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Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice (Winter’s Saga 3)

Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice (Winter’s Sage 3) by Karen Luellen



Tormented by evil.
Haunted by choice.
Searching for redemption.

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Lines between good and evil blur as the Winter family fight for survival in Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice. Book #3 in Winter’s Saga delves into the choices we make and the butterfly effect on the world around us. Meg Winter must cope with the caveats of her evolved gift or be consumed by them. Her family and friends watch helplessly as she struggles to find herself, learn what is worth fighting for and let go of things beyond her control. Will she break free of her own fears before it’s too late or let her insecurities rule them all?

Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice is as amazing as the previous entries in this series by Karen Luellen. From the very first pages of the first book until now this has been an amazing journey. The Winters’ family and their allies are facing insurmountable odds against the demented Dr. Kevin Williams. You will instantly root for them and cheer with them each step of the way.

The series is as engross, to me as the Jumper Series by Steve Gould. They both are about kids growing up with amazing gifts and the pitfalls that come with them. It’s also about how family as it’s never as rigid as usually labeled.

They’re a family fighting for their survival against a man so filled with evil even the most desensitized person will cringe. I’ve actually watched a man bleed to death taking his last breathe in front of me at age 12. Dr. Williams described actions are more heinous than the person that stab that old man in his home.

This man is what I thought Cobra Commander looked like under his helmet, when I was a kid. I would rather watch Nightmare on Elm series on repeat that look this evil man in the face.

And this is who’s trying to kill our protagonists, evil incarnate. He’s a cancer to not only the Winters by humanity at a whole. He’s so evil that people are lining up to turn against him.

Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice moves at an intense pace. Not one chapter is wasted. A lot of the story revolves around Meg’s evolution. As the unofficial rock of her family her changes affect everyone around her. There are many instants of her mental angst giving insight into the evolution of her power. At the rate of increase she may become the most dangers meta on the planet.

Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice ends on an ambiguous note. Many things are left in the air. Although it’s written like a standalone, the ending is a cliffhanger. It feels like the first half of a story. You will want the next novel as soon as you finish.

I give Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice 5 out 5.

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Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies 3)

Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies 3) by Pittacus Lore


Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I’d been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive.

Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others. . . .

I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we’re looking for the others—including John.

But so are they.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They caught me in New York—but I escaped.
I am Number Six.
They want to finish what they started.

But they’ll have to fight us first.

After nearly two days shy of a year Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies 3) comes out. To me, it’s a resounding disappointment. Setrákus Ra is a Huckabee (see: Katt Williams’ It’s Pimpin Pimpin) villain. The revelation in this book answered many of the debated questions of the past year.

Setrákus Ra really isn’t a villain as much as he’s just a straight up bully. I understand villains’ not fighting fair. Setrákus Ra’s villainy comes across as common, uninspired and lacking the depth portrayed in the previous books. So far he’s only had to fight one Lorien at a time. If he faces three or more, he’s done. It won’t be much of a fight.

There are so many revelations in this book, but they really only add to the confusion of the mythology. One revelation I’m glad came out will end Sarah debate. Hopefully it will put an end to the Sarah hating. Man is there a lot of it.

The one that takes the cake is the governmental co-conspirators. You’re telling me the United States is that power hunger that they would side with the Mogadorians for technology. Not to mention none of the government agency seem to have a rational thought in their heads.

I just don’t know what happen to this series. The first two were amazing. I can’t consider it even okay. The character views were constantly changing with no regard for the reader. It would be several pages before I had a context of whose point of view I was reading.

There were too many narratives being told. It reads like someone with multiple personality disorder or dissociative identity disorder. Whatever you want to call the narratives need to be reined in. Pick two or less and tell it from their perspective. At the very less identify when changing perspectives.

I give Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies 3) 2 out 5.

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Winter’s Storm: Retribution (Winter’s Saga 2)

Winter’s Storm: Retribution (Winter’s Saga 2) by Karen Luellen



Born into evil.  
Raised for violence.  
Searching for truth.  
 
 
In the second book of Winter’s Saga we meet Creed Young. He’s a metahuman, like Meg, Alik and Evan Winter, but unlike the Winter children, Creed wasn’t rescued by a goodhearted doctor from the experiments and traumas at the hands of the evil Dr. Williams. No, Creed wasn’t that lucky. Instead, he was raised along with hundreds of other metasoldiers in a militant compound to be a lethal, bloodthirsty assassin. His first assignment: To kill the thief, Margo Winter, who stole three children from Dr. Williams’ institute twelve years ago, and return those stolen assets.



Winter’s Storm: Retribution (Winter’s Saga 2) is just as good as the first one. A fair amount of this story deals with a new character Creed Young. With the focus on Creed it doesn’t hurt the story as much as you think. It works because for the majority of the book the Winters’ are reacting to their new reality. And those life changes events just keep coming throughout this novel.
 
I wanted to hate Creed Young, as a new character and for his purpose. I couldn’t even when he was being puppeteered by the evil Dr. Williams. (As a character, I visualize Dr. Williams as Dr. Doom, without the metallic suit. And please don’t leave comments about how this is incorrect. I personally don’t like the Fantastic Four. The Avenger, X-Men did better jobs fighting their villains, except in the Ultimate Universe. For whatever reason they disbanded, Johnny joining what’s left of the X-Men fit him better.) Creed and Gavil are a literary example of dysfunctional. I’ve wanted to beat the living crap out of my brother, but to literally HAVE to kill him. I couldn’t do it, even if I raised in the conditions of that hell-hole, The Facility.
 
There is a reveal, in this book, that took shape, in the first book, Winter’s Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge and continued in this one. Each incident you could see this eventual outcome. I’m just surprised that it didn’t happen sooner. But holding it off until the end made the anticipation for the next novel, Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice, that much sweeter and panged. I can’t wait to read what comes from this decision. If you haven’t read it yet, check out Winter’s Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge.


I give Winter’s Storm: Retribution (Winter’s Saga 2) 5 out 5.

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Winter’s Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge (Winter’s Saga 1)

Winter’s Awakening: The Metahuman Emerge (Winter’s Saga 1) by Karen Luellen


Created for evil.
Raised to protect.
Searching for truth.

******

Extraordinary teen Meg Winter and her brothers Alik and Evan are shoved into a new reality when they discover life is not what they thought it was: there is evil hunting them, they are not normal teens, and their mother’s captor wants them back to continue his plans for the perfect race.


First let me start by say Ah-Maze-ING. Winter’s Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge should definitely get the Hollywood treatment. If they are going to continue to remake crap like Total Recall, this should be on a studio’s list. It’s Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity meets X-Men: First Class. Warning: Set aside time to read, YOU WILL NOT WANT TO PUT DOWN.
 
This is a fast pace and surprisingly quick read. I never questioned the good or bad of the characters. Karen Luellen’s writing allowed me to visualize the action surrounding the characters. For me I kept imagining Jennifer Lawrence’s character from Winter’s Bone as Meg. Alik (cool spelling btw), and Evan were generic based on their descriptions.
 
These kids are intelligent, capable, and lethal. Their “mother” made them self-sufficient. It really doesn’t read artificial or farcical when these 15, 14, and 12 put a plan in motion.
 
The backstory is exactly how I imagine metahumans will spontaneous come into existence. It’s the noblest of intentions warped by the ‘GOD complex’ of man. Having been watching the Olympic, there are a few, I think are either metas or on the cusp of being one.
 
The ending isn’t a cliffhanger but it does left you hanging. I do have my suspicions. I usually like to add a buffer between books in a series but I think I’m going to just go into the next one, Winter’s Storm: Retribution (Winter’s Saga 2) .




I give Winter’s Awakening: The Metahuman Emerge 5 out 5.

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Impulse Control (Talented Chronicles 0.5)

Impulse Control (Talent Chronicles 0.5) by Susan Bischoff



In the world of the Talent Chronicles, kids born with supernatural powers are taken from their families and forced into government research facilities called State Schools. At one such school, a dangerous experiment has killed two young inmates and threatens others. Ethan, a shape-shifter, is reluctantly recruited by his best friend Karen, a telepath, and Elle, the unique Talent he has a crush on, to thwart the faculty’s plans. If they’re caught they face Detention, and Detention at a State School has a whole different meaning.

“Impulse Control” is a SHORT STORY of approximately 12,000 words and contains some strong language.




Impulse Control (Talent Chronicles 0.5) this is an interesting starting to a series that has really piqued my interest. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the future adventures of Karen, Elle, Ethan and the other inmates of the State Schools.

Novels about superheroes are a new market to me. I haven’t found many books on the subject that aren’t graphic novels. Everything about this novel has the perfect ingredients to be an amazing novel.

Ethan’s power is the most interesting. It’s affected by his emotion something I never thought of when thinking about shape shifters. The darker component to his shifting ability makes him the most interesting.

The government policing people with abilities reminds me of the Ultimate Comics X-Men. Don’t start. I know the Ultimate Comics is a reinterpretation of an older storyline from the main Marvel universe. The Ultimate Universe has been accessible to me without all the previous history that comes with reading the main universe.

Even in this prequel I can’t wait for what Susan Bischoff has in store. Because for all the good the government says they are doing it’s always about control, power, and fear.





I give Impulse Control (Talent Chronicles 0.5) 4 out 5.

