Fata Morgana

Fata MorganaFata Morgana by Steven R. Boyett & Ken Mitchroney

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Publication date: June 13th 2017

I got an ARC of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very up and down read. It started off shakily to then develop into something very promising. Then it fell again but managed to finish off in a decent way.

The story follows a crew on a bomber plane during World War II. They are sent on a mission over Nazi Germany but something goes wrong and they find themselves stranded in another world. A world struggling with its own problems.

I liked the concept of the story and was intrigued to read something set during WWII. The more relaxed chapters were really good, but as soon as there were action I just lost focus. Something about the writing style couldn’t grip me while a lot was going on. This meant that the beginning with the bombing and the end with the climax just didn’t deliver.

I liked the characters and the relationships between them. It was quite a big cast and the introductions brief, but it still did well and you came to like all of them.

In conclusion, it was a decent read but I won’t pick it up again.

At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world.

Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder—and finds a love seemingly decreed by fate—as his bomber becomes a pawn in a centuries-old conflict between remnants of advanced but decaying civilizations. Caught among these bitter enemies, a vast power that has brought them here for its own purposes, and a terrifying living weapon bent on their destruction, the crew must use every bit of their formidable inventiveness and courage to survive.

Fata Morgana—the epic novel of love and duty at war across the reach of time.


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At Water’s Edge

At Water's EdgeAt Water’s Edge by S. McPherson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After reading the title and synopsis I expected something with sirens or mermaids. A beautiful world where water played a major role and a romance beyond worlds.

Instead I found a bad case of insta love, tropes and a not so well written heroine. That together with a writing style that didn’t explain enough dropped this book quite a few notches. It is put as YA, but it is written in a way that makes me think of younger teens. Here I want to put up a warning: Domestic violence right in the first chapter. So in other words, maybe not for younger teens.

I found the characters lacking, well, character and much of the information was given so hastily and the heroine accepted and learned everything a bit too fast. She had to learn a whole new terminology! Believe me, it is not that simple, I didn’t learn it.

Lexovia, the supposedly most protected person in all of “portal-world” (I cannot remember the name, terminology… Coldivor? Or was that the normal world?) was surprisingly unprotected an un-looked after. And that just a month before the most important occasion in her and the “portal-world’s” life! I mean, whut?

The final battle, what happened with everyone? All main characters became pathetic. The battle didn’t raise my pulse or make me afraid to lose anyone. Not the epicness you want in the battle to save a wold.

In conclusion, I wasn’t a fan of this. But it was okay, I think I might have liked it if I was 5-10 years younger (for reference, now I’m 22).

I suppose my life began the night it almost ended. The night I fled down Cuckilbury Mountain and his outstretched hand pulled me through a portal and into his world of magic and empires. But my journey to his side will end in one of two ways; with my return or with my demise. There are rumours of a gem; a way for us to exist in the same realm but no one knows if these rumours are true or just things of legend. Now that I’ve found him though, it seems unbearable to exist in a world where he does not.

They say love can cross oceans but can it cross worlds?

– Goodreads


The Blue Moon Narthex

The Blue Moon NarthexThe Blue Moon Narthex by N.J. Donner

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Release date: February 7th 2017

I got this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was ok. It had an interesting story and funny characters, but it was not very original and the pacing was sometimes off. I was halfway through the book when I realised how the main characters were very similar to a famous trio – Harry, Ron and Hermione. There were the funny one, the clever girl and the protagonist. I would’ve liked to have a bit different characters.

About the pacing, there were times when I had to go back and reread a part since something changed so fast and somehow made so little sense my mind didn’t follow. Especially the making sense part is this novels weakest point. Sometimes I just couldn’t believe the decisions the grown ups made considering the 13 year old protagonist.

The world on the other hand I love. Early 20th century just gives a beautiful surrounding and the Coroseum really suited that time period. I’d love to see other stories set in this world.

In conclusion did enjoy it, and I think it is suitable for children, but there were just too many not so good things. That’s why it gets 2 stars.

“The balance of good and evil has been left in the hands of a thirteen year old…

Since the beginning of time, Karmanic matter worked silently and unassisted keeping good and evil in balance, until growing greed in the world meant Karma couldn’t keep up. As World War I rages, the secret Karmanic Sovereign Legion works behind the scenes to help Karma.

A suspicious train accident and an odd stone-shaped object that belonged to his father thrust Cole McCarthy and two schoolmates into the middle of this battle to keep dark forces in check.

With only the powerful stone, a letter, and grandfatherly Norm to guide them, the trio must unravel clues and tap into unknown strengths to discover who Cole’s father really was and keep themselves and those they love safe.”

