Monthly Archives: February 2017

Obsidian Sky by Amy Braun

Aliens taking over the world.  Are we going to stand by and let them? Hell, no!!

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

obsidian skyTitleObsidian Sky
Author Amy Braun
SeriesDark Sky #3
Publish Date:  February 7, 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Post Apocalyptic
Cover:  Deranged Doctor Designs
Source:  Author

Publisher’s Description: The final struggle against the Hellions has arrived. A trapped engineer and a desperate marauder scramble to fight an enemy with unspeakable power on its side. Time is running out, and one world will be destroyed…

After sacrificing herself to save the lives of her friends and family, Claire Abernathy struggles to outwit her Hellion captors. They torment and terrify her into working on a weapon with the sole purpose of obliterating the world, friends, and love she has struggled to save. If Claire has any chance of saving those she loves, she must delve deeper into the Hellion world, and witness nightmares she could never imagine.

In Westraven, Sawyer Kendric is desperate to find the woman he loves. To do so, he must finally embrace his family’s atrocious past and heal the wounds it has caused. He will be forced to make new allies, uncover secrets that change all he knows, and find the courage to lead a ragtag crew into the darkest, deadliest battle of their lives.

Claire and Sawyer fight to save their broken world in the final installment of the epic DARK SKY trilogy.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

“If you take his life,” I said, my voice shaking, “I will do more than take yours.  By the time it’s over, there won’t be a scrap of you left.  You’ll have nothing.  No legacy.  In ten years, no one will ever know you existed.”

Obsidian Sky, suspense is thy middle name.   Holy crap, suspense and don’t forget to put the tissue box close by.  No, I’m not ashamed.  I cried.  The people I root for got hurt…a LOT.  (Spoiler here!) Vesper, the Hellion king, is not a gentle soul nor is he still in existence.  Mwuh ha ha!  Go Team Claire!!  Anyway, this is the last book of the series so there is no cliffhanger.  There is a happy ending and one huge surprise.  No sex but a lot of graphic violence.

I’m sad that this is the end.  I really liked the characters in this book.  The thing I appreciated in this book is that the narrative switched off between Claire and Sawyer so I got to hear what was going on in Sawyer’s brain too.  That was incredibly moving during the battle scene.

This was a page turner, as is all of Amy’s books in this series.  The fight for survival of the world’s inhabitants was kind of on the scary badge5v5side if you were to compare their world to ours.  One of the big surprises that caught me off guard (no spoiler here), was the fact that Sawyer revealed his age.  He is only 18 or 19 in these stories.  I did not see that coming.  He speaks and acts like a man that is much older and battle ridden.  Being 18 or 19 and having his world view really made me think about the whole apocalyptic spin.  I truly thought that Claire was 18 or 19 and Sawyer was at least 30.  Nope, not the case.

This is an incredible series that is alien invasion, post apocalyptic and steam punk all wrapped into one.  I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to what world evolves out of Amy Braun’s mind next.

Our reviews in this series…

 

…you might try the Cursed series also by Amy Braun.

 

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

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The Altar Girl by Orest Stelmach

This prequel is a wonderful introduction to the Nadia Tesla series.

alter-girlTitleThe Altar Girl
AuthorOrest Stelmach
SeriesNadia Tesla, Book 0.5
Publish Date: May 1, 2015
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionThe daughter of uncompromising Ukrainian immigrants, Nadia was raised to respect guts, grit, and tradition. When the events around the seemingly accidental death of her estranged godfather don’t add up, Nadia is determined to discover the truth—even if she attracts the attention of dangerous men intent on finding out what she knows through any means possible.

Her investigation leads her to her hometown and to the people least likely to welcome her back: her family.

In this thrilling prequel to the Nadia Tesla series, Nadia must try to solve the mystery surrounding her godfather’s death—and his life. The answers to her questions are buried with the secrets of her youth and in post–World War II refugee camps. What Nadia learns will change her life forever.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Agent_Annie_100Agent Annie says…

This is the first of the series that I have read. I feel it worked well to read it before any of the others. There are 3 more in the series, which I plan on reading.

