Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Got a few more books read lately so here are the reviews for them. On the advice of a friend I am putting the blurbs before the reviews to save you all looking for the information.
Louder Than Sirens, Louder Than Bells by KD Sarge 5*
BLURB: When I first crossed paths with him at the library on campus, I didn't know what to think. Lip gloss, eyeliner, eye shadow, nail polish? Back in the small town where I grew up, a boy would have never dared to dress like him. When an assignment to create a video news segment from one of our professors places us both in the same group, personalities clash, and what started as fascination on my part turns into instant dislike, which he seems to immediately return.
He's smart, quick-thinking, creative…but also snarky, moody, defensive, and basically the complete physical opposite of every guy I've ever been attracted to. And yet, despite the fact that I think he needs an attitude adjustment, and he thinks I'm just a backward country hick, I've quickly come to realize that sometimes the line between love and hate really is paper thin.
My Review: I loved this story so much I was actually disappointed when I reached the end. I could so empathise with Alan and just loved Lucas’s reactions. The story was so full of human interest and mistakes and made the whole thing so real. I hadn’t read anything by this author before but will be on the look out for more by her as she writes in a very down to earth fashion that makes you realise you know people like the Characters she writes about.
Plague by H W ‘Buzz’ Bernard 5*
BLURB: In only a matter of days, 9/11 and the destruction of the Twin Towers will be rivaled by a lone-wolf terrorist attack on America. Atlanta is targeted as Ground Zero for the most horrifying plague in modern times.
Deep in the secret recesses of a Cold War lab, the Russians created tons of deadly bio-weapons. Now, decades later, a protégé of that Russian research is about to release weaponized Ebola into the heart of the South's most iconic city: Atlanta, where the symbols of American "decadence" range from a happily diverse population to the Coca-Cola museum and CNN building.
A preliminary test of the horrifying virus demonstrates the unspeakable suffering of its victims-and alerts the Centers for Disease Control that a terrible pandemic is in the making. CDC Virologist Dr. Dwight Butler begins a frantic effort to track down the source before it's too late.
For new BioDawn CEO Richard Wainwright, it quickly becomes clear that the "accidental" plane crash that killed the pharmaceutical company's entire executive hierarchy may have some connection to the evolving threat. Suddenly Richard is being stalked by a hit woman. He and Butler join forces to find the lone terrorist at the center of a plan that could unleash a modern Black Plague on the western world.
My Review: It took me a while to actually get around to reading this book and I wish I had read it a lot earlier . It was intriguing, informative (especially some of the facts about CDCs) and most of all a wonderfully interesting read. If you like Michael Crichton or Robin Cook then you will love this bioterrorism thriller as much as I did.
Dark Wolf Rising by Rhyannon Byrd 4*
BLURB: (Series: Bloodrunners, book #4): Eric Drake, a powerful Dark Wolf, has never trusted himself around human females-preferring to mate only within his pack. That is, until he encounters Chelsea Smart snooping around Silvercrest pack land in search of her missing sister. Secretly, Chelsea thinks Eric is the sexiest man she's ever seen, though she is wary of his potent Alpha energy. Then it's discovered that Chelsea's sister is being held by a pack of vicious Lycans, and Eric heroically leaps into action. Now, Chelsea will risk everything-her body and soul-to surrender to the passion that will mark her as Eric's woman for all eternity...if they survive
My review: Even though this is book four in the bloodrunner series it can easily be read as a stand alone. There is enough background information dotted within the story to put you up-to-date with the over all story-arc without boring those readers who have read the previous books. I really enjoyed the story and the interaction between Eric and Chelsea was interesting enough for me to keep reading even when I wanted to bash their heads together for being so stupid.
Alien Blood by Melissa Aires 4*
BLURB: (Series Diaspora Worlds, book # 2): Kellac is everything Gema secretly wants, but a future together is impossible.
Kellac, younger brother of Kaistril, HER CYBORG AWAKES, ends up on planet Toph in military prison. While not at fault, Kellac must wait for diplomatic solutions while the military keeps him in lock up.
Stranded on the planet Toph as a child, Gema is in the Women's Penitentiary for vagrancy. Not PureGen (lab perfected human), she cannot be a citizen and has no legal status.
They are chosen to be contestants on the wildly popular Survival Game, in which two prisoners compete to win credits and their freedom on a planet, soon to be open for immigration. With every moved recorded by a swarm of flying cameras, Kellac and Gema fight their attraction to each other and work together to earn credits.The competition goes well--until the spaceship carrying the show's production team crashes onto their wilderness planet. They are stranded and survival is no longer a game.
My review: I hadn’t read book one (but intend to get it soonest) and yet it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this book at all. It was a well paced story that kept the relationship uppermost, without detracting from the Science Fiction storyline in any way. The relationship between Kellac and Gema was tense and rocky but overall the story still had plenty of action which as a Science Fiction fan I really appreciated (there were even a few hot sex scenes for those who like that in a story about love).