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Prototype by M.D. Waters eARC {4 Stars}

Prototype by M.D. Waters is the sequel to Archetype and continues the wonderful mixture of romance and sci-fi that I loved in the first book! There will be definitely spoilers below if you haven’t read Archetype, so be sure to check out my review of that one first ;-). If you’re still reading I assume that you already know how painful the cliffhanger in the epilogue of Archetype was, so you’ll understand how excited I was to find out what happened next :D. Prototype does a great job of standing on its own while continuing and wrapping up the story started in Archetype. Prototype is a bit of a different book since there is less of a mystery for Emma and we get to see much more action and more of the world, but there are still lots of awesome plot twists that I of course love!

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

Prototype by M.D. Waters eARC {4 Stars}

Prototype by M. D. Waters (Archetype #2)
Published by Dutton Adult on July 24th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 372 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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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.

4 Stars

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Archetype by M.D. Waters eARC {4 Stars}

Archetype by M.D. Waters is a chilling tale of a future where control over fetus’ genders led to a shortage of woman, prompting companies to start looking into dark alternatives. Archetype is completely from Emma’s perspective after she wakes up with no memory and no idea who this man calling himself her husband is. Between the voices in Emma’s head, the creepy doctors who refuse to tell her how her accident happened, and the awesome sci-fi technology, Archetype is an excellent adult sci-fi to check out this year!

Note: I received an eARC of Archetype through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Archetype by M.D. Waters eARC {4 Stars}

Archetype by M. D. Waters (Archetype #1)
Published by Dutton Adult on Feb. 6th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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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. . . .

4 Stars

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4 Stars: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead ARC

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead is actually the first Mead book that I’ve read and I’m definitely impressed. At first I thought it would be all sci-fi (which would have been awesome on its own), but then a lovely dose of Norse mythology was added and I was a happy little nerd. Gameboard of the Gods is a bit on the long side and definitely an adult book (sexy times!), but if you have a thirst for a complicated world and a deep, twisted plot, you’re in for a treat!

Note: I received Gameboard of the Gods through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I read an ARC and so things might be different in the final copy. 

4 Stars: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead ARC

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead (Age of X #1)
Published by Dutton Adult on June 4th, 2013
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 464 pages pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley, Publisher
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In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • The Norse mythology (ravens, certain gods we know that like ravens…, certain scary goddesses) mixed with a post-apocalyptic government was just too cool.
  • We live a world today where religion is a major component of governments, so it’s an interesting thought experiment to have a government that basically completely outlaws religion and blames it for the downfall of civilization. Religions are allowed as long as they remain small and are not deemed dangerous by investigators. Gameboard of the Gods makes an interesting commentary on what fills the void when religion is forced out ;-).
  • The characters of Gameboard of the Gods run the gamut from young schoolgirl to substance abusing genius to kick-butt super soldier (female :D). I loved the mix and the depth of them all!
  • There is a steamy relationship right from the start of Gameboard of the Gods, however the tension and realism have lots of fuel when one of those involved realizes bad things would happen if he continued the relationship. I couldn’t decide whether to chortle at the unfortunate situations or pity the characters for the awkwardness, haha.
  • Gameboard of the Gods pulls off the slow revelation of what is really going on very well. You learn in little bits the depth of the problems the characters have gotten into. While it can seem tedious if you are expecting fast-paced action non-stop, I found it intriguing.

Weaknesses:

  •  There were moments of me yelling “show, don’t tell” due to a bit of info dumping.
  • I will freely admit that all 464 pages might not have been necessary and I hope some of the repetitive sentences are cut out in the final version.
  • Due to the super-soldiers implants, their hormones and sex drive are kicked into overdrive easily. This led to some borderline moments between people that might be triggery or angering to some people.

Summary:

I love YA novels, but it’s also fun to read a more adult sci-fi story. Gameboard of the Gods did an excellent job at creating a deep and intricate world that I can’t wait to keep exploring. Some of the material was a little risque, but all in good fun ;-). I especially loved the chance to think through what this sort of apocalypse could really lead to, though from the end of Gameboard of the Gods it sounds like everyone is in for a bit of a shock, haha.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

 

 Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead