Tagged: Science Fiction

Insurgent – Book Review

Insurgent is a great book and follow up to Divergent.  Again if you saw the movie, don’t judge this book by it.  In this reviewer’s opinion this book was 100 times better than the movie and actually makes you want to read book 3.  I give this book 4 stars as it’s one of the best and great for your high school student.  This is a great book for either boys or girls.  

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The Maze Runner – Book Review

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About the book:

“When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials are now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV’s Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The third movie, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, will hit screens in 2018.” (From Amazon.com product listing)

Brian’s Review:

This is book one to the Maze Runner Trilogy.  Though there is a prequel I strongly suggest starting with this book. To read the prequel will ruin the biggest surprise in this book.  If you saw the movie, please don’t judge the book by it.  The book is better than the movie in my opinion. Great book for middle school to high school reading and a great book to use for book reports.  If you like Hunger Games, then you will surely like Maze Runner.

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Won by an Alien – Book Review

About the book:

I was abducted by aliens.
The aliens that I’ve been auctioned to don’t speak my language, and I definitely can’t speak theirs. 
I didn’t expect to get married by accident to the sweet one.
I didn’t expect to have a grumpy alien bond to me, and go a little crazy if other males get near me, or if I try to leave.
It doesn’t matter if they’ve won my heart.
I can’t stay.
Somehow, I have to explain that I NEED to go home. Because the bad aliens that abducted me?
They took me from my babies.

**Note: 
For those of you that prefer not to be surprised, there are TWO heroes in this story. It is a Happily Ever After with three people, a mini Reverse Harem set up of MFM (male/female/male) that doesn’t quite classify as Menage… and you’ll find out why. ♥
For those of you who DO prefer to be surprised… pretend you didn’t read this warning! 😉

This is Tara’s Story. It technically *can* be read as a stand-alone, however, previous books in the series set up events in this book. (From Amazon’s product description)

Jenn’s Review:

Unlike book 2 in Amanda Milo’s “Alien Mates” series, this book can be read out of order. However, I wouldn’t recommend it. While certain events are glossed over in book 3, book 1 (Stolen by an Alien) lays them out very clearly, and book 3 (Won by an Alien) fills in small gaps that are left in books 1 and 2.

Told in first person, from three angles, Won by an Alien includes the extensive communication and cultural issues facing three different species (four if you count Lem, who isn’t a part of the love story here, but is still a key element). I spent well over 3/4 of the book laughing so hard I was wheezing. 

Won by an Alien isn’t nearly as dark as book 2, Rescued by an Alien, and rightfully so. However, as a mother, it’s not difficult to sympathize with Tara, a mother who’s been ripped away from her young twins. To wake up on an entirely different planet, unable to communicate with the beings that saved you… Yeah. I’d be freaking out, too.

The heroes of this story are as different as night and day. One is a species that is featured in books 1 and 2 – generally surly, but Brax has a whole other level of conflict going on from the first two (who only had to worry about being executed for bonding with the wrong species). Tac’Mot, on the other hand, is easy going and kind to Tara and becomes her anchor as she tries to adjust to her new and very scary surroundings.

Again, Ms. Milo’s love scenes are hot, hot, hot. And imaginative! Nothing mundane exists with her male characters, and they most certainly are not human. Her human heroines have quite the time adjusting (sometimes literally) to the differences between themselves and their alien lovers – sometimes to a hilarious extent, especially as the women begin to realize that they are the aliens in the situation, not the males, who are very accustomed to various species and cultural interactions.

Verdict on the series:

If you enjoy science fiction romance or unusual combinations in romance plots, Amanda Milo’s “Alien Mates” series is worth the reading. Not to mention, she’s included several pages of her own reading recommendations at the back of book 3. What romance enthusiast wouldn’t be all over that? Take the time to read this series, starting at book one. As Sam would say, “I give it 5 stars and 2 thumbs up!”

This series is only available in Kindle format for now. I’ve spoken to Ms. Milo, and it sounds like she’s looking to start offering these in print in the (hopefully) near future. 

You can buy on Amazon (affiliate links):

Book 1: Stolen by an Alien     Book 2: Rescued by an Alien     Book 3: Won by an Alien

Rescued by an Alien – Book Review

About the book:

ZADEON
When my human mate was auctioned, she was sold to a savage lot of aliens.
I rescued her body from her tormentors.
But her mind…
She is hurt.
She’s afraid I will abandon her; but I’ve been waiting all my life for my mate.
I am not going to walk away. I’m going to help her heal.
And I will help her fight for us.

****Content warning: For readers 18 years and older Contains explicit sexual situations, dark themes, sensitive subjects, and violence.

This is book 2 in a series. You can find my review for book 1, Stolen by an Alien here.

