Quick Shot Book Reviews (8)

Posted 25 January, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 5 Comments

22826126Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Science Fiction, hardcover, 867 pages; Published May 19, 2015 by Harper Collins; source: publisher

This was a monster of a book but, once I got into it, the pages — and the 5,000 years they cover — seemed to fly by. While there’s plenty of description (of course there is in almost 900 pages) and some info-dumping, the story itself is broken into three parts: the escape from and subsequent destruction of the Earth, survival of the human race aboard the ships (humans. We can’t have anything nice, even if it means our survival), and the aftermath of the uprising. I was actually surprised by how much I got into this story, since I didn’t really love any of the characters. But their lives were just so interesting and complex, as was there survival, I just had to know what happened. 4 stars.

18068907Court of Fives (Court of Fives #1) by Kate Elliott

YA Fantasy, hardcover, 448 pages; Published Aug. 18, 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; source: publisher

I adore Kate Elliott’s adult novels. Her worldbuilding abilities are fantastic — and they carried on in this, her first young adult story. Jessamy is the daughter of a Paetron father and a Commoner mother who can never marry, which leaves her and her sisters in a bit of a lurch, considering she’s not considered one or the other. But she desires more and, because of that, risks it all to run in the Fives, a wild competition with the possibility of changing the direction of her life. The romance between Jes and the prince is decidedly lackluster–it works must better as a friendship (which *is* possible between guys and girls…). This world is so complex, we don’t learn everything in this first story of the series. As in Elliott’s adult novels, I’m certain the world will be further fleshed out in the next stories. 3 stars.

23197289A Conspiracy of Princes (Allies & Assassins #2) by Justin Somper

YA Fantasy, hardcover, 496 pages; Published May 26, 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; source: publisher

The second book in a trilogy (though I read somewhere it’s not going to be finished? Did it not earn out? Well, that’s sad.) and definitely not a soggy middle. Action, action, action along with plenty of death and blood all the way through the story. It kind of reads like a Game of Thrones-lite (this is a good thing…I love GoT but it’s ridiculously complex), filled with political intrigue and, well, death (yeah, lots of death in this book. Have I mentioned that?). I truly hope that this trilogy is finished because this story ends on a cliffie. 3.5 stars.

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