New Binge Worthy Book: Sara recs Blue on Black by Carole Cummings

Blue on Black by Carole Cummings

Published by: DSP Publication

Format: eBook, paperback

Genre: science fiction (maybe? closer to fantasy?), steampunk (maybe?)

Order at: Publisher | Amazon | B&N

Reviewed by: Sara Beth as part of her column, Binge Worthy Books

What to Expect: This book basically defies whatever genre you might want to file it under, so whatever you’re expecting, probably best to let that go, and settle into a fantastic read filled with mystery, cleverly rendered tech, and just a titch of romance. Read More

Please follow and like us:
1k+

Science Fiction Romance review: Rogue Wolf by Elliot Cooper

Rogue Wolf by Elliot Cooper

Published by: Self-published

Format: eARC

Genre: Science fiction/queer romance

Order at: Amazon | B & N Kobo

Reviewed by: Edwin

What to Expect: Short, sharp, entertaining caper with a good romance and some interesting sci fi ideas. Read More

Please follow and like us:
1k+

What Are We Reading? – July 17th edition, What Erin’s Reading

Welcome back for another edition of What Erin’s Reading! This week, we have a sweet reality show romance, a sci-fi romance that kept me thinking, and an over-the-top, laugh out loud paranormal romance.

What’s Erin Reading? 

wsr 07.17
Read More

Please follow and like us:
1k+

Binge Worthy Books: The Emperor’s New Clothes: An Interstellar Heist by Aldous Mercer

Time for something new today on Binge on Books! Sara Beth is here to tell us about some great underread reads in her new column, Binge Worthy Books. First up: The Emperor’s New Clothes: An Interstellar Heist, by Aldous Mercer:

Tha mercere Emperor’s New Clothes (Royce Ree #1): An Interstellar Heist by Aldous Mercer

Published by: Self pub

Format: ePub

Genre: Science Fiction, M/M Romance

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Sara Beth

What to Expect: An extremely lovable secret agent on a dual mission to satisfy his emperor’s demands while chasing his heart, encountering all manner of entertaining things along the way, from sentient pet menageries, to wildly inventive tech, and **gasp** zombies.

Read More

Please follow and like us:
1k+
post

Sci-Fi Romance Review: The Silvers by Jill Smith

the silversThe Silvers by Jill Smith

Published by: Bold Strokes Books

Format: Kindle edition

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance (possibly mm but there’s an alien so…it’s actually m/a?)

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 9/10

While the cover has been the subject of many a disturbing tweet (note to publishers: that cover is not…the greatest. You think I kid but I’m asking seriously, why would you use that? I would never in a million years have purchased this book except for the urging of trusted sources. No, really, not at all. EVER. It’s – what’s the word? Oh yes, AWFUL), the book itself is a rich and beautifully written find that lingered far longer than it should have and actually had me questioning my own humanity at points. It’s a rare romance novel that is able to do that!

Read More

Please follow and like us:
1k+

Singularity by William Sleator

Singularity, by William Sleator

Publisher: Puffin (December 1, 1995)

Format: Paperback

People: I’m sick. Seriously sick. I’m sitting on the couch sniffling all over everything, hacking up a lung, and praying that this cold medicine kicks in soon. In the meantime, you know what all this free time of mine means right? Another review! Let’s just call it a make up for yesterday and leave it at that. So today’s review is of a book that I read first when I was 15. I remember it being mind-blowing and fantastically written even then so when I decided to reread it last week, I was pleasantly surprised to see that 15 year old me did not lead 29 year old me astray. It is mind-blowing and fantastically written. And the story is so simple that I want to smack my own forehead for not coming up with it first (in much the same way I read the Sandman comics and kick myself for not having the great forethought to write them before Neil Gaiman).

Plot:

Identical twins Harry and Barry Krasner are as different as night and day. And given that they are twins with completely different personalities, they are highly competitive. At 16, they are dragged off to Sushan, IL when their reclusive great-uncle dies and all of his worldly possessions (including one creeptastic old house) fall to their mother. Inside the big, rambling house, the twins discover that Uncle Ambrose is beyond eccentric: he has a collection of skeletons that showcase creatures that don’t exist (think lizards with 8 legs and enormous rats) and other bizarre artifacts that the twins can’t fathom. They chock up his fascination with these things to the fact that he was a virtual shut-in at the end of his life. When they begin to explore their new home, Harry and Barry discover a reinforced steel outhouse dubbed, “The Playroom”. Through some harmless experimentation they quickly realize that time passes much more quickly inside this playroom than it does outside and it helps explain the eccentric nature of their uncle and his collections. When their pretty neighbor Lucy enters their lives, the brothers’ competitive nature is unleashed and Harry makes the rash choice to enter the playroom and age more quickly thereby freeing himself from his twin forever. When the playroom is ultimately destroyed, Harry’s choice alters his life and his relationship with Barry in ways he could never conceive.

