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Author Archive: Kelly Jensen

Writer of love stories. Bibliophile. Gamer. Cat herder.

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Embrace (The Epherium Chronicles book 1) by T.D. Wilson (book review).

February 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Embrace (The Epherium Chronicles book 1) by T.D. Wilson (book review).

  ‘Embrace’ is book one of ‘The Epherium Chronicles’ by T.D. Wilson. It’s the year 2155 and humanity has survived first contact and conflict with the alien Cilik’ti. A veteran of this war, Captain James Hood now has the opportunity to follow the dream that led him to serve in the Earth Defense Forces. Twenty-five […]

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Half The World (The Shattered Sea trilogy book 2) by Joe Abercrombie (book review).

February 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Half The World (The Shattered Sea trilogy book 2) by Joe Abercrombie (book review).

Thorn Bathu is touched by Mother War. She has dedicated her life to learning to fight so that she might avenge her father, who duelled the infamous Grom-gil-Gorm, Breaker of Swords, and lost. A terrible accident mars her last test, however, and she is branded murderer instead of warrior. Her sentence: death! Brand is touched […]

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Gemini Cell (Shadow Ops) by Myke Cole (book review)

January 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Gemini Cell (Shadow Ops) by Myke Cole (book review)

The movie ‘Lone Survivor’ was my introduction to what a U.S. Navy SEAL is. Before then, I had a vague idea they were something like Marines in wetsuits. I realise I’m denting my own credibility here, but not all of us know everything there is to know about every branch of the military and there […]

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This Is Your Destiny (A Curse Keeper’s Secret book 3) by Denise Grover Swank (book review).

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
This Is Your Destiny (A Curse Keeper’s Secret book 3) by Denise Grover Swank (book review).

The ‘Curse Keepers’ series explores legends surrounding the disappearance of the lost colony of Roanoke. The original Virginian colony disappeared in the late sixteenth century with no trace. There is still no conclusive evidence as to what happened to the colonists. Author Denise Grover Swank proposes the colony was caught in a battle between this […]

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Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy #2) by Pierce Brown (book review).

January 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy #2) by Pierce Brown (book review).

Dystopia isn’t a new trend in YA. It’s been exploited successfully over the past decade, spawning series and movies that are, for the most part, forgettable. I have avoided most of it because I often don’t find YA fiction challenging enough, despite the fact the books usually explore my favourite themes. There are always exceptions, […]

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The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord (book review).

January 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord (book review).

‘The Galaxy Game’ is not a traditional sequel. It’s set in the same world as ‘The Best Of All Possible Worlds’ and a thread of that story continues in Karen Lord’s newest novel. But the focus this time is on Grace Delarua’s nephew, Rafi. For years, Rafi watched his family suffer abuse at the psionic […]

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Gunpowder Alchemy (The Gunpowder Chronicles book 1) by Jeannie Lin (book review).

December 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Gunpowder Alchemy (The Gunpowder Chronicles book 1) by Jeannie Lin (book review).

During the first Opium War, China suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the British Royal Navy. The treaty that followed led to rebellion uprising against an already unpopular regime. In her novel ‘Gunpowder Alchemy’, Jeannie Lin reimagines this period of 1842, introducing steampunk elements. She hasn’t altered history (just yet). The Qing Navy […]

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The Fortress In Orion by Mike Resnick (book review).

December 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Fortress In Orion by Mike Resnick (book review).

Colonel Nathan Pretorius only just survived his last mission. Actually, if you take into account the couple of times he died during surgery, technically he didn’t, but the Democracy doctors have put him back together – prosthetic foot, cloned kidney and spleen and all. Now they want him to lead another mission. Seeing as he […]

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Undercity (Major Bhaajan book 1) by Catherine Asaro (book review)

December 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Undercity (Major Bhaajan book 1) by Catherine Asaro (book review)

There are a few authors for whom I will buy (or request) every new book without even glancing at the blurb. Among these is Catherine Asaro. I did take a quick look at the cover copy for ‘Undercity’, but I will admit that when I saw the words ‘Skolian Empire’, glee fuzzed the rest. I […]

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Nine Planets by Greg Byrne (book review)

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Nine Planets by Greg Byrne (book review)

Peter Blackwell wakes from a coma into a world he doesn’t recognise. Gripped by a curse, the salvation of humanity is a bizarre holiday. The presents delivered on Father Nick’s Day stave off the despair that drives ordinary men and women to suicide. Blackwell is told he has the knowledge that will break this curse. […]

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