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Fantasy Science Fiction

The Queen’s Wing by Jessica Thorne

Title: The Queen’s Wing

Author: Jessica Thorne

Publisher: Bookouture

Length: 353

Release Date: 11/21/18

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the free eARC in exchange for an honest review!

In The Queen’s Wing, a young noble named Belengaria is thrown into royalty and then a political marriage after an attack on her home world. Her dream was to become a fighter pilot? And now she must adapt to life on a new planet with the leader of said planet as her future . When war and destruction ensue from the same attackers of her home world, Bel must assume a leadership role and become a true queen…

Ok, enough summary. I did enjoy the story quite a bit, but was also confused mostly in the beginning of the book. The author took evident inspiration from Star Wars and the book had more of a sci-fi feel than fantasy or romance. There are elements of all three, including mythical old creatures left to defend(?) their home planet, and a sort of love triangle that didn’t add much to the story.

I did appreciate the relationship building between Bel and Conleith, and feel like the characters are the strong point of the novel. Bel had a lot of personal development and Petra was another strong female character. I never got into the Shae character or some of the others. There was a great LGBQ reference with Jondar and… No spoilers but it was a cool addition.

Overall I am going to go with 3 stars. Some parts were just not believable and others didn’t make a lot of sense, but I still enjoyed it as a well-edited read with strong character building. It is definitely appropriate for YA, and I would recommend to anyone who likes a sci fi read and strong female leads!

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Science Fiction

Daisy’s Run by Scott Baron

Hello everyone, happy Saturday to you! Let’s talk about Daisy’s Run by Scott Baron. This sci-fi thriller will release on 11/15/18 and the good news is that it looks like the rest of the series will also release at that time. I know that I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

I would first like to thank NetGalley and the author for my eARC, I received my e-copy for free in exchange for an honest review – and honestly I loved this book!

As their spaceship is damaged and the crew is awoken early from stasis, we meet Daisy and company. Enter a world of technology and artificial intelligence, mystery, conspiracy, friendship and some bluntly described romance. Daisy and her shipmate Sarah are likeable characters and a big part of the hook was the development of our feelings towards the rest of the crew – for good or for worse.

The most interesting point to me is that the book bluntly asks the question: How do you feel about artificial intelligence? Daisy has to do a lot of self-reflection regarding her views on cyborgs, technology, and humanity in general. Baron adds a great but short passage about how Earth looked before current events, including how with overseas travel becoming cheaper and quicker, xenophobia was all but gone as cultures mixed and erased old misguided prejudices. Speaking of misguided assumptions – that plot twist!!!

The majority of the novel takes place as Daisy runs from potential captors on her ship and learns their secrets. The conclusion rushes in and smacks the reader in the face with a baseball bat. I feel like that is intentional though; we can palpably feel Daisy’s shock and it sets up the next novel well. I didn’t quite grasp the full extent of what happened though so I wish he had drawn it out a bit more at the end with more background.

The book is fairly well edited with a few passages that seem repetitive, such as when Sarah was described later on. There is plenty of tech-speak reminiscent of Star Trek, which I love but some may end up skimming over

Summary: 4/5 stars. I would recommend this fully to any Sci-Fi fans, and only caution for some coarse sexual language. Thank you again to NetGalley and Scott Baron!