When I started this I was traumatized. What book starts off with a beheading at Disney? But I’m glad I stuck with it. The characters are funny and interesting. To see a life beyond high school for someone so engrossed in the in-crowd that they didn’t see a future for themselves; that is what this story is really about. Everyone has a personal tragedy. You just have to be able to overcome it and move on to find what really matters.
Treecat Wars (Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington #3) by David Weber, Jane Lindskold
Stephanie and Climbs Quickly have been together for several years now, but they still aren’t completely able to communicate. So when Stephanie has to go off world to take classes for her job she has to figure out how to tell him that they are going off world. With limited communication she figures out how to explain it, but while she is gone her friends on Spinx, Jessica and Anders, have to help the treecats. The Fire Season caused so much damage that a lot of treecats are suffering. There is a lack of food in their territory and they can’t move to another since all the surrounding places are taken by humans or other groups of treecats. When war breaks out between treecats Jessica and her treecat companion to stop the war and find the starving treecats a new home without letting on to all the new scientists on the planet, some of whom want to make sure to show the treecats as non-sentient beings or just dangerous to humans.
I want more books in this series! I’m sad that it ends here! I’ve become attached to Climbs Quickly and to the rest of the characters in the story. I really hope the author continues their story. You can’t help but fall in love with the idea of Treecats. I hope there is a planet out there somewhere where they live and I hope that humanity one day finds it. you’d think they would study human history and at some point recall what happened to the Native Americans and then think “hey maybe we shouldn’t send more people there” the second they figure out that they are sentient. This 3rd book does kind of branch off into two completely separate stories though. One on Spinx and the other on Manticore, but still I’m glad that we got to see from a different treecat perspective as well as from Climbs Quickly’s it made the story even better.
Homeland (Little Brother #2) by Cory Doctorow
Marcus Yallow has had to drop out of college because both parents are now without a job and the family can’t afford to pay for his education. He has been looking for work, but had already made plans to head to the Playa for the Burning Man event. There he is approached by his old nemesis, Masha. She is in trouble and if she disappears she needs someone she can trust to leak what she knows. Bringing back his old group of friends “Mikey” is up to his old tricks. But the government is up to their old tricks as well and the information that Masha hands Marcus could bring about a new civil war. With his new job as the web master for a political campaign candidate who might be able to actually make a difference, Marcus still has to be careful. His past as “Mikey” has him watched by not only the government and private companies that want him stopped, but also by experienced hackers who know more then him. Marcus has his work cut out for him in this second book!
I listened to the audio because of who was reading it. Wil Wheaton! And to my surprise Wil Wheaton makes an appearance in the book! Made me smile. I remember when I read Little Brother that Marcus was just a normal teen until he got fed up with the way the government was handling everything. Being held against your will and tortured for information (without getting to tell your parents what happened to you after the terrorist attack, just disappearing on them) will make you want to seek revenge on the agency that did that to you. But Marcus started a revolution with an x-box! Now he is at it again the corruption in the government is there and they have kidnapped Masha! But this time he isn’t fully in control of anything. There are others that want to leak the files Masha gave him to the world. I did feel as if this just stopped. There should have been more of a conclusion, but this is a great story all the same. I took my time getting around to reading it, but I’m really glad I listened to the audio. that made it so much better, plus you have to love Cory Doctorow and his visionary methods.
Time’s Edge (The Chronos Files #2) by Rysa Walker
In order to stop her insane Grandfather Saul, Kate must travel through time and gather all the Chronos Keys from all the other agents that were in the field at the time of the explosion. With her Grandmother getting mean from her cancer, and her parents away, the only people she can talk to are Trey (who can’t be a part of everything she has to do) and Kiernan (a boy from the past who “knew” her in an alternate timeline and is in love with her). With Cyrists out to kill her and jumping through time to repeat days there is a good chance she is going to wear herself out soon. She wants to be with Trey, but the obstacles are piling high. He isn’t really her Trey. And she can’t be the same Kate that Kiernan fell in love with either. But her love life may have to wait as the depravity of Saul’s mind really comes to light when she discovers what he intends for the culling.
The ending left me in a panic. I have to wait a year for book 3? But the authors website gave me enough details to make that okay. This is a story that can be hard to follow if you can’t handle the time jumps, but if you can it is a story that will leave you wanting more! I want to know why she doesn’t just jump to a time before her Aunt started jumping through time and explain to her that her father is insane. It would change the time line, then she just needs to get the keys from all the Cyrists. That would be hard, but not completely impossible. They tend to gather in one place often enough. But maybe I’m missing something. But I need to know what happens next!
