Sunday, September 14, 2014

Maegan's review of The Contaminants by Devin K. Smyth

Reviewed by – Maegan Schaefer

Book Review of – The Contaminants by Devin K. Smyth

My overall star rating, from 1-5 -- 5

About the book:
When America attempts to "purify" earth to maintain its own dominance, it sparks a worldwide nuclear holocaust. Teen friends Jessil and Soraj are among the few survivors. They escaped on a cruiser that now orbits the planet and is designed to help regenerate the earth's ecosystem. Soraj’s father leads the regeneration process and is hopeful that he can salvage a region in North America for the cruiser’s return.

But when Jessil discovers a message indicating her own father may have survived the holocaust back on earth, she’s determined to rescue him immediately with Soraj's aid. Can they succeed even though the planet they return to is very different from the one they left—and that their success could mean failure for the regeneration process? (from Amazon)

Book creation ratings:
Overall total --30  out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- This book in the beginning reminded me of Wall-E but soon I realized that the Earth was getting purified not coved in trash.

-2- This story takes place in space and on the purified earth. 

-3- Each place was had wonderful descriptions of so I could actually visualized them.

-4- The story end with resolving some conflicts but leaving the door open on others, wonder if there might be second one.

-5- I loved that the purified Earth adapted to the things that humans did to it.

Reader Recommendations
Genre – Sci-fi
Age recommendations – Teenager and up
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating – not too much detail in this just a handful of fights near the end

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Wendy's review of Rey de Noches by Sean Torres

Reviewed by -- Wendy Walker        

Book Review of -- Rey de Noches (Legacy Cycle) by  Sean Torres        

My overall star rating -- from 1-5 -- 3.5

About the book:
Becoming king of a world where no sun exists is never simple, even after 3 years of proving yourself as a worthy candidate. Since the night Ruiz left to begin his journey like his brother before him, he vows to prove himself a worthy candidate, in order to obtain said 'holy grail' of Noches itself by earning the title: Rey de Noches.

Even when receiving the strangest task: Prevent Chaos that will come to Noches. Seems like a mockery to Ruiz, although he begins to learn the truth as the events unfold. Discovery of these new 'beings', coming face to face with the world's most wanted man, the Moon goddess Luna ending relations with Hispania and the nations that succeeded from it, a current 20 year inactive King of Noches, leads Ruiz into a series of events threatening the existence of magic itself.

Ruiz soon learns the truth of what happened to his brother not only changing his life, but to his belief over his life's purpose if he's to become the most important being in Noches, or nothing but a sacrifice…

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 21 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 6
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- This book was based in an original land with imaginative characters, I really enjoyed putting my imagination to work bringing this world to life as I read this book. 
-2- Occasionally I found myself a little confused trying to keep up (things jumped around a bit) and due to the original nature of the world and characters a lot of explanations and descriptions required. but otherwise the story was very exciting and full of twists.
-3- For a short book the author did an excellent job at with the characters and their relationships, they are strong and well balanced. 
-4- Ruiz with his unique appearance and the scales are well described.  I wished their would be more adventures in the Legacy Cycle,  I really liked Ruiz from the beginning, but I fell in love with him by the end of the book.        
-5- The Hispanic-based flavor of the book was new for me and very refreshing, I enjoyed the idea of the perpetual night.        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- young adult, fantasy
Age recommendations -- 15 plus, In parts the book is very full on, I am not sure the younger audience could keep up with it.
Sex content rating -- Not Applicable        
Violence rating -- Minor Violence, not graphic.