Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Two Fantasy Novels Just Won The People's Choice Awards

For the first time ever, the People’s Choice Awards opened a new set of categories for books, joining television, movies, music and online media categories. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard won Best Young Adult Novel and An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir won Best Fantasy Novel. (Weirdly, there’s no Best Science Fiction category.) The People have spoken!

Dotti Enderle/Dax Varley, Author of Paranormal YA Fiction


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

REVIEW: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Expected publication: February 23, 2016

Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for a review of Firstlife by Gena Showalter. This is a my first attempt at a word cloud review but I think I hit the high points regarding the narrative. All Tenley "Ten" Lockwood, a seventeen year old girl, wants is a choice--the chance to choose which faction, Myriad or Troika, she'll sign with when her Firstlife is over but her parents have other plans.

Tortured in Prynne Asylum, Ten remains stubborn regarding her refusal to sign. Showalter weaves a face paced yet rather complicated story where the protagonist must face harsh situations and weigh who she can trust, namely Killian (the hot badboy from Myriad, or Archer, a friend/guardian from Troika). This is an inventive and still enjoyable read for not only Showalter fans but also readers who are looking for unique science fiction. The world building was adequate but I felt as if there was a fragmented quality to some of the transitions. Tenley's attitude is a bit irritating at times and some of the other characters could have more depth.

Final rating: 3 out of 5 stars