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mona lisaDr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime tracking down her mother’s dream, locating the last remaining piece of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in At Star’s End by Anna Hackett. When the museum Eos works for refuses to acknowledge her research and fund an expedition to locate it, Eos is forced to approach the Phoenix brothers, a group of treasure hunters willing to travel the dangers and distances of the galaxy.

Dathan Phoenix hasn’t had the best luck with intelligent women (the last one left him tasered twitching on the ground) but can’t deny that he finds himself attracted the brilliant standoffish Eos. If Eos is correct about the location of the Mona Lisa, it would be worth trillions, but will she follow through on her part of the bargain and allow him to sell the missing painting?

At Star’s End is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure, with an intriguing heroine, a lost treasure and a hunky treasure hunter. At only 137 pages, the novel felt a little rushed and I feel like it could have been longer but it was an entertaining read despite being so short. The galaxy Hackett has created is intriguing and I love the relationship between the Phoenix brothers and the intelligent computer is highly entertaining. Eos is a great character, interested in all the galaxy around her, she is a nice change from the cynical herione (not that she doesn’t have her cynical moments) but if I was in a intergalactic market I would be intrigued and curious as well. Written in the first person (like most Carina Press novels I have read), At Star’s End allows you to really see what Eos is feeling and thinking. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in The Phoenix Adventures series.

The Phoenix Adventures Reading Order

At Star’s End

Book 2 TBA

Book 3 TBA

Rating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: At Star’s End

Author: Anna Hackett

Format:  eBook

Page Nos.: 137

AISN: B00H08N9YO

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: March 31, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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The Books-to-Movie challenge for April is The Host by Stephanie Meyers. I realize it has been awhile since we have done a books-to-movie challenge and thought that The Host is a perfect way to start off with the challenges again. I have been very vocal about my dislike of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers but I devoured The Host  the first time I read it, I think it shows that Meyers really can write. Originally released in 2008, The Host  is a science-fiction novel set place in the present day Earth where we have been peacefully taken over by an the host novelalien race. The aliens are implanted into our bodies, eventually taking over our bodies and our consciousness disappears. But there are those humans who are still free and The Host is about one such individual, a rebel by the name of Melanie who is eventually caught by the aliens but the “soul” is implanted into her body she doesn’t shut down, leaving her body with to individuals in charge and aware of their circumstances. 

Like I said, I devoured the book when I first got it but I have to admit it has been some years since I read it and I am interested in rereading it again.

The movie stars Saoirse Ronan (of The Lovely Bones) as Melanie/Wanda, Max Irons (of Red Riding Hood) as Jared and Jake Abel (of I Am Number Four) as Ian. I have to admit I love that the main characters are all played by actors(ress) who have starred in other books-to movie adaptations.

Some things to consider when reading/watching the film:

How does the first person narrative of the two main characters (Melanie and Wanda) translate from the book to the film? Do you think it works or is it just confusing?

What do you think about the change in the character of the seeker from the novel to the film?

What do you think of the casting of the characters? Are they believable or could it have been cast differently?

Overall thoughts and impressions?

I am very excited of this challenge so pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn, and let the fun begin!

Every so often I find myself with my To-Be-Read (TBR) pile a little out of control. I never mean for this to happen but there are so many great possibilities of fabulous books out there that I can’t help myself. Somehow, when I get to a bookstore or approached by authors/publishers, I become like a kid in the candy store and want them all. Every time I am ready to read a new book for reviewing then it takes me some time to choose because they all sound so fabulous. So I thought that today I would give sneak peek at what reviews will be coming up.

etiquette espionage
 by Gail Carringer
It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.
Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail’s legions of fans have come to adore.
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by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway

At the behest of three of the most talented historical romance authors writing today, you are cordially invited to a ball. No, a party. No . . . a kidnapping.

Taran Ferguson, laird of his clan, is determined that his ancient (if not so honorable) birthright be secured before he dies. When both his nephews refuse to wed, the old reprobate takes matters into his own hands: he raids a ball and makes off with four likely brides . . .

