Spiked by Jon McGoran

 

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Book: Spiked

 

Author: Jon McGoran

 

Book Series: Spliced Book 3

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

 

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, science, romance, dystopian vibes)

 

Publisher: Holiday House

 

Pages: 352

 

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Synopsis: Committed to both peace and human rights for chimeras–people who alter themselves with animal DNA–seventeen-year-old Jimi Corcoran is torn when she’s invited to a gathering of moderate pro- and anti-chimera rights activists seeking to find common ground. But when a militant chimera rights group prevents her from attending–and saves her from being killed by the bomb they’ve planted–Jimi herself falls under suspicion for the blast.

Seeking to clear her name, Jimi and her chimera boyfriend, Rex, investigate the mysterious group. . . . only to discover that her involvement is no accident. As they dig deeper, they’re drawn into a whirlwind of secret identities, shocking experiments, and an apocalyptic plot that threatens the future of humanity.

In this thrilling conclusion to Jon McGoran’s timely and heavy-hitting Spliced series, extremists on both sides square off in an escalating battle between competing visions of the future of humanity, and of the Earth. Set in a near-future society where science is both celebrated and vilified, the Spliced series tackles weighty questions about genetic manipulation, artificial intelligence, population control–and when, if ever, revolution is worth a life.

 

Review: I really loved the finale of this book! The science behind this whole series has completely blown me away and I really loved the writing. The book had great characters with excellent character development that continued to this book. The pacing was well done as well and the world building just continued to be magnificent! Definitely recommend this to anyone who loves sci-fi!

 

My only issue is that, again, it takes a bit to get into. It’s sometimes hard to understand the science as well, but hang in there!

 

Verdict: Recommend this series!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

Spiked

(Spliced #3)

by Jon McGoran

Publisher: Holiday House

Release Date: May 5, 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian

 

Synopsis:

 

A plan for peace turns into a fight for survival in the third book of the acclaimed sci-fi thriller series. 

 

Committed to both peace and human rights for chimeras–people who alter themselves with animal DNA–seventeen-year-old Jimi Corcoran is torn when she’s invited to a gathering of moderate pro- and anti-chimera rights activists seeking to find common ground. But when a militant chimera rights group prevents her from attending–and saves her from being killed by the bomb they’ve planted–Jimi herself falls under suspicion for the blast.

 

Seeking to clear her name, Jimi and her chimera boyfriend, Rex, investigate the mysterious group. . . . only to discover that her involvement is no accident. As they dig deeper, they’re drawn into a whirlwind of secret identities, shocking experiments, and an apocalyptic plot that threatens the future of humanity.

 

In this thrilling conclusion to Jon McGoran’s timely and heavy-hitting Spliced series, extremists on both sides square off in an escalating battle between competing visions of the future of humanity, and of the Earth. Set in a near-future society where science is both celebrated and vilified, the Spliced series tackles weighty questions about genetic manipulation, artificial intelligence, population control–and when, if ever, revolution is worth a life.

 

 

 

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

Jon McGoran is the author of Spliced, a near-future YA science fiction thriller that Kirkus calls, “Timely, thrilling, and more than a little scary.” Splintered, the sequel to Spliced, is now available in bookstores everywhere. Look for Spiked, the final book in the trilogy, coming May 2020.

 

McGoran’s other books include the acclaimed ecological thrillers DriftDeadout, and Dust Up, as well as The Dead Ring, based on the hit TV show, The Blacklist. Writing as D. H. Dublin, he is also the author of the forensic thrillers Body TraceBlood Poison and Freezer Burn.

 

When not writing novels and short fiction or cohosting The Liars Club Oddcast, McGoran works as a freelance writer, developmental editor, and writing coach. Freelance samples and ore information are available here. He also works with Anne Dubuisson to offer a more comprehensive range of publishing and editing services. For more information, email jon@jonmcgoran.com.

Aru Shah and The Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

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Book: Aru Shah And The Song of Death

 

Author: Roshani Chokshi

 

Book Series: Pandava Quartet Book 2

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Publication Date: April 30, 2019

 

Genre: MG Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 10+ (slight violence and a little gore, some scary moments)

 

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

 

Pages: 375

 

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Synopsis: Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good.

