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Crimson Sky (Dark Sky #1)by Amy Braun
Publishing: February 2nd, 2015 | Self
“Combining vampires and pirates into a cohesive story is something I’ve wanted to do since childhood.” — Amy Braun, Author.⎊Crimson Sky is the first book of the YA/NA sci-fi fantasy series, The Dark Sky by Amy Braun. The story follows Claire, a talented engineer with a troubled past who is currently living with her sister under a very cruel dictator. On the other hands, she's also hated by the people in the colony because her parents are the caused of the apocalypse when they failed to close the breach — the universe door where the Hellions, supposedly blood-thirsty creature that seized the world by killing human day and night — first came through when the war broke out and killed them. When a raid break through, she tried her best to keep her sister safe but Abby got kidnapped by the Hellions and she got herself kidnapped by a band of marauders — a group of merciless people who controlled the world before the war broke out. Now she's determined to rescue her sister who is currently trapped in the Behemoth — the ship where Hellions kept their human captives alive for more sinister scheming — and decides to make a deal with the Marauder for them to aid her on her deadly mission. How can she rescue her sister while battling the Hellions and what her heart desires?This book captured my heart right from the beginning mostly because of the writing and the characters itself. Claire is a good person and she is a believable character. She's strong but not void of fear. She wants the best for her sister and try to provide that even if it means sacrificing her own life for it to happened. She's also confident with her abilities and accepting of her weaknesses while trying to help others in every way possible. She's a fighter and a survivor. The side characters were all so unique, and so lovable in their own individual ways. The all contributed something so deep to the overall plot, and I really enjoyed the fact that instead of focusing on their individual subplots, the author decided to weave their stories into the overarching plot.
The world building is everything I want and love in a book plus some. The author created a rich, detailed world with a lot of diversity. I appreciate how we get so much information on this world and culture gradually and in a natural progression with the plot. A lot of times in fantasy reads, you get one big information drop and it is just too much to take in all at once. I love the steampunk-apocalyptic cultural drives in the story too. It makes this story and this world really unique and more real in my eyes. The writing itself was absolutely amazing without dragging or distracting from the story. The author has an incredible way with words that is so unique and make every paragraphs seem real so unlike anything I'd ever read before.As for the slight negatives, it took me a few chapters to get into the first-person narration because the main character likes to ask herself a lot of rhetorical questions and contemplating a lot of stuff that I'm yet to understand. But once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. I found at times that the writing was a bit vague or confusing. So much so that I had to reread parts to make sure that I understood what was happening. Also, I found that the pacing was a bit off but it wasn’t enough to detract from my enjoyment of the story. I will say that I’m both satisfied and unsatisfied with how the book ended. I’m satisfied because the main story arc was slightly resolved. But I’m unsatisfied because there are so many questions left unanswered due to a s
tubborn yet charmingcharacter. Which makes sense because there is going to be a sequel. Now I'm super pumped to read the next book because I really want to know what shenanigans & missions that all of the crew will get into next since the abrupt ending left me wanting more.Steampunk is a really interesting genre, a mix of science fiction and fantasy. And it can be set in all sorts of places, as well illustrated in this great anthology. I see steampunk as existing on the threshold of mystery; it is the off-balanced moment where the comprehensible teeters on the brink of the inexplicable. Steam technology was not exclusive. It represented a shared vision. Every class of citizen could engage with it, because it was so blatant. The boilers and furnaces, the pipes and valves, the pistons and crankshafts, the funnels and wheels—every part of every engine was visibly working to advance the Empire to which the people belonged.Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader's copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Harry Potter & The Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8)
by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, J. K. Rowling
Publishing: July 31st, 2016 | Little Brown UK
“Warning: This review contains major spoilers! Don’t read this if you haven’t read the Harry Potter series and Cursed Child yet!
“Most of the time, I think you have to make a choice—at a certain point—of the man you want to be. And I will tell you at that time you need a parent or a friend. And if you've learnt to hate your parent by then and you have no friends...then you're all alone. And being alone—that's so hard.” —Draco Malfoy.
As the whole world knows, this is the most anticipated release of the year & it's finally here after 9 years of waiting. Everyone is excited & can't stop talking about it, we even flounced it in public areas because we simply can't get enough of the Harry Potter World. I appreciate all the hard work they've been through making this play happened but I do not think it's a good idea to publish a play book because readers might not experience the full magic of the play itself.
I've been seeing reviews about the PLAY and most of them are positives but the BOOK get so many critical reviews mainly for the storyline & plot. People who get the chance to see the theatre appreciates the small things; mostly the sound effect, wardrobe, actors & atmosphere setting. From the Play Review that I watch, they love everything they can see & experience. In my opinion, that was what made it so much more entertaining & magical for the fans. I wish I get the chance to experience that myself.
Though I really enjoy some bits of the book, I couldn't help but having some issues while reading it. We all know that J. K. Rowling did not directly contribute & write the story herself, but I cannot help but treat it like it is from her. Maybe we see everything about Harry Potter are to be directly link to her. There are several quotes that I like that made me teared up because my love for these characters knows no bound. What I appreciate the most is that they FINALLY gave Draco a redemption arc & it made me so proud reading about one of my favourite character getting a chance to redeem himself & grown up being a better person, father & friend. It's canon that Draco has changed & no hater can contradict that.
