Saturday, November 28, 2015

Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

Atlantia by Ally Condie
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Dutton Children's

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

Atlantia by Ally Condie is a stand alone novel. It reminded me a lot of The Burn by Annie Oldham, especially in the beginning. While that book's plot line is completely different, of course, but there were some little things here or there through the whole book that made me think of it. One thing I kept wondering was: How deep in the ocean are they? Because when people were sent to the surface they didn't have to decompress or anything. At least, it's not mentioned. Rio herself talked about having to swim an unknown distance if/when she was able to escape. She never mentioned decompressing let alone a plan or equipment to do so. It's no wonder those who tried to escape, died.

There were some interesting aspects to this world. I liked the sirens and their back story. They are a little different from typical sirens I've read about before. I also liked the bats. It was nice to read a stand alone novel for once. Don't get me wrong.. I love a good series, but it was nice to have everything all wrapped up in one book without having to wait for the next book.

Check out my reviews of other books by this author.

Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Book Review: Larken by S.G. Rogers

Larken (Graceling Hall #1) by S.G. Rogers
Genre: Adult (Historical Romance)
Date Published: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Idunn Court Publishing

The sole survivor of a train accident, young Larken Burke is dubbed the Miracle Orphan. Four years later, however, her life is far from fortunate. Because of her emotional and physical scars, she believes she’s un-marriageable. With little hope for the future, she agrees to wed a gentleman she’s never met. Unfortunately, his aloof manner proves difficult to take. 

Marked by romantic tragedy and the loss of his brother, Brandon King has forsworn marriage. Obliged to take in a ward, he advertises for a mail-order bride to raise the boy. Since the union is to be a marriage in name only, his criteria are youthful age, a certain level of intellect, good breeding, and that the girl shouldn’t be so ill-favored she would embarrass him in society. To his dismay, he gets more than he’d bargained for. 

Will it take a miracle for Mr. and Mrs. King to fall in love, or is their marriage another accident waiting to happen?

Larken is the first book in the Graceling Hall series by S.G. Rogers. I really enjoyed the characters in this book, especially Larken's character. She hasn't let her less than stellar upbringing hold her down in life. She has it figured out, and I enjoyed reading from her point a view. Brandon thought he had it together, but I don't think he did. He had a charming teddy bear in denial type personality that was endearing. This was a cute and fast read, if not a bit predictable at times, but I'm still curious about the next book.

Originally from Southern California, Suzanne G. Rogers has also lived in Asheville, North Carolina and Laurel, Mississippi. Currently residing in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, Suzanne writes sweet historical romance, fantasy, and romantic fantasy stories.  She’s owned by two hairless cats, Houdini and Nikita, and lives on an island populated by exotic birds, deer and the occasional gator. Tab is her beverage of choice, but when she imbibes, a cranberry vodka martini doesn’t go amiss.

To learn more about S.G. Rogers and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.