Parasitology: Series Review

Series Title: Parasitology
Books: Parasite (1), Symbiont (2), Chimera (3)
Author: Mira Grant
Genre(s): Sci-fi, Horror
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Parasite Description:

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives…and will do anything to get them.

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Review

Not to be dramatic or anything, but Mira Grant’s first novel, Feed, literally changed my life.

Seriously, though, Feed was brilliant. The Newsflesh series was probably the first sci-fi series that I fell in love with and it definitely sparked my fondness for all things zombie related.

Needless to say, Parasitology had a lot to live up to in my mind.

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Sleeping Giants: Book Review

51iw386rycl-_sx315_bo1204203200_Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Genre(s): Sci-fi
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A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?


Review

Sleeping Giants caught my eye right around when it first came out on display at my local Barnes and Noble because I mean come on have you seen the cover? Gorgeous graphic design aside, I put off purchasing and reading it for several months because I had several other things to read at the time. When the sequel, Waking Gods, popped up as an ARC on NetGalley, I figured it was about time I started it.

And I’m so glad I did.

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The Keeper of Portals: Book Review

51xx5u-1vdl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Title: The Keeper of Portals
Author: V. S. Nelson
Publication Date: January 6, 2017
Genres: Middle grade, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance
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After the death of his dad, Martin and his mum move into an enormous stately home where they encounter a mysterious being called the Keeper of Portals, who claims to control every portal on the planet, except for the door at the end of Martin’s bedroom, which has been sealed for 400 years.

One morning, Martin wakes to discover the Keeper of Portals is missing and the door at the end of his bedroom has been opened. Martin steps through the door to find himself in the 17th century where he meets Isabel, the house’s maid. Martin and Isabel quickly learn that everything on earth, from time and causality, to pleasantries and buttons, is controlled by its own keeper. After discovering two imprisoned keepers, Martin and Isabel receive the ability to jump between doorways and change their time, but they soon become entangled in a battle against the master of the house, the Keeper of Questions.

The Keeper of Portals follows Martin and Isabel as they alternate between the present day and the 17th century, often returning to a time they have already been to and nearly running into past versions of themselves. They fight hordes of murderous villagers, escape from the Keeper of Questions by hiding in a sea cave for 400 years and confront the powerful Keeper of Causality. But there is something wrong with time itself as items from the present day begin to bleed into Isabel’s time. After driving an off-road 4×4 through the peaceful countryside of the 17th century, Martin and Isabel confront the Keeper of Questions in the city of London. But when they arrive they find it deserted – the Keeper of Questions has control of everyone in London and it won’t be long until Martin and Isabel are next.

A big thank you to V.S. Nelson to reaching out to me and providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!


Review

Nelson’s The Keeper of Portals is a unique tale, but ultimately not a book that I would end up reaching for again.

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Gilded Cage: Book Review

61nnmbcmzyl-_sx326_bo1204203200_Title: Gilded Cage
Author: Vic James
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Genres: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy
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Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge. Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution. Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts. He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with Gilded Cage in exchange for an honest review!


Review

Gilded Cage is a worthy addition to the genre of YA dystopian fantasy and a solid first novel by Vic James.

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The Secret History: Book Review

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Title: The Secret History
Author: Donna Tartt
Originally Published: September 1992
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
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Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.


Review

If I had to use one word to describe this book it would be ‘underwhelming’.

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