Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT SKYJACKED by Shirley Golden @Shirl1001 @urbanepub #SciFi

Today’s team review is from Lilyn, she blogs at http://www.scifiandscary.com/

#RBRT Review Team

Lilyn has been reading Skyjacked by Shirley Golden

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Skyjacked was a good effort by Shirley Golden.  It was an enjoyable read, but it wasn’t an exciting one. I never got swept up in it. Actually, I felt on a few occasions like I had to force myself to finish it. And that’s not really the reaction this book deserved. But like I said: It was okay. It never thrilled me, but it was competently told. 

I think maybe I was expecting too much. “Motley band” “ultimate adventure”, etc, had me expecting something filled to the bursting with wise-cracking wit, impression-leaving characters, and tons of action. There was a good bit of action, but the only character that really stood out to me as interesting was the robot. It took about 65% of the book (Kindle format) before I became adequately invested enough to care about what was going on. I feel like, at that point, no matter how interesting the rest of it is, it’s just a bit lacking.

I do give Shirley Golden props for fleshing out her story with believable bits of history and side notes. I’m ashamed to admit it took me a little too long to realize the Niaz/Nazi thing. On the other hand, that made it into a delightful surprise when I did see it. Like an Easter Egg hidden in the book.  I also did enjoy how she was able to pull in a few threads I thought were unconnected in ways I wasn’t expecting. I also enjoyed watching one of the characters get what was coming to him and seeing the other come into herself. I can’t say that I bought all of it, but I bought enough.

I was happy with the ending. I do think she did a great job of picking the perfect ending for this book. Most of the time I’m the person who argues against the type of ending Skyjacked had. However (probably partly because it was unexpected), it worked really well for this book. Actually, the ending was the strongest part of the book. If more of the book had been as well-written as that ending was, I’d have been much happier.  I wish I could say more, but I don’t want to spoil anything!

Overall, not a bad book, but not an outstanding one.  Still, I think most sci-fi readers would enjoy it. 

Book Description

Separated from his son, only a galaxy stands between him and home… The year is 2154, and Corvus Ranger, space pilot and captain of the Soliton, embarks on a penal run to Jupiter’s prison moon, Europa. It should be another routine drop, but a motley band of escaped convicts have other ideas. When Soliton is hijacked, Corvus is forced to set a new destination, one which is far from Earth and his son. Unable to fight (or smooth talk) his way to freedom, Corvus finds himself tied to the plans of the escapees, including their leader Isidore and a gifted young boy who seems to possess strange abilities. Desperate to return to Earth and the son he left behind, Corvus is thrown into the ultimate adventure, a star-strewn odyssey where the greatest enemy in the universe may very well be himself.

About the author

Shirley Golden

Shirley Golden has fiction publications in anthologies and magazines. Some of her stories have won prizes, and many have been shortlisted in competitions. She is a novelist who writes historical fiction and fantasy. Her debut novel, ‘Skyjacked’, a space fantasy, will be published by Urbane Publications in the spring of 2016.

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SKYJACKED by Shirley Golden @shirl1001@urbanepub light easy read #SciFi #SundayBlogShare

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Skyjacked is an easy read scifi suitable for a wider reading audience. It begins in 2146 with a young boy undergoing experiments for an energy which he emits, and his ability to “read” others.

The book then continues eight years later. We meet Corvus a spaceship pilot. He is about to take some prisoners to a penal colony on Europa, however once arrived he finds a small coup and he and his spaceship are hijacked. Four ex-prisoners take Corvus and two of those he was transporting and set off for an unknown planet.

Needing fuel, they encounter a planet of A1 Robots and Corvus’ instincts about one of his captors come true. On another planet when searching for water they are waylaid by pollen from mysterious plants. Attempts to reach out for rescue invite dangerous aliens and the action increases when they set off on a rescue mission.

There’s enough action and character relationship developments to keep the pace interesting. The quantity of scifi gizmos and gadgets is enough without it being overwhelming. Overall an enjoyable quick read.

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Book Description

Separated from his son, only a galaxy stands between him and home… The year is 2154, and Corvus Ranger, space pilot and captain of the Soliton, embarks on a penal run to Jupiter’s prison moon, Europa. It should be another routine drop, but a motley band of escaped convicts have other ideas. When Soliton is hijacked, Corvus is forced to set a new destination, one which is far from Earth and his son. Unable to fight (or smooth talk) his way to freedom, Corvus finds himself tied to the plans of the escapees, including their leader Isidore and a gifted young boy who seems to possess strange abilities. Desperate to return to Earth and the son he left behind, Corvus is thrown into the ultimate adventure, a star-strewn odyssey where the greatest enemy in the universe may very well be himself. 

About the author

Shirley Golden

Shirley Golden has fiction publications in anthologies and magazines. Some of her stories have won prizes, and many have been shortlisted in competitions. She is a novelist who writes historical fiction and fantasy. Her debut novel, ‘Skyjacked’, a space fantasy, will be published by Urbane Publications in the spring of 2016.

