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The Mine

19353394by: John A. Heldt

Published: December 6th, 2013

From Goodreads: In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

 

This book was so much fun. I love time travel. I think it’s such an interesting concept and I love the way this author did it. Joel ends up falling in love with where he is and is able to do a very good job at blending in and not really giving people too much reason to be suspicious. Sure, there are a few things here and there, but overall he does a pretty good job. I think it’s really cool that he gets to be friends with his grandmother. It makes you think about what you would do if you were in a similar situation. You get to think about how you would handle events and how you would react to learning things about your close family members that you never would have learned otherwise. I love the way this was written and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I think that anyone who is a fan of time travel (and especially if they’re a fan of romance) should pick this book up and curl up with it for a bit. It’s written in way that won’t throw you out of the story and it’ll make you want to keep reading. If you’re looking for something to read that has these elements, definitely give this book a shot! Also, this is the first in a series. I haven’t read any of the others yet, but they’ve definitely been added to my TBR list. 🙂

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Buy this from Amazon here: The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1)

Intergalactic Terrorist


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by: J.F. Monahan
Pages: 327
Published: June 3rd, 2013
ASIN: B00D5EO4LO
From Goodreads: ‘Intergalactic Terrorist’ follows Charlie Pinwright, possibly the most forgettable man on Earth, who, in the space of a few days, loses his job, has his flat rented out to a family of butchers and finds his girlfriend cheating on him with a Spanish cake decorator. Oh, and he is kidnapped by a crazy alien bounty hunter and sent into a new dimension full of strange worlds and even stranger characters, all who want to see poor Charlie dead!

Desperately trying to return home, Charlie finds himself a wanted man and is hunted by all the major powers of this new dimension, quickly becoming one of the most memorable men in the universe!
However there is much more at stake than his own life and he soon discovers that the fate of the entire galaxy may rest on his shoulders…

Intergalactic Terrorist’ is a comedic sci-fi/fantasy that is filled with brilliant characters and strange and exciting story twists!

I love, love, LOVED this book. It felt like I was reading something related to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which is probably one of my favorite books of all time. Everything is crazy and absurd and funny. It’s a really good time and if you’re a fan of crazy sci-fi, this is definitely for you! On Goodreads this is listed as book 1 in a series and if there’s a second, then I want to be first in line to get the second. Everything about this book is random, so don’t expect anything to make any kind of real sense, but expect to have a fantastic time while reading this. I don’t really know what else to say about this book except go get it! I’m gonna gush all over the place and say this was so much fun and the exact escape from reality that I’m always looking for! 🙂

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A First Love Never Dies

18050913by: Margaret Taylor

Pages: 151

Published: June 2nd, 2013

ASIN: B00D5UWYC4

From Goodreads: Janel Canton must be pregnant by the time Fleet Commander Pearson Acto catches up to her again and only one man will do for that. Her one true love, sexy Montana Sheriff Jake Reeves. But returning to Earth she finds he’s still mourning his dead wife and has become very comfortable in the small-town life. Will introducing him to reality of the Universe be enough for him to move on to a new life?

Sheriff Jake Reeves never thought the nerdy girl he and his cronies picked on in High School would someday become a star ship captain capable of holding her own in just about any situation. But when he meets up with Janel again at their 20 year reunion, that’s exactly what he finds! Gone is the nerdy little mouse that never fought back. In it’s place, is a rough and tumble, no holds barred, drop-dead gorgeous woman who he’s going to have one hell of a time not falling in love with…

 

This is one of those books that I got hooked on immediately. I loved the interaction between the characters. I also loved how the main character thought and how she approached life. She was someone I could relate to, so it was easy to get caught up in another time when there are other planets we can travel to. I’m also a complete and total sucker for books about lost loves, or in this case, lost crushes. That was something else that made this story so relatable. Everyone remembers that person they had a crush on that they didn’t have a chance with. I loved everything about this story. It’s science fiction that I believe people will love even if they don’t like science fiction! It’s a great story with lots of fun moments and an interesting world that is easy to get drawn into. I read this book in one day, I loved it so much. If you’re looking for a new and exciting read, please consider picking this up. I’ve read another book by the author and I loved that one too! I’ve found a new author to love and I will definitely be looking forward to more in the future! 🙂

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Memoirs of a Sith Lord

by: Steven R. Brandt

Link to this story: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9139595/1/Memoirs-of-a-Sith-Lord

I normally don’t post reviews for fanfic. This is an exception. What I really liked about this story is that not only do you get the story from Vader’s perspective, but everything that you know about the Star Wars universe gets flipped around. Padme was evil right along side her husband. I thought that was excellent. I love the idea of evil Padme. This story also makes her death a lot cooler than it was in the movies. I would suggest reading this story just for that. I also loved Jar-Jar’s character in this story. I don’t want to give anything away, but it pretty much fixed the issues I had with the movies, except for maybe Obi-Wan’s character. I didn’t care for him very much in this story, but that’s not really important. I think this is a very creative and well-written fanfiction. Anyone who claims to be a Star Wars fan should check it out. One of my favorite lines: “”Think you can use the Dark Side to do good, do you Lord Vader?” Yoda asks. “What?” I ask. I always have the worst time understanding Yoda. Honestly, I think there’s something wrong with him.” Love it! Check it out. 🙂

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Storm of Arranon

13553378by: R. E. Sheahan

Pages: 287

Published by Rule of Three Press

ISBN: 1466234970

From Goodreads: Beneath Erynn’s petite build, curly red hair, and startling blue eyes, lies a deeply hidden secret.If the truth about her were revealed, her life would be in danger. Her dream to be a fighter pilot would tailspin,crash, and burst into flames.
Jaer’s wise brown eyes reflect his smoldering strength. An enigma, charismatic and moody, he is a physically powerful warrior who defends his world. A warrior afraid to love because of mistakes in his past.
When the presence of a marauding alien society is discovered on their planets, a struggle of life and death begins. Both Erynn and Jaer’s worlds face annihilation.
A mysterious force plunges Erynn into Jaer’s cold, dangerous, and beautiful world with its magical essence and living consciousness. Both the alien enemy and this strange inexplicable power purse Erynn.

