Monthly Archives: October 2013

KM – The Seer – Ali Cross


Title: The Seer

Author: Ali Cross

Series: Follow-up to Desolation series (Desolation Diaries #2)

Category: Drama / Action / Paranormal

Length:  54 pages

My Rating: 6/10

This is the second in the set of “Desolation Diaries”, short stories to follow up the Desolation series. Miri and James are the featured characters, with Miri being the first-person narrator. She has a vision of James being attacked by shadow-like figures, and must work with li’Morl to learn how to control her visions, and hope that they will help her stop what’s about to happen.

Yet again, I found the same flaws. Ali Cross is a good writer, but it’s too short to adequately tell a tale. It feels rushed, and everything just blows by, with no significant feelings of anything actually happening. It lacks the depth and feeling of the actual series.


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KM- Personal Demons – Ali Cross


Title: Personal Demonds

Author: Ali Cross

Series: Desolation Diaries (follow up to Desolation series)

Category: Drama / Action / Paranormal

Length:  59 pages

My Rating: 5/10

This is a short story to follow up the end of the Desolation series. Miri and James have moved to Paris, and James is the first-person narrator. Hel has come back to Earth, and is trying to snare James as her slave again. He desperately tries to get rid of her and fears how Miri will react when she finds out what he truly went through while serving as Helena’s personal slave in Helheimer. He finds help in a very unlikely place.

This was simply a short follow-up, that I felt obligated to read after finishing the Desolation series. Just out of curiosity. It was decently written, but was too short to really offer up much in the sense of entertainment. I would have liked to hear what was going on with Desi and Michael, rather than James and Miri.

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KM- Insurgent – Veronica Roth


Title: Insurgent

Author: Veronica Roth

Series: Yes (2nd in series)

Category: Drama / Action / Dystopian society

Length:  544 pages

My Rating: 10/10

Returning to Dystopian Chicago, immediately where Divergent left off, Tris is fighting for her faction, and her life. Unrest is prominent in the factions, and things are not quite what they seem. After Tris completes initiation and becomes a member of Dauntless, she is unable to even celebrate before all hell breaks loose in their compound.

An entire faction is under fire, and decimated. Secrets emerge. Tris still fights against the grief and guilt from incidents in Divergent, but must put them on the backburner to deal with more pressing concerns, like whether she will survive each day, how her family will fare, and what to do about her budding romance.

Yet another fantastic novel from Veronica Roth. I love that there was no time lost between Divergent and Insurgent. It picks up exactly where Divergent left off. The story line continues flawlessly, and it’s even more action packed than the first. If I had to choose, I would say this one was better than the first, and definitely didn’t fall in to that group of novels who’s sequel suffers from the ‘Sophomore Slump’. I can’t wait for the release of Allegiant!

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KM- Divergent – Veronica Roth


Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Series: Yes (1st in series)

Category: Drama / Action / Dystopian society

Length:  501 pages

My Rating: 10/10

In dystopian Chicago, society has been reformed. People are born in to factions, of which there are 5. The Candor, who believe in truth above all else. Erudite, who seek knowledge before anything else. Dauntless, who treasure bravery. Amity, who believe in peaceful resolutions and friendship. And Abnegation, who serve others selflessly. Upon their sixteenth year, the adolescents take an aptitude test, which tells them which faction they are best suited for, but ultimate the choice is theirs. At the Choosing Ceremony, they decide which faction they want to be a part of. They can stick with the one they were born in to, or they can transfer to another one, immediately leaving their family behind.

Beatrice Prior was born in to Abnegation, but is unsure of what choice to make. During the aptitude test, she discovers that she is what they call Divergent, with an aptitude for several factions, not just one. This is a dangerous thing, which could cost her her life if it was found out. To the shock of her family, she chooses to transfer into Dauntless. Little does she know, this choice will change, define, and ultimate challenge every idea she has of who she is.

I loved this book. It was action packed from the very beginning, and I couldn’t put it down. Definitely a one-night read, and a page-turner. You can definitely relate to Beatrice, while she decides what to do with her life, since we’ve all been in that position at one point or another. Her struggles, romance, and decisions are all so well written out that you’ll find yourself quickly caring about the characters.

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KM-Doctor Sleep – Stephen King


Title: Doctor Sleep

Author: Stephen King

Series: LONG AWAITED Sequel to The Shining

Category: Drama / Mystery / Paranormal

Length:  544 pages

My Rating: 9/10

Nearly 40 years after the debut of The Shining, King has finally published a sequel!

Doctor Sleep follows Dan Torrance (yes, Danny, from the Shining) through his alcoholic turmoil, AA, and finding a new life for himself, away from The Overlook, but never quite free. Some of the Residents haunt him still. With the help of Dick Halloran (the chef from The Shining), he begins to learn how to control the lingering effects, although he can’t outrun “The Shine.”

After beginning his new life as an orderly for a hospice home, he quickly earns the nickname, Doctor Sleep. He begins to be visited by what he senses to be a young girl, and she leaves messages for him on his blackboard.

Across town, a baby is born. They name her Abra Stone. Strange things occur around the baby, including a crying fit that persists for hours preceding the 9/11 attack, and abruptly stops as the towers are hit. Abra’s parents notice strange things around her, and her grandmother hints that she may have the Shine as well.

Abra and Dan must convince her parents that he’s okay, and that what they experience is real, in order to band together to fight the True Knot, which travel across the country, killing children with the Shine in order to “drink their steam.” With Dan’s alcohol problems, the stigma surrounding her and Dan’s relationship, and all the other adversities they’re facing, can they stop them?

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