Book Review: Between Worlds by Skip Brittenham

Between Worlds by Skip Brittenham G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016 ISBN-13: 978-0399176890 Available: Hardcover, Kindle edition, Audible edition   Between Worlds is a YA mash-up of the science fiction, fantasy, and romance genres that markets itself as providing an immersive augmented reality experience. Augmented reality, if you haven’t experienced it, adds new aspects to your existing reality […]

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, read by Rebecca Soler

Cinder is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, but it is not the “Cinderella” from your childhood or from the landmark animated film.  It is the first of four books in The Lunar Chroniclesseries; future volumes will deal with “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Rapunzel”, and “Snow White.”  Meyer’s debut novel includes all the relevant elements of the original […]

Review: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

 In Trella’s world, things are black and white. She is Inside. Outside is a mythical place that doesn’t exist, a tool used to control her and her fellow Lowers, scrubs who are jam packed into large dorms, fed slop, and endlessly doing the most menial jobs. Above them are the Uppers, people the Lowers aren’t […]

Review: Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

There’s a definite trend in YA of post apoc tales that fall in various spots on the SF spectrum. Arclight is another of those, hitting all the recognizable bells and whistles along the way. Main character Marina is the sole survivor of the Dark, a nefarious disease? Condition? Affliction? That has taken over most of […]

Review: Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Specials by Scott Westerfeld continues the mutatious adventures of Tally Youngblood. First she struggled to maintain her individuality in a world that forces their population to undergo an extreme kind of plastic surgery that affects both body and brain. Then she struggled to reclaim her identity when she was blackmailed into the change for the […]

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I doubt there is anything that makes me fall for a book faster than a damaged main character. Is Katniss damaged after her win at The Hunger Games? Oh, absolutely. The willingness to kill to survive doesn’t make it easier, especially when said survival is a farce, a forced situation so twisted that people celebrate […]

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I’m late to the bandwagon so I’ll jump to the point—The Hunger Games is one of the scariest books I’ve read. It’s not just twenty four 12 to 17 year olds battling to the death for the entertainment of the populace. It’s them being forced to do it, putting their names in the lottery extra […]

Review: Raptor by Paul Zindel

When Zack and his Native American friend Ute explore the cave where Zack’s paleontologist father was mysteriously injured, they discover a strange nest with very large eggs. Zack, thinking they might be worth a lot of money, takes an egg with him despite Ute’s warnings that he should leave it be. Ute is right, of […]

Dueling Reviews: Raiju: A Kaiju Hunter Novel by K.H. Koehler

Colleen says:   Kevin Takahashi is a 16-year-old refugee from San Francisco living in New York City with his dad.  San  Francisco was destroyed by a kaiju, or monster (think Godzilla).  A shark had eaten so much polluted fish that it changed into a monster called a Karkadon and came ashore in San Francisco Bay, […]