CassaStar – BOOK REVIEW

 

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all having a great day. I’m reviewing Book One of the Cassa Series (as promised), CassaStar, by Alex J. Cavanaugh. I mentioned in my earlier review of CassaFire that I’d inadvertently bought the second book by accident thinking it was the first. My bad! :) Glad I picked it up!

Book Title:   CassaStar 
Author: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Genre:  Space Opera            

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥

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What a great read!

Byron is a young, arrogant, and troubled young Cassan man who has issues with authority. He is sent to Guaard for Cosbolt fighter pilot training with a young man named Tindel as his navigator.

It seems to Byron that nothing his team does is good enough for his Senior Officer Bassa, though he and Tindel score remarkably well on their training missions. Some of his maneuvers are seen as reckless, but he and his navigator always come away unscathed. His special ‘gift’ plays a part also, but must be kept secret per the Commander’s orders. Some of the other trainees dislike him and he is fine with that. He is not at Guaard to make friends.

Towards the end of training, Byron feels betrayed when Tindel reveals that he no longer wants to be a navigator on a fighter after performing an exercise that haunts him. Their relationship remains mostly strained for what’s left in training. Senior Officer Bassa informs Byron that if he passes, a suitable navigator would be found for him.

Byron does pass his training and when he checks for his assignment, shock overwhelms him when he discovers he will be on the Cassan’s flagship, The Sorenthia. Only high-ranking officers and senior staff are given assignments on this ship. Needless to say, he wasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms.

Byron is annoyed and flabbergasted the following day when he learns that is new navigator is none other than his former Senior Officer Bassa. He grudgingly accepts his ‘fate’, but soon realizes how well they work together as a team. After years of self-doubt and loneliness, Byron is finally able to make some connections, as well as a friendship or two.

Unfortunately, there is war in the air. Vindicarn fighters have infiltrated Cassan airspace and are getting bolder. The Cosbolt fighters mission train daily. After several skirmishes with the Vindicarn fighters, a large one ensues when it is discovered that the Vindicarn’s main ship has a weapon in its core that can take out the entire ship. In the end, only Byron can save the day.

I can’t give away much more without giving away a ton of spoilers. The story was interesting and the writing tight. I like how the characters were fleshed out and had their own distinct personalities. I prefer lighter science fiction reads rather than the hard-core, technically and physics based ones. That being said, there was still a good amount of action to propel the story forward. I also liked the emotional and social aspects of the story, too.

The only negative I found was that it took Byron so long to appreciate his friendships and the kindnesses of others. I guess that would be expected from someone who’s never had it and had to learn, I suppose. I’d recommend this book if you’d like to try something out of your normal genre.

Until next post…

 

 

 ajc ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He is the author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.

PS:  #whatarethekargrandes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Express Yourself – Apocalyptic Scenarios

Hello bloggers! It’s time for Express Yourself, the weekly blog hop that posts different topics and updates monthly.

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  Jackie Felger from Bouquet of Books and Dani Bertrand from Entertaining Interests founded this great blog hop that has a great group of people with weekly topics that change every month. They also have a site they co-author together:  Cover Girls.

 This week’s topic February 16-20, 2015 is: What’s your favorite kind of apocalyptic scenario? (natural disaster, zombie, alien invasion, etc.)

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Wow, like you’d really have to ask me what my favorite scenario would be?   :)


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Z   O   M   B   I   E   S   !  !

Most people who know me know I love anything zombie related. My daughter got me into The Walking Dead; it sucked me right in, hook, line and sinker.

What about you? What’s your favorite apocalyptic scenario?

 

 

 

IWSG-Blogiversary-Challenges-Adventure

 

Hello writers! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

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It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this amazing group and it has become THE PLACE to go if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of this phenomenal group. You won’t regret it.

‘Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.’

The awesome co-hosts for the February 4 posting of the IWSG will be Gwen Gardner, Dolorah, Sarah Foster, and M. Pax!

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I can’t believe yesterday was my second blogiversary. It seems like yesterday I started my baby. I should have a little party with cake and balloons; unfortunately, I don’t have the time right now.  :(  Busy, busy.

I didn’t think I’d last this long. :D

Adventures and Challenges. What can I say? I’m a glutton for punishment. I like adventure and I love a challenge; sometimes I make them, sometimes I don’t. At least I try. I’m signed up for the WordPress Blogging 101 course through my sister blog, My Miracle Life. (Goodness knows I need it. After two years I still get confuddled.)

And…I’d been debating joining the A-Z Challenge for over a year because I was always afraid of not being able to manage it. I’ve entered challenges in the past that I haven’t been able to complete. I’m not a fan of the disappointment that follows. Like I mentioned earlier, sometimes I make them, sometimes not. I know this one is tough.

I was on the fence about this year until I saw the BADGE-then plunged…

A2Z2015Here’s why. . .  I’m doing this in honor of Tina Downey, a blogger and friend we lost last August. I miss her so much and this is my little way of paying tribute to her. I hope I can do her proud and finish it. I want to at the very least give it my best shot.

