Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Indie Review: The Prophecy of Arcadia By MH Soars

The Prophecy of Arcadia By MH Soars
Self-Published January 2014

Being a teenager is tough, especially when you have to pretend to be something you’re not, and you’re in love with someone you shouldn’t. 115 years ago, a small planet called Arcadia was invaded by a vicious alien race and nearly destroyed. Cut off from their resources, the Arcadians turned to Earth for help. A group of Arcadian explorers discovered a Prophecy that claimed their salvation lay in the hands of two children from Earth. To ensure their safety, the Arcadian Council sent their most gifted youngsters to Earth to act as protectors. Samantha is one of them.

To succeed in her mission she must learn to control her Arcadian powers and keep her true identity from her best friend, and the girl she swore to protect, Alexia. But Samantha will soon realize that nothing is as it seems. Someone is trying to prevent the Prophecy from taking place and the prophecy boy hasn't been found yet. There is also a new drug circulating at school that is turning students into freakishly strong menaces.

To make matters worse, distractions keep getting in her way. Such as her love/hate relationship with her “cousin” Matthew. Or her confused feelings toward popular and mysterious Julian. She wants nothing more than to be free to live her life. But the survival of Arcadia depends on her and her friends. Free will is not an option.


I like to call myself a United Nations child. I was born in the United States but grew up in several different countries which gave me a broader perspective of life. I've always been passionate about books and stories and at a certain point had a comic book series going. With a background in fashion design I always thought I was going to follow that path. But the characters in my head kept begging to be set free. So I decided to write their stories. A couple of years and a baby later, the first installment of my Arcadian Wars series is finally done. I currently reside in New Mexico with my husband and baby daughter. I love to read novels in the YA, PNR, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and Chick Lit genres. When not devouring said novels, you may find me shopping online (I'm an expert), blogging about fashion, or trying to teach my daughter to walk (even though she's too young for that). 

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I'm bummed that this took me so long to finish! Because it wasn't the books fault at all, in fact I really enjoyed Prophecy of Arcadia. Life has been in the way lately, so my enjoyment was a bit disjointed. Soars did an excellent job of reeling me in with a story that was both contemporary and sci-fi at the same time. The POV is told from three characters, and is an aspect I actually enjoyed. Usually, constantly changing POV drives me nuts. But it worked for this book and since the POVs overlapped, you really got to see how circumstances were effecting these characters. The premise was exciting and Soars has a well developed take on an alien race. She's good at making her characters "human" despite the fact that they are far from it! Indie debuts are some of my favorites to read. Because if the reviews are decent, you know the book will be too. This is definitely a promising series!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mainstream-Mini Review: Control By Lydia Kang

Control By Lydia Kang
Published By Dial Books for Young Readers
December 2013

When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.


I wanted to like Control, I really did. Although, I think I prefaced my reading with, "This might be perfect for fluff reading." Which I don't think is ever a good sign for a novel. As a whole, this story was too X-menesque. Practically a knock off of it, but less involved. I wanted some really cool mutants with kick-ass skills. Instead, Control delivers a sad group of individuals, classified by their author as damaged. They are not proud of their abnormalities, more self-loathing than anything. And there is so much wrong with the MC, that you are practically begging for some character growth. But, the only thing you get is an increase in meanness. Great. That being said, I am a fan of being objective. So, I will say that if you are searching for fluff this will do. I got a couple hours of distraction. The beginning definitely dragged. But the story picks up once you hit the halfway mark. There is just a lot that this story could be, and isn't. You know when your reading, and you find yourself searching for that, "ohhhh, awesome," feeling? Control does not satisfy that, and it's frustrating. I get disappointed rating a book this low, and for that I apologize Lydia Kang. I am not criticizing your ability as a writer, just the material you chose to write on.