Sci-Fi & Scary

Just a girl who reads and reviews science fiction and horror novels. Reviews are flavored with snark, bawdy humor, and the occasional firm dressing down over bad writing.

Joe Ledger: The Official Companion

Joe Ledger: The Official Companion - Dana Fredsti This was alright. My mom picked it up because she's a massive fan of the Joe Ledger series and, as usual, I stole it from her and read it as soon as I was aware that she had it.

I can't really put my finger on why I'm kind of just 'alright' with this, so I'll just leave it with some thoughts.

-The 'introduction' of the interviewer just didn't hit the right note for me. Most of the interviewer's questions had me going "Really? You're supposed to be composing the history of the DMS, and these fanboy-ish, 5th grader level questions are what you're asking? REALLY?
-The character interview ANSWERS had me cracking up up at times. Especially Bunny's.
-I had no clue there was cookie code. Whilst I am somewhat delighted by the knowledge, I have zero desire to figure it out.
-The descriptions and sometimes pictures of the weapons were actually really helpful. Like "Honey Boom Boom" was something I was never able to visualize in my head.
-It feels like at least half of this is devoted to summarizing the events in all the books and stories, and while that's helpful for the short stories I haven't read, the pages upon pages of regurgitating the novel plots were something I just skimmed over.
-The 'friends in the industry' was an interesting aspect. I don't think I ever actually fully read any of the mini-profiles, but I can appreciate the shout-out to their fellow authors.
-I liked the interview with Ray Porter. Because I love the audio books, the voices he gives to the characters ARE the voices of the characters to me. Joe, Top, Bunny, etc. When I'm thinking about them for any reason, I'm hearing their voices through him.


Note: There were more than a few mistakes that a proofreader should have caught (most often with the first letter in a word just being completely missing).

Note2: My mom and I have spent way too much time fancasting Church. I would have loved to have seen who Maberry had in mind. Then I could have argued with her some more over it. LOL

Stinger

Stinger - Robert R. McCammon Disclaimer: Received a copy from the narrator for review consideration.

Review to come.

The Nightmare Room

The Nightmare Room - Chris Sorensen My co-host is officially reviewing The Nightmare Room for the site. I forgot we'd accepted it for official review, and picked it up from KU because I'd seen so many good reviews on it. So, technically, Chris Sorenson will be getting two reviews from us! But mine is the one not submitted by the author for review consideration.


This was a dang good book. It feels like its been forever since I read a book that creeped me out as effectively as The Nightmare Room did. The story sucks you in at once even with the potential pain involved with the how-to-begin-a-horror-story cliché tragedy involving a husband and wife. (Yeah, you’ll need a whopping 1 guess to figure out what it is.) But, as I believe I’ve said before, it’s the mark of a good writer if they can take something that normally induces eye-rolls or jaw-cracking yawns for the unoriginality and spring something interesting off of it. Sorenson has the mark of a good writer.

The Nightmare Room was proceeding along its merry little interesting-but-been-there-done-that path when things suddenly shifted just a bit to the left. And then you blinked, and it shifted a little bit more to the left. Pretty soon, it was zooming straight towards Albuquerque and you’re wondering where the hell you’re going to stop.

And the birds. THE BIRDS. Like you know when there’s a bird in a horror movie that things are definitely gonna involve flapping, squawking, slicing, and beady little eyes, right? Right. But even knowing the layout, the lines of it will still make you do a solid: “Yep. NOPE!” I noped. I noped, shuddered, and noped again.

The pacing is fantastic. The dialogue was perfect. The atmosphere Sorenson creates in The Nightmare Room is so thick and heavy you could practically bottle it. I was so completely wrapped up in this story that I remember thinking at one point that I was very glad I was reading it during the day, when dark was still several hours away. I loved the fact that the author kept twisting things just enough that I wasn’t always sure I could trust my assumptions.

It wasn’t perfect, though. I can’t say too much about the issues I had without spoiling some very major plot points, unfortunately. I just thought the author should have stopped about 3% (read on Kindle) earlier than he did, because it was a very powerful scene. Instead, it kind of did the whole “squeeze every last microgram of the toothpaste outta the tube” thing. Still satisfying, but not as satisfying as it could have been. And, uh, yeah. That’s actually all I can say without spoiling. Sorry!

