Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book Review: Xenogenic



With time running out, Elena must dig deep to uncover the alien plan and find a way to stop them before the human race faces extinction.
Xenogeneic: First Contact by Lance Erlick





Book Details:

Book Title:   Xenogeneic: First Contact by Lance Erlick
Category:  Adult Fiction,   300 pages
Genre:  Sci-fi Thriller
Publisher:   Finlee Augare Books
Release date:  March 2017
Tour dates:  March 13 to April 7, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (This book is rated PG+M because of mature subject. No explicit sex.)

Book Description:

Xenogeneic is a science fiction thriller about first contact with an alien race that lost their civil war and wants to take over Earth.

Dr. Elena Pyetrov’s father vanished in space 18 years ago while searching for extraterrestrial life. As an aerospace engineer, Elena travels into space to search for answers and continue his work. Her ship is pulled off course and crashes. She suspects extraterrestrial interference.

The alien Knoonk lost their civil war in a distant star system and fled to Earth’s neighborhood to hide and regroup. They seek a new home—Earth. Unable to live in Earth’s toxic environment, the aliens kidnap and use humans to genetically modify their species to adapt.

Surviving the crash, Elena and her shipmates are transported to a closed cave system where the Knoonk monitor and control everything. Elena tries to make a connection with her hosts and find ways to work together, but Knoonk leaders rebuff her and force the humans to submit as slaves. The aliens use illusions, distractions, and social experiments to learn from their hostages and keep them off balance. Resistance by captive humans brings swift punishment to break the human spirit.

While Elena continues to look for ways to cooperate with the Knoonk, it becomes apparent that there can be no compromise. The Knoonk want to capture Earth for their species. It is winner take all. With time running out, Elena must dig deep to uncover the alien plan and find a way to stop them before the human race faces enslavement and extinction.

REVIEW

Xenogentic is the first book by Lance Erlick I have read.  This book falls in the genre of sci-fi thriller.  This book centers around the Character by the name of Elena.  Elena wants to continue her work of her father, who disappeared eighteen years ago while studying and searching for extraterritorial life.  

 This book has many positives.  This books has strong a strong characters including both a strong female lead and villainous characters.  The captain is very handsome, determined shuttle captain. This book also has many twists and turns.  It is also takes the reader on a journey that can be dark at times.  The cover is also perfect for the book. To me it is beautiful. I love it.  But I also like the message of the book, which is one of hope.

I did feel that this book was slow at times.  For me this book could be slow at times.  It was good but would not be a book that I would read again.  

This book does contain subjects that may not be appropriate for children, but it does not contain explicit sex.  The book does seem to be written for an audience sometimes.

Overall  I do think this book is worth reading especially for those who enjoy sci fi books.  I give this book three and a half out of five stars.  Would I recommend this book?  I would recommend it.  This book is not for everyone but  I am so glad to have an opportunity to read this book.

I received this book from iRead book tours for an honest review.  

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Lance Erlick
Meet the Author:

Lance Erlick writes science fiction thrillers for young adult and adult readers. He is the author of The Rebel Within, The Rebel Trap, and Rebels Divided, three books in the Rebel series. In those stories, he explores the consequences of Annabelle Scott following her conscience. He authored the Regina Shen series--Resilience, Vigilance, Defiance, and Endurance. This series takes place after abrupt climate change leads to the Great Collapse and a new society under the World Federation. His latest novel is Xenogeneic: First Contactabout encounters with an alien race aiming to take over Earth.

Connect with the Author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Pinterest  


BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

​March 13 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
March 14 - Books, Dreams, Life - book spotlight / author interview
March 16 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review / giveaway
March 17 - Olio by Marilyn - review
March 17 - Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
March 20 - Outset - book spotlight / author interview
March 20 - #redhead.with.book - review / giveaway
March 20 - Rainy Day Reviews - review / giveaway
March 21 - Leels Loves Books - review
March 22 - 3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy + Sissy, Too! - review
March 22 - Book Reviews, Nature Pictures & Everything in Between - review
March 23 - T's Stuff - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
​March 23 - Amazon Reviewer - review
March 27 - Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin' - book spotlight
March 27 - Blätterflüstern - review
March 28 - Haddie's Haven - review / giveaway
March 28 - In Blue Ink - review
March 29 - fuonlyknew - review / author interview / giveaway
March 29 - Thoughts on Books - review / giveaway
March 30 - Reviews by Martha'a Bookshelf - review / guest post / giveaway
March 31 - The Silver Dagger Scriptorium - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
​March 31 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review / giveaway
April 3      - Mommy's Gone Shopping Again - review / guest post
April 4      - Rockin' Book Reviews - review / giveaway
April 5      - JBronder Book Reviews - review / guest post
April 6      - Books for Books - review
April 7      - Elsie's Audiobook Digest - review

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Rain

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Today is a raining where I live.  In many ways people see it as a negative.  The first thing I thought of is I wish I did not have to get out in this.  I just want to stay in bed all day and sleep.  I do love rainy days that I can sleep.  Not today though.  Things to do.