There were things I liked about this book and things I didn’t. Overall, I think this novel is great for science fiction/fantasy young adult fans. It’s definitely unique, so it’s not lot any other novel you’re gonna pick up when browsing through the young adult section. This book also was beautifully written. If you’re someone who likes to visualize everything while reading, then you’ll probably really like the description. I thought it was a bit much at times. I found myself losing interest in some places, but I know that that is a personal thing and that it shouldn’t be held against the writer. A lot of people really like detailed descriptions, especially when it comes to descriptions of other worlds. I also found myself getting confused sometimes. I wanted less description of the land and more of what was going on. I had trouble keeping up with the storyline at times and I felt like the author knew a lot about what was going on, but that we as readers didn’t get to know any of it. I wanted more explanation. Erynn is a very strong heroine though and she’s smart, which is something that I think is missing in a lot of books these days. I find myself wanting to throw them against the wall because of the decisions they’re making, but I never felt that way about Erynn. I did question some of her emotions from time to time, but I never questioned her judgement. I think if you’re looking for a fresh voice in science fiction and to escape to an entirely different world/universe, then this book would be good for you. 🙂

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Sower of Dreams

by: Debra Holland

Published: July 29th, 2011

ASIN: B005FA30V6

From Goodreads: A Fantasy Romance endorsed by Andre Norton, The Grand Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy

“Desert and sea both provide vivid backgrounds for action and real emotion in Sower of Dreams–outstanding and well-presented fantasy, which will keep the book in one’s hands, eyes on the page–a GOOD READ.”

On present Earth, Khan Laenser is on the run from a death threat and stumbles across a secret shrine in the desert. Inside the shrine, the goddess Withea sends him to the ancient world of Kimtair to reclaim the wasted land that was once a flourishing civilization.

When Princess Daria of Seagem spurns the marriage proposal of Thadis, the king of a neighboring country, he invades. Daria flees into the desert, only to fall pray to a marauding beast. when Khan rescues her, they join forces to defeat their enemies. But will his vow to the goddess and her royal responsibilities tear them apart.

 

 

I really, REALLY enjoyed this novel. This story is very similar to a story I had running around in my head for years and this was like getting to watch it finally come to life! I really enjoyed it. Obviously, I hadn’t thought of the whole story, but the idea of being able to travel to different planets through portals and talk to other people in your dreams is an idea that I had and loved reading about. Debra did this type of story way better than I ever could have. It’s a very engaging read. The emotions feel incredibly real, and so do the different settings. Everything is so vividly described that I could really lose myself in the world and the events. Both the hero and heroine are unique, even by science fiction and fantasy standards. Daria is strong and fully devoted to her people and doing what’s right. She’s a great heroine and while she goes through so many emotional trials, she manages to stay strong and be someone that I found myself really liking. Khan is a fantastic hero. He is willing to help Daria and fight for her to the death. He’s also incredibly sweet and caring. He’s the kind of guy anyone would be lucky to find themselves with. This story is one for science fiction and fantasy lovers as well as romance lovers. The world is rich and the characters are deep and lovable. It’s a very refreshing read that’s different from most of the stuff out there today. I would definitely suggest picking this up if you’re looking for something new to read. Oh, and I hope I get to read book two! 🙂

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To Wish For Adventure

by: Jayme Evans

Published: July 7th 2011 by Wings ePress

ASIN: B005BRRWNK

From Goodreads: Princess Elkava of the family Ominar is third in line for the enormous Euphratorian Empire, but she wished for adventure beyond the empire’s scope. When a new star system is discovered she wants to go ‘solo’ and explore but her emperor father refuses to let her travel without a detail of warships as escorts. Little does she know that the adventure could be more than learning about a new planet.

Kandon of the family Vaker is concerned for his dwindling family, refugees from a distant solar system. As leader of his people, even at his young age he must find the truth. The lovely intruder could only be a Vaker or Ominar, even though she gives another family name, but has she come to back the government who seeks genocide against his family?

 

This book really captured my interest. This was a romance but it also had a very “Star Trek” like feel. I really enjoyed that! I think that anyone who is into both science-fiction and romance, like I am, would really enjoy this book. The world that this book takes place in is very well described and easy to believe in. I felt sympathy for the Vaker, and enjoyed all of the history I learned throughout the course of the novel about noth the Vaker and Ominar races. The only thing I would have to say that I didn’t enjoy about this novel was how long I felt like it dragged out at the end. I thought that maybe some of it could have been cut down and the story wouldn’t have lost anything. But even with that it wasn’t so long that I got bored or stopped enjoying the story. Overall, it was very well written and the characters were very believable. I found a few typos but there weren’t so many that it was annoying… and it was obvious what word was supposed to go there. I’d say that anyone looking for a new romance to read, especially if they are into science-fiction, would definitely find this novel interesting and a great read! 🙂

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