Two favorite lines (that don’t spoil anything):

“God, what the hell happened to your hair? You look like Einstein f*cked Jerry Garcia.”

&

He would ‘yes, dear’ her into submission. Better that than to let her peek into the world in which he was now living—a world where the dead were restless and clawing.


 

Overall, just a great job, and the things that I had problems with are mostly personal things that might not bother other people at all. So take my criticisms with a grain of salt.

Wave of Terror

Wave of Terror - Jon Jefferson I picked up Wave of Terror because I saw Brian from Brian's Book Blog review it. It sounded like a nice, mindless palate cleanser to re-energize my reading, which has been in a bit of a slump.

Wave of Terror is a pure thriller action movie. It really is exceedingly easy to visualize it as though you were watching a movie. Things start happening soon after the book begins. There's rogues, deception, a fight for survival, conspiracies, the lone voice of reason in the wilderness, and all that stuff that you expect in that type of movie.

For people who enjoy movie quotes, the main characters trade them back and forth quite frequently. There's a very famous movie reference that I absolutely lost it laughing at. It got old a bit quick at one point, but it was still an unexpected surprise that definitely revitalized my interest in the book.

Wave of Terror was a fun read that did everything it set out to do. It's fast-paced, filled with snappy dialogue, and you're definitely wondering if the protagonists are going to make it in their race against time. Unfortunately, apart from the lines that made me snicker, it's not a book that stands out for me. Even just the next day after reading it, I had to think for several moments before I could remember the main character's name. It's a little too like a throw-away action movie in that respect.

If you're looking for a good airplane/ long car ride book, I highly recommend Wave of Terror. It's a fairly short read, entertaining, and comes to a solid resolution at the end.

A Problematic Paradox

A Problematic Paradox - Eliot Sappingfield Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley free for review consideration. It does not affect my review.

A Problematic Paradox was a fantastic read, when it wasn’t making me irritated. So mostly, yeah, it was awesome. However, there were a few key points where what I thought was funny and what the author thought was funny diverged so much that it left an unpleasant taste in my mouth. And, unfortunately, it only takes a couple of those occurring before your whole experience of the book was tainted.

For example, I found it a little difficult to stomach – given the current plethora of school shootings happening in the United States – a teacher suggesting a child take an AR-15 for self-defense. Even if it was bubble-gum pink and came with non-lethal ammunition. Obviously there’s a huge divide in America right now on how we should handle the situation, and a book review is not the place to go into it. So, I’ll simply state that in my opinion this was in extremely poor taste.

(I would add a trigger warning here if you are getting this for a child who has been affected by school shootings. The gun never makes another appearance, but the one is enough to possibly upset them.)

Another thing that bothered me (though not nearly as bad as the above) is that this was a little bit too Harry Potter influenced in key areas. I would have preferred to see Nikola with another ability that wasn’t super similar to Harry’s. Maybe you can put it down to just being an ear-mark of an extremely stubborn, strong-minded person, but… And the headmaster is an obvious nod and/or dig at Dumbledore, except not nearly as likable. So, yeah, a bit much going on there.

One other thing I'd like to address - not a criticism, merely an observation - is that there are many times in the novel when the humor feels a bit advanced for the intended age range. Like the gambling debt reference. It made me snicker, but how many kids in the appropriate age range would get that?

Moving on, though, in most other aspects, A Problematic Paradox was a great read. There were lots of lines I snickered at. I liked Nikola and Hypatia. (I thought I was going to dislike Hypatia in the beginning. Was happy she grew on me.) Some of the other characters were entertaining as well. The set-up of fighting against the “Old Ones” was nice. The school itself was awesome. I loved how everything was spread out, the locations, the scheduling, etc. It sounds like a great geek school that most of us would love to attend if it actually existed.

The pacing of A Problematic Paradox was perfect! This was a book that hit the ground running and didn’t stop until it had reached the finish line. There’s also just the right amount of action, and at least a few scenes that were surprisingly creepy!

Even with my problems with A Problematic Paradox, I can acknowledge that Eliot Sappingfield’s debut novel will delight many readers. I will not be reading any further into the series, but I can see it becoming a huge hit. I would suggest, however, pre-reading it to decide if its appropriate for your kiddo.

