Perax Frontier by Alistair Potter

Summary

You might wonder why Perax Frontier, a small doughnut-shaped asteroid floating in the vast emptiness of interstellar space, would merit the presence of a full Imperial Ambassador. The simplest answer is that nobody could think of a more elevated dignitary for the post; after all, at the asteroid’s hollow centre is the Interface, a bright, shimmering gateway between this and another Universe. Then you might wonder; if it’s such an important posting, why would each Ambassador only serve for six months? The answer to that comes as another question; how long could you manage without computers, antigravity transport and wireless communications? How long could you last in a place where electricity doesn’t work?

Bathed in the constant glow of the Interface, the two frontier townships of Praxton, and Millaki on the Atlathian side, function without any electrically based technologies. Set against this unusual background, and fighting the hierarchal restrictions of Imperial society, Sheriff Artur Perax investigates the murder of the Imperial Ambassador, Madam Lintsa Kroft. And all the time still keeping order among the visitors, frustrated scientists, religious fanatics, misfits, reformed felons and plain good folks who keep the flow of trade goods moving across the Interface.

Characters

Sheriff Artur Perax is charming. I actually liked him immediately. It was only made stronger by his wife Holly. They are so sweet together! All of deputies made such a great team. Fair warning there are a lot of characters in this book, but it isn’t too overwhelming because they are all from Artur’s point of view.

Plot

This felt like a small town murder mystery with a science fiction twist. Although parts of it were pretty predictable there were a few last minute twists that were a little more subtle that were very enjoyable. I also liked the little snippets of normal life that continued to happen along side the mystery – gave it an entirely different facet.  I can’t say much more without fear of giving away the overall plot but the story telling was steady but interesting.

Overall

The author did an amazing job building this setting. The Perax Frontier was vivid in my mind and it was amazing. It was the most captivating part of the entire book. The author did an amazing job creating an entirely complete and beautiful world.

The book was a little lengthy but mostly enjoyable. The ending was a bit anticlimactic. I also think it went too far to be a happy ending and ended up feeling over the top. Love the last sentence though. I can say for sure the cover doesn’t do the story justice.

Rating

4 stars

This is a solid 4 star book. The characters were interesting, the setting was amazing, and the story line engaging. I felt like the book ending was a bit much but it was still an enjoyable read.

I received a copy in exchange of an honest review.

Unfathomable Chance by K.T. Munson (Review)

Thank you so much for the kind review Flavia and I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

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51a21xoukdl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: Unfathomable Chance
Author: K.T. Munson
Type: Fiction
Genre: New Adult, Sci-Fi
Date published: September 30, 2016
Format: Digital
Page Count: 194
Source: Author

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A digital copy of this book was kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryWhen Diana woke up on her 23rd birthday she thought it was going to be a normal day. She thought of donuts, coffee, and laughter. She did not think she was going to become the center in a galactic race to win her heart. None too pleased with the prospect of alien races descending on Earth to try and woo her, Diana does the only reasonable thing she can; she runs. Now she has to try and find a way to get rid of the blasted bracelet that is the cause of all the recent craziness in her life…

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The Inhibited by Jay Saph

Summary

What if the world around you had no music or art? People had lost the ability to create or daydream. The pursuit of pleasure is now only a forgotten, outdated concept.

“The Inhibited” is a futuristic tale set in the Northern Zone, 2042. It follows the life of Declan Smith, a young aggrieved student intent on uncovering the truth. Smith believes the key to political change lies in understanding the past, but he soon finds out the greater challenge is the discovery of his own soul.

Characters

Lots of interesting characters. I liked Hazel – the little girl – just because of her sweet outlook on most things. Declan was also a likable character although sometimes we was very much a ‘boy’ (caused me to roll my eyes a few times) but absolutely believable. That was something the author did very well – creating characters that felt like they could be real. I won’t say too much here other then that in fear of giving away the story.

Plot

The overall plot isn’t too complicated – a little predictable but I appreciated how real the author kept it. It was very imaginative and well within the bounds of what could happen. That is what made it have such an impact. No froo-froo ending of ‘happily ever after.’ It was a well thought out and realistic ending to this tale. It picked up on very real issue in society and exploited them – for that I have to say well done.

