Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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This book is a danger–to my sanity, sleep, work. I couldn’t put it down! It’s powerful and raw; it doesn’t shy away from illuminating the gritty, poignant, bittersweet truth of combat situations.

Kady Grant was in class when she realized her planet’s under attack from enemy ships. Kerenza’s citizens do illegal mining of hermium under the directives of a corporation WUC, and its competitor BeiTech discovered this and means to take it for themselves. So it was a hostile takeover and lots of lives were lost. In a call for help, the battleship Alexander was patrolling nearby and responded to their call. They had to travel for about six months in space, with BeiTech’s surviving battleship the Lincoln in pursuit, before they can reach the Heimdall station, where hopefully there’ll be someone to assist them. Continue reading

Review: Grayson by Lisa Eugene

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GRAYSON is unexpected; I didn’t expect to like it so much, nor to have it touched me in a way other stories didn’t.

Angie Roberts needed money, and she was grateful to find a part time cleaning job that she could fit into her study schedule. The only caveat that she had to follow was not to go upstairs, for it would seem that her employer’s father lives there and is potentially dangerous. However, when she saw the sane, handsome man who lives there, she couldn’t help but be attracted and try to find ways to reach him. When she discovered the evil that is being perpetrated against him, she will move heaven and earth to save him. But what can she, a poor nursing student, do? Continue reading

Review: Red Tape Protector by Kathy Kulig

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Intriguing blend of BDSM and suspense

RED TAPE PROTECTOR is an innovative blend of BDSM and suspense that makes for a refreshing, intriguing read.

When Alana made a critical mistake in a mission, she wasn’t fired, but was given a choice–to be an assassin or to be eliminated. Hence, even though Alana didn’t like to be an assassin, she had no choice, not if she wanted to live. However, it was hard for her, especially as she was kept in the dark about everything. When Jag, a Dom, became her handler during the training and the mission, things eased a bit as he also became her Dom and lover. But she couldn’t stand it when it seemed Jag was also keeping things from her. Was their relationship doomed to fail before it even started? Continue reading

Review: New Sion by Diana Green

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NEW SION is a fascinating look at a futuristic world that is a dazzling combination of western and an imagined possible future.

New Sion is one of the habitable planets in outer space, and some humans had chosen to migrate there in our future. However, the planet disrupts Earth’s technological systems, hence, many of the advances that we now enjoy cannot be adapted in New Sion. Alien races have also been discovered, and there’s a league to govern all interplanetary and intergalactic relations.

On New Sion, Finn Colville disguised herself as a man in order to survive, and she’s done well for herself the past 9 years. But when she paired up with bounty hunter Eamon Sullivan, it gets harder to keep her secret, especially when she starts to have feelings for him. Continue reading

Series: Age of X by Richelle Mead

I’m now reading Gameboard of the Gods, Age of X Book 1, and I’m loving it so far. Okay, generally loving it. There are some parts I didn’t like much, but it’s a series I definitely want to read on. More on my review to be posted later.

I’ve never read a Richelle Mead book, but if this is how she writes adult books, then sign me on! So far, I like her writing style, the plot/worldbuilding/story is meaty; 400+ pages! Did I tell you I love thick books? Love them!

So, here are the books so far:

Book #1 Gameboard of the Gods

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The truth is, when you banish the gods from the world, they eventually come back—with a vengeance.

In the near future, Justin March lives in exile from the Republic of United North America. After failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims, Justin is surprised when he is sent back with a peculiar assignment—to solve a string of ritualistic murders steeped in seemingly unexplainable phenomena.

Justin’s return comes with an even bigger shock: His new partner and bodyguard, Mae Koskinen, is a prætorian, one of the Republic’s technologically enhanced supersoldiers. Mae’s inexplicable beauty and aristocratic upbringing attract Justin’s curiosity and desire, but her true nature holds more danger than anyone realizes. Continue reading

Review: Deadly Strain by Julie Rowe

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It was refreshing to see a different kind of romantic suspense, this time involving harmful biological agents, which has the capacity to explode into devastating catastrophe for the world.

Grace Samuels is a trauma surgeon deployed to Afghanistan, where she trains fellow soldiers on disease prevention and control. She’s friends with appointed bodyguard, weapons sergeant Jacob “Sharp” Foster, and she tries to keep things professional between them, although lately, she starts to feel something more for him. But there’s a no fraternization rule, plus with a potential deadly outbreak, they have more problems on their hands… Continue reading