Saturday, June 28, 2014

Blog Tour: Hive & Heist by Janine A. Southard

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Hive & Heist by Janine A. Southard
(Hive Queen Saga #2)
Publication date: May 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Queen Rhiannon and her Hive have found safety on John Wayne Station, but with no way to pay their docking fees or Victor’s medical bills, their debts are racking up quickly. Thankfully, Gavin gets a job with American Space Ranger M3L-15-A, who’s hot on the trail of dangerous criminals.

The teens move in with their Ranger benefactor, but when they revisit their ship to pick up personal belongings, they realize their Alcubierre tensor jet has been stolen!

If Rhiannon and her Hivemates ever hope to leave, they must find and steal back what’s theirs. But far from home and among strangers, who can they trust? Will they be stuck on John Wayne for the rest of their lives?

My Review:
This is not a stand alone book. To fully understand what it going on, read the first book , as this continues right where book 1 leaves off. This I felt had more action. There is a continuation of the storyline from book 1 but still there are some other things going on to keep things interesting.

The characters continued to grow. You can really see how they have changed from when they were first introduced in the first book. This is a better pace book than the previous. This is probably because there is less world building that the author has to do.

Should you read it? Yes. Who should read it? Dystopian/sci-fi fans and those you read the first book. Who shouldn't read it? Those who haven't read the first book.

Queen & Commander by Janine A. Southard
(Hive Queen Saga #1)
Publication date: May 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

**WINNER 2013 IPPY AWARD -- Silver Medal for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book**

On a world where high school test scores determine your future, six students rebel. They’ll outrun society as fast as their questionably obtained spaceship will take them.

Rhiannon doesn’t technically cheat the Test. She’s smarter than the computers that administer it, and she uses that to her advantage. She emerges from Test Day with the most prestigious future career possible: Hive Queen.

Gwyn & Victor are madly in love, but their Test results will tear them apart. Good thing Rhiannon is Gwyn’s best friend. Rhiannon can fix this. Queens can do anything.

Gavin is the wild card. Raised off-planet, he can’t wait to leave again... and he’s heard of an empty ship in orbit. The Ceridwen’s Cauldron.

Both Luciano and Alan fit in the system. They don’t need to leave. Only their devotion to Rhiannon spurs them to join the Cauldron’s crew.

Spaceships. Blackmail. Anywhere but here.

My Review:
Interesting book. In this book we meet the young crew of the Ceridwen. We are also thrown into this new off Earth planet. There is alot going on in this book. at times it is interesting and other times not so much. Some times world building can take away from the pace of a book. Speaking of pace this was a slow moving book. though I read it relatively fast had it not been for the fact that I am  get ahead of my reading schedule it would have probably took me around a week or so.

The characters are likable. They show development through the book. The story is interesting. You know that there is going to be a second book and though it lagged about times it did make me want to read the second one.

Should you read it? Yes. Who should read it? Dystopian/Sci-fi fans. Who shouldn't read it? Those who are all about the science. This to me is still a character driven novel.

Janine A. Southard writes and edits speculative fiction in between working on videogame projects. She’s attended more than the average number of universities, which she claims is a FEATURE. (“Oxford educated, but Californian at heart.”) She’s also lived and traveled in Europe, the United States, and Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle with a husband (and a cat) and sings with a Celtic band.

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