Overall

It felt a bit like reading a biography for fictional characters in a possible future – almost eerily so. Very well done, but it did have areas of languish that made my mind wander and then I’d have to snap back. It was well written and easy to follow – there were some dialogue pieces that read weird and a handful of errors but they weren’t major. The slowness may have been due to the author withholding key information until nearly the very end of the book. However, that mystery was also well woven – like a flower slowly blooming, once complete it was a beautiful thing.

My biggest complaint – besides the somewhat rushed ending – was the setting. I really struggled to understand how the new formed world was set up. Some of it made absolutely zero sense. Mostly distance traveled versus time spent traveling and trying to track how far the Northern Zone really spread. That was underdeveloped and took me out of the story multiple times.

Rating

4 stars

This was a thought provoking read that I was surprised at how much I liked at the end. This author did a good job at weaving a believable dystopian future – anyone who likes dystopian books, this is a must read!

I received an eBook copy in exchange of an honest review.

Godeena by Stjepan Varesevac Cobets

Summary

Major Henry Broncon miraculously survived a battle with Ansker soldiers on the planet Morad. He was found under a pile of corpses, his best friend and the whole brigade remained in the field of death. Broncon was fully acquitted, he got the medal for bravery and was promoted to the rank of colonel, but he cannot forgive himself because he feels responsible because they fell into the trap.
Shortly after the war ended, and terrestrial colonies that came out as winners in the war to receive a distribution system Naude comprised of planets and Godeena. On the surface there was a huge and completely preserved, but uninhabited city that scientists have named the Absolute. Soon he sent an expedition to investigate what happened to the people and animals because he never found signs of life. A few days later he was attacked from the surface and loses all trace of them. General Staff sent two teams of Special Forces to find out what happened to the expedition but they also disappear, leaving no trace behind.
Commander of General Staff, Gen. Hensell due to personal reasons of Colonel Henry Broncon requested to collect the unit, composed of the worst inmates from prison Had, and along with them discover what is happening on the planet Godeena. Henry accepted this task and collected 17 prisoners.

Characters

Henry was an interesting character. A little underdeveloped but interesting. The biggest problem with this book was the point of view (POV) shifts. Within one chapter there would be between 2-6 POV shifts. There was no logic or reason and it was jarring. I did like Diana though, she was the reason I kept reading.

Maria/Kir was the best character but she didn’t really fit in the book. She felt like a fantasy character in a sci-fi novel.  I would have liked to know more about her but I may have lost how Maria/Kir came to be but it may have been lost.

Plot

This plot was pretty straight forward. Go and get some prisoners, get them trained, take them to a crazy planet with a killer creature, and defeat it. The part about going to the prisoners and training them seemed to take forever. I actually almost quit twice. I struggled with the easy comradery that followed — it didn’t feel real. It happened too quickly and everyone just fell in.

Best part of the book was when they finally arrived at the planet. Although that stagnated near the middle. Author did a great job of building the planet — Godeena. I thought the author was going to have a twist at the end but I was thoroughly disappointed when he played it safe.

Overall

This book was too long and I just couldn’t get into it. To me it was wordy in all the wrong places. I did like some of the characters, particularly Diana, but there were some incoherent pieces. The POV shifts were distracting. The author did a good job on the planet’s setting, but took too long to get there.

Rating

2 stars

I didn’t like this book. I couldn’t recommend this to anyone and it needs a lot of work. It has some potential but needs a complete overhaul. Diana and Godeena itself were the shining moments in this novel.

I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Unfathomable Chance Giveaway – Birthday

April is my birthday month. I love this time of year, spring time, and birthday month. As such I want to share with others by having a giveaway. Since the book features Diana’s birthday it seemed appropriate!

Go HERE.

Best of luck to you all and for those who also have April birthdays, happy birthday!

First Quarter Writing Updates

We are nearly into April and it time to see where I am on my goals.

