Monday, June 29, 2015

The Ending of a Chapter

I have decided that I need to focus more on my school work and family so I will be leaving the book blogging community for now. However I will  be keeping this blog just incase I do ever decide to come back. I am also handing over my Topian Book Shop over to my dear friend Carolyn @geekgirlotp. She will do a great job handling everything I had begun, after all she is the one who sends me those beautiful cover designs. So this is Good Bye and Thank you to all my fans...


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Blitz Tour: The Designed by Kate Tailor

Welcome Everybody,

We are proud to present the Blitz Book Tour! This week's book release is The Designed by Kate Tailor, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!

Read about the book, discover more about the author, join the small contest to win an ebook copy of  The Designed, and participate in the book blitz wide giveaway. Now on to the launch and please enjoy!

Title: The Designed
Author: Kate Tailor
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre Type: Fiction, Dystopia
Publication Date: January 16th, 2015
Publisher: BookBaby
Format: Ebook
Pages: 202 pages
What if the next new drug was you? Raleigh’s body produces a drug that could define the future of medicine if the dangerous world surrounding it doesn’t kill her first.

Eighteen-year old Raleigh Groves can sense disease in others and is suffering from her own unexplained illness as well. After years and dozens of doctor visits, she has given up hope of ever finding a cure, let alone a diagnosis. Then she meets a man who explains that her talent and curse are linked. Her body produces a drug, Lucidin, which allows her to sense others. She’s rare, and the drug she makes is coveted.

Rho has spent the last few years on the run. The Lucidin that is racing through his system makes him a target. Surrounded by addicts and dealers on one side and scientists and doctors on the other, he has to rely on his wits and his team to stay one step ahead. So far he has stayed afloat, but some of his brothers haven’t been as lucky.

As Rho and Raleigh collide they must face the perilous world of Lucidin together. Nothing is black-and-white and Raleigh must decide where her alliances lie. Sometimes the hardest heart to sense is your own.

Kate Tailor lives in Boulder, Colorado. She has a background in molecular biology and pharmacology. Writing has been a passion of hers since she was young.

Author Links:
 Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

My Review:
Kate Tailor creates a unique and dazzling sci-fi tale in her debut book, The Designed. Bring a new evolutionary level in humanity, Tailor writes a very realistic scenario consisting of human genetic engineering, a naturally produce drug, and a cast of characters who bring the story into a believable Darwin advanced world. The Designed is a tale that has readers wanting more.

We began the story with the escape of a boy who has been captured, drugged, and is on the brink of death. After his escape, we are then introduce to our leading character Raleigh Groves, an eighteen year old girl. Raleigh however is not a normal girl, she suffers from a disease that causes her to have unexplainable blackouts while gifting her with the insight into other people’s physical illnesses. Doctors can’t give her a reason as to why or what the disease is, let alone a cure for it. That is until a new doctor, named Henry Orman, comes and tells her that he would like to run some tests. He soon informs Raleigh that he has discovered that her disease is linked a powerful and rare drug produce by the body and mind, called Lucidin, which allows people to have full control of their own bodies and even influence other people as well. With her diagnoses, Raleigh is transferred into Henry’s care for the cure.

While in the care of Henry, Raleigh is asked to help a young man name Rho, one of the Designed, who suffers from the same disease and is at the moment of the verge of death. With a Lucidin transfer Raleigh is able to save his life and soon finds that Lucidin is more than just blackouts and being able to sense others. With Rho and his team, Raleigh discovers that Lucidin may be more a problem than a gift. Following Raleigh through her story of Lucidin and the Designed, we are brought though the world of power, corruption, betrayal, and “some-what” romance (more like a hint of romance, no more like flirting or longing, yeah, it doesn’t really hit the romance thing full on).

Tailor tells the story in a third person perspective, allowing us to not only realized what is happening in the mind of Raleigh but also all the people she encounters. At one point in the story, we get the perception of five different characters in less than two page. The way Tailor transitions the perceptions is flawless, an unseen line in character flow. She present the characters in a way that make them realistic and believable. Raleigh, being unknown to this disease is somewhat naive and (as Rho would put it) “innocent”. But as the story evolves Raleigh grows with it, turning into a capable and understanding girl who gains her own power and self-control. Though there was not enough of Rho (I wish there was more of him), you can feel the connections he makes with each character he enacts with. Rho come across as friend and trustworthy. Tailor has put a lot of emotion in every character that she has created. Even the selfish, Lucidin crazed scientists and Receps, are painted in detail with a distinctive personality all their own.

However, there is quite a bit of info dump in The Designed. Often times there is a repeat of the backstory, but in different ways. The Designed says it went this way, the scientists say it went that way and the info dump becomes somewhat necessary when trying to keep the story line together. (Pretty much you are caught up in a lie and following Raleigh, you don’t really get to decide who or what the truth is, but you get to hear the he said she said thing.) Even with all the info dump the action in the story never ends and you keep asking what will happen next.

The Design ended with the worst cliff hanger even and I for one can wait for the sequel. I look forward to seeing how Tailor will take the plot and the characters forward. (Hoping for more Rho and Raleigh romance)

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: June 3rd, 2015 (14)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted at Breaking The Spine that spotlights those can't-wait-to-get-my-hands-on-them books that we are eagerly awaiting!

Coming out on April 5th, 2016 is The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows.

Title: The Mirror King
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #2
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre Type: Fanstany
Publication date: April 5th, 2016
Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books
HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.