Book Reviews

The Atlantis Plague (The Origin Mystery #2) By: A.G. Riddle

The Atlantis Plague (The Origin Mystery #2) By: A.G. Riddle

Plot:

In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead–and those the Atlantis Plague doesn’t kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve. As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never cures the disease. Immari International offers a different approach: do nothing. Let the plague run its course. The Immari envision a world populated by the genetically superior survivors–a new human race, ready to fulfill its destiny. With control of the world population hanging in the balance, the Orchid Alliance and the Immari descend into open warfare. Now humanity’s last hope is to find a cure, and Kate alone holds the key to unraveling the mystery surrounding the Atlantis Plague. The answer may lie in understanding pivotal events in human history–events when the human genome mysteriously changed. Kate’s journey takes her across the barren wastelands of Europe and northern Africa, but it’s her research into the past that takes her where she never expected to go. She soon discovers that the history of human evolution is not what it seems–and setting it right may require a sacrifice she never imagined.

Review:

Ugh, I did not like this book. I ended up skipping a lot because it just got so boring. There was too much “science” and even lots of history thrown in. I like science and history, but there was just way too much for this to be fun.

The bad guy is still pretty over the top evil. Last time he would occasionally out of the blue have sex and there was more of that in this one. It doesn’t really make sense, to me, it’s just out of nowhere. I don’t know what it’s supposed to make me think of the character cause it’s kind of just random.

Two protagonists are fairly boring. Really dislike the female lead because she’s just sort of there when action happens. I don’t need her to kick butt, but she feels like a door mat. On the other side is the male lead who is all kick butt, bossy, alpha male. He’s also, apparently a history buff.

You found out more about the Atlanteans but it was sprinkled throughout and came about in a roundabout weird way.

Honestly, I just really did not like this book and won’t be reading the next. I don’t even care that I missing out on the rest of the story.

2/5

The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Myster #1) By: A.G. Riddle

The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery #1) By: A.G. Riddle

Plot:

The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they have hidden the truth about human evolution. And they’ve searched for an ancient enemy — a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over. Off the coast of Antarctica, a research vessel has discovered a mysterious structure buried deep in an iceberg. It’s been there for thousands of years, and it isn’t man made. The Immari think they know what it is, but they aren’t taking any chances. The time has come to execute their master plan: humanity must evolve or perish. In a lab in Indonesia, a brilliant geneticist may have just discovered the key to their plan. Four years ago, Dr. Kate Warner left California for Jakarta, Indonesia to escape her past. She hasn’t recovered from what happened to her, but she has made an incredible discovery: a cure for autism. Or so she thinks. What she’s found is actually far more dangerous. Her research could rewrite human history and unleash the next stage of human evolution. In the hands of the Immari, it would mean the end of humanity as we know it. One man has seen pieces of the Immari conspiracy: Agent David Vale. But he’s out of time to stop it. His informant is dead. His organization has been infiltrated. His enemy is hunting him. But when he receives a cryptic code from an anonymous source, he risks everything to save the only person that can solve it: Dr. Kate Warner. Now Kate and David must race to unravel a global conspiracy and learn the truth about the Atlantis Gene… and human origins. Their journey takes them to the far corners of the globe and into the secrets of their pasts. The Immari are close on their heels and will stop at nothing to find the Atlantis Gene and force the next stage of human evolution — even if it means killing 99.9% of the world’s population. David and Kate can stop them… if they can trust each other. And stay alive.

Review:

I downloaded this book not so much because I was interested in the story, I mean it sounds interesting, but only about 70% so(using Netflix new, stupid thumbs up ratings thingie), I downloaded the book because I was searching for a sci-fi book that painted a positive light of the future and this was on every Amazon Sci-Fi best seller list there was. Apparently it’s got everything, except a positive outlook on the future. Oddly enough, I was 70% into the story before I started to like it. It took me two weeks to get there, but when I finally did I finished the story fast.

It’s borderline too hard sci-fi for me. There’s a lot of talk about genetics and evolution and I understand the basics so I wasn’t lost, but sometimes it got tedious. It also jumped around between a lot of people in the beginning and between time periods, around the 70% mark is actually where things settled down and it focused on just three people.

There was a ton of world building and by the end you basically know the last one hundred years of two families histories, which was a bit much for me. It was not what I would call action packed, even though a lot of people were killed with guns.