There is a reason for rain.  No rain, no food or for some clean water.  Rain can be such a beautiful sight, if we just open our eyes.    Following are photos of the beauty of rain.  Also remember at the end of a rain storm there is a rainbow showing God's promise of never to destroy the entire earth by flood again.


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A double rainbow


Monday, March 6, 2017

Movie Review: Nerve

Since I have not really done many book reviews lately I am going to add some movie reviews.  I enjoy a wide range of genres


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Genre: Adventure Crime Mystery

Rotten Tomato Rating: 66%

Audience (from Rotten tomato page) : 68%

Length:96 Minutes

Rating:  PG-13
          for thematic material involving dangerous and risky behavior, some sexual content, language, drug content, drinking and nudity - all involving teens

Awards:  0 Wins and 2 Nominations
Stars:  Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade

Plot
      Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico, has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger, the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.



My Thoughts

What I liked

This movie was fast paced adventure story.  It shows the danger of online notoriety can be dangerous and crazy.  People are deceptive on the internet.  Vee goes through some dare that could kill her.  I loved the visual affects.  The storyline and plot. 

Not so Good


First of all some of the dares were very inappropriate.  Sydney, during a cheer, moons the audience.  There is also a scene where Vee is running through the store with just her underwear on.  The language is not necessary including a, h, b and using the Lord's name in vain.

Conclusion

This is most defiantly not a child's movie.  It is created probably for the teen audience.  There are times that that one could wonder why this was not rated "R" with skin showing.  I found the story line entertaining.  It is also eye opening.




Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bible verses and what they mean to me

Since it is Sunday I thought I would list some Bible verses that mean something to me.  There are so many.  God is everything to me.  I know it sounds so cliché but it really is true.  God has helped me through all sorts of things.  He has blessed me in so many ways.  I am proud to say I am a Christian.



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This verse is the Bible in summary.  This is why this verse is important to me.  God loves me enough to send his only Son to save me a sinner.  I am not perfect.  Far from it, but through the grace of God I have been forgiven to live forever with him.

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Ever since I was a little girl I have been afraid of many things.  I memorized this verse (yes it is an easy one to memorized) to remind me that God is here for me and that I can trust in him.

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There was a time in my life that these verses were popping up on me everywhere.  They were being recited to me.  I received a gift from a stranger with this verse on it.  I did go through a time when I let my stress take over me. It was so bad that a family member intervened and made me seek help.  Though I am a whole lot better now, I still have the tendency to be anxious.  This is a great verse for those like me who struggle.

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This verse is pretty clear how we get close to our Father in Heaven.  There is only ONE way. ONE WAY!!!!  This is the way

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I love my Savior and Lord.  Due to sin we are separated from the One true God.  It is the cross that has created a bridge.  Through Christ we are no longer separated by God as long as you acknowledge you are a sinner believe that Christ is Lord and confess your faith.  It is that easy

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This verse is a perfect summary of how to be saved. 




Romantic Photos

I am a hopeless romantic to some degree.  I love seeing pictures of couples together and love at the end of the story when the guy and the girl are able to be together.  Spoiler but Romeo and Juliet is not what I am talking about.  Committing suicide after only knowing each other for a couple of days is not romantic.  It is stupid.  I love reading about love at first sight and seeing in the movies where they accept each other's faults.  Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite tales (both Disney's version and the traditional telling of it).  By the way Disney's version is not the true version of this tale but I have sidetracked.  I do not believe in love at first sight but it is a nice thought.  I do dream one day of finding my other half so to speak. 


Here are some romantic pictures.  Some have quotes that I absolutely adore. 


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Food Minatures-cute

I know this post is random (how I found this is also random).  I found these pictures of edible miniature food.  Well most of them are edible.  They are so cute.  I know it is random.  Maybe I am just hungry, but I found these so cute.




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The caption of this picture was world's smallest piece of cake

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Spring Themed



This just gives you a "taste" of the pictures that can be found.