Tag Archive: sci-fi


Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s been ages since I wrote a book review – in fact, I’ve read 33 more books since I wrote the last one! I suppose I’m just going to have to forget about reviewing them all, ha ha. Anyway, on with the review…

I was very curious about this book because it has so many rave reviews. However, the idea of a fairy tale retelling, where Cinderella is a cyborg, sounded a bit…silly. So I put off reading it for quite a while. Am I ever glad I gave it a try! All those great ratings are justified. I loved Cinder!

This book has so many good things happening: an excellent cast of characters (I think my favorite is Iko, Cinder’s android companion), a unique version of our future world, lots of action, plot twists and surprises, and of course, swoon-worthy romance.

I’d definitely recommend this captivating series for teens and adult fans of young adult fiction!



View all my reviews

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a compelling sci-fi/fantasy novel – I thought it was great! I’d love to know how two authors manage to write a book together. These two authors apparently make an excellent team. :)

These Broken Stars is an intriguing adventure, which begins on more of a sci-fi note on a spaceship, and becomes a fantasy journey across an unknown planet. One of the main aspects of the book really reminded me of a particular episode of Star Trek Voyager I saw ages ago (I guess I can’t describe the episode or I’ll give away an important part of the plot). There was also a similar feel to the TV show Lost, where things certainly aren’t as they seem to be at first glance in this jungle-like setting.

I fell in love with Lilac and Tarver and their captivating experiences in this story. I’m sad the next book in the series isn’t focused on them, only because I enjoyed reading about them so much. I’m definitely looking forward to meeting the new cast of characters in book 2 though. I highly recommend this book!



View all my reviews

After Eden (After Eden, #1)After Eden by Helen Douglas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m surprised this book has such mixed reviews; I really enjoyed it! It was a quick, easy read and I found it entertaining, plus I absolutely love books with a time travel premise.

It was refreshing to see the relationship between Eden and Ryan unfold naturally – no insta-love, no love triangle, no girl falling for a guy who acts like a jerk half of the time. The pacing of the story and the gradual unveiling of Ryan’s secret was just right. The ending was exciting and satisfying, and I’m very curious to see what the future holds for this series.

I’d definitely recommend After Eden if you’re looking for a fun YA book about time travel. Another fantastic book I’d recommend if you enjoy this genre is All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, which is darker than After Eden, but riveting!



View all my reviews

Reboot (Reboot, #1)Reboot by Amy Tintera

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! So far, it’s my favorite read of 2014, which may not sound like a big deal seeing as it’s only January, but that means it’s my favorite of the 13 books I’ve read this year. The fabulous writing sucked me in from page one and kept me eagerly turning the pages to the exciting conclusion.

Based on the unique concept of being “rebooted,” the main character, Wren, dies and comes back to life. Reboots like Wren are stronger and faster than they were in their human lives, and are put to work as soldiers. Almost devoid of emotions at the beginning of the story, Wren’s feelings begin to crack through her tough exterior. Just as she’s discovering her capability to experience friendship and affection for others, Wren learns the corporation that controls her has sinister activities in the works.

Reboot is a fascinating adventure in a sci-fi/dystopian world with romance, non-stop action, and a plot that captivates from beginning to end. Can’t wait for book 2!



View all my reviews

3:593:59 by Gretchen McNeil

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

It did not escape my attention that there are exactly 359 pages in this book – very cool. :)

I love the concept of alternate realities, reminiscent of the show Sliders from back in the day. At precisely 3:59 (both AM and PM) every day, a window to another version of Josie’s world opens up for one minute. All sorts of science fiction fun follows, but it’s hard to say much without giving things away.

There’s plenty of action and suspense, and even some scary supernatural creatures thrown into the mix. I really enjoyed this story, although there were a couple of odd scenes (including the most bizarre make-out scene ever) which made me think, “What the hell?” – I notice a lot of other reviewers have pointed out the same thing. Anyway, I’m quite willing to look past the occasional what-the-hell scene, and overall I thought it was highly entertaining.