The author created characters I could empathize with and really got to their emotional status with regard to their family relationships. I like the main character very much. She is defined by her 1st generation Ukrainian up-bringing but also has that New York City girl grit, too. When a person grows up in a dysfunctional family, those characteristics don’t go away when you are an adult. Orest Stelmach created a very believable heroine.

badge5v5I was intrigued by the historical information about the displaced persons that were basically refugees that fled Russia and ended up in Western Europe at the end of the war but none of the Allied countries wanted to take them in. This was a real eye-opener for me since so much of WWII history is focused on the treatment of the Jews or the starvation of the Russian Army. I particularly liked the detail about the PLAST that Nadia had to undergo as a child in order to be truly accepted into her community.

I also thought the mystery was particularly good and kept me guessing as to what would happen next.

I give this book 5 stars. It’s a great mystery and is an excellent example of the genre.

One Book Two’s Anticipated New Releases

Welcome to One Book Two. Once a month we do anticipated releases.  These are the books that staff here at One Book Two are waiting impatiently for release.

March’s New Releases

Craig Schaefer is one of my top favorite authors.  I read his Daniel Faust series and really liked it but… Mr. Schaefer is now finished with book #3  in the Harmony Black glass-predatorseries. Pretty calm about this, aren’t I? Well, if you were here at my house in real life you’d see me grinning like a fool.  Glass Predator will be released March 28, 2017. 

Title:  Glass Predator
Description:  For Harmony Black, practicing witch and government agent, defeating criminal masterminds and eliminating supernatural threats are all in a day’s work. She’s ready to fight, as long as she can count on her partner, Jessie Temple; her team at off-the-books special FBI unit Vigilant Lock; and her magic. But her latest case threatens it all.

A high-profile bank robbery reveals thieves with the same unnatural strength and turquoise eyes as Jessie, who was touched by the King of Wolves. Jessie becomes unstable, struggling with her inner Beast, and Harmony’s magic is threatened by unexpected interference. Even worse, the women uncover a secret their own handler may kill to protect, forcing Vigilant Lock to go off the grid.

From the smoky back rooms of Washington, DC, inhabited by the crooked elite, to the astonishing high-rises of corrupt upper-crust Manhattan, Harmony and Jessie fight to uncover and halt a mass conspiracy threatening US soil in a race against time—and hell.

Releasing March 7, 2017

Title: Silence Fallensilence-fallen
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: 
Mercy Thompson #10
To Be Published: March 7, 2017

Description:  Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…

Title:  Etched in Boneetched-in-bone
Author: Anne Bishop
Series:  The Others #5
To Be Published:
March 7, 2017

Description:  After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…

As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave.

Magic for NothingTitle: Magic for Nothing
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series:  Incryptid #6
Description: Improbable, adjective:
1. Not very likely to happen; not probable.
2. Probably not a very good idea anyway.
3. See also “bad plan.”

As the youngest of the three Price children, Antimony is used to people not expecting much from her. She’s been happy playing roller derby and hanging out with her cousins, leaving the globe-trotting to her older siblings while she stays at home and tries to decide what she wants to do with her life. She always knew that one day, things would have to change. She didn’t think they’d change so fast.

Annie’s expectations keep getting shattered. She didn’t expect Verity to declare war on the Covenant of St. George on live television. She didn’t expect the Covenant to take her sister’s threat seriously. And she definitely didn’t expect to be packed off to London to infiltrate the Covenant from the inside…but as the only Price in her generation without a strong resemblance to the rest of the family, she’s the perfect choice to play spy. They need to know what’s coming. Their lives may depend on it.

But Annie has some secrets of her own, like the fact that she’s started setting things on fire when she touches them, and has no idea how to control it. Now she’s headed halfway around the world, into the den of the enemy, where blowing her cover could get her killed. She’s pretty sure things can’t get much worse.

Antimony Price is about to learn just how wrong it’s possible for one cryptozoologist to be.

Title: The Confessions of Young Neroconfessions of young nero
Author: Margaret George
Series: Nero #1
Description: Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar’s imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it. In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman or child.

As a boy, Nero’s royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown him, then when his great aunt attempts to secure her own son’s inheritance. Faced with shocking acts of treachery, young Nero is dealt a harsh lesson: it is better to be cruel than dead.

While Nero idealizes the artistic and athletic principles of Greece, his very survival rests on his ability to navigate the sea of vipers that is Rome. The most lethal of all is his own mother, a cold-blooded woman whose singular goal is to control the empire. With cunning and poison, the obstacles fall one by one. But as Agrippina’s machinations earn her son a title he is both tempted and terrified to assume, Nero’s determination to escape her thrall will shape him into the man he was fated to become, an Emperor who became legendary.

