Earthsea Series – Book 1: A Wizard of Earthsea – By Ursula Le Guin

Hey Jared,

Good to hear you’re alive. I really want to hear your opinions on the Stormlight Archive before I start my read through. In the mean time I’m continuing my Bookshelf Blitz.

awizardofearthsea.jpgTitle: A Wizard of Earthsea
Series: Earthsea; Book 1
Author: Ursula Le Guin
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: YA
ROTS Setting: UU, Medieval, High Magic, Dragons
Synopsis: Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.
Recommendation: This book is recommended. Suitable for teens.

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Earthsea Series – Book 1: A Wizard of Earthsea – By Ursula Le Guin

Spellkeeper Flight – Book 1: The High Road – By Ken Hughes

Hey Jared,

This was bound to happen eventually, and the more ARC’s we get the greater the possibility. It doesn’t make it any easier though.

TheHighRoadTitle: The High Road
Series: Spellkeeper Flight; Book 1
Author: Ken Hughes
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Audience: Adult
ROTS Setting: EU, Magic
Synopsis: Enter a world of gangs, vigilantes, and magic that’s powerful enough to kill. Mark has never been the survivor his friend Angie is, but when he rescues a mysterious belt from the flames, it’s a decision that changes his life for good. As the two tap into the secret of gravity-controlling magic, they realize the reason Angie’s family tried to destroy the belt. Flying comes at a cost, to their lives and their sanity. Fighting back against a street gang with a vendetta, Mark begins to sense that death waits around every turn. Soon he and Angie come face-to-face with the true danger: hidden masters of other magical forces. The keepers of power want the secret of flying, and they’ll destroy anyone who gets in their way.
Recommendation: I can not recommend this book.

A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of obtaining a review.

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Spellkeeper Flight – Book 1: The High Road – By Ken Hughes

The Six – Book 2: The Siege – By Mark Alpert

Jared,

I read the first book in this series right before we started the blog and it was really good. Definitely a 4/5 star. With the 3rd book coming out in a couple of weeks I figured it was time to dive back into the series.

thesiegeTitle: The Siege
Series: The Six; Book 2
Author: Mark Alpert
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Young Adult
ROTS Setting: CU, Near-Future, AI,
Synopsis: Adam gave up everything for a new chance at life. Now with a cutting-edge digital mind, he is smarter, faster, better than a normal teen. Except Adam is anything but invincible. He’s indebted to the government program that gave him this ability-and freedom comes at a price. Adam and his teammates, the six Pioneers, swore to defend humanity against Sigma, the most ruthless artificial intelligence program ever designed. The Pioneers are all that stand between the AI and world domination. But Sigma has an advantage. It has learned about human weakness, and its new weapon? Betrayal. In this war between good and evil, the battle lines have been drawn…but someone is about to switch sides.
Recommendation: This series is recommended.

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The Six – Book 2: The Siege – By Mark Alpert

The Space Between the Stars – By Anne Corlett

Jared,

Another one of the books I’ve won from Goodreads, I was shocked when it showed up on the doorstep. Since it’s also an ARC and still not released in NA I just had to read it quick and get this review out there.

spacebetweenthestarsTitle: The Space Between the Stars
Author: Anne Corlett
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: YA
ROTS Setting: Futuristic, FTL, Colonization
Synopsis: All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn’t forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit… Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that’s left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive. Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie’s own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be…
Recommendation: This book is recommended for late teens and adults. Subject and writing suitable for younger teens, but they’d probably find it boring.

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The Space Between the Stars – By Anne Corlett

The Gatekeeper’s Son – Book 2: The Fallen Gatekeepers – By C. R. Fladmark

Jared,

Ok. Not as good as the first one. The book went full YA on me and things I thought were perfect in the first book were continued in this one when they shouldn’t have.

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Title: The Fallen Gatekeepers
Series: The Gatekeeper’s Son; Book 2
Author: C. R. Fladmark
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: YA
ROTS Setting: EU, Modern, Magic
Synopsis: […] Being a modern teenager is complicated. Family expectations. Japanese teenage-girl warriors. Shape shifting lizard-men. Alternate worlds. All a day in the life of Junya Thompson. It’s been months since sixteen-year-old Junya survived his savage battle with the Evil Ones, but now that he’s back in San Francisco he’s still feeling the effects. His limp is slow to heal, his shoulder aches from the bite that should have killed him, and black poison lingers in his blood, tainting his life energy. […]
Recommendation: Still recommended but not highly. For late teens and adult. MATURE CONTENT.

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The Gatekeeper’s Son – Book 2: The Fallen Gatekeepers – By C. R. Fladmark