Fury Of The Orcas

Fury Of The Orcas - Hunter Shea I think I need to take a break from creature features for a while. I enjoyed Fury of the Orcas, mostly. I guess mildly would be a better term? It was not one that I could ever lose myself in. I felt sorry for the orcas, but that was about the extent of my investment as a reader.

There were some good lines in there, but there was some stuff that also made me twitch, as well. Like
“I bet they think we’re being pulled in for some sort of interrogation. Or for voting for Trump,” he said to Rosario.


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I'm reading to escape the clusterfudge going on right now, and then I come across his name in a story. I eye-rolled, then I dropped my head back and gave a despairing sigh before I went back to reading.

I... don't have anything more to say. This was an okay read, but it's already escaping my mind, as i can't even remember what the main character's first name was.

Definitely highly prefer some of Hunter Shea's other works like his Mail Order Massacre series. This one just sort of fizzled for me.

The Devil and the Deep

The Devil and the Deep - Ellen Datlow Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this from Edelweiss for review consideration. If you think that affects my review, you don't know me very well.

The Devil and the Deep was an anthology that sounded kind of interesting to me, but I had no true desire to read it. Mostly because I'm still a bit biased against anthologies, even though I've had some pleasant experiences lately. However, when I saw that it was available on Edelweiss  for immediate download, I figured there was no harm in giving it a look-see.

I liked it. Maybe I didn't love it, but I really liked it. It wasn't until I was looking back over the book for this review that I realized exactly how much I had liked it.


Deadwater by Simon Bestwick - the opening story in The Devil and the Deep - immediately got me. I've read Bestwick before, and was as impressed with his ability to make sympathetic characters and handle difficult situations in Feast of All Souls as I was in Deadwater.


Fodder's Jig by Lee Thomas - This was an interesting one. I didn't like most of it because hit on one of my pet peeves. (I can't tell you what it is for spoiling an important part of the story.) However, it was a delightfully open-ended tale, and I liked the whole idea of it.


The Curious Allure of the Sea by Christopher Golden - I normally make neat little notes to remind myself of what I liked about the story on Goodreads. My note for this one was a simple "Hoooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllyyyyyyy Ssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!" So, that's all I'm going to say about that one.


What My Mother Left Me by Alyssa Wong -  I like the take on Selkies, though I suppose that's not quite the word. It's a much darker, more gruesome thing than the seal-pelts I'm used to reading about. This was deliciously dark, though I do think the acrylic nails thing was overdone a bit.


Sister, Dearest Sister, Let Me Show You to the Sea by Seanan McGuire was a absolutely fantastic re-telling of the Little Mermaid. It'll send shivers down your spine. (And no, it's not related to her Into the Drowning Deep book.) I absolutely loved this story from beginning to end. Never a misstep!


Shit Happens by Michael Marshall Smith - This was well-written, completely gross, and fun to read. If you're put off by the idea of reading about bodily functions, I highly suggest you avoid this story.


And, of course, the offering of Broken Record by Stephen Graham Jones was the straight up level of weird that I'm coming to expect from him.  That man has an odd, odd mind.


Favorite Quotes (Quotes may change in final copy):
"It's the absences that get you, with any death. The gaps, the depths, the holes people leave behind: they're what we mean by ghosts." - Simon Bestwick, Deadwater

"I've watched enough horror movies to know that if we sleep here, it's going to murder the f*ck out of us." - Alyssa Wong, What My Mother Gave Me

"The problem with social media is that it'll recycle bullsh*t without anybody stopping to check it has any basis in reality-" Michael Marshall Smith, Shit Happens

Overall, while it wasn't my favorite anthology, The Devil and the Deep had a strong showing. There are a few stories in here, such as Golden's, that should emit a siren's call for any horror fans. Definitely one worth checking out.

Outbreak

Outbreak - Robin Cook *reader gives book a long, evil side-eye*

So, uh, let me get this straight..

Very tiny, super attractive doctor stumbles upon Big Evil Conspiracy.
Very tiny, super attractive doctor gets hit on by every man around her that's not trying to kill her. Very tiny, super attractive doctor somehow manages to be almost completely inept on a personal level, makes horrible choices, and still manages to save the day.
Very tiny, super attractive doctor completely forgives guy who was a complete buttpucker to her for the majority of the novel at the end, and we're to assume a happily every after.

Oh, also, there's mention of Ebola now and then.

*grumbles and stomps off*

A Properly Unhaunted Place

A Properly Unhaunted Place - William Alexander, Kelly Murphy A Properly Unhaunted Place was a properly beautiful read. Its cheesy, but true. William Alexander seems to have this magical ability to suck a reader straight into a story. From the first couple of pages you’re there, seeing it, hearing it, and cheering for the main characters. The main characters which are, by the way, not white! Rosa Ramona Diaz is Hispanic, and her somewhat reluctant sidekick Jasper is half African American. She is knowledgeable, forced to grow up a bit ahead of time, and missing the father she just lost. He’s uncomfortable in his own skin and the reflected attention from his father’s charisma, but finds himself a bit during the course of the book. There are some of the expected tropes, such as parents not playing a huge role in the book, but it’s written so well that you don’t even think about it during the read.

I loved A Properly Unhaunted Place. Like... I can’t even properly express how much I loved this book. Its just a tiny thing, sized for the attention span of the kids that are the expected readers, but every page of it feels like your favorite fairy tale wending its way into your dreams. The pacing is exquisite. The dialogue is perfectly believable. The story strikes this perfect balance between being a paranormal fantasy tale for kids and being legitimately creepy when need be. The atmosphere is wonderful. You’re curious right from the beginning. Not only about Ingot, but about the world that Alexander references outside of Ingot. Where ghosts are the norm, everything is haunted, and that’s just the way life is. I need to know more!

I highly recommend this book. If you are an adult who can appreciate the magic that can be found in kids books, you need to read this book. I was enchanted. If you’ve got a kid interested in the paranormal fantasy genre, it’s basically a must-buy. If you’re a librarian, please get this on your shelves. Books like A Properly Unhaunted Place with gorgeous story-telling, a wonderfully interesting story, and characters that are diverse come along far too rarely. Please give this one the attention it deserves.

Black Panther: The Official Movie Special

Black Panther: The Official Movie Special - Titan Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.

Okay, so I’ve actually ended up reading this for review before I’ve seen Black Panther. I know. Bad me. I’m horrible. (I do fully intend on seeing it next weekend.) However, Black Panther: The Official Movie Special didn’t really spoil anything for me and I actually think I’ll have a better understanding of the film going into it than I normally would have. (Super hero comics just don’t do it for me. Neither do most MCU movies, either.)

Readers will be delighted with the interviews contained within the Black Panther: The Official Movie Guide. The actors and actresses came into the film with various degrees of knowledge regarding the Marvel universe and the Black Panther character and world. The in-character photographs that accompany the interviews are absolutely lovely. My favorite interview was the one with Lupita Nyong’o. While the others were interesting, hers is the one where you could feel her excitement really bleeding through. You could tell the movie meant a lot to her. One thing that was obvious throughout all the interviews was that the actors and actresses felt that the movie was truly different from the other Marvel Universe films. A lot of them also commented on how they believed the movie was putting its finger on the pulse of our world today.

Another thing to takeaway as a reader was that everyone had a strong respect for Ryan Coogler and the way he did his job.

The profile piece on Forest Whitaker was lovely. He really has had an amazing career with lots of roles. Even though he didn’t have an interview, it was nice to see that he was not forgotten.

Black Panther: The Official Movie Special is an interesting movie tie-in that is perfect for people who want to get inside the primary actors’ heads on the film. There are enough stills and photographs/mock-ups of set design to make the hardcore film fans happy. The concept art was absolutely gorgeous. I was expecting a little more out of it, but I wasn’t unhappy with what I read. I think I was hoping for a little more truly behind-the-scenes photographs like of fight scenes and whatnot.

Overall, it’s a solid, if not outstanding tie-in piece and I can see lots of Black Panther fans being happy with adding Black Panther: The Official Movie Guide to their memorabilia collection.

Hungry Darkness

Hungry Darkness - Gabino Iglesias Hungry Darkness was a quick, smooth read with few proofreading errors. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it. I think it was just a bit too short, I never had a reason to root for any of the characters, and I couldn't even find a reason to root for the monster.

Not bad, though.

Paramnesia: The Deadish Chronicles

Paramnesia: The Deadish Chronicles - Brian  Wilkinson Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley for review consideration.

So, I knew there was a chance I wasn't going to like this book, which is why I read a sample before I decided to request it for review consideration. The sample that I read made me think that I would be able to enjoy it, and ultimately I did end up enjoying Paramnesia. It took a while (at least to the 40% mark) before I flipped from annoyed to intrigued, but it did happen.