View all my reviews

All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1)All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven’t read a time travel book in quite a while, and this novel reminded me how much I love that theme. It must be challenging to write a story with a time travel component; it would be difficult to avoid adding plot holes and inconsistencies. I think Cristin Terrill did an amazing job!

The book starts out perfectly: it’s like watching someone paint a picture while the setting, characters, and plot are colored in piece by piece. As the author drops little hints and clues, you feel so proud of yourself for figuring out another part of the puzzle.

It’s hard to say much more specifically about the story without giving anything away, but I can say that I really enjoyed everything about All Our Yesterdays, and I absolutely recommend it for any fan of YA sci-fi or time travel fiction. The listing on Goodreads says “All Our Yesterdays #1″ which implies there will be a #2… I wouldn’t say the ending leaves itself open to a sequel, but I’ll definitely give it a read if there is!



View all my reviews

Prodigy (Legend, #2)Prodigy by Marie Lu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another well-written, entertaining read by Marie Lu!

This felt like a typical second book in a series, where the world is explored in more depth and the characters are developed further. The basic history of how this dystopian world came about is unveiled, and we learn more about the mysterious Colonies. The romance takes a bit of a back seat because June and Day spend a good portion of the book apart. There is also less action than in the first book, although there are a few great sequences.

The non-stop action is one of the things I loved about the first book, so I’ll admit I didn’t enjoy Prodigy quite as much as Legend. The world-building is essential to the series as a whole though, and I have a feeling amazing things await in book #3!



View all my reviews

BlackoutBlackout by Robison Wells

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Enjoyed the strong writing style, action, and suspense, but found the world-building lacked details.

I thought this book started out perfectly. There’s a group of teenagers, who obviously have special powers, trying to destroy a dam and wreak havoc. You’re thinking, “I wonder why these kids are doing this? They must have a good reason to cause millions of dollars in damage and possibly kill people in the process.” The problem is… (and sorry if this is considered a spoiler, but I feel anyone considering reading this story should be warned) you never find out. By the end of the book, you still have no idea why they’re committing these terrorist acts.

Then you have a second set of teens with powers being rounded up by the government. They’re treated like complete garbage and you’re wondering, “Why are they being treated so poorly? Are the government people the good guys or not?” And again… you never find out.

I’m okay being left with a few unanswered questions by the end of a book, but I was extremely dissatisfied being left with no answers at all. I feel like even a few tidbits of information sprinkled throughout the book or a few pages of explanation at the end could have made this a 5-star read. I was disappointed and won’t read the next book in the series unless the reviews promise some answers.



View all my reviews

The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5)The Kill Order by James Dashner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this prequel to the Maze Runner series, learning more about the events that led to the apocalypse: the sun flares and the origin of the virus. This is not a story about the main characters from The Maze Runner, although they are mentioned very briefly in the first few pages of the book.

As with Dashner’s other stories, there’s plenty of action, the characters are unique and well-developed, and the plot moves forward quickly. Fans of The Walking Dead would probably enjoy this book – the environment feels very similar between the two.

Overall, an entertaining read and a great addition to the series!



View all my reviews

Extras (Uglies, #4)Extras by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

True to its title, Extras seemed to be exactly that – a bonus (or extra) novel tacked onto the end of the Uglies series. A new cast of characters, set in the world of Uglies, showcase a high-tech lifestyle where popularity and fame mean everything.

If you liked the rest of the series, I think you’ll enjoy this story as well. As in the previous books, there’s plenty of action and intrigue, and also messages regarding social media and learning to appreciate the things in life that really matter.

Personally, as much as I love the world Westerfeld created, the novelty has worn off somewhat. I would definitely recommend the series, but book #4 only if you really can’t wait to dive back into the world one last time.



View all my reviews