You never know when an ordinary teenager will blossom into something extraordinary. Jaden is a fourteen-year-old girl abandoned by her mother, unwanted by her father, and tormented at school. She fills her alone time exploring the streets of her hometown of Nashua, New Hampshire. She discovers a flea market and is drawn to the table of a mysterious lady selling Tibetan singing bowls and crystals. The impulse purchase of a crystal chakra set reveals a mystical destiny. Jaden and her only friend, Alister, are transported to Mount Shasta, California, which hides the Lemurian City of Telos. It is here, at the first Earth chakra location, where Jaden and Alister become part of a secret world of teenagers and esoteric beings working to protect the Earth chakra energies from the Keeper of Belial.
The back-story for H2LiftShips, following our intrepid sentients in the void, the Luna Casino, and the Asteroids, with a little old school schooling and celebrations. This is where we fill in the answers to some of your questions..
How did an asteroid citizen, born and bred, learn to drive a sports-car on Earth?
What happens to you after being abandoned on a divorce asteroid?
Why is Jack so afraid of prison? What traumatized that poor little puppy?
Are the bioGels sentient? And are they plotting against their owners?
What does it take to be a SolarSail Captain?
Do octopuses really think that they are better than the terrestrials?
It’s New Year’s Eve in Graysland, but when the final second fails to come Rupert Starbright finds his entire town frozen in time. Rupert and his school crush Rainn Evertree must travel to the Land of Annum to retrieve the stolen second from the nasty and evil Epoch. They will travel a wild, imaginative, and musical world where all the characters of the Zodiac join Rainn in helping Rupert in his most colorful and challenging adventure yet!
Firstly, I just adore the book cover. Like I can keep it as my lock screen, it is sooooo cute. Rupert is adorable and totally unboring. Now let us get started on the book. Though this is the fourth book of the series, it is the first one that I read and while there are plenty of mentions of past events, it just made me want to read all the previous books instead of feeling confused in this one.
And my general approach for children’s books is to go with the flow and as such, A Nick of Time kind of hindered that because… the premise is that the world is frozen. So, yeah, no going anywhere and no flowing anywhere. But Rupert is unfrozen with his cute crush Rainn Evertree. They must go through an adventurous journey to make things go back to before.
The story is much more complex though, Rupert likes Rainn but since they’re the only ones that are unfrozen, it gives them time to bond. They travel to the Land of autumn to get their hands on the stolen second. All the zodiacs, as mentioned on the cover are going to help them on their journey.
Writing for children’s books has to be really imaginative and engaging which is what this book had. It was descriptive, kept the imaginative juices flowing and painted a vivid and colorful picture of the adventures undertaken. Even the characters introduced at different stages were well thought-out.
Leisha knows something’s wrong. Her beloved vocal coach at boarding school would never have resigned and disappeared like this in the midst of preparing her prize students for a major vocal competition. Leisha’s determined to find her, make sure she’s okay.
Cody, a sensitive cellist, insists on helping her. Sparks fly, clues multiply, and romance blossoms, despite the disapproval of their families. Leisha’s desire to be with Cody and pursue music rather than medicine puts her on a direct collision course with her African-American grandfather, the only parent she’s ever had. But an even more immediate threat looms-because as Leisha draws closer to the truth about her teacher’s disappearance, she puts her own life in grave danger.
Tortured by grief, Nicholas Smith ends his 21st century life in an ill-fated suicide attempt. But destiny has other plans and that’s when his 31st century life begins. Present day college professor, Nicholas Smith, finds his life turned upside down when his wife is killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In an effort to escape his loneliness, he decides to end it all. But fate intervenes and Nicholas finds himself thrown into a war-ravaged, post-apocalyptic 31st century where the remains of society are split into two factions: the dictatorial Proletariat Council and the rebels of the Sovereign Brotherhood. Confronted with the atrocities of the Proletariat Council, Nicholas reluctantly takes up arms. Still reeling from his own personal loss and deeply confused about his displacement in time, Nicholas must reconcile his convictions with what those around him say is his destiny. He must decide exactly what duty means and how far he will go to defend what is right.
“Warm, tropical weather, strong gusts of wind, poisonous air, and metallic-tasting seas that kill more organisms than it breeds — yet, life on the South Island goes about as well as it can. There was a reason why Earth colonized this place. Everything is familiar, consistent — consistency is a welcome reprieve, and Ava’s planet has plenty of it.”
“The fifth to be born among the stars, Ava sets forth to make a name for herself despite this obscure claim to fame. Being raised by emotionless, loveless robots doesn’t exactly merit a natural flair for spontaneity or empathy, but Ava makes do. At the very least, she tries to.
Received an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.
My Ratings: 4/5 stars
About this Book:
The Blighted Flame and it is an adult fantasy novel. It follows a twenty-three-year-old pyromancer named Virgil Truesdale. For five years, he has hunted the witch responsible for murdering his family. Despite his efforts and burning lust for vengeance, his quest has been fruitless. However, after a lead takes a turn towards the unexpected, Virgil receives an opportunity to get within striking distance of his goal. Unfortunately, seizing this opportunity means turning his back on his family’s lineage, and participating in the Crusader’s Exam — a hellish test designed to push him to the absolute brink.
The world is a wasteland. It always has been. Moshe, Amaru, and Reenu have never known anything other than the desert wasteland that raised them. When the rumor arises that something other than barren landscape could be out there, the three of them make haste for an abundant future. Upon arrival at this established society, the group quickly learns how and how not to get along amidst group dynamics and seemingly sinister mystery. The trials and social politics that Moshe, Amaru, and Reenu face teach them that some rules are useful and some are meant to be broken. Have a seat at Ecclesia’s Table.