Paramnesia has problems, as many other readers have pointed out. The prologue is a bit unnecessary. The insta-love between Nora and Andrew was painful. We're talking eye-roll, groan-from-the-toes-up painful. That part alone was almost enough to make me give up on the book. Not many of the characters are actually likable, and dialogue is not the author's strong point.

However, once I adjusted my expectations of Paramnesia for the age range its aimed at and things actually started happening, I found myself enjoying the story a bit more. By the halfway point, I was semi-reluctantly engaged in what was going on. By the time the book hit it's final act, I found myself needing to finish it. The lead up to the final battle, and the battle itself put me in my happy spot. I found myself rooting for Nora and Charlie (even though I still didn't particularly like Nora). I wanted things to work out for the Deadish crew.

I think Brian Wilkinson has a great imagination, and I hope that future books of the Deadish Chronicles will showcase more of the story-telling talent that I saw in the last half of Paramnesia. The potential for a great story to be told is evident in Paramnesia, but there is just too much focus on relationship drama that's unnecessary, and the Revenant comes across more like an angry spoiled brat than an actual evil to be feared.

Overall, though, it wasn't a bad read. If the first half had matched up to the last half, it would have been a good read. Approach Paramnesia with caution if you have issues with insta-love and the like, but don't run in the other direction. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy it in the end. I was.

Blackbirds

Blackbirds - Chuck Wendig I wanted to like Blackbirds, but I just couldn’t get into it. The first few pages were awesome, but after that realization sunk into me that Miriam – though amusingly crude – feels like a middle-aged man’s version of a spunky young woman. And the other characters felt a bit like they were extras paid to show up for the day. No depth, no presence. Just show up, say your lines, and go.

Then there was the scene where they’re talking about rape. “No means no,” she says. “Not usually,” he says. And I’m so tired of that. So bloody tired of that. Can we please stop putting crap like that in books? I’m also tired of reading about broken people in abusive, controlling relationships that are apparently at the mercy of their hormones even when they hate someone. (Maybe I’m just weird, but if someone has done something to me that’s deplorable, I can’t even begin to get turned on by them…)

Blackbirds felt incomplete. I can’t really put my finger on why, but it felt like it skimmed the surface of the story it could have been. I don’t expect deep, thought-provoking literature when I read, but I couldn’t have went into Blackbirds past my ankles even with a sledgehammer to knock the bottom out a bit. It’s not something I’ve experienced with his other works, so I have to wonder if it’s just my inability to believe in Miriam that kept me apart from the story.

However, Wendig knows how to write, and the frenetic pace of Blackbirds made the story easy to read. There’s a lot of naughty language, a hefty amount of blood, and enough violence to appease the crowd at an MMA fight. Even being completely detached from the story, I still zoomed through it. It could never, by any stretch of the imagination, be called a slog to get through.

I like Chuck Wendig. As an author I think he’s pretty good at what he does. Zeroes was awesome. Invasive was fun. As a person, I’ve admired his take-no-crap, sell-no-crap attitude that he’s demonstrated on Twitter. He’s blunt, supportive, and amusing. I respect that. But I do not care for Blackbirds.

The Gone World

The Gone World - Thomas Sweterlitsch Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss for review consideration.

The Gone World was hard to write up a review for. On one hand, it was absolutely breathtaking in it’s scope and imagination. On the other, I never had the desire to read the book for more than fifteen or twenty minutes at a time. So, obviously something wasn’t quite clicking there. In fact, even though I was super curious to see how he was going to wrap things up with Terminus, I had to force myself to sit down and finish the book at one point. And that just didn’t sit right with me because there’s no reason I should have been so blase about reading the book. It really is gorgeously written.

The ideas and imagery Sweterlitsch uses in The Gone World will stay with me for a long time. They’re nothing extremely new, but the way he tweaks them gives them staying power. The Vardogger tree, the cabin in the woods, Shannon’s scenes with Nestor. They all ink themselves upon your mind’s eye. The author has a way with words at times that paint the scene so realistically it feels like you can step right into it. I can see why so many people absolutely adore this book. I think that when I find time to give it a re-read (which I fully intend on doing) I’ll like it better the second time around. Every time I think about this book, I feel this sense of melancholy settle down around me thinking about what the main character went through.

