Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 28th. April, 2018

The Mars Room: A Novel

by Rachel Kushner (Author)

It’s 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision.

Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room demonstrates new levels of mastery and depth in Rachel Kushner’s writing. It is daring and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined. As James Wood said in The New Yorker, her fiction “succeeds because it is so full of vibrantly different stories and histories, all of them brilliantly alive.”

Absolutely stunning. Kushner gets better and better with each book. The Flamethrowers was excellent, but this story fits together even more and challenges the reader’s view at every turn. The style is stunning. Rachel has a distinctive feel for the rhythms of language and uses it perfectly in this book.

For me, this book was a great read which kept me hooked right through to the end of story.  I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.

 About the author

Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner is the author of the bestselling novel The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the 2014 Folio Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and was chosen as one of the five best novels of the year by the New York Times. A book of early short fictions, The Strange Case of Rachel K, was published by New Directions in 2015. Her debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was reviewed on the cover of the NY Times Book Review and was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Kushner’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and the Paris Review. She is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, and 2016 winner of the Howard D. Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 21st. April, 2018

Sanctuary

by Caryn Lix
series A Sanctuary Novel

Synopsis:

Alien meets Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds in this thrilling debut novel about prison-guard-in-training, Kenzie, who is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station—only to have to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures.
Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways, and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.

This story was well written with a great storyline, the characters were also amazing. Once I picked up the book, I could not put it down until it was finished. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I would like to thank NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book it was a great read.

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Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her Masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta.
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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 14th April, 2018

Codename: Freedom – The Goblin Siege

By Apollos Thorne (Author)


After surviving the onslaught of week one, Lucius has something to prove. He seeks to train under a living legend in hopes of being ready for the goblin siege.

He isn’t the only one looking to train. As his competition grows in strength, he must push himself harder than ever before.

Then, he unexpected happens. Players start to unlock abilities…

There is only one thing to do when facing impossible odds. Train harder!

This book is creative and a great break from typical fantasy. It adds a growth element and tracks the hero well. This  book is light hearted and fun! If you enjoy a traditional fantasy this is a must read for young adults.

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About Author ~ Apollos Thorne (Author)

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book review of the week ~ April 7th. 2018

Robin Hood’s Dawn (The Robin Hood Trilogy Book

by Olivia Longueville (Author), J. C. Plummer (Author)

A unique retelling of the Robin Hood legend!

England, 1154-1194:

• A kingdom under assault.
• A conspiracy born of anarchy.
• A hero standing against tyranny.

Falsely convicted of a shocking crime, Robin Fitzooth, the Earl of Huntingdon, finds refuge in Sherwood Forest and becomes Robin Hood.

Leading a band of men against the injustices of a malevolent sheriff and his henchmen, Robin begins to unravel a web of treachery threatening the English royal family.

As shadowy forces gather to destroy the future of a nation, Robin faces deceit, betrayal, and the ravages of war as he defends his king, his country, his people, and the woman he loves from a conspiracy so diabolical, so unexpected, that the course of history hangs in the balance.

From the mists of an ancient woodland to lavish royal courts teeming with intrigue, to the exotic shores of the Holy Land – Robin Hood leads the fight in a battle between good and evil, justice and tyranny, the future and the past.

Part one of an exciting three-part retelling of the Robin Hood legend!

Although the books in the trilogy are not stand-alone, they do not end in cliffhangers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley and would like to thank them for the opportunity to read a most enjoyable book.

Almost everyone has heard the classic tale of Robin Hood and his Merry band of men who stole from the rich and gave to the poor while battling with the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, the beautiful Maid Marian.

I was born and grew up in England and even visited Sherwood Forest a few times. This story was one of my favorite’s, I found this version of the story very refreshing much to my surprise.

Robin Hood’s Dawn was exceptionally well written read and it not only creates a Robin that I found myself relating with more than any other version of the character before, but also a character who is not a perfect hero. He may still be the forest thief, but he is also tinged with a duty to his country and those he loves. Robin is constantly trying to balance his life and be with Marian, while also trying to live up to what he feels he must do for others. The other element of this novel that I tremendously enjoyed was Marian’s character. She learned to protect herself and takes charge of any situation and was certainly not a damsel in distress as shown in the previous version of this story. I also enjoyed the very well-done glossary at the end of the novel, packed full of explanations and historical details.
I will certainly look forward to reading another book in this series.

About the Authors.

Olivia Longueville is a European author whose first book was “Between Two Kings” a story set in Tudor England. J.C. Plummer is an American author and historian living in Texas. They are long-distance friends who share a passion for writing and history, and this is their first collaboration. Learn more at their website: www.AngevinWorld.com

The book is available from https://www.amazon.com ,  https://www.amazon.ca,   https://www.kobo.com ~     and other fine book stores.