 

But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone.

 

Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they’ll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn’t at all who they expected.

 

Review: Usually with the second book, a series will lag a bit as the author presents material that they need to build upon for the whole of the series, but honestly this book didn’t feel like a drag. It was amazing! The characters continued to be developed, which I really appreciate. The world building was much better in this one and I absolutely loved the introduction of new characters. One of the best series I’ve ever read!

 

The only issue I did have was that I felt like the pacing was a bit slower in this one in certain spots and that some little events dragged a bit, but it wasn’t a lot.

 

Verdict: I highly recommend this series!

The Nobody People by Bob Proehl

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Book: The Nobody People

 

Author: Bob Proehl

 

Book Series: The Resonant Duology

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Diversity: Muslim faith character, LGBT

 

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

 

Genre: Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, some language, and discrimination and racism TW)

 

Publisher: Del Rey Books

 

Pages: 481

 

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Synopsis: When a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities comes out of hiding, their clash with a violent society will spark a revolution—or an apocalypse..

Avi Hirsch has always known his daughter was different. But when others with incredible, otherworldly gifts reveal themselves to the world, Avi realizes that her oddness is something more—that she is something more. With this, he has a terrifying revelation: Emmeline is now entering a society where her unique abilities unfairly mark her as a potential threat. And even though he is her father, Avi cannot keep her safe forever.

Emmeline soon meets others just like her: Carrie Norris, a teenage girl who can turn invisible . . . but just wants to be seen. Fahima Deeb, a woman with an uncanny knack for machinery . . . but it’s her Muslim faith that makes the U.S. government suspicious of her.

They are the nobody people—ordinary individuals with extraordinary gifts who want one only thing: to live as equals in an America that is gripped by fear and hatred. But the government is passing discriminatory laws. Violent mobs are taking to the streets. And one of their own—an angry young man seething with self-loathing—has used his power in an act of mass violence that has put a new target on the community. The nobody people must now stand together and fight for their future, or risk falling apart.

The first book of a timely two-part series, The Nobody People is a powerful novel of love and hope in the face of bigotry that uses a world touched by the fantastic to explore our current reality. It is a story of family and community. It is a story of continuing to fight for one another, no matter the odds. It is the story of us.

 

Review: I really liked this book! I felt it was equal parts superhero and equal parts steelheart (which is also superhero but go with me!) The character development was amazing and I appreciated all of the diverse characters in it. The book had amazing world building and it had a plot that was intriguing and kept the reader hooked.

 

However, I did feel like the book downfall was the pacing. It was so slow and it dragged at times with some spots I felt didn’t belong.

 

Verdict: I need book 2!

Rebel in the Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander Release Day Blitz!

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About The Book:
Title: REBEL IN THE LIBRARY OF EVER (The Library of
Ever #2)
Author: Zeno
Alexander
Pub. Date: April 28, 2020
Publisher: Imprint
(Macmillan)
Pages: 224
Formats:  Hardcover,eBook
Illustration copyright © 2020 Matt
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Rebel in the Library of Ever continues Zeno Alexander’s
acclaimed middle-grade fantasy series with a dangerous takeover of the magical
Library as our heroine fights to make knowledge free for everyone.

Lenora returns to the magical Library―which holds every book ever known on its
shelves. But she discovers the Library is under new management, its incredible
rooms and corridors turned dark and sinister.

She quickly connects with a secret resistance that’s trying to free knowledge
from the shadows threatening it. Her new friends introduce her to an ancient
lost city, hang-gliding, and mathematical beings larger than the universe
itself. And they help her face the mysterious Board of new leaders―who are
leading the Library into darkness.

Now it’s up to Lenora to prove that knowledge is always more powerful than
ignorance and fear.

