Book Review, Favorite Reads, ya sci-fi, YA Superheroes/Vigilantes, young adult

Book Review | COLLATERAL DAMAGE, by Taylor Simonds

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Collateral Damage, by Taylor Simonds

Publish Date: June 25, 2019
Published by: Parliament House Press
Length: 309 pages
Genre: YA Superheroes/Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Power. Courage. Invincibility. The marks of a true hero.

Meg Sawyer has none of these things.

Meg has never stopped a moving bus with her bare hands, been bitten by a radioactive insect, or done anything moderately resembling saving the world. She doesn’t have to. She’s a background citizen, a nobody, one of the swarms of faceless civilians of Lunar City–where genetically enhanced superhumans straight out of the comics have thwarted evil for years.

For as long as the Supers have existed, Meg has had one goal: to not become a casualty in their near-daily battles for justice. And for the last seventeen years, she’s managed to do just that. Sure, her minimum-wage job at the local coffee shop isn’t great, she can’t even leave her apartment without loading herself up with protective gear, and her car was just hijacked to throw at a supervillain (again), but she’s not dead yet.

But when Meg accidentally finds one of the city’s perfect, invincible protectors murdered under extremely suspicious circumstances, her whole “innocent bystander” strategy falls apart. After being coerced by his determined girlfriend into a mission to help prevent the deaths of the remaining Supers, Meg finds herself forced into the foreground of a story she never wanted to be part of-one that challenges everything she thought she knew about both her city and herself.


My Review: 

Okay I just have to say I LOVED this book. It was SUCH a fun read. From the start I was absolutely hooked. Taylor Simonds gives such a great voice to her narrator, Meg, that it was difficult not to fall in love with her from the first line. This book is full of action, strong friendship, conspiracy, mystery, and lots of running from danger of course.
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Book Review, Space, ya sci-fi, young adult

Book Review | STARFALL, by Melissa Landers

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Starfall (Starflight #2), by Melissa Landers

Publish Date: February 7, 2017 
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Length: 368 pages
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn’t a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family’s complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.


My Review: 

This was a so-so sequel. I honestly found myself only mildly interested in it, and even at times it felt like I was forcing myself to slog through it. Continue reading “Book Review | STARFALL, by Melissa Landers”

Book Review, Space, ya sci-fi, young adult

Book Review | STARFLIGHT, by Melissa Landers

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Starflight (Starflight #1), by Melissa Landers

Publish Date: February 2, 2016 
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Length: 362 pages
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…


My Review: 

I really enjoyed the characters and overall plotline in this, despite some plot holes here and there. It was an extremely fun read, with a slow-burn enemies-to-lovers there-is-only-one-bed romance that had me grinning madly Continue reading “Book Review | STARFLIGHT, by Melissa Landers”

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Book Review | TARNISHED ARE THE STARS, by Rosiee Thor

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Tarnished Are the Starsby Rosiee Thor

Publish Date: October 15, 2019 (audiobook published October 1, 2019)
Published by: Scholastic Press
Audiobook Narrated by: Rosie Jones
Length: 11 hrs 17 min (384 pages)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/LGBTQ+
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher’s chest: an illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog — donning the moniker Technician — to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner’s tyrannical laws.

Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner’s son, has never had to fear the law. Determined to earn his father’s respect, Nathaniel sets out to capture the Technician. But the more he learns about the outlaw, the more he questions whether his father’s elusive affection is worth chasing at all.

Their game of cat and mouse takes an abrupt turn when Eliza, a skilled assassin and spy, arrives. Her mission is to learn the Commissioner’s secrets at any cost — even if it means betraying her own heart.

When these uneasy allies discover the most dangerous secret of all, they must work together despite their differences and put an end to a deadly epidemic — before the Commissioner ends them first.


My Review:

I listened to this as an audiobook and so it took a little bit of getting into and understanding the world-building, but once I did I absolutely enjoyed it. I loved the characters and the plotline was intriguing, and it kept me completely enthralled throughout it.  Continue reading “Book Review | TARNISHED ARE THE STARS, by Rosiee Thor”

Aliens, Book Review, ya romance, ya sci-fi

Book Review | THE DARKEST STAR, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The Darkest Star (Origin #1), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publish Date: October 30, 2018
Published by: Tor Teen
Pages: 358
Genre: YA Romance/Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity’s war with the aliens. When she’s caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…


My Review:

I definitely enjoyed reading this (first JLA book I didn’t listen to!). It pulled me right in, although some of Luc’s aggressiveness on the beginning had me concerned. Continue reading “Book Review | THE DARKEST STAR, by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

Book Review, ya sci-fi

Book Review | ROGUE PRINCESS, by B. R. Myers

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Rogue Princess, by B. R. Myers

Publish Date: January 21, 2020
Published by: Swoon Reads
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Retelling
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Princess Delia knows her duty: She must choose a prince to marry in order to secure an alliance and save her failing planet. Yet she secretly dreams of true love, and feels there must be a better way. Determined to chart her own course, she steals a spaceship to avoid the marriage, only to discover a handsome stowaway.

All Aidan wanted was to “borrow” a few palace trinkets to help him get off the planet. Okay, so maybe escaping on a royal ship wasn’t the smartest plan, but he never expected to be kidnapped by a runaway princess!

Sparks fly as this headstrong princess and clever thief battle wits, but everything changes when they inadvertently uncover a rebel conspiracy that could destroy their planet forever.


My Review:

A genderbent Cinderella sci-fi retelling? This book instantly grabbed my attention when I read the synopsis on Edelweiss and I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I picked it up. So I did. The beginning was a little messy and confusing at first, and I think the world-building could have used some work, but once things started rolling I couldn’t put it down. There were some really interesting twists and turns, a nice amount of homage to the original fairy tale, and characters that I truly loved and enjoyed reading about. Continue reading “Book Review | ROGUE PRINCESS, by B. R. Myers”