Watchers by Craig Priestley

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Book: Watchers

Author: Craig Priestley

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi fans, thriller lovers

Publication Date: January 25, 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNF-ed

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 298

Synopsis: “They’re listening.”

Those are the irreversible words that tear Charlie Taylor’s world apart.

Struggling through everyday life in London, Charlie loses his job, his friends, and more than he could ever imagine. The only thing that keeps him from spiralling completely is his inexplicable infatuation with the barmaid.

While Charlie fights tooth and nail to survive, so does the world around him. Humanity deteriorates at a rapid rate, with criminal acts rising worldwide. The police find themselves stretched, the government clueless, but Charlie’s eyes are open.

Carrying the burden on his shoulders, not only must Charlie fight his own personal demons, but now he must also find the strength to stop everyone from theirs.

Review: I had to DNF this book at 30% through. The book seems to be really good and I want to try it again in the future, but the book is really slow and I don’t know if I’ll have the adequate time to devote to this book for review purposes right now. The book also wasn’t developing the characters as well as I would have liked and I had a general sense of confusion while reading the book.

Verdict: it seems good, but not for me right now.

Complex by A.D. Enderly

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Book: Complex

Author: A.D. Enderly

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi lovers

Publication Date: November 17, 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNFed

Publisher: Luminary Media

Pages: 700

Synopsis: The sky rains red, the poor are forgotten, governments have failed, and corporations have grown into mini nation-states called Complexes, where people flock to receive the security, shelter, and purpose the outside world can’t provide. The only payment required, buried somewhere in the twenty-thousand-page Terms of Service, is their freedom.

Now just sign on the dotted line…

Orphaned after her father’s death, 18-year-old Val’s focus is to protect her younger sister Kat and heed her father’s final wishes: Never, ever join a Complex. Stay away from them, at all costs, he demands.

But staying away becomes impossible when Kat is abducted, sparking a hunt through a violent megacity primed for revolution, where Val eventually discovers her sister’s disappearance is just a smokescreen. Beneath it lies a motive darker than death and broader in scope than a few lives.

As Val and her allies uncover the truth, they’re confronted with a terrible choice – save Kat, or save humanity?

Review: I had to DNF  this book. It seems so interesting and I absolutely want to return to it one day, but the book wasn’t interesting to me when reading it and I just felt bored with the storyline.

Verdict: Not for me but maybe for you!

Callisto 2.0 by Susan English

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Book: Callisto 2.0

Author: Susan English

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Lesbian female characters and w/w romances

Recommended For…: LGBT+ readers, sci-fi lovers

Publication Date: November 6, 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 17+ (romance, sexual content)

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 353

Synopsis: She had to travel beyond the planet to discover her true self. Will she find the courage to walk through the doorway to a new future?

Shambhala Space Station, 2097. Solitary physicist Callisto (physics, after all, is a jealous mistress) never accepted conventional wisdom. So when she’s recruited to work on faster-than-light technology by a beautiful and mysterious older woman, she eagerly accepts the career opportunity at the women-only research station orbiting Earth’s moon. But her enthusiasm suffers when her first discovery is unexpected heartbreak.

Throwing herself into work on a problematic warp drive prototype, Calli blossoms in the utopian female community that shows her love and acceptance for the first time in her life. But when a twisted conspiracy, a disingenuous affair, and a disastrous betrayal test her place in this unique environment, the brilliant scientist must dig deep to find her moment of truth.
Will Calli embrace her destiny in an unexplored cosmos?

Callisto 2.0 is the transformative first book in the Shambhala Saga feminist science fiction series. If you like compassionate characters, deep-space intrigue, and hopeful visions of the future, then you’ll adore Susan English’s cosmic adventure.

Review: For the most part, this was a very well done book! I loved the world building and the characters. The book was intriguing and it kept me intrigued in it throughout the book. I also liked the representation. You don’t see a lot of females in space station setting books and the romance really made the book.

The only issues I had about the book was that the book felt a bit wonky in pacing in a few spots. It felt too fast in some and too slow in others. The book was also a bit too pushy in the romance and I wanted more of a focus on the sci-fi.

Verdict: It was really good! Definitely recommend!

