Posts Tagged ‘sci-fi’

Out of Time by Monique Martin

September 16, 2018 - 2:39 pm No Comments

Out of Time by Monique Martin
Published 20th November 2013
296 pages

Simon Cross was a professor of the Occult, helped by assistant Elizabeth (Lizzy)West, he taught his student the theory behind vampires, demons and other creatures. What he does not expect is an artefact off his deceased grandfather transporting him and Lizzy of to the 1920s. Where he must put all his knowledge to the test.
Simon and Lizzy were likeable characters; however, they were complete opposites. Lizzy strived for adventure and took everything in her stride when they were transported back to the 1920s. Simon on the other hand was cautious and over-protective, what didn’t help were the dreams he had.
The story flowed steadily, and the scenes set in the 1920s were well researched. The scenes where Lizzy got a job in the speakeasy showed how quick she could adapt and as the story continued you get to find out more about her childhood. Throughout the story you can sense their attraction for each other. To the point that I wanted to give Simon a shake and tell him to man up.
The only thing I did not enjoy was the stereotypical British statements and I don’t know why I am surprised that Simon being a British character in America was a tea drinking posh person who went to boarding school. Regular folks can be professor without a boarding school education.
I will dip into the series again, just to see which other time periods they go to

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

August 2, 2018 - 9:34 pm No Comments

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
Published by Head of Zeus on 9th August 2018
320 pages

What drew me to this book was the unusual story. Margaret, Grace, Estelle and Barbara were pioneers who in 1969 invented time travel. All 4 were as close as sisters until Barbara suffered a psychotic episode live on TV. Shunned by the rest, she lived a quiet life in the countryside. The rest took forward their idea and created the Conclave, an institution who monopolised the time travel industry.
In February 2018, Odette, a young graduate, finds a body, wanting closure, she decided to do her own investigations.
At the start of this book I thought I would get confused with the story as it was changing character and time. However, after the 1st couple of chapters, I soon got into the swing of it. Switching times showed just how planned the story was. Even though it was in different time periods, the story flowed smoothly. Each character was described in detail and unique in their own way. Every characters acted differently in the various timelines and it showed just how much an impact the time travel had on people. As the story progressed, characters like Ruby and Odette developed, and as you followed them on their journeys of discovery, you see them grow into strong confident women. Some of my favourite scenes were when Grace met her younger or older self and threw the paradox theories out the window
The science of time travel did not distract from the story and some of the minute details added to the story. One such touch was when Ruby bought a book about time travellers’ slang which all though something small, helped me understand the story further on. The story covered a whole range of emotions, such as love, death, revenge and you are taken on a roller-coaster of a ride.
This story is beautifully written and it was a refreshing change to read a story which is dominated by women. The mystery element ran throughout and for me I thoroughly enjoyed the explanation on how the murder was done.
This is the 1st book I have read by this author and it will not be the last. I hope there will be more stories of these brave women to come.

Arithmophobia by Ruschelle Dillon

July 16, 2018 - 8:32 pm No Comments

Arithmophobia by Ruschelle Dillon
Published by Mystery and Horror LLC on 15th December 2017
144 pages

