Ignite the Stars Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Maura Milan

Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company

Publication Date: Sept. 04, 2018

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Story. This was one of the best sci-fi books I have ever read. I am obsessed with it and can’t stop thinking about it. I thought the story was original, fun, creative, and adventurous! And I’m just going to go ahead and add SPACE PIRATES here. If that doesn’t get your attention then I’m not sure what will. Plus space school, plus space battles. Seriously?! Freaking cool! I am having such good luck with lesser known authors lately!

Characters. Ia was my favorite character. And usually main characters are not my favorite. They usually just don’t have that much mystery to them. But Ia is different. I want to know everything about her. She’s a criminal mastermind, but retains her femininity. She can slay you where you stand, but not know how to talk to people. I just find her fascinating. I also like that she does have weaknesses and needs help from her friends. She’s not a Mary Sue. I really liked Knives too! He was such a beef cake! I liked his gripey attitude. He had one for good reason too. It was nice he could be vulnerable too at times. And then Brinn. She was probably my least favorite to read about but only because the other two characters out shone her. But I do like her and Ia’s friendship! It’s so sweet!

Final Thoughts. If you like Sci-fi, I highly suggest this read for you! It’s got everything you could want in space, slow burn romance, space battles, advanced tech, betrayals, and adventure!!! Y’all know I’m all about that! I can’t wait to read the next book!

Find out more about the author HERE. She’s so wonderfully nerdy. Love it.

Happy Adventuring

 

 

 

 

 

The Demon Race (Spoiler Free Review)

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The Demon Race

Author: Alexandria Warwick (Her website HERE)

Publisher: Wolf Publishing

Release Date: September 18, 2018

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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I am having really good luck with lesser known authors this year. This book was not on my radar the beginning of this year, but let me tell you, it should be on yours. This is a story of a girl who doesn’t want to get married so she goes and enters in the Demon Race. But the Demon horses (Heck yes. Awesome.), feed off of the participants emotions and soul.

This book had such a good moral compass. I thought that what the characters go through was actually very relatable in any society. I tabbed the crap out of this book because of that. So, when the demons feed on your emotions, they aren’t actually MAKING you do anything. They just heighten the bad emotions in you. But it is still your CHOICE to do the evil things. Even though to choose good is the hardest choice. Tricky, Warwick, tricky. I like it. I truly believe that this is a real occurrence that happens. People have bad thoughts all the time, it is how you respond to them that matters. People also like to blame, blame, blame. Blame their circumstances, blame the people around them. Yes, just like the demons in the story, those have a lot of play in your emotions. However, it is ultimately up to you to decide what to do with those emotions. You CAN choose good even when everything is against you. This was actually the core message I got out of this story.  I just couldn’t believe an author was actually writing about this! It was awesome!

Okay, I know by now your like, enough with the sappy stuff. So let me get into the characters. Namali, our heroine, was an extraordinary character. She fought what she knew was wrong, but she also forgave. How many heroines now-a-days forgive? It’s all about “I deserve vengeance.” She forgave her father and the men around her that were forcing her to do things. Wow. That’s actually quite beautiful. Now, don’t get me wrong, she fought like a hell-cat, as she should have. But I loved the forgiveness that followed. No one forgives anyone in this day and age. Her character progression was some of the best I’ve ever seen.

Here comes another slightly sappy sentiment… In this book, people suffer. Namali suffers because she is a woman and women in her culture are seen as property. Sameen suffers because he was born with a twisted foot. Now, there were times when Namali was all about her suffering. But she learns that other people suffer too. Wow. Imagine that. She’s not the only one who struggles. It would be nice to see a world where everyone had compassion on other people’s suffering instead of being selfish and just saying, “Well surely I suffer more, so I deserve more!” Warwick, you are an amazing story teller.

One of my favorite lines:

You don’t understand. She assumed that of him more often than she was comfortable admitting. And it was unfair. It was unfair because in doing so, she invalidated his opinion simply because they, as people, were different.

Final Thoughts. I loved this book. I thought it had MANY lessons in here that should be learned by girls and boys from around the world. I thought Warwick was brave in putting some of these things in here. I loved her writing style. It was also a clean book. I liked that. The ONLY reason this did not get 5 stars is because I’m not sure yet if I will re-read this. Y’all know my 5 stars are books I will definitely be re-reading.  Dare I say this slightly reminds me of The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis? 

Happy Adventuring