Monday, October 15, 2018

Book Review: The Point by John Dixon

Media Type: ebook
Title: The Point
Author: John Dixon
Publisher: Del Rey
Pages: paperback, 320
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Sci-fi Fantasy

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy science fiction stories similar to X-Men.

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Scarlett Winter has always been an outsider, and not only because she's a hardcore daredevil and born troublemaker--she has been hiding superhuman powers she doesn't yet understand. Now she's been recruited by a secret West Point unit for cadets with extraordinary abilities. Scarlett and her fellow students are learning to hone their skills, from telekinetic combat to running recon missions through strangers' dreamscapes. At The Point, Scarlett discovers that she may be the most powerful cadet of all. With the power to control pure energy, she's a human nuclear bomb--and she's not sure she can control her powers much longer.

Even in this army of outsiders, Scarlett feels like a misfit all over again, but when a threat that endangers her fellow students arises from the school's dark past, duty calls and Scarlett must make a choice between being herself and becoming something even greater: a hero.
This story started off strong. We meet Scarlett as she's blowing off her own high school graduation, much to her mother's dismay. She is a rebellious, angry, angsty teen who is struggling with her future plans. When she gets into trouble, her only option to avoid jail is to join the military program at West Point.

Of course this isn't just a regular program at West Point, Scarlett has special abilities that the military is interested in. Posthumans are in their own program where they are learning to control and focus their powers. As is standard for Scarlett, she isn't that interested in doing what she's told. I liked her rebelliousness and bending of the rules despite her angst ridden feelings.

I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book, where we learn all about Scarlett and her experience with other posthumans. My frustration with the ending is mostly that is feels so different from the rest of the story. We are quickly introduced to the enemy and there's a showdown of sorts. Very movie-esque in its hastiness.

If you're looking for an interesting science fiction story that feels a lot like X-Men or the show Heroes, I think you would enjoy this book a lot. It definitely leans more towards Young Adult genre, but not in a bad way.

 FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

Happy Friday friends!

It's been a really long time since I've participated in one of these hops, mainly because we were posting infrequently for a while. I missed them! Getting to answer fun questions, visiting other people on their blogs, it's a great way to network! I actually miss being up on what other book bloggers are doing, and so it's one of my goals for the rest of this year and all of next year to start getting connected again.

Let's start things out with this book blog hop, shall we?


This week's question:
It's getting close to Halloween. If you HAD to read one of these two genres, which would you prefer -- urban fantasy, or horror, and why?


This is actually an easy one for me, because I read both of these genres! So, to make it a little tougher, I'm going to go ahead and choose one as a favorite and explain why. Are you ready? Because I'm going to settle right into why I love HORROR.

Horror books run the gambit from middle grade, all the way up to adult books and I love every single aspect of this genre. I could gush for ages about everything from ghost stories, to gore filled slasher stories, to stories filled with tense moments and overall dread. There's something beautiful about a well-written horror novel. They allow characters to take chances, face their fears and, hopefully, come out the other side a stronger person. They pit us, the reader, against all the things that we normally try to hide from. They make the fears we hold inside a little bit easier to understand, because we can see them through the eyes of someone else.

Plus, I just love to be scared!

Since I was a young reader I've loved that feeling of encroaching dread that comes with a good scary story. Every September and October you'll see my bookshelves filled with these kind of books and I can't wait!

Want some recs?

If you want some YA horror that features ghosts, fabulous characters, and ominous happenings, try The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. The whole series is fabulous!

If you want to read a tome, that features historical fiction mixed with horror, try The Terror by Dan Simmons. It's gory, but wonderfully done.

Finally, if you want a book that will enchant you, terrify you, and make you fall in love with every single character, try Boy's Life by Robert McCammon. Get tissues. You'll need them.


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