Dead of Winter (Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole
Evie escapes Death and all the comforts that come with the safety of his home so that she can go save Jack who was captured by the twins. When she gets to where the Fool has told her to go she finds that several Arcana have gathered in one place and Jack is the leader of an army. In order to save Jack she will have to do things that only the Empress are her full power could manage. But when Death discovers her gone he rides out to help her. Now she is forced to make a decision. Jack or Death meanwhile the war between the Arcana rages around them all and nobody is safe from the war.
Each time I read one of the books in this series I feel like I get pulled into the story. I think I finished this in less then a day. I was completely absorbed into the story and by the end I felt like a puddle on the floor. Now I must wait a full YEAR to find out what happens next. In order to not give anything away with this one I need to not give too much detail but I have to say this one thing. The plot twists just keep on coming in this one. Rock on Kresley Cole and if you ever need someone to read ANYTHING I am completely willing, but I may be no help since I Love your writing and can’t really critique it.
Firefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson
In book one David killed the high epic, Steelheart! They said it couldn’t be done, but now he is going after any who come after his city, with the help of the Reckoners everything is going great until one epic is sent by someone that Prof knows. Someone from what used to be New York, now called Babylon Restored. Regalia flooded the city and can appear out of water and can watch from any watery surface. Her city is one big party to everyone who lives there. They praise an Epic that makes the neon paint glow and creates food from plants that grow from the buildings. And now Firefight is there as well. Together Prof and David head to Babylon Restored to take Regalia down. But it may be harder then originally thought.
I love this series! Super powered humans that all go evil. What could be better? I know… having Brandon Sanderson write it! Poor Prof. He knows he shouldn’t use his powers, but with all David’s talk of heroes and using powers for good…. Poor Prof. And poor Megan! The girl has been through the ringer. She just wants her powers gone and heard that Regalia can give powers, so maybe she can take them away. And then Poor David loves Megan and Prof thinks she is evil because she is a high epic. Book 2 keeps this story going and keeps it fun and funny to get people interested and laughing even though this a a darker kind of situation. After reading this one Book 3 should be EPIC (forgive the Pun).
This one summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. A graphic novel that is a Printz Honor book (2015) and a Caldecott Honor book (2015)
Fire Season (Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington #2) by David Weber and Jane Lindskold
Fourteen year old Provisional Forest Ranger Stephanie Harrington and her partner Karl Zivonik together with the treecat Climbs Quickly (also called Lionheart) are the first to discover a forest fire. The planet Sphinx has long seasons that last for years so when Fire Season starts it can be brutal, especially with humans who don’t know how dangerous it can be to start a fire at this time of year. To top it off a team of scientists has come to Sphinx to study the treecats. There are those off world that don’t want them classified as a sentient species, but the scientists are highly interested in them. So much so that they mislead the Forestry Service about their whereabouts and get stranded somewhere on the planet. Together Stephanie, Karl and Climbs Quickly must find a way to help stop the fires before they spread save the treecats and find the missing scientists.
This series is just fun for me. Stephanie is just full of girl power, even if she has started noticing cute boys. Plus, who doesn’t like a story with two people so different from each other, but so bonded? I enjoyed the story from Climbs Quickly’s point of view. It’s really great that the reader gets to see both sides of this story. This Sci-fi series had me from the first book! I may have to check out the adult series.
Grace is back at her grandfather’s on Embassy Row in Adria three years after her mothers death. Growing up an army brat she has moved around morn them most. She knows how to protect herself and she has no problem with danger. Grace has to learn to behave herself now since she is back representing the US in another country, but when she hears his voice and sees the scarred man from that night she knows its him! The man who killed her mom. Everyone said she made up the story about a scarred man. That her moms death was an accident, but Grace was there. She knows the truth, even if they did have her strapped to a bed and kept thinking she was crazy. She knows she’s not, and she is going to prove it by following the scarred man and figuring out what he is up to.
Wow. Okay. I have theories about where this is heading and I really hope that someday this series meets up with one of her others. This is one of those stories that grabbed me, like all of Ally Carter’s books do. I saw parts of the story coming, but others totally surprised me. Still not sure about a few things. For example Alexei? What’s happening there? Overall a great read!