Eye of the Storm: Review

eye of the stormTitle: Eye of the Storm
Author: Frank Cavallo
Genre(s): Fantasy
Pages: 402 pages





On a research mission in one of the most remote regions of the world, former Navy SEAL Eric Slade and Dr. Anna Fayne are caught in a mysterious storm. Catapulted through a rift in space-time, they are marooned on a lost world.

Struggling to survive and desperate to find a way home, they must confront the dangers of this savage land—a dark wizard and his army of undead—a warrior queen and her horde of fierce Neanderthals that stands against him—and a legendary treasure with the power to open the gateway between worlds, or to destroy them all: the Eye of the Storm.

Disclaimer: **I received an e-copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own, and this review has an extremely mild spoiler!**

Eye of the Storm reminded me of an old-school fantasy novel in a good way. From the first fifteen to twenty pages, the plot is intriguing and the intent is clear. The reader knows what’s going on, as well as the obstacles that have presented themselves early on, and it was that intrigue that pulled me in right away. Dr. Anna Fayne is an anthropologist and along with former SEAL Eric Slade, they lead a research expedition to investigate the appearance of a Neanderthal. From there ,the anomalies begin piling up, and the research team find themselves in a new world that has its own share (many, many shares!) of problems. Dr. Fayne and Slade are soon caught on opposite sides of a war that has been brewing, as well as a plot to overthrow the city of Tulkoras.

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) Review- Spoiler Free

amie-kaufmanTitle: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) 
Author(s): Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Genre(s): Sci-fi -> YA
Pages: 600 (Hardcover)

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


Okay. Here’s the deal.

Illuminae wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read.

However, it had several minor shortcomings that kept adding up over the course of 500+ pages, essentially creating one rather large shortcoming that stopped me from calling the book great. 

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Friday Reads and Life Updates

Hey, Cozy Readers! I’ve been quite the busy little bee for the last couple of months. I’m not complaining, though, because being on the go keeps my mind active and makes me feel like I’m conquering my extreme couch-potato tendencies. The only downside, obviously, is that I’ve not read nearly as much as I’ve wanted to. Between grad school, international traveling, and pulling myself together … Continue reading Friday Reads and Life Updates

Short and Spooky Reads for One Sitting

Hey, Cozy Readers! So, I know for the last three days we have all been getting the Halloween festivities out of our systems in the best possible ways. From binging on horror movies and candy, to going all out with the parties, skeletal decorations, and awesome costumes, I truly hope everyone had a perfectly spooky weekend. BUT, since Halloween is technically tomorrow, I still have a few tricks … Continue reading Short and Spooky Reads for One Sitting