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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Book Review of Once Humans by Massimo Marino

Vol.2 of the "Daimones Trilogy"

Mankind is undergoing rebirth, the new arrivals closely watched by the Selected: the transgenic beings created by the Moîrai. The new communities thrive with the aliens' support and peace and security reign on Eridu, as the planet Earth is known by the Moîrai and in the galaxy.
But peace and security of the cradle are suddenly shattered by acts of sabotage set to disrupt the fragile balance of the fledgling communities.

From the coldest climes to the deepest ocean floors, a cosmic conspiracy full of betrayal and fear is being hatched with the hope of pushing the world perilously close to the brink of self-destruction.
It is up to Dan Amenta to journey through dark and deadly alleys--even into the depths of the planet--to unlock the shadowy logic of alien minds.

"Once Humans" starts some ten years after the events narrated in "Daimones", Vol.1 of the homonymous "Daimones Trilogy". The story is a 'loss of innocence' for Dan and for the Selected. The events and the emotional trauma prepare the race of man to reclaim its place in the galaxy. 


My Review:

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This book went right into the action just like the first one did. For whatever reason this book took me a little longer to read than the first one, but was no less enjoyable. Learning more about the Moirai was quite interesting and fun to read about. Dan, the main character grows in his leadership roles and in turn has more things to deal with. This story transitions nicely from the first, which was more focused on family and morals. Here we are dealing more with ensuring mans survival in the universe and getting to the bottom of what the plan for mankind is. 

I feel this book was a nice continuation of the first story and things flowed well. The pace set in Daimones continues on in Once Humans. We still follow Dan and his rise into the leadership thus allowing the reader a first hand view of what is really going on in the world Marino created. 

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Massimo Marino
Author of the "Daimones Trilogy"
2012 PRG Reviewer's Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
2013 Hall of Fame - Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
2014 Finalist - Science Fiction - National Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Review of Daimones by Massimo Marino

Dan Amenta woke up one morning to discover the world had changed...the Apocalypse had arrived.

Death, destruction, and disaster were wreaking havoc across the globe. Yet Dan and his family remained untouched and he sensed some sort of supernatural power had left them the only three people alive on Earth. They were not.

The efforts to survive and find others brought Dan to discover the disturbing truth about the human extermination. He met Laura, who brought revelations about the catastrophe, and her presence - a young, sexy, disruptive girl - raised questions about what was moral and ethical in the new reality. Other survivors reported what they had seen, forcing Dan to seek explanations from his own past.

Ancient hallucinations strike Dan with the force of a sledgehammer and bring him face-to-face with his new role in a scenario with roots millions-of-years old. Planet Earth was now in the hands of an older power but not the one Dan had ever envisioned.

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"Even with the best of intentions, cruelty is just around the corner."


My Review:

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

I flew through this book! The action started very quickly and from that point on things progressed nicely. I liked the moral dilemmas Dan had to go through and when the reason for all the destruction is given, it is quite interesting indeed! 

As a huge fan of science fiction I feel this book is a must read for all who claim to be fans of that genre. It has a great plot and premise that push the story in ways that just take a normal "end of the world as we know it" story to a new level. 

Dan is a great character to follow as he seems like a typical man, who has a family and just wants them to be safe. I found myself wanting to know more about him and worried for him when danger seemed near. He is a great well developed character to follow in these novels. 

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Massimo Marino
Author of the "Daimones Trilogy"
2012 PRG Reviewer's Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
2013 Hall of Fame - Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
2014 Finalist - Science Fiction - National Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
http://Author.to/MassimoMarino
http://massimomarinoauthor.com
http://www.facebook.com/MassimoMarinoAuthor
 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Review: The Opposite of Everything by David Kalish


When Brooklyn journalist Daniel Plotnick learns he has cancer, his fortunes fall faster than you can say Ten Plagues of Egypt. His wife can’t cope, his marriage ends in a showdown with police, and his father accidentally pushes him off the George Washington Bridge.

Daniel miraculously survives his terrifying plunge, and comes up with a zany plan to turn his life around: by doing the opposite of everything he did before.
In the darkly comedic tradition of Philip Roth and Lorrie Moore comes a new novel from author David Kalish, who draws us into a hilarious, off-kilter world where cancer tears apart relationships...and builds new ones. 

My Review: 
* I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*
This book was quirky yet easy to relate too. I feel it would be most enjoyed by adults since it deals with marriage, cancer and work- things that happen more in adult life. I like how it went through Daniel's divorce and illness. 

This books follows Daniel's journey from coping with his situation and viewing life in a whole new way. I found myself cheering for him and glad he was making changes, though at some points he takes it a little to far. 

This book is funny, thought provoking and totally worth the read. Kalish writes in such a way that the book is polished, well written and witty. The dialog is great, the characters are well developed and the story has a great flow to it. 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I've Moved!!!!

What a journey!!

Traveling across the country was such an awesome experience! I'm glad to be moved in and starting my new life in Oregon!! Here are some cool photos from my trip!!

Sioux Falls South Dakota


Mt. Rushmore!!!!


Beautiful Montana!

Now that I'm finally back into a grove you can expect more book reviews to start coming again, as well as pictures from my new home state!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cover Reveal of Between the Layers by Sara Jean Panek

Here's a bit about this book!!

Most fifteen year old girls are trying to figure out who they are; I’m trying to stay alive long enough to figure out what. 
I’ve always been on the run.  From my guilt about the things I couldn’t change, and from the voice in my head that won’t let me be normal.  But yesterday Tommy and I were in a car accident on the way home from school.  When I woke up, Tommy was gone, and so was the world I grew up in.  Now I’m running less in a metaphorical way, and more in apick up the pace if you don’t want to die” way.  Why?  Because my eyes are blue, and I’m lost in a fantasy world where that means I’m different.  It means I might not be human.  It means I should already be extinct, and someone called “The Regent” is determined to make me that way.
I need to find the way home, and before I do that, I need to find Tommy. He’s only in this mess because of me.  I can’t do it on my own, but it’s hard to know who to trust when everyone keeps trying to kill me.

...and now the cover!!!