With impeccable research and captivating prose, The Confessions of Young Nero is the story of a boy’s ruthless ascension to the throne. Detailing his journey from innocent youth to infamous ruler, it is an epic tale of the lengths to which man will go in the ultimate quest for power and survival.

Releasing March 10, 2017

Red SpringTitle:  Red Spring
Author: D.J. Bodden
Series: The Black Fall #3
Description:  Killer angels, zombie chefs, and werewolves in lab coats. Three weeks after the events of White Winter, the world is changing, it’s coming apart, and Jonas Black can either lose his mind or lose all he has. Can he protect himself and those he loves? Will he emerge from the carnage unscathed, or will victory cost him everything he is? How much will one half-vampire sorcerer allow the world to take from him before he decides to make it bleed?

An epic contemporary fantasy jumping head first into the apocalypse, Red Spring is the breaking point. Welcome to the new normal. Welcome to the Collapse.

 

 

 

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The New You by Kathleen Leverich

Welcome to Saturday Shorts, in which we review shorter works such as short stories, novellas, middle-grade books, and graphic novels.

In The New You, Abigail is a young girl who just moved to the big city. She’s got a new step-mother as well and as she adjusts, she realizes she has lost who she used to be and wants to find herself a new identity

the-new-youTitle: The New You
Author: Kathleen Leverich
Series: stand alone
Publish Date: June 1, 2000 Scholastic
Genre: MG Magical Realism
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: Abigail and self-esteem have not gone hand in hand ever since she transferred to a new school. And the harder she tries to fit in, the more things seem to come out awkward and wrong. But when she makes friends with three savvy older women, gets a fabulously flattering haircut — and ultimately what she earnestly believes is a completely new identity, suddenly things begin to look up. Is it all wishful thinking or a glimpse into the future?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


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Kat Mandu says…

In The New You, Abigail is a young girl who just moved to the big city. She’s got a new step-mother as well and as she adjusts, she realizes she has lost who she used to be and wants to find herself a new identity.

This is an okay coming-of-age story. It’s very young so I put it at lower middle-grade on my mental shelf. The New You was one of the books that I found while going through some of my old books; I couldn’t remember much about it besides that it had a future-meets-present feel, so I reread it. Boy, I wonder if I liked it more back then because my feelings toward it have definitely changed if so.

Abigail has managed to lose her friends, her hometown, and everything else she once was. Now that she’s in a new school and new city, she doesn’t quite know where she fits in. She wants to make friends but doesn’t know how because she doesn’t know if they’ll like her. So she stumbles on a makeover place called The New You in a phone book and decides to go there (a twelve year old wandering around in a NYC type area at dark? *shudder*).

What she finds is three women who treat her kindly and take her in, giving her a makeover. After a few hours of feeling comfortable around them, she starts to become ill, and goes home. She wakes a few days later and discovers she was sick. But when she starts to tell her family about the experiences she had, they tell her they never happened. In fact, she starts to investigate but finds out that the building she went to doesn’t even exist, let alone the people she met.

Yet Abigail remains hopeful and is much more comfortable in her own skin. She makes friends and realizes that these friends and these experiences are more like deja vu, and that her “dream” was just a projection of the future.

badge2v4If you’re looking for something simple and young, this book is for you. It just wasn’t for me. I missed the action that a lot more YA offers these days. Since this is an older book, it’s a lot more innocent. Which, there’s nothing wrong with, but I like my magical-realism a bit grittier.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys draw ever closer in their search for Glendower, but not everything is what it seems.

blue-lilyTitleBlue Lily, Lily Blue
AuthorMaggie Stiefvater
SeriesThe Raven Cycle, Book 03
Publish Date: October 21, 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionThe third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: I still like the characters. I was a little sad that Noah, for the most part, is absent from this novel. But the steamy scene between Gansey and Blue more than made up for that! Can you say sexual tension? I like that we learn more about Glendower and that the boys and Blue are so close to waking him up.

Dislikes: The pacing is still slow. Part of the reason I took so long to read this book is because I would lose interest and be on to other things. I think maybe this series could have been a trilogy or a duology instead of four books. The “bad guys” are more comical than villain-y. They just don’t make me fear for the main characters the way a villain should.

I have to give this book three ghosts. While I love the characters, the pacing is often slow and befuddling and there are still way too many unanswered questions.

Our reviews in this series…

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Other recommendations…

In the Shadows by Kiersten White, The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan.