Monday, February 11, 2013

'Til The World Ends:Dawn of Eden/Thistle and Thorne/Sun Storm by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, Karen Duvall Review

'Til The World Ends:Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa; Thistle and Thorne by Ann Aguirre; Sun Storm by Karen Duvall Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound
Goodreads Summary-
 Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa 

Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden-as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems.... 

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre 

After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside-in the Red Zone-is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they'll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside...for good. 

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall 

Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms-in the cosmos and beyond. And she's not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She'll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends.

Dawn of Eden Review
This is the prequel to what happens to the world to bring on the Rabids, those nasty zombie like creatures that feed on people at night, but like vampires, have to sleep during the day. We find Kylie and a few others trying desperately trying to provide comfort to those dying in her makeshift clinic on the outskirts of Washington DC. It's a hopeless cause as no one recovers. Kylie did, but none of her patients have and they have to stack the bodies in the alley rather than bury them, the body count is so high. In comes two young men, one severely wounded, the other carrying him. He's seeking help for his wounded friend with a haunted look in his eyes. He watches his friend constantly but doesn't want Kylie to go outside by herself. She's sure she hasn't gotten the whole story. When her patients become Rabids she gets the story on the run. The romance between Ben the surviving visitor and Kylie is rushed, as it would be in an end of the world kind of situation, two desperate people in an even more desperate situation. But I felt like Kylie's voice in the beginning didn't really sound like Julie Kagawa's writing. Something was lacking in it for me. Then there is a very adult sex scene that doesn't belong in a YA book, but it does stress the end of the world, all in kind of situation. There are Rabids scratching at the walls trying to find a way into the basement they are in and a vampire guarding the house upstairs and they decide it's a great time to have sex. Better now than never, because you never know if you may be taking your last breath.

We do learn about the first Rabid and what happened and how it spread. Ben is headed for his estranged family's farm in the Midwest but he doesn't know what waits for him. And dad is not a forgiving man. You'll have to read the rest to find out what happens. I'll say the end, the flight from the clinic on sounds more like Julie Kagawa's writing to me than the previous writing. I can't explain it. But it's definitely worth a read if you are reading The Immortal Rules series. You'll want to know what happens.

Thistle and Thorne Review
This was my favorite of the three stories and had me digging out my copy of Enclave though I'm told these two characters don't make an appearance in the book. Too bad. Mari Thistle is sent on a fool's errand. She doesn't know this of course. She's just trying to keep herself and her brother and sister fed. She teams up with Thorne when her mission goes awry and then finds out she's teamed up with him to bring the Boss down. Through a few days of dodging bullets, bad guys and betrayals, she meets her biggest challenge in her young life, protecting the life of Thorne who is making a play for Boss of the Snakeward where she resides with her siblings. Her neighbors watch out for each other, even help in times of need. Stavros, the old Boss doesn't like that, he wants to control by fear and intimidation but he's gone too far. She's not sure how Thorne will be as a leader, but she knows she needs to get Stavros out. So on one dark misty night, she does what she's never done, makes the leap from thief to killer. She owes a debt to Thorne and she isn't sure what it will be, that's how the story ends but I hope they have their own story. The romance is very hesitant if almost non existent here. But there is the promise of more. Thorne is one cool customer, but then so is Mari (Thistle) backing off from anything emotional knowing that attachments are a risk in this world. Plus she doesn't seem to have much experience in that area. We all need to petition Ann Aguirre to please write their own story!!!

Sun Storm
Okay this one was a little hard to swallow. It would have been much better as a complete novel as everything was too hurried. The romance, finding the bad guy, and the resolution of the problem. Karen Duvall can write and had a great plot but there were some kinks that needed to be worked out. Like the Earth had suffered a series of catastrophic Sun Storms. I'm guessing no ozone layer and there were continued sun storms that, if outside, people would get burned and suffer from sun sickness and eventually die. But a certain percentage of people would develop genetic abnormalities and make them Kinetics. Our heroine is a Kinetic and can predict sun storms so she can warn people and they can get inside. Sarah and her father and mother used to chase storms until this catastrophe happened to the world. Even then she could somewhat predict storms. But not to this extent. Enter Ian Matthews, another Kinetic. He has an unusual power and together the two of them have a great potential. Sarah is wary of him, rightly so in the beginning, but then falls for him quickly. Still she keeps her distance from him as it is dangerous for them to be together due to a rogue FBI agent looking for Ian. Various things happen and all of the sudden HEA for the world tied up neatly in a bow. It all happened too quickly and as I said would have made a great full length novel or even a series. Don't get me wrong, it was a good short story. Just too much for a short story. Still very much worth reading.

All in all, I was happy I read these stories for background stories and samples of the authors writing. I dusted off my copy of Enclave, ordered the short stories on my Kindle by Ann Aguirre and ordered her second novel. Anyone that can write like that I want to read. Of course, I have Julie Kagawa's next book on pre-order. I'll always have her on pre-order. Now I'll put Ann Aguirre on pre-order as well!

Thanks to Harlequin for the E-ARC provided through NetGalley for a copy of the short stories to read. I was not compensated for my review and all opinions expressed were my own.

Happy reading,
Heather

6 comments:

  1. Everyone seems to love Aguirre, but I've never read anything by her. I don't think starting Enclave would work since I don't do zombies, but I'm thinking about picking up her urban fantasy book/series. Have you read those?

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  2. I so agree with you! I found out that this isn't their YA imprint so I guess that is why Julie went adult on the series. Still doesn't make sense if you are numbering it as part of the series, but as an adult, I don't mind. Needs to get to the Anne Aguirre books I have on hand! NEEDS I tells ya. :D

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  3. Yep, everyone is loving that Ann Aguirre story and not so much the last one. I need to check this book out for sure! Happy Monday, Heather!

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  4. I would sign that petition to Ann Aguirre a hundred times over. I need more Thistle and Thorne! There was just so much potential in them and I wanted their story to take up the rest of the anthology so I could spend more time with them. Ann always writes such fascinating characters. I can't wait to see what you think of Enclave if you give it a try Heather!

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  5. Very nice book. I am very interested about online books and I am searching about the gymnastics books.

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  6. I haven't even seen this one before, but would totally pick it up for Aguirre's story alone!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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