Book Review: Gyre by Jessica Gunn


Title: Gyre

Series: Book One of the Atlas Link Series

Author: Jessica Gunn

Published Date: February 1st, 2016

Audience: New Adult

Genre: Science Fiction, Action Adventure


Blurb from Good Reads:

Chelsea didn’t try to teleport. All she wanted was to play the Battle of the Bands show. But after accidentally teleporting onto classified Navy vessel SeaSatellite5, all she’s rocking is the boat. 

Once it’s sorted out that Chelsea’s not a threat, SeaSat5’s top scientist offers Chelsea a position on the crew as an archaeology intern. Dr. Saint studies people with powers, believing them to be descendants of Atlantean refugees, except Chelsea’s powers are beyond anything on previous record. 

While great for everyone else onboard, the miracle of Chelsea is Trevor’s worst nightmare. The same girl who’d given him a brief lifeline to sanity three months ago literally fell from the sky, under a mile of ocean, and onto the very station where he’s employed. Making matters worse, Trevor’s family are Lemurians, Atlantis’s enemy, and Chelsea’s presence is unpredicted—a wrench in an already unstable situation. But Trevor wants no part of his family’s war. The only thing he wants is Chelsea, Atlantean or not. 

Days into Chelsea’s sudden appearance, SeaSatellite5 uncovers Atlantean ruins and a massive artifact cache, placing its entire, hundred-man crew in the crosshairs of an ancient war. There are those who want the Atlantean relics inside the ruins destroyed, and only Trevor knows the treasures for what they really are: Link Pieces, tools used by the ancient civilizations for their time-travel war. 

With lies and shifting alliances abound, Chelsea and Trevor will have to think fast in order to save the station. If they don’t, the Lemurians will seize the artifacts and Atlantis will be destroyed forever


My Review:

Gyre is a science/ archaeological fiction with a New Adult twist. The blurb really drew me in. A love story – Teleporting –  Atlantis –Ancient Wars – Mystery…

First of all, one of the main characters - Chelsea. Oh Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea… I’ll admit that I really didn’t like her at the beginning and it was all because of her inner musings about her ex-boyfriend.

“But who was really at fault? Lexi for convincing my boyfriend to cheat on me, or me letting it happen?” – Gyre, Jessica Gunn

Really? REALLY? We’re going to let this female lead, who is supposed to be a badass sit there and let the misogynic oppression of “it’s always the girls fault” when it comes to sexual deviance. Give me a break. She had one more inner breakdown of her awesomeness regarding his bully-of-a-ex-best-friend, but thankfully it was written more as a turnaround moment versus an “I’m going to blame myself” mentality.

Once things started to happen, I could see in Chelsea what I always want to see in a female lead – strength through perseverance. My absolutely favorite moment, which made her such a real and earnest character to me, was when she was faced with a choice of her life or others and for once, the hero struggled. She honest to God, couldn’t decide if she wanted to throw her life away. It was blissfully real and amazing.

Trevor, who shares narration with Chelsea in alternating chapter point of views, is really not my type of hero/love interest and it has NOTHING to do with his geek status. I fly my geek flag high and even married a computer nerd, so… yeah. Honestly, he was just a wishy-washy big ball of corn puffs.

“Because Valerie didn’t know the very enemy we’d been warned about just waltzed aboard the SeSatellite5… and into my heart.” – Gyre, Jessica Gunn.

Awwww… barf. And when he’s not a corny bleeding heart, he really isn’t a good scientist either and it seems like he’s just oblivious to everything and everyone around him – even his love interest. That doesn’t make him a swoon-worthy guy in my opinion.

The two things that saved this book for me was the plot and Gunn’s writing.

First of all, I haven’t read such a solid story in a long time. According to Gunn’s acknowledgement page, she put three years into this story and it shows. I really enjoyed her take on the Atlantian/ time travel with the addition of super powers. It was really flawless story telling.

And her writing (although quite a bit of Trevor’s was just clichéd) is beautiful. Her descriptions are fluid and vivid enough I felt like I was feeling what the characters were feeling.

“Her cheeks grew brighter. I loved that blush, craved it as a kind of twisted reminder of the night we met. Her face, a lighthouse guiding me to sanity, flushed from cold and adrenaline. It was the night my life changed course.” – Gyre, Jessica Gunn.

Gunn’s writing verges on the poetic.

“The butterflies in my stomach evolved into fireflies, lit with a low buzz. Swarming. Igniting.” – Gyre, Jessica Gunn.

Overall, Gyre is a book I would recommend with a disclaimer. Personally, I didn’t feel like I couldn’t get enough or so wrapped up that I dreaded putting my Kindle down which is why it gets three stars instead of four. Maybe if I were in a different mood when I read Gyre, I would love it more than I did.


Net Galley provided a copy of The Spaceship Next Door in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette


Title: The Spaceship Next Door

Author: Gene Doucette

Published Date: December 22nd 2015

Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery

Blurb from Good Reads:

The world changed on a Tuesday.
When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization, everyone freaked out for a little while.
Or, almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years, the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.
Sixteen-year old Annie Collins is one of the ship’s closest neighbors. Once upon a time she took every last theory about the ship seriously, whether it was advanced by an adult, or by a peer. Surely one of the theories would be proven true eventually—if not several of them—the very minute the ship decided to do something. Annie is starting to think this will never happen.
One late August morning, a little over three years since the ship landed, Edgar Somerville arrived in town. Ed’s a government operative posing as a journalist, which is obvious to Annie—and pretty much everyone else he meets—almost immediately. He has a lot of questions that need answers, because he thinks everyone is wrong: the ship is doing something, and he needs Annie’s help to figure out what that is.
Annie is a good choice for tour guide. She already knows everyone in town and when Ed’s theory is proven correct—something is apocalyptically wrong in Sorrow Falls—she’s a pretty good person to have around.
As a matter of fact, Annie Collins might be the most important person on the planet. She just doesn’t know it.


