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Book Review- Sparked by Sheena Snow

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in order for my honest review.I will admit that I received it a couple of months ago, but have had several other books on my plate and it took me awhile to get to to it.

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Sparked is the first book of the Metal Bones Series by Sheena Snow. Here is the book’s description. No need for me to explain it all again when it’s already written!

They weren’t supposed to have feelings.

Metal will Clash

In a not-too-distance future, robots composed of metal for bones, electric cords for veins, and synthetics for skin are now available. For purchase. Eighteen-year-old Vienna Avery’s home is going to change forever, now that her mom purchased an Italian Chef Robot to cook and reside in their house.

Secrets will Unfold

The government claimed robots were indifferent, unthinking pieces of metal and elastic—assistance for the help of humans. Vienna never believed much of what the government said. The pieces didn’t always fit. And now Vienna knows why, because she’s uncovered the government’s secret: that robots have emotions, sucking Vienna into the underground world of feeling, thinking, and sovereign robots.

Sparks will Fly

Alec Cypher is everything a robot is not supposed to be: deep, dark, and dangerously human. And for some reason, he wants to save Vienna from the government’s prying, vindictive eyes. Going forward, Vienna will have to learn to trust robots and battle the growing feelings she never thought possible . . . feelings for the green-eyed, soul-searching robot named Alec.

 

About the Author

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Sheena Snow, contrary to her name, lives in South Florida and has only seen snow once. But she would love for it to land on her eyelashes and sparkle in her hair. She loves painting, candle making, orchid shows, tattoo conventions, hockey games and library book sales! After college she landed a full time job but kept serving pizza on the weekends and writing stories about characters she wished really existed, characters who never gave up no matter the obstacles life threw at them. At the age of twenty-six, she sold her first book and bought her very first puppy, a wonderful Yorkie named Aladdin.

MY THOUGHTS

So I would say this book would be classified as a sci-fi, young adult, romance, action/adventure.  That might seem like a lot of categories, but not really, considering it is sci-fi. I liked the idea behind the book, that there is some shady government ops regarding robots and AI (artificial intelligence) and such.

There were a few things that didn’t really draw me in. Maybe that can be explained by the fact that I am not a young adult, and that is who the book is geared toward. I found the main character Vienna hard to relate to, and I like to feel that connection when reading a book. Although I see now that her age is mentioned in the book’s description, I personally thought she seemed much younger than eighteen until there was more depth to the romance scenes. She seemed a little immature for eighteen.

I also felt that it wasn’t really explained well why people were after Vienna in particular. Perhaps that is something to look for in the second book? I also personally found some of the “arguing with the voice in her head” scenes a little repetitive. We get it. She is distrustful of robots. And a slight mistake when Vienna reserves to one of the robots as “Bonnie” before she actually has given them their human names. Oh well.

Also, Green Eyes/Alec starts calling Vienna “Baby” way too often for my liking. Now, I’m not a terms of endearment hater, it just seems a little over the top.

There are some great action scenes and the description of Green Eyes/Alec does make him believable as a love interest. Yum! I also noticed similarities to the Twilight Saga in this book, especially in the fact that Alec has some sort of way of knowing that Vienna is the one for him, sort of like “imprinting” in Twilight. I don’t mind that though. I like Twilight, and there are enough differences that it doesn’t seem like a copycat job or anything like that.

Even with the things that irked me a little, I’m not against following up and reading the next installment, Enflamed, when it is available. I still want to like Vienna and there are some things I am still wondering and hope they will be answered in the next book. And, as I said, bear in mind that I am a bit older than the target demographic, so maybe I’ve gotten a little cynical in my “old age.”

So, yes I will say that this is a worthy read and I will keep you updated if I get the chance to read the rest of the story later on. Come on Vienna, make me love you in Enflamed!

Book Review: Roadkill by Daisy White

Recently I read the book Roadkill by UK author Daisy White.

Now, don’t be put off by the title. I initially thought it was a horror book, but once I read the description and subsequently the book, it most definitely is not. It is a mystery, perhaps a thriller as well. It is geared towards young adults, and although I am past that age group, I enjoyed it anyway.

