Review: Breakout by Ann Aguirre

breakoutReviewed by Jen

This book gave me absolutely everything I wanted. That’s no small feat, considering it wraps up the second series of books set in a world I have loved from the word “go.” It’s sci-fi fantasy, with just the right amount of romance to hit my sweet spot. The characters are richly drawn, with depth and nuance. They are heroic and vulnerable, fallible and fierce. The worldbuilding is fascinating and really second to none. The plot is interesting; the pacing is perfect. And the ending satisfied me in every way. [Read more…]

Review: Havoc by Ann Aguirre

havocReviewed by Jen

Ann Aguirre continues to rock my world with this second installment in the Dred Chronicles. And this book is an adrenaline filled ride that doesn’t let up from beginning to end. It picks up right where the last story left off, and sets up an entirely new enemy for the Dred Queen and her crew. It’s an external threat that only piles the danger on top of all other crazy killers already inside Perdition. [Read more…]

Review: Perdition by Ann Aguirre

perditionReviewed by Jen

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed slipping back into the world of Sirantha Jax. Sirantha, herself, maybe be absent, but all of the great character development and world building is in full force.  In short order, I grew to love Dred, Jael, and the men and women of Perdition as much as I loved Sirantha and her crew. Ann Aguirre is such a talented storyteller. I didn’t want to put this down for a minute. [Read more…]

Review: Horde by Ann Aguirre

hordeReviewed by Jen

In a sea of YA series that find it edgy and cool to end miserably, it’s nice to find one that provides an ending that satisfies. If anything, the happy ending may be just a little too perfect, but I’d take than any day over a series that leaves its heroine crazy, alone, or dead. This should go without saying, in my opinion, but clearly not every author subscribes to this conventional wisdom. [Read more…]

Review: Outpost by Ann Aguirre

outpostReviewed by Jen

I’ve got to say, it’s interesting how this book can feel both like a next step and vast departure from book 1 at the same time.  In this stage of the journey for our characters, I still see what made me care about them. They hold on to their core identities as they evolve. Yet their circumstances are so very different, it changes everything. Gone are underground enclaves and mindless Eaters. Instead, we have a small town civilization with very old fashioned ideas and a threat they can’t even fathom. [Read more…]

Review: Endurance by Ann Aguirre

ENDURANCEReviewed by Jen

I’ve got two words to describe this story: Too. Short. It’s really good, packed with action and heart, and it was over in less than half an hour. (*sob*)

Here is where we find out what happened to the enclave after Deuce left –and it’s not a pretty picture. In short order, there is an uprising. And just when their forces are weakened by their own infighting, the zombies attack.  Thimble and Stone turn to each other to survive and escape. [Read more…]

Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

enclaveReviewed by Jen

I know there are more dystopian or post-apocalyptic YA series out there than you could shake a stick at, but if you haven’t tried this series before, now is the time. It’s dark and gritty, with great worldbuilding and solid character development. It’s engaging and moves quickly. I didn’t want to put it down and devoured it in one sitting.

Our lead character is Deuce, a 15 year-old girl, raised in an underground enclave after some kind of apocalypse. Life expectancy is short. 25 is considered ancient. And rules are inviolate. They exist to keep you alive. If you question them, you die. [Read more…]

Review: Endgame by Ann Aguirre

endgameReviewed by Jen

Several times over the course of the last two books in this series, I found myself wondering whether this is what Ann Aguirre had planned for these characters from the beginning. We have ended in a place so very different from which we began, and in so many ways. This book felt nothing at all like Grimspace. The characters have changed drastically. Their relationships are fundamentally altered. Even the focus feels less about Jax and more about a bigger picture. It’s almost like reading an entirely different series after book 4, yet… Aguirre laid the groundwork for every one of her story arcs. It was done with care, so I guess that means that it feels different on purpose and I have mixed feelings about that.
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Review: Aftermath by Ann Aguirre

aftermathReviewed by Jen

I am such a complete and utter wretched mess after reading this book, I barely even know where to begin. I feel conflicted. The journey I have taken with these characters has brought me to places I could have never expected… and they are not all places I wanted to go. Things don’t feel the same. But they’re not supposed to. It’s kind of the point. But I loved what it was before and change is hard. Especially if it breaks your heart. [Read more…]

Review: Killbox by Ann Aguirre

killboxReviewed by Jen

When I reach the end of this series, I anticipate a period of mourning coming on. I don’t see how it can be avoided, because I am in deep. These characters have me in their grip. I feel like I know them. I laugh with them. I cry with them. I worry and anguish and exalt in time with their tragedies and triumphs.  And then I say very bad words when I am left with their fates hanging in the balance.

This story begins with Jax and her crew headed home from their successful mission at Ithiss-Tor. But the world isn’t quite how she left it. The Morgut are stepping up their attacks and the Conglomerate needs help once again. This time, March is the man of the hour, devising an Armada to defend against them.  It will mean more sacrifice, as he and Jax must again put duty ahead of their emotions. Not only that, but Jax puts her health on the line, trying to bend the rules of Grimspace to help the cause. [Read more…]