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“Further proof that librarians are mighty in all universes.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Library of Ever:

“Zeno Alexander’s The Library of Ever reads like
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“Full of whimsy and pluck, The Library of Ever is a total
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―Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author
 

Excerpt:
“Uh oh,” said Lenora to Rosa. “I think we might have changed history.”
She was worried now, for in books, changing history was almost never good.
“Do not fear,” replied Rosa. “We all change history with everything we
do. This is why we should consider our actions carefully, as each one will
affect the future to come. Should we join Lucy?”
For Lucy had gone straight to the table, where she joined a puzzled-looking
librarian who was peering down at the assorted fragments, his chin in his hand,
deep in thought. So deep that he had completely failed to notice two girls and
an alien who had popped out of nowhere — or had they? Lenora was not sure how history
changes worked exactly. But she was sure now that the objects on the table had
been in the same box that Lucy had lost in the sea.
Giving up (for the moment) on figuring out how history changing worked,
Lenora went over to the table, Rosa beside her. She cleared her throat. “Excuse
me,” she said to Cosmo (for that was the name on the librarian’s badge).
Cosmo flinched and, looking up, suddenly noticed Lenora and the others.
“Oh!” he said. “My apologies. I have been studying the Antikythera mechanism so
intently that I frequently fail to notice things around me.”
“That’s all right,” said Lenora. “So what exactly is this…Anti—kith—uh…”
“ant-ee-KITH-ur-uh,” said Cosmo. “It is a small Greek island, near which
this ancient mechanism was discovered, all broken up into pieces at the bottom
of the Aegean Sea. It is estimated to have been lost to the waters around 100
BC.”
“Sorry about that,” said Lucy.
About Zeno: 

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explained, Zeno Alexander spent years exploring the world’s
libraries before settling down in his lavish underground bunker, where he
regularly hosts exquisite dinner parties and tends to his collection of extinct
plants. His friendship with the famous librarian, Lenora, has turned into a
series of biographical works devoted to chronicling her adventures.

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Splintered by Jon McGoran

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Book: Splintered

 

Author: Jon McGoran

 

Book Series: Spliced Book 2

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Publication Date: May 14, 2019

 

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, genes, science!)

 

Publisher: Holiday House

 

Pages: 352

 

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Synopsis: All Jimi wants is pick up the pieces of her life and move on. She never intended to uncover a conspiracy, or become a hero for chimera rights– she just wanted to protect her best friend, Del. But now she’s a public figure, and she can’t quite shake the spotlight. . . or her suspicion that she’s being followed.

Still, when a strange chimera shows up, half-dead with nothing but an odd hospital bracelet to identify him, of course Jimi tries to help. But everything goes wrong– and her friend Dr. Guzman is arrested for murder. Desperate to prove his innocence, Jimi does some digging, and discovers that the sick chimera came from a hospital owned by Howard Wells. . . . The businessman who pioneered the Genetic Heritage Act, which sought to label all chimeras as inhuman, and undeserving of basic rights. Has he really had a change of heart?

Teaming up with her chimera friends Rex and Claudia, Jimi sets out to investigate Wells’ hospital– but discovers the seemingly-charitable endeavor is hiding an extensive, dark secret. To save lives and shut down a criminal operation, Jimi and her friends will have to risk everything– and incur the wrath of Howard Wells himself.

Action-packed and haunting, this sequel to Spliced digs deeper into a gritty, near-future world in which lawless science is a rich man’s game– and Jimi and her friends are unwilling players.

 

Review: I thought this book did well to pick up where the first book dropped off. The plot was still very intriguing and very encompassing. The world was still very well developed and amazingly well imagined and scary how realistic it could get. The book also did well to not have that second book syndrome, it’s not filler and it has intriguing and well done points.

 

However, the characters are a bit different in this one. I’m not connecting with them like I did in the first one and I’m not sure why that is. The book is also still a bit hard to get into at first.

 

Verdict: A well done sci-fi series!

Aru Shah and The End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

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Book: Aru Shah And The End of Time

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Book Series: Pandava Quartet Book 1

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: May 27, 2018

Genre: MG Fantasy

Recommended Age: 10+ (slight violence and a little gore, some scary moments)

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Pages: 355

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Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

Review: I absolutely fell in love with this book! The character voice and development were amazingly well done. The author did great to keep explanations and scenarios exciting, but also young child friendly. The writing was sublime and the language (some was Sanskrit, I’m not sure of the term for the others) used were done well. I also loved the pacing, it wasn’t too fast or too slow.

However, I did feel like some of the world building was a bit lacking. I felt a little lost at times, but it wasn’t a lot of the time.

Verdict: It was a great read! I highly recommend!

Station Zero by Philip Reeve

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Book: Station Zero

Author: Philip Reeve

Book Series: Railhead Book 3

Rating: 3/5

Publication Date: May 3, 2018

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 288

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Synopsis: The Great Network is changing. New worlds, new alliances, new enmities. For Threnody the changes have brought great power. For Zen and Nova they have brought separation. For the trains that run from world to world, they have brought questions. Now all of them must find out what really matters to them and who they really are . . .

Review: I had to DNF this one because I was, once again, duped by netgalley into getting it. I get advertised an array of books by netgalley and some of them are sequels. I didn’t realize this one was a sequel until I started reading it. Because I want to read this series later when I have time I don’t want to review this one right away (but I won’t get around to these books for years so I’m leaving a 3/5 review because this book does sound amazing, but I’m utterly confused without the other books lol.

Verdict: Read books 1 and 2 first.

Dr. Beau The ABC Vet by Shelby Crawford

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In this rollicking story, Dr. Beau cares for all sorts of animals who have all kinds of problems! From Allie the Alligator’s misbehaving child to Zsa Zsa the Zebra’s terrible fever, Dr. Beau helps everyone he meets.
Young readers will love the bouncy, rhyming text by author Shelby Crawford and the laugh-out-loud funny illustrations by Andressa Meissner.

Spliced by Jon McGoran

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Book: Spliced

 

Author: Jon McGoran

 

Book Series: Spliced Book Series

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Publication Date: September 29, 2017

 

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (science! Gene splicing, death, slight violence and gore)

 

Publisher: Holiday House

 

Pages: 400

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: In this gripping sci-fi thriller, genetically altered teens fight for survival in a near-future society that is redefining what it means to be human.
Sixteen-year-old Jimi knows people change, but nothing could prepare her for what’s about to happen to her best friend, Del. Del is obsessed with becoming a chimera (ki-mir-a): a person who pays back-alley geneticists, known as “”genies,”” to illegally splice animal genes into their own. The resulting physical changes have scared lawmakers into drafting legislation declaring chimeras officially nonpersons—so when Del goes missing, Jimi is desperate to find him before he alters himself forever.
As she tries to save him, Jimi must face down unscrupulous people and risk her own life—all while knowing that if getting spliced is the choice Del has made, it means he’s leaving her behind forever.

 

Review: I thought this was a well done book. The writing is very well done, the plot twists were a bit of a shock, and the book was very well paced. The characters were well developed and the world building was fairly good. Overall, I really enjoyed the story!

 

However, I felt like there was a lot of unexplained things going on that made it hard to follow along for most of the book. The book kind of drops you off in the middle of the action and it takes a bit to get up to speed.

 

Verdict: Highly recommend!

Between the Seas and Stars by Chantal Gadoury

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Book: Between the Seas and Stars

 

Author: Chantal Gadoury

 

Book Series: Lena Book 1

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Publication Date: June 19, 2018

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (romance)

 

Publisher: The Parliament House

 

Pages: 266

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: A Legend,
A Magical Shell
A Girl Who Dreamed Of Something More…

Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea.

When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land.

With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner.

Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?

 

Review: Overall, I thought this was an ok book. The plot is familiar and it has a familiar rhythm. The pacing is good as well.

 

However, I just felt really tired of the same cut and paste story, it just felt too similar to The Little Mermaid, not Disney but the real story. The character development was lacking on a lot of characters and even on the main character it felt that she was wrote younger than what she was intended to be. The world building was not there, it could have been better built, and the plot was super slow. Overall, I just felt like it could have been better and been more.

 

Verdict: Not my cup of tea but it’s ok.