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The Reading Quest – TBR Challenge

The Reading Quest is the greatest reading challenge I’ve heard of all year. I’ll be updating my overall progress above, meanwhile documenting my journey below.

My first route of choice for the Reading Quest, is Rogue. So here are the prompts and my choices.

Reading Challenge: #ArcAugust

The Truth About Mother’s Day

May the Fourth Be With You #2

So, without further ado, here is my Read and Enjoyed List.

Read and Enjoyed

Disruption

“What if a microchip could identify your perfect match? What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loved most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer—heir to the M-Corp empire—has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.”

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Earth Aliens

“The Earth is dead and humanity’s last hope is amongst the stars. For 50,000 lucky souls, a distant, alien planet will be their home after they endure a grueling seven year journey. Assigned as apprentices to older specialists, Hugh O’Callahan and Elena Ames must learn quickly to survive their dog-eat-dog lives. Meanwhile, Zeneba, a young Charneki girl, is chosen to take the throne as mara. She must learn quickly, for it is foretold a cataclysmic event will mark her reign. Can she find the strength to lead her people against invaders from the sky? The Expedition is Book #1 from Earth Aliens, an EPIC Press series. Each EPIC Press series is made up of 6 short installments, intended for readers 14 and older.”

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Beyond the Ever Reach

 *This book has been republished as Beyond the Ever Reach, my review was for it’s former book, Fear my Mortality. No changes occurred between the titles*

New Edition: previously published as Fear My Mortality.

“What if everyone in the world was invincible… except you?

In an alternate version of today’s Earth, everyone is invincible. Since the beginning, people have been able to heal so fast that nobody can be hurt or killed. The normal lifespan ranges hundreds of years. Despite all that, Ava Holland is afraid of death. When the unthinkable happens, her only ally is the boy she should fear the most. Michael Bradley is the strongest, fastest healer anyone’s ever seen. But Michael has secrets too. Together, they run from a society that rejects them. Michael seeks redemption and Ava seeks safety, but when the truth is revealed, it’s up to Ava to save them both.

Beyond the Ever Reach is the first book in an action-packed four-book series.”

You can read my full review here!

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Genesis Girl

“Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable.

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.”

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SOS: A Prequel to The Silence of Six

 “Evan Baxter doesn’t have much time left before he must do something that will change his life — and the lives of his friends, his family, and millions of people he’s never even met — forever. There’s only one person who could come through for him at the last moment, but that chance is fading fast. In the course of one day, Evan has to come to terms with pulling off the most daring and dangerous feat of his young life, and he may not survive to see the consequences.

“S.O.S.” is a thrilling stand-alone short story prequel to the acclaimed YA novel THE SILENCE OF SIX by Norton Award winning author E.C. Myers. This eBook includes a preview of the first chapter of THE SILENCE OF SIX.”

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Soulmated

“Two souls. One Fate.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.

Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?”

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True Calling

“Welcome to Novo: Your new home in Space

For Ariana Skyee, Planet Novo was everything it promised to be until the authorities introduced “The Calling” as their response to repopulation. Now, all seventeen-year-olds are to participate in this Bachelor-style pageant to find their perfect match, marry, and have children.

But that’s not Ariana’s only concern. Thanks to the government-sanctioned memory erase, she has no recollection of Zane, the mystery boy who haunts her dreams. Things are further complicated when the pageant commences and her feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify. Together, they start to realize not everything about their new home is as it seems.

Entangled in a dangerous web of deceit, Ariana sets out to identify the truth. Conflicted over warnings that Cal isn’t trustworthy and alarmed at the government’s increasing interest in her, she doesn’t know where to turn. But her search for the truth comes at a high personal price. When her world implodes, discovering the past shapes her future with devastating consequences.

TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS. ONE SHARED DREAM.”

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The Union

“After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.

When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.

Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.

The Union is a futuristic young adult romantic adventure.”

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As a bonus, you can read last years May the Fourth post, right here!

A-Z Challenge 2017

 

 

Can’t wait to see this bad boy all filled out!

Top Ten Books of 2016

So after narrowing my selection down from 21 to 10 11, here is what I’ve named my top ten books of 2016.

May the Fourth Be With You

Lighthouse Land was one of the first Scifis I ever read. I think about it every so often, and since I overhauled my website, I’ve been thinking about ways to bring it up.

It’s been far too long since I read it to post a review about it……But when I was trying to decide if/what I should do for May the Fourth Be With You, It came to me. What better tribute than talking about the book that got me into scifi?

Not only did Lighthouse Land get me into scifi, but it also has a HILARIOUS Star Wars reference. Perfect, right? It’s crazy to think that I don’t remember enough to post a review, but I do remember that totally specific piece of dialogue. Perhaps there were even more references that I didn’t catch. I was only ten or so and I hadn’t even watched Star Wars yet.

I don’t even remember if it was in the first book or the second book. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t in the third book. I was going include the scene as an excerpt but I found a problem.

Lighthouse Land isn’t an eBook. Anywhere.

 

So I’ll be constructing it from memory to the best of my ability.

There was a statue that needed to be recharged, in order to send/transport them back to Lighthouse Land. The only place with enough energy to charge it, was a powerplant located in a remote area on the mainland. Neither Jaimie or his friend were old enough to drive. But, his friends older brother was old enough to drive. (he was almost twice their age.)

So they drove, up the solitary road, in the middle of the night. Inside a somewhat beat up soccer mom van… They stole into the main room, hooked the statue up with jumper cables and let ‘er rip.

Alarms and siren’s blared. There had been one road up, and one road down. They piled back into the car and burned down the trail.  Only a small community existed around the plant, mostly of workers and their families.

So near the bottom of the road, there was a police block, where they were screening everyone for the perpetrators of the ‘attempted terrorist attack.’

The friend’s brother rolled down the window for the officer. The smell of burnt fried fish wafted out of the window.

Their singed hair and eyebrows seemed an obvious sign.

The brother lifted two of his fingers and moved them in an arc.

“We are not the droids you are looking for…”

And that quote had me and my sister in giggles for days. Of course, the actual scene is probably much funnier in Adrian McKinty’s original words.

And of course, that scene wasn’t the solitary great thing about the series. Even if I don’t remember specifics, there are elements included that effected (and still effect) the way I write in my own novels.

Nearly a decade later and it still puts a smile on my face. It’s always going to be nostalgic for me.

So wherever you are, Adrian McKinty, I’ll always love you for all of the things about me you’ve influenced.