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Rising Tide by Lynn Steigleder

In a world where land is scarce, the forces of good and evil will form and battle it out.

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

rising-tide.jpgTitle: Rising Tide
Author: Lynn Steigleder
Series: Eden’s Wake 01
Publish Date: June 17, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s DescriptionRising Tide depicts a world in which land is at a premium due to the advancing sea, where man’s attempt to adapt has led to a decay of morals into survival of the fittest. In the midst of the ocean, a crew of racketeers rescues a stranded diver, Ben Adams. Is the rescue just a fortunate coincidence for Ben, or has he been led to this rendezvous with fate for a common goal? A mysterious island inhabited by a primitive yet advanced race of people. A devious ship captain’s metamorphosis into the essence of evil and a ship’s container discovered by itself in a billion square miles of ocean all play a role in this tale of rebirth for a world corrupted by the collapse of morality.  


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

This novel has an interesting premise. The world has descended into chaos because the world’s oceans have risen. A ship’s captain descends into evil as his crew meets a primitive people and becomes a force for good.

I liked the idea. It was a new concept to me and showed promise. It was a quick read. The world and backstory are set up quickly, within the first few pages/chapters. But the characters weren’t fleshed out as well to me. I found that I wasn’t as sad as I should be when this character dies or these two characters get married. There were some twists that I didn’t see coming. Overall it was a good start to a series.

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Even though I read it fairly quickly, I found my interest waning. Rising Tide is a promising start but I felt that it needed a bit more work. Because this is the start to a series, I give it three shipping containers, in hopes that things pick up in later installments.

Other recommendations…

Check out these other popular Science Fiction reads! Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, The Martain by  Andy Weir, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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

Eden’s Wake by Lyn Steigleder

Get ready for book 2 in this thriller like sci-fi.

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

Eden'sWakeTitle: Eden’s Wake
Author: Lynn Steigleder
Series: The Rising Tide Series 02
Publish Date: May 2015
Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller

Source: Provided by author

Publisher’s Description: Ben’s best friend is killed in an underwater implosion on a dying world. Living to die again, the two men reunite and battle for an ancient artifact, a relic which will ensure this planet’s survival. Ben crosses a threshold. The world he leaves—doomed; the world he enters—reborn. His wife, Eve, and their bumbling charge, Eleazor, follow Ben through the doorway and blindly into the void. This is Book Two in the Rising Tide series.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

I was originally approached by Mr. Steigleder to review Terminal Core and he offered Rising Tide as well.

While I see hard core science fiction fans liking/loving this novel/series, I often found myself confused while I was reading.  The plot mixes dystopian, sci-fi and spiritual themes and tropes. There are allusions to Christianity’s stories, but they are not super clear; at least to me. The many creatures with unique names were also hard to keep straight. However, if you love worlds where good and evil are still found in large supplies and stories that have similarities to the Christian faith then this book is for you.

badge3v4I  had to take a step back and look at this from a different perspective to give it a true rating since I had difficulties keeping things straight. After looking back over my notes and re-reading parts of the novel, I can safely say that I give this installment 3 stars.

 

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

Check out these other great reads: Left Behind by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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

An Update from Luna Lovebooks

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Greetings fellow fae and blog friends! Kat posted awhile ago about what she was up to and I decided that it would be a good idea to update you on my plans as well! There have been a lot of changes recently for many of the 1B2 members, both good and bad. My wings wilted a little but they are getting stronger each day!

Review Schedule!
Like Kat, I too have been working on getting my review TBR list organized and shortened to make room for more requests. I am trying to alternate between the hard copies and the e-books that have been patiently waiting for my attention. Here are the next ten that I have planned to read. If you are an author and do not see your work listed, please know that I am diligently working on getting to your tale and will read and post a review as soon as I am able.

Carnifex – D.P. Prior
Lost in Wonderland  – Nicky Peacock
Stork – Wendy Delsol
The Ghost Writer – Damon Norko
Hunting Prince Dracula -Kerri Maniscalco
War of the Staffs – Steve Stevenson
Garden of Her Heart – Shanna Hatfield
Rising Tide  – Lynn Steigleder
An Unsettled Past – C.L. Brees
Eden’s Wake – Lynn Steigleder

 

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Unfortunately I will not be joining in on the current read along. I have too many plates spinning and even though both series are on my personal wish list, my personal TBR pile is starting to look like a certain famous tower and I don’t think my magic will keep it from toppling over. I opted to read a few of those in my spare time instead and get my new faerie dwelling finished (I’ve been here almost two months after all).

But you should definitely check out both series! Whether you join in the read along or not if you love urban fantasy you’ll enjoy these books!

Double-Triple Fae – Urban Fantasy 
August 4 – August 10 – The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams8200504
August 11 – August 17 – The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams
August 18 – August 24 – The Sharpest Blade by Sandy Williams
August 25 – August 31 – A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang
September 1 – September 7 – A Sliver of Shadow by Allison Pang
September 8 – September 13 – A Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang

 

Writing News!!!
Like Kat, I also have the writing bug. And also like Kat I have not been able to keep up with it for quite awhile. I have always been more of a pantser when it comes to writing. angelFor those of you not familiar with the term it means I just fly by the seat of my pants and don’t really plan or outline. I plan to use my time to get more organized before I write. I have several half finished and/or barely started projects that need more structure before I can even put pen to paper again. I have three main projects that I really want to focus on, one of them being a fallen angel story. I hope I can get organized and share with you!

