Sunday, October 26, 2014

Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company

"Crater Trueblood has to Rescue
his Ex-Girlfriend...
and the Entire Human Race."
 
Bookworm's Ranking - 2 Worms

Storyline - Crater is doing just fine, mostly, without Maria as he, Petro, and Crescent develop and work their new company, Lunar Rescue Company, saving wayward people out in the dust. Maria is also doing just fine, mostly, working in her grandfather's business. But when she is kidnapped, Crater runs off to find her with his friends in tow. The earth is being threatened and it might cost Maria, Crater, Petro, Crescent, and several more lives to save it.

Author - Homer Hickam

Publisher - Thomas Nelson
 
Age Group - 15 and up
 
Content - *May Contain Spoilers* Characters risk their lives to help others, even if they are not particularly fond of one another. Some recognized their mistakes and tried to overcome them. Torture happened several times. Death and destruction.

Personal Opinion - This is the end of the story of Crater and his friends. Sadly, I wasn't that impressed. There was a lot of action and stuff happening but that is all it felt like, stuff was happening that  was leading up to something, everything was prepatory. Now, that might seem like all books do that to a point but it didn't feel like it was building the story and characters. It almost seemed like the reader should already know the characters so they were not developed much. A lot of the information was detailed about the spaceships and their workings and there almost seemed like too many characters being followed so it broke up the story. There was also one question from book 2 to book 3 that I didn't get an answer too. The book did challenge the idea of love and what we do in desperation as well as sacrifice to save others. Plus, the Gillie's personality is still fun as ever and his conversations are charming. Still is not really recommended, though, because it was not a well told story.

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Other Book Reviews for this Author - Crater, Book 1, Review
                                                             Crescent, Book 2, Review

Disclaimer - In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free from the publisher through BookLook.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Awakening

"Kallie Andreas is a Mystery,
Even to Herself."

Bookworm's Ranking - 5 Worms
 
Storyline - Kallie is trying to remember her life prior to the last seven years but nothing is there. Happy with her life as a researcher for her museum until she tanks an important event. When an offer comes along to discover the secret to an ancient civilization, she doesn't have any reason to refuse. As she journey's across the glob, her discovery into herself, the real world, and the story she is writing are taking terrifying turns to meld together.

Author - Tracy Higley

Publisher - StoneWater Press

Age Group - 15 or 16 and up

Content - *May Contain Spoilers* Several attacks take place on the characters. Several are willing to put their lives at risk to save someone else.

Personal Opinion - One of the best Tracy Higley books I have read and I have enjoyed each book of hers. Taking place in modern times, this book looked at facing the past, finding truth, and loving others over ones self. Using ancient mythology and fairy tales through metaphors, the story captured the unrealness to the protagonist's point of view while also combining two stories of the ancient along with the present and their affects on each other. The twist to the story was excellent by leading up to it, almost suggesting it, but keeping the reader surprised. There was even a small discussion an differences in religion, which I usually dislike because they make the non-Christians like idiots, but this one was respectful to the different points of view even if they didn't agree with each other. There were a couple of times if felt the characters change their thought processes that seemed a little quick and the love story was highly emphasized. Not that romance is a bad thing but it got a little mushy-gooshy for my taste. Loved the strong female taking the lead, though. This book is a must read for those who like mystery, ancient civilization, and even a twinge of fantasy.

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