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Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn {4 Stars}

Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn {4 Stars}

Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
Published by Tor Books on January 17th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 288 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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A great new stand-alone science fiction novel from the author of the Kitty Norville series.

Polly Newton has one single-minded dream, to be a starship pilot and travel the galaxy. Her mother, the director of the Mars Colony, derails Polly's plans when she sends Polly and her genius twin brother, Charles, to Galileo Academy on Earth—the one planet Polly has no desire to visit. Ever.

Homesick and cut off from her desired future, Polly cannot seem to fit into the constraints of life on Earth, unlike Charles, who deftly maneuvers around people and sees through their behavior to their true motives. Strange, unexplained, dangerous coincidences centered on their high-profile classmates begin piling up. Charles may be right—there's more going on than would appear, and the stakes are high. With the help of Charles, Polly is determined to find the truth, no matter the cost.

4 Stars

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

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The Second Guard by J.D. Vaughn {Just Hatched}

Just Hatched Book Feature

Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first chapter. Check out the announcement post for more information.

The Second Guard by J. D. Vaughn is a middle grade fantasy that has apparently flown under the radar of the book blogging community. It started out really promising and I was anticipating really enjoy The Second Guard, but I made it to 50% before realizing that I just didn’t want to pick it up again, so I figured I’d tell you about it here :).

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

The Second Guard by J.D. Vaughn {Just Hatched}

The Second Guard by J. D. Vaughn (Second Guard #1)
Published by Disney Hyperion on April 14th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 432 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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In the peaceful realm of Tequende, all second-born children at the age of fifteen must journey to the Alcazar to fulfill the mandate of the Oath of Guilds. There they train to earn a place among the Queen’s guard, or work as indentured servants.

For Sun Guilder Talimendra of the Magda River Traders, joining the Second Guard will not only bring honor to her family, it will be a chance to uphold her mother’s legacy. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears will be spent to bear the weight of this prestigious title, and Tali is prepared to make that sacrifice even as she competes against hundreds of other pledges.

But her loyalty will be tested when she uncovers a secret that could drag Tequende into all-out war.

The enemy is close.

With very little time and too many unanswered questions, Tali must trust her instincts—even if it means betraying the very guard she’s fighting to join.

2 Stars

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