Release Day! No Vain Loss by M.C. Frank

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Hey Guys! Today was the release day for one of my favorite indie author’s book! Her name is M.C. Frank and here is where you can stalk her at. I have already read and reviewed this book, here’s the link if you want to reread it. If you don’t want to click on the link, here’s a blurb about this wonderful book:

 

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do. A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive. A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack. The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty. The year is 2525. Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace. Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. In No Vain Loss, the third installment, war is about to erupt. Who will be left standing when the stars begin to fade? Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel. – Amazon.com

 

Currently it is available on Amazon for $12.95 USD paperback and available for free on KindleUnlimited. If you read anything this month be sure to read this book! It’s a wonderful series and M.C. Frank does a marvelous job of crafting such a beautiful and unique dystopian world.

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No Vain Loss by M.C. Frank


Rating: 5/5

 

Genre: YA Dystopian

 

Recommended Age: 14+ (violence, trigger warnings for slight mention of sexual and physical abuse)

 

I received a free arc of this book in exchange for my honest review. This did not influence my decision in any manner.

 

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do. A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive. A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack. The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty. The year is 2525. Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace. Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. In No Vain Loss, the third installment, war is about to erupt. Who will be left standing when the stars begin to fade? Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel. – Amazon.com

This is a book I’ve been waiting on for the past few months, the last book in the No Ordinary Star series! I was so pumped to receive this book and I want to thank the author so many times over for letting me read and review this amazing book! I love Felix and Astra so much and it hurt me and made me happy to read about them again and if anyone has read this book then you know exactly what I’m talking about! While this was the last book we were introduced to some new characters. The character development was well done for the new characters and for the existing ones as well, especially for Astra and Felix. The plot developed nicely and there were many twists and turns at the end that I did not see coming. The pacing was well done as well and the writing was very fantastic and very easy to read and follow through with. I liked that for the most part, the book is from Felix’s perspective but that we have those chapters from Astra as well. While I wouldn’t mind a book from Astra’s perspective most of the story focuses on Felix and he is one of the more important parts of this book. I also like how the book explores Felix’s emotions and how developed he became as a character throughout this whole series.

 

However, I did feel that Astra needed to be a bit more developed as she was a main character in this series. I’d really like to explore her more as a character, especially her life before her father’s death and her escape from The Box in the time period before the first book. I think her arc is so intriguing and I’d love a prequel involving just her. I also felt that while the world building was pretty good that sci-fi lovers might like more explanation into how the science in this world works and more about the world in general.

 

Verdict: This book and series as a whole are one of the best YA dystopians I’ve read. I feel that the world is something that could be within that realm of possibility and that while the book does get into some sci-fi esque things that it’s not weighed down with overwhelming information about the sci-fi parts. While this was a plus for me since I’m not a big sci-fi reader, it might not be for those who like sci-fi. I also felt that while I had a really good grasp on how the world worked that the world building could have been a little bit more expanded upon. Even with those complaints I love this series and I loved this book. I felt the book and series ended appropriately, but it still had a bit of that openness to it that leaves room for interpretation as to what comes next and wiggle room for the author should she want to go back and write more books in this series (hint hint prequel for Astra). If you’re a YA dystopian lover, this is the series for you!

No Plain Rebel by M.C. Frank


Rating: 5/5

Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (very mature and depressing scenes. Some triggering scenes.)

Favorite Quote: “Power will always pollute things.”

BOOK 2 in the NO ORDINARY STAR series A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix a the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do. A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive. A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack. The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty. The year is 2524. Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic young adult novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace. Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. In No Plain Rebel, Felix finds out the truth. Or so he thinks. He’s trying to come to terms with that, as well as with the fact that the Clockmaster’s shack has been discovered by his fellow-soldiers, but he can’t exactly concentrate. The match girl’s fiery curls appear before his eyes every ten seconds, distracting him, and then he starts talking to her in his head. Because she’s no longer there. The Stadium is looming in the distance. It’s ten heartbeats to midnight.

I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for promotion and for my honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

I have been itching this whole month to read the next book in the trilogy and I was NOT disappointed when I read it. This book picks up where we left off in the first book and it definitely explains the back story and the overall plot of the series. While there is a lot of information that comes at the reader, it isn’t heavy nor is it overwhelming. And while I thought the story would continue to circle around Astra and Felix, this book starts encompassing more and more characters and for the most part they are all very well developed. I also want to brag about the writing. The writing is so well done. You don’t just read these characters talking, you hear them. Each character has a distinctive voice. M.C. Frank also did something that I thought was very different. The tale is told from Felix’s POV and Astra’s POV and usually the emotional turmoil is told from the female’s viewpoint… but M.C. Frank wrote mostly from the emotional turmoil of Felix for a variety of reasons… that would be spoilery… but it was so well done! I always feel that guys get the short end of the stick in the majority of books I read and I liked that Felix had a wider array of emotions than the majority of guys I read in other books.

While I loved, loved, loved this book I did have some things I wanted to see (and that I’m hoping to see in the next book!). I want to see more of Astra and the Rebel’s story and I want to see their part in this book explained more. I want to know how it is on their side of the conflict and what it would be like to be one of them. While I think that all of the characters are very well developed, I do want to see more about this cast of characters if just for curiosities’ sake! Hopefully I’ll see more of that in the 3rd book, but if not I’d be happy with how the story is. I love this universe and I love how the story is mainly from Felix’s view and I’m rooting for him all the way!
Give this series a read-through! M.C. Frank is one of the most underappreciated authors out there. She writes amazing books and this series is one of my favorite dystopian series already. I can’t wait for the next book and I can’t wait to see how this will end!