Book Birthday: Over the Rainbow by Brian Rowe

Happy Book Birthday to Over the Rainbow by Brian Rowe

OverTheRainbow

Born August 8, 2013
Self Published
260 pages
YA LGBT

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16-year-old Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious.

When Zippy awakens, she finds that most of the passengers have vanished. She doesn’t know what’s happened, but she’s determined to find out. She begins a quest on foot toward Seattle, and along the way, she meets an exchange student with a concussion, a homeless man with a heart condition, a child without a shred of bravery, and a terrier named Judy. Together the group discovers that more than two-thirds of the world’s population has mysteriously disappeared. But that’s only the beginning…

All Zippy wants is to find her Mira, but before she can she has to contend with two outside forces. The first is her homophobic father, who does everything in his power to keep her from the girl she loves. And the second is extinct creatures of all shapes and sizes, including living, breathing dinosaurs, which have replaced the missing population.

About the Author

Brian Rowe

Brian Rowe is a writing fiend, book devotee, film fanatic, and constant dreamer. He’s written nine novels, dozens of short stories, five feature-length screenplays, and hundreds of film articles and essays. His fiction has appeared in Dreamspinner Press, Mobius Magazine, and Wilde Oats Literary Journal. He is one half of the YA book blog Story Carnivores, where he reviews the latest in books and film. He is currently pursuing his MA in English at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is hard at work on his first New Adult novel, which will be released in November 2013.

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Blog Tour: {Review} Program 13 by Nicole Sobon

Blog Tour: {Review} Program 13 by Nicole SobonProgram 13 by Nicole Sobon
Series: The Emile Reed Chronicles #1
Published by Self Published on August 15th 2012
Genres: YA Sci-Fi
Pages: 316
Format: eBook
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Two identities. One Body.

17-year-old Emile Reed, may have died, but she isn't dead. Her body now belongs to Program Thirteen, where her every thought, every movement, is controlled. Until Emile begins to find her way back inside of Thirteen's core, where she manages to fend off Thirteen’s programming to reclaim the life that she lost. But Charles McVeigh, the owner of Vesta Corp, isn’t willing to let Thirteen go. And he will stop at nothing to reclaim control of Thirteen's programming. Because without her, McVeigh has nothing.

What makes you human?

Review

I don’t know when I last saw a Sci-Fi book for the YA genre which is why I picked up this book. The hardcore dystopians have kind of taken over so it’s nice to get a breath of fresh air every once in awhile. Program 13 does have a slight dystopian flair but for the most part, it focused on the science aspect of the story. I was a little worried about the robot as a human thread since it’s been done a lot in sci-fi but Sobon has her own flair for it. The simple fact that there are two people, one robot, one human, inhabiting one body makes for an interesting read.

I didn’t have a particular favorite character which was odd for me. Usually one character stands out and I’m just drawn to them (usually to the determent of the other characters). But for Program 13, they all had there individual quirks. I felt the most for Program 13 because she got her life ripped away without understanding why, but then I felt bad because it was actually Emile body. I think I felt for Program 13 more than Emile because Emile is getting a second chance at life whereas 13 didn’t understand who she was or what was happening, and then all of a sudden, there’s this girl that “took over” her body. I really liked the scenes where they fought it out over who was going to be in charge because it showed that there’s no quick fix for having two lives in one body.

I’m really wondering where Sobon is going to go with the next books. I want to learn more about the Programs, Vesta Corp, and see how Emile survives. She’s got a will to live and she fights tooth and nail for it.

3 Stars

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Blog Tour: {Review} The Riddle of Solomon by D.J. Niko

Blog Tour: {Review} The Riddle of Solomon by D.J. NikoThe Riddle of Solomon by D.J. Niko
Series: The Sarah Weston Chronicles #2
Published by Medallion Press on July 1st, 2013
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 471
Format: Paperback
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Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston and American anthropologist Daniel Madigan are working on the Qaryat al-Fau archaeological site in Saudi Arabia when they uncover a mysterious ancient scroll written in the form of a riddle. As they try to date and decipher the scroll, a number of ills, including a catastrophic fire, befall their expedition and the scroll is stolen.

Sarah and Daniel follow a trail of clues leading to India, Jerusalem, and the Judean wilderness, where they discover the truth about the scroll: it was written by King Solomon as a map to an ancient manuscript containing an astounding revelation.

But Sarah and Daniel are not the only ones intent on finding it. Trent Sacks, a privileged young Briton, has spent years and a fortune looking for this manuscript. The man believes he is the last descendant of the House of David in the line of Solomon, and he will stop at nothing to amass the ancient relics to prove to the world he is the Jewish Messiah. Leaving destruction and a string of murders in his wake, he vows to crush Sarah and Daniel for challenging his quest.

Journeying through the worlds of the occult, corporate greed, geopolitical conflict, Judaic mysticism, and biblical archaeology, Sarah and Daniel race against time and a formidable enemy to uncover the powerful ancient message that could have an explosive impact on modern Israel. But is the world ready for the revelation it contains?

Review

Even though The Riddle of Solomon just came out eight days ago, I can’t wait until the next book in the series. Niko’s writing is masterful. From the first page until the very last, the reader is captivated. The history, the characters, the entire world that she creates is steeped in intrigue, a little fear, and a whole lot of mysticism.

I was a little worried when I read the synopsis. It’s one of the longest I’ve ever read for a book and it seemed to reveal parts of the plot. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded. The nuances about the characters and the larger plot are woven into the story. From one action-packed chapter to the next, it’s hard to put the book down. I got caught up in the mystery just as much as Sarah did and I had to see it to the end (even if it meant staying up until 3 in the morning to finish the book).

What I really liked about the story is the fact that you don’t have to be knowledgeable about biblical history and mysticism to follow the story. The most I knew about Solomon before reading the book was that he was a king and he was in the Old Testament. Thankfully, Niko does a great job of providing characters and texts to Sarah and David so they can unravel the mystery and it’s significance to the larger world (along with informing the reader). I had no problem following along and seeing how Solomon was such an important figure for the world in this book.

Form complex characters, to an exciting mystery, to a crazed villain, The Riddle of Solomon has a little bit of something for everyone. While this is the second book in the series, it is not necessary to read the first one to get a feel for the characters and world. Jump right in, and follow along as Sarah solves the mysteries of long forgotten civilizations.

4 Stars

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