We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen

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Book: We Could Be Heroes

Author: Mike Chen

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: science fiction lovers, superhero novels

Publication Date: January 26, 2021

Genre: Science Fiction

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, villain powers)

Publisher: Mira Books

Pages: 384

Synopsis: Jamie woke up in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to his identity, but with the ability to read and erase other people’s memories—a power he uses to hold up banks to buy coffee, cat food and books.

Zoe is also searching for her past, and using her abilities of speed and strength…to deliver fast food. And she’ll occasionally put on a cool suit and beat up bad guys, if she feels like it.

When the archrivals meet in a memory-loss support group, they realize the only way to reveal their hidden pasts might be through each other. As they uncover an ongoing threat, suddenly much more is at stake than their fragile friendship. With countless people at risk, Zoe and Jamie will have to recognize that sometimes being a hero starts with trusting someone else—and yourself.

Review: For the most part this was a great read! I love anything involving superheroes and the power dynamic between them and villains. I loved the character development (the author is amazing at that) and the story kept me intrigued in the read from start to finish. I also loved how funny it was. It really reminded me a lot of Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.

The only weaknesses of the book I saw was the world building (I wish it was a bit more expanded upon) and the pacing (which was really slow in a lot of places).

Verdict: It was a good book!

The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth

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Book: The Brass Queen

Author: Elizabeth Chatsworth

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: fantasy, steampunk, sci-fi, historical fiction, romance

Publication Date: January 12, 2021

Genre: Historical Sci-Fi

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

Publisher: CamCat Books

Pages: 448

Synopsis: In 1897, a fiery British aristocrat and an inept US spy search for a stolen invisibility serum that could spark a global war.

Miss Constance Haltwhistle is the last in a line of blue-blooded rogue inventors. Selling exotic firearms under her alias, the ‘Brass Queen,’ has kept her baronial estate’s coffers full. But when US spy, Trusdale, saves her from assassins, she’s pulled into a search for a scientist with an invisibility serum. As royal foes create an invisible army to start a global war, Constance and Trusdale must learn to trust each other. If they don’t, the world they know will literally disappear before their eyes.

Review: For the most part I really enjoyed this book. I’ve never really had luck with steampunk inspired novels but this was a fun read with magic and we’ll explained technology. The character development was well done, the world building and magic system building was sound, and I really enjoyed the story.

The only issue I had with it is that the beginning is super slow and confusing. It took a bit for me to get into the book. I also found the romance off-putting for some reason. I can’t really name it, but I didn’t like it.

Verdict: It’s a good book, just takes a bit to get into.

This Is Not The Jess Show by Anna Carey

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Book: This is Not the Jess Show

Author: Anna Carey

Book Series: This is Not the Jess Show Book 1

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: Truman show fans, Black Mirror fans, sci-fi, ya

Publication Date: February 2, 2021

Genre: YA Thriller/Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 16+ (alcohol consumption, death, animal violence mentioned, running away)

Publisher: Quirk Books

Pages: 304

Synopsis: Like any other teenager, Jess Flynn is just trying to get through her junior year without drama . . . but drama seems to keep finding her. Between a new crush on her childhood best friend, overprotective parents cramping her social life, and her younger sister’s worsening health, the only constant is change—and her hometown of Swickley, which feels smaller by the day.

Swickley is getting weirder by the day, too. Half the population has been struck down by a mysterious flu. Conversations end awkwardly when Jess enters the room. And then one day, a tiny, sleek black device—with an apple logo on it—falls out of her best friend’s backpack and lands at Jess’s feet.

But the year is 1998, and the first iPhone won’t exist for another nine years.

Review: Oh my goodness I fell in love with this book! It was amazing! I didn’t know I needed a YA book based on The Truman Show but dang if I didn’t! I devoured this book within an hour and a half and couldn’t put it down! The book was perfectly paced, the characters were expertly developed, and the world building was amazing! The details! THE DETAILS WERE SO GOOD AND SO FUN TO PICK UP ON! I can’t wait for the second book!

My only complaint is that it went outside the tv show, but I’m liking where it’s going.

Verdict: I need more!

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!

Tales of Sorcery and Silicone by Terence MacManus

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Book: Tales of Sorcery and Silicone

 

Author: Terence MacManus

 

Book Series: Short Stories

 

Rating: 2/5

 

Recommended For…: short stories, fantasy, sci-fi

 

Publication Date: December 30, 2019

 

Genre: Short Stories, Fantasy, Science Fiction

 

Recommended Age: cant’ recommend, dnf-ed

 

Publisher: Terry Talks Fiction

 

Pages: 269

 

Synopsis: A magical researcher having to—literally—defend her thesis in front of the academic board; a sentient toaster whose morning is just *ruined* when its owner inconsiderately decides to have a heart attack; sorcerers who can’t sleep for fear of losing their magic—and their life; an artificial archaeologist searching for his ancestor on the barren plains of Mars; and behind it all, an Advanced Virtual Intelligence strengthens her grip over humanity.

