Review: The Hive

The Hive by John Otte

The HiveGenre: Sci-Fi, Christian, Romance.

Age Range: 16+ for romance.

Stars: 4/5 stars

My Thoughts:

Just finished this book and wow, that ending! I want the second book RIGHT NOW!!!

Okay, now onto my review :D

Zain is a girl who is telepathically connected to her home, the Hive. Her brain buzzes with chatter, and it fulfills her. Suddenly, she’s ripped away from the only home she knows and her thoughts are her own. The Hive controls it’s occupants and no one cares; Zain didn’t either until she realized there was more out there.

This book was very interesting! Zain had an electronic arm and that reminded me of Cinder from Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. I could tell John Otte took a lot of time on Zain, her characteristics and home. She was a well developed character who left you concerned for her.I am really curious about Mathew/Scorn. We didn’t get to dwell in his life much as most of the story is focused on Zain and her struggles. I hope the second book shows more of his life and trials. The author gave us little bits and pieces, but not enough to put together the whole puzzle.

Overall:
I loved The Hive, and I am looking forward to going back into Zain and Matthew’s world.Something you might want to know:
There is a part where Zain takes off her clothes for Matthew. She wear a special suit so that with a click of a button she can change her clothes and/or undress. She did it because of things she saw on the internet. This personally made me really uncomfortable, it was only about 2-3 paragraphs long and they didn’t mention it again.

I received this book from the author (John Otte) In exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
JohnJohn is a PK, a pastor’s kid. He grew up in Columbia Heights, a suburb of Minneapolis, with his parents and younger sister and brother. They were the terror of their local library because, every few weeks, they would come and check out crates full of books, increasing the workload of the poor librarians. In high school, though, John worked at the same library, so it balanced out. He is a life-long writer. He started with badly drawn comic books in the fifth grade. When he realized that he was a lousy artist, he moved on to badly written novels in middle school. He’s tried his hand at screenplays (don’t ask), stage plays (a little better), fanfic, teen mysteries, and religious fiction. But his first love has always been speculative fiction.
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Novella Review: By Divine Right

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 9.07.06 PMTitle:  By Divine Right

Author: Patrick W. Carr

Series?  prequel novella to The DarkWater Saga

POV: First person, past tense, one narrator.

Cliffhanger?  It solves the immediate mystery, but it leads right into the series….

 

Author’s Website: http://www.patrickwcarr.com/

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

About the Book (from Goodreads)
Willet Dura ekes out a living as an assistant reeve in the city of Bunard, the royal city, investigating minor and not-so-minor crimes in the poor quarter. Ever since a terrible battle, Willet’s been drawn to the dead, and has an uncanny ability not only to solve their crimes, but even to know when one has been committed.

When a gifted singer is found dead in the merchants’ quarter of the city, everyone assumes by the signs that the old man simply died of a stroke, but Willet’s intuition tells him better. When he learns that this is the second death within the last month of one of the gifted, those with a rare inherited ability, he begins to suspect that something more is afoot, and he soon finds himself chasing a mystery that could bring down the very kingdom of Collum

My Thoughts
Honestly, I did not read the description before reading this novella.  I have had many people tell me how amazing The Staff and the Sword trilogy is.  Then I saw this free novella by the same author and decided to read it.  It is short and ebooks work best for me since school started.  I can just pull up the app anywhere and read a few pages instead of carrying another book around.

I was amazed by this book from the very beginning!  The writing drew me and and painted scenes well without being overly descriptive.  I loved the medieval fantasy feel of the story, though that might just be because this is my favorite genre at the moment.

The characters are vividly drawn, even the minor characters.  There was one little boy who was only in the story for one scene, yet his personality was clearly portrayed.  This said, some of the characters, including our protagonist had quite a bit of mystery surrounding them.  It definitely kept me reading to learn more about the characters.  There was one character in the king’s court that I did not like too much.  This had nothing to do with her being poorly written, but rather I found her very manipulative.  I was frustrated that the protaganist was drawn to her.  It will be interesting to see how this relationship plays out in this series.

This novella was wonderful overall.  It is definitely one of the best books I have read this year.  I cannot wait until The Shock of Night comes out!  I will definitely be watching for more books from this author and I am even more interested in The Staff and Sword trilogy!!

#ATime2Speak

I just finished the amazing book A Time To Speak by Nadine Brandes! I don’t have my review ready but since it is release day for it, I thought I would share with you some lovely graphics fellow launch members have made!

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Hope you enjoyed! I’ll be back tomorrow with a review of The Hive by John Otte!

