Monday, December 28, 2009

Book Review for 'S.E.A.M.S. 16: A New Home' by Eric B. Thomasma

S.E.A.M.S. 16: A New Home was written by Eric B. Thomasma and is available for purchase at http://www.seams16.com/
Life has never been easy for Charlie and Susan Samplin and their married life together has consisted of one struggle after another. All that is about to change when Charlie is offered an amazing job on S.E.A.M.S. 16, an S.E.A. maintenance station in space. The station is everything that Charlie has ever dreamed of, but Susan believes it just may be too good to be true. After a tour of the station and much consideration, the couple decide to give life in space a try and embark on a new journey together in a new home.
The Samplins are welcomed with open arms and quickly fit into the scheme of things on S.E.A.M.S. 16. But a series of curious and tragic events place them in the midst of an investigation into the origins of a mysterious find and the perpetrator of the terrible crimes against the space station.
S.E.A.M.S. 16 is a very interesting read with descriptive passages and well placed characters that make it easy to immerse yourself directly in the midst of the story. I stepped out of my reading 'comfort zone' with S.E.A.M.S. 16 and was glad that I did. This is a fantastic YA Sci-Fi read and I can see this book translating easily onto the big screen. I must say, I am looking forward to the second book in this series.
I am giving S.E.A.M.S. 16: A New Home a 3-spider rating. If you find your life on earth a little too boring or mundane and long to be transported away, then pick up a copy of Eric B. Thomasma's S.E.A.M.S. 16: A New Home and let the adventure begin.
CK Webb

Monday, December 21, 2009

Book Review for 'Royal Exile' by Fiona McIntosh

Royal Exile was written by Fiona McIntosh and published in Great Britain by Voyager in 2008. It was also published in the US in 2009 by Harper Voyager. It is the first book in a three-book series named The Valisar Trilogy.
Loethar, an ambitious and bloodthirsty ruler from the Stepps leads an army to take over the Kingdom of Penraven, which is ruled by King Brennus, the 9th Valisar king. But Loethar is after more than the kingdom and he believes the Valisar line is in possession of the power of Coercion which makes them able to compel anyone to do anything. Though King Brennus does not have the power, he knows that only a female Valisar heir can posses it. As Brennus' queen Iselda brings forth the female heir, Brennus hatches a plan to save the baby along with his son, Leo from Loethar and the death he surely brings the heirs of the Valisar throne.
Loethar takes over the Valisar kingdom and murders King Brennus and Queen Iselda but by this time, Gavriel DeVis, the son of Brennus' Legate Regor DeVis, has secreted Leo away and now must keep him safe until he is a man and can take back his father's throne. As Loethar attempts to find the young king, Gavriel and Leo play a dangerous game of cat and mouse while other loyal subjects of the Valisar's are perilously working from within to save the Valisar Kingdom.
I found Royal Exile to be a fine, spirited read with plenty of action, adventure and mayhem. The characters are believable and the scenes are true-to-life. The descriptive passages make the reader feel the fear and sorrow experienced by the characters as the story unfolds and races to the crowning of a king. Although I don't feel that this is a stand-alone novel, I believe that anyone who reads this book will be more than happy to read the remaining two books, the second book in the series being Tyrant's Blood, also published in 2009.
I am giving Royal Exile a 3-spider rating and I hope you will check out this great tale of warriors, magic powers and how a young prince becomes a king. It will be well worth your reading time.
DJ Weaver

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Movie Review for Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince - Rated PG


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was directed by David Yates and released in theatres on July 15, 2009. It was released on DVD December 08, 2009. The movie stars Danielle Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) as the young trio of friends attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Since the murder of Sirius Black and the escape of the Death Eaters from Azcaban Prison, no one is safe. Wizards, witches and muggles alike are being terrorized by the Death Eaters and their seemingly misguided dedication to Lord Voldemort. When professor Albus Dumbledore once again asks Harry Potter for his help, the search begins for a missing memory that is key to Voldemort's existence and also to his destruction.
While searching for the missing memory, Harry inadvertently comes across a 'potions book' once owned by The Half-Blood Prince, but who is he? A series of vicious attacks aimed at the now aging Dumbledore prompt Harry, Hermione and Ron to search out the Half-Blood Prince and try, yet again to uncover the one thing that will rid the wizardry world of Voldemort forever. But they will suffer great loss along the way and no one will be the same after they find what they seek.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is, of course, visually stunning and yet I found myself wanting more as the credits rolled. This is not the Harry PotterI have grown to expect and the supporting character's rolls were dull and lackluster. The lead characters did do their very best to save the film and it is for that reason, and that reason alone that I long to see the two final movies.
I must say that I was slightly disappointed by this film, however my children enjoyed it immensely. I am quite sure that lovers of the Harry Potter series will want to see The Half Blood Prince, as they should, in order to continue on with the series' storyline. I can only hope that the next Harry Potter movie doesn't leave me asking 'What Happened?' and that the story I have grown to love returns to the big screen. I am sadly giving Harry Potter and the Half -Blood Prince a 3-spider rating and am doing so in hopes of better things to come. Please Harry, don't let me down!
CK Webb