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Book Review: Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Review of Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

tinstarStarted: 11/24/13; finished: 11/25/13

Goodreads rating: 4/5 stars

my rating: Cool with a touch of AWWW

pages: 240

found: netgalley

I’m a lover of sci-fi but most of the books I’ve been reading lately have been contemporary (romance) and the occasional dystopia. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but after reading the first chapter I was hooked.

The book is about Tula Bane, young girl, that is betrayed by the man she trusted most in her life, Brother Blue—a sort of preacher leading their pilgrimage to one of Earth’s new colony planets. After questioning him about some cargo being left behind she is beaten nearly to death.

She recovers only to find her ship, the Prairie Rose, destroyed leaving her without her mother and sister, without another human being anywhere. She’s trapped, alone and scared, on the space station they docked at. Humans are seen in less than a good light. She makes friends with an insect-like alien named Heckleck who teaches her how to survive on the station.

The years pass with Tula making a living as a petty criminal, always under the watchful eye of the constable, Tournour. That is until there’s a coup among the galactic government. Things start to change including the arrival of three new humans. It’s been years since Tula has seen any of her kind and it throws her into a tailspin. Conspiracies, deaths, losses begin to add up for her. Through it all her hatred for Brother Blue keeps her going. Her mission is to kill him at all costs.

 

I really loved this book. I loved the writing from the very first paragraph. It just grabbed me. The station is crafted and shared with such care to detail. I can picture all the different species that inhabit the place and can feel Tula’s pain and loneliness of being the only human there. Her friendship with Heckleck starts out tenuous but before long you can see that he does care for her and does his best to teach her to survive should anything happen to him.

And always in the background is Tournour, the chief constable, that Tula considers intrusive to her business. But there’s a lot about aliens she just doesn’t understand. I knew from the beginning that Tournour was looking out for her. He was always around to make sure nothing bad happened to her. I assumed he felt a fatherly affection for her until the end when another of his species explains how young Tournour really is. And then I got the twist of these two character that danced around each other the entire book.

I just loved the whole backdrop to the story and how the aliens mixed together, the portrayal of humans being low on the totem pole. The thing I found hardest to follow was Tula’s scamming with Els (one of the humans that crashes at the station). Maybe I was getting tired but the whole thing just fogged over in my mind. I didn’t know who to trust but I had a feeling it would turn out the way it did. Nobody was who they seemed at the station.

This book reminded me of all the reasons I love sci-fi but left me feeling like something was missing. Tula doesn’t get her revenge. I have heard through other reviewers at Goodreads I did learn there is a sequel in the making due out in 2015. I can’t wait to find out what happens.

Book Review: Origin by Jennifer Armentrout

Review of Origin by Jennifer Armentrout (book 4 of the Lux series)

originStarted: 10/6/13; finished: 10/9/13

Goodreads rating: 4/5 stars

my rating: ZOMG!

pages: 364

found: library

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I absolutely love the Lux series. I wasn’t too sure when I picked up the first one… aliens? I like sci-fi but it sounded corny but I absolutely fell in love with snarky, arrogant, gorgeous Daemon. The other characters were cool, too.

If you haven’t read the first three books prepare for some spoilers. Origin picks up where Opal left off. I think a bit of time has passed but it’s not important. What is important is that Katy got captured and Daemon is on a mad rampage to get her back. He’ll do anything… he’ll burn down the world for her. And there’s nothing that’s going to stop him, not a cell coated in onyx to zap his energy or his family or the might of some secret government agency.

This time the story is told from both Katy’s and Daemon’s POVs so you get to look inside the depraved mind of a teenage boy. Okay, it’s not that bad. Actually it’s a lot of him thinking about how much loves her. Que all the “awwws.”

Anyway the story was kind of slow at the beginning as you got to see what was going on behind the scenes of the group that captured Katy (and, previously, Dawson and Beth). Katy doesn’t know what to believe and Damon makes no waste of time getting caught himself so he can be with her. But a theme running through the book is that nothing ever goes how you think it will go. They can’t tell who is friend or foe, who’s lying and who’s being truthful, who’s capable of what.

Then things speed up as they make a plan to escape. That’s when things really get out of control and the rest of the book one long action sequence it seems. I can see it up on the big screen already.

Mixed in is a lot of really sweet moments between Daemon and Katy and a lot of twists I never saw coming. And one that was glaringly obvious pretty quickly. All in all I loved this edition to the series. I took me a little longer to read than the others (which took me a day and a half each, approximately) because I had to stop and outline my own novel but once I set that aside I breezed through the last 250 pages in a day even with the constant interruptions from my kids.

Also, in case any of you reading this review haven’t read the other books (although I have no idea why you would) you should take note that Jennifer Armentrout is the queen of cliffhangers. Origin is no different. I’m already antsy about getting my hands on the next book. If cliffhangers really bug you then wait until the next book is released and read them all in a row. It should be less painful that way.

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I absolutely love the Lux series. I wasn’t too sure when I picked up the first one… aliens? I like sci-fi but it sounded corny but I absolutely fell in love with snarky, arrogant, gorgeous Daemon. The other characters were cool, too.

If you haven’t read the first three books prepare for some spoilers. Origin picks up where Opal left off. I think a bit of time has passed but it’s not important. What is important is that Katy got captured and Daemon is on a mad rampage to get her back. He’ll do anything… he’ll burn down the world for her. And there’s nothing that’s going to stop him, not a cell coated in onyx to zap his energy or his family or the might of some secret government agency.

This time the story is told from both Katy’s and Daemon’s POVs so you get to look inside the depraved mind of a teenage boy. Okay, it’s not that bad. Actually it’s a lot of him thinking about how much loves her. Que all the “awwws.”

Anyway the story was kind of slow at the beginning as you got to see what was going on behind the scenes of the group that captured Katy (and, previously, Dawson and Beth). Katy doesn’t know what to believe and Damon makes no waste of time getting caught himself so he can be with her. But a theme running through the book is that nothing ever goes how you think it will go. They can’t tell who is friend or foe, who’s lying and who’s being truthful, who’s capable of what.

Then things speed up as they make a plan to escape. That’s when things really get out of control and the rest of the book one long action sequence it seems. I can see it up on the big screen already.

Mixed in is a lot of really sweet moments between Daemon and Katy and a lot of twists I never saw coming. And one that was glaringly obvious pretty quickly. All in all I loved this edition to the series. I took me a little longer to read than the others (which took me a day and a half each, approximately) because I had to stop and outline my own novel but once I set that aside I breezed through the last 250 pages in a day even with the constant interruptions from my kids.

Also, in case any of you reading this review haven’t read the other books (although I have no idea why you would) you should take note that Jennifer Armentrout is the queen of cliffhangers. Origin is no different. I’m already antsy about getting my hands on the next book. If cliffhangers really bug you then wait until the next book is released and read them all in a row. It should be less painful that way.

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