Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Brief Summary: "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" recounts the life of a bookstore owner on a small island town. 

Long Review: A.J. Fikry is a lonely man running the Alice island bookstores after just losing his wife. The story begins with a publishing agent visiting for the first time after taking over her predecessors accounts. A.J. is not very nice to the agent and we proceed through the story. In a twist of fate A.J. ends up with his brothers illegitimate child and adopts the little girl. A.J. eventually falls in love and marries. The story takes a sad but final conclusion. 

As an avid book reader I really enjoyed this story. Elements of the literary side of things were introduced and held my interest. The love story was sweet and not too sappy. The relationship between A.J. and his adopted daughter was refreshing. There is a bit of mystery in the book as well. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and may read others by the author to see if they are as good.

Rating: 4.5/5

Other works by the author: Young Jane Young, Elsewhere and others

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Review of Extracted by RR Haywood

Brief Summary: Extracted is the first in a trilogy about the discovery of time travel and an effort to save a future devastated by changes cause to the timeline. 

Long Review: Consumerism is driving advances in technology as companies look for faster ways to get their products to consumers. Whispers are heard about time travel and the hunt is on to find the device and/or creator. Two devices are made and a change to the timeline causes the end of humanity. In an effort to restore the timeline a computer program is used to find soldiers to enlist to help restore the timeline. Extracted details the extraction of these people from their timelines and the training and development of the team to save humanities future. 

I found this book very entertaining. I am even considering purchasing the other two books. This book ends in a good spot so the reader could be satisfied but still leaves the problem of saving the future as unknown. The middle is a little slow as there is a lot of focus on one character. This book would be good for those looking for a time travel fantasy to become engrossed in. 


Other works by the author: ExecutedExtinct

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review of The Light Keepers

Brief Summary: In "The Light Keepers"  by Mande Matthews the reader is introduced to Astrid and her strange powers and story.

Long Review: Astrid's whole life has been spent running. Her mother and her mother's protector have been trying to keep her safe. Her mother has been trying to teach her to speak. While her mother's protector has been teaching her to fight. The book introduces the character and illuminates the reader to the struggles Astrid will come to face in following books. 

The book is written as a prequel. I found the story bland and strange. There is not much detail as to why she is so special and this makes the book hard to keep coming back to the book. The antagonist in the story is semi-interesting as she encounters him  not in the world she is in. The story just wasn't strong enough to pull me in and this will not be a series I will continue to read.

Rating: 2.5/5

Other works by the author: Bonded