Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary via Goodreads: “When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel…”

My Review: Tension filled, ET romance! This book was a fun adventure.

The main character is cute, but a little dumb at times. It was hard to like her in the beginning when she’s swooning over this alien, who looks like a handsome celebrity. Very juvenile behavior at times, especially when she’s talking to her best friend Maggs about David. I like her rebellious spirit, but there were times she could have put two-and-two together and realized this guy is the fugitive on the run… Her being that dense ruined the beginning of the book for me. She’s suppose to be going into her senior year of high-school, is submitting college applications, but she still acts (in my opinion) like a middle-school girl with a crush. All that said, her goals are clear, internal and external conflicts are set up well. And, I did like her friendship with David, how it developed. Though, I wished at times David was more ignorant of his surroundings and how to behave on this planet. He was almost too human to be believable as an alien.

The pacing and tension in the conflict is great. Jess’s relationship with her friends and her father are perfect! This is a book I was able to speed read through because the pace never faltered. There were descriptions I missed, major ones, however. I’m not sure if it was because I was ready to get back to the dialogue, or if some of the narrative was too full of description.

I sped through this adventure. Pleasantly surprised with how much I liked it, despite the complaints I had. By the end, I needed to know what happened next, and bought the second book. Review to come. 



Harvest Festival by Karl Drinkwater

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Audio Version Review

Short Summary: Something sinister has come to Callum’s isolated Welsh farm. To save his family, he must learn what it is and find a way to stop them if he can.

My Review:

The good…

A unique and clever take on an alien invasion. I have no complaints about the story, and felt it flowed well. As far as I could tell from the audio version, it’s written well. The imagery is great; probably my favorite thing about this book. It didn’t make a difference to me that there weren’t chapters, and that the story runs from start to finish. As far as the story, characters, plot, suspense, etc. goes, this is a great book. I was hooked by the end, and would continue reading to find out what happens next!

The meh…

I grappled over whether this is a four or five star book because I didn’t enjoy the narrator at all. Her voice didn’t captivate me or keep me interested. I had to restart the first chapter three times, and found myself “rewinding” throughout the story. Due to this, It wasn’t as suspenseful, terrifying, or creepy as I had hoped. I wasn’t drawn into the story until the the family has to flee the house. In fact, I could have done without the entire beginning of the story. I’d much prefer to be thrown right into the action, and learn about the characters as it progressed from there. I don’t know if my opinion of this would change or not if I read the kindle version, or if someone else narrated it.

I reviewed this audible for free.

Writing Prompt #10

An alien has just abducted you. Give three reasons why it would send you back to earth.

What? Other than the fact I would annoy the crap out of them with more questions than they could ask me, or the fact that I’d have a toddler strapped to me? They wouldn’t last a day hanging out with us. Between the toddler and mommy tantrums, they’d just give up on me and move on. You’re welcome. I just save the Earth from invading aliens.

Molly Fyde (The Bern Saga 1-4) by Hugh Howey

My Rating: 5/5

The first book in The Bern Saga.
Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue

Short Summary: After Molly is kicked out of the Naval Academy, she and her training partner, Cole, set out on an adventure to find her father’s missing star-ship. During this adventure, Molly learns more about her past, while creating new friendships and adding a variety of alien crew mates to the Persona ship.

My Review:

The first time I picked up Molly Fyde was after I had attempted and failed to read Ender’s Game. I had read a comparison of the two, and had heard amazing things about both. So, when I picked up Molly, I had the intention of reading it quickly and thought I would fall in love instantly. When I got around to Molly I was disappointed. I was bored within the first chapter, which is the major setting for the events and characters in the Naval Academy. The back story of Molly, and her struggle as a girl in a boy’s academy, had too slow of a pace for me to stay entertained. However, after reading another one of Hugh’s books, WOOL, I decided to give Molly another try. I’m so glad I did.

I adore this saga. I sped through the first book so quickly that I rushed to Amazon to purchase the next three e-books immediately. Hugh Howey has a talent for writing. His characters are thoroughly developed and very easy to fall in love with. Every time I expected the characters to get a break from their dangerous adventures, something else would happen and their situations would spiral out of control again.

If I had not picked this book up for a second time, it would not have turned out to be one of my favorite sagas of all time. So, next time you put a book down because you can’t get through the first chapter, try it again. In my opinion, this book is way better than Ender’s Game. Before reading Molly, I had no interest whatsoever in Science Fiction. Now I love it. Thanks, Hugh!

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