“The United Continuums”–Review

513Kz8kOo8L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Hello, bloggers! I can’t believe this trilogy has come to an end. I was so excited to read all of the books in the Continuum trilogy, so here’s my review of the final installment.

Aero Wright, of the outer space Second Continuum, must lead a group of insurgents to overthrow his rival, Supreme General Vinick, and to unite his space colony’s military forces. Seeker, from the underground Seventh Continuum, embarks on a secret mission back to her colony to reinforce Earth’s defenses and protect the First Continuum against an even greater threat. Meanwhile, Myra Jackson, from the underwater 13th Continuum, is anxiously preparing the fight against the Dark Thing that is approaching Earth with the threat to eradicate the planet’s fledgling populace if the secret of the Doom isn’t handed over. The only way the three Carriers, including their armies, can avoid another coming of the Doom is to stand together and destroy the Dark Thing and save the remaining colonies.

I’m sad to see this superb trilogy come to an end, but it was definitely worth reading. I enjoyed the suspense, the dialogue, and how it all left me wanting more. The characters were amazing, as well. Many scenes made me sad, some angry, and some happy. What I also like about the idea behind the stories is that, no matter how badly things have turned out, there’s always a chance of hope. The author did a wonderful job. If you haven’t read these books, I encourage you read them. Honestly, these books will be on my mind for a while. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

About the author: Jennifer Brody lives and writes in Los Angeles. After graduating from Harvard University, she began her career in feature film development. Highlights include working at New Line Cinema on many projects, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Golden Compass, and Love In The Time of Cholera. She’s a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She also founded and runs BookPod, a social media platform for authors. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

“Above: The Broken Sky Chronicles”–Review

51vvhf8ulzl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Good evening, bloggers!  This will probably be my final book review for this year.  I can’t wait to read and share more reviews for 2017.  Here’s my review for the second book from The Broken Sky Chronicles, by Jason Chabot.

In the first book, Below, Hokk and his fox sidekick, Nym, are living in exile in the barren plains of Below, surviving on anything they can find.  Meanwhile, in the floating islands in Above, Elia works as a lowly servant girl in the Mirrored Palace.  The edges of the island have always been seen as borders that no one dares to approach.  However, when a natural disaster occurs, Elia falls down to Below.  And that’s where she meets Hokk.  Together, the two plan to escape the dangers of Below and get back to Above.

Now in the second book, Above, Elia and Hokk are separated after unusual circumstances.  For weeks, Elia tries to survive in the lands of Below, all the while trying to gain acceptance from the Torkin marauders, especially because she’s seen as a dangerous outsider.

Just when she starts to feel she’ll never return home, she and Hokk are reunited, and Hokk has a plan to get the two of them out of Below indefinitely.  Once they finally make it to Above, they realize it’s not over.  Their quest has become a lot more complicated than they’d expected.  They’re led into the scorching sand dunes, where the sun’s rays become a threat to Hokk’s life.  However, they are rescued by a privileged family who seem to have ties to those who Elia has tried to infiltrate.  During their stay with the family, though, Elia and Hokk stumble upon secrets that pose a threat to Elia’s plans to save Hokk, herself, and her own family.

Although I think the first book was quite interesting, this new installment was even better.  The secrets, along with the suspense, really had me turning the pages.  Now I’m really curious about the final book.  So if you haven’t, I recommend you read the first book.  Afterward, it gets better.  Feel free to post your comments.  Happy reading!

Above: The Broken Sky Chronicles, Book 2 will be released on February 7, 2017.

*I received this copy from Turner Publishing, as part of the Review Team.

You can also follow Jason Chabot on Twitter.

“The Goblin Crown”–Review

51gzvtguzil-_sx322_bo1204203200_It is the first day of high school for Billy Smith and he is dreading every moment of it.  Billy has always been the socially awkward type, anxious, always feeling as if he’ll never fit in anywhere.  During his first day at Francis Drake Prep, he winds up making a fool of himself in front of beautiful Lexi Aquino.  To top it off, on his first day, Billy winds up making an enemy in the star quarterback, Kurt Novac.  When Lexi defends Billy, Kurt chases them into unknown territory where the three of them are mysteriously transported to another world, an underworld where goblins reside, including strange animal hybrids and powerful magic.

Billy, Lexi, and Kurt soon learn they’re not safe in the land of Kiranok—the largest goblin city in the world—but then they receive help from Hop, a goblin leader.  During their journey, the teens learn of  Kiranok’s history, language, and culture, as well as the history that foretells of a human arriving to claim the Goblin Crown and lead them to defeat the deadly Hanorians.

While they’re still at war, the goblins can’t save Kiranok without their Goblin King.  So who gets to claim the crown?  Billy can’t help wondering if it is he who is meant to save the goblin race, his true calling.  And if so, will he also be able to get himself, Lexi, and Kurt back home?

This was quite an interesting story, with a lot of action and adventure.  I really liked the dialogue, as well as the vocabulary the goblins used.  I’ve never read a story quite like this and I’m glad I had the opportunity.  This is the first book in the series and I’m a bit curious about the sequel.  What will happen next?  I’d recommend this story for fans of the fantasy and folklore genres.

Feel free to post your comments.  Happy reading!

The Goblin Crown: Billy Smith and the Goblins—Book 1 will be released on November 15, 2016.

*I received this copy from Turner Publishing, as part of the Review Team.

About the author: Robert Hewitt Wolfe is a television writer and producer.  He got his big break writing the episode “A Fistful of Datas” for Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He’s also worked on over 300 episodes of television for shows like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The 4400, Alphas, and Elementary.  He also developed the TV show Andromeda and helped adapt Jim Butcher’s acclaimed Dresden Files novels for television.  Robert also grew up in San Francisco.  He attended UCLA, where he earned a BA in Film & Television and an MFA in Screenwriting.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Celeste, and their dog, Baxter.  He can also be found on Twitter.