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Review: Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman

Hello everyone! Long time no see :) Sorry I have been so inactive, but this week you’ll at least see me twice if not more :D

ChivalrousGenre: Romance, Christian.

Favorite Quote:Laura Pol

Age Range: 16+ for romance.
Stars: 5/5

 

My thoughts.

In this amazing sequel to Dauntless, we get to re-visit Merry and most of her gang. We also get to fall in love with Allen all over again and meet a new heroine, Gwendolyn.

I loved this book! My favorite character has to be Roselind, Gwen’s maid/friend. I couldn’t really connect to Gwen and her problems, I’ve never been forced to marry someone or had to act like a lady ;) But I felt my heart wrenching for Roselind. There was just something about her that I liked and she was someone I could understand.

Dina Sleiman’s writing projected vivid picture images in my mind. I could picture the characters, scenery, fighting with ease.


Overall: I love Chivalrous and will be waiting impatiently for the third book in the series, Courageous. I’ve heard it’s about Roselind which makes me really happy!
I received this book from the author (Dina Sleiman) and publisher (Bethany House) in exchange for my honest review.
Dina**About the author.**
Dina Sleiman writes stories of passion and grace. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts. Dina also serves as an acquisitions and content editor for WhiteFire Publishing.
You can find her on Facebook, Goodreads, and her blog.
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Early Autumn Tag

I was tagged by Random Smiles.  Go check out that awesome blog!
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Do you go out of your way to run through the autumn leaves?
Yes, I do!

 

Do you rake up the leaves on the lawn or do you leave them where they fall?
Leave them where they are.  I don’t really understand why people have to remove leaves from their lawn (unless they live in the woods where there are just so many leaves).  Lawns look pretty with this touch of fall!  And “perfect” lawns are overrated anyway.

 

How close do you sit to the fire before you get too hot?
Depends how cold the air is!  I do like to sit pretty close though.

 

Do you make hot chocolate from scratch or from the packet?
Packet.  I’ve never made it from scratch.  Maybe I should try that sometime…

 

Do you make hot chocolate with milk or water?
 Water. Sometimes I’ll add a tiny bit of milk.

 

What’s your favourite pumpkin-based food?
Pumpkin pie has always been a favourite of mine.

 

Do you enjoy feeling the cold air, or do you wrap up warm?
Just a tad chilly is fine.  Not really a fan of cold.  Or hot.  But that is the great thing about spring and autunm; the weather is in between hot and cold :)

 

Do you buy autumn scented candles?
No….allergies, asthma….

 

Do you collect autumn leaves for pressing?
I use to love pressing leaves and flowers.  I haven’t taken the time in the past few years.

 

Do you travel away for the half term holiday?
My fall break is only 4 days this semester.  Then I get 4 more at Thanksgiving.  I won’t be traveling for either, but I will be spending time with extended family!

 

Are you more active during autumn, or more laid back?
More active

 

Do you spend more time outside or inside during autumn?
Inside because school.

 

Do you go pumpkin picking?
I have, twice.  It would be fun to do it again!

 

Do you have any traditions to celebrate the start of autumn?
Usually autumn brings my baking mood out.  But I really can’t this year because college :'(
Mom made some wonderful sweet potato pies, and that almost makes up for it.

 

Do you bake cookies during the autumn?
Yes!  I love baking.  Except, college. :/

 

Do you eat baked pumpkin seeds?
Never had them…

 

When you go outside, do you blow to see your breath?
Definitely! :D

 

Do you watch movies in bed, or in front of the fire?
I have not inside fire and I have no TV in my bedroom.  I watch movies curled up on the couch. :)

 

What’s your favourite roast dinner?
Beef!  And mashed potatoes and gravy!  Yum, yum.

 

Cold rain or dense fog?
 Dense fog.  So much cooler and much easier for the imagination to run wild ;)

 

Fuzzy boots?
Not very practical…

 

Do you go hiking in the forest?
Yes, though I don’t do it too often.

 

Do you enjoy the sound of migrating birds?
I guess?  I usually watch when the birds start migrating to see if it will be an early winter.

 

Do you go apple picking?
My family use to do it every year, but now there is college.

 

What’s your favourite tea to drink in autumn?
Same as all the other times. Raspberry

 

Fluffy socks?
Not really my thing

 

Knitted scarves?
I have a few scarves that I love looking at, but I don’t ware them too often…

 

Do you make your own cider?
No

 

Do you read more books in the autumn or the summer?
Summer!  That is one of the best things about the season.  And the saddest thing about autumn starting….

 

How good are you at pumpkin carving?
I haven’t carved a pumpkin since I was maybe 10.  So I don’t think I would be any good at it.

 

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