Repost-Review: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

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Blurb:

Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire.

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”

Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest 

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”

—    Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

. “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” — Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

 “…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” —Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” — The Baryon Review

 

My Review

Rarity from the Hollow is by far one of the most bizarre and different books I’ve ever come across as a reader. I don’t think you will find anything quite like it anywhere you look. It definitely had me doing a double take as I read through the content.

Lacy Dawn is a unique narrator; not quite a child, but not quite an adult either. Her explanations and perceptions of life are way beyond her years but at her core she is still just a little girl looking for acceptance from her parents and a real future with the “boy” she loves. Rarity from the Hollow began as a juxtaposition of domestic abuse realistic fiction and futuristic scifi, but quickly became wholly and completely a science fiction novel! I have to admit, parts of this book were really hard to follow! There was just so much going on and so much information, it was a little difficult to keep up. However, I was definitely intrigued by the plot all the way through if only for how entirely unpredictable the story was.

I could have never anticipated the direction this book went in! The events essentially did a complete 180! I was also surprised to find myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion at the absurdity of the events! It was all just so ridiculously unheard of and yet somehow I just had to know how it all was going to play out. If you are a science fiction fan I would most definitely recommend you pick up this book, especially if you are looking for something entirely new to experience!

You can buy Rarity from the Hollow on Amazon here, all proceeds go toward the prevention of child abuse!

Purchase links:

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http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44

http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow 

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Review: Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

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Goodreads Description:

And girl created boy…

In the beginning, there was an apple—

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect… won’t he?

 

My Review

So I had pretty high expectations for Eve & Adam due to the significant fact that Michael Grant wrote The Gone Series which is basically one of my favorite series ever! Unfortunately, this book did not really meet those expectations, in fact I was pretty disappointed.

Basic Plot lowdown: Eve had just gotten in a brutal car accident with more than just a scratch, basically her leg was almost cut clean off. Of course she’s in luck, because her mother runs a billion dollar company known as Spiker Biopharm that specializes in medical research on developing cures for diseases and discovering new advancements in medicine. So when things start looking up for her health fast, Eve begins to question just what exactly goes on at her mom’s work. She then has even more reason for suspicion when her mom gives her the more than strange task of designing her own human being off what is meant to be a “simulation.” As she begins to design her perfect dreamboat of a computerized male, she befriends the alluring yet mysterious Solo who helps her unravel the secrets of Spiker Biopharm, but she quickly discovers that there are some secrets better left unseen.

Eve & Adam had an amazing first couple opening pages that pulled you in from the very beginning. It had me asking so many questions and I was glued to the pages. Not to mention, I was really enjoying the hints of a brewing romance and the dual point of views of Eve and Solo. It was pretty adorable. However, as the story continued I realized that I was still waiting for the big “umph,” The part of the plot that would blow my mind completely and create some kind of epic twist that would unravel everything I thought I knew about the situation, but it never really happened. Yes the whole concept was super awesome from the getgo, but that’s why I was so eager to see where the story would take it. I was ready for intense suspense and action and there was only just a little bit to get me through during the climax of the book.  I guess I was just expecting for the story to move in a different direction. Don’t get me wrong, there were some secrets that were revealed that I wasn’t prepared for, but the main path of the book became obvious. I mean clearly the boy she’s creating is not going to stay a file on a computer, but when “Adam” finally came to life, it was almost anticlimatic. Grant and Applegate waited too long in the story for it to finally occur, so you really didn’t get to see much of what could have been.

I’m not sure if this is meant to be a stand alone book or not, if there is going be a book two, than I can see why the authors would wait as long as they did to make Adam present in the story. If not than I’m still just disappointed I guess.

Eve & Adam was an okay read, filled with a fluid enough plot to not make for a boring story. Of course, my feelings for it do not detract whatsoever from my love of The Gone Series.

You can buy Eve & Adam anywhere that sells books or on Amazon here.

