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Dreadnought by April Daniels eARC {3.5 Stars}

Dreadnought by April Daniels eARC {3.5 Stars}

Dreadnought by April Daniels (Nemesis #1)
Published by Diversion Books on Jan. 24th, 2017
Genres: Superheroes, YA
Page Length: 276 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of the world's greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, she was trying to keep people from finding out she's transgender. But then her second-hand superpowers transformed her body into what she's always thought it should be. Now there's no hiding that she's a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but between her father's dangerous obsession with curing her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he's entitled to date her, and the classmate who is secretly a masked vigilante, Danny's first weeks living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined.

She doesn't have much time to adjust. Dreadnought's murderer, a cyborg named Utopia, still haunts the streets of New Port City. If Danny can't sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

3.5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Dreadnought from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

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Souldrifter by Garrett Calcaterra {4 Stars}

Souldrifter by Garrett Calcaterra is the powerful followup to Dreamwielder, a fantasy adventure where a girl has the power to bend reality to her dreams and no one is safe. It is wonderful when a sequel improves upon the previous book with stronger writing, more compelling characters, and the same awesome magic that I came to love in book one! I definitely recommend this series for fans of gritty and unique fantasy with a fair amount of political maneuvering.

Note: This is an expedited review; I was paid to provide an unbiased review to the author and they chose for it to be published. For details, see my review policy.

Souldrifter by Garrett Calcaterra {4 Stars}

Souldrifter by Garrett Calcaterra (The Dreamwielder Chronicles #2)
Published by Diversion Books on Sept. 29th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Page Length: 298 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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In the shadow of Emperor Guderian’s fallen empire, young Queen Makarria finds her throne—and her life—in grave danger. The Old World Republic has come, demanding that Queen Makarria bring order to the struggling Five Kingdoms by forming a new empire, one she would rule as the Old World’s puppet. When Makarria refuses them, the Old World threatens war and unleashes a nefarious spy to sow discord in her court. Before she knows it, Makarria’s budding romance with Prince Caile has been exploited by the spy, and Makarria finds herself embroiled in a complex game of power and lies in which she can trust no one.

Betrayed and lost, Makarria is forced to shed all pride and discover the true nature of her power as a dreamwielder in order to recreate herself and face the sprawling threat that is the Old World Empire.

4 Stars

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Dreamwielder by Garrett Calcaterra {3.5 Stars}

Dreamwielder by Garrett Calcaterra is the start of a fantasy/steampunk mashup series starring a young girl who can create items from her dreams and a continent in a great deal of turmoil. I’m always on the hunt for new magic systems, so I was delighted to learn about Makarria’s powers right alongside her. Add in a creepy villain and a cast of characters that tried their best despite their faults, and you have an enjoyable and twisty adventure.

Note: This is an expedited review; I was paid to provide an unbiased review to the author and they chose for it to be published. For details, see my review policy.

Dreamwielder by Garrett Calcaterra {3.5 Stars}

Dreamwielder by Garrett Calcaterra (The Dreamwielder Chronicles #1)
Published by Diversion Books on Sept. 29th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 382 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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In a world shrouded by soot and smoke, young Makarria has literally been forbidden to dream.

Legend has foretold the demise of Emperor Thedric Guderian at the hands of a sorceress with royal blood, and the Emperor has made it his legacy to stamp out all magic from the Sargothian Empire in favor of primitive coal fired smelters and steam powered machines. When Guderian’s minions discover a Dreamwielder on a seaside farmstead, a chain of events forces Guderian’s new threat—the young Makarria—to flee from her home and embark upon an epic journey where her path intertwines with that of Princess Taera, her headstrong brother, Prince Caile, and the northman Siegbjorn, who captains a night-flying airship.

Dogging their every step is the part-wolf, part-raven sorcerer, Wulfram, and Emperor Guderian himself, a man who has the ability to stint magic and a vision to create a world where the laws of nature are beholden to men and machines. Only by learning to control the power she wields can Makarria save her newfound companions and stop the Emperor from irreversibly exterminating both the magic in humans and their bond with nature.

3.5 Stars

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3 Stars: Outcast by Adrienne Kress

I was very excited to be able to read Outcast by Adrienne Kress since that cover is just too fun! I was also quite excited about the “angels” that the description talks about, since they definitely don’t sound like the angels we have been reading about much before. Unfortunately, my desire for adventure and exploration didn’t quite get satisfied, but I think many of you who like the high school romance storyline will probably enjoy this one more than I did!

Note: I received Outcast through Netgalley for an honest review.

3 Stars: Outcast by Adrienne Kress

Outcast by Adrienne Kress
Published by Diversion Books on June 4th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 283 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley, Publisher
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After six years of “angels” coming out of the sky and taking people from her town, 16-year-old Riley Carver has just about had it living with the constant fear. When one decides to terrorize her in her own backyard, it’s the final straw. She takes her mother’s shotgun and shoots the thing. So it’s dead. Or … not? In place of the creature she shot, is a guy. A really hot guy. A really hot alive and breathing guy. Oh, and he’s totally naked.

Not sure what to do, she drags his unconscious body to the tool shed and ties him up. After all, he’s an angel and they have tricks. When he regains consciousness she’s all set to interrogate him about why the angels come to her town, and how to get back her best friend (and almost boyfriend) Chris, who was taken the year before. But it turns out the naked guy in her shed is just as confused about everything as she is.

He thinks it’s 1956.

3 Stars

Strengths:

  • I don’t know a lot about angel lore and haven’t read a lot of angel books, but I thought that once we found out more about what was going on, it was a pretty cool take on things. Outcast gets you intrigued immediately about what the heck is going on in this town with supposed angels swooping down and kidnapping people!
  • Because Gabe is from the 50’s, there is a great 50’s element. Gabe does a great job of bringing that spirit out with his leather jacket and way of speech. He was such a well-written character and so much fun to read.
  • Once the ending got going, there was a lot of excitement and explanation of what had been going on, which was something I quite appreciated ;-).
  • There were a lot of great secondary characters including involved and nice parents and high school students that actually break stereotypes. Shocking right??

Weaknesses:

  •  A large amount of Outcast was spent focused on the romance and on spending time doing normal high school things, which was a bit frustrating when we still didn’t know what was going on with the angels.
  • On a similar note, I spent most of that time wondering why we weren’t investigating this crazy angel thing! I was constantly frustrated that there was this big important mystery, but Riley and Gabe just didn’t care it seemed.
  • Remember that socially inept MC theme? It continues.

Summary:

I wanted to love Outcast, but ended up only liking it. There was a lot of potential with the interesting premise, however too much time was spent playing around with the high school aspect. If you are more excited about high school and romance elements, then you might enjoy Outcast more than I did and I encourage you to try it out!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

 

 Outcast by Adrienne Kress