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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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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.

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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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Yesterday’s Flight

Yesterday’s Flight by Martyn Ellington

Yesterday’s Flight is a thought-catching time travel novel written by first-time English author, Martyn Ellington. Yesterday’s Flight is a superb read with cleverly-written twist of events and takes the reader on an unexpected journey. When a Dinosaur fossil is unearthed in the Badlands of America the last thing Susan Lavey expected to see as the cause of death was the tail section of an airliner. Now together with Bruce Ackland, a chief air crash investigator, they must find out why and how this could have happened and what became of the passengers on board. William Relford was flying to yet another meeting, but this time it was to hand in his notice; he had worked in sales for as long as he liked to remember and now was the time for a change. But destiny has a way of changing things in ways we can’t imagine, and now it was about to bring them all together in a race for the truth and for one of them: their very survival!

Yesterday’s Flight is an amazing time-travel book. It gave me hope even when in the back of my mind I knew the inevitable was true. It made me question some of the things we as 21th century man take for granted; the things we cherish and the things we shouldn’t. We live in a world that is totally complacent.

As the present characters came to face the realities of their situation, it made me know this would be the typical government response. Then I thought… has this happened before? Will it happen again? Time is so fickle and obstinate at the same time.

Martyn Ellington has crafted a really amazingly somber tale that any science fiction, time traveling lover will read and enjoy. I like how the events create a circle.

This would be an amazing movie. It falls into so many genres; if done correct, people would enjoy it.

I give Yesterday’s Flight 5 out 5.

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The Awakened: Book Two

The Awakened: Book One by Jason Tesar

 

Returning to his home city of Bastul, Kael finds the Southern Territory of the Orudan Empire under invasion. As he races to unravel the secrecy of the enemy’s identity, he becomes entangled in a brutal conspiracy to gain control of the government.

After years of collaboration with the Resistance, Maeryn coordinates the covert exodus of the entire slave population of Bastul. Along their treacherous journey to the capital city of Orud, she is faced with the pressures of leadership as she attempts to protect her daughter and ensure the survival of her companions.

Saba, held captive by a mysterious military force, escapes after years of solitary confinement. Propelled by an elusive memory, he chases after the hope of rediscovering his past and learns that everyone’s future is in jeopardy.

In book two of his debut series, Jason Tesar delves into the heart of an ancient legend, expanding an epic saga that will journey from earth’s mythological past to its post-apocalyptic future, blending the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, and military/political suspense.

 

I have to say that after reading the debut of Jason Tesar, I was excitedly anticipating the second book, The Awakening: Book Two. It starts with a cryptic opening scene with Aldair and leaves the reader still questioning the fate of this character. Then the book continues with the narratives of Kael, Maeryn, and Saba. You are going to have to be patience with this one.

It completely starts telling the narrative of this book without answering this reader’s blaring questions from the first book. The majority of this read was frustrating to me… ignorance was not bliss to me. The characters were less dynamic that the first book but so much more familial. From around 23% to 85%, of the book, Mr. Tesar, sets up his story like a master illusionist, giving this reader what I thought were random and pointless stories.

As with everything in natural, it has symmetry. Symmetry he reveals in his own time. When I got to the end it reminded me of the line in the Matrix, Know thy self. It felt like I didn’t recognize the symmetry until I was ready for it to be revealed to me.

As I read it on a Kindle, my patience was rewarded the last 15% of the novel. This is where the three narratives start to come together and gets excitingly captivating. It’s like eating the Brussels sprouts to get to the French fries and steak. Everything I read before was needed to get to this point. But once I got there all the frustrations of the middle 62% are alleviated and forgiven.

What I wanted to happen and what did was shocking and astonishingly different. It ended on a high note that invigorated my wanting to read the third novel. The Awakening: Book Two closed some of my questions from the first, made me start asking new questions, and morphed some of the questions I still have left. Prime example: Where is Aldair? I have my suspicions and I’m hoping I’m correct but the one thing I do know based on Jason Tesar’s first two books, I will not be disappointed with the answers that I find.

 

I give The Awakened: Book Two 4 out 5.

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