The Children of Swan: The Land of Taron by Coral Walker

It’s another adventure that sci-fi fans should not miss. Children of Swan is indeed an awesome read.

REVIEW

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What is it about?

Jack awoke one morning with his sister Brianna pounding on his door to tell him their mom and dad are missing. Much to his surprise, his parents’ bedroom are left with no trace – no bed, no furniture, nothing. So they decided to report the incident to the police and soon, Jack and Brianna, along with their little brother, Bo, find themselves being hauled away by the social services. Only they were brought in a strange facility where they learned the truth about their parents – they were from the land of Taron and was never really Earth inhabitants.

What I Think About It

The “parents are missing” part of the book reminded me of one of R.L. Stine’s YA novel, Missing (I must be reading quite a lot) and since I am R.L. Stine’s big fan, I went under the impression that The Children of Swan is going to be as impressive. Well, my first impression lasted. I like the super creative imagination of the author, like the Land of Skorpias, the Wona woman with mystical superpowers, and two teenagers whose parents are actually coming from a different planet. The entire universe is just too big and I can’t help but think that maybe, everything that’s been mentioned in the book are totally possible.  Jack and Brianna’s situation is unimaginable though. In real life, I mean, how can you possibly accept the fact that your parents are alien?  Are they considered humans?

Recommendation:

Sci-fi fans out there, do not miss this gem! You have to read this for that another superb space adventure.

(This review also appeared in Amazon.)

The Day of the Dragonking: The Last American Wizard by Edward B. Irving

My brain seems to be wired to think of Harry Potter whenever there’s the word “wizard” involved. It did the same when I saw the title of this book. The word “American” made me stop though. “Oh wait, this should be interesting,” I told so myself.

Review:

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What Is It About?

Steve witnesses a  plane crash not too far from his apartment – he even got himself wounded. It could have been an ultimate disaster, except for the fact that he was the only one who saw what happened. Then he receives a call, offering him an investigative job, and after meeting the blonde girl called Ace Morningstar and experiencing “odd” things with her, he learns that he’s the one-army wizard who can save the world from the bad ones.

What I Think About It

I’ve been thinking – what if the government is packed with people who do magic? What if the terrorists could also do magic? What if all of us are wizards and we just don’t know it yet? When I saw the cover of The Last American Wizard, I thought it was a children’s book. I don’t have anything against kid lit (after finishing the entire HP series for 7 days), it’s just that I thought it would be just like Harry’s story. Which, again, reminds me that I shall not judge a book by its cover. The Last American Wizard is an action-packed sci-fi slash wizarding novel with a mix of humor. For some reason, I kept seeing Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in mind while Steve and Ace is on the scene! And I couldn’t just ignore the fact that I kept on giggling with Steve’s pronouncements. It feels as if the book was written with so much ease and fun that I am thinking the author totally enjoyed writing the story.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Recommendation:

If you enjoyed Harry Potter or the movie Jump, then you’d definitely enjoy this book. The Last American Wizard will provide you with action, sci-fi and humor, which I am not sure many books offer.

(This review also appeared on Amazon.)

Ironheart: The Primal Deception by Dakota Kemp

It’s another sci-fi book and as much as I prefer to read romance, mystery and YA adventure, it feels like my clouded judgment when it comes to sci-fi books is becoming clearer.

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What is it about?

Jack’s life has been all about survival. After his dad died and his mom left him and his brothers, he did what it took to survive one day at a time. Until he and his brother was unexpectedly hired by Fist, an underground mob boss and have them joined in his gang.  After their hide out is being raided, Jack finds himself with Freedom, an enigmatic revolutionary with deep hatred for the Primal Empire. Soon Jack recognizes himself as the most important pawn in a chess-like command of forces behind him.

What I Think About It?

To be honest, I haven’t taken so much liking with book that have prologues in them. There are books with prologues that don’t really feel like they’re relevant at all, and I felt the same for this book. I mean, it did not catch my interest, reading the first few pages or I was under the impression that this is going to be a hardcore boy book (yes, I’ve learned to refer sci-fi books as boy books). Anyway, after the prologue though, here comes Jack – an orphan teenager whose life mission is to become one of the most outstanding gangster (or at least that’s what I thought). His backstory was just so damn painful that I understood why he ended up not fearing death at all. I believe this is important, and the effectiveness of the back story being written made me connect to Jack’s character.  The mention of the Illuminati priests and the orphanage run by them caught my interest too. I have only read them in another book which happens to be Dan Brown’s, and I didn’t have any idea which of the books has the more accurate description of them.

As for the Primals, I honestly had a hard time imagining what they truly were despite the fact that the author has a very well-crafted description. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I am just starting to appreciate these kinds of book. Although, I should say that this is the kind of plot I’d go for in the movie. I think this will be a brilliant movie.

Recommendation

If you are a hardcore sci-fi book reader, then this is definitely a book that should be in your TBR list. But then again, I am not a hardcore sci-fi reader and I enjoyed it as much. 

Armageddon by Don Mardak

I’m starting to train myself not to judge the book by its cover. When I saw the cover of this book, I immediately thought of another modern sci-fi book. But after several pages, I was brought to another dimension conjured by the creative mind of Don Mardak.

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What Is It About?