My Review

This book a mixture of everything I love to read.

Aliens. Teenagers. Conspiracies. Mind-screwing craziness. Plus, a rather surprising twist I wasn’t expecting, but I love, love, loved it. The only thing not in the book was a romantic plot (I love me some romance), but this story really didn’t need it.

The Spaceship Next Door is a science fiction novel about a spaceship landing in a small US town. That’s it. It just lands. No communications. No death by laser ray guns. No big alien invasion. It sits in the middle of a field and does nothing…. Or does it?

The story centers on Annie, a sixteen-year-old girl who is by far one of my favorite fiction characters. Not only does she actually act like a sixteen-year-old, she is completely unlike most Young Adult heroines. She doesn’t have boys chasing her, she isn’t awkward, or full of angst. She is intelligent, feisty, strong-willed, with a humor that really showcases her wit and maturity.

“They called it anti-rape class because that was what it was. Annoyingly, while the girls were in that course, nobody was teaching the boys’ course called don’t be a rapist.” - The Spaceship Next Door, Gene Doucette

Annie is who I wanted to be when I was a sixteen-year-old. I reiterate - I LOVE HER! However, she wasn’t the only well-developed character. There were so many - from the solider Sam to her employer/ government agent Ed to her socially awkward best friend Violet. Every character gets a chance to have a bit of their story woven throughout the plot. For example:

“Rick was the first local kid roughly Annie’s age that had a self-evident drinking problem. It didn’t seem possible for someone so young to exhibit alcoholic tendencies, but by most accounts, Rick had his first beer when he was twelve and hadn’t stopped drinking since.”  - The Spaceship Next Door, Gene Doucette

By the time the action picked up (which began around the 23% mark, but really didn’t pick up till after 50%), I felt connected to each character. For me, I can forgive most anything in a book if the characters are amazing.

This is where I’m going to start with the one thing I just didn’t like: the authors writing style and language. It was awkward to me at times and very wordy to where I began to wonder what I was reading and felt my eyes glaze over. Mind you, this was before the aforementioned 50% mark. Everything after was well-paced and solid. Mr. Doucette is a wordsmith and it was that which charmed me with beautiful descriptions and a sly humor that kept me chuckling.

“The plaza was kind of typical for the region, which was to say it was a pavement-heavy consumer oasis that made everyone a little sad about capitalism”  - The Spaceship Next Door, Gene Doucette

I have mixed feelings about the ending. A part of me felt like it was too fast and a little anti-climactic with all the CRAZY happening, but I also feel very satisfied by how everything turned out. Especially since he tied up almost every loose end. Almost, I mean there were ALIENS on Earth. There should have been a little more excitement.

Over all, The Spaceship Next Door is a fun read. If you like witty, well developed characters with a solid plot filled with sarcasm and stunning depictions of scenery and history – then this is the story for you.

A solid 4 spaceships. *wink* See what I did there? 

Net Galley provided a copy of The Spaceship Next Door in exchange for an honest review.

2015: A Year in Review

Hello Beauties!

This year has been crazy. There have been blissful highs and some craptastic lows, but if I had to give 2015 a label it would be: BEGINNINGS. There had been more than a fair share of drama this past year (which for an introvert is like THE WORST). HOWEVER, other than having a house that wouldn’t stop breaking, raising/homeschooling an emotional 4-year-old and his “needs an anger management therapist” 2-year-old sister, and enough external family issues that Jerry would probably book us for a few episodes… There was one constant through it all:

My writing. 2015 has been the year of writing for me and that is the biggest and most satisfying beginning of 2015. I finally realized my dream! 2015 is the first year since I started writing that I said to myself “I WILL PUBLISH”.  

Publishing Lost has been one of my greatest accomplishments and it has also been a huge learning experience. Never would I have ever expected the amount of work outside actual writing there would be. Marketing has been a thorn in my side, but I have eventually navigated the waters and overcame an almost crippling fear of putting myself out there. (Mind you this is all online – talk to me about my books in person and I’ll clam up and blush fire)!

2015 has been the year of:

  •          131,000 words written
  •          432 book related emails
  •          180ish new followers on Twitter & Facebook
  •          104 novels read
  •          33 Blog posts – which is more than I have EVER written
  •          5 solid NEW ideas for upcoming novels
  •                3 finished books
  •                1 W.I.P.
  •         0 sanity - which I'm considering an accomplishment

2015, on a personal front:

  •        Two healthy, intelligent children who grow every day
  •        A husband who continues to be supportive and amazing
  •        3 family camping trips
  •        A newly acquired camper which will allow us the ability to do more in 2016
  •        Sadly, less time and motivation for the gym.

Overall, 2015 has been a success (although I really need to take time for fitness again). The week after Christmas is the time to look back on our accomplishments and take that momentum to push further in the following year.

May 2016 be the best year yet! 

Stay Awesome in 2016!!!