Of course, it cannot go without mentioning that The Gone World‘s main character is a female amputee. Of even more importance, she is actually hindered by her leg. The author didn’t take the quick and easy way out and give her a disability that is overcome within a few pages. Her disability is something she deals with daily in the course of almost everything she does – and yet she still manages to do almost everything anyways. This is the type of disabled character that makes me cheer.

Overall, this is gloriously imaginative, definitely depressing, and filled with scenes that you won’t be able to easily forget. Gone World didn’t quite hit it out of the park for me, but I’m definitely more inclined to say it was a case of “It’s not you, it’s me.”

Pestilence, Volume 1 (Pestilence, #1)

Pestilence, Volume 1 (Pestilence, #1) - Frank Tieri I really loved the premise for Pestilence, and had high hopes for the graphic novel. I was initially put off a bit by the language and the nudity in the first issue, but I'm not the type of person to poo-poo something just because it gets a little cruder than I normally like. So I kept reading.

The second issue and third issues - Death Takes and Death Adapts - were the best in the volume. The second one hooked me proper. The third maintained my interest with how swiftly they were moving things along.

By the fourth - Death Attacks - I was losing interest. The action was still going strong, but Pestilence, Vol 1 was proving itself to be a one-trick pony complete with typical hidden hero cliche. Blah, blah, blah, yawn, yawn, blah.

But the fifth issue was outright disgusting. Death Reveals revealed the true aim of this graphic novel was to let the writers unleash the immature teenage boys inside them. They had obviously gleefully been looking back to the age when they discovered and began using curse words in secret. Whatever, I could deal with that. But when images of a obese naked female zombie with zombie triplets hanging out of her gaping stomach appear on the page, I got mad. There's a bit of crudity and nudity, and then there's been just stupid and juvenile.

But really, there was one line in this poor excuse for a book that sealed the deal on me calling it the piece of somewhat skillfully drawn crap that it is.

"The p*ssy has a p*ssy?"


There was a sixth issue - "Death Ends" -that was okay. It was a decent ending for the arc. But, honestly, at that point I was so irritated it could have been an absolute masterpiece and I'd still have ripped the pages out to use as toilet paper.

Obviously I'm not the target audience for this piece, as I ask that there be something to the dialogue other than curse words, references to reproductive anatomy, and whinging. I think I'm doubly irritated because this graphic novel series could have been so good, and instead it used every bit of originality and creativity it was allotted in the idea for the plot. It was then all downhill from there.


Do not recommend.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss for review consideration.

The Facility

The Facility - Sarah Elkins I really wanted to like The Facility. It had the whole diversity thing going for it, with a main character that is ace, another that is transgender. Plus there's the whole secret underground facility with a Firestarter type feel. And the main character initially seemed pretty awesome. I was desperately hoping this book would blow me away. It didn't quite work out the way I hoped.

Ulltimately the main character annoyed the bejesus out of me. Niela Roddenberry is the Mary Sue everyone warns people to try to avoid writing for most of the book. She is telepathic, telekinetic, etc, where most people are only one or the other. She instantly stands up to the bad guys, gets accepted by the good guys, knows how to react in almost all situations, and is, of course, insanely knowledgeable about certain things. Oh, and of course there's the whole thing involving Tesla. The other characters need work as well. Everything felt so blatantly on the surface that I felt like I was watching a bad Syfy movie without the cheesy goodness that makes them so enjoyable. The first two thirds of The Facility were painful to read.

But then we hit the final third of The Facility, and it was suddenly interesting. There was a lot of action, the main character actually faced true difficulties, and I was curious as to how things were going to work out. I could see what was going on clearly in my head. When the inevitable clash between the good guys and the bad guys happened, I found myself involved enough to actively root for Niela and team.  So, there's definitely something there.

I loved the fact that there was no romance between Niela and the male protagonist in The Facility. I hate it when hormones get in the way of the story. It was also nice to see bigotry not be tolerated at all. I would be more than happy to read a lot more books featuring ace main characters.

Overall, while I think The Facility had the potential to be a really interesting read - something that I glimpsed at the end - it just wasn't a good read. Two-thirds of it making me want to cringe means that no matter how good the final third was, I can't recommend it. It's a great idea, though, and I would love to see the author revisit it in the future. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this from Netgalley for review consideration.

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