On the negative side of it, there are so many inconsistencies from start to finish & I can't help but feel a little disappointed by that. Most people try to warned others to treat it like a fanfiction but honestly speaking, I've read so many better time-travel fanfics that this out there. The fact that most of them are too OOC (out of character) most of the time & totally different from what we knew them as their characters for nearly a decade. There are so many plotholes mainly about the said villain & too many people were excluded from the story. p/s: They don't even mentioned Teddy whom is a big part of Harry's life.
“I'm not here to antagonise you. But my son is in tears and I am his father and so I am here to ask why you would keep apart two good friends.” —Draco Malfoy.
**I really want to discuss more about this but not in writing because I don't think I can't convey how I feel about it. So, watch my Cursed Child BookTalk on my channel & also don't forget to leave your thoughts about the book!
There Once Were Stars
By: Melanie McFarlane
Publishing: April 26th, 2016 | Month9Books
Genres: Young Adult (Dystopian)
Genres: Young Adult (Dystopian)
A very warm welcome to Melanie McFarlane; thank you for joining is atFiction Adventures.❦
- Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book, There Once Were Stars? Is it part of a series or standalone?
- I wrote There Once Were Stars with the idea of a trilogy in mind. However, each book ends with enough information to act as a standalone. I like the idea of being able to come back and revisit each at a later date. Book 2, Here Skies Surround Us is in the works for my publisher, and has changed so much for the better, since I released Book 1.
- What was the inspiration for the book?I always find inspiration questions difficult to answer, because I’m inspired multiple times when working on a new book idea. But ultimately, there is that one defining moment where you get the spark of that initial idea and it resonates through you with excitement, reminding you why you love to write. That is the beginning of it all.When I got the idea for There Once Were Stars, I had just finished an episode of The Walking Dead. The season had ended and I was thinking about how much I loved that the series was character based, rather than fully focused on the zombies or virus. I started thinking of the last series I read which was Divergent (I didn’t start reading until after Allegiant released), and how much I enjoyed its unique take on dystopian. My two favorite things … zombies and dystopian … and then my mind exploded with this image of Nat—a girl in a dystopian world—who watches the stars glitter along the glass of her dome covered city … and the rest is history.
- What are 3 of your favorite lines/quotes from this book?
- Scene 1: The BeginningI love this scene so much. First lines are so important and can be agonizing to write. I created this opening scene after my first round of edits (originally it started in a clearing at the edge of the dome). This scene provides a touching memory where we instantly realize that our main character, Nat, doesn’t have her mother anymore. It brings up questions such as, where is her mother? What happened to her? And my all-time favorite, why does she still have the same bed sheet from childhood?
❝I stretch my arms across my bed, running my fingers along
the same sheets I’ve had since I was a child. The stiffness was
beaten out of them long ago, but they still carry the memory of
my mother carefully stitching the first tear back together when
I was seven. The tiny x’s remind me of her long fingers, moving
the needle back and forth with the same care as when she worked
with samples in her laboratory.❞
- Scene 2: The MysteryThis scene is near and dear to my heart because it’s the moment Nat realizes the outsiders can see her. The scene gives you a bit of setting and the powerful emotion of fear.
❝I gasp out loud as his partner turns toward me. There’s no
way they can see me; a foot of shock-proof glass, spotted in dust,
stands between us. I’m on the inside, under the broad cover of
the dome, protected behind the tinted façade, while they stand
on the outside, open to the harsh world that was destroyed long
before my time. But still, against all odds, our eyes connect. A
smile breaks at the side of the man’s mouth as another gasp escapes my lips. My hands jump to my mouth to hold my screams inside. They see me.❞
- Scene 3: The BoyEeeep! Finally we get to meet Evan. The boy who survived the outside. I love this scene because he is all beat up, but still shows his trademark “mischievous spark”. *swoon* What is it about bad boys that makes my insides melt.
❝The elevator dings and the doors slide open. I gasp—the
Outsider is standing in the middle of a small group of Order
members. His right eye can barely open and is turning a terrible
shade of purple, and his body is slumped forward, held up by the
Order on either side of him. Our eyes connect and for a moment
I see something mischievous spark inside them. A smile plays at
the edge of his mouth, making my stomach twist in discomfort.
Does he recognize me from the clearing?❞
- Are you a plotter or a pantser?I am trying to teach myself to plot more, but with There Once Were Stars I was a total pantser. I wrote the first draft in 3 months!
- How much of yourself is reflected in this book, and how?
Nat is very naïve, growing up. She’s been confined in a dome society and controlled by both the Order and her grandmother her entire life.
- Where do you do your best writing? (Ex: desk in your office, public library, under a tree in the park, etc.) Do you like music or some other background noise, or do you need quiet?
In college I required a small desk, loud music, and no interruptions to study. I find I’m the same way with my writing. The louder the music the better.
- What are the best and worst parts of writing a book?
Opening yourself up to the world’s criticisms. The internet allows for a lot of people to post their opinions without thought. But it also allows for a lot of awesomeness. I’ve learned to take the criticisms for what they are. Some have great advice in them that I will use going forward, and others I’ve learned to ignore.
- Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.My fellow authors in JEMS Promotions (Jennifer Bardsley, Elisa Dane, and Stephanie Scott) have been amazing with assisting in navigating the vast land of book promo. My other author friends from #WO2016 (Julia Ember, Dorothy Dreyer, Pat Esden, Jessica Gunn, Amy McNulty, and many more) have been just amazing with guidance and twitterchats. My beta readers Kahla & Bridget are my writing supports. And of course, there’s my mom. She’s my greatest support.❦Thank you so much for stopping by & for this amazing opportunity to get to know you a bit more. We will definitely be checking out There Once Were Stars very soon.