Book Review: If Tomorrow Comes

If Tomorrow Comes
By Nancy Kress

My Edition:
Hardcover, 334 pages
2018, Tor
ISBN: 9780765390325

Thank you to Tor for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Ten years after the events of Tomorrow’s Kin, If Tomorrow Comes explores what happens when a group of Terrans sets off on a long-awaited expedition to their kindred on World. A group of scientists, including Marianne Jenner, military and diplomats set off in the ship built to the specifications left behind by the aliens. But when they reach World, also known as Kindred, nothing is as they expected.

This sequel didn’t disappoint. Kress kept it fresh with a new setting and some new characters, but a few familiar faces turn up.
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Book Review: Void Black Shadow

Void Black Shadow
By Corey J. White

My Edition:
Paperback, 217 pages
2018, Tor
ISBN: 9780765396938

Mars and her crew, Squid, Trix, Ocho and newly adopted Pale, set off to a remote corner of the galaxy to save their friend Mookie from a prison planet. Once again, Mars finds herself facing off against the forces of MEPHISTO, the evil corporation that ruled her childhood and manipulated her until she became the powerful weapon she is now. Bent on vengeance, Mars will stop at nothing to save Mookie, especially since it’s her fault he’s been caught.

Not only was this a fantastic follow-up to Killing Gravity, but this book exceeded my expectations and the ending really threw me for a loop!

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Book Review: Emperor of Thorns

Emperor of Thorns
By Mark Lawrence

My Edition:
Paperback, 399 pages
2013, Ace
ISBN: 9780425256541

King Jorg Ancrath is making his way towards Vyene to vote with the rest of The Hundred on who should be named Emperor. This time, Jorg cannot stand against an army with impossible odds; he must persuade his fellow kings to vote for him if he wants the title. When none have agreed in living memory, can Jorg succeed?

Blurbing a series is hard! I expect if you’re reading this, you’ve read the trilogy already, or at least the first two books. As usual, Lawrence has crafted an addicting read, though it did take me almost a whole month to finish thanks to the dreadful slump I was in.

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Book Review: Tomorrow’s Kin

Tomorrow’s Kin
By Nancy Kress

My Edition:
Hardcover, 349 pages
2017, Tor
ISBN: 9780765390295

Thank you to Tor for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Aliens have landed in New York and will speak only with the UN. The world doesn’t know what they look like, or why they’ve arrived – though the aliens say it is a peaceful mission. Dr. Marianne Jenner finds herself hauled out of a party by the FBI and brought to the Embassy, the strange, glowing ship that floats on the water in the New York Harbor. She finds out the truth behind the alien mission and the impact will ripple father than anyone could have predicted.

I figured I would enjoy this book (otherwise, what’s the point of requesting it?) but I didn’t think I’d be as absorbed as I was!

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Book Review: I Really Didn’t Think This Through

I Really Didn’t Think This Through: Tales From My So-Called Adult Life
By Beth Evans

My Edition:
ARC paperback, 169 pages
2018, William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062796066

I won a copy from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

A mix of simple comics and heartfelt anecdotes, some humorous and some serious, Beth Evans tackles some of the tough subjects of adulthood like being jealous of your peers, the struggles of dating, expressing your feelings and asking for help.

This book was cute and at times, touching, but I don’t think it’s one I’ll go back to.

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Book Review: First Class Murder

First Class Murder
By Robin Stevens

My Edition:
Paperback, 303 pages
2017, Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781481422192

Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are back – during a vacation on the famous Orient Express, the girls find themselves in the midst of another murder mystery and theft.

I continue to be impressed with this series, from the character development to the plot. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! This is right up at the top of my favorites list with Enola Holmes. The world needs more middle-grade series that are a mix of fun, important topics and bright, empowered youngsters.

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Book Review: Medusa Uploaded

Medusa Uploaded
By Emily Devenport

My Edition:
Paperback, 316 pages
2018, Tor
ISBN: 9781250169341

Thank you to Tor for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Oichi lives aboard the generation ship, The Olympia, as a servant to the Executives. As one of the working class, or worms, her life is run by the ruling families…until she discovers a powerful secret some of the Executives have been keeping. Officially declared dead, Oichi uses this technology to begin taking power from the Executives and murdering those who no longer serve a purpose in her revolution. In doing so, she discovers the truth about the ship and the origins of her people.

Unfortunately, I’ve fallen into a slump this month and while I enjoyed this book, it wasn’t the right time for me to tackle it. There’s a lot going on – political plotting, origin stories, advanced technology – and I wasn’t in the right mindset to take it all in. I think I should probably re-read this one, but I’m not sure when (or if) I’ll make time to do so.

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Book Review: The Next Together

The Next Together
By Lauren James

My Edition:
Hardcover, 356 pages
2017, Sky Pony Press
ISBN: 9781510710214

Thank you to Sky Pony Press for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Katherine and Matthew find themselves drawn together, unexpectedly in sync with each other…each and every time they meet. Across history, they’ve been born over and over, always meeting, always falling in love, always doomed. Now it’s the year 2039 and they’ve met once more. As vague memories begin to resurface, the two try to figure out what’s been happening to themselves across the centuries.

This is a hard book to blurb, because there’s a lot going on. I’m feeling a rant coming on, so if you’re looking for the short version: I enjoyed the concept of K&M’s constant reincarnations and their connections across time. There’s a dash of sci-fi thrown in that had me intrigued, but ultimately wanting more. I think the details were lacking and the characters were so similarly boring that I didn’t care for any iteration of the couple. The ending was especially disappointing and if a sequel exists, I won’t read on.

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Book Review: King of Thorns

King of Thorns
By Mark Lawrence

My Edition:
Paperback, 419 pages
2013, Ace
ISBN: 9780425256237

Having conquered his uncle’s lands, Jorg must now keep them from others who seek to gain territories and become emperor. Eighteen now, Jorg is a king, but he is still plagued by dreams of his dark past. If he wants to keep his kingdom, he needs to fight his inner demons and come up with a plan to defy the odds of the battle before him.

If it’s not already apparent, this is the sequel to Prince of Thorns. Amidst the main storyline, once more we have flashbacks from Jorg, so the story is also about what took place after he begins ruling his uncle’s lands and before the battle he finds himself fighting four years later. This is a solid sequel, but the timeline did trip me up a bit in this one. On top of the two periods of Jorg’s life, there are also diary entries from Katherine that span a good part of the four years of Jorg’s flashbacks.

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Book Review: Killing Gravity

Killing Gravity
By Corey J. White

My Edition:
Paperback, 171 pages
2017, Tor
ISBN: 9780765396310

Mars is a voidwitch on the run from MEPHISTO, the corporation that made her what she is. After a tough encounter with a bounty hunter, she is rescued by a trio of strangers. She’s desperate to be on her own once more, but MEPHISTO has caught up with her. Not willing to risk the lives of the people that saved her, Mars must confront everything she’s been running from.

Novellas are getting harder for me to talk about. They’re so short, I feel restricted in what I can discuss for fear of giving away the entire story. And I always say “they’re too short!” about ones I enjoy. Killing Gravity is no different. It was over too soon and I wanted more!

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