Honestly, if the last 30% wasn’t so interesting I wouldn’t bother with the next, as is I’m actually not looking forward to it as much as I would normally, but I do still want to read it, mainly because I want to see why so many people like it so much.

3/5

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) By: Julia Quinn

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) By: Julia Quinn

Plot:

While you were sleeping…

With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He’s unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier’s life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie…

I told everyone I was your wife

When Edward comes to, he’s more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he’d always assumed he’d marry his neighbor back in England.

If only it were true…

Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.

Review:

Again it’s kind of hard to get used to reading a book set during the revolutionary war from the British perspective. This one was even more difficult because the setting was America and the hero was a British soldier. I think it works for me, though, because it was a romance and Quinn wrote in little bits where she made the main characters sound like they wanted the Americans to win.

Anyway, the story was fun, liked the characters, I thought the whole concept though was dragged on too long. She kept on having opportunities to tell the truth, but didn’t, and yet we were supposed to believe that she was this good, innocent person. Eh. Still enjoyed the book and looking forward to the next.

4/5

White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) By: Ilona Andrews

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White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) By: Ilona Andrews

Plot:

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she’s used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family’s detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor “Mad” Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice . . .

Review:

Oh my god!!! Ahhhhh!!!! Why is it over already? Why? Arghhhhhhhhhhh

I’m going to try and pull myself together, but I’m finding it difficult. When White Hot came out I decided to re-read Burn For Me again since it had been a few months. It actually came out way back in 2014 but due to a missed deadline and a packed scheduled the sequel, White Hot didn’t get released until May 30th 2017. That’s a pretty big gap, especially for Ilona Andrews, because of that the third book, Wildfire, is coming out in July. So I don’t have long to wait, which is nice, but still I’m already thinking about re-reading them both all over again.

I really, really like this world. I like the magic system, love Nevada, and I really love the supporting cast. Mad Rogan grew on me, though, he’s still the weakest part, in my opinion. He’s getting fleshed out, but I’m kind of getting tired of the supreme badass thing. He’s a not as cool Curran, which is the main dude in her Kate Daniels series. Maybe given a few more books he’ll really grow on me, but this is currently only planned as a trilogy so who knows.

Man, I really hope this is more than three books. I really love the characters and world a lot and don’t know if I’ll be done with them after three books. We’ll see. I vaguely remember Ilona Andrews saying they’d write more books whether Avon, their publisher, published them or not. I’ll have to go back and find where I read that to make sure it’s not just wishful thinking.

Once again, I’m sorry, Ilona Andrews book reviews for me are pretty horrible. For whatever reason reading their books is like taking a hit of cocaine, or so I imagine, and I just can’t think of anything other than holy fucking shit that was awesome!

5/5

Star Nomad (Fallen Empire #1) By: Lindsay Buroker

Star Nomad (Fallen Empire #1) By: Lindsay Buroker

Plot:

They have her daughter. She will stop at nothing to get her back.

When system-wide civil war broke out, fighter pilot Captain Alisa Marchenko left her family and accepted a commission in the Alliance Army to battle the empire’s tyranny. Four years later, the empire has been toppled, but chaos and anarchy now rule the system. Alisa, after being injured in the final battle, is stranded on a dustball of a planet billions of miles from home. She learns that her husband died during the bombings, leaving their daughter on Perun, a planet that has become the last imperial stronghold.

Alisa must find a way to Perun, even if she has to steal a dilapidated ship from a junkyard overrun by murdering savages to do it. She’s ready for the challenge. She did not, however, count on finding an elite imperial cyborg soldier squatting in the ship and planning to use it for a mysterious mission of his own. Alisa can’t let him or anyone else stop her, or she’ll never see her daughter again.

Review:

This wasn’t necessarily a Sci-Fi with a positive outlook, but it reminded me of a lot of Sci-Fi that I love. Specifically Star Wars and Firefly. The world felt like Firefly, the ship felt like Firefly.

I really enjoy Buroker’s fantasy series, at least what I’ve read, but I think I might like her Sci-Fi even better. Characters were fun, I even liked the main character which I feel like hasn’t been happening lately. World was interesting, it’s set after a galactic war so you’re dealing with the aftermath. I like that there are people from both sides on the ship.

My only complaint really was is that it felt short. However, since the book was only $.99 that’s acceptable. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

4/5