Together for the first time, these are the thirteen short stories that appeared on www.terrytalksfiction.com throughout 2019. Written by Terence MacManus, these tales not only explore bold new fantasy and science fiction, but they also draw on the author’s decade of experience as an archaeologist to showcase his innovative method of building imaginary worlds through the archaeological process.

This must-have SFF collection comes with author notes, and the combined presentation highlights the deep connections between multiple stories set within shared universes—in particular, the stories of the Silicone Universe—and reveals the full scope of the meta-narratives like never before.

You’ll never look at fiction (or your toaster) the same way again.

 

Review: This book sounds really good, but I just couldn’t get into it. The book was really slow in the beginning and by 23% I couldn’t read anymore. I might try to come back to this later as the concept sounds interesting, but I can’t at the moment.

 

Verdict: Not for me right now but maybe for you!

Oasis by Katya De Becerra

tour banner (10).png9781250124265_FCDisclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Author: Katya de BecerraBook Series: StandaloneRating: 3.5/5Publication Date: January 7, 2020Genre: YA FantasyRecommended Age: 16+ (violence, some gore, some mature scenes, nothing you see is real)Publisher: MacMillanPages: 320Amazon LinkSynopsis: The oasis saved them. But who will save them from the oasis?Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father’s archaeological dig site in the desert with four close friends . . . and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.With their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed . . . until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, shade—and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what’s real and what’s a mirage.The answers turn Alif and her friends against one another, and they begin to wonder if they’ve truly been saved. And while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave . . .Review: For the most part this was an interesting book. The setting was really cool and the plot was intriguing. The book was well written as well.However, the characters just felt really flat for me. There wasn’t much about them that I liked and I just couldn’t root for any of them. They also didn’t really engage me as a reader.Verdict: A pretty good fantasy from an archeology site!BOOK INFORMATIONOasisby Katya de Becerra
Publisher: Imprint Macmillan
Release Date: January 7th 2020Genre: Young Adult, Science FictionSynopsis:The oasis saved them. But who will save them from the oasis?Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father’s archaeological dig site in the desert with four close friends . . . and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.With their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed . . . until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, shade—and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what’s real and what’s a mirage.The answers turn Alif and her friends against one another, and they begin to wonder if they’ve truly been saved. And while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave . . .Katya de Becerra’s new supernatural thriller hides a mystery in plain sight, and will keep you guessing right up to its terrifying conclusion.BOOK LINKSGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29748453-oasisAmazon: https://amzn.to/2Nf0px2B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/oasis-katya-de-becerra/1129819260#/iTunes: https://books.apple.com/br/book/oasis/id1447813177Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/oasis-38Google Books: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Oasis.html?id=dAHlvQEACAAJ&redir_esc=y author (4)AUTHOR INFORMATIONKatya de Becerra was born in Russia, studied in California, lived in Peru, and then stayed in Australia long enough to become a local. She was going to be an Egyptologist when she grew up, but instead she earned a PhD in Anthropology and now works as a university lecturer and a researcher. Katya is a short version of her real name, which is very long and gets mispronounced a lot. What The Woods Keep was her first novel (out now), which is followed by another standalone Oasis in 2020. She has also authored and co-authored academic articles, book chapters, guest posts and opinion pieces.AUTHOR LINKSGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15140719.Katya_de_BecerraWebsite: https://katyabecerra.blogspot.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatyaDeBecerraInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/katyadebecerra/?hl=en

Light Years by Kass Morgan

Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from TheNovl/Little Brown Young Readers. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Publication Date: October 8th, 2018

 

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (slightly sexual scenes, romance, violence, death, terrorist  activities and threats)

 

Pages: 374

 

Author Website

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.

Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain – but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy – even if he has to steal someone’s identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong – he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret – she’s infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it’ll be her life on the line.

These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team to defend their world from a cunning enemy – but the danger might be lurking closer to home than they think…

 

Oh. My. God. That’s what I have to say about this brand new series from the amazing Kass Morgan. She’s an absolute powerhouse when it comes to impactful and remember-able sci-fis and she’s created yet another series in which I want to be apart of (and that I can see a TV series for hint hint TV producers out there). The writing was fantastic, it just pulls you into this amazing plot and the characters are super well developed. I’d probably say this series is better than her 100 series. I also loved the LGBT+ characters and the diversity of them as well. I feel like if you liked Ender’s Game, then you would love this book. The book also feels realistic. One of the first things you learn about this book is that the this is the first year other planets/cultures are allowed to enter this prestigious academy. This is very true to history and even modern time (and unfortunately, the oppression of one or many groups by one dominant group will never completely die). While it broke my heart to read about the oppression of these other planets, it added a realistic feel to the book.

 

The only concern I had about the book was that I felt the relationship one of the characters has with her teacher feels a bit weird and can be concerning for younger readers to see considering that there are teachers out there who prey on young children. Other than that slight concern, I felt the book was completely fantastic and well paced. It’ll definitely be a hit when it comes out!

 

Verdict: I smell a TV series in the making!