A Murder in 2079 by Mehmet Ali Yazan

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Book: A Murder in 2079

Author: Mehmet Ali Yazan

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi fans

Publication Date: October 5, 2019

Genre: Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNFed

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 150

Synopsis: A robotic murderer.
A planet in chaos.
And the one detective to uncover the truth behind it all.
In 2079, humanity has spread through space and with them, they bring robots. All regulated. All overseen. All in strict compliance with UN standards and the three robotic laws of Isaac Asimov. The first law of robotics is clear: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Everyone knows it’s impossible, but when senior detective Harry Mortimer is sent to Icarus B, it’s to seek the impossible.
Has a rogue artificial intelligence discovered a loophole? Is a human playing puppet master? Are these the right questions? With only his wits, Mortimer, his assistant Scott Yvensen and an increasingly bogged down police department must find answers all while under assault by mysterious assassins and threats against humankind itself. As the mystery begins to unravel, Mortimer faces a new enemy who carries him on a chase across the stars and a strange new threat.
But this is only the beginning.

Review: I had to DNF this book. It’s got a very interesting concept behind it, but the pacing is super fast and it’s a bit confusing to someone who’s not normally into robot books. I think this would be a good book for my husband though!

Verdict: It’s not for me, but maybe for you!

Space Between Us by Jamaal Aflatooni

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Book: Space Between Us

Author: Jamaal Aflatooni

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi fans

Publication Date: August 1, 2019

Genre: Science Fiction

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNFed

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 329

Synopsis: An outcast boy, Darwin Sanders, learns just what an outsider he really is. The world he grew up knowing that was carefully crafted for him comes crashing down when he learns of his true identity. The world itself is put to the test when it learns the same about Darwin.

Review: I had to DNF this read. The book is interesting and has an interesting concept, but the characters didn’t connect with me and the book confused me a lot, so I had to stop.

Verdict: Not for me, but maybe for you!

The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson

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Book: The Loop

Author: Jeremy Robert Johnson

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 2/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi fans, thriller/mystery lovers

Publication Date: September 29, 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed

Publisher: Saga Press

Pages: 320

Synopsis: Stranger Things meets World War Z in this heart-racing conspiracy thriller as a lonely young woman teams up with a group of fellow outcasts to survive the night in a town overcome by a science experiment gone wrong.

Turner Falls is a small tourist town nestled in the hills of western Oregon, the kind of town you escape to for a vacation. When an inexplicable outbreak rapidly develops, this idyllic town becomes the epicenter of an epidemic of violence as the teenaged children of several executives from the local biotech firm become ill and aggressively murderous. Suddenly the town is on edge, and Lucy and her friends must do everything it takes just to fight through the night.

Review: I had to DNF at 20%. The book is really slow and I just couldn’t get into it as much as I wanted to.

Verdict: Not for me but maybe for you!

Wolfish by Matt Ward

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Book: Wolfish

Author: Matt Ward

Book Series: Wolfish Book 2

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi, technology rebellion

Publication Date: September 28, 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 18+ (violence, gore, death, politics)

Publisher: Myrmani Press

Pages: 277

Synopsis: His impossible hybrid rebellion crushed the immortal government. But then, his wife died, and his unborn son, both at the hands of his all-powerful father.

Now a cripple, Raek must rise once more to fulfill his wife’s dying wish: to unify the splintered species of humanity… Even the cyborgs and fallen immortals push for war, revenge, and the absolute decimation of the once subservient hybrids.

Unimaginable destruction amidst a veneer of peace, until a mysterious figure from Raek’s past emerges once more.

Overnight, Raek’s world is obliterated. Politics, power, betrayal… a new world order? There’s a war coming for humanity’s future, one with murder, massacre, and intrigue. An awful game, yet all that stands between tyranny and total destruction is a seventeen-year-old wolfish warrior with built-in blasters, and a dying promise he dare not break.

Welcome to 2097, the beginning of the end, or of something much greater. Only time will tell.

Review: For the most part I thought this was a good book. The book did well to mix action and politics and the characters are well developed. The book also did well with the world building and the plot was intriguing as well.

The only issue I had with the book is that the pacing is a bit wonky. It’s fast then slow, and then back to fast throughout the book.

Verdict: It was good.