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Did I Meet You In 2016? A Year in Review #NewYearsEve #WeekendBlogShare

Hello Lovely Readers – Did we meet in 2016?

On this New Year’s Eve: My 2016 year in review

I think many folks will be looking back at 2016 and wondering what it all meant to them. I’ve handpicked some of the highlights for me.

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In April I had a planned meet up in Glasgow with Barb Taub, Cathy Ryan and Alison Williams. These lovely ladies are all part of my review team. Barb is an author and her blog posts are just the best to entertain you. Cathy is a book reviewer and her book reviews are extremely popular, check out her blog here. Alison is an author and editor, check out her rates and recommendations from satisfied customers.

In June I went to the Bloggers Bash in London and met lots of faces from social media. Sacha Black, Ali Isaac, Hugh Roberts and Geoff Le Pard are the bash organisers. It was the second year of this event and if you can get to London easily and want to meet a variety of bloggers and network, this annual event is a great opportunity. Next year’s date is June 10th, more details here. I chatted with Shelley Wilson, Christina Philippou, Mary Smith, Lucy Mitchell (Blondewritemore), Sarah Hardy and Suzi from Suzi Speaks, the founder of #SundayBlogShare.

Shelley is a very inspirational blogger and author, splitting her work between fantasy and non-fiction self help. I’m thrilled that she will be running a four week guest series on ways to motivate yourself here on the blog every Wednesday this January.

In August had I an enforced two weeks off as I was required to do jury service, not something I wanted to attend, but you can’t wriggle out of it very easily these days. However is was interesting to see how the system works, how strict it all felt and how sad that the case I had, ever came to court. On a positive note, whilst in Guildford I made a renewed contact with Christina Philippou and this lead to me attending her book launch in September.

At Christina’s book launch for her debut novel (Lost In Static), I met Neats from the Haphazardous Hippo ( lilac Hippo) a book blogger who lives near by and we met Chris’ publisher Matthew from Urbane Publications. This is small up and coming publisher check it out here.

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My links with Chris and Neats took me to a Blogger/author meet up in London. Event organisers; Kim Nash @kimthebookworm and Holly Martin @hollymartin00  run these events alternating between London and Birmingham. This was a fun afternoon with a mix of authors and book bloggers all chatting in a relaxed atmosphere. I particularly enjoyed chatting to; Author Jessica Norrie, Book bloggers Susan Hampson, Anne Williams and  Jo Robertson, authors Barbara Copperthwait,  Jan Brigden and Steven Hayward

Another day I met book reviewer Liz Lloyd for an Autumn walk around a local village.

Late November Neats invited me to a book launch. We spent a Saturday afternoon in Farnham meeting author Kristen Bailey as she launched book #2 of her contemporary women’s fiction  “Second Helpings”. We also networked and by chance met another Urban Publication’s author Shirley Golden.

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December saw me heading to Leicester to meet Lizzie Lamb, June Kearns, Adrienne Vaughan, Margaret Cullingford and several other members at their monthly RNA meeting. Lizzie, June, Adrienne and Margaret are also know an the New Romantics Four. With me came author, reviewer and Twitter Queen Terry Tyler, Cathy Ryan, Shelley Wilson, and Proofreader Julia Gibbs. It was great to meet Terry’s sister Julia, who was recently on the TV quiz show Pointless. If you need recommended help with copy editing or proofreading do check out her site here.  In the evening we met with authors Mark Barry and Georgia Rose. Mark runs workshops in schools encouraging reluctant readers to pick up books and Georgia has been a guest speaker for Mark, she also runs her own self publishing workshops.

The 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge tells me I’ve read 175 books this year, however I’ve also beta read 4 books and have read others which aren’t yet on Goodreads, this bumps the number up a little.

What am I going to do next year? Perhaps I’ll meet you. I plan to go out and meet lots more authors and bloggers, nothing beats a face to face meeting.

I’d like to wish all my readers and reviewers a very Happy New Year.

Here are useful Twitter handles of people I’ve met this year.

@barbtaub

@CathyRy

@AlisonW_Editor

@sacha_black

@aliisaac_

@HughRoberts05

@geofflepard

@ShelleyWilson72

@CPhilippou123

@urbanepub

@marysmithwriter

@Blondewritemore

@sarahhardy681

@suzie81blog

@lilac_hippo

@KimTheBookworm

@hollymartin00

@jessica_Norrie

@susanhampsom57

@Williams13Anne

@jocatrobinson

@BCopperthwait

@JanBrigden

@stevieboyh

@LizanneLloyd

@baileyforce6

@shirl1001

@lizzie_lamb

@june_kearns

@adrienneauthor

@CullingfordMags

@newromantics4

@TerryTyler4

@ProofreadJulia

@GreenWizard62

@GeorgiaRoseBook

@rosieamber1