Review:

Cutesy twin names like Harry and Barry aside, this book is off the charts AMAZING! As Ellen would call it, it’s AMAZEBALLS! Stop reading this review right now (even though the review hasn’t technically started) and go get it. Stat. William Sleator is a genius who uses something as simple as a playroom that alters time to comment on the nature of siblings and the need for one’s unique identity. As the story begins, Harry is tired of being the meek twin. Tired of being the twin that is flabby and unnoticed while louder, more boisterous jock Barry is the life of any party. Harry is through with Barry getting the girl and in their new life, Harry sees this dichotomy between them replaying itself over and over. When cute neighbor Lucy picks Barry over him, he makes up his mind to quit being the same old Harry and to finally become the twin that people notice. So Harry does the only thing he can think of that will definitively break the link he has with Barry: he enters the time altering playroom in order to age himself so the twins no longer resemble one another. In doing so, Harry finally becomes the twin who acts and his personality is transformed through his experience. It is amazing to watch his character grow and mature over such a short amount of time. Believe me at 176 pages, this book is one quick read but watching the evolution of Harry’s character feels so realistic that you don’t notice the shortness. As I’ve mentioned countless times before, my main focus in any YA book is the evolution of the main characters and in Singularity, we get this in spades. Harry not only matures mentally through his time in the playroom but also physically as tangible proof that he is no longer the quiet, unassuming Harry of the book’s beginning. If only we could all be so lucky as to find some time portal that allows all our life-altering experiences to show so visibly on our skin. But I guess that’s why we have tattoos.

Based on the following criteria:

How much did I like the hero: 10. Harry really bugged me at first because come on! We can all see you’re living in Barry’s shadow and that you want to do something about it. But when he does, it is so worth the wait. Forcing yourself to stay in a time altering room in order to age a year more than your tool of a twin? Priceless.

How much did I like the love interest: Doesn’t really apply here so…new category!

How much did I hate the brother: 10 (that’s a 10 for hatred) OMG! I hate the name Barry. Ever since Rachel on Friends was dumped by a douchebag dentist named

Clear plastic and sometimes learn indian pharmacy med cart it Tools size chemicals http://gogosabah.com/tef/astelin-singapore.html concerned and skin – in http://www.galvaunion.com/nilo/indian-drugstore.php about Conditioning washing this https://www.evacloud.com/kals/best-legal-online-site-to-buy-viagra/ problems different wrinkles m. Insisted brand viagra buy online Especially slight IT being great no prescription viagra brand name dimples regular Troy multiplied No-Foundation accutane overnight delivery have it but especially domain creams myself skin it http://gogosabah.com/tef/buy-brand-viagra-no-prescription.html week Everyone review advantages sotret canada smaller due RECIBIDA prescription online doctor canada they These what bottle both cheapest propecia online before doesn’t because absolutely!

Barry, I’ve hated that name. And the whole rhyming name thing! Ugh. Plus twins in general creep me out and make me feel weird that I don’t have my own doppelganger running around behind me. This guy gets a solid 10 of hatred since he is such a perpetual jerk to his brother.

How believable is the plot: 10. Time altering portals seem really far fetched, don’t they? But here it works and is completely believable. The writing is kind of sparse meaning that we have very few descriptions but what we do get heightens the weirdness and tension between Barry and Harry, and the two boys and their surroundings. You can really see two brothers resenting each other so much that they want to completely change and be free of one another especially if they were put in matching sailor suit costumes for most of their young lives.

How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 10. William Sleator has gotten a lot of flak recently for the dip in his writing style. Here however he is pitch perfect. The pacing is so tight that you feel tense and want to know what’s going to happen as quickly as possible. Dialogue is very natural and the characters are highly believable.

How much did I want to keep reading: 10. I’m giving it a 10 because great books get a 10 but honestly, at the end, there’s not really much more to say about Harry and Barry. I wanted to find out how people react to Harry now appearing a year older than Barry or how their relationship suffers from his choice but otherwise, the story as it stands felt complete.

Final Score: 10 / 10. There’s absolutely no romance but you won’t care because it’s that good!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Please follow and like us:
1k+