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Amazon Description of the Book:

2 am is “Dead Hour” when the vast stretch of motorway is quiet; deserted apart from the body of a teenage girl, sprawled across the fast lane…

Eighteen year old Caz is struggling to come to terms with the death of her older sister Rose, who died in a supposed hit and run accident. Caz is determined to find the driver who killed her sister, and discovers Rose was involved in a dubious social networking site for thrill-seekers; LIVEWIRE.

Caz soon realises the only way to reveal Rose’s killer, and take the revenge she craves, is to participate in the game that killed her sister…

And win.

MY THOUGHTS

The length of this book definitely makes for a fast and easy read, which is probably fairly common for a book geared toward young adults. It’s been a while since I was a young adult so I don’t totally remember!

There were a couple of transitions from scene to scene, or where Cas is having a memory,  where I got slightly confused and had to go back and re-read a couple of times until I found a way that it made sense. And to be honest, I had an inkling who the killer was early on, but couldn’t suss out why. So although not completely unpredictable, I will still in a bit of suspense waiting for that explanation. There were a few phrases that were a little bit foreign to me, but that can be explained away because they author is from the UK and I am from the US!

In general, I would say the book is well-written.  I definitely wanted to finish it without setting it down once I started. I would certainly read other books by this author if given the opportunity. The characters are well-developed and described in a way that you can actually envision them in your head.

I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

 

Find this book on Amazon: Roadkill

And also check out the Author’s Website: Daisy White

 

Book Review: Forgiven by Terri Roberts

Recently I was given the opportunity to review the book Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace.

Cover of the book

Cover of the book

 

This is a true story, dealing with the shooting that happened in October of 2006 at an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania. On that day, a man entered the school, shooting ten young girls. Five of those girls passed away and the shooter also ended up taking his own life. Many people most likely recall the story, at least to some extent. This story is related from the point of view of the shooter’s mother.

At times, it is a difficult read, emotionally as you experience Roberts’ pain over the loss of her son, and also dealing with the horrible thing that he had done. However, the story is a one of hope and God’s grace.  Terri takes us back to the beginning, when her son was born and leads us up to the day of horrible event. She takes us through her journey with her own health problems and how she formed a lasting connection with the very Amish families that were affected by what her son had done.

This is definitely a book to pick up. We don’t often hear the story from this perspective, as many times only the direct victims voices are put out to the media.

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I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this review.

 

Find this book on Amazon HERE.

Book Review: Finding Hope by Elizabeth Diaz

finding hopeFinding Hope (Christian Fiction for women)

She wanted independence.
Then life took an unexpected turn.
Can Olivia find hope in the midst of her darkest hour?

When Olivia Martinelli, a naive nineteen-year-old, moved out on her own, she never could have imagined what direction her life would take. A life-changing decision, a betrayal of trust, and a painful consequence leave her devastated. Will Olivia find the strength she needs for the journey ahead?

** Inspirational Romance **

Available to buy from…
Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble

“This story is about love and redemption; about hope for the future. It’s a story that every Christian will enjoy and everyone going through hard times should read.”

“A beautiful story of faith, hope and love. I highly recommend it and look forward to reading subsequent books from Elizabeth Diaz.”

“A very well-written and thought-provoking Christian fiction novel Enticing plot with several unforeseen circumstances that arise and a fantastic climax.”

The above reviews are from Amazon

About the Author
liz diazElizabeth Diaz, author, blogger and homeschooling mama, grew up in a small Michigan town. Her hope is that through her writing others discover that no one is beyond the boundless reach of God’s grace. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time outdoors with her smoking hot husband and three crazy kids.

 

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WHAT I THINK

This is definitely a quick read. I actually wish it would have been a little bit longer. Some of the story lines and characters could have been built on a bit more. However, I definitely enjoyed that the book is somewhat atypical of Christian fiction: the main character in the book does not start out as a Christian and we take the journey with her through her mistakes and then see her redemption as the story continues. I know that this is book 1 in a series and I am curious to see if the author continues with these characters or introduces new ones. This is definitely a great story of hope and trusting in God through hard circumstances.

 

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Book Reviews Coming!

I’ve decided to post a couple of book reviews here for fun. I have to read the books first though!

The first one will be Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together by James Hubbard, MD. The doctor is mailing me a copy of the book and I also planning on interviewing him about the book when I am done.

And then, just for fun, I am also going to read and review a fiction piece, Murder at the Art and Craft Fair by Steve Demaree.