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KM – The Gatekeepers Sons – Eva Poehler

Title: The Gatekeeper’s Sons

Author: Eva Poehler

Series: Yes, 1st in the series

Category: Supernatural / Mythology / Action

Length: 385 pages

My rating: 9/10

Fifteen year old Therese was in the car with her parents during the fatal accident that killed them both. In real life, she is shy, quiet, unassuming. However, while in a coma in the hospital, she dreams of two men who are incredibly handsome, and decides, since she’s dreaming after all, she may as well do whatever she feels inclined to, even kissing both guys. Little does she know, she’s in the dream state that is somewhat real, and the guys she is tantalizing are Hypnos and Thanatos, the Gods of Sleep and Death, respectively.

Thanatos tries to make a deal with his father, Hades, in order to join the human realm and make Therese fall in love with him, so that he might take her as a bride. When Therese finds him working at her best friend’s farm, she is taken aback, and wondering how she could have dreamed about this man before ever seeing him, and he seems to act as though there’s some big joke going on. Was her dream real?

Overall, Therese ends up in the high court of the Gods and is forced to be put in an arena with the man who killed her parents to prove her worthiness. Can she do it? Can she deal out justice for the man who took her life away from her, and win the right to be with Thanatos, or will she falter? After all, she is only human.

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KM- Demon Child – Deanna Dwyer (Dean Koontz’s pseudonym)

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Title: Demon Child

Author: Deanna Dwyer (Dean Koontz)

Series: No

Category: Mystery, Occult, Suspense

Length:  244 pages

My Rating: 5/10

This is one of Koontz’s earlier works under the pen-name of Deanna Dwyer. Written back in 1971 before Koontz really hit his stride and became the phenomenal author we know and love.

The plot begins with a 21 year old college graduate, Jenny, who decides to spend her summer before starting her teaching career at her rich aunt’s estate. According to her aunt Cora, there is a family curse that causes one child in every generation to howl at the moon and crave blood, basically, become a werewolf. Her cousin, Cora’s stepson, is not so convinced that it’s supernatural or occult in origin, but more psychiatric. Follow the battles that Jenny experiences between Cora and Richard, the doctors testing a poor child, Freya, and a budding romance.

For me, I could sense a bit of the Koontz-that-would-later-be. However, apparently his story telling was not at it’s peak during the Deanna Dwyer phase. It was a nice, easy read, with a nice twist ending. As much as I wish I could give higher accolades to my long-adored Koontz, I can only say the story was simply, “nice.”

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KM- The Blemished – Sarah Dalton

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Title: The Blemished

Author: Sarah Dalton

Series: Yes, 1st of the Blemished Series

Category: Dystopian

Length:  301 pages

My Rating: 9/10

In Dystopian London, Mina is “Blemished”. “Blem” as the “GEM”s call them. The government is run by the Genetic Enhancement Ministry, which takes genes from parents and mixes them with long dead movie stars,  models, etc. to create genetically superior human beings. Birth is outlawed, and all Blems receive the “operation” at age 16 to stop them from ever breeding, because they are imperfect.

While the Blems and GEMs attend the same school, they are segregated. GEMs are taught regular subjects, while the Blem females are taught to be servants, nannies, etc. for the GEMs. The Blemished boys are merely taught to work.

Mina has a problem beyond just being blemished. She also holds a secret power that she must keep hidden. Can she establish a life in the new section with this secret on her shoulders?

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KM – The Seer – Ali Cross

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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

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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- Divergent – Veronica Roth

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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-Everywhere But No Place (Messages From The Unseen World) – Mark Foster

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Title: Everywhere But No Place (Messages From the Unseen World)

Author: Mark Foster

Series: Yes, 1st in series

Category: Drama / Mystery / Technology / Suspense

Length:  531 pages

My Rating: 8/10

A clinical psychologist named Hans Schleiman has come up with a better system for “rehabilitating” criminals in our prison systems. A “Schleiman Tank”, which houses a prisoner and keeps them on life support for the duration of their sentence, allows the prisoner to be transported in to a virtual reality that will house him for the amount of time that he/she are imprisoned. This cuts down on costs of housing, feeding, issues of overcrowding, etc., all by allowing hundreds of inmates to reside in what is essentially a glass sarcophagus within a warehouse. While still in the experimental stages, Jack Denver, armed robber and murderer, is put into a tank after weeks of preparation.

Jack Denver wakes up in an unknown world after being submerged in the tank. It’s a basic, crude world lacking most of today’s amenities, notably, technology. Through his adventure in finding sanctum among a local village and befriending an enigmatic man named Vale, he learns that this “virtual reality” takes place after the year 14,000, when technology has already caused the fall of mankind. Now, even owning books about technology can be punishable by crucifixion. He begins to make a new life, and becomes comfortable in the new world.

Meanwhile, back in the “real” world, a man named Haze is desperately trying to track down Denver, and work his way in to the world Denver is currently inhabiting, regardless of it being a secure network and nearly impenetrable fortress. His life hangs in the balance depending on whether or not he can recover information from Denver.

Haze’s entrance in to the world threatens the very fabric of the existence of the virtual reality world, and causes major ripples and tears within the world that cannot completely be healed by the Host.

Will the world hold up long enough for Haze to save his own life and Denver’s family’s lives, or will the entire virtual reality collapse before anything can be accomplished?
While Science Fiction is normally out of my genre, this one was quite the read. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I could feel the emotions that Foster put in to creating each character, and could tell that he had a genuine love for writing. For anyone who is a fan of science fiction or virtual reality, alternate universes, etc., it’s a must-read.

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