PS: This image is one that inspired my fallen angel story. Doesn’t he look like he has a story to tell?

 

So aside from working my mundane job as well as my faerie one, I have lots of exciting changes going on! I want to give a huge shoutout to our followers and fellow readers and authors! We wouldn’t be doing this without you! So keep reading and commenting!

With love and light,

Luna Lovebooks

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Travel to a beautiful underwater kingdom where you learn that the troubles people face—especially young girls—are very similar whether you live on land or in the sea.

Deep BlueTitle:  Deep Blue
Author:  Jennifer Donnelly
SeriesWaterfire Saga Book 01
Publish Date:  May 6, 2014
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionSerafina, daughter of Isabella, Queen of Miromara, has been raised with the expectation – and burden – that she will someday become ruler of the oldest civilization of the merfolk. On the eve of the Dokimí ceremony, which will determine if she is worthy of the crown, Sera is haunted by a strange dream that foretells the return of an ancient evil. But her nightmare is forgotten the next day as she diligently practices her songspell; eagerly anticipates a reunion with her best friend, Neela; and anxiously worries about Mahdi, the crown prince of Matali, and whether his feelings toward her and their future betrothal have changed. Most of all, she worries about not living up to her mother’s hopes.

The Dokimí proceeds, a dazzling display of majesty and might, until a shocking turn of events interrupts it: an assassin’s arrow wounds Isabella. The realm falls into chaos, and Serafina’s darkest premonitions are confirmed. Now she and Neela must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the mer nations. Their search will lead them to other mermaid heriones scattered across the six seas. Together they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

What I liked: Deep Blue has a beautiful underwater setting filled with palaces and ruins and color galore. There were times when I could almost forget that this is a mermaid tale and that they were underwater.

There was surprisingly very little romance for a young adult novel. Sera is betrothed to Madhi but, for the most part, this romance sticks mainly to the first part of the book and the rest focuses on the bonds she forms with the other mer-girls.

I love the fact that there are diverse characters in this novel as well. Several different races are mentioned and one is even blind. One thing we don’t see very often is a kingdom run by women either. Sera’s world is matriarchal. I look forward to watching her grow into her role that she so desperately wants to get out of at the beginning of this book.

Seeing as Sera’s story takes place in an underwater world, there is a glossary at the end of the book where us human’s can find the meanings to everyday mer-words.

badge5v4What I didn’t like: To be honest there wasn’t much I didn’t like about this book, so I had to step back and look at it from someone else’s point of view.

I suppose you could say there is little character development in this first novel as it sets up the world and the story more than the characters. There is a lot of information given to us in the first part of the book. We learn about the Terragoggs, the Janicari, the history of the Miromara. We also get information on the people: Sera’s brother, dad, cousin, friends, uncle, lady’s maid, instructor, girls at court, betrothed, best friend’s brother. We learn about the tensions going on between the mer-nations. We learn about the government. We learn about the Dokimí and the history of the merpeople. We learn about the magic and the magic spells and how the Dokimí ceremony works. All of this in just a few chapters.

badge5v4But it its still a beautiful story. I give this book 5 stars.

If you like this book…

…you might try Tides by Betsy Cornwell, The Painted Maidens trilogy by Terra Harmony, or The Secret of the Emerald Sea by Heather Matthews.

A Bargain in Silver by Josie Jaffrey

If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life? A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Bargain in SilverTitleA Bargain in Silver
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Series: Solis Invicti, Book 01
Publish Date: January 3, 2015
Genre: Post Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s DescriptionA deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur.

After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.

But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.

As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: This is a powerful start to what I am sure will be an amazing series! I love that we get to see the destruction of the world as we know it in a matter of hours and that this novel isn’t just a typical vampire/post-apocalyptic tale. The Weepers appeal to our base sense of vampires—mindless killing machines—while the Silver, although acting more human, think differently and have different morals than mere humans do.

The dynamics between Drew, Sol, and Emmy are amazing. Emmy fights her feelings for both of them. It isn’t love at first sight for her and it’s refreshing to have a young female fight—vehemently at times—to not become an object. It is interesting to see Drew blatantly ignore Sol’s orders and vampire customs in an (attempted) effort to keep Emmy safe.

Dislikes: While I do appreciate Emmy’s strong personality, I think she makes rather impulsive decisions at times. It can make for some tiresome situations.

badge4v4Overall I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to more world building and seeing what trouble Drew and Sol can get Emmy out of. I give A Bargain in Silver 4 stars.

Our reviews in this series…

If you like this book…

…you might try Nightshades: A Paranormal Thriller by Melissa F. Olson,  Black Tide Rising by John Ringo, Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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