Saturday, June 20, 2015

Review: Socialpunk (Socialpunks #1) by Monica Leonelle

Socialpunk by Monica Leonelle 
Book: Socialpunk (Socialpunks #1)
Author: Monica Leonelle
Publisher:  Spaulding House
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
 Ima is just a teenage girl trying to make it in The Dome, an encapsulated, 5-mile radius of downtown Chicago that remains after natural disaster has overtaken most of the earth. When she meets a hooded figure named Vaughn at a party, he takes her on a whirlwind escape that jolts her from her current reality into Silicon City, where humans are upgraded, currency is clout, and bionic eyes are the only way to get information among the glass and metal spiraling buildings that dot the skyline. Oh, and the year is 2198, not 2052 like she thought it was.

But this new city comes with dangers of its own, from degenerates to replications, from hostile hashes to a dictator who seems determined to control the population. To top it all off, Ima has to find some way to get back to The Dome to save her best friend Dash before the powers of Silicon City find a way to destroy it.

Something sinister is brewing in Silicon City, and Ima is determined to figure out how to stop it. Along the way, she will have to give up parts of herself to save the ones she loves. Can she survive the future long enough to fix the past?

Socialpunk is a 62,000-word young adult novel, slated as the first volume of the Socialpunk Trilogy.

My Review:

Socialpunk is a mix of futuristic, dystopian and sci-fi. It is a fast paced interesting story with likeable characters.

Ima who is known by her friends as E lives in the Dome in Chicago. It is a place where people don't remember their pasts and don't venture beyond the Dome.

One night Ima and her best friend Dash go to a concert where everyone is going to be. It is quite an adventure for Ima to even get to the concert with her abusive father on the hunt for her. Once there she meets two guys and then there is an explosion. Ima makes a split second decision to leave Dash behind and follow these two guys that she just met and head off to the unknown. They end up where Vaughn is from in Silicon City. People here are upgraded and everything is very high tech. Will Ima decide to stay or try to find her way back to the Dome?

I liked that the story was fast paced and it was a quick read. There is lots of adventure and suspense with some romance. We are given just a bit of background information on the characters and really the background of the world itself. I am hoping to find out more in the next book though. I was a bit confused with everything that was going on. The author does a good job of making the scenes come alive. I felt like I was right there running along side of Ima. There is quite a cliffhanger at the end too.

Overall a good book that will be interesting to see where it goes from here. This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review: A Shadow's Light (The Shadow Series #2) by J.M. Pierce

A Shadow's Light (The Shadow Series, #2) 

Book: A Shadow's Light (The Shadow Series #2)
Author: J.M. Pierce
Publisher: J.M. Pierce
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
After fleeing his home in Lincoln, Test Davis settles in the small town of Saratoga, Wyoming, where he hopes to slip into obscurity. But when his boss’s niece, Alyssa, draws him reluctantly into a relationship, he’s afraid he won’t be able to hide who—and what—he really is.

When a horrific confrontation with two co-workers forces Test to go back on the run, he reunites with an old friend, discovers that Alyssa has a secret of her own, and finds the answer to the question he’s been too afraid to ask:

What am I?

My Review:
A Shadow's Light is a great sequel that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Test Davis has found a new life in the small town of Saratoga, Wyoming. He has a job and now goes by the name Chance Johnston. Things are going fine until he begins a relationship with the boss's niece Alyssa. She has a secret of her own, she can see and talk to the dead. When some of his co-workers start causing problems for him Test has a hard time controlling his powers. This is when things go from bad to worse. Test and Alyssa are on the run and this time it's not just from the authorities. There are other worldly beings out to destroy them.

While there are some similarities to the plot from the first book the author has brought so much more to this story. Test himself has grown as a great character and I really like Alyssa. We also get to enjoy some favorites from Failing Test. Cliff is such a great character and friend to Test even now with his current situation.

There is lots of action and suspense and some romance in the mix. I enjoyed the ending and am looking forward to finding out what happens next. This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Review: Daughter of Lions by Catherine Banks

Daughter of Lions by Catherine Banks 

Book: Daughter of Lions
Author: Catherine Banks
Publisher: Catherine Banks
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: E-ARC Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Being a teenager is hard enough, but when your dad is an Alpha werelion it complicates matters even more. Victoria doesn’t feel like she fully fits in anywhere and things become more unsteady when she meets the new werelion in her dad’s pride, Brandon. Is there a way she can alter her genes to gain the ability to shift, or will she learn to accept who she is?

My Review: 
Daughter of Lions is one of the stories that you don’t want to end. When you get to the last page it leaves you feeling happy about the ending but sad that you finished reading. I highly recommend reading this book by one of my favorite authors.

Victoria is a teenager who is a cheerleader with lots of friends and is pretty popular. There is just one thing that her friends don’t know about her. She is a hybrid werelion and her father if the alpha werelion of his pride. Victoria has never really felt part of either life though. She is not fully a human or a werelion. She has super strength, can run really fast and has the ability to heal quickly. But she cannot shift.

Victoria is excited to visit her dad for spring break and see her friends in the pride. When her dad shows up to pick her up he has Brandon with him. Brandon is this totally hot werelion that will turn Victoria’s world upside down. Spring break is over before she knows it but her dad has a surprise for her. Brandon is going to be going back with Victoria and going to finish out the school year at her school and protect her. During the two months they become close friends with a little romance here and there. Victoria or as Brandon calls her Tori, is falling fast for Brandon. The only problem though is Brandon doesn’t know if he wants a mate who is a non lioness.

Not long after they return to her dad’s house for the Summer something unexpected happens and causes Victoria to move permanently with her dad and the pride. Things start to get real interesting after this. Michael, a childhood friend and werelion comes back into Victoria’s life and causes a bit of a love triangle. Then there is Bob, a crazy werewolf that is obsessed with Victoria and wants her all for himself. His pride of werewolves wants to start a war with the werelions and will use Victoria as bait to get it started.

I hope that I haven’t revealed too much of the story already. I would love to keep on gushing about what happens but I am going to recommend that you read this book. There is so much more to it and it is SO GOOD. I would give it more than five stars if it were possible. I fell in love with the story and of course Brandon. It is on my favorites lists now. It seems like a stand alone book but I am really hoping that there is going to be a sequel. I want more stories to come from this amazing book. This e-arc was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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