feline instincts, too. Featuring the entire original miniseries, plus two rare extra stories and a sketchbook of character designs.
This book started out great but it got quite strange by the end.
This story is an imagining of Star Trek cast with cats. There were tons of cat jokes throughout the story. There was a character called Sargent Mittens. Their enemy targeted them by sending laser lights to distract them. One cat even had a ton of kittens that overcrowded the ship!
The story took a strange turn by the end. One cat was transformed into an omniscient being that could create new parts of the ship. It was very weird and quite creepy.
This book could have been clever, but it was just too strange for me.
Thank you Diamond Book Distributors for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Have you read Captain Ginger? What did you think of it?
Title: Doctor Who: The Day of the Troll Author: Simon Messingham (narrated by David Tennant) Genre: Science Fiction, Audiobook Publisher: BBC Books Source: Library Format: Audiobook Release Date: October 8, 2009 Rating: ★★★★★
When the Doctor arrives on Earth in the far future, he is horrified to find the planet beset by famine and starvation. England is a barren wasteland, and scientists are desperately seeding the ground to make the crops grow again. But now it seems that something even worse is happening.
Karl Baring, the owner of research facility The Grange, has been snatched away in the middle of the night. His sister Katy was with him when he vanished, but is now in catatonic shock — so it is up to the Doctor, with the help of the scientists at The Grange, to investigate. What is lurking under the old bridge, and why is it preying on people?
The Doctor must find out, before it strikes again…
I loved this audiobook!
The Doctor Who audiobooks are so much fun, especially the ones that are read by the actors from the show. David Tennant played the tenth Doctor. He was my favourite one! I love the way he reads the audiobooks. He switches between his real accent and the voice he uses for the character of the Doctor seamlessly. It was very entertaining.
This story was creepy. A mysterious troll-like creature came up from the ground and terrorized a research facility in a futuristic Earth. The secret behind the troll becomes a bedtime story, where children were told not to go under the bridge where the troll could get them. This story plays on our childhood fears. Even though it’s science fiction, it was highly relatable.
This is a great audiobook!
What to read next:
Dead Air by James Goss (narrated by David Tennant)
Have you read Doctor Who: The Day of the Troll? What did you think of it?