Monday, September 10, 2012
Must Read Monday!
Must Read Monday is a weekly feauture hosted by Jen from What's on the Bookshelf to showcase a book or series (old or new) that we recommend.
I usually only pick one book for this feature but author Ann Aguirre has recently released books from two of my favorite series. The first a sequel in her YA Razorland trilogy and the second the last book in her post apocolyptic / Sci-fi Sirantha Jax series.
Outpost (Razorland #2) released September 4th by Feiwel and Friends.
Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.
To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.
Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide. ~ Goodreads | Amazon
Why you MUST read it! This is an incredible sequel to the first book in the Razorland trilogy, Enclave. The ending has me clamoring for the conclusion which promises to be epic.
“Deuce and her friends may be free from the claustrophobic tunnels of the enclave but life is no less confining for her in Salvation, a town that doesn't appreciate the hunter skills which she has honed and perfected.”
You can read the rest of my review here.
(If you haven’t read Enclave yet – it’s currently only $2.99 Amazon Kindle )
*Note: I was an early beta reader for Outpost. The above is my honest opinion and I’ve loved all of Ann’s writing long before I ever had the opportunity to read for her. I just wanted to be upfront and have full disclosure.
Endgame (Sirantha Jax #6) by Ann Aguirre - released August 28th by Ace
Sirantha Jax has the J-gene, which permits her to “jump” faster-than-light ships through grimspace. She loves nothing more than that rush, but the star roads have to wait…
Her final mission takes her to La’heng, a planet subjugated during first contact. Since then, the La’hengrin homeworld has been occupied by foreign conquerors.
All that’s about to change.
Now, as part of a grassroots resistance, Jax means to liberate the La’hengrin. But political intrigue and guerrilla warfare are new to her, and this will be the most dangerous game she’s ever played—spies and conspiracies, a war of weapons and hearts, and not everyone is guaranteed to make it out alive. ~ Goodreads | Amazon
Why you MUST read it! Endgame is the final book in the long running Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre.This is one of my favorites and you’ve got to love an author who can end a series just right. She did just that with Endgame. It was thrilling, heartbreaking, and just perfect.
The opening paragraph…
“This is not a love story.
It is my life, and as such, there is love, loss, war, death, and sacrifice. It’s about things that needed to be done and choices made, I regret nothing.”
At the risk of disagreeing with a heroine who could kick my ass, it felt like a love story. It’s not the fantasy kind love that makes everything all better but it’s the kind of love worth fighting for. And Jax fights right to the bitter end – for all of it without ever compromising who she is or what she believes in or asking anyone else to change. While I was frustrated on & off with the characters throughout the series – it’s honest…even if it hurt me at times. lol
Awesome series! Even if you think you’re not a fan of sci-fi. This is a gritty, action packed, character driven series that will appeal to anyone who likes strong heroines and superb writing regardless of genre.
* Book list from Ann’s website for series order: Sirantha Jax series