REVIEW: Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer Armentrout

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Goodreads Description:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

Hey it’s Brigit and Grace, seeing as our last review together was on The Lux Series we felt it was only fitting that we review Origin together as well.

Jennifer Armentrout has once again amazed us and blown us away, then again we never doubted her abilities. Origin was a game changer for the entire series, and the most suspenseful and romantic one yet! Daemon and Katy’s all consuming love was brought to a whole new level as they were faced with imminent peril around every corner. The continuous action and heart wrenching moments rivaled even the greatest action movies we’ve seen and we are very well rounded in the action movie department! Throughout the book the humorous dialogue and witty banter kept the story entertaining, so much so it was hard to tell if we were crying from joy or from pain, there was literally that much emotion pouring out of this book!

*****SPOILER ALERT, IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE PAST THREE BOOKS IN THIS SERIES DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER***

At the end of Opal (Lux #3) the cliff hanger had left us breathless and not the good kind either. Katy being captured was the sort of ending that left us screaming into the abyss at the injustice of the world!! On the other hand it left us in dire need for the next book. With the release of Origin, there were no bounds to our joy! We couldn’t wait to experience Daemon’s ruthless rampage against Daedalus to rescue his kitten. And boy did we get the full Daemon package 😉 because Origin was the first Lux book to EVER have his point of view! This allowed us to see the softer side of Daemon *sigh* along with the true inner-workings of Daemon Black’s mind which was just beautiful/sexy all around. His hilarious and endearing comments prompt us to believe that he didn’t work for cocky, cocky worked for him. Both the views of Daemon and Katy added to the raw emotion in the book and let the reader really connect to the characters through each jaw dropping scene.

The romance in Origin evolved and blossomed into a beautiful butterfly 😀 . Our hearts broke and melted all at the same time as we took the journey on the emotional rollarcoaster this book brought us on. Daemon and Katy shared the sweetest moments that only made their love stronger, and they needed all the strength they could get to face new and monstrous enemies. Unexpected developments occur with Daedalus that leave you questioning everything you’ve read in the past books. New friendships are formed with unlikely allies and old friendships are broken with unforeseen adversaries, all in all making for an uncertain tomorrow. By the end of the book, not only the fate of the Black family hangs in the balance but the fate of the world does too!

We absolutely love The Lux Series, and Origin makes for a welcomed addition to the series. We most definitely recommend you read this book and if you haven’t read The Lux Series there’s no better time than the present! Now we must embark on the strenuous wait for the fifth and final Lux book titled Opposition out in the Summer of 2014. It will be long and brutal but we are sure that the end will be worth it! You can buy Origin on Amazon here or at Barnes&Nobel, pick up your copy today! So until next time Daemon Black, we may not be reading about you, but you are always in our hearts and minds 😉

Gone Series by Michael Grant

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Because there is no easy and accurate way for me to properly describe what this series is about I’m going to use the aid of goodreads in giving a synopsis of book one so read and enjoy:

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…

Hey, it’s Brigit reviewing. This series is literally one of my all time favorites!! So naturally I felt compelled to review it. I cannot tell you enough how amazing it is!! I started reading this series almost five years ago and have faithfully waited every year for each book to come out in the Spring. Finally this past April the last book: Light came out. I read it and loved it just as I have loved each book in this series! Lucky for you just now reading them you won’t have to painstakingly wait for each book to come out. The Gone books takes science fiction to an all new level! I have never read anything quite so unique, these books combine syfy, horror, suspense, romance, and action all into one!

Sam Temple is the main character in this series, however as each book progresses multiple characters are added that are equally as important, characters that you will find yourself growing attachments to quickly and easily. This book jumps back and forth from many points of view leaving cliff hangers as each POV ends. These books are filled with constant suspense that is action packed and filled with some graphic mental images that leave you reeling and will literally give you goosebumps! As each character develops their individual powers, sides are quickly drawn making it obvious who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. However, by the end of the series one enemy remains a constant threat. I won’t give any spoilers away ( no matter how badly I want to), but these books are definitely worth seeing through to the end.