According to Google, Arithmophobia is the exaggerated, constant and often irrational fear of numbers.
Ruschelle plays on your fears with 9 short stories. Each short story featured the number 1-9. With a mixture of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and horror, some blended with humour, there is a short story to suit most readers.
Some of the stories I enjoyed were:
It Takes Two: Ahnna was rich and was never happy with her body. She knew that getting her breasts done would make her happy. So when her plastic surgeon, came up with a new procedure she knew she needed them and what was one little lie. This story builds up to the finale and what a finale. What I enjoyed was that there was no hints on the procedure until then end.
Three is as Magic as can be: When parents are being taken and all that remains is the child. Detective Oswald Quinn is on the case, 6 months on and still no suspect. Not only that but he is having problems at home with his son. With its dark thriller feel, this story grabbed me from the 1st blood stain on the floor. Reading this story, there was a feeling of dread and you could see Quinn slowly cracking under the pressure, as he was torn between his family and the case. A unexpected, heart-breaking ending.
A Perfect Eight: Dawn and Nicole are sisters. Both worked at their parent’s restaurant. Nicole the oldest and prettiest didn’t realise what she was doing to her sister. Things took a turn for the worse when customers who ate The Live Plate began to die. Made up of shrimp, oysters and octopus, the customers had to sign a waiver to eat it. But was it the dish that killed them. The story shows how far sisterly love can go. Throughout this story the author leads you down the wrong path, whilst I had my suspicions I could not work out the how. A story with a difference.
These are only three stories, but also making an appearance is a cheeky crude hysterical leprechaun in Seven Colors and the Four horseman in Four Men on Horses.
As an introduction to this author this a good read and I will be looking out for more from her

Serenity Falling by GL Cromarty

July 10, 2018 - 7:22 pm No Comments

Serenity Falling by GL Cromarty

Published by Creative Texts Publisher LLC on 21st August 2017
305 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


The wall has been repaired but Hannah and her fellow Aterrans are still not safe. The powers at be in Aterra, still think they are in danger from the Shadowlands especially John Tanis.
Each chapter alternates between the Aterrans and Shadowlands, this enables the story to flow and showed just how much danger Hannah and co were in. Coming to the forefront was Theo and Nate, whilst genetically modified they had a childlike quality to them and always wanted to do the right thing. As their skills became known, they became an integral part to the cause. In book 1 Bill’s character was already not liked and just when you think he cannot get any worse, he shocks you just showing what a narcissist he was. Whilst Tanis gets a conscious and a slightly softer side peaks through. The banter and bickering between Tanis and Garren continues showing a sense of respect they have for each other.
Whilst the Janu do not play a big part in this story, there is more than enough bloodshed to satisfy the action fans. With the addition of technology gives the story a more apprehensive feel to it and you will find yourself wanting to keep reading to find out what happens. There are scenes that you will not see coming and at times I just sat there in shock.
This story had a different feel compared to book 1 and I could appreciate how much hard work the author put into this story. There was a lot going on, but the pace and well thought plot made it a good addition to the series. Finishing on an unexpected cliffhanger, with the addition of new characters I’m off to read the final book in the series

Divided Serenity by GL Cromarty

May 9, 2018 - 9:43 pm No Comments

Divided Serenity by GL Cromarty
Published 6th December 2016
258 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

A digitally enhanced wall has always been around Aterra. Originally built as protection from the residents of the forest, the Shadowlands and Janu. Hannah, a technology expert, is the last hope to repair the wall. Having to step out her comfort zone, not only is her life in danger but so is the whole of Aterra.
At the beginning of the book I really struggled to get into the story, the timelines were jumping about and whilst clearly identified I just could not follow the story, but as soon as the story was brought into the present, it all fell into place. With 3 main characters, Hannah, an expert in ancient technology, lover of William (Bill) Bremmer and completely out of her depth when it comes to travel and conflict. Bill Bremmer, President of Aterra, a despicable character who like some politicians was out for personal gain and finally John Tanis, leader of the Shadowlands, an expert in combat and personal enemy of Bill. Whilst the story revolves round these characters, there are a lot of minor characters that help tell this story and the majority have their own tale to tell. There were a few quirky characters, Theo being one of them, who has a very interesting history, which when revealed was unexpected. One character I was really interested in was Kein and in quite a few scenes I was reading frantically to see if he would survive.
This story is medieval meets technology and with its dystopian feel will please a lot of readers. After those first few chapters, the story flowed quickly. The conflict was endless and with its unfairness in weaponry I can only imagine where the story will go and I for one knew which fraction I supported throughout this book . As book 2 and 3 are out I am going to throw myself into continuing journey of Serenity