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Alternate Ending: A Novel

Alternate Ending: A Novel by Aaron Niz







Seventeen-year-old Josh Miller lives in a world of almosts. He’s just friends with Hannah Taylor, the girl he’s secretly in love with. He sits at the cool table but mostly gets made fun of, and he’s number fifteen on a list of fourteen guys who are going to make varsity tennis.



He’s pretty much about to throw in the towel on his pathetic life.



That is, until the day a tree-hugging physics professor tells Josh’s class about string theory – the belief that with every decision we make, another version of us breaks free and starts its own reality.



Everyone else thinks the teacher’s just a nut, but Josh treats the professor’s half-baked ideas as gospel. He acquires a special tool needed to bounce from one world into the next.



Suddenly, Josh is thrust into an alternate universe in which he’s the best junior tennis player in the United States and poised on the brink of superstardom. Hannah Taylor finally starts to notice him and he wins the adoration of the same kids in school who used to ridicule him. Josh’s world of almosts turns into a world of everything and anything he’s dreamed of.



It all seems perfect until Josh’s old problems start to creep in and infect his new universe. Blowing tennis matches, losing friends, a little brother getting into trouble with drugs. Pretty soon his dreamworld has started to look more like a nightmare and even things with Hannah are falling apart along with his budding tennis career.



Will Josh end up trapped in a world that’s even worse than the one he just escaped from, or can he finally write the alternate ending that fixes things before it’s too late?



Alternate Ending is a kindle paranormal in the tradition of Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four and James Patterson, The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Book 1).






Alternate Ending: A Novel is an amazing novel. Josh Miller is an archetype slacker that finds his confidence and hollow success in an alternate reality. Its science fiction concepts aren’t solid. It left me with questions that were left unanswered.



From the moment Josh “crosses” over you know how the story the lessons that he has to learn. But the writing made me want to take this journey. I didn’t want to put it down. The changes between the reality were interesting, especially the physics teacher.



The backdrop for this alternate world is tennis. Aaron Niz incorporates fictional versions of real tennis professionals, with me having various levels of recognition. I googled the ones I didn’t know making the novel all the more interesting.



Even with the weird science it’s still a pretty good science fiction fix. I finished it in one sitting. Anyone with a passing interest in science fiction and tennis will love this novel.







I give Alternate Ending: A Novel 4 out 5.

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The Prodigal Hour: a Time Travel Novel

The Prodigal Hour: A Time Travel Novel by Will Entrekin

 

 

On October 31, 2001, six weeks after escaping the World Trade Center attacks, Chance Sowin moves back home, hoping for familiarity and security. Instead, he interrupts a burglary as his father, Dennis, is shot and killed.

What begins as a homicide investigation escalates when the Joint Terrorism Task Force arrrives. Where he hoped for solutions, Chance finds only more questions: who killed his father, and why? Was his father—a physicist at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study—working on dangerous research? Why did Dennis build a secret laboratory in his basement?

Chance might not know the answers, but Cassie Lackesis, Dennis’ research assistant, thinks she does. She isn’t certain that Dennis discovered a way to time travel, but she knows who told her: Chance.

Together with Cassie, Chance will go on a journey across time and space that will challenge his every notion of ideas like “right” and “good.” One young man’s desire to make a difference will become, instead, a race against time as he tries to prevent forces he could never understand from not just destroying the universe but rendering it nonexistent.

When every action has a reaction, every force its counter, Chance will find that the truest measure of his character is not what he wants but what he will do when the prodigal hour returns.

 

 

For as long as I discovered the writings of Michael Crichton, Timeline has been my favorite Time Traveling novel. I have found one that has finally dethroned it. The Prodigal Hour: A Time Travel Novel deals with quantum physics on level that I barely grasp. For the most part I don’t even know if the theoretical science is sound but it’s compelling and logical, to my mind.

It follows my logic and understanding of time travel which made it instantly relatable. I like how Entrekin inserted his characters into many significant points in history. I think what happen when Chance and Cassie visited Christ; is my favorite part of this book.

But the crown jewel of this novel is the reactive consequences of temporal manipulation. Everyone has discusses visiting Christ, stopping Hitler and WTC but using alternate realities, colliding and collapsing universes, Will Entrekin crafts a fictional novel, that answers those questions. I think it will become a classic.

Although it ends a little more somber than I would like, I understand and applaud its conclusion. There has to be consequences for partaking in time traveling. Even now as I write this I have smile on my face because it was that interesting.

Having been a fan of time travel since I first saw ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’ as a kid, The Prodigal Hour should be made into a movie; as long as they stay faithful to the book. Timeline, as previous mention, is a perfect example of how Hollywood crapped an excellent novel.

 

 

I give The Prodigal Hour: A Time Travel Novel 5 out 5.

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