Though this series mainly deals with main characters who are 15 and younger, you won’t feel as if you are reading about children whatsoever. Since all the adults literally have disappeared leaving nothing but their empty homes, and cars, the teens must step up and take on the roles of the adults and find a way to run society without them as they begin to realize their parents aren’t coming back anytime soon. And don’t think this series is without its taste of romance either (or I probably wouldn’t love them as much) there are some definite relationships that form that are adorable even in the event of a supposed apocalypse. As each book ended I was left with more and more unanswered questions as well as huge cliff hangers, but as the story finally came to a close, all loose ends were met, and I was completely satisfied with the ending result (if not sad for having finished such a loved series). The Gone books are easy page turners that you can finish within days even with each book being over 400 pages. I seriously recommend you read them, they are absolutely fantastic! And there are rumors of a movie!!

You can buy these books at Barnes&Noble or find them at your local library and they are pretty reasonably priced for kindle on Amazon (click this to find the kindle version)!

The Lux Series by Jennifer Armentrout

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You are not alone. But that’s alright, because the aliens out there are six foot tall gorgeous men. Escape inside the world of Katy, where she moves next door to the Blacks, home to the outrageously attractive Daemon and Dee. With the new move Katy isn’t expecting much out of the small town in West Virginia, until she stumbles upon the doorstep of Daemon Black. Though they start off with a rocky relationship filled with insulting, yet entertaining banter, feelings stir between the two that they both continuously try to deny. As they spend more time together Katy begins to notice that there is something different about Daemon and his family, and even his group of friends. Until one night when Katy is caught in a near death situation, Daemon breaks the rules and reveals who he is truly is- an alien from the planet Lux. After that fateful night Katy is dragged into the new and startlingly world of the Luxen, and now she must keep their secret or they will all face the consequences.

Although we both usually read and enjoy paranormal romance books, the Lux series has taken us by storm! Its outlook on aliens is different than anything we have ever encountered.  And because they all are attractive it’s an added bonus. Which brings us to Daemon Black, six feet of pure gorgeousness with enticing green eyes and an enthralling personality. Not to mention that he is an alien with kick-butt powers. He has instantly become an all-consuming man crush. The plot itself is also extraordinary and keeps you on your toes throughout the story. As each book goes by, the relationship between Katy and Daemon develops further as they face each new battle. Their banter leaves you laughing out loud and made us fall even more in love with Daemon Black. And in my opinion (Brigit’s opinion) he is my favorite male character of the teen book world!! These books have their share of unseen twists that left us reeling. These are definitely books that once you pick them up you won’t put them down until they’re finished!  After reading these books, both of us would do anything to go on an adventure with a hot alien, we blame this on the books.

There are currently three books out in the series, and the fourth is scheduled to be released on August 27th of this year! Which makes us both die inside, due to the fact that both of us read these months ago and have now resorted to rereading them to satisfy our need for more!! The third book leaves you with such a colossal cliffhanger that you will be screaming at the pages! With the next book coming out in just two months, its driving us mad waiting, but we know that it will be worth it. And even better is that Pepe Toth will again grace the cover of a book in the Lux series. Pepe Toth is the gorgeous soccer player and male model from Hungary. Sorry to let you down ladies but he’s taken 😦 regardless that doesn’t stop us from admiring his uncanny resemblance to Daemon himself. This is another reason why we appreciate Jennifer Armentrout, because when picking a model to represent Daemon, she hit it spot on!

Once you read the book the quote will make you swoon!

Once you read the book the quote will make you swoon!

You can pick up these books at either Barnes and Nobles or Amazon. The first installment is titled Obsidian, the kindle version is currently five dollars on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Obsidian-A-Lux-Novel-ebook/dp/B00850ZM28/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1371844194&sr=1-1&keywords=obsidian

If you love and have read this series and need a place to vent or share your thoughts and ideas about what’s coming next, comment below, we would love to discuss this series with you!