My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s Firefly in readable form. All of the characters, & crazy adventures just same as the series.
A very fair & thoughtful review.
For more great book & movie reviews, writing, & science , I recommend checking Richard’s blog.
Lancashire-based author Jay Tomkinson has recently published his first novel, Akresha – and after learning about it, I was interested to check it out.
The protagonist, Jake, has recently been released after the latest of several spells in prison, and is determined that this time, he will turn his life around. However, he doesn’t get long to consider his next steps before he begins to hear a voice in his head; it belongs to Akresha, an immortal, dimension-hopping being that feeds on emotional energy and wishes to use Jake as a conduit for recharging itself off humanity’s emotions. Jake agrees, not realising that Akresha was exiled by its race for wreaking havoc on other worlds, and intends to use him to become powerful enough to find its way home and seek revenge.
I liked the initial buildup before Jake and Akresha come into contact for the first time. The story…
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Here’s a cool twist on the usual vampire fiction from a fellow WriMo K.Orion Fray.
After discovering their writing vlog on Youtube way back in 2010, I was heartened to find Son of the Revolution was their 2009 NaNoWriMo novel. Which gives me motivation to get some of my NaNoWriMo first drafts edited and published.
Have a wander over to their blog I am not lost… for indie book recommendations and reviews, as well as some older writing extracts inspired by observations working in a coffee shop. Fray is skilled at capturing human interaction with a few lines of dialogue & subtle moments between characters. I look forward to reading more of their work.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Son of the Revolution is an original take on the vampire mythos. This dystopian vampire novel is a slow-burner. There are no one-dimensional sparkly vamps here, it’s all about the characters. Alistair and his group of friends are ordinary folk (albeit with fur or an aversion to sunlight ) doing their best. The author pulls on issues facing real life otherness as characters battle prejudice from society, and often their own families. Alistair fights an internal battle over what he has become and his past mistakes, while trying to stop those in power who would seek to destroy his kind.
The feel of the novel is low key and realistic. Here the fight is lost and won in bars, warehouses, back streets. While there is plenty of exciting action & blood shed throughout, this is not an all-guns-blazing superhero battle.
I love that these vampires have to earn their powers, which seem to elude most but the oldest or most powerful. Turning into a bat, mind control, day walking comes at a price. Most vampires struggle to get enough blood to sustain them day to day, and stop from turning into the bloodthirsty creatures some make them out to be.
My only niggle is that I had to suspend disbelief a couple of times. Alistair has means to save himself but does not think to use it, and an ally turns up by coincidence at just the right time.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters are portrayed as realistic and fragile despite their supernatural state. I was truly wondering if they would make it against such great odds, and was left on the edge of my seat right up to the end.
An enjoyable introduction to Kristen Martin’s YA Dystopian trilogy.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Alpha drive is a solid debut novel from Kristen Martin. I enjoyed the fast paced action scenes, and the Matrix inspired plot.
Alpha drive would appeal to adult or older teen readers wanting a quick sci-fi / dystopian read, as well as YA readers who’d enjoy a contemporary novel with a twist.
According to the author, Alpha Drive started life as a NA contemporary novel, which was then rewritten as a YA Dystopian. This novel does seem to straddle a line between the two.
The main characters fit more in the NA age group. The setting seems to be a college/ uni, rather than a boarding school. Emery drives a car, has a long term relationship with her boyfriend, and drinks alcohol in a club.
The writing style and plot is clunky in places, but the story kept my interest with its Matrix inspired theme.
I enjoyed this book for what it is-a quick, fun read. I will be reading the rest of this trilogy to see how the story develops.
I’m looking forward to reading more of Kristen Martin‘s books. I will finish The Alpha Drive trilogy as it should be a fun sci-fi fix. I am thinking that her dark fantasy Shadow Crown series will be more suited to my taste.
Kristen has a YouTube channel, which I watch for her useful writing advice and vlogs.
I also enjoy listening to her podcast That Smart Hustle while doing my morning workout. Kristen’s upbeat, motivational, common sense thoughts on life and writing are a great way to start the day.
Here’s a look at the debut music video from Munro. Filmed, edited and directed by band member and YouTuber Jake Monro.
This song ‘Social Deconstruct’ with Jake’s clean vocals, and a haunting quality to the music, is more subdued and melodic than their previous album MonochRomantic, but equally as good.
Growling vocals and aggressive guitars kick in about two thirds of the way through, contrasting against the almost melancholic undertones. The imagery of the video interplays well with the music, from swooping skyscapes and tree tops, to the dark shadowed forest below.
I’m interested to find out if this is a change of direction for them, or just them exploring new territory.
I enjoyed this trio of short stories.
‘Walking with Strangers’ brings the surreal world of Alice in Wonderland to a modern day movie set, while Harbingers and Deciduous are macabre and magical tales than left me suitably disturbed.
A perfect mix of the whimsy and horror.