– Goodreads

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The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

The Book of the Unnamed MidwifeThe Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I got this from NetGalley to make an honest review for the revised edition which came out in October this year.

This is a post-apocalyptic story where mankind has almost been wiped out by a virus. When our main protagonist wakes against all odds after having been sick, she wakes to a world without people, without comfort, and without rules. Those few survivors are fighting over food, weapons and women. The virus was hardest on the women and children, leaving a world filled with gangs of men.

Our main protagonist, a woman, has to fight for her survival and there is no one to trust. She dress up like a man and leaves San Francisco. We get to follow her journey through a dangerous, empty world, where the only important thing is survival.

I loved reading this story. It definitely is one of my top books read this year. The darkness of it, how depressive it was, how well written it was. Diary entries made by our main protagonist mixed with reading her story gave the reader an understanding of her as a character, and you got to see things our main character did not.

I can’t help but think about Metro 2033 after reading this. It is also a post-apocalyptic story, but most of humankind died in a nuclear war instead of by a virus. I strongly believe one of these scenarios will be how we disappear from this planet.

This book was amazing, but a WARNING, it contains rape, killing and abuse. If you are sensitive to those subjects, beware.

“When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.

In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population—killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant—the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power—and the strong who possess it.

A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.

After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide.”

– Goodreads

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Doctor Who: The American Adventures

Doctor WhoDoctor Who: The American Adventures by Justin Richards

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Release date: October 25 2016

I received this as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All that Glitters – California 1849

The first story in this little collection. I won’t write a longer synopsis since the story only was about 30 pages long (It would be impossible to avoid spoilers). However, if you are familiar with Doctor Who you know quite well what will happen.

I did like this story, even though it could have been longer and had a little more flesh. It is a very classic Doctor Who story, with a plot that was easy to follow and understand. However, as a grown up it almost became boring, but I think a young child would enjoy the story very much.

I give this story 2 stars (it was okay).

Off the Trail – The Oregon Trail 1846

They are travelling through the countryside to their new home. One morning all the other wagons have disappeared without trace.

This story was better than the first one. It had more of the ‘companion’s view’ (without a companion) of the Doctor, which you are used to see in the TV-series. The story also contained a bit more action. Still, it is so straight forward and nothing is complex.

I give this story 2+ stars (it was okay, but better than the first one).

Ghosts of New York – New York City 1902

The stories seem to just get better and better. This third one is definitely my favourite this far. It is set during the building process of the New York subway. But the work is slowing down. Ghosts are taking over the tunnels.

In this story the Doctor started feeling more like the Doctor.Out of all the short stories the main minor character in this one was my favourite. He actually did something instead of standing on the sideline, watching and being amazed by the Doctor. It is the same as with the TV-series, it is the companions who make it what it is. Without a companion, the Doctor is not as good.

I give this story 3 stars (I liked it).

Taking the Plunge – Florida 2017

This was a very short story, following only the Doctor and the villain. It was a perfect read for a late night. The story has a very simple build – finding a mystery in an amusement park and solving it. I could see a fleshed out version of this story as a Doctor Who special episode. Some more dialogue between the Doctor and the villain would have been a lovely addition. I also think this story could have fitted a monologue from the Doctor.

I give this story 2 stars (it was okay).

Spectator Sport – New Orleans 1815

The Doctor lands his TARDIS not knowing where and when he is. Soon he realises he is watching The Battle of New Orleans unfold. Then he meets a woman wearing a perception filter. Something strange is definitely going on and the Doctor is intrigued. So was I.

Sadly the story has such a promising beginning but the then it takes a turn towards a completely different story. The Battle really has nothing to do with the story, nor does the century or place. This story went from a 3+ to a 2 star one in just a few pages. Why change the Battle of New Orleans for a spaceship?

I give this story 2 stars (it was okay).

Base of Operation – USA 1944

 I think this was the strongest story of all of them. The Doctor arriving at a USA military base from which soldiers will be shipped to Europe (D-Day is not far away). But the base has been infiltrated, and not by Nazis. It is a classic “the Doctor saves the day” story and it felt really well put together. The pacing was perfect.

I give this story 3 stars (I liked it).

“Travel through time and space with the Twelfth Doctor in these six brand new adventures, set in a host of locations across the US and eras from throughout US history.

An invisible spacecraft turns up at the Battle of New Orleans, an alien presence is detected at the 1944 D-Day landings, and ghosts take over New York’s subway tunnels as they’re being dug in the early 1900s…

Filled with mystery, excitement and the Doctor’s trademark wit, these timeywimey stories will delight any Doctor Who fan.”

– Goodreads