A nuclear holocaust is going to happen, and as the United States military is doing everything in its power to prevent the said world destruction, Eric is being trained by a Tibetan monk called Shimahn to travel back in time to stop it from happening. Eric has to try to go back in time three times – and change something in there that would prevent the possible “end of the world” from happening.

What I Think About It?

The first few pages of the book made me feel like I was reading a scholastic material, something more of a non-fiction academic book and it was an info-overload-kind of experience for me. What caught my interest in this book is the manner in which Eric has to save the world – time travelling. The concept of time travelling in this book is different from the other books I’ve read (e.g. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), which I think is great, because then we have lots of ideas and means on how to travel forward and backward in time. I wasn’t sure though what kind of religious belief Shimahn has for he talks about God and archbishops, and Catholics do not have reincarnations and past life in their doctrines. Anyway, the concept of time travel to keep the world from destruction is a little bit tricky but exciting. First, what if Eric failed to undo or redo whatever it was that that he needs to? Surely there would be a different outcome in the future. What if Eric wasn’t able to come back forward in time, or killed while he’s back in time? Well, this was explained by the Shimahn in the book, but these were the questions that kept me thinking. I mean, I might consider going back in time if it’s really possible.

RECOMMENDATION:

Armageddon is a fascinating read. I am not a fan of sci-fi and war books (I’m a big fan of romance), but this definitely got me intrigued. The little patience I had with sci-fi books seemed to have grown, I think.

Paralysis Paradox by Stewart Sanders

61kzUqzWSVL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_I can no longer remember the last time I read science fiction. To be honest, as a self-proclaimed book junkie, this is one of my least favorite book genre. Although, I could say that it was truly nice meeting Gamma, Richard, Charlie and Vicky.

What The Book is About. I can’t help but think of David Levithan’s Everyday as I read the blurb and turned the pages of this book. That question cafe to my mind again – how does it feel to wake up in another body? In this book however, the character does not only wake up to a different body, but also in a different time. Here, the character has four lives – Richard, the prince, Charlie, an ordinary lad who always involves himself in brawls and never remembers anything, Vicky, that filthy rich young girl and Gamma, the computer. Four lives being lived by just one soul, or entity, or mind.

What I Think. At first I didn’t think the book was making sense. While I read, I was pretty much clouded by one question – what could be the possible relation of these people aside from they their lives are being lived by just by one soul, or mind? But then as I turned the pages, I realized that my question did not need and answer for the book to make sense. I easily got curious about what happens with Charlie (if he would finally figure out what his dreams are all about). I felt sympathy for Richard (as he witnessed the girl he fancies killed in front of him). And my favorite character was that of Vicky – smart, young chick who obviously embraces adventure.

Paralysis Paradox is one of the many good, unusual books I’ve read. This is a sudden shift to the types of book I usually read, but the shift is not too overwhelming. There were moments when I feel like I was reading something similar to Catcher in The Rye but with a bit of a twist. I’ll recommend this to anyone who wants to try out another genre without being overwhelmed.

The Boy Who Played Dark Matter: The Adventures of Zeddy

In Heaven, there will be no law, and the lion will lie down with the lamb…. The worse the society, the more law there will be. In Hell, there will be nothing but law, and due process will be meticulously observed.” -Grant Gilmore

If this is true, as well as the future envisioned in this book, then the future must be hell. I would say I am grateful enough not to be able to live in 2099, where I couldn’t have my everyday dose of caffeine.

tbpwdmSci-fi fanatics will love this book, that’s for sure. I had a bit of trouble understanding the words (scientific jargons has left me after fifth grade), and wondering how come I thought John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines was the most nose-bleeding book that’s ever existed. But don’t get me wrong. Maybe I wasn’t really designed to enjoy science fiction at all, owing it to the fact that I don’t have a Y chromosome.

The Holy Ghost Writer has a very cool imagination. Though I’ve heard of a parallel universe before, reading this gave me quite a bit of understanding how it works (it’s quite a marvel really, to be a be to comprehend amidst the science jargons). While J.K.Rowling fascinated me with Diagon Alley, Hagrid and the existence of unicorns in the wizarding world, he did the same with Zamira, a dark matter planet which was discovered by Zeddy’s dad, Nimeuh, an ancient sorceress and Zmally, a curious little creature from Zamira called a zutterfly, a dark matter. The only difference could be that, well Diagon Alley, however cool it may sound, is entirely fictitious. Zamira, on the other hand, could somehow stand a chance. With how vast the universe is, who knows?

The second part of the book is much more appealing, for there were other kids introduced as Zeddy’s friends. At least he was normal, just like other kids, apart from his unbelievable brain capacity that is way beyond that of a six-year-old. I also liked the fact that he was able to use his geeky personality to handle this bully kid, Dennis Jr. Reading between the lines, what I learned is that kids that are under pressure and lonely tend to be bullies. Dennis Jr. didn’t have friends, or at least none was mentioned, and he was the school principal’s son.

If this were the kind of books our children nowadays read, there’s no wonder that we will have a very dynamic, ambitious future. It will no doubt be a fun read for kids (or basically anyone) who loves science tickle their brains. And if there is one that I’ve learned in this book, it’snever underestimate the ability of a kid.

Rating: 4 of 5 stars. i really liked it.