 

Anyone else celebrating their blogiversaries with me? Are you joining the A-Z Challenge this year, too? If so, will it be your first or are you a veteran? Any advice on how not to go nuts during planning would be appreciated. Finally, what in the world are the Kar Grandes? :D

 

 

DEVIATION – Book Release-Blog Tour-My Review

I have another book tour and review for you! I’m participating in the book release tour for Heather Hildenbrand’s second book from the Clone Chronicle Series, DEVIATION. At the end of this post you will find my review of this book, which I received in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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Until a month ago, eighteen-year-old Ven had never set foot outside the windowless warehouse where she was created. An Imitation of Raven Rogen, Ven spent her days confined in the lab, studying videos of her Authentic, all so she could step into Raven’s life at a moment’s notice.

Now, Ven lives in Raven’s penthouse apartment, kisses Raven’s boyfriend, and obeys every order from Raven’s dad, Titus Rogen—the very man who created her. But Ven has a secret plan. She doesn’t want Raven’s life. She wants her own.

In the action-packed sequel of Imitation, Ven wages a dangerous war against Titus. First she’ll free herself, then she’ll free every last Imitation. . . .

Haven’t started the Clone Chronicles yet? Start it out with Imitation!

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Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

Fans of Cinder, The Selection and Sara Shepard’s Lying Game series will love Imitation, a thrilling, action-packed novel sure to keep readers guessing until the very last page.

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About Heather Hildenbrand

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She’s only slightly socially awkward as a result.) Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own Outrageous Life.

She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. You can find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.com.

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Other titles by Heather Hildenbrand:

Imitation, book 1 in the Clone Chronicles

Dirty Blood (book 1, the Dirty Blood series)
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Cold Blood (book 2, Dirty Blood series)
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Blood Bond (book 3, Dirty Blood series)
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Blood Rule, (book 4, Dirty Blood series)
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Whisper
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Across the Galaxy
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DreamKiller: The Complete Saga (a novella)
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A Risk Worth Taking
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The Indie Author Guide: A Self-Publisher’s Toolbox
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My  Review:   ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥/ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

With everything that was going on last year, although I did read Imitation, I wasn’t able to review it here. I will review Book One in the coming weeks. As for Book 2, Deviation, it is a good follow-up to the first. It does give some reference to how Ven came into her present situation; this book can be read as a stand alone, although I highly recommend reading Imitation first.

Ven is still taking the place of her ‘authentic’ Raven, but is still trying to be comfortable in her own skin. She  is more than just an ‘imitation'; she is not a junked car to be used for parts at Titus’s whim. She realizes that she is a living, breathing person with emotions that are hers and hers alone. Her relationship with Linc, her bodyguard and love interest intensifies and deepens.

Not everyone is who they seem to be; friends sometimes are really enemies, and enemies are allies. Ven suffers betrayal and loss unimaginable and fights harder with other freed imitations to bring down the greedy, evil, and corrupt Titus. Finding out that he answers to a high-ranking government official makes Ven and the rest of the free imitations step up their efforts to find a safe haven when they are ready to rescue the rest.

Morton, Melanie, Obadiah, and Daniel are well written and fleshed out secondary and tertiary characters with their own distinct personalities. Ven’s character has grown immensely, and Titus…well, he’s just more evil. What can I say. The ending had me at the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next…

There are several unforeseen plot twists and turns in this episode and I had difficulty putting it down. I noticed minimal grammatical and spelling errors. I thoroughly enjoyed Book 2 of the series and am looking forward to the next book in the Clone Chronicles series. I would recommend this book for YA readers.

 

 

 

 

 

The Seventh Man-Book Release-Blog Tour

Hello everyone! Today my good friend and fellow blogger, Lisa Buie-Collard is releasing yet another novel, The Seventh Man, and today I am helping promote the book’s release and participating in the Blog Tour.

Book description:

When a young writer is kidnapped by a man who can’t be seen, her only hope of escape rests on the one London cop who believes in ghosts.
On a cold, white, before-Christmas day, an assassin completes a job only to be pursued by police. Dodging through crowded city streets, the assassin nabs a young woman for cover.
Celia Wight, a reclusive American writer is shopping between engagements during a book tour. When a knife is pressed against her back, she loses her tenuous grasp on her carefully controlled existence.
Assigned to the homicide case, Detective Alban Thain, of the Metropolitan Police, suspects an assassin he calls the Wraith. The problem is, only Thain believes the assassin exists. Disregarding the consequences, Thain, who is the only one who believes there is a connection between the murder and the kidnapping, will do whatever it takes to exploit the Wraith’s first and only mistake: the kidnapping of an innocent bystander—if she is innocent.

 

Available now in e-book and soft cover on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RUE8GOG

About the Author:

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Lisa is a mother, wife, sister, and daughter, has waited tables, been a dental assistant, teacher, journalist, gardener and architectural administrative assistant. She has traveled in Europe, New Zealand, and the US. French and English are her languages of preference, with a little Spanish on the side. She grew up in Florida, lived four years in Georgia before moving to Texas for eighteen years. For the moment, she once again lives in Georgia. She writes full-time and has completed six novels.

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Website: http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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 I’ll be reading this book soon, so be on the lookout for a review! Until next post…