Sunday, October 19

Book Review: Two Roads

Title: Two Roads

Author: Geonn Cannon

Pages: EBook 235

Summary: The spoils of war The Goa’uld have been defeated, and the Jaffa are free. In the power vacuum left behind, the dark underbelly of the galaxy is fighting over the spoils.

Among these thieves and rogues is Vala Mal Doran, on the trail of the fabulous treasure left behind by the System Lord Kali. But Vala is not the only one seeking the hoard. Back at Stargate Command, Dr Daniel Jackson has made a horrifying discovery — a doomsday device designed to exterminate the Jaffa who have dared to defy their gods.

Kali’s treasure might provide SG-1 with the means to disarm the device, but only if they can steal it back from one of the galaxy’s most ruthless criminals. Of course, it’s entirely possible that Vala Mal Doran will get there first...

My Rating: 7.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Parts of this were enjoyable, while other parts I didn't like as much. I was happy to see a Vala story in the Stargate books, she and Mitchell have been absent from them, and I'm one of the few who really enjoy them as characters, so finally a book with at least one of them, and to top it off, her character was well written into the story.

Having her a story in her pre-SG-1 days was interesting and I think the author did get a good grip on the character, and definitely dug deeper into Vala's character and who she really is. Which was nice to see, in the few glimpses I've seen her in other books in the series, she's written the same way her character was portrayed in the TV series on day one. Most of the time, she has been written with no character development and very, not like who she became. So, all in all, it was nice to see someone else, notice and write about the character with her potential, who is hidden under all the other traits the character has.

The storyline for this book was interesting too, I think for the most part, it fits with the rest of the Stargate universe fairly well. Although I love the SG-1 team and for the most part, the stories these novels take them, I found the team aspects of the story just didn't have the same magic as they usually do, and found myself enjoying the aspects with Vala more. Perhaps, I'm just starved for more Vala story lines. But, the SG-1 aspects, still had the classic moments and character interactions I enjoy, it just felt something was missing.

In the end, it was an enjoyable read.

Would I recommend it to read: Hmm, probably only to Stargate Fans

What to read next: More Stargate novels

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, EBook Challenge, New Author Challenge

Note: This book is part of my July Reviews

Book Reviews: The Rosie Project

Title: The Rosie Project

Author: Graeme Simsion

Pages: 324

Summary: Narrator Don Tillman 39, Melbourne genetics prof and Gregory Peck lookalike, sets a 16-page questionnaire The Wife Project to find a non-smoker, non-drinker ideal match. But Rosie and her Father Project supersede. The spontaneous always-late smoker-drinker wants to find her biological father. She resets his clock, throws off his schedule, and turns his life topsy-turvy.

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed this book quite a lot, it definitely was well written and well told, but I found I didn't love it as much as others have and I found it didn't live up to all the hype the book has received. While it was a good read, it wasn't the fantastic read I had hoped for.

Don was a very likeable character, despite his less savoury eccentric characteristics, I still found him to be an enjoyable narrator and character in the book. I think he was well written for who he was, and overall fun to read about. I didn't like some of the other characters as much, Greg in particular was a character I didn't like. I think it was supposed to be who Greg was, and I think it was important to the book, but he as a character just rubbed me the wrong way.

I found the story to be fun and quirky, the end was a bit predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless. It's the perfect to book to read when you just want to sit and relax.

Overall, it just wasn't what I expected. Worth reading, but it didn't have that appeal to me, as it seemed to have with others.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, the book wasn't as great as I was led to believe, but still a fun read

What to read next: I'd say the sequel, or The Silver Linings Playbook

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, New Author Challenge

Note: This book is part of my July Reviews

Book Review: Reap the Wild Wind

Title: Reap the Wild Wind

Author: Julie Czerneda

Pages: 456

Summary: Reap the Wild Wind turns to an earlier period in the Clan's history, before they left Cersi. At this time they are known as the Om'ray, and are divided into widely scattered tribal Clans, each of which must remain in its own allotted portion of Cersi, constrained from advancing beyond a certain point by two powerful races-the Oud and the Tikitik-that have technological and scientific advantages over them. The three races coexist based on three inviolate principles: 1) the world has always been divided this way and must remain so; 2) Passage-a once in a lifetime event when individual Om'ray are permitted to cross all territorial boundaries in search of a mate-must be honoured by all; 3) nothing on Cersi can be allowed to change.

Reap the Wild Wind opens at a pivotal moment when beings from the Trade Pact have begun to explore Cersi, upsetting the balance between the three races. It is a time, too, when young Aryl Sarc of the Yena Clan is on the verge of mastering the forbidden secret of the M'hir-a secret that could prove the salvation or ruin of her entire species . . .

My Rating: 9/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was an excellent introduction to the series, it pulled me in from the start and kept me reading frantically until the end. In fact i enjoyed the story so much, that I started read the second book almost immediately after I finished this one.

The characters were solid, especially considering this was the first book in the series, they were well fleshed out and well written, and had a steady growth throughout the story. I found there was enough revealed about them to move the story along, but a there was still a lot left out to keep me reading on and wanting more. I can't say I have a favourite character yet, but pretty much all of them make me want to keep reading, to find out more about them.

The story was rather engrossing, especially coming to the end. I love the world the author has created, the parallels and differences between the races, and their homes. The setting is written so vividly, I was able to picture the bizarre world clearly in my mind. The author has done a fantastic job at creating a very realistic alien world and I'm looking forward to seeing how these stories, connect and wrap into another series, written by the author. I'm also looking forward to some answers to the history behind these races and how everything came to how it is now. I have ideas, there have been hints, but I want more, and it looks like the next two books should give me those answers.

Overall, it was an amazing read and I'm looking forward to finishing the series.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, a great book for science fiction fans, and a good choice for those who want to dip into Sci-Fi.

What to read next: Riders of the Storm, Rift in the Sky

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, Chunkster Challenge, Finish That Series Challenge 

 Note: This book is part of my July Reviews

Book Review: The River

Title: The River

Author: Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Pages: EBook 252

Summary: Stem cell research, cloning, and world domination--with a twist...

Seven years ago, Del Hawthorne’s father and three of his friends disappeared near the Nahanni River and were presumed dead. When one of the missing men stumbles onto the University grounds, alive but barely recognizable and aging before her eyes, Del is shocked. Especially when the man tells her that her father is alive.

My Rating: 3.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I liked the premise of the book and the idea behind the story. The author had some interesting plot ideas and there were a few spots I was interested in the book but overall, the book just didn't work for me. One of the biggest issues was the characters, they were underdeveloped, flat and had very predictable actions. I also found them to be somewhat stereotypical and the main character to be a Mary-Sue. I think if the characters had stronger development in the book, I may have enjoyed it more. The plot itself had interesting elements, but it too fell short, it was built up, then became a letdown. I couldn't get into it, and eventually the book became a struggle to finish.

In the end, it just wasn't the book for me.

Would I recommend it to read: I wouldn't, I found a lot of things didn't work in this book.

What to read next: I'm not sure, I picked this book out mainly because it took place in the Canadian North.

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, EBook Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, New Author Challenge

Note: This book is part of my July Reviews