Review: The Toll (Arc of the Scythe #3)

Title: The Toll (Arc of the Scythe #3)
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Indigo Fall Preview
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman comes the thrilling conclusion to the Printz Honor–winning series Arc of a Scythe.

It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.

In this pulse-pounding conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.

Review:

This was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2019. I was beyond excited to get an ARC of it.

The story started out super slow. It follows the huge events of the last book, where some major characters were potentially killed. I don’t want to give too much away, in case anyone hasn’t read it yet. This story started out following some minor characters from the first two books. I kept waiting to hear from my favourite characters, Citra and Rowan.

I found that the story really picked up halfway through the book. Then, it was really hard to put down. The first half of the book was kind of an introduction to the story. There was necessary information in the first half that was needed to create the huge ending. However, it was very slow paced. I wish some of the events of the two halves of the books were woven together to make the pacing a little steadier.

The ending of the story was one of my favourite endings to a book series ever. I’m so happy with how it ended. The book took a little work to get through, but the ending was worth it!

Thank you Indigo for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Dry by Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman

The Diabolic (The Diabolic #1) by S.J. Kincaid

Have you read The Toll? What did you think of it?

Blog Tour Review: The Last Seed (The Forbidden #0.5)

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: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

Review:

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.

What to read next:

War Remnants (The Forbidden #0) by Mould Adel

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Review: How to Talk to Girls at Parties

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: ★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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!”

Review:

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?

Review: Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase

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: ★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

‘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.

Review:

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?

Blog Tour Review: The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2)

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: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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. 

Review:

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.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.kbritchie.com/index.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KBRitchie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KBRitchie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kbmritchie/

Buy the book:

http://wednesdaybooks.com/galaxies-and-kingdom/the-last-hope/

Thank you to Wednesday Books for letting me participate in this blog tour.

Review: Doctor Who: The Many Lives of Doctor Who

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: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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!

Review:

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?

Review: Captain Ginger

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: ★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Review:

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?