Miss Marilla Chisholm—the bonniest lass in Scotland, and an heiress to boot.

Miss Fiona Chisholm—her older sister, another fine choice (but for that tiny stain on her reputation).

Lady Cecily Tarleton—true, she’s an English beauty, but very, very rich.

Miss Catriona Burns—without name or fortune, clearly someone made a mistake.

Oh, yes. And one very irate duke.

Because somewhere there must be one lady most willing to love a Scottish lord.

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wolfishly yoursWolfishly Yours 

by Lydia Dare

Regency England Has Gone To The Wolves!

It Takes A Beast…

Grayson Hadley is in his own special hell-being treated like a wayward pup by the tutor employed to turn him into a true gentleman. So when he meets a hot-blooded American beauty with the mark of a Lycan, he’s only too glad to slip his leash.

To Bring This Lady To Heel

Accustomed to running wild in the swamps of Louisiana, Miss Liviana Mayeux is shipped off to her grandfather’s in London to learn a thing or two about polite society. At first she scoffs at the English Lycans’ apparent tameness. Little does Livi realize how very close she is to unleashing the passion that lies just beneath the surface…

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alteredAltered 

by Jennifer Rush

They were made to forget. But they’ll never forgive.

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch, at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, solemn and brooding; Cas, light-hearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam . . . who’s stolen Anna’s heart.

When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape. Anna’s father pushes her to go with them, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs.

On the run, with her father’s warning in her head, Anna begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.
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This is a just a small glimpse of the 46 books in the TBR pile right now but I thought I would share a little bit of the goodness coming soon to Novel Reaction. :-) What is in your TBR?

 

In Haven 6 by Aubrie Dionne, Eridani has struggled to find her place aboard a transport space ship traveling through space on its way to a new planet for colonization known to the inhabitants of the ship as Haven 6. On a ship with a limited DNA pool, every bonding of mates is carefully selected but Eri is the result of an illegal bonding and, as a result, has no life mate of her own. Eri has also been given the job of linguist, stuck away in a small office away from others charged with remembering the languages of the planet the colonist left centuries ago. As their ship nears Haven 6, they discover that there are beings already inhabiting the planet and Eri is assigned to the exploratory team to contact the locals and return with the information on how to defeat them.

Striver, descended from pirates and colonists from Old Earth is the leader of the group on Haven 6. Striver saves Eri and her team from attack fro the Lawless ones, outcasts from the carefully maintained society on Haven 6. Striver and Eri are drawn to each other but each must deal with the loyalties they have to their people and eventually must decide what is the best course for everyone wanting to live on Haven.

Unlike the other two books I have read in A New Dawn series (which I devoured in one sitting), I struggled to get into the story of Haven 6. But once I was a couple of chapters in then I was hooked and had to find out if Striver and Eri would be able to come to a solution for everyone. Haven 6 is the third/fourth book (depending upon how you consider prequels) but you don’t need to read the other books in the series to understand what is going on, each book is its own world that is being colonized by different ships that have left Earth after it became uninhabitable. The premise of the series is intriguing, what would you do if you were raised on a ship that has been traveling through space for centuries, the descendant of individuals who were born, spent their entire lives and died in space, and suddenly that existence is coming to an end as you arrive at your new world. Would you still blindly follow the rules/orders that were so necessary while you were traveling in space but suddenly aren’t so important? How does free will work in an uber structured society? Would you be strong enough to do something different? In Haven 6 this is exactly where Eri finds herself, being ordered to bring about the death and destruction of the inhabitants of Haven, Eri has to reevaluate what is truly in the best interest of the group and what is in the best interest of herself. They entire series is worth a read.

A New Dawn Reading Order:

A Hero Rising (prequel)

Paradise 21(read my review here)

Tundra 37 (read my review here)

Haven 6

Rating: 

Content: 

Title: Haven 6

Author: Aubrie Dionne

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 326

ISBN: 978-1937044855

Publisher: Entangled

Release Date: September 11, 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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