Jenn’s review:

I’ll admit… I laughed myself silly in book 1 of this series, Stolen by an Alien. Book 2, well… The first third of this book was a challenge for me, both as a reader and as a writer. Ms. Milo’s storytelling appears, at first blush, to have slipped extensively in the first several chapters of book 2. However…

Her storytelling skills haven’t slipped. They’ve morphed. Here, I gently guide you, my reader, back to the content warning above. This book has very explicit situations, and very dark themes as well as extremely sensitive subject matter. The violence… for me anyway, wasn’t so disturbing. To say that the heroine has experienced trauma, would be a gross understatement, and Ms. Milo deftly and tenderly handles the heroine’s point of view in the opening chapters of this book to submerge the reader (rather jarringly at times) into the fractured mind of a survivor of trauma as she attempts to find the balance between retreating into her head to escape the horrors that replay themselves in her mind and crawling her way out of her despair with the help of her unlikely alien mate.

As the story progresses, however, our heroine, Callie, begins to find her reserves of strength, and the parts of the story told from her perspective smooth out, and once again, despite some very dark and dismal themes and conflicts, Ms. Milo reintroduces the reader to her wit and humor.

I will avoid any spoilers at this point, but I would highly recommend reading this series in order. Due to the fractured state of the heroine’s mind during the opening chapters (which overlap events that take place closer to the end of book 1), it is difficult to grasp the imagery of these scenes. While some series can be read out of order, this isn’t one of them.

I’ll be off reading book 3 in this series next, before I dive into my next blogtour book for Fiery Seas Publishing, so be sure to get on the email list (click the bar at the very top of the page), and follow us on social media (links at the bottom of the page).

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Book 1: Stolen by an Alien

Book 2: Rescued by an Alien

Book 3: Won by an Alien

Update, December 27, 2017:

I’ve finished book 3, Won by an Alien, but the review won’t be published until January 4, 2018. However, after that point, the review will be available here.

Mockingjay Book Review

Thrice Read Books reviews Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay, book 3 in the Hunger Games Trilogy

About the book:

The greatly anticipated final book in the New York Times bestselling Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. 

Who do they think should pay for the unrest?

Katniss Everdeen.

The final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins will have hearts racing, pages turning, and everyone talking about one of the biggest and most talked-about books and authors in recent publishing history!!!!

About the author:

Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children’s literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.

Brian’s Review:

The third and final book to the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay doesn’t disappoint.  Collins once again hits the nail on the head with the final book.  If you don’t have tears at the end of the book check your pulse.  Collins has displayed a masterful series and if you are upper Jr. High and up, you will most assuredly enjoy these books.  If you saw the movies, then all I can say is, wait until you read the books…

Brian & Sam review book 3 of Suzanne Collins' YA Dystopian Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, on the Thrice Read Books review blog.

Sam’s Review: 

Flying arrows! Heart break! Betrayal. All of that happens in Hunger Game 3, Mockingjay.

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, is the third, last, and final book in the Hunger Games. And it is as good of a book as the other two. This powerful ending will leave you wanting more, but at the same time, it leaves you satisfied with the way things turned out.

Katniss has been chosen to be the rebel’s Mockingjay. Simple, right? I mean, all she has to do is make propos and scare the Capitol. It’s not that easy. See, Peeta has become the capitol’s puppet, and Katniss keeps getting hurt.

This book was very, very, very fun to read, and I’m very sorry that it ended there. Overall, the series was fun to read. But, a couple of things were wrong. One, the book ended, two, why can’t there be a story without a super evil bad guy, and three, I miss the games. In other words, I loved this!

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The Hunger Games – Book Review

Thrice Read Books reviews Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games

About the book:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Contains Affiliate Link)

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. 

Brian’s Review:

This is book one to a great trilogy.  If you haven’t heard of the Hunger Games, I have to wonder what rock you live under.  The books are excellent. If you have seen the movies but not read the books you are in for a treat.  The movies were great, the books are even better.  Learn to love the characters in a way the movies can’t do.  Great for upper Jr. High students and above.

Sam’s Review (Added 5-22-18):

The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins, is a dystopian novel made for young adult. It is large print and is 374 pages long. The link to this book on Thrice Read Books is in  the description below.

Katniss’s sister is chosen for the Hunger Games, a game where there can only be one surviving winner. In a desperate act to save her sister, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Together with the other tribute, Peeta, her, ugh, fake love interest, she is forced to face the hardest challenge she’s ever encountered.

I loved this book, and, in order to understand some of what went on a little better, I took breaks and imagined myself in her position. That and I have Hunger Games music. That makes the experience so much better.

In the dislike section, well, let’s just say that I didn’t find any, which is good ‘cause I’ve got two more books in the series. This’ll be fun!

Sam and Brian review The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (YA Dystopian Fiction) on Thrice Read Books blog

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