Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #Young Adult #SciFi PLACE OF FEAR (Atlantic Island: Guardian Book 2) by Rennie St. James

Place of Fear (Atlantic Island: Guardian Book 2)Place of Fear by Rennie St. James

3.5 stars

Place Of Fear is the second book in a fan fiction spin-off series from Fredric Shernoff’s young adult science fiction Atlantic Island stories. I recommend reading them in the order that they are written to gain the most from the series.

In this story Scout and his friends continue their research into the Mayan culture to find historical artefacts which have magical powers. Others seek these powers too and themes of good versus evil and power versus balance are threaded throughout the story. There are lots of mystical elements and the Mayan history interested me the most as I was reading, to the point when I was skip reading much of the mundane everyday parts to get back to the mythical stories.

I have come to this series without reading the original Atlantic Island story so I can’t comment on how this extended tale fits. However, I found the pacing rather slow and it became hard to feel engaged with the characters, which may just be because I am not the intended audience for this genre. The author injects her recognisable style from her Rahki Chronicles into this book, so if you are a fan of those stories then you might enjoy these.

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Book description

Scout Ainsley may have discovered two of the Mayan artifacts, but he still doubts his sanity. The search for the remaining relics could cost him his life as well.

The disappearance of a friend reveals new truths and powers. Scout isn’t alone in his search for answers, but he struggles to trust those closest to him. His nightmares reflect his worst experiences and most terrifying fears.

Every path to the future is coated in blood and death. Can he use lies to find the truth? Can he trust others or even himself?

If Scout wants to survive, he’ll have to conquer his fears.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Of #YoungAdult #SciFi JEREMIAH JERICHO: Book One: Allowance by Azariah Scott

53094906. sx318 sy475 Jeremiah Jericho: Book One: Allowance by Azariah Scott

4 stars

Jeremiah Jericho is book one of a young adult science fiction series that is set in America.

When Jeremiah turned sixteen, a computer chip in his brain activated. It allowed him to see the true thoughts and feelings of people around him; he could even manipulate other’s emotions. There was also a voice in his head which spoke to him; a sort of human computer called Christopher.

With the help of Christopher, Jeremiah learnt that his father once took part in a government experiment using the chip. When his father died he had the chip implanted in Jeremiah; he hoped that Jeremiah could one day use it to help others. However, it would appear that the government will do anything to get the chip back.

I was very impressed with how this author wrote the character of Jeremiah; he felt like a real sixteen-year-old navigating school and home life in New York City. As he came to terms with the voice in his head and sought answers about it, the pace of the story picked up. There was a complex plot with a lot of characters, and added to this were the conversations that Jeremiah had with more than one voice inside his head; at times I did find it hard to keep abreast of who he was speaking to and exactly what was going on.

Overall, I thought that the author brought a fresh story to the young adult genre. There were a couple of times when I didn’t quite believe in a plot point but these were fairly minor and could be overlooked to enjoy the main theme of the novel.

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Book description

Jeremiah just turned 16 and found out that he inherited something from his dead father: a computer chip embedded in his brain. The chip gives him the ability to hack other people’s minds. The problem starts with an additional voice in his head from the chip, then his family’s hidden issues come to the surface, and, of course, the government wants the chip back under their control. All the things a teenager doesn’t want to be bothered with. Jeremiah has to make a choice to be either the better person his dad was trying to get him to be or just shrug it off and be as he wants to be, unbothered.

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