The Somebody People by Bob Proehl

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Book: The Somebody People

 

Author: Bob Proehl

 

Book Series: The Nobody People Book 2

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Recommended For…: Heroes like story, sci-fi

 

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

 

Genre: Sci-Fi

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, slight gore, some romance, dictatorships)

 

Publisher: Del Rey Books

 

Pages: 624

 

Synopsis: Fahima Deeb changed everything seven years ago when she triggered the Pulse, imbuing millions of people with otherworldly gifts like flight, telekinesis, or superhuman strength. She thought that would herald the end of the hostilities between those with abilities and those without, but it instead highlighted a new problem: There is someone behind the scenes, able to influence and manipulate these newly empowered people into committing horrible acts against their will. Worse still, that shadowy figure is wearing the face of Fahima’s oldest friend, Patrick Davenport. Fahima is horror-struck when she realizes that Patrick has built an army entirely under his control to wipe out all who oppose him.

With nowhere to turn and few she can trust, Fahima must rely on uncertain allies: Carrie Norris, whose illusion of a normal life vanishes at Fahima’s reappearance. Clay Weaver, a retired soldier fighting to keep his husband and son safe–and to keep Patrick from taking over his mind. And, finally, Emmeline Hirsch, adrift and untethered from her ability to travel through time. Together, they might be able to topple Patrick’s shadowy regime . . . though it may spell destruction for the entire world.

 

Review: The book is pretty good. It’s a straight continuation of the first one. The book has good world building and good pacing. The plot of this one also kept me intrigued in the book. This is another book that will be great for tome topper as well!

 

Overall though, I don’t think this book is as good as the first. The characters were a bit weirdly wrote and I can’t fully describe it. The book had weird structure also and it didn’t really grasp my attention. You also have to remember the last book and it would be best to read these back to back unlike what I did.

 

Verdict: It was good, but make sure to read book 1 first or you’ll be confused like me!

The Space Between Worlds by Micah Johnson

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Book: The Space Between Worlds

 

Author: Micah Johnson

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Diversity: Black bi main character, nonbinarary side characters, Japanese lesbian characters, many ethnicities in this book

 

Recommended For…: sci-fi, romance, LGBT, space

 

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

 

Genre: Sci-Fi

 

Recommended Age: 17+ (romance, slight sexual content, TW abuse, gore, violence)

 

Publisher: Del Ray

 

Pages: 336

 

Synopsis: Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying—from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total.

On this Earth, however, Cara has survived. Identified as an outlier and therefore a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the dirt of the wastelands. Now she has a nice apartment on the lower levels of the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. She works—and shamelessly flirts—with her enticing yet aloof handler, Dell, as the two women collect off-world data for the Eldridge Institute. She even occasionally leaves the city to visit her family in the wastes, though she struggles to feel at home in either place. So long as she can keep her head down and avoid trouble, Cara is on a sure path to citizenship and security.

But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined—and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.

 

Review: Holy cow this book was very well done! The book had a lot of sci-fi concepts that I don’t normally read about and I thought were very imaginative and well done. The character development was excellent and the world building was amazing. The book had me hooked from the first page!

 

However, I did feel like the romance was a bit off and the pacing can be a bit uneven, it switches between fast and slow throughout the book.

 

Verdict: A well done sci-fi!

Beyond by M.C. Winkkle

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Book: Beyond

Author: M.C. Winkkle

Book Series: Black Tears Book 1

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi, romance, thriller

Publication Date: September 10, 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 17+ (violence, slight gore, language, romance)

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 289

Synopsis: One day Stella is walking home after a bad day at school, the next, she wakes up to find herself a prisoner.
For months the CIA keeps her in an abandoned psychiatric hospital where all she thought she knew about herself is pushed to the limits until it shatters before her eyes.
Her suicidal tendencies and the rest of her psychological issues are the least of her problems as she discovers that she has the key to solving a war between aliens and humans which has been going on for decades.
All she wants is to go back to what things were, but that’s impossible and now she must face a choice:
Which side to pick?

Review: Overall, I thought this was a good book. The story immediately drew me in and the plot kept me interested from beginning to end. The book had some great writing as well overall and the pacing and flow of the book were pretty on point.

However, I couldn’t connect to the characters and I didn’t really care for any of them. The book also didn’t develop the worldbuilding as much as I would have liked to see.

Verdict: It’s good!