Review: Asunder by Jodi Meadows

DARKSOULS
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Newsoul trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been procrastinating about reading Asunder. I wish I hadn’t. I read it in twenty-four hours, and I am so ready for Infinite.

Asunder picks up where Incarnate ended. The city of Heart is recovering from Templedark, where more than 70 of the city’s constantly reincarnating souls were killed, never to return. Now, with more Newsouls on the way, and the Sylph acting stranger than ever, tensions are understandably high.

While Incarnate introduced to Ana, Sam, and the fantastically diverse and creepy world of Range and Heart, Asunder expands. Without getting spoilery, (because WOAH so many things happen!) the mysteries that are introduced in book one begin to unravel. It’s like Incarnate dipped a toe in a puddle, and now we’re knee deep splashing around in said puddle.

However, possibly the thing I loved the most was the character development. We get to see Ana really come into her own as a person, Sam at both his strongest and weakest, and their growth and struggle as a couple. In fact, I thought there was major growth for all the characters, including some new additions to the cast.

Along with the shocking revelations that come for all the characters, the stakes that were already high got higher. If you haven’t read this one get on it–Infinite is out now and you don’t want to miss it!

Blog Tour: Parched by Georgia Clark

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As part of Mundie Girls Blog Tours, we have the pleasure of having Georgia Clark, author of Parched, on the blog today to talk a little bit about her book and about the research behind writing sci-fi stories! To learn more about Parched and the author, keep reading after the post!

How to Research A Sci-Fi Novel (if You Know Nothing About Robots) By Georgia Clark

I did a ridiculous amount of research for my second novel, Parched. So much so that when compiling it all for this guest blog post, I found myself wondering 1. I am crazy and 2. If knowing it was going to take as much time as it did, if I’d do it all again. (Answers are ‘yes’ and ‘yes’).

My jumping off point for Parched was this: a girl in love with a robot. What did I know about robots? Well, I’d seen Bladerunner a few dozen times…?

It didn’t take long for me to realize that a robot is a non-sentient being. Unless I wanted to get readers to care about a girl falling for something with the emotional intelligence of a toaster, what I wanted was AI. Artificial Intelligence. I wanted to create something that could feel. Essentially, a cyborg. So I began researching that. Read more

Saturday Soundtracks: Girls Gone Sci-Fi

SS HeaderI’m so thrilled to be sharing with you the first of a long series I’m starting called “Saturday Soundtracks.” Each week, I have the honor of hosting an author who will be sharing songs that they love and that inspire them then share why each song means something to them. I’m excited to be sharing with you these authors and can’t wait for this series to continue!

For our first ever Saturday Soundtracks, I’m happy to be sharing with you not one but FOUR authors! All four of these authors are currently on tour together in what they’re calling the “Girls Gone Sci-Fi Tour” throughout the South and I’m so jealous I’m so far away and can’t see them! The ladies on tour are Lauren Miller, Jessica Khoury, Tamara Ireland Stone, and Jessica Brody. Check out the playlist below and listen to each song before learning more about the authors and why they chose each song! Read more

Cover Reveal: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

One of my favorite authors is Scott Westerfeld, whose Uglies series has taken the world by storm since it first released, and when I first heard about his newest book, I was thrilled. Afterworlds is going to be a book to watch for this Fall!

From Entertainment Weekly:

Scott Westerfeld, the author of the extremely popular Uglies and Leviathan series, has a new novel novel coming out on Sept. 23. Afterworlds is a suspenseful thriller about a young writer, Darcy Patel, who arrives in New York City with a contract to write a YA novel. There’s a meta element: Darcy’s novel-within-the-novel, also called Afterworlds— about a girl who delves into a realm between the living and the dead to hide out during a terrorist attack — is woven into Darcy’s narrative as she learns to navigate life in the city.

Not only does this book sound absolutely fantastic…the cover is brilliance. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t release until September 23rd, but mark your calendars and take this day off work. It’s gonna be a busy day.

What do you think of the cover?

Review: The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

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All aboard for an action-packed escapade from the internationally bestselling author of Airborne and the Silverwing trilogy.

The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across the country, and first-class passenger Will Everett is about to embark on the adventure of his life!

When Will ends up in possession of the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past.

In order to survive, Will must join a traveling circus, enlisting the aid of Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster and leader of the troupe, and Maren, a girl his age who is an expert escape artist. With villains fast on their heels, can Will and Maren reach Will’s father and save The Boundless before someone winds up dead?

I saw that this book was written by Kenneth Oppel and after reading and loving his This Dark Endeavor series (excuse me, Mr. Oppel, when are we getting more books about Victor? I need them.) I knew I needed this book. Not to mention this book is basically like Titanic mixed with The Great Train Robbery. Taking place on a train. But such a huge train that you can’t just stop it easily or get off. Kind of like a ship. But on land. Awesome.

The entire book is simply a journey from the caboose to the engine. It might sound basic, but on a huge train, filled with danger and unknown enemies, all while being pursued by ruffians and murders. Utterly perilous. Every car holds new challenges as Will has to get to the front of car to save his father and the train. And blend this with the fantastic magic and steampunk themes and it just keeps getting better and better.

But Will isn’t alone. He makes allies with circus performers he’s not always sure he can trust, Maren, a contortionist with many other talent and Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster. Both of which seem helpful, but might just have their own motives. Dun dun dun. I love me a little dubious characters. Make them steampunk-y and performers. Oh man. SO INTRIGUED.

I have to mention how much I love Oppel’s writing style, it’s a little different in this book, but still has the same absorbing quality that his Young Adult novels have. I started this book and I just didn’t want to stop. Didn’t want the subway to have reached my stop, didn’t want my break at work to end or you know, have to sleep. I just wanted to be kept in this rich, beautiful world of the Canadian wilderness.

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