Thursday, July 24, 2014

Archetype and Prototype

Archetype and Prototype
M.D. Waters
Dutton Adult

Idgie Says:
These two novels were different reads from the general "futuristic/dystopian" books that usually come across my desk.   They are set in the future, but in one that's rather timeless.  There are new techniques and teleporters and such, but there's also dirty dishes, walks in the woods, and messy beds.

The novels contain a fine combination of intrigue, mystery and futuristic science, while at the same time wrapping all of that around a very twisty love story and a lot of hand to hand combat.

These two novels were written very close together and given the way books series are developed these days I enjoyed that fact.  No longer are books such as this stand alone - they tend to drop right into the next book, which is fine for a short wait, but frustrating when the books are a year apart.  The paperback of Archtype came out only a month before Prototype and the hardback just a few months earlier in February so it was easy to hang onto the story line and not have to struggle to catch up again. 

M.D. Waters is an author I can see sticking around a while and continuing to give this genre a new breath of life.  

First Edition Hardcover - February, 2014
Paperback June, 2014

Introducing a breathtakingly inventive futuristic suspense novel about one woman who rebels against everything she is told to believe.

Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can’t believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.

Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him. But the day Noah stands before her, the line between her reality and dreams shatters.

In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two men—one her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which. . . .
First Edition Hardcover, July 2014

The stunning debut that began with Archetype— and has readers buzzing—concludes in Prototype, when a woman’s dual pasts lock onto a collision course, threatening her present and future.

Emma looks forward to the day when she can let go of her past—both of them. After more than a year on the run, with clues to her parents’ whereabouts within her grasp, she may finally find a place to settle down. Start a new life. Maybe even create new memories with a new family.

But the past rises to haunt her and to make sure there’s nowhere on the planet she can hide. Declan Burke wants his wife back, and with a little manipulation and a lot of reward money, he’s got the entire world on his side. Except for the one man she dreads confronting the most: Noah Tucker.

Emma returns to face what she’s done but finds that the past isn’t the problem. It’s the present—and the future it represents. Noah has moved on and another woman is raising their daughter.

In the shocking conclusion to M.D. Waters’s spectacular debut, Emma battles for her life and her freedom, tearing down walls and ripping off masks to reveal the truth. She’s decided to play their game and prove she isn’t the woman they thought she was. Even if it means she winds up dead. Or worse, reborn.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Flight of the Golden Harpy

Susan Klaus Flight of the Golden HarpyFlight of the Golden Harpy
Susan Klaus
Tor Books
June, 2014

Idgie Says:
I'll be honest, I had issues keeping interest in this book.  Perhaps it's because Fantasy is not a genre I generally read - but I found that while the plot line held a lot of promise, which is why I agreed to review the book, the story itself - to me - was choppy in dialogue and sentence flow.  The characters never really drew me in and the moments of "alien erotica/romance" just made me turn the page. 

Now saying that, I believe that if a reader is fond of fantasy worlds/characters and also enjoys reading romance books, this could be an interesting read for them - though I believe the choppiness of the word flow could still be an issue.  Again, it has a solid plot base - it just wasn't the book for me.

Book Description:
Kari, a young woman, returns to the jungle planet of Dora after ten years in Earth’s schools determined to unravel the mysteries surrounding the harpies, a feral species with the appearance half-bird, half-human.

The human colonists believe harpies are dangerous animals, which are known to steal women. The creatures are hunted like wild game, their wings considered rare trophies. But Kari distrusts these rumors. When she was attacked by a monster in the jungle as a child, a male harpy with rare golden coloring rescued her.

Constant hunting by men has driven the harpies to the brink of extinction. Is Kari’s savior, the elegant golden harpy, is still alive? If so, how long can he and his flock survive the ravages of mankind?

Susan Klaus's Flight of the Golden Harpy is an imaginative and romantic fantasy novel that questions what it means to be human.

Go Here for Excerpt.

Monday, July 21, 2014

I Love My Job, I Really Do, but...........

I have one of the greatest jobs in the world - Publishers, Publicists and Authors send me books to read and share with others on a daily basis - really, it's like magic!  I'm so lucky to have achieved a nice level of success with this over the EIGHT years that I've been writing reviews on the Dew.  

But I find that over the last few years I've been running into time management issues with the reviews as I remain a one man show who has been receiving enough books to keep a three ring circus busy.  

I never thought I'd get to the day where I wince when I walk in the door and find a pile of books waiting to find their way to my desk.  But I am starting to do just that - and I surely don't like that feeling at all.

To keep the Dew going without Idgie having a reading breakdown, I have to make a few changes to what I have always demanded of myself. I have decided that if books arrive I haven't had a conversation with the Publisher/Author/Publicist about before hand or I haven't requested, I will no longer feel the self-imposed pressure that I HAVE to review it. 

I'll be happy to give it a shout out on the Dew (which you have seen happen more and more recently) and I might still review it, but no promises.  This isn't tough love to anyone but myself so that I don't wear down and close up shop one day.  

I want to share all of these books with everyone, I just simply can't read them all!