Rook by J.C. Andrijeski

Like most humans Allie’s spent her life distancing herself from Seers, a race of human-like beings discovered on Earth in the early 1900s. That changes after catching her boyfriend in the arms of a hot band groupie, and Allie goes from San Francisco artist slacker to the girl wearing the GPS anklet in about sixteen seconds. That’s the least of her problems, though, compared to the shock of discovering who—and what—she really is.

Yanked out of her life by the mysterious Revik, Allie finds out that her blood may not be as indisputably human as she always thought. Through Revik she learns the truth: that Seers are nothing like she thought, that the world is nothing like it appears to be…and that she has far more in common with Seers than she ever wanted to believe.

Now on the run from a group of anti-human, terrorist Seers called Rooks and her own human government, Allie must learn to navigate a secret shadow world behind her own, a world filled with superhuman Seers with their own battles raging…and their own agendas around the fate of humanity. When Allie’s family and friends get dragged into that war, things suddenly get a lot more personal, and Allie learns she may be the only one who can stop it.

My grandmother warned me once that nothing in life is ever secure. No matter how stable, boring or predictable the different components may seem…everything can be gone with a single bad decision.

This is the type of book that people will absolutely love. The world building was absolutely amazing! I have never read a book like this where there is so much detail put into the world building. Considering the author had to show the differences between humans and seers this was no easy task. The seers have their own myths, history, world, and language that is completely beyond humans and what they can comprehend and the author pulled it off magnificently. Andrijeski has taken aspects of different religions and cultures and created a unique ideology for this world. The interwoven lives of these two species is revealed and showcased in amazing plot twists! The concept is so original there is no other book I have read that can be compared to this one. The character development was also off the charts. Each character was  important to the story. For example Revik has such a complex history that he could easily have a story of his own. The dynamics and relationships of the Seers like Vash, Terian, and Gailath is something all together amazing by itself. As for bad guys Terian has to be the creepiest one I have ever read in a story like this. His ability to split himself into different bodies is exciting and crazy at the same time. Allie is one of the most likeable females characters I’ve come across is some time. She is such a smart ass and so clueless about who is she is that her behavior is laugh out loud funny and yet you empathize with her as well. She has been thrown into a world where even though she is a Seer she is still something different. Even within their world. She is trying to navigate being the Bridge and what that means while dealing with Revik and their relationship and lack thereof.

I give this story 3/5 rating. While the world building is great, it is also very confusing. Added with the fact that the point of view switches and it takes a while to get used to it. I was a little more than halfway through the story before I was really able to understand what was going on. There were times in the book where things went on for too long for me and big questions where addressed but never fully explained. Such as the marriage of Allie and Revik. I don’t understand why it happened, how it happened, or why it was a big secret from Allie. Or why it was they got nauseas around each other.

Overall it really was an good story. I will be reading the rest of the series to find out how everything turns out and I would recommend this book.

Archetype by M.D. Waters

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Available at Amazon.com

Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can’t believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.

Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him. But the day Noah stands before her, the line between her reality and dreams shatters.

In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two men—one her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which. . . .

“No,” I moan, and my chest shudders with another sob. ” This is not happening.” Foster glances between the other two. “What’s going on?” I shake my head sharply from side to side, trying to stabilize my thoughts. “You tried to kill me here,” I whisper hoarsely to Noah. I point straight ahead. ” the tank used to be there. You turned off the life support and Sonya stopped you.” Foster glares at Noah. “Is that true?” He jerks his head up to Sonya for confirmation. “Is it?” “Yes,” Sonya says. Noah drops hard to the floor. He stares at me with wide eyes. “They were only nightmares at first,” I say to no one in particular. “Not once did I think they were real. Over time I believed them to be a bad memory.” Another sob breaks through. ” I still have these dreams almost every night.” I stand and then to face Her. I came here for answers, only to come away with more questions. I have been seeing this place through Her eyes.

Archetype was an OK read for me. I wanted to really love this book but just couldn’t connect with the story. I thought the plot was amazing and original but the delivery fell short for me. The main issue I had was that Emma didn’t know herself or anything for such a long time it became a chore to read through it. I think the problem in this sense was the excellent writing. The author was so amazing at setting the tone and the voice of Emma that it didn’t come across well with me. It also bothered me that she never used contractions. It made sense in the beginning of the book when she was learning everything but as time went on she could’ve spoken like everyone else. Especially when she regains her memory. I was also disappointed with the love interest in the story. I didn’t like either one of the guys all that much. However, between the two choices she had I felt she picked the wrong one. As far as the science goes I felt like by the end of the story the author was reaching. It wasn’t that it’s a bad book it just wasn’t for me personally.

Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

The Bookworm has returned as promised with another great read.
Freak of Nature by Julia Crane.

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Donate Body to Science. Check.
When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally  Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.

*For mature teens due to some sexual content.

“I don’t want to be just a weapon,” Kaitlyn said firmly. “I want to be a solution.

This is one of those books that you can absolutely judge by its cover! Not only is beautiful but it’s relevant to the content of the story. I really enjoyed the characters and the roles they played in Kaitlyn’s life. She was a very strong main character and it was wonderful to see her development from a cyborg science experiment to a young woman who is trying to find who she is and what she wants. Lucas was an interesting character. He has feelings for Kaitlyn he shouldn’t have but also feels responsible for being the brains behind what she is. He is proud of his work but torn by what he has done. The story flowed really well and was easy to follow. With the amazing plot that it has I disappointed that there wasn’t more action.  There was no real antagonist in the story. The bad guys weren’t really all that bad and the writing made it easy to understand them and see their point of view. The main conflicts that took place were the internal ones of the characters. I felt that this story had so much potential but didn’t quite make it. The ending was even a little too perfect and I didn’t get a good sense of intensity until the very end. However, it is the first in a series and it seems there will be more action to come. I would give this book a 3/5 rating and I look forward to reading the next story.