Goals for my writing/the year:

  1. Building Mailing List – I’d like to get a mailing list so when I have giveaways and such, I can let everyone who is interested know.
    1. Mailing lists can be found HERE.
  2. Finish Writing The Gate Trilogy (I expect this to happen within the next month). (I’m done writing, now on to the editing)
    1. Get all 3 covers done for The Gate Trilogy, reveal the first one.
      1. Book cover 1 is done (expect a reveal soon!), book 2 is presently being done.
    2. Publish The Sixth Gate on July 7, 2017
    3. Finish editing all 3 books – get ready for Beta readers.
  3. Choose which book to have done for Audio Book
    1. Find a ‘voice’ for the audio book and pick a date for release next spring (2018).
    2. Send a poll in the fall for which book through Mailing List
  4. Start writing next book. Decide between 1001 Islands #2, Unfathomable Chance #2, or the new YA Fantasy novel – Temporum: The Four Seasons.
    1. I’ve started writing Temporum: The Four Seasons
    2. I’m planning to write Unfathomable Chance #2 for NaNoWriMo and am working on the Outline
    3. I’m also working on the Outline for 1001 Islands #2 which will be a backup for NaNoWriMo if I haven’t completed the outline for Unfathomable Chance #2
  5. Work on Seven Eves – Alaskan Supernatural Crime Novel
    1. I’ve written two more chapters
  6. Edit and Get to Beta Readers An Honest Misunderstanding and consider publishing (maybe just on Wattpad).
  7. Breathe new life into my Historical Mystery Novella. Finish writing ‘The Red Door’ – SO MUCH REWRITING/EDITING!
    1. Started editing…Lots of work…
  8. Editing/rewrite Truthseer 
  9. Participate in NaNoWriMo
  10. Keep up momentum on writing events, speaking events, and conventions.
    1. Attended YukiCon.
    2. Scheduled to attend Steamposium, TaikaiCon, SenshiCon, and Colony Christmas.
  11. Read 4530 books.

 

Writing updates:

I’m just wrapping up all of my notes from The Sixth Gate (Book 1 of The Gate Trilogy) and getting it ready to send my editor. Eee! So excited. Between finishing the trilogy and getting book 1 done wrapped up, I’m just ecstatic!

I always like to start writing a new book. Temporum: The Four Seasons is a YA Fantasy. Eva is a 17 year old heroine who falls through a mirror and ends up where the season are divided into four courts. More info to follow. Just hit 5,000 words. Woot, woot.

Audiobook:

I’ve decided that one of my published books is going to go to Audiobook, and have now narrowed it down. It will either be Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand or Unfathomable Chance. I’ll be sending out a poll to help decide so I’m hoping everyone will sign up to the mailing list and help me make a decision by Fall 2017.

Local Events:

Happy to announce that I’ll have other writing events around town. My second one is mid April, Steamposium – here is their Facebook Page. Another one after that is TaikaiCon on May 20th – here is their Facebook Page. Make sure you make time!

Reading Goal:

It is my goal to read 45 books. I am very excited to already be 15 books in. I’m a whole month ahead of schedule. I’ll be really happy to have this buffer during my upcoming editing schedule.

Unfathomable Chance – Review

An awesome review of Unfathomable Chance courtesy of Betty Book Reviews. Check it out!

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Title – Unfathomable Chance

Author – K.T. Munson

Publisher –Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Pages- 194 (ebook)

Published – September 30th 2016

Series –Unfathomable Chance (1/?, Uncompleted)

27 March 2017

*Disclaimer: I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review, all my thoughts are my own.*

Some of my favourite books are short. I’m a big fan of novellas and I always have respect for authors who are able to tell a compelling tale in under 200 pages; Unfathomable Chance is no exception.

The main part of the narrative begins on our MC’s birthday. She’s called Diana, and boy does she have some sass! Diana gets a mysterious bracelet locked on her wrist and she can’t get it off, maybe that’s because she is the Bearer of the Universe.

I loved Diana as a leading lady, she has great